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By | Simon Sharwood 24th July 2014 09:15

VMware fuels cloudy drive, plonks second bit barn in UK

First Slough, now Chessington... give it a year and they'll be EVERYWHERE

VMware's virtual cloud hybrid service has quietly added a second British bit barn.

The new facility is in Chessington, which probably means Digital Realty's facility in the Surrey exurb. VMware already has an existing server farm in sunny Slough, the town first made famous by Sir John Betjeman's poem – and latterly as the setting of the British series of The Office.

VMware's EMEA cloud services veep/GM Gavin Jackson said, in a canned Q&A, that the new bit barn has been broached because "there has been a strong appetite among customers for vCHS in Europe, and it is resonating because it fundamentally helps organisations solve genuine business problems".

The canned quotes may, for once, be understatements as VMware's quarterly earnings call this week saw the company declare “nearly 80 per cent” year-on-year growth in the hybrid cloud business, albeit from a relatively low base.

CEO Pat Gelsinger also declared himself “extremely pleased” with the company's growth markets and said by year's end 75 per cent of the nations on earth will house a VMware hybrid cloud facility. Most will be operated by partners, but there's clearly plenty of interest in VMware's vision for a hybrid cloud that runs the same software as on-premises bit barns and therefore looks and feels identical, whether Virtzilla or its friends run the show.

The company isn't saying how many servers or racks have splashed down in Surrey.®

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