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Why VMware’s Horizon Deal with Microsoft Azure Is Important

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VMware’s strategic deal with Microsoft Azure

Last month, VMware (VMW) announced a deal with Microsoft (MSFT). It announced the delivery of its Horizon Cloud DaaS (desktop-as-a-service) on Microsoft Azure to enable customers’ transitions to Windows 10 and bring VMware’s virtual desktops and applications to the cloud platform.

Citing Robert Young, an analyst with IDC (International Data Corporation), Redmond Channel Partner Magazine stated, “The addition of a major cloud platform such as Microsoft Azure has the potential to accelerate the adoption of VMware Horizon among customers searching for a different way to manage and deliver Windows 10 desktops and applications.”
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Azure’s increased traction would benefit VMware

Microsoft claims that Azure, its cloud computing platform, is used by 90% of Fortune 500 companies and attracts 120,000 new customers per month.

According to RightScale’s 2017 State of the Cloud Report, Azure’s adoption surged from 26% in 2016 to 43% in 2017, and Amazon’s (AMZN) Amazon Web Services saw its adoption rise from 56% in 2016 to 59% in 2017.

The report added that Microsoft Azure had witnessed strong adoption among small and medium businesses (or SMB) between 2016 and 2017, as the chart above shows.

Because Verizon has inked this deal with Microsoft, VMware’s Horizon Cloud customers will now have a plethora of options when choosing a public cloud. Also, considering Microsoft Azure’s increased traction, Azure support is likely to persuade potential customers to take a closer look at Horizon Cloud, which should be instrumental in its increased adoption.

Later in the series, we’ll discuss how this partnership could pave the way for VMware’s success in the ultra-competitive cloud space.

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