We are excited to announce that starting today, August 28, 2023, VMware Cloud Flex Storage is generally available to VMware Cloud Services Provider – SaaS partners (formerly Managed Service Providers). The Cloud Service Provider – SaaS (CSP-SaaS) route to market allows partners to use VMware Software-as-a-Service offerings without investing in their own data center infrastructure, by additionally providing managed services . CSP-SaaS partners can access VMware Cloud Flex Storage through VMware Cloud Partner Browserwhich is our unified SaaS portal that allows providers to deploy SaaS offerings and manage the end-to-end customer lifecycle.
Digital transformation has accelerated the growth and diversity of data types and storage requirements. To meet the rapid pace of data expansion and heterogeneity, businesses today need more flexible, scalable and cost-effective solutions to store and manage their data. Additionally, as businesses continue to distribute their workloads across multiple cloud environments, there is a growing need for uniform, simple, and cost-effective ways to manage data throughout its lifecycle. To increase operational efficiency, gain agility, and address exponential data growth, businesses are leveraging the cloud storage solutions needed to accelerate innovation.
VMware Cloud Flex Storage is for IT infrastructure and operations teams who need increased flexibility and scalability, simplified operations, and reduced costs for their growing storage needs. VMware Cloud Flex Storage offers a scalable, elastic, natively integrated storage service for VMware Cloud on AWS, fully managed by VMware and delivered with predictable cloud economics. It enables cloud service providers to better align their VMware Cloud on AWS customers’ cloud resources based on their application and data requirements. Partners can scale storage and compute flexibly and independently of each other, simplify operations with a solution that is easy to buy, use and manage, and benefit from an easy-to-use consumption model. Partners whose customers have storage-related workloads can now provision storage on demand to run their virtual machines without adding hosts.
VMware Cloud Flex Storage is built on a mature, enterprise-class file system that has been developed and hardened in production over many years. This is the same file system that supports VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery. It allows independent scaling of performance and storage capacity and elastic adjustment of storage capacity up or down as needed, making it a versatile file system that opens many use case. Learn more here and here.
Cloud service providers can use VMware Cloud Flex Storage to power their VMware Cloud Director service and VMware Cloud on AWS multi-tenant solution. With the Cloud Director service, they can not only efficiently share their VMware Cloud on AWS environment across multiple customers or lines of business, but they can also share Cloud Flex Storage to reduce costs while providing their customers with a cloud-like experience . Click on here to learn more about the Cloud Director service.
Support for new regions
VMware Cloud Flex Storage is now available in the AWS Asia Pacific Regions (Mumbai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Sydney). With this launch, VMware Cloud Flex Storage will be available in 17 AWS Regions. Partners can find the current list of supported zones here.
VMware Cloud Partner Browser
Before integrating VMware Cloud Partner Navigator, Cloud Service Provider – SaaS partners must have at least one active validation agreement in VMware Commerce Portal for VMware Cloud Flex Storage or other SaaS service, a valid VMware ID associated with a active validation contract and receipt of the invitation email from the provider organization. They will work with an aggregator to start. Access the end-to-end getting started guide for Cloud Service Providers – SaaS Partners here.
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