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VMware to Offer Google Cloud Platform Services Via vCloud Air

February 03, 2015

VMware, a provider of virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions, recently announced an expansion of its agreement with Google in which it will integrate the Google Cloud Platform into its vCloud Air platform. Furthermore, VMware and Google are directly connecting their networks to enable smooth traffic flow between the services over a dedicated private connection.

Four Google Cloud Platform services will be available to VMware customers through vCloud Air as a part of this agreement: Google Cloud Storage, Google BigQuery, Google Cloud Datastore and Google Cloud DNS. The resulting functionality involves distributed object storage, analytic, NoSQL database and Domain Name System (DNS) services.

"Our collaboration will provide customers with a unique hybrid solution that combines the power and efficiencies of VMware virtualization and the hyperscale of Google Cloud Platform," said Murali Sitaram, Managing Director of Global Partner Strategy & Alliances at Google. "As a result of this agreement, enterprise customers will be able to combine their VMware cloud environments with the security, scalability, and price performance of Google's public cloud, built on the same infrastructure that allows Google to return billions of search results in milliseconds."

The integrated services will be equally accessible and function the same as those native to vCloud Air. VMware noted the possibility of adding extended management support for Google Cloud Platform with its vRealize Cloud Management Suite in the near future, but has yet to announce plans of supporting additional Google Cloud services on vCloud Air.

"We are excited to expand our relationship with Google, and offer customers the ability to use Google's rich portfolio of services while running their mission critical applications on the vCloud Air platform," said Bill Fathers, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware. "Through this agreement, customers will gain the benefit of both vCloud Air and Google Cloud Platform in a single hybrid cloud service, supported by VMware, and fully compatible with their existing vSphere-based data center infrastructure."

With this partnership VMware will be better equipped to compete with major virtualization companies such as Amazon and Microsoft, who are able to offer their own enterprise cloud services. In turn, Google will benefit from access to VMware's client base and a chance to attract new customers for its cloud platform.

Existing vCloud Air customers will automatically be granted access to Google Cloud Platform services under their existing contracts and existing network interconnect with vCloud Air, paying extra for what is actually used. VMware expects to begin offering the new integrated services sometime during the first half of 2015.


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