VMware Data Center Comes Online in Frankfurt

VMware announced launch of a data center in Frankfurt, second European location that will serve its enterprise cloud services. There are also two VMware data centers in the U.K., launched in 2013 and 2014.

Germany is a strategic data center location for cloud and other IT infrastructure service providers. The E.U. in general has stricter rules about physical data location than elsewhere, and Germany is known for being one of the countries with highest concern about data sovereignty.

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VMware, majority-owned by the storage giant EMC, first announced plans to expand vCloud Airinfrastructure to Germany last year. Amazon Web Services, VMware’s (and everyone else’s) biggest competitor in public cloud infrastructure services, announced launch of a Frankfurt data center in October last year, adding a second availability region in Europe. The other one is in Ireland.

Oracle said last September it would also establish two data centers in Germany to support its cloud services. There have been anonymously sourced reports that Microsoft was planning to bring an Azure data center to the Central European nation as well.

VMware’s vCloud Air services are aimed at enterprise users. The pitch is seamless integration of cloud resources in VMware-operated data centers with customers’ own VMware infrastructure hosted in their own facilities.

VMware data centers that support its cloud services are usually in colocation-provider facilities. The company also has partners that provide its services hosted in their own data centers.

“VMware’s new Frankfurt service location enables IT teams, developers and lines of business to take full advantage of an enterprise-class public cloud service that is local and fully compliant with local data protection regulations,” VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said in a statement.

Also this week, VMware launched into general availability vSphere 6, the latest release of its blockbuster cloud computing infrastructure software for enterprises.