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Native Google Cloud VMware Engine Due This Summer

Google: We want to make this really easy for customers to be able to migrate these workloads... to the cloud with really minimal change, so that they can focus on running their applications without managing their overall infrastructure.

May 14, 2020 2 minute read

by Donna Goodison

Google Cloud VMware Engine, an integrated, first-party solution for customers to extend, migrate and run their VMware environments in Google Cloud, is slated for general release this summer, adding to the No. 3 cloud provider’s enterprise momentum under CEO Thomas Kurian.

The new service provides a fully managed VMware Cloud Foundation stack, including vSphere, vCenter, vSAN, NSX-T and HCX, in a dedicated environment on Google Cloud’s infrastructure for enterprise production workloads. Now in a limited early access program with customers including capital markets infrastructure provider Deutsche Börse Group and enterprise resource planning software provider QAD, it’s expected to be generally available toward the end of June or in July, according to June Yang, general manager of Google Cloud’s compute business.

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Yang said Google Cloud’s systems integrator partners including Atos, Deloitte Consulting and World Wide Technology (WWT) will be instrumental in the rollout of Google Cloud VMware Engine.

“We’re seeing more and more organizations require a cloud strategy that enables them to accelerate their journey while minimizing risk and operational change,” said Bob Black, Deloitte Consulting’s Dell Technologies global lead alliance principal. “VMware Cloud has addressed that need and is now available on Google Cloud. With Google’s engineering strength, VMware’s technologies across environments, and Deloitte’s ability to guide clients through their cloud journey, we're uniquely positioned to help organizations simplify transformations.”

Hybrid cloud strategies continue to be a focal point for WWT customers, and Google Cloud VMware Engine “substantially accelerates the time frame for organizations to move their workloads to the cloud and modernize their infrastructure,” said Michael Taylor, WWT’s chief technology officer.

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