VMware executives say they see huge promise in the company’s recently announced partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Speaking on VMware’s quarterly earning’s call, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said the new partnership will be “enterprise-oriented initially as we focus on some of our largest and most strategic customers,” according to Fortune.
The partnership’s new product, VMware Cloud on AWS, will be sold by both VMware and AWS by mid-2017.
While some critics have said the partnership is over-hyped and favors AWS, VMware chief financial officer Shane Rowe disputes that idea, telling Fortune the partnership is a huge step forward for both companies.
“For us, this is a great extension of our platform, our full stack running on Amazon, and the growth opportunities and success we’ve had,” said Rowe. “This is a key positive for us and one our customers have asked for.”
VMware recently formed a slew of partnerships that allows it to run its software on its own servers and the infrastructure of other cloud providers. The partnership should also help Amazon advance in the hybrid cloud market, a space where it has struggled.
The earnings call was the first since VMware’s parent company, EMC, was acquired by Dell.