Microsoft, BMC Cloud Deal Targets VMware

BMC Software has been on a roll lately. The company raised $750 million to pay dividends to shareholders, launched a new workload change management solution, and partnered with Microsoft to simplify cloud management -- and take aim at VMware.

Microsoft and BMC just announced a new initiative to help mutual customers maximize hybrid cloud environments. The big promise is to accelerate delivery of digital services.

Specifically, customers of the two companies can now use BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management software to manage cloud infrastructure and services built on Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services. BMC said the new updates make it possible for customers to manage digital services delivery, consumption, operations, planning and compliance across multi-vendor cloud infrastructures from one management platform.

Should VMware be Worried?

This is clearly a competitive move for Microsoft. In the announcement, BMC noted that the new updates make for an easier path for customers that want to migrate from VMware-based clouds to Azure. Should VMware be worried?

VMware could not immediately be reached for comment, but we caught up with Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, to get his take on the move against the virtualization pioneer.

EUBMC is pitching this as a way for companies that want to migrate away from VMware to do so seamlessly, taking those VMware-based virtualized applications and workloads and moving them over to MicrosoftEUs Hyper-V,EU King said. EUI personally think thatEUs kind of a stretch.EU

From KingEUs perspective, Microsoft has been trying to take VMwareEUs business away for years without widespread success. The BMC partnership is a new angle, he explained, but heEUs not seeing much publicly or hearing much in his discussions with businesses to indicate an exodus from VMware for Hyper-V.

A Win-Win

Beyond the Microsoft-VMware battle, thereEUs a bigger picture in the announcement. Indeed, thereEUs a shift in emphasis among public cloud promoters that are beginning...

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