Google today announced a new partnership with VMware that will make it easier for businesses to launch their VMware loads in Google Cloud. In particular, Google Cloud will now support the VMware Cloud Foundation, the company's hybrid cloud deployment and implementation system. The solution was developed by CloudSimple and not by VMware or Google, and Google will offer first-line support by working with CloudSimple.
While Google would certainly love for all businesses to move to containers and use their hybrid Anthos cloud service, most large companies currently use VMware. They may want to move these loads to the public cloud, but they are not ready to give up on a tool that has long worked for them. With this new capability, Google doesn't offer anything particularly new or innovative, but it's not about it. Instead, Google simply gives businesses less reason to choose a competitor without even considering its bids.
"Customers have asked us to provide extensive support for VMware, and now with CloudSimple's Cloud VMware Solution, our customers will be able to run VMware vSphere-based GCP loads," the company noted in a message we have an early copy of, but which for reasons unknown to us will be live on the company blog tomorrow. "This gives customers a wide choice on how to run their VMware hybrid deployment workloads, from modern containerized applications with Anthos to VM based VMware applications in GCP."
The new solution will offer full support for the VMware stack, including likes of vCenter, vSAN and NSX-T.
"Our partnership with Google Cloud has always been about customer needs and we are looking forward to expanding our partnership to enable our mutual clients to manage VMware loads at the VMware Cloud Foundation on the Google Cloud Platform," said Sanjay Poone , Chief Operating Officer, VMware Client Operations. "With VMware in the Google Cloud Platform, customers will be able to use all the protection and knowledge of VMware tools and training as they execute their cloud strategies, and quickly bring new services to the market and operate them seamlessly and securely. in a hybrid cloud environment. "
While Google's message emphasizes that the company has a long history of working with VMware, it is interesting to note that at least the technical aspects of this partnership are more about CloudSimple than VMware. It's also worth noting that VMware has long been in close touch with AWS's Google Cloud competitor, and Microsoft Azure is also offering tools to run VMware-based workloads in its cloud.