Announcing Google Cloud VMware Engine

VMware technologies form the cornerstone of many customer’s enterprise IT environments, and those same enterprises are eager to run their VMware environments in the cloud to scale quickly and benefit from cloud services.

Last summer, Google Cloud announced support for customers to run VMware workloads on Google Cloud, and we have made significant progress since then. In the fall we acquired CloudSimple to provide customers a fully integrated VMware-based solution, and today we’re proud to announce another significant milestone—Google Cloud VMware Engine, an integrated first-party offering with end-to-end support to migrate and run your VMware environment in Google Cloud. This fully managed service is expected to be generally available this quarter out of two US regions, expanding into additional Google Cloud regions globally in the second half of the year.

Introducing Google Cloud VMware Engine

The service delivers a fully managed VMware Cloud Foundation stack—VMware vSphere, vCenter, vSAN, NSX-T, and HCX for cloud migration—in a dedicated environment on Google Cloud’s highly performant and reliable infrastructure to support enterprise production workloads. With this service, you can migrate or extend your on-premises workloads to Google Cloud in minutes by connecting to a dedicated VMware environment directly through the Google Cloud Console. This allows you to seamlessly migrate to the cloud without the cost or complexity of refactoring applications, and run and manage workloads consistently with your on-premises environment. By running your VMware workloads on Google Cloud, you reduce your operational burden while benefiting from scale and agility, and maintain continuity with your existing tools, policies, and processes.

Importantly, you can quickly meet your business needs by creating a VMware SDDC environment on Google Cloud in a matter of minutes, enabling you to scale business critical applications on-demand. The service is VMware Cloud Verified, the highest level of validation for VMware-based cloud services, to help enable compatibility and operational continuity across on-premises and cloud environments.

“VMware and Google Cloud are working together to help power customers’ multi-cloud strategies, and the new Google Cloud VMware Engine will enable our mutual customers to drive digital transformation and business resiliency using the same VMware Cloud Foundation running in their data centers today,” said Ajay Patel, senior vice president and general manager, cloud provider software business unit at VMware. “Google Cloud VMware Engine enables organizations to quickly deploy their VMware environment in Google Cloud, delivering scale, agility and access to cloud-native services while leveraging the familiarity and investment in VMware tools and training.”

A differentiated VMware experience

Google Cloud VMware Engine is built on Google Cloud’s highly performant, scalable infrastructure with fully redundant and dedicated 100Gbps networking, providing 99.99% availability to meet the needs of your most demanding enterprise workloads. Cloud networking services such as Interconnect and VPN ease access from your on-premises environments to the cloud and high-bandwidth connectivity to cloud services optimize for performance and flexibility while minimizing costs and operational overhead. End-to-end, one stop support is integrated to provide a seamless experience across this service and the rest of Google Cloud.

Google Cloud VMware Engine is designed to minimize your operational burden, so you can focus on your business. We take care of the lifecycle of the VMware software stack and manage all related infrastructure and upgrades. Customers can continue to leverage IT management tools and third-party services consistent with their on-premises environment. We’re partnering closely with leading storage, backup, and disaster recovery providers such as NetApp, Actifio, Veeam, Zerto, Cohesity, and Dell Technologies to ensure support for third-party solutions, ease the migration journey, and enable business continuity.

An integrated Google Cloud experience

In addition to the ease of migration, you can benefit from full access to innovative Google Cloud services such as BigQuery, Cloud Operations, Cloud Storage, Anthos, and Cloud AI. Billing, identity management, and access control are also fully integrated into Google Cloud to unify the experience with other Google Cloud products and services. As you look to migrate and modernize workloads over time, these cloud-native services allow you to streamline management, surface new data insights, and deliver new and innovative services to your customers.

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