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VMware Updates Progress of Microsoft Azure Partnership

The VMware partnership with Microsoft to run VMware workloads natively on Microsoft Azure is coming to more datacenters over the next few months.

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger provided a roadmap update for the partnership on Monday during his keynote at VMworld 2019 in San Francisco.

The formal name of the joint offering is Azure VMware Solutions. As described by Microsoft at the late-April unveiling, the agreement allows customers to run, manage and secure applications across VMware environments and Azure with a common operating framework. Supported VMware technologies include VMware vSphere, vSAN, NSX and vCenter.

At launch, the offering was available immediately in two Azure regions -- U.S East and U.S. West. (While partners often refer to Microsoft Azure "datacenters," Microsoft calls them Azure "regions," which the company defines as sets of datacenters "within a latency-defined perimeter and connected through a dedicated regional low-latency network.")

On Monday, Gelsinger said the offering is also available in a third Azure region, the West Europe region, with further global expansion coming soon. "By the end of the year, we'll be in Australia and Southeast Asia," Gelsinger said.

According to a graphic displayed behind Gelsinger, the footprint of the partnership will also broaden within some existing geographies before the end of this year. The offering should be up and running in Microsoft's Azure regions in Northern Europe, U.S, West 2 and South Central, which is also in the United States.

The graphic also showed that by the end of the first quarter of 2020, the offering will be added to Azure regions in Canada and Japan. That will bring availability of the VMware offering to 10 of Microsoft's 54 announced Azure regions.

The joint solution has attracted a few major customers. "Customers are already launching into this platform today. Over 20 customers are on it," said Gelsinger, naming Lucky Brands, Dot Foods and Gap.

Posted by Scott Bekker on August 26, 2019 at 12:40 PM


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