Michael Dell slams multi-cloud credentials of HPE

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In February, the technology giant announced that VMware solutions purchased through Dell would count toward Dell EMC Partner Program tier requirements.

This week in Vegas - where Dell is having its annual shindig - the two companies professed mutual love and respect: a far cry from the behaviour we saw in 2017, when they were engaged in a bitter war of words and VMware stated publicly that it couldn't recommend Azure as a platform for its wares. "Customers can now seamlessly run, manage and secure applications across VMware environments and Microsoft Azure with a common operating framework", Guthrie wrote in his blog post. The VMware software is powered by several software-defined offerings: vSphere ("server virtualization software and the heart of a modern SDDC"); vSAN (a storage offering described as "a core building block for the Software-Defined Data Center"); and NSX Data Center (delivering "virtualized networking and security entirely in software").

With these solutions, customers can capitalize on VMware's broadly deployed Cloud infrastructure while experiencing the power of Microsoft Azure.

The threesome announced the bringing of VMware's product portfolio to the Microsoft Azure platform in a widely-expected move that has made official the rumors and unofficial collaborations that began in 2017.

In today's announcement Microsoft also reveal Microsoft 365 ecosystem is now part of VMware Workspace ONE application-management system, which indicates Workspace ONE consumers can secure and manage features in Office 365 across devices.

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VMware infrastructure will run on the Microsoft Azure cloud with full support from both companies under a partnership announced Monday.

"Many of our partners earned this competency a year ago, which means they already have the foundational deployment certifications to accelerate this new cloud competency", explained Mullen, citing that full cloud competency certification requirements will be announced during the third quarter of 2019. This integration will provide additional technology choices for customers as they accelerate their digital transformation. Additionally, a second version is being developed for release later this year by Virtustream, a Dell subsidiary. "We've solved this battle that we've been having - is it going to be a Workspace ONE device or a Microsoft Intune device?"

Also getting "first-class citizen" status within VMware infrastructure will be WVD, Gelsinger said. VMware will also extend the capabilities of Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop leveraging VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure. WVD is now a Microsoft public preview for a service that delivers a multisession Windows 10 experience, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus and support for Windows Server Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktops and apps.

Here's the complete video interview, part of SiliconANGLE's and theCUBE's coverage of Dell Tech World 2019. No specific timeframe was immediately available for those efforts.

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