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VMware Does not Recommend or Support its Products Running on Azure

AWS and Azure are in a heated battle over cloud supremacy. Well, actually, when you use a tool like the recently unearthed Cloud Comparer, the contest is not even close. But, Microsoft has made inroads over the last couple years and continues to push forward with some success and gains.

AWS and VMware announced a partnership in 2016 that produced a collaborative set of VMware products running on Amazon’s cloud. The partnership was official and public.

Microsoft last week announced its own solution to enable VMware to run on Azure. However, this was not the result of a partnership and the ultimate goal is to get VMware customers converted to Azure customers. The announcement says…

Host VMware infrastructure with VMware virtualization on Azure. Most workloads can be migrated to Azure easily using the above services; however, there may be specific VMware workloads that are initially more challenging to migrate to the cloud. For these workloads, you may need the option to run the VMware stack on Azure as an intermediate step. Today, we’re excited to announce the preview of VMware virtualization on Azure, a bare-metal solution that runs the full VMware stack on Azure hardware, co-located with other Azure services. We are delivering this offering in partnership with premier VMware-certified partners.

However, VMware has since taken offense. In a rebuttal post by Ajay Patel Senior Vice President, Product Development, Cloud Services for VMware entitled, VMware – The Platform of Choice in the Cloud, Ajay says…

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.

Our experience has shown public cloud environments require significant joint engineering to run enterprise workloads. Hence, we cannot endorse an unsupported and non-engineered solution that isn’t optimized for the VMware stack. VMware does not recommend and will not support customers running on the Azure announced partner offering.

As the cloud wars continue to escalate, each battle is important. To Microsoft’s credit, VMware has had a tough time shedding the on-premises, just a virtualization service image. But, Microsoft has been attempting to paint VMware as a company without a true cloud solution for years. It started with giving away Hyper-V as part of the operating system and continues today with the unqualified VMware service for Azure.

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