VMware Acquires DynamicOps for Cloud Automation

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-07-03 Print this article Print

VMware has acquired DynamicOps, a software company that automates the provisioning and management of IT services across multi-cloud, multi-platform and multi-vender environments.

VMware added depth to its cloud offerings July 2 by acquiring DynamicOps, a Burlington, Mass.-based company that provides software for cloud automation with multi-cloud, multi-platform and multi-vendor management capabilities. 

Terms of the acquisition were not announced.  

DynamicOps complements VMware€™s existing cloud management packages with what it calls a €œservice governor solution" to enable provisioning and management of IT services across various-vendor environments. 

VMware's vSphere 5 deployments, for example, would include private and public clouds, physical infrastructures, systems with multiple hypervisors (including Microsoft Hyper-V- and Citrix Xen-based hypervisors) and public cloud services, such as Amazon Web Services. 

VMware tells its vSphere 5 users that they benefit most by deploying standardized architectures. But the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company also builds cloud management deployments for customers so they can choose the model that best works for their needs€”even if it includes heterogeneous environments and management components. 

Ostensibly, DynamicOps will assist in this. DynamicOps builds on the capabilities of vCloud Director by enabling customers to connect to and control multi-cloud resources€”e.g., physical environments, Hyper-V- and Xen-based hypervisors, and Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2). 

DynamicOps was launched in 2008 as a spin-off of Credit Suisse€™s IT unit, based on five years of successful large-scale production deployments using what is now known as DynamicOps Virtual Resource Manager (VRM) software. Before clouds were called clouds, the bank developed VRM to address the operational and governance challenges of rolling out virtualization technology across a global organization comprising several distinct businesses. 

The acquisition is scheduled to close by the end of September, subject to customary closing conditions, VMware said.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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