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As rumored, VMware unveiled its cloud service Tuesday at a live event, with general availability in the U.S. planned for third quarter and early access beginning next month.
Called VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, the new offer is an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud operated by VMware and built on VMware vSphere. The idea, then, is to give VMware customers a common platform for extending their data centers into the cloud. This means customers will be able to extend the same skills, tools, networking and security models across both on-premises and off-premises environments, VMware noted. vSphere administrators will be able to view, manage and migrate VMs from the vSphere client using the free vCloud Connector plug-in.
The service comes in two versions. A Dedicated Cloud service will provide physically isolated and reserved compute resources and will be sold on an annual term with pricing starting at 13 cents an hour for a fully protected, fully redundant 1GB virtual machine with 1 processor. A Virtual Private Cloud service has a multitenant compute resource model, but with dedicated allocations for customers and will be sold on a monthly term with pricing starting at 4.5 cents an hour for a fully protected, fully redundant 1GB virtual machine with one processor.
VMware vCloud Hybrid Service will be delivered by partners and be compatible with other VMware-based cloud services. vCloud Hybrid Service can be sold the same way as on-premises VMware licenses with a standard SKU, and partners can retain the billing relationship with customers. In addition, cloud service providers will have the opportunity to provide value-added services or add vCloud Hybrid Service to their portfolio.
Because it's built on vSphere, vCloud Hybrid Service will leverage its advanced features, including VMware vMotion, High Availability and vSphere Distributed Resources Scheduler. It also will support thousands of applications and more than 90 operating systems that are certified to run on vSphere.
Customers can connect to the service using virtual networking over Layer 2 or 3 networks from their data center into the VMware public cloud.