Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy, during an interview Wednesday by his own chief marketing officer, Ariel Kelman, said Amazon's partnership with VMware would eliminate a "binary decision" that customers shouldn't have to make.
Asked by Kelman during their "fireside chat" if hybrid cloud is still important to AWS customers, Jassy replied: "the quick answer is yes."
A few years ago, the debate was private versus public, Jassy told attendees of the AWS Summit event in San Francisco. "We don’t really see that debate very often anymore," he said.
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Most companies now are "pretty substantially" moving in the direction of public providers like AWS, Jassy said. At the same time, most companies will also operate hybrid environments for the next several years, he added.
"Many enterprise customers want to run data centers they're not ready to retire yet as seamlessly as they can alongside AWS," Jassy said. Those customers shouldn't be forced to make a binary decision, he said.
But "the vast majority of the world is virtualized on top of VMware," he said, and the failure to cooperate between the two companies had, in the past, forced just such a decision.
That changed a few months ago, when, after some "deep conversations," AWS and VMware finally joined forces to make it easy for enterprises to use VMware tools on top of AWS.
The joint offering, VMware Cloud on AWS, in which VMware will support and manage, and its partners will bring to market, vSphere environments running on dedicated Amazon infrastructure, is in a "large private beta and preview happening right now," Jassy said.
"We will allow customers to run in the mode they want to run," he said.
After that discussion around moving legacy environments into the cloud, Kelman asked if providers like AWS were condemning their customers to the same lock-in challenges that were common with traditional IT.