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VMware-on-AWS bulks up, fails in (good) new ways and even lets you reserve a table

Submitted by on November 29, 2017 – 12:29 amNo Comment

VMware has added new services, and new features, to its bare metal service running in Amazon Web Services. The additions are perhaps less notable than the fact that VMware was able to deliver them in just three months since the service went live. On a recent visit to Sydney, Australia, the company’s COO for products and cloud services Raghu Raghuram told The Register that VMware has re-organised its development schedules to produce more frequent updates to its core products. Those updates will arrive in the cloud before they’re eventually rolled up into a release for on-premises consumption.


The headline changes to the service include the addition of reserved instances, for a period of one or three years. There’s also a second region – AWS US East (N Virginia) to go with the previously offered US West (Oregon) – and a promise of greater scale: VMware told us that clusters running in AWS will soon now reach tens of thousands of VMs, software-defined data centre will be able to scale to 10 clusters, 32 nodes and span multiple AWS availability zones. This enlargement is VMware’s pitch for enterprise workloads that need lots of machines.

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