VMware has taken another step to integrate its virtual kingdom with Amazon Web Services' world with an on-premise service that will let customers automate database provisioning and management.\u00a0\nThe package, Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) on VMware is available now for customers running VMware vSphere 6.5 or later and supports Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, and MySQL. Other DBs will be supported in the future, the companies said.\n\nThe RDS lets customers run native RDS Database instances on a vSphere platform and manage those instances from the AWS Management Console in the cloud. It automates database provisioning, operating-system and database patching, backups, point-in-time restore and compute scaling, as well as database-instance health management, VMware said.\nWith the service customers such as software developers and database administrators get native access to the Amazon Relational Database Service using their familiar AWS Management Console, CLI, and RDS APIs, \u00a0Chris Wolf, vice president and CTO, global field and industry at VMware wrote in a blog about the service. \u201cOperations teams can quickly stand up an RDS instance anywhere they run vSphere, and manage it using all of their existing tools and processes.\u201d\nWolf said the service should greatly simplify managing databases linked to its flagship vSphere system.\u00a0\nManaging databases on vSphere or natively has always been a tedious exercise that steals the focus of highly skilled database administrators, Wolf stated. \u201cVMware customers will now be able to expand the benefits of automation and standardization of their database workloads inside of vSphere and focus more of their time and energy on improving their applications for their customers.\u201d\nThe RDS is just the part of the enterprise data center\/cloud integration work VMware and AWS have been up to in the past year.\nIn August VMware said it added VMware HCX capabilities to enable push-button migration and interconnectivity between VMware Cloud on AWS Software-Defined Data Centers running in different AWS Regions. It has also added new Elastic vSAN support to bolster storage scaling.\nOnce applications are migrated to the cloud, customers can extend their capabilities\u00a0 through the integration of native AWS services. In the future, through technology such as Bitfusion and partnerships with other vendors such as NVIDIA, customers will be able to enrich existing applications and power new enterprise applications.\nVMware and NVIDIA also announced their intent to deliver accelerated GPU services for VMware Cloud on AWS.\u00a0 These services will let customers migrate VMware vSphere-based applications and containers to the cloud, unchanged, where they can be modernized to take advantage of high-performance computing, machine learning, data analytics and video-processing applications, VMware said.\nAnd last November AWS tied in VMware to its on-premises Outposts development, which comes in two versions. The first, VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts, lets customers\u00a0 use the same VMware control plane and APIs they currently deploy. The other is an AWS-native variant that lets customers use the same APIs and control plane they use to run in the AWS cloud, but on premises, according to AWS.\nOutposts can be upgraded with the latest hardware and next-generation instances to run all native AWS and VMware applications, AWS stated. A second version, VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts, lets customers use a VMware control plane and APIs to run the hybrid environment.\nThe idea with Outposts is that customers can use the same programming interface, same APIs, same console and CLI they use on the AWS cloud for on-premises applications, develop and maintain a single code base, and use the same deployment tools in the AWS cloud and on premises, AWS wrote.\nVMware isn\u2019t the only vendor cozying up to AWS. Cisco has done a variety of integration work with the cloud service provider as well.\u00a0 In April Cisco released Cloud ACI for AWS to let users configure inter-site connectivity, define policies and monitor the health of network infrastructure across hybrid environments, Cisco said.\u00a0The AWS service utilizes the Cisco Cloud APIC [Application Policy Infrastructure Controller] to provide connectivity, policy translation and enhanced visibility of workloads in the public cloud, Cisco said.\n\u201cThis solution brings a suite of capabilities to extend your on-premises data center into true multi-cloud architectures, helping to drive policy and operational consistency, independent of where your applications or data reside. [It] uses the native AWS constructs for policy translation and gives end-to-end visibility into the customer's multi-cloud workloads and connectivity,\u201d Cisco said.