Borrowing from Mark Twain’s retort to newspaper stories of his death, reports of the death of vCloud Director are exaggerated. vCloud Director (vCD) is alive and well and now 100% focused on the needs of the service provider market, where it powers more than 250 public clouds in the vCloud Powered and vCloud Datacenter programs in addition to VMware’s own vCloud Hybrid Service.
We’ll continue to integrate vCD functions into vCenter and vCloud Automation Center, as previously announced. With this strategy, we can focus vCloud Director development on the service provider market and public cloud, and vCloud Automation Center on the needs of enterprises and private cloud. The product management and engineering teams for vCloud Director are part of VMware’s Cloud Services business unit, and we’re working hard on the next release.
So, here are the key facts:
1) Development of vCloud Director continues at VMware, now 100% focused on the cloud service provider market.
3) The next release of vCloud Director will be version 5.6, in the first half of 2014, available through VSPP to cloud service providers.
4) VMware continues to develop and enhance the vCloud API, to provide API access to new capabilities, and to make the API faster and easier to use.
The product team is finalizing the content for the vCloud Director 5.6 release, building on the current vCloud Director 5.5 functionality with new capabilities requested by our service provider customers, as well as new functionality developed for vCloud Hybrid Service. We met with many service providers at VMworld in San Francisco last week to gather feature requests and roadmap feedback, and the product management team will also be in Barcelona for VMworld EMEA, and in Australia for vForum Sydney. Let your VSPP account manager know if you’d like to meet and help shape the roadmap.
Roadmap themes include serviceability (ease of deployment, upgrades and updates), disaster recovery integration and other revenue-generating services, networking (further exploiting virtual networking and NSX), storage and security.
Thank you to our customers and partners for helping us build a better vCloud Director for public clouds, and I hope this post provided useful clarity.