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Hybrid cloud is an attractive choice among enterprises whose IT requirements surpass the capabilities of their on-premises data centers. It delivers public cloud scalability and availability but still allows enterprises to control compliance.
As a dominant public cloud provider, Amazon hasn't offered a ton of support to build a hybrid cloud with AWS. But the necessity to move deeper into the hybrid cloud market is obvious, and recent partnerships demonstrate that Amazon is taking steps in that direction.
In May, Red Hat unveiled integration between OpenShift and AWS as part of their strategic alliance. The move provides OpenShift users with access to AWS, which enables them to provision cloud services, including Amazon Relational Database Service, Redshift and CloudFront, directly through OpenShift.
Several months later, VMware enabled its software stacks to run on AWS infrastructure, the result of a partnership between those two companies. VMware customers with all licenses paid and infrastructure in place could find that a natural transition to the cloud provides a huge benefit. VMware Cloud on AWS allows just that, making it easy to move workloads between on-premises data centers and Amazon's public cloud with existing VMware tools.
Amazon certainly wants more customers to deploy hybrid cloud with AWS. These partnerships show AWS' push to strengthen its influence in the hybrid cloud market. And as public cloud providers continue to fight for their share of that market, you can expect more partnerships to form in the future.
What's missing for hybrid cloud with AWS?
VMware Cloud on AWS is in its infancy. It still lacks helpful hybrid features, including disaster recovery and data center consolidation. Furthermore, it is currently only available in the US-West-2 (Oregon) region, which could create issues for companies not based in the U.S. And it might take time to become available in other regions.
Currently, there is also no unified support for the RedHat-AWS integration -- though those plans are in the works. It's important to provide a single support path, as the partnership encompasses two different companies, each with its own support.
AWS also lacks the ability to run its services on premises. So far, AWS has shown no interest in enabling local cloud services, so Azure Stack could gain an edge with support for that capability.
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