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VMware and Amazon have announced a strategic partnership that brings those two companies together to deliver a vSphere-based cloud service running on AWS. This service will make it easier for customers to run any application, using a set of familiar software and tools, in a consistent hybrid cloud environment.

Currently in Technology Preview, VMware Cloud on AWS, will bring VMware’s enterprise class Software-Defined Data Center software to the AWS cloud, and will enable customers to run any application across vSphere-based private, public and hybrid cloud environments. It will be operated, managed and sold by VMware as an on-demand, elastically scalable service and customers will be able to leverage AWS services such as developer tools, analytics, databases, and more.

The VMware cloud will be deployed as a private cloud containing vSphere ESXi hosts, VSAN and NSX on AWS infrastructure on bare metal.So compatibility is assured and there is no performance issues for some binary translations or emulation (like using Ravello to bring your VMware vSphere workload on AWS).

Invite-only betas are expected to start in the beginning of 2017 with availability expected to be in the mid-2017 time-frame. If you are interested in applying for the beta, please fill out this interest form.

For more information see also: VMware Cloud™ on AWS – A Closer Look