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Is VMware Partnering With Archrival Amazon?

Years after sneering at Amazon as a mere bookstore, VMware is reportedly teaming up with the cloud giant. Amazon Web Services plans next week to announce a partnership that will allow companies to run VMware software on both internal servers and the AWS public cloud, according to a report.

Amazon Web Services Inc. CEO Andy Jassy will make the announcement in San Francisco next Thursday, likely joined by VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW) CEO Pat Gelsinger, according to a report by Fortune's Barb Darrow.

If true, that's quite a turnaround for VMware and Gelsinger, who told partners three years ago that VMware loses if workloads go to "commodity public clouds" -- meaning AWS. Carl Eschenbach, VMWare president and CEO, added, "I find it really hard to believe that we cannot collectively beat a company that sells books."

Since then, VMware has relaxed its Amazon hostility. In August, VMware announced the Cross-Cloud Architecture, tools and services to divide workloads on hybrid clouds, including Amazon. Next week's announcement will provide details on AWS support for Cloud Foundation, a part of the Cross-Cloud Architecture, Darrow says. (See VMware Seeks Cloud Dominance by Building Bridges.)

VMware partnered with IBM in February to provide tools to run VMware vSphere virtualization on IBM's cloud.

VMware declined to comment, and Amazon did not reply to a request for confirmation.

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