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Google’s public cloud services could get a considerable boost soon, thanks to a new partnership between Google and enterprise software heavyweight VMware.

Google Cloud Storage, BigQuery, Google Cloud Datastore, and Google Cloud DNS will become available through VMware’s vCloud Air public cloud service, the two companies announced today.

VMware’s vCloud Air, initially announced in 2013 under the moniker vCloud Hybrid Service, contains single-tenant and multi-tenant compute power, block storage, disaster recovery, backend as a service, and other features. Now VMware wants to flesh out its offering with high-performing services running in Google data centers, with a direct, secure connection between Google and vCloud Air.

“You don’t have to establish a relationship with another cloud provider,” a VMware spokesman told VentureBeat in an interview.

The alliance could help bolster Google, which is trying to increase its foothold in the market for cloud services. Google is also beating cloud competitors Amazon.com and Microsoft to the punch in winning a reseller relationship with VMware, whose virtualization software is deployed inside many enterprises’ data centers.

Cloud analysts like Gartner have already seen Google come up as real competition to Amazon. And partnerships like this one with VMware could improve Google’s position relative to the market leader.


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