A big milestone for the Postgres community; see VMware Introduces New Platform for Enterprise Database as a Service for more details
The first database supported by VMware is PostgreSQL, though McJannet said that other databases would be added over time. As to why VMware is supporting PostgreSQL first, McJannet noted that it's an open source technology with a long history of mission critical customer adoption.
"We really do believe that PostgreSQL with its vibrant community and heritage of critical usage is a very good database for this purpose," McJannet said.
From a competitive perspective, VMware is also stressing how the new vFabric Data Connector is different than simply using the Amazon RDS (Relational Database Service).
"The real distinction between us and Amazon is that our service is about enabling database-as-a-service for the enterprise," McJannet said. "This is something that the enterprises can create on its own for internal uses."