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Google Cloud Seeing ‘Significant’ VMware ‘Momentum’: GM

Mark Haranas

Google Cloud’s infrastructure leader, Sachin Gupta, talks to CRN about customer momentum with Google Cloud VMware Engine, as well as Google’s new powerful C3 VM and market differentiation versus AWS and Microsoft.

Google Cloud is witnessing “significant momentum” with VMware Engine as customers save significantly in infrastructure costs when moving VMware-based applications to Google Cloud.

“One customer we work very closely with, they are seeing 60 percent savings in infrastructure costs,” said Sachin Gupta, general manager and vice president of Infrastructure at Google Cloud in an interview with CRN. “They were able to move 80 percent of their on-prem VMs and 50 percent of their on-prem databases into VMware Engine.”

Gupta touted Google Cloud’s partnership and momentum with the Palo Alto, Calif.-based dominant virtualization superstar around its Google Cloud VMware Engine offerings.

“We see a lot of partners engaging here saying, ‘Do you want to continue to maintain those data centers on-premise?’ Because there’s a cost associated with that. You have to keep replacing machines and power and all of that. Or do you want to buy this VMware service from Google?” said Gupta.

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Gupta was a top executive at Cisco for 23 years before joining Google Cloud in 2020 to lead the $24 billion cloud giant’s compute, storage, networking, distributed cloud and technical infrastructure portfolio.

Google Cloud VMware Engine

In 2020, Mountain View, Calif.-based Google Cloud formed a partnership with VMware to create Google Cloud VMware Engine.

The solution allows customers to easily lift and shift their VMware-based applications and VMs to Google Cloud without having to change their apps, tools or processes.

The offer includes all the hardware and VMware licenses to run a dedicated VMware SDDC (software-defined data center) in Google Cloud. The VMware Engine is built on Google Cloud’s infrastructure with Google saying customers can provision an entire VMware SDDC environment in about 30 minutes.

“What we’re saying here is, ‘You don’t need to necessarily take your VMware VMs and rejiggle everything to get the benefits of cloud. You can take those VMware VMs and just leverage this as-a-service in cloud,’” said Gupta. “We are seeing significant momentum.”

The companies recently launched VMware Tanzu Standard edition on Google Cloud VMware Engine to help simplify Kubernetes adoption and management, while Google Cloud VMware Engine also became part of VMware Cloud Universal.

Gupta talks to CRN about Google Cloud VMware Engine momentum, the company’s new C3 VMs with a performance boost, as well as Google’s market differentiation versus cloud rivals Amazon Web Services and Microsoft.

Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at

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