VMware & AWS Add Cloud Migration And Disaster Recovery Tools

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The service gives companies a full version of VMware's Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) stack running on top of AWS' cloud hardware so it is easier for them to migrate applications to the public cloud from private infrastructure. The new capabilities stand as "a testament to our ability to execute together", Ivan Oprencak, director of product marketing at VMware, told ZDNet. "While Amazon has never discussed any plans for a spin or any HQ2 plans relative to AWS, it is possible that the location of the new headquarters could provide some insight into the way management is thinking about the positioning of AWS", he said.

Amazon Web Services has launched a new tool that "lets anyone" construct environments in augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and 3D to run on multiple platforms. The companies are also expanding their collaboration to deliver new cybersecurity products on AWS.

VMware Cloud on AWS has been live since August but were only available on one AWS region - US East (Virginia).

Participating customers using Enterprise Contract for AWS Marketplace are able to eliminate lengthy procurement negotiations that can delay projects for months.

Cloud migration services are in high demand among business customers today.

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The program will be renamed to the AWS Solution Provider Program, global channel lead Terry Wise said in his keynote speech at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, to increase the scale of VMware Cloud on AWS, the service now supports environments with tens of thousands of VMs.

Additionally, for greater visibility and troubleshooting, VMware Cloud on AWS now supports VMware's Wavefront. VMware simplifies the certification and deployment of partners' solutions by eliminating the need for partners to refactor solutions for VMware Cloud on AWS.

With software representing an approximately $146.3 billion opportunity for the channel over the next two years, partners who don't consider adding migration services could be missing out on a "massive" opportunity - especially partners who are already offering cloud consulting services today, he said. This has now been extended to US West (Oregon) in a bid to improve availability. Depending on the number and types of licenses they have on premise, a customer can get a discount on VMware Cloud on AWS.