VMware is due to launch its vCloud Air platform in Australia sometime in the first half of this year. One potentially intriguing addition to the platform: rival service Google Cloud Platform.
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Google's announcement says "select Google Cloud Platform services" will be available via vCloud Air, sold through existing VMware contracts. VMware singles out four -- Google Cloud Storage, Google BigQuery, Google Cloud Datastore and Google Cloud DNS -- but says others will be available in the future.
The timing isn't clear; we're only told that it will happen "later this year". We wouldn't necessarily expect that this means it will be available at launch when the local version of vCloud Air appears.
The chief selling point for vCloud Air is that you can use vSphere to manage both on-premises and external services, so it's logical that an external provider like Google comes into the mix. It's also less surprising that VMware would partner with Google -- which has no ambitions in on-premises computing -- than with other hybrid cloud rivals like Microsoft and IBM.
VMware to make Google Cloud Platform available to its customers [Google Cloud Platform Blog]