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February 2017, Vol. 6, No. 2

Questions loom over Amazon-VMware cloud deal

The VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services is an unlikely partnership that just might work. IT professionals are genuinely curious about the Amazon-VMware partnership, and the resulting VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS) offering. But details about the arrangement, unveiled in late 2016, remain elusive. While prospective customers wait to hear exactly how the service will work and how much it will cost, Modern Infrastructure's Nick Martin talked with Laz Vekiarides, CTO of ClearSky Data and former Dell executive, to get his unfiltered thoughts on the joint venture. Who stands to win from the Amazon-VMware deal? Laz Vekiarides: The agreement has a lot of benefits from VMware's standpoint because they need to be able to say they're doing something with the cloud -- that they're still relevant. The worst thing that could happen for VMware is for someone to come along and make it easy to convert VMware VMs to run on Amazon. If that were to happen, those VMs are gone forever. From the Amazon perspective, it's hard not to see it ...

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