Advanced Computing in the Age of AI | Thursday, October 6, 2022

Google Cloud Adds VMware Options 

Google continues to expand its cloud offerings for priority enterprise workloads with the addition of VMware virtualization options.

The partners announced this week VMware’s Cloud Foundation will be supported on Google Cloud as both infrastructure vendors look to expand their reach to database and other application workloads. “Both Google Cloud and VMware believe that customers want to run workloads in the cloud that works best for them,” Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud, noted in a blog post.

The combination allows mutual customers to run Vsphere-based workloads on Google Cloud in a hybrid deployment that handles application containers using the Google Anthos hybrid cloud platform or virtual machine-based applications.

The partnership with Google Cloud accelerates VMware’s (NYSE: VMW) increasing focus on hybrid cloud deployments built around its flagship vSphere platform. Last year, it rolled out new versions of its server virtualization and software-defined storage platforms with an emphasis on hybrid cloud deployments, broader application support and steep reductions in memory usage on vSphere.

The collaboration with Google seeks to leverage VMware’s software-defined datacenter technologies built around vSphere, its NSX network virtualization platform and its vSAN storage software. All are deployed on a platform administered on VMware’s CloudSimple public cloud service running on Google Cloud.

“This means customers will be able to migrate VMware workloads to a VMware [software-defined datacenter] running in GCP,” Kurian said, allowing them to scale data analytics and machine learning workloads.

The collaboration also integrates VMware NSX Service Mesh and SD-WAN by VeloCloud. Both are intended to ease deployment and boost visibility into hybrid workloads running on-premises or in the cloud.

Google Cloud’s Anthos on VMware vSphere includes validations for vSAN  as a way of providing multi-cloud options.

It also provides Kubernetes users the ability to create and manage persistent storage volumes for stateful workloads on-premises, Google said.

About the author: George Leopold

George Leopold has written about science and technology for more than 30 years, focusing on electronics and aerospace technology. He previously served as executive editor of Electronic Engineering Times. Leopold is the author of "Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom" (Purdue University Press, 2016).

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