Google today announced a new partnership with VMware that will make it easier for businesses to run VMware workloads on Google Cloud. Specifically, Google Cloud will now support the VMware Cloud Foundation, the company's hybrid cloud distribution and operation system. The solution was developed by CloudSimple, not VMware or Google, and Google will offer first-line support, along with CloudSimple.
While Google will certainly love that all businesses move to containers and use Antho's hybrid cloud service, most large companies currently use VMware. You may want to move the workload to a public cloud, but they are not ready to give up a tool that has long worked for them. With this new opportunity, Google doesn't offer anything particularly new or innovative, but that's not what this is all about. Instead, Google simply gives fewer reasons to choose a competitor without considering their offers.
"Customers have asked us to provide broad support for VMware, and now with Google Cloud VMware Solution by CloudSimple, our customers will be able to run VMware vSphere-based workloads in GCP," the company notes in the announcement, which we received early copy of, but as for reasons unknown to us, only comes live on the company's blog tomorrow. "This gives customers a range of choices to run their VMware workload in a hybrid deployment, from modern containerized applications with Anthos to VM-based applications with VMware in GCP."
The new solution will support full VMware stack, including vCenter, vSAN and NSX-T.
"Our collaboration with Google Cloud has always been about meeting customer needs, and we are excited to expand the partnership so that our mutual customers can run VMware workloads on the VMware Cloud Foundation on Google Cloud Platform," said Sanjay Poonen, CEO , customer service at VMware. "With VMware on Google Cloud Platform, customers will be able to leverage all known and investment protection of VMware tools and training as they execute their cloud strategies and quickly bring new services to market and serve them seamlessly and securely over a hybrid cloud environment."
While Google's announcement emphasizes that the company has a long history of working with VMware, it's interesting to note that at least the technical aspects of this partnership are more about CloudSimple than VMware, and it's also worth noting that VMware has long has had a close relationship with Google's cloud competitor AWS, and Microsoft Azure also offers tools to run VMware-based workloads on the cloud.