Microsoft Azure Alliance Created
The highly anticipated cloud alliance between VMware and Microsoft became official in May at Dell Technologies World as the IT giants unveiled a joint solution that will natively bring VMware environments into the Azure Cloud.
Azure VMware Solutions will hit the market later this year and compete directly against VMware Cloud on AWS. The solution will include all technologies in VMware Cloud Foundation -- including vSphere, NSX and vSAN -- to provide native and certified VMware infrastructure on Microsoft Azure. Because the service integrates with native Azure services, it will simplify the process of adding capabilities like artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things into VMware-based applications.
Dell Technologies CEO Michael Dell was bullish about the alliance, saying there’s “lots of demand for” the VMware-Microsoft solution. "We hear you. You want choice and flexibility. You want multi-cloud made easy,” said Dell on stage in front of thousands at Dell Technologies World. “As you can see, we're innovating a whole new level of cloud-agnostic interoperability for your workloads.”
Other solutions expected to stem from the partnership include a jointly integrated Microsoft 365 and VMware Workspace ONE solution.