VMware wants to bring its virtualization software to Microsoft Azure

VMware wants to bring its virtualization software to Microsoft Azure

VMware wants to collaborate with one of its biggest competitors, Microsoft. The specialist wants to bring his virtualisation software to Azure. That’s what Silicon Angle reports.

For years, both companies have been competing with each other to provide competitive services to help customers manage their private data centers as they migrate critical workloads to the cloud.

The virtualisation software makes it possible to run different operating systems and multiple applications on the same physical computers. The fact that VMware’s software is difficult to get on the Azure cloud has always been a major problem. This is because a link to Microsoft’s cloud platform limits VMware customers’ options. Many of these customers want to take advantage of a hybrid cloud infrastructure that gives them more options on how and where to roll out their apps.


So that could change now. VMware and Microsoft are investigating a collaboration similar to the one that VMware started in 2016 with Amazon Web Services (AWS). This resulted in a new service called VMware Cloud on AWS, which made it easier for companies to run the software on Amazon’s cloud. They could also benefit directly from AWS’ cloud services.

VMware and Microsoft would now work on software that makes it easier for businesses to migrate VMware-based apps to Azure. It is already possible to run the virtualized servers within the cloud platform, but this takes a lot of technical work. A direct collaboration with Microsoft should make this a lot easier.

The cooperation is probably the result of customer demands. CEO Pat Gelsinger told CNBC in June that his customers were asking for compatibility between the VMware and Azure software, as well as Google Cloud.

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