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Top Ten Things a CIO Should Know About VMware vCloud Today

Steve Jin, VMware R&D

 

This entry was
reposted from
DoubleCloud.org,
a blog for architects and developers on
virtualization and cloud computing.

 

Since the term “vCloud” was made public at VMworld 2008 in Las Vegas,
VMware has been working hard to define and implement its vCloud
vision and strategies.

 

In 2009, VMware announced vCloud Express with service provider partners such
as Bluelock, Hosting.com, Melbourne IT and Terremark. VMware also submitted its
vCloud API spec to DMTF so that the industry could benefit from the
standardized management of APIs. VMware also acquired SpringSource in 2009. The
acquisition attracted a lot of attention, scrutiny and questions.

 

Earlier this year VMware acquired Zimbra, the leading provider of SaaS
collaboration software, and subsequently it also bought RabbitMQ. Both are now
part of the VMware SpringSource portfolio. Last week, VMware and Saleforce.com
announced vmforce.com which is a joint venture targeting enterprise PaaS cloud.
This week, , VMware announced the acquisition of GemStone.

 

With these acquisitions and announcements, VMware’s strategy is becoming
clearer than ever. Looking back again, VMware has been building a cloud product
and service portfolio under the vCloud umbrella. Some previously misunderstood acquisitions
have become well aligned in the long-term vision and strategies of vCloud.

 

While vCloud is not the only player in the
industry, VMware is well on its way with a comprehensive cloud solution for our
customers. Given its deep roots in enterprise data center virtualization, no
one can ignore the potential of VMware in cloud computing.

 

To help enterprises better understand vCloud, I offer ten things that
all CIOs should know:

 

1) vCloud is VMware’s vision of cloud computing. As the virtualization
leader, VMware has its own vision of cloud computing. Unlike Amazon
and other players, it focuses on both private and public clouds. It
also enables partners to provide
public cloud
services.

 

2) vCloud is about simplifying IT with services. With the cloud as
architecture, enterprises can build better infrastructure in provisioning
applications in a faster and easier way.
vCloud
is more than cost saving, which is the immediate benefit customers can see. More
importantly, enterprises can achieve agility of IT infrastructure that help
grow core businesses.

 

3) vCloud is a journey. It enables customers
to implement cloud computing in an evolutionary fashion, thus protect existing
investment and facilitate smooth transition to the cloud.
Check out my previous blog on the 3
phases of cloud computing
.

 

4) vCloud is a mixture of products and services. While VMware is
building a rich product portfolio, it actively seeks partnerships with service
providers. This partner approach gives enterprises choice. They can implement an
internal cloud with VMware products, or use services provided by VMware
partners. The interoperability between the public and internal cloud is
expected because vCloud is an open platform.

 

5) vCloud is a full stack offering. With its deep roots in the
enterprise, VMware has a unique position in cloud computing with a bottom up
approach: from IaaS all the way to SaaS. With acquisitions and internal
R&D, VMware is maturing into a provider of higher level software stacks (with
SpringSource, RabbitMQ, Zimbra, and possible future acquisitions). Enterprises
and service provider can rely on VMware to provide a one stop
solution for cloud computing.

 

6) vCloud is based on open standards. The API spec has been submitted to
the DMTF and is on its way to possibly becoming an industry standard.
VMware will also ship products that implement the APIs.

 

7) vCloud is an open platform. Enterprises can not only move workloads
into the public clouds, but they can also move them back to on premise or
switch them from one provider to another. With this openness, enterprises will
have the ultimate flexibility and freedom to leverage both internal and
external resources.

 

8) vCloud is built on top of the industry’s best hypervisor. While
vCloud is not exclusive on the lower level of platforms, the majority of the
services and products will be backed up by the best hypervisor and cloud OS:
vSphere. You can expect a higher quality of service from vCloud than from other
providers
because the quality of higher
level software depends on that of the lower level software
.

 

9) vCloud is probably the only
player in the industry that helps enterprise build private clouds
today. With
open standards, VMware allows customers to leverage public clouds as well. For
customers who want a revolutionary technology but through an evolutionary
experience (most of us do), vCloud offers the best choice.

 

10) vCloud is evolving over the time. It’s not static but evolves from
time to time with feedbacks from customers, partners and competitors.
The product portfolio will be richer, and the service will be better. In
that sense, it’s a journey for VMware as well.

 

Steve Jin is
author of 
VMware VI & vSphere SDK (Prentice
Hall)
, founder of open
source
VI Java API, and is the chief blogger at DoubleCloud.org

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  1. Hi,
    Would you say a lot has changed between posting this around a year ago and where we are today?
    Also what would you say are the top 5 CIO challenges and how does VMware’s Cloud Computing Strategy address these??

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