CloudSimple: The Firm That Got VMware Workloads On Google, Azure Public Clouds

CRN | July 30, 2019

CloudSimple, the company with the technology that makes the running of VMware workloads natively on the Google Cloud Platform, is a startup that earlier this year came out of stealth mode with a mandate to enable VMware customers easily move workloads to public clouds. VMware and Google this week unveiled Google Cloud VMware Solution by CloudSimple, a new offering that leverages VMware Cloud Foundation infrastructure software running on GCP. Google Cloud VMware Solution by CloudSimple is similar to VMware Cloud on AWS, the 2016 initiative from VMware and Amazon Web Services that allows VMware software-defined data center workloads run natively on the AWS Cloud.

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Heptio has an incredibly talented team and exciting portfolio of products that will expand and accelerate Pivotal and VMware’s customers’ journey with cloud native software upon closing. VMware and Pivotal have worked together to co-develop PKS which enables enterprises to more effectively build and run modern applications.

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Heptio has an incredibly talented team and exciting portfolio of products that will expand and accelerate Pivotal and VMware’s customers’ journey with cloud native software upon closing. VMware and Pivotal have worked together to co-develop PKS which enables enterprises to more effectively build and run modern applications.

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Acquisition by Broadcom Creating Concerns for VMware Users

Broadcom | June 21, 2022

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Greater Flexibility and Interoperability for Operators Virtualizing Their Software Defined Fiber Access Networks

Broadband Forum | July 14, 2022

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EXABEAM | June 07, 2022

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