VMware vCloud Air goes on general release in Germany

Virtualisation giant brings hybrid cloud service to Germany as global rollout gathers pace

VMware has opened a datacentre in Germany to support the launch of its hybrid cloud service, vCloud Air, in the country.

The infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering, underpinned by VMware’s vSphere technology, enables users to run apps and workloads either on-premise or in the cloud, allowing them to be moved between the two with ease.  

It is targeted at enterprises that are embarking on large cloud projects with resource-intensive workloads and, to this end, provides users with 120Gb of vRAM, 30GHz of vCPU and 6TB of storage.

Users are also offered a default network capacity of 50Mbps as standard, but can increase this to 1Gbps during peak demand for the service.

VMware vCloud Air has been generally available in the UK since February 2014, and is run out of a datacentre in Slough, Berkshire. The German version of the service is being offered through a Frankfurt facility.  

This means German end-users can tap into VMware cloud services without falling foul of the country’s compliance and data protection regulations, the virtualisation giant claims.

Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, said the rollout of vCloud Air in Germany is an important stage in the company’s quest to make its hybrid cloud services available across the globe.

“VMware’s new Frankfurt service location enables IT teams, developers and lines of business to take full advantage of an enterprise-class public cloud service that is local and fully compliant with local data protection regulations,” said Gelsinger.

In a poll investigating IT managers' cloud plans, carried out by market watcher IDC last August, 67% of German respondents said they expected to go down the hybrid route.

The analyst firm followed this up in December with a prediction that 65% of enterprises will commit to adopting hybrid cloud technologies before the end of 2015.

Robert Mahowald, programme vice-president of the IDC SaaS and cloud research practice, said this trend was gathering pace as end-users take stock of the cloud investments they have made so far and consider their next steps.

“Digitisation and transformation to virtualised, on-demand, provider-based services are driving very rapid internal change,” he said.

“IT buyers are shifting steadily towards cloud-also and cloud-first strategies and nearly all are reconsidering their IT best practices to embrace hybrid cloud construction and operations, secure data management, end-to-end governance, updated IT skills and improved multi-supplier sourcing.”

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