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On stage today at VMworld, we unveiled VMware vCloud® Suite 5.1., a comprehensive solution of cloud infrastructure and management products, expertise and ecosystem support. This suite offers a comprehensive set of technology, services intellectual property (IP), and skills enhancements based on real-world deployment experience. Also available are updated SMB solution bundles that support the broad range of speeds at which SMB customers move to the cloud.

“Today at VMworld, VMware and its partners are taking a bold step toward simplifying IT, offering customers everything they need to build, operate and manage their cloud environments,” said Paul Maritz, VMware CEO. “The VMware vCloud® Suite delivers the software-defined datacenter – the architecture for implementing cloud computing.”

See the news release for full details on the VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 and to learn how it will allow you to simplify your sales by offering an entire cloud infrastructure in one SKU.

An important part of the this new cloud solution is the Cloud Ops Intellectual Property (IP) and advisory, transformation and education services which draw from VMware’s experience helping hundreds of clients worldwide navigate through the complex IT decisions. VMware has also introduced the Cloud Ops Forum, a group of consulting and integration partners that will collaborate on further definition of this new operating model. Together with VMware, these companies will work to transfer knowledge to the end-customer community to realize the greatest efficiency, reliability and agility benefits from this transition. Launch members of the Cloud Ops Forum include Accenture, Atos, Capgemini, CGI, CSC, Dell, Deloitte, EMC, HP, Infosys, T-Systems and VMware.

Read the full story on Cloud Ops and Cloud Ops Forum here.

VMware has created a series of 6 videos – translated in 9 languages – that focus on the most critical solution and program information you need to know about the vCloud Suite. You can view or download them from VMware Partner University TV.

Other resources include:
The Partner Launch Kit – This is a package of all of the assets you need to get up to speed with this new solution.
VMware Now – Tune into the VMworld keynotes throughout the week to hear more about what these new offerings mean for your business.

As a VMware partner you play a strategic role in making the software defined center a reality for your customers. Stay tuned to Power of Partnership for more information live from VMworld.

The VMware Partner Network Team