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Customers Can Extend Data Centers to the Public Cloud and Meet Local UK Data Requirements, First Step in VMware European Service Expansion
LONDON, UK and PALO ALTO, CA – Feb 25, 2014 — /BackupReview.info/ — VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced the general availability of VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™ in Europe from a data center in Slough, UK. Complementing VMware’s existing US data centers, the Slough data center provides customers with a European location that addresses UK and EU compliance and data sovereignty demands.
VMware’s UK service expansion demonstrates the company’s commitment to provide customers a Hybrid Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) footprint internationally and marks the beginning of a planned rollout of VMware vCloud Hybrid Service across key European locations.
“Customer response to the UK public beta of VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™ has been tremendous,” said Bill Fathers, senior vice president and general manager, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware. “VMware is uniquely positioned to deliver the best of both worlds: the compelling economics and agility of a public cloud, yet fully compatible with a customer’s existing data center, applications, management tools, networking and security. As a result, VMware vCloud Hybrid Service solves key business issues allowing organizations to seamlessly extend their data centers to the cloud — linking both private and public cloud together to create a truly hybrid cloud.”
Data Sovereignty in the Cloud Era
A recent survey of 200 VMware enterprise customers in the UK conducted by Vanson Bourne, an independent and specialist market research provider for the global technology sector, revealed that 86 percent of respondents believe that it is important to ensure their business critical data is stored with a UK-based cloud service provider. In addition, the survey found that 52 percent said that they are required to follow industry data residency regulations and/or compliance standards. Twenty percent were unaware where all of their data, including mission critical data, currently resides.
Delving deeper into existing cloud usage, the survey found that 85 percent of the customers surveyed said that their current public cloud is either not integrated or only partly integrated with their own data center, requiring applications to be recoded to migrate workloads, and 81 percent agreed that they needed a solution that makes their public cloud as easy to manage as their own infrastructure.
“By moving to a single hybrid cloud platform with VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, we’ll be able to treat our private and public clouds as a single entity, moving workloads out into the public cloud when necessary without needing to invest in additional hardware,” said Michael Briggs, Head of IT Service Operations, Cancer Research. “With VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, my IT teams will be able to quickly launch new products and services, investing in either public or private cloud as appropriate.”
Learn more about the VMware customer research: http://bit.ly/OD0uuV
VMware’s Approach to Hybrid Cloud
Designed to serve the growing demand for vCloud Hybrid Service, the new UK data center delivers a high performance software-defined data center architecture including:
VMware’s Hybrid Cloud Provides Opportunities for Partners
“We were one of the first companies in the world to see VMware vCloud Hybrid Service in action as we took part in the US early access program with one of our customers, Biomni,” said Paul Casey, practice leader, Cloud, Automation and Virtualisation, Computacenter. “We’ve all been really impressed with what we’ve seen. VMware vCloud Hybrid Service is a seamless extension to existing VMware investments and it brings true hybrid capability not just to new workloads, but to existing virtualized workloads and workload blueprints.”
“Resellers will have the opportunity to offer additional hybrid cloud capabilities and management tools as well as consultancy,” said Ed Dolman, head of channels, UK and Ireland, VMware. “Both partners and resellers will also have the ability to differentiate vCloud Hybrid Service in line with industries or applications bespoke to their customer base. As we roll out the service across Europe, this will open further opportunities for our partners across a broad variety of European markets.”
Read more about what partners are saying about VMware vCloud Hybrid Service: http://bit.ly/1jAxrSO
VMware, vCloud Hybrid Service, vCloud Automation Center, vCloud Application Director, vCloud API, vMotion, vSphere, and VMware vCloud are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies. The use of the word “partner” or “partnership” does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company.
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