VMware has pushed out it vCloud Hybrid Service in the UK, providing customers with an Infrastructure as a Service public cloud from a data centre in Slough.
VMware already has data centres across the US, but the new location will give European and British customers a site that addresses UK and EU data privacy and sovereignty demands.
This is just the first step in a major expansion program across Europe, so expect to see the vCloud Hybrid Service (which is built on VMware vSphere) spread its tentacles of influence from here on out.
VMware cited a recent survey of 200 of its enterprise customers which showed that 86 per cent felt it was important that their mission critical data was stored with a UK-based cloud provider. Just over half – 52 per cent – were also required to follow industry data regulations.
85 per cent of respondents admitted their current public cloud wasn’t integrated – or was only partly integrated – with their data centre, which means extra work recoding when migrating workloads.
Michael Briggs, Head of IT Service Operations, Cancer Research, commented: “By moving to a single hybrid cloud platform with VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, we'll be able to treat our private and public clouds as a single entity, moving workloads out into the public cloud when necessary without needing to invest in additional hardware.”