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VMware completes the native hybrid hyperscale set as Google turns on managed vSphere

As IBM becomes only cloud partner permitted to use Virtzilla's special subscription licence scrip

VMware has completed the set of major hyperscale clouds running its flagship vSphere natively, after the launch of the Google Cloud VMware Engine.

The new service means Google offers VMware Cloud Foundation – the pre-rolled bundle of vSphere, vCenter, vSAN and NSX-T aimed at service providers. Google’s also running HCX, VMware’s cloud migration tool. All of it is offered on bare-metal servers either as an application migration target or to extend private clouds into hybrid clouds.

Like VMware’s other cloud deals with AWS, Microsoft and IBM, Google has taken the opportunity to integrate the service with its own cloudy offerings. That means VMware-on-Google users can tap BigQuery or Anthos, among others.

Google’s spin is therefore that it runs a mighty fine cloud and putting VMware-tended workloads in it creates a nice on-ramp to its cloud services.

VMware’s take on the new deal is that it gives its users further options to support multi-cloud strategies, along with the company’s usual argument that cloud is lovely but learning a new way of doing IT is not a good idea so clouds that run vSphere are the best of both worlds.

The new service already runs in Google’s North Virginia and Los Angeles regions and the company says it will appear in London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Sydney, Montréal, São Paulo, Singapore, and Netherlands in the second half of the calendar year.

The launch of the Google service means VMware now has native offerings in the world’s six biggest clouds: AWS, Azure, Google, IBM, Oracle and Alibaba.

But Virtzilla is not sitting on its hands: IBM this week announced that VMware’s subscription purchasing program (SPP) can be used on the Big Blue Cloud. The SPP program lets users buy credits to run VMware software or services. Those credits can now be spent on IBM’s cloud, the first time VMware has allowed this with an external service provider.

Rounding out a busy week for VMware, it announced the acquisition of Kubernetes security startup Octarine and the intention to fold it into its Carbon-Black-powered intrinsic security strategy. Also new is a preview of a two-host version of VMware-cloud-on-AWS, down from the current requirement for three hosts and therefore reducing costs. ®

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