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VMware opens cloud datacentre in London for European IaaS customers

Archana Venkatraman

Virtualisation and cloud provider VMware has launched its second UK datacentre in London’s Chessington to expand its infrastructure as a service (IaaS) services, vCloud Hybrid Service, in Europe.

The new datacentre is VMware’s second IaaS datacentre in the UK. Earlier it opened its cloud datacentre in Slough to provide services to organisations that need to keep their data in the UK.

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The new datacentre strategy comes after a majority of its enterprise customers (86%) said it is important to ensure their business-critical data is stored with a UK-based cloud service provider.

A Vanson Bourne study, commissioned by VMware, found that more than half of the respondents said they are required to follow industry data residency regulations and/or compliance standards.

VMware launched vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS), an IaaS service based on its virtualistaion platform vSphere in Europe in February this year. The cloud service features three IaaS services: dedicated cloud, virtual private cloud and disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS). It allows customers to extend applications, networking, management, operations and tools over on and off-premise environments.

Since VMware launched vCHS in the UK, more than 800 individuals at partner organisations have been accredited in EMEA, according to the company.

The Vanson Bourne study also revealed that 65% of VMware’s UK customers said hybrid cloud could help meet business demands more quickly. Another 81% said they needed a solution that makes their public cloud as easy to manage as their own infrastructure, while 85% said their public cloud is not integrated or only partly integrated with their datacentre.

The research highlights data sovereignty as having a large influence in whether organisations move to the public cloud, said Gavin Jackson, vice president and general manager of EMEA Cloud Services, VMware.

“Hybrid Service can fill a big gap in the market by providing customers with swift and easy access to the public cloud – helping them reduce capital expenses and also tackle data sovereignty issues,” Jackson said.

Since launching vCHS, VMware has also added data protection services on it to make disaster recovery and security services “easier, more cost effective and accessible for organisations,” according to VMware. 

It also added support for Pivotal CF – the private platform as a service (PaaS) based on Cloud Foundry on vCHS platform.

“The service provides seamless integration from a customers’ datacentre out to the public cloud so IT services can be easily and consistently consumed from both resource pools,” said Nick Henry, head of transformation and cloud services, Computacenter. Henry will use the service to help Computacenter’s customers transform their IT infrastructures.

Another VMware customer Bluefin Solutions aims to move everything – including business-critical applications – to a hybrid-cloud environment with VMware – after it makes its core on-premises infrastructure cloud-ready.

“With VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, we can now seamlessly move data and applications freely across private and public cloud environments, without having to learn a new set of tools,” said Kevin Turnbull, head of IT, at Bluefin.

The Chessington datacentre will become part of VMware’s cloud datacentre portfolio in the US, Japan and the UK.

VMware is the second company to build a cloud-specific datacentre in London. Earlier this month IBM opened its SoftLayer datacentre in Chessington for its European cloud customers. The new datacentre is IBM’s second cloud-focused facility in Europe, adding to its existing Amsterdam facility.


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