Microsoft recently announced their plans to start running VMware software natively within the Azure cloud. This caused much interest in the tech world as well as some angry words from VMware!
You can read more about the initial announcement here
After the initial blog post, Microsoft went very quiet and had no more to say on the subject. I attended a webinar about VMware & Azure but this just covered the Azure Migrate tool – Microsoft’s new way of converting on-premises VMware VMs to Azure VMs running in the cloud…a great offering but not the super interesting part really!
Today (December 19, 2017) Microsoft have given us a bit of an update, in a new blog post.
They tell us that they’re working with multiple VMware partners and will run the solution on existing VMware certified hardware:
preview hardware will use a flexpod bare metal configuration with NetApp storage
This will allow organisations to continue running the VMware software they have invested in – both in terms of money and time – and that they trust to run their business, but also allow them to have L3 network connectivity with Azure services such as:
- Azure Active Directory
- Azure Cosmos DB
- Azure Functions
Microsoft are in discussions with these VMware partners – and also VMware themselves – and aim to:
make this offering generally available next year
VMware’s Angry Words
Interestingly, VMware angry words have become less angry.
There initial blog post was quite confrontational but has since been updated and now ahs a more reconciliatory tone. For example:
Recently, Microsoft announced preview of VMware virtualization on Azure, a bare-metal solution that is stated to run a VMware stack on Azure hardware, co-located with other Azure services in partnership with VMware-certified partners. No VMware-certified partner names have been mentioned nor have any partners collaborated with VMware in engineering this offering. This offering has been developed independent of VMware, and is neither certified nor supported by VMware.
Recently, Microsoft announced a preview of VMware virtualization on Azure, a bare-metal solution that is stated to run a VMware stack on Azure hardware, co-located with other Azure services in partnership with VMware-certified partners. This offering is being developed independent of VMware, however it is being offered as a dedicated, server-hosted solution similar in approach to other VMware Cloud Provider Partners (VCPP). The deployment is on VMware certified hardware consisting of FlexPod. VMware is in the process of engaging with the partner to ensure compliance and that the appropriate support model is in place.
The original post also said:
Microsoft recognizing the leadership position of VMware’s offering and exploring support for VMware on Azure as a superior and necessary solution for customers over Hyper-V or native Azure Stack environments is understandable but, we do not believe this approach will offer customers a good solution to their hybrid or multi-cloud future.
This is now nowhere to be found in the updated blog post!
A better relationship between the two vendors will surely make for a better experience for customers who take up this new offering as closer ties should mean better support.
They say they’ll share more info on plans for General Availability and partners “in the coming months” and if you’d like to take part in the preview – contact your Microsoft account manager.