We’re thrilled to announce the new VMware Sovereign Cloud
initiative. Through this initiative, VMware is partnering with cloud service
providers to deliver cloud services on sovereign digital infrastructure to
customers in regulated industries.
Partnerships are an essential part of VMware’s multi-cloud
strategy and VMware is committed to forming strong partnerships with cloud
service providers to deliver customer success and accelerate digital
innovation. VMware Cloud Providers play a vital role in fulfilling customers’
needs and solving complex enterprise IT challenges and now have a tremendous
opportunity to capitalize on the digital sovereignty trend and expand their
vertical coverage and range of service offerings.
Discussions around data and cloud sovereignty are becoming
more frequent and fundamental to a customer’s cloud strategy today. The
potential situations of customer data being unsecured and accessed by foreign
entities provide a critical need to envision a common set of design and
operational guidelines that enable cloud sovereignty.
VMware understands the need for efficient, software-defined
sovereign clouds and is developing a two-phase approach to tackle this growing
opportunity by introducing the following:
- VMware Sovereign Cloud framework: The framework defines key characteristics to which a cloud can be assessed as sovereign. These characteristics include data sovereignty and jurisdictional control, data access and integrity, data security and compliance, data independence and mobility, and data innovation and analytics. The framework provides technical guidance, best practices, and principles for design and operational considerations.
- VMware Sovereign Cloud initiative: VMware recognizes the value of architecting a sovereign cloud and is establishing a specific designation for VMware Cloud Providers that meet specific requirements and demonstrate that they are meeting the requirements of the VMware Sovereign Cloud framework. The cloud providers in the VMware Sovereign Cloud initiative must complete an assessment on the design, build, and operations of their cloud environments and their capability to offer a sovereign digital infrastructure. Through the VMware Sovereign Cloud initiative, VMware aims to connect customers with VMware Sovereign Cloud providers to achieve the scale and constant security to manage their most critical data.
With the emergence of data policies, it becomes even more
critical that customers adopt a multi-cloud approach and identify their highly
sensitive data sets with sovereignty requirements to be placed in specialized
sovereign clouds and their less critical data in other environments.
Furthermore, the GAIA-X initiative in the EU serves as a strong example of the
concerns around digital dependencies on foreign providers and the necessity to
establish a national digital capability. The new VMware Sovereign Cloud
initiative and framework will assist VMware and its cloud providers to provide education
on sovereign cloud, particularly providing awareness to data sovereignty,
residency, access, security, integrity, compliance, and control, and ultimately
help organizations understand how to best manage their most sensitive data.
With this initiative, VMware aims to help government and
regulated industry customers with extremely sensitive and critical data execute
their cloud strategies by connecting them to VMware Sovereign Cloud Providers.
These providers are proficient in VMware technologies, operate a VMware Cloud
Verified environment, demonstrate compliance and expertise in regional data
privacy laws and operational standards, advocate for more customer rights over
the protection of customer information, and deliver more secure sovereign cloud
solutions, particularly in regulated industries and public and private sectors.
VMware Sovereign Cloud Providers can also accelerate the growth of their local
business by more securely expanding to government data, and further develop a
national capability for digital infrastructure and resilience.
The first partners to receive the VMware Sovereign Cloud designation are: UKCloud, OVHcloud, AUCloud, Datacom, TietoEvry, Telefonica, Noovle, NxtGen, ThinkOn, and Telmex. These cloud providers are VMware Cloud Verified and offer sovereign cloud services that align to the VMware Sovereign Cloud framework. Cloud providers in the initiative are required to self-attest against pre-defined technical requirements based on the VMware Sovereign Cloud framework.
Learn more about the VMware Sovereign Cloud initiative
For Customers: please visit vmware.com/cloud-solutions/sovereign-cloud.html to learn more about the solution and cloud.vmware.com/providers/sovereign-cloud to find your local VMware Sovereign Cloud provider.
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