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VMware extends collaboration with Microsoft for enterprise workloads in Azure

VMware has extended its ongoing collaboration with Microsoft to help customers with an Azure-first strategy to modernise enterprise VMware vSphere workloads quickly and cost-effectively in Microsoft Azure.

Customers will be able to purchase Azure VMware Solution as part of VMware Cloud Universal, a flexible purchasing and consumption program for executing multi-cloud and digital transformation strategies.

"The availability of Azure VMware Solution through VMware Cloud Universal makes it easier for  customers to adopt Azure VMware Solution as part of a multi-cloud strategy," says Zia Yusuf, senior vice president, strategic ecosystem and industry solutions, VMware.

"VMware Cloud Universal customers will gain greater flexibility to adopt Azure VMware Solution at their own pace to speed cloud migration, simplify ongoing operations, modernise applications faster and  achieve better economics while benefiting from a single operating model across clouds."

VMware Cloud Universal is ideal for customers committed to a hybrid cloud architecture; that  have extended or variable cloud migration timelines; that have cloud bursting requirements; or  desire an OPEX model for on-premises infrastructure. With VMware Cloud Universal, customers  purchase credits for VMware's multi-cloud infrastructure and management and apply these credits to deployments of Azure VMware Solution and other VMware Cross-Cloud services.

With Azure VMware Solution, customers benefit from the scale, performance, and innovation of Azure and the enterprise capabilities of VMware Cloud to run VMware vSphere workloads in the cloud. Azure VMware Solution enables customers to achieve higher availability and better security with a VMware Cloud environment built on industry-leading vSphere, vSAN, and NSX capabilities running natively on dedicated Azure infrastructure. Consistent VMware Cloud  infrastructure and operations and the ability to use existing skillsets, tools, and training help  reduce costs and simplify operations in the cloud. Built-in advanced networking and security  help safeguard against modern, laterally moving threats. Customers can also accelerate app innovation and modernisation by leveraging the rich set of developer solutions available in Azure, including VMware Tanzu.

"Digital transformation holds the promise of enabling new business models, improving customer  experiences, and delivering better outcomes for organisations," says Kathleen Mitford, corporate vice president, Azure Marketing, Microsoft Corp.

"This promise is often held back by business  and technical realities, talent shortages, or financial constraints. Azure VMware Solution offers a  unique path to help enterprise customers overcome these challenges and sets itself apart to help these organisations modernise and better secure their vSphere workloads with a combined set of unique features and compelling economic benefits only Microsoft can deliver."

Moving to Azure VMware Solution has the potential to yield significant financial benefits to  customers. A Total Economic Impact study commissioned by Microsoft and conducted by Forrester Consulting shows a composite organisation found a projected ROI between 125% and  274% and projected TCO savings ranged from $3 million to more than $7 million over three  years. Specifically, customers can lower overall costs for Microsoft applications running on  vSphere.

Customers benefit from free extended security updates for Windows Server and SQL  Server 2008 and 2012, the ability to bring and use existing on-premises Windows Server and  SQL Server licenses to the cloud with Azure Hybrid Benefit, and support for Microsoft 365 and  Azure with Horizon virtual desktop environments.

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