In 2019, Microsoft teamed with Dell to roll out VMware Solutions, which provided users with access to native VMware directly in Microsoft Azure. In an update for the service, Microsoft has launched a preview of the next generation of its Azure VMware Solution.
Moving into the second generation, Microsoft says the tool is more cost-effective and can migrate on-premises workloads to the cloud more quickly. Because the platform is VMware Cloud Verified, it can support all the capabilities VMware provides.
Speaking about Azure VMware Solution, Sanjay Poonen, CEO at VMware, said the service provides organizations with a powerful tool:
“Now more than ever it is important we come together and help them create stability and efficiency for their businesses. The new Azure VMware Solution gives customers the ability to use the same VMware foundation in Azure as they use in their private data centers. It provides a consistent operating model that can increase business agility and resiliency, reduces costs, and enable a native developer experience for all types of applications.”
Some of the most popular VMware tools are integrated into the experience, including HCX, vSphere, vSAN, and NSX-T. Microsoft has also included the Azure Hybrid Benefit extension, which gives organizations more compatibility with SQL Server and Windows Server on-premises.
Furthermore, users of 2008 versions of those Microsoft platforms will get three years free Extended Security Updates.
Main Azure VMware Solution Features
- “You can provision a full VMware Cloud Foundation environment on Azure and gain compute and storage elasticity as your business needs change.
- Customers can maintain operational consistency as they accelerate a move to the cloud with the use of familiar VMware technology including VMWare vSphere, HCX, NSX-T, and vSAN.
- the new Azure VMware Solution has an option to add VMware HCX Enterprise, which will enable customers to further simplify their migration efforts to Azure including support for bulk live migrations.
- HCX also enables customers running older versions of vSphere on-premises to move to newer versions of vSphere seamlessly running on Azure VMware Solution.”
“This is an amazing milestone for Microsoft and VMware to meet our customers where they are today on their cloud journey. Azure VMware Solution is a great example of how we design Azure services to support a broad range of customer workloads,” said Jason Zander, Executive Vice President at Microsoft.