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Multi-cloud the theme at VMWorld

An acquisition and some partner programmes have underlined the commitment of VMware to carve out more share in the multi-cloud market

A raft of announcements have started to come out of VMWorld in Las Vegas with plenty of attention given to the vendor's acqusition of CloudHealth Technologies.

The addition of the US start-up, for an undisclosed fee, will help VMware strengthen its multi-cloud pitch and give customers using AWS, Azure and Google more cost and usage analytical tools.

“Multi-cloud usage while beneficial to business creates a unique set of operational problems.” said Raghu Raghuram, chief operating officer, products and cloud services, VMware. “With the addition of CloudHealth Technologies we are delivering a consistent and actionable view into cost and resource management, security and performance for applications across multiple clouds.”

That deal was part of a theme with more being done in partner programmes and technical support around multi-cloud with VMware also increasing the options for partners looking to sell services in that area.

One of the announcements coming out of Vegas was the VMware Cloud Provider Hub, which gives partners the chance to purchase, provision and manage the firm's infrastructure and operations.

“VMware Cloud Provider Partners are trusted advisors for customers in their cloud journey,” said Rajeev Bhardwaj, vice president of product management, cloud provider software business unit, VMware.

“With these new innovations, VMware will enable our partners to capture the opportunity for multi-cloud and create new managed services inclusive of non-VMware based clouds," he added "VMware Cloud Provider Partners will be able to address the complexity of multi-cloud management and extend their relationship with their enterprise customers beyond providing only VMware-based cloud infrastructure.”

There were also announcements on the cloud services front with more help for developers with the cloud assembly function and a Service Broker catalogue to make it easier for partners to pull together a solution using a single place to find all the necessary tools.

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