Expands partnership with Dell and VMware to create new hybrid cloud opportunities and expand Microsoft 365 distribution
Running VMware applications in the shadows of the Microsoft Azure cloud is now a thing of the past as the two companies, plus Dell Technologies, announced a new expanded partnership that will extend hybrid cloud opportunities by officially integrating the offerings of the respective companies into holistic solutions.
The Lowdown: The three-way partnership will enable existing VMware users to run their applications seamlessly across the Microsoft Azure ecosystem. Additionally, Dell, VMware, and Microsoft agreed to more tightly integrate their cloud and network management tools. And Dell will pre-install Microsoft 365 — the enterprise productivity, mobility, and security suite — on its devices running Windows 10.
The Details: VMware users will be able to run VMware vSphere, vSAN, NSX, and vCenter applications in the Microsoft Azure cloud. In addition, the Microsoft-VMware relationship will enable hybrid cloud systems, giving enterprises the ability to run applications split between the Azure cloud and local data centers.
Also, Microsoft is integrating Microsoft 365 with VMware’s Workspace One, giving enterprises the ability to expand the management of Office 365 and other applications. Microsoft says Workspace One will complement its Intune and Azure Active Directory Premium tools.
Microsoft and VMware are working together to extend the Windows Virtual Desktop; the companies expect a launch by the end of 2019.
The Impact: The announcement of an expanded Microsoft-Dell-VMware partnership to officially bring VMware’s software to the Azure ecosystem isn’t expected. Since 2016, VMware and AWS have worked together to enable hybrid cloud services through VMware’s virtualization software and management tools. The Dell-VMware partnership probably did more to help Microsoft equal rival AWS, as the relationship includes integration and distribution of Microsoft 365 and VMware software.
The Buzz: “Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. And we’re committed to realizing this mission through technology innovations and strategic partnerships that unlock shared value,” wrote Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of the Cloud and Enterprise Group at Microsoft. “This collaboration is a great example of our ongoing commitment to meet the evolving needs of our customers.”
“These collaborations will help customers maximize the impact of their modern digital workspace investments in VMware and Microsoft across both Microsoft 365 and heterogeneous technology environments,” wrote Shankar Iyer, senior vice president and general manager of End-User Computing at VMware. “We are excited to partner and integrate with Microsoft solutions to drive more value across these solutions over time, allowing customers to build, manage, and deliver optimized digital workspace solutions to address key and critical use cases around Windows 10, Office 365, and [Windows Virtual Desktop].”