VMware wants its cloud service on Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud

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VMware wants its cloud service on Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud

VMware is planning to expand its relationships with Microsoft and Google to launch VMware Cloud on their respective infrastructure platforms.

Chief executive Pat Gelsinger told CNBC on Friday that despite the strong relationship with public cloud leader Amazon Web Services, there was still significant customer demand from Microsoft and Google cloud users.

"We have interest from our customers to expand our relationships with Google, Microsoft and others," Gelsinger said. "We have announced some incremental expansions of those agreements."

VMware announced its partnership with AWS in October 2016 to make it easier for customers to run VMware software on on-premises and public cloud and went live in the US 12 months later. VMware Cloud on AWS is yet to go live in Australia.

The service is available on hourly billing at the moment, while annual and three-year licences will be available at some point down the track.

It is comprised of three components: vSphere infrastructure virtualisation, vSAN software-defined storage and NSX network virtualisation.

Gelsinger said customer demand for AWS' public cloud rivals remained strong despite several of its large customers already running VMware Cloud on AWS. "There is no edge to the data centre anymore, and customers have multiple cloud products," said Gelsinger.

According to Synergy Research Group, AWS maintained its strong lead in the cloud infrastructure market in the first quarter with 33 percent, compared to 13 percent for Microsoft and less than 10 percent for Google.

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