The latest vSphere release makes it easier to connect on-premises clouds with those operated by VMware's Cloud Provider Program partners -- a group that includes regional and boutique operators, as well as industry giants like Amazon Web Services and IBM.
Customers are increasingly leveraging those public services while also expanding their private cloud footprints, including at the edge of their networks. They want a common operating environment across all that infrastructure.
"Hybrid cloud is becoming the de facto for the enterprise in terms of how they see their overall IT environment," Singh said. The 6.7 release advances the "seamless hybrid cloud experience for large vSphere environments."
A new feature called vCenter Hybrid Link Mode connects any vSphere-virtualized cloud, regardless of the version of the software. That allows enterprises to delay upgrades for on-premises environments while still leveraging public cloud services.
The release also introduces Cross-Cloud Cold and Hot Migration to make it easier to move data between clouds without operational disruption.