Alibaba Cloud and VMware partner on new cloud service

Alibaba Cloud and VMware have launched the Alibaba Cloud VMware Service aimed at Chinese enterprises looking to move their VMware workloads to public cloud

Alibaba Cloud and VMware have launched the next generation of their jointly developed public cloud service, Alibaba Cloud VMware Service, in order to help enterprises across China accelerate their digital transformation.

The service aims to enable enterprises in China to migrate and modernise applications faster and seamlessly move workloads between on-premises VMware environments and Alibaba Cloud at scale. 

Modernising infrastructure for customers 

Operated by Alibaba Cloud, the service includes access to the entire VMware stack running natively on Alibaba Cloud’s infrastructure – a setup that the two companies said will help maximise performance, availability, security, as well as increase workload density. 

“In today’s app-driven economy, more and more Chinese enterprises are adopting a hybrid cloud model to accelerate their digital transformation” said Mark Lohmeyer, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Infrastructure Business Group at VMware. “Alibaba Cloud VMware Service helps customers modernise applications, infrastructure and operations faster with demonstrable economic benefits and less risk.”

The integrations enable enterprise-grade compute, storage and networking capabilities, as well as unified infrastructure and management for high visibility and automation.

Customers can also benefit from improved security, with the ability to create offsite disaster recovery sites to safeguard VMs in any operating system and application. It also facilitates fast and predictable recovery time objectives (RTOs) and the ability to automate disaster recovery workflows to reduce costs.

Creating seamless cloud migration

Founded in 2009, Alibaba Cloud provides cloud computing services to various types of enterprises and individuals all over the world, including start-ups, large enterprises, and various public service organisations operating in Alibaba's online marketplace.

VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. The company was founded in 1998 and has over 24,000 employees, with an ecosystem of 75,000 partners.

Chinese automobile parts manufacturer United Automotive Electronics is one of the earliest adopters of Alibaba Cloud VMware Service.

“Seeing the benefits of the public cloud, we considered adopting hybrid cloud for our environments, but initially there wasn’t a consistent public cloud platform with the same VMware architecture,” said Mr. Ming Xu, deputy director of process and IT department at United Automotive Electronics Co., Ltd. “After deploying Alibaba Cloud VMware Service, we solved many challenges including enabling seamless cloud migration with no negative effects on the core business, efficiently managing simultaneous environments on and off the cloud, and removing the high cost of data center operations. The service also enhanced elastic scaling and rapid expansion of VMware resources on the cloud.”

 

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