Oracle announces key partnership with VMware

Customers will now be able to run VMware workloads on Oracle’s cloud

Oracle and VMware have solidified and expanded their existing partnership to better help organisations harness the power of hybrid cloud. 

The latest iteration of the joint focus  which should be made available in the first half of 2020 will enable companies to support their hybrid cloud efforts by running VMware's Cloud Foundation on Oracle's Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). 

Those interested will be able to migrate VMware vSphere workloads over to Oracle's Generation 2 OCI to take advantage of the latter's infrastructure and operational investments, in addition to Oracle's technical support. 

"VMware is delighted that for the first time, Oracle will officially offer technical support for Oracle products running on VMware. This is a win-win for customers," said Sanjay Poonen, COO of customer operations at VMware.

"We're also happy to welcome Oracle to the VMware Cloud Provider programme, which will allow them to migrate and manage workloads running on VMware Cloud Foundation in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure."

Becoming part of VMware's Cloud Provider programme means the firm and its vibrant partner ecosystem will be able to sell such solutions. What's more, it means customers will be able to take advantage of the recent investments Oracle has made in its autonomous solutions. 

The VMware tie-up follows hot on the heels of a multi-cloud partnership with Microsoft, which essentially connects the two services and enables joint customers to leverage historic investments. 

Joint customers also seem happy with the news, which is not too dissimilar to the recent partnership Oracle announced with Microsoft. 

"Oracle and VMware are technology providers that we depend on to run our organisation successfully. As a long-time customer of both companies, we are pleased that this partnership demonstrates with decisive clarity that Oracle products are indeed supported," said Dan Young, chief data architect and manager of enterprise database administration at Indiana University.

"This gives us even greater confidence that we have strategic partners that are working together in our best interest to help ensure that in the event something goes wrong, we are fully supported and will face minimal disruption in our operations."

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