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VMware Cloud on AWS Now Available in Canada

VMware Cloud on AWS is now available on Amazon’s Canadian (central region) data centers. VMware-invested Canadian organizations with large-scale cloud migration plans – but concerns about data location in Canada – should welcome the move.

VMware Cloud on AWS is a VMware service where VMware’s foundational software stack (vSphere, vSAN, and NSX) is installed on bare metal Amazon servers in an AWS data center. VMware Cloud customers also have low-latency access from these servers to a range of native AWS services.

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The service began about two years ago first on Amazon data centers (called a “region”) in the American Northwest. VMware and Amazon have since aggressively extended the partnership to Amazon regions around the globe including, now, the AWS Canada (Central) region. For more information see this blog post at VMware.

Our Take

Major public cloud services vendors such as AWS and Microsoft Azure have been in a race the past three years to establish geolocation in Canada. VMware is leveraging its AWS partnership to offer its VMware-based vision of hybrid cloud to Canadian companies and agencies. Be aware, though, that VMware Cloud does not have the low-entry cost, one-instance-at-a-time, one-to-unlimited elasticity of Amazon’s AWS service. The use case here is a major data center migration to the cloud or data center mirroring to cloud for disaster recovery planning.

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