VMware is paying $500 million to acquire cloud startup CloudHealth, whose software manages computing jobs running on Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, according to Reuters. This is the latest in a series of moves VMware has made to ensure that its software–widely used in corporate data centers–can also manage applications running on major cloud providers.
At the same time, VMware spent much of the first day of its annual customer conference talking about the progress of joint development efforts with AWS–its most significant cloud partnership. The big news is that VMware customers will be able to run one of AWS’s most popular cloud database services in their data centers for the first time. It’s the latest sign that AWS, despite its public stance that all computing will eventually move to cloud providers, is willing to shift its stance if it means getting large companies to use more of its cloud services in the future.
But one industry trend AWS argues against is “multi-cloud,” which is when companies use cloud services from multiple providers. AWS says using multiple providers is more expensive and complex than just using one. But multi-cloud is precisely where VMware is headed with moves like the CloudHealth acquisition, so it’s not a stretch to imagine that this could eventually lead to friction with AWS.