Microsoft and Dell bring Azure and VMWare closer with new integrations

Microsoft and Dell have launched an expanded partneriship that brings an officially certified VMware experience on Microsoft Azure. As part of the program, VMware is joining Microsoft 365 while also opening up new integrations with Azure.

"Customers can now seamlessly run, manage, and secure applications across VMware environments and Microsoft Azure with a common operating framework," Microsoft said in a blog post announcing the partnership. "Customers will be able to capitalize on their existing VMware investments, skills and tools, including VMware vSphere, vSAN, NSX, and vCenter while leveraging the scale, performance and innovation of Azure."

Additionally, Microsoft touts the ability for VMware workloads to be "modernized" with Azure service integrations such as Azure Active Directory, Azure AI, and IoT.

On the Microsoft 365 side of things, Microsoft has added VMware Workspace One to its exosystem. Workspace One can be used to "manage and secure the powerful productivity features of Office 365 across devices via integration with Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory Premium," Microsoft says.

Finally, VMware is being readied to extend Windows Virtual Desktop, with "initial capabilities" expected to launch in preview by the end of 2019.

For more on the expanded partnership, you can check out Microsoft's full blog post.

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