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OVH to acquire VMware’s vCloud Air business

OVH to acquire VMware’s vCloud Air business

The transaction is expected to close in the calendar Q2, 2017

Pat Gelsinger - CEO, VMware

Pat Gelsinger - CEO, VMware

Hyper-scale cloud service provider, OVH, has struck a deal to acquire VMware’s vCloud Air business.

The companies announced the move on 4 April, revealing that the transaction is expected to close in the calendar Q2, 2017.

VMware’s vCloud Air is a secure public cloud platform, offering compute, storage, networking, disaster recovery, and more. It is designed to meet enterprise needs delivering a secure, hybrid cloud experience.

After the close of the acquisition, OVH will operate the service as ‘vCloud Air Powered by OVH’, and will continue to leverage VMware's hybrid cloud technology.

OVH will also continue to partner closely with VMware on go-to-market and customer support around data center extension, consolidation and recovery.

Meanwhile, VMware vCloud Air customers will have access to faster performance and workload mobility via OVH’s global data center network, the companies said.

According to a statement, OVH expects the deal will see it offer a “unique value proposition” for larger enterprise deployments, including rich capabilities for migration and advanced hybrid functionalities for virtual data centers.

Both companies collaborated to bring Software-defined Data Center (SDDC) as a Service to market in 2016.

The move sees VMware take another step in the evolution of its business strategy to focus on providing hybrid and cross-cloud software and services.

VMware said that, given its evolution, it is transitioning vCloud Air US and European data centres, customer operations and customer success teams to OVH.

"We are pleased to announce this next step in vCloud Air's evolution,” VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger, said. “We have enjoyed a long and successful partnership with OVH and view this acquisition as an extension of our partnership and a positive for our customers and partners.

“Customers will have access to OVH's global footprint, high-touch customer support, and still retain the VMware SDDC technology innovation that they are accustomed to.

“We remain committed to delivering our broader Cross-Cloud Architecture that extends our hybrid cloud strategy, enabling customers to run, manage, connect, and secure their applications across clouds and devices in a common operating environment," he said.

OVH Group is one of the largest European hosting providers, with more than a million customers across 138 countries and four continents.

"With this acquisition, OVH will offer a very unique value proposition for larger enterprise deployments, including rich capabilities for migration and advanced hybrid functionalities for virtual data centers. This will benefit all our clients across the globe," OVH chairman and CEO, Octava Klaba, said.

The terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.


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