AWS plans to run VMWare virtualization software on top of AWS cloud sometime in the near future. Some reports the joint project to start in mid-2017, but others are saying as late as early 2018. The project is the result of the hybrid cloud partnership announced in the fall of last year. The deal will bolster both companies with AWS most likely attracting more customers and VMWare retaining its customer base as the partnership becomes a reality in the next few months.

Investopedia’s article explains:

The software deal would reflect a move past the two companies’ current cloud-only partnership and AWS’ first large-scale effort to develop software for corporate data centers. The new product would make it easier for enterprises to move on-premise apps to the cloud and recover data from Amazon in case of disasters. In the past couple of years, Amazon has added various cloud support services and related offerings for on-premise data centers.