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Finally, Google and VMware are collaborating in the cloud

To entice consumers who are loyal to other companies, Google Cloud looks to be opening up to a new round of collaboration with some possibly surprise new alliances.

The Google Open Source Blog reports that clients of Google Cloud Engine no longer have to use the open-source KVM hypervisor, but instead may choose to utilise VMWare ESXi instead.

Using the same tools, procedures, and rules that they use on-premises, Google Cloud customers may “move [their] VMware-based disaster recovery and backup workloads to Google Cloud to save maintenance and storage expenses.”

The Google VMWare Cloud  Platform Engine

An official document highlights “important partners” including Zerto, Dell, Veeam, Cohesity, and NetApp that provide “approved disaster recovery, backup, and storage solutions that integrate seamlessly with VMware Engine.”

Google is now encouraging consumers to give infrastructure-as-code a try, with the promise of cost savings after evaluating whether or not users can automate some of their present manual operations.

Microsoft 365 will be coming to the company’s Chromebooks, as was previously reported. To now, Microsoft customers have only had access to its office suite through progressive online applications, but the firm is planning to provide a more permanent answer in the form of installable programmes.

The official release likely won’t happen for another couple of months, although early access to the tools may be granted to developers and beta testers in the meantime.

On a larger scale, some have speculated that “improbable coalitions” like this might become more widespread in the future. This pair of Google announcements might be the beginning of a new trend in the IT sector as corporations attempt to lower costs by reducing overlap and sharing technology.