VMware’s Sovereign Cloud Initiative grows to 14 partners

With the increasing importance of data sovereignty, scrutiny of data access and control, and increased geopolitical friction, governments and regulated industries are encouraged to scrutinize cloud strategies and assess who has access to data. It has become.

The VMware Sovereign Cloud Initiative helps you identify and engage with trusted country or region cloud service providers to meet your unique sovereign cloud requirements. Today, VMware announces the expansion of initiatives with new partners and new cloud-native developer-centric features that bring more value to all VMware Cloud provider products.

The latest VMware Sovereign Cloud designated partners are IONOS SE, Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Sopra Steria AS, and TDRA. This will result in a total of 14 VMware Sovereign Cloud Initiatives in individual sovereign regions covering Canada, Mexico, Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, India and the United States. You can participate in.

Rajeev Bhardwaj, Vice President of Product Management for VMware’s Cloud Infrastructure and Business Groups, said: “Tanzu’s new data services enable all VMware cloud provider partners, especially those focused on the sovereign cloud, to expand their data and application transformation portfolio and accelerate cloud adoption. Customers can stay within sovereignty and jurisdiction while achieving major, cutting-edge transformations. “

Customers around the world turn to the sovereign cloud built on VMware

VMware cloud providers provide sovereign cloud solutions to customers in regulated industries such as banking and finance, healthcare, local retail and e-commerce, energy, government services, defense, intelligence, local telecommunications, and the public sector.

Hummingbird, an Australian IT services company, has partnered with AUCloud as a sovereign cloud provider to provide a variety of business enhancement services across the government and private sector. Andrew Thomlinson-Munn, Solutions Architect at Hummingbird Solutions, said:

“Hummingbird Solutions chooses to work with AUCloud as an IaaS provider due to its strength in providing hosting solutions on a proven platform using VMware and its ability to provide sovereign cloud solutions that meet customer internal and regulatory compliance requirements. By working with AU Cloud, which is part of the VMware Sovereign Cloud initiative, Hummingbird is confident that it is backed by best-in-class infrastructure solutions, along with partners with unique skills and expertise. I can.”

Nimble, Canada’s leading supplier of document imaging products, services and solutions, has worked with ThinkOn to meet its cloud sovereignty requirements. Daryl Stott, Vice President of Digital Transformation at Nimble Information Strategies Inc, said: Although very accurate, the authority, control, and accessibility of this data must exist within the federal and state boundaries of Canada in order to meet Nimble Information Strategies’ customer data resident obligations. Nimble has partnered with ThinkOn to meet the business needs of data resident and security with the demands and expectations of clients’ strict data sovereignty. “

Geoff Smith Associates (GSA) is a leader in providing cloud-hosted IT solutions for information management, confidential systems, criminal justice, and case management. “To work broadly with the UK public sector, GSA must operate within certain guidelines for cloud security and data privacy,” said Geoff Smith, Managing Director of Geoff Smith Associates. “GSA’s ability to provide SaaS services with UK Cloud’s sovereign cloud technology has helped transform the information management of some of our UK policing customers. GSA’s Cyc Freedom fully hosted cloud on UK Cloud. We use the solution to provide our customers with an agile, efficient and cost-effective solution for safer, more compliant management of their data. “

New developer-friendly cloud service with VMware Tanzu

VMware allows cloud providers to extend beyond their basic infrastructure and platform as a service to provide managed app modernization services for cloud-native workloads. Cloud providers can provide a fully managed, developer-friendly cloud on the customer’s premises. A private cloud hosted in a partner data center. Or as a managed service for the leading hyperscaler cloud. VMware currently offers the VMware Tanzu application platform and VMware Tanzu data services portfolio to help cloud provider partners extend cloud services for developers.

The Tanzu Application Platform provides a rich set of developer tools and a fast and simple path to production to quickly and securely build and deploy software on a developer-compliant public cloud or on-premises Kubernetes cluster. Offers. Developers can quickly start with preconfigured templates, access best-in-class tools in their application development pipeline, and create safer, more sustainable, and reusable routes for modern applications throughout their lifecycle. And can be maintained. What is important is that customers can clearly separate developers from operations and achieve seamless app delivery from development to production.

Tanzu Data Services is a portfolio of on-demand caching, messaging, and database software that development teams use to build modern cloud-native applications. Tanzu Data Services, including Greenplum, SQL, Gemfire, and RabbitMQ, give developers on-demand self-service access to these critical data services. Auto-provisioning supports rapid development, testing, and continuous delivery practices for a consistent developer experience within the Sovereign Cloud. Customers can incorporate legacy data into their cloud-native model to more reliably execute data services on a web scale.

Providing data protection and security by ecosystem partners

VMware’s extensive technology ecosystem helps sovereign cloud providers ensure access to a wealth of solutions to enhance their products. Within this connected ecosystem, VMware is committed to providing new capabilities in the following areas:

Integrated self-service sovereign object storage: The sovereign cloud requires local object storage capabilities to meet the data resident needs that are a key pillar of the sovereign cloud. Cloudian provides integrated object storage services for growing domestic data volumes and application development innovations.

Ransomware protection, backup, and recovery: Data protection is another important aspect of the sovereign cloud, as all applications and workloads can be the target of cybercrime. Ransomware protection from Veeam and Cloudian uses immutable storage and immediate workload recovery to protect your sovereign environment and sensitive domestic data from modification or encryption.

Key Management Services: Sovereign cloud environments require the highest level of protection with core encryption and key management requirements. Fortanix provides an integrated data security platform that gives VMware cloud provider customers greater control over security-sensitive workloads, simplifying partner key services with encryption, tokenization, and secret management. In addition, Fortanix provides VMware Sovereign Cloud customers with full control and ownership of keys within the VMware Sovereign cloud perimeter. Fortanix DSM complements this with FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified hardware security modules and key management with regional level isolation, ensuring full compliance with certain data privacy / transfer regulations such as Shrems II and GDPR.

Through VMware Cloud Director, VMware Cloud providers can easily leverage ecosystem partners to provide integrated services and create a robust platform that meets many sovereign cloud principles.

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