VMware Embraces the Cloud
With Microsoft promising fierce competition, VMware rolls out a road map for cloud computing at VMworld Europe. VMware's cloud computing strategy includes initiatives such as allowing customers to link between private and external clouds, and the total virtualization of the traditional data center via VDC-OS, the Virtual Datacenter Operating System.VMware CEO and President Paul Maritz offered a road map for his company's future in cloud computing on Feb. 24 at VMworld Europe.
Maritz used the forum in Cannes, France, to set out what VMware sees as the components fundamental to building a private cloud. As he stated at the beginning of his presentation, IT departments today spend too much effort "tending to the plumbing, as opposed to [doing] the things that give competitive differentiation."
- VDC-OS (Virtual Datacenter Operating System): VMware considers this "the foundation of the cloud." In Maritz's words, the VSC-OS is a "new substrate of software that provides the foundation ... for an internal cloud, allowing IT to operate more like a hosting provider inside the data center, as well as a foundation for external clouds." The first tangible example of a VDC-OS will ship sometime in 2009, according to the company, which declined to provide a retail price.
- The VMware vCloud Initiative: First announced at VMworld Las Vegas 2008, this initiative will see federations created between internal and external clouds. Maritz describes this initiative as one that "extends choice" for clients that may already possess an internal cloud to "procure or rent your infrastructure from a service provider" as needed. The key to achieving this federation is building compatibility between a client's internal cloud and an external cloud, so that the private cloud can pull in resources from the outside, with common management across all spheres.
- The VMware vClient Initiative: Maritz's presentation also included a slide about vClient, also originally announced at VMworld Las Vegas 2008. Scheduled for introduction in 2009, the initiative allows desktops to follow users to any endpoint via universalized clients that are easy for an IT department to manage.