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VMware Steps Into Public Cloud, Carefully

VMware entered the public cloud IaaS market with its unveiling of vCloud Hybrid Service, which allows customers to move workloads between on-premise private clouds and public cloud infrastructure that VMware manages and operates.

VMware's entry into a space it had previously allowed partners to handle is a big change, but the vendor has a clear path for its channel partners to participate. VMware plans to offer a hybrid cloud SKU, and partners will be able to bill their customers directly for services.

VMware is also planning to share its Hybrid Cloud intellectual property with service provider partners so they'll be able to make the transition more easily.