VMware has added a second UK data centre to its global infrastructure with the opening of a new one situated close to London.
The firm said the opening is to support an expansion of its vCloud Hybrid Service, which enables VMware customers to augment their private cloud with publicly hosted resources.
The new data centre, located near Chessington, complements VMware’s first UK site at Slough, which opened in February, as well as its others located in the US and Japan. Operational now, it will help address continuing growing demand for hybrid cloud services from customers across the UK and in Europe, VMware said.
VMware opened its Slough data centre in order to bring VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) to UK customers, with the service having been available in the US since last year. The vCHS service sees VMware operating an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) public cloud, with customers purchasing capacity via VMware’s existing partner and reseller network.
Gavin Jackson, VMware’s EMEA vice president for Cloud Services, said that while customers started using vCHS as a quick fix to get resources for specific projects, they were now looking at more strategic use of hybrid cloud.
“Our customers started off using our hybrid service on specific projects for the easy, affordable and seamless movement of workloads between private and public cloud, knowing they can move their legacy and new applications back and forth with ease. Now they have seen what VMware vCloud Hybrid Service can enable, they’re turning to it to power their strategic transformation programmes,” Jackson said.
Since the UK launch of vCHS, VMware has also added disaster recovery and data protection services available on it. In May, the firm also announced vCHS would support Pivotal CF, a platform as a service (PaaS) offering for application development based on the Cloud Foundry framework.
VMware is not the only firm operating a data centre out of Chessington; IBM’s SoftLayer cloud division recently opened its first UK data centre in the same area.