After AWS, Microsoft plans to support VMware’s virtualization technologies for on-premise apps on its Azure Cloud platform. Without the support of VMware.

Starting Nov. 27, Microsoft will launch Azure Migrate.

This free service will allow Azure users to migrate their on-premise VMware applications to the Redmond Cloud.

An offer that responds to customer demand. “One of the things I hear a lot about is the desire to move existing on-premise VMware workloads to Azure,” said Corey Sanders, Director of Compute for Azure.

“This includes migrating VMware applications to Azure, integrating with Azure, and deploying VMware virtualization on the Azure platform. ”

In fact, Azure Migrate integrates different services to ensure the successful execution of the migration: Discovery and assessment, to visualize the dependencies of the multi-VM applications and to estimate the needs in resources; Migration, which uses Azure Site Recovery (ASR) to migrate virtualized Windows Server and Linux workloads, as well as SQL Server and Oracle databases in Azure SQL Database (from the Azure Database Migration Service); Resource & Cost Optimization to optimize operating costs by leveraging Azure Cost Management (also known as Cloudyn).

A competing bare-metal solution from AWS

In his blog post, Corey Sanders also highlights other Azure services to manage VMware workloads such as Azure Backup, Site Recovery, Security Center or Log Analytics, update / configuration management …

Or, most importantly, VMware virtualization on Azure, a bare-metal solution for running VMware virtualization technologies on Azure servers for more specific needs. With announced availability for next year and will be supported by VMware Certified Partners.

Microsoft’s ambition is clearly to gain points in the public cloud market against the number one Amazon Web Services (AWS), its first competitor.

It’s not a coincidence that the Redmond announcement comes one week before the re: Invet conference from Amazon Web Services.

VMware virtualization on Azure, still in beta, has just competed directly with VMware Cloud on AWS finalized last summer.

No VMware certification

But with the difference that, unlike Amazon, Microsoft has developed its offer alone in its corner.

“This offering was developed independently of VMware and is neither certified nor supported by VMware,” said Ajay Patel, who is responsible for cloud product development at VMware in a response to Microsoft.

“Microsoft’s stated intention is to allow this as an intermediate migration solution and not as a solution designed to run enterprise workloads in production … we do not believe that this approach will provide customers with a good solution for their hybrid or multi-cloud future. ”

What’s more, “No VMware Certified Partner Name was mentioned and no partner collaborated with VMware to design this offer,” he says. Microsoft would he anticipated on his ability to convince later?

Unless the publisher of Redmond is waiting for the AWS conference to be in full swing to reveal a little more precisely its strategy.

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