Gavin Jackson, VMwareBy Gavin Jackson, Vice President & General Manager, Cloud Services EMEA
It’s the week following VMworld® Europe, and there was lots of exciting news for Hybrid Cloud! On day one during Pat Gelsinger’s keynote, we announced plans to bring VMware vCloud® Air™ to all VMware customers in Germany, giving them access to an easy, fast path to achieve the agility and efficiency of the public cloud.
Why is the Expansion Important?
There has been a strong appetite among customers for vCloud Air in Europe, and this announcement is aimed at supporting those organizations that have VMware-based internal clouds and want to transition to using an extension of that environment in a public cloud. We also know data location and sovereignty are important to every organization, and public cloud data centers need to meet both internal IT standards as well as local data requirements. In addition to the UK location and our existing ecosystem of more than 2,100 vCloud Air® Network™ Service Provider Partners in Europe, the Germany location is part of our continued commitment to providing our international customers with local service built with global best practices for architecting public clouds.
What other Exciting News was Announced?
At VMworld U.S. in August, we introduced a beta program inviting customers to consume vCloud Air instantly with the swipe of a credit card. At VMworld Europe, we announced plans to expand access to VMware vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand with an Early Access Program for customers in Europe and North America. The Early Access Program will open on November 17, and customers interested can go to http://www.vmware.com/go/ondemandeap to participate.
Additionally, we are giving our customers in Europe more options on how to connect to and leverage the cloud with VMware vCloud® Air ™ Direct Connect. By leveraging vCloud Air Direct Connect and working with our network provider partners such as Colt, customers can set up private line connectivity into their vCloud Air instance via dedicated circuits from their facility, or cross-connections from their co-located data center into the VMware cloud.
VMware will support the forthcoming G-Cloud 6 security approach later this month and will have a common platform for customers and partners based on open security assertions. This means partners will be able to submit common services based on vCloud Air into G-Cloud 6 catalogue, and government customers will have more choice based on transparency of security policy on the vCloud Air platform.
As you can see, we’ve been busy, but all of that hard work translates to a true hybrid cloud platform that delivers the security, governance and management of the private cloud, with the agility, speed and economics of a public cloud.
Originally published on VMware Tribal Knowledge blog http://blogs.vmware.com/tribalknowledge/2014/10/vmware-continues-to-expand-hybrid-cloud-presence-in-europe.html