VMware vCloud Hybrid Service is the VMware’s owned and operated public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) service, launched in 2013 in US only ,was running in beta on a single datacenter in UK until today, February 25 when VMware announced the general availability for Europe.
The service will be initially provided only from a data center in Slough, UK complementing VMware’s existing US data centers and providing to customers the adequate compliance with UK and EU regulations, a wider rollout across Europe is planned through 2014.
vCHS service, founded on vSphere technologies, allows the extensions of the same management, operations, tools, etc, across both on-premise and off-premise infrastructures.
According to the press release, the UK datacenter will offer:
- Fully-redundant VM service – Unlike other clouds, VMware provides a service level agreement for VM availability, backed by fully-redundant server infrastructure using VMware vSphere vMotion.
- Enterprise-class storage – VMware uses flash-accelerated disk storage, 10G networking and congestion control to meet the performance demands of enterprise applications.
- Full network virtualization – VMware customers can deploy a rich set of load balancers, firewalls and VPNs using virtual networks, switches and routers to replicate their physical networking configuration, at no extra cost!