Google Cloud to offer VMware data-center tools natively

Google this week said it would for the first time natively support VMware workloads in its Cloud service, giving customers more choices for deploying enterprise applications.

The hybrid service called Google Cloud VMware Solution by CloudSimple will use VMware software-defined data center (SDCC) technologies including VMware vSphere, NSX and vSAN software deployed on a platform administered by CloudSimple for GCP.

“Users may have complete, native access to the full VMware stack including vCenter, vSAN and NSX-T. Google Cloud will provide the first line of support, working closely together with CloudSimple to ensure customers receive a streamlined product service experience and that their business-critical applications are supported with the SLAs that business customers desire,” Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud wrote in a blog outlining the deal.

“With VMware on Google Cloud Platform, clients will have the ability to leverage all the familiarity of VMware tools and coaching, and protect their investments, as they implement on their own cloud strategies and rapidly bring new solutions to market and operate them seamlessly and more rigorously across a hybrid cloud environment,” said Sanjay Poonen, chief operating officer, customer operations in VMware at an announcement .

The move further incorporates Google and VMware software as both have teamed up multiple times in the past including:

Google Cloud integration for VMware NSX Service Mesh and SD-WAN by VeloCloud that allows customers deploy and gain visibility into their hybrid workloads–wherever they are running.
Google Cloud’s Anthos on VMware vSphere, including validations for vSAN, as the preferred hyperconverged infrastructure, to provide clients a multi-cloud offering and supplying Kubernetes users the ability to create and handle persistent storage volumes for stateful workloads on-premises.
A Google Cloud plugin for VMware vRealize Automation supplying clients with a seamless means to deploy, orchestrate and manage Google Cloud tools from inside their vRealize Automation atmosphere.
Google is only one crucial cloud connection VMware relies on. It has a deep integration with Amazon Web Services that began in 2017. With that flagship arrangement, VMware customers can run workloads in the AWS cloud. And more recently, VMware cloud supplies can be bought directly via the AWS service.

VMware also includes a hybrid cloud partnership with Microsoft’s Azure cloud support . That bundle, called Azure VMware Solutions is built on VMware Cloud Foundation, which will be a packaging of the organization’s traditional compute virtualization program vSphere using its NSX network virtualization product and its own VSAN software-defined storage area network product.

More lately VMware bulked up its own cloud offerings by buying Avi Networks’ load balancing, analytics and application-delivery technologies for an undisclosed sum.

Founded in 2012 with a group of Cisco engineers and engineers, Avi delivers a variety of software-defined services and products such as a software-based program delivery control (ADC) and smart web-application firewall. The software already integrates with VMware vCenter and NSX, OpenStack, third party SDNcontrollers, as well as Amazon AWS and Google Cloud Platform, Red Hat OpenShift and container orchestration platforms such as Kubernetes and Docker.

According to the company, the VMware and Avi Networks teams will work together to progress VMware’s Virtual Cloud Network plan, construct out full stack Layer 2-7 services, and provide the public-cloud expertise for on-prem environments and data centers, said Tom Gillis, VMware’s senior vice president and general manager of its networking and security business unit.

Combining Avi Networks with VMware NSX will further empower organizations to react to new opportunities and threats, create new business models and provide services to all data and applications, wherever they are located, VMware stated.

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