VMware's hybrid cloud offering, vCloud Hybrid Service, is part of its new hybrid cloud services unit, expected to be a major new focus. The offering lets companies migrate their VMware virtualized workloads to a public cloud, saving money via shared equipment. It's a move that will let VMware customers use the familiar vSphere management console to create virtual networks that connect private and public clouds and manage them as one entity.
Windows Azure provides both PaaS and IaaS services. Windows Server 2012 with System Center 2012 can be used to power customers' private clouds and tie them to Microsoft Azure public cloud services. But VMware has carried the process further with capacity management and greater operations automation between the on-premises and external cloud environments.
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