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Google becomes third hyper-cloud vendor to team up with VMware


To promote the multi-cloud infrastructure, Google collaborates with VMware to start supporting its technology and software.

They announced support for running VMware vSphere-based workloads in Google Cloud Platform (GCP) through their recent blog post. They enable this capability through a partner solution called CloudSimple, which will leverage VMWare’s software-defined data center (SDCC) technologies, including VMware vSphere, NSX, and vSAN software. The technologies will be deployed on a platform, and CloudSimple will administrate it for GCP.

This approach can allow organizations to bridge their Google’s cloud with their existing VMWare investments. Moreover, users will be able to take advantage of Google Cloud Services, such as data analytics, AI, and machine learning.

Companies that are leveraging the solutions of CloudSimple will have native access to the full VMware stack. Also, Google will provide support for the front-line solution, while working with CloudSimple, to ensure that a business-grade SLA is maintained.

The partnership came in existence due to customer demand. Sanjay Poonan, Cheif Operating Officer at VMWare, explains:

Our partnership with Google Cloud has always been about addressing customers’ needs, and we’re excited to extend the partnership to enable our mutual customers to run VMware workloads on VMware Cloud Foundation in Google Cloud Platform. With VMware on Google Cloud Platform, customers will be able to leverage all of the familiarity and investment protection of VMware tools and training as they execute on their cloud strategies, and rapidly bring new services to market and operate them seamlessly and more securely across a hybrid cloud environment.

From Google’s point of view, they have customers running enterprise workloads like SAP and Oracle. For organizations to migrate their workloads to GCP, they need a solution to support this.

Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud, explains why this partnership is vital for addressing customer needs:

We are committed to working closely with our partners to deliver the solutions and products customers need to solve business issues and innovate in new areas. In partnership with VMware, we are committed to making Google Cloud the best place to run VMware workloads.


In the past, Google and VMware have worked together on multiple projects, including Google Cloud integrations for VMware NSX Service Mesh and VeloCloud SD-Wan, Google Cloud Anthos on VMware vSphere, and a Google Cloud plug-in for VMware vRealize Automation. This new partnership builds on top of its co-delivered integrated solutions.

VMware’s partnership with a hype-scale cloud provider has happened in the past also. First, VMware establishes a partnership with AWS back in 2016. More recently, VMware announced its collaboration with Microsoft to bring support of VMware architecture to the Azure cloud. CloudSimple was also involved in the partnership between Microsoft and VMware. They were responsible for designing, development, and operation of the platform.

VMware Solution on Google Cloud will be generally available through CloudSimple by later this year.

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