Remember recently when Microsoft went off on its own to host VMware in its Azure services? If not – check HERE: VMware Does not Recommend or Support its Products Running on Azure
Since that public hubbub, it appears that there have been ongoing discussions between the two companies. Where VMware originally stated (the original post has been edited to eliminate the nasty supportability statement) that it would not support its products running on Azure, it now says…
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.
Additionally, Microsoft seems to have taken a step back. In a similar post, Microsoft’s Corey Sanders, says…
We are facilitating discussions with VMware and the VCPP partners to ensure you have a great solution and a great support experience when we make this offering generally available next year…We will share more information on GA plans and partners in the coming months. If you’d like to participate in this preview, please contact your Microsoft sales representative.
You gotta love the holidays. The companies can renew their love/hate relationship after the holidays.
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