Microsoft and VMware are preparing a groundbreaking partnership that will bring a fully supported version of VMware's virtualised compute infrastructure into the Azure cloud, according to a report in The Information.
Joint development is under way for the hybrid cloud solution—possibly part of a broader partnership between the two software powerhouses that for years have been bitter rivals, according to the technology news publication, which cites seven sources, one with direct knowledge of the project.
Microsoft's efforts to merge the previously uncooperative technologies are being led by Ray Blanchard, once a VMware executive responsible for shepherding the virtualisation software developer's alliance with Amazon Web Services. The project could be revealed within weeks, according to The Information's reporting.
While Microsoft once flatly rejected VMware's offer to work together, the competitive landscape has changed since then, and there have been intriguing signs of a softening of that stance in recent years.
VMware's deal with Amazon, which yielded VMware Cloud on AWS, a vSphere environment provisioned through the hyper-scale kingpin's cloud, might have changed minds in Redmond.
Microsoft's initial efforts to lure VMware workloads into Azure mostly involved options for refactoring applications as part of the migration process to use Microsoft's cloud-native services. But another Microsoft blog laying out those migration options described VMware virtualisation on Azure as a good choice "for VMware workloads that are initially more challenging to migrate."
"This approach lets you run the full VMware stack on Azure co-located with other Azure services," that blog said, adding the approach will not deliver cost savings or cloud-native agility, but will allow customers to "reuse" their VMware skillsets.
The latest report in The Information suggests that one of the two software giants finally capitulated and decided to go after more market share, Klee said. And, based on how it's described and his own hopes for the service, "the new feature is fantastic."
Neither VMware nor Microsoft chose to comment on the report of their cooperation.