Amazon announced on Friday afternoon that it was making available an "AWS Connector for vCenter", which lets admins import management tools for Amazon's cloud directly into an on-premise data center software package made by one of Amazon's rivals.
The AWS Connector for vCenter tech gives VMware administrators a way to buy, manage, and migrate VMs into AWS cloud resources from within VMware's vCenter management console.
vCenter is a widely used piece of software from VMware that lets admins manage large numbers of virtual machines, typically within enterprise data centers.
"If you are already using VMware vCenter to manage your virtualized environment, you will be comfortable in this new environment right away, even if you are new to AWS, starting with the integrated sign-on process, which is integrated with your existing Active Directory," Amazon explains.
"The look-and-feel and the workflow that you use to create new AWS resources will be familiar," they continue, "and you will be launching EC2 instances before too long. You can even import your existing 'golden' VMware images to EC2 through the portal (this feature makes use of VM Import)."