How VMware aims to make multi-cloud seamless

Jun 23, 2022
Multi Cloud

A flexible purchasing and consumption solution aims for consistency across every cloud.

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Multi-cloud provides increased velocity, scale, and choice by enabling enterprises to create and deploy new services across clouds. But multi-cloud environments will quickly lose their allure if their operations are not seamless.

VMware is offering organizations a flexible multi-cloud purchasing and consumption solution that aims for consistency in infrastructure across every cloud, so that migration now and in the future is seamless and less complex.

VMware Cloud Universal offers a rich set of enterprise-class VMware compute, storage, networking, management, security, and modern application capabilities that span on-premises data centers and private, public, local, and edge clouds. The offering provides financial flexibility with the ability to apply program credits to a range of products and services, including:

  • Google Cloud VMware Engine and VMware Cloud on AWS, for public cloud  
  • VMware Cloud on Dell for edge cloud
  • VMware Cloud Foundation-Subscription for hybrid and private cloud

Customers can manage across cloud infrastructure environments utilizing the following:

  • VMware Tanzu Standard, an open source-aligned Kubernetes distribution to modernize applications
  • vRealize Cloud Universal Enterprise Plus, which combines SaaS and on-premises capabilities for cloud automation, operations, analytics, network visibility, cost optimization, security, and compliance into one license
  • VMware disaster recovery solutions such as VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery or Site Recovery Manager

Google is the most recent public cloud vendor to join VMware Cloud Universal. The aim being, according to a report in The Register, “to make it easier for enterprises to migrate VMware-based workloads to the cloud while allowing them to re-use on-premises license investments.”

The VMware Cloud Console provides on-demand customer selection and provisioning for all of the customer’s available multi-cloud services, to be charged against subscription plan credits. The console includes a VMware Launchpad experience that is intended to provide self-service support, with introductions for deploying infrastructure, along with guides for migration, Kubernetes, and other solutions.

“VMware Cloud Console enables a consistent multi-cloud experience for customers and is the primary management interface for services purchased through VMware Cloud Universal,” explains Dee Dee Atta, Group Product Marketing Manager, Multi-Cloud Solutions.

Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights and Strategy writes in his Forbes blog that, “If you are in the multi-cloud camp, which I think most of you are, then VMware Cloud provides a simple single cloud operating model. That is good news for both developers and IT operations.”

Raghu Raghuram, appointed CEO of VMware in May 2021, says VMware aims to ensure enterprise sovereignty, providing organizations with full control and freedom of choice both in decisions being made today and strategic options for the future.

“In practice, this means that when you choose which cloud to build or run a particular application on, your decision is based entirely on the needs of the app and your business priorities,” Raghuram writes. “It’s about being ‘cloud smart,’ with an ability to match every workload to the cloud that works best—with full access to that innovative machine-learning tool or analytics solution or database service that helps you compete and win.”

To explore whether VMware Cloud Universal is your cloud-smart path to a seamless multi-cloud environment, go to