It looks like Google Cloud is opening its plans to work with some expanded partnerships that could attract more customers who are also loyal to other brands.
According to Google Open Source Blog (opens in a new tab) after that, Google Cloud Engine customers can choose VMWare ESXi as their primary hypervisor, while previously they had to use the open source KVM hypervisor.
Google explains that users can “migrate [their] Disaster recovery and backup to Google Cloud powered by VMware to reduce management and storage costs using the same tools, processes and policies as [they] use locally.
Google Cloud VMWare engine
AND supporting document (opens in a new tab) highlights its “key partners”, Zerto, Dell, Veeam, Cohesity and NetApp, which have “certified disaster recovery, backup and storage solutions that work seamlessly with VMware Engine.”
Google is inviting customers to try it out now with the tempting proposition of saving money by seeing if users can automate some of the current manual processes using infrastructure as code.
The company also has recently announced (opens in a new tab) plans to bring Microsoft 365 to its Chromebooks. Until now, Microsoft users had to use progressive versions of Microsoft office software, however, the company is expected to offer a more permanent solution with installable applications.
Full release is not expected for the next few months, but developers and beta testers can get access to the tools even earlier.
More broadly, some have been led to believe that such “unlikely alliances” could become more common, including Register (opens in a new tab). In a world of increasing economic pressures, companies may be looking to reduce overlap and technology sharing to reduce costs, and this duo of Google Ads could be the start of a new trend that will grace the tech industry.