On Tuesday, VMware revealed vCloud Hybrid Service, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud based on VMware vSphere that extends VMware software to the public cloud. This allows customers to extend their skills, tools, networking and security models across both on-premise and off-premise environments.
"VMware’s mission is to radically simplify IT and help customers transform their IT operations," said Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware. "Today, with the introduction of the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, we take a big step forward by coupling all the value of VMware virtualization and software-defined data center technologies with the speed and simplicity of a public cloud service that our customers desire."
VMware said its new vCHS service provides customers a simplified approach to management, allowing vSphere administrators to view, manage and migrate VMs from the vSphere client using the free vCloud Connector plug-in. It even offers automated replication, monitoring and high-availability for business-critical applications thanks to VMware vMotion, High Availability and vSphere Distributed Resources Scheduler.
The new service also supports thousands of applications and more than 90 operating systems that are certified to run on vSphere. It even allows customers to use virtual networking to securely extend existing Layer 2 or Layer 3 networks from their data center to the new vCloud Hybrid Service.
"Our new VMware vCloud Hybrid Service delivers a public cloud that is completely interoperable with existing VMware virtualized infrastructure," said Bill Fathers, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware. "By taking an ‘inside-out’ approach that will enable new and existing applications to run anywhere, this service will bridge the private and public cloud worlds without compromise."
VMware said that this new service will be delivered by partners and is compatible with other VMware-based cloud services. It can be sold the same way as on-premise VMware licenses with a standard SKU, the company said, and partners can retain the billing relationship with their customers. Cloud service providers will even be able to provide value-added services or add vCloud Hybrid Service to their portfolio.
As for pricing, the Dedicated Cloud model will provide physically isolated and reserved compute resources, and will be sold on an annual term with pricing starting at 13 cents an hour for a fully protected, fully redundant 1 GB virtual machine with one processor. The Virtual Private Cloud version has a multitenant compute resource model but with dedicated allocations for customers. It will be sold on a monthly term with pricing starting at 4.5 cents an hour for a fully protected, fully redundant 1 GB virtual machine with one processor.
VMware vCloud Hybrid Service will be available in June through an Early Access program, with general service availability in the U.S. expected in Q3 2013.
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