Google today announced a new partnership with VMware to help companies run their VMware workloads in Google Cloud. Specifically, Google Cloud will now support VMware Cloud Foundation, the company's system for deploying and running hybrid clouds. The solution was developed by CloudSimple, not by VMware or Google, and Google will offer first-line support in collaboration with CloudSimple.
Google would certainly love it if all companies switch to containers and use the Anthos hybrid cloud service Large companies are currently using VMware. You may want to move these workloads to a public cloud, but are unwilling to abandon a tool that has worked for them for a long time. With this new feature, Google does not offer anything that's new or innovative, but that's not the point. Instead, Google simply gives companies less reason to choose a competitor without even considering their offers.
"Customers have asked us to fully support VMware, and now our customers will be able to do VMware vSphere-based workloads in GCP with the Google Cloud VMware solution from CloudSimple," states the announcement in advance but for reasons unknown to us, will be published tomorrow in the company's blog. "This provides customers with a broad range of options to perform their VMware workloads in a hybrid deployment, from advanced containerized applications with Anthos to VM-based applications with VMware in GCP."
The new solution provides comprehensive VMware stack support including vCenter, vSAN and NSX-T.
"Our partnership with Google Cloud has always been about meeting customer needs and we look forward to expanding the partnership so that our joint customers can run VMware Workloads on VMware Cloud Foundation in Google Cloud Platform." said Sanjay Poonen, chief operating officer, customer operations at VMware. "With VMware on Google Cloud Platform, customers can leverage the familiarity and investment protection of VMware tools and training as they execute their cloud strategies, bring new services to market quickly, and seamlessly and securely network in a hybrid cloud -Surroundings.
While Google's announcement emphasizes that the company has been working with VMware for a long time, it's interesting to note that at least the technical aspects of this partnership are more related to CloudSimple than VMware. It's also worth noting that VMware has had a close relationship with Google's cloud competitor AWS for a long time. Microsoft Azure also provides tools for running VMware-based workloads in the cloud.