VMware Going Deeper into Cloud Services Market

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-02-11 Print this article Print

Virtualization leader is now partnering with three new cloud services integrators: BlueLock (U.S), Colt Technology Services (Europe) and Verizon (global).

VMware revealed Feb. 8 that it is delving deeper into the data-center services business to build new hybrid cloud deployments with its vCloud infrastructure.

The world's largest virtualization software provider is now partnering with three new cloud services integrators:  BlueLock (based in the United States), Colt Technology Services (based in Europe) and Verizon Communications (global).

VMware already is working with Terremark (U.S.) and SingTel (Singapore) to use its vCloud Datacenter platform for cloud structures.

To help facilitate this scale-out adoption, VMware has released a new piece of middleware called vCloud Connector, a free plug-in that enables vSphere administrators to deploy and manage any number of virtual machines across vCloud services from within the VMware vSphere Client. 

vCloud Connector gives vSphere administrators a single place to control vSphere infrastructure and VMware vCloud-powered public and private clouds, VMware said. Users simply enter their cloud credentials and can start viewing and transferring VMs, vApps and templates among the three.

vCloud Connector is available now via the VMware Web site.

VMware vCloud Datacenter Services are available now through BlueLock, pan-European service provider Colt, Terremark and SingTel. Verizon's services are currently in beta. 

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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