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VMware vCloud Service Provider Ecosystem Growth Continues

Today VMware announced new capabilities to help accelerate our customers’ journey to the enterprise hybrid cloud. These advances would not be possible without the strong collaboration from our large ecosystem of service providers. I’d like to briefly recognize the value of that partnership.

VMware’s collaboration with service providers is both broad and deep. Many providers serve in an advisory capacity and as design partners with our engineering teams to provide valuable input on how our products are developed to meet the needs of a broad set of customers.

The overall VMware service provider network continues to grow in response to end-customer demand for services based on VMware infrastructure. Today, there are over 5,600 members of the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) who deliver services in 62 countries.  The VMware products and solutions that are utilized by these providers is robust, spanning across all layers of the cloud – from infrastructure to platform to end-user computing.

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the positive traction of our 31 partners delivering vCloud Powered Services. Today the number of service providers has grown to 41 (see list below). We see this program continuing to aggressively expand due to demand from customers who want to use public cloud services that are built on a secure platform and are compatible with their on-premise vSphere-based workloads.

We also welcome Dell’s announcement that they’re joining the VMware vCloud Datacenter program and are excited that they will start to deliver services globally.

If you’re looking to start your own cloud journey, you can find a vCloud Service Provider and test drive a service today at vcloud.vmware.com.

List of VMware vCloud Service Providers to date:

vCloud Datacenter Services:

Bluelock; Colt; CSC; Dell; SingTel; SoftBank, Terremark, a Verizon Company

vCloud Express Services:

Terremark, a Verizon Company; Virtacore

vCloud Powered Services:

U.S.: Bluemile; CDW; CGI; CoreVault; Expedient Communications; FusionStorm; GNAX; Hosting.com; iLand; Krypt; Lokahi Solutions LLC; MindSHIFT; NTT America, an NTT Communications Company; PeakColo; Secure-24; TekLinks; Tier 3; TierPoint; Venyu; ViaWest; Virtacore; Xtium; Zumasys

Canada: NetKeepers; OnX; RackForce, Scalar Decisions

EMEA: Thales Group (Austria); Elisa (Finland); Dunkel GmbH; Wusys GmbH (Germany); Bitbrains; Nxs Internet; Proserve; ZXFactory BV (Netherlands); Carrenza; Redstone PLC; Stratogen (UK)

 APJ: Anittel; ZettaGrid (Australia); ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation, CTC (Japan)


VMworld vCloud IaaS news: the enterprise cloud advances

A year ago, I wrote a blog entitled “Cloud, meet enterprise,” the title a nod to the early successes by cloud service innovators and the pent-up desire of many IT organizations to gain the same kind of agility. Their problem: how to get take advantage of public clouds without having to abandon everything they had and without re-architecting or re-writing all of their applications en masse. By working with our service provider partners we could jointly deliver public cloud services that offered an evolutionary path to the public cloud revolution.

Today, VMware and its partners are introducing new products and services that help organizations of all sizes find, evaluate, and manage hybrid cloud services to compliment their own IT investments. By hybrid, we mean using private and public clouds in concert, so that an organization can determine for itself the appropriate mix. 

vcloud.vmware.com helps VMware customers quickly find a qualified service provider that’s compatible with their VMware-virtualized infrastructure. Customers can learn about the different types of cloud services (vCloud Powered, vCloud Datacenter and vCloud Express), locate a provider world-wide, and also sign up for a service trial. 

We’re also introducing the public beta of vCloud Connector 1.5, VMware’s tool for transferring and managing workloads across vSphere clusters, private and public clouds. New in version 1.5 is a point-to-point agent architecture for transfers that improves speed by using multiple parallel network connections. There’s also an automatic checkpoint & restart mechanism, so any transfer that is interrupted by network congestion or failure is now automatically re-started from where it failed.

Customers can also access vCloud Connector 1.5 from any compatible web browser, in addition to accessing it from the vSphere console. As before, vCloud Connector is a free download for existing vSphere customers, and it is also integrated directly with vcloud.vmware.com.

We’re also pleased to announce improvements to vCloud Datacenter, which delivers globally consistent IaaS service world-wide through selected partners. The service is audited and certified by VMware to meet stringent compatibility and security requirements. We’re pleased that Dell has joined the program and will roll out vCloud Datacenter Service globally, with initial beta service out of its Texas datacenter.

All vCloud Datacenter service providers offer a common cloud computing service definition that makes it easy for customers to deploy their applications world-wide on any vCloud Datacenter service without re-work. We’re also announcing Global Connect, an initiative where vCloud Datacenter partners are working together to offer a global virtual cloud service through a single contract. Bluelock, Colt, SingTel and Softbank are the first vCloud Datacenter partners expected to offer Global Connect.

Finally, some numbers to give you a sense of where we are on the journey and how adoption of enterprise cloud services are accelerating: there are now 5,600 members of the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) in 62 countries, with 174% bookings growth in VSPP in the year-to-date. Since VMware only makes money when our service providers sell services, that means the VSPP ecosystem has grown its revenue by at least 174% too. By comparison, this is more than three times the growth estimates for the largest non-VMware public clouds, demonstrating the rapid acceleration of enterprise cloud. If you haven’t already done so, find a provider and start your own journey at vcloud.vmware.com.


Actual live-and-in-person public and hybrid cloud customers and builders at VMworld

VMworld Las Vegas is just two weeks' away, yet to read the Twittersphere and the Blogoverse, one might think that enterprise public clouds, and hybrid cloud use (where an organization deploys an application across private & public clouds) were figments of a fevered imagination. It would follow that actual people who have built and used this style of cloud cannot exist, or must be mistaken. But they do exist, they are passionate and intelligent, and at VMworld you can meet some of them "live and in person", as they say in Vegas.

At session CIM4813 (Wed 2pm), Real-world cloud experiences, I have the pleasure of leading a distinguished panel of enterprise cloud customers:

  • Dr Stewart Lee, Head of IT for the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford, will talk about their innovative Database-as-a-service and hybrid cloud approach.
  • Paul McNamara, Entrepreneur in Residence at Adobe, will talk about the future of customer experience, and how key features of enterprise clouds help make it possible.
  • Chris Spence, CTO of the National Democratic Institute, will speak to how cloud helps his non-partisan NGO bring democracy to five continents.
  • Drew Garner, Director of Architecture Delivery at travel and expense expert Concur, will explain how a blend of on-premises infrastructure, hosting and cloud helps them scale to serve over 12,000 customers and rapidly integrate new acquisitions like TripIt.

Within the Cloud Infrastructure and Management track:

CIM 2520 (Mon 11am): Link Alander and Cory Bradfield from Lone Star College on leveraging Public, Private and Hybrid clouds in Higher Education

CIM 2343 (Wed 9.30am): Building a real-life high-performance financial services cloud, with Feargal O'Sullivan from NYSE Euronext. Offering basic VM provisioning is, to a degree, the easy part. This is a chance to learn what makes a vertical cloud special with details of NYSE's capital markets community cloud.

CIM 2750 (Mon & Wed 11am): Are all clouds commodity? With Andrew Phillips from open source API specialists jclouds.org and Pat O'Day from Bluelock.

CIM 3177 (Mon 2pm): Cloud architectures to deliver healthcare as a service with Christopher Reed, INX, Stephen Henson, Concentra, Steven Kaplan, INX and Mariano Maluf of vCloud Powered provider GNAX.

CIM 2628 (Tue 5.30pm): How Equinix implemented a smart development cloud with Brian Lillie, Equinix and Martin van Ryswyk, Electric Cloud.

CIM 2865 (Wed 12.30pm): Escaping the Chaos Monkey, Enterprise vs. Commodity Public Cloud, with me, Mathew Lodge. How and why are enterprise clouds different, explained with the help of "chaos monkeys" and other metaphorical animals.

Why is this controversial? It shouldn't be, but just last week, I was harangued by twitter chatter that enterprise public and hybrid clouds didn't really exist, and that, if they did, they were too enterpricey (you see what he did there?) This depsite there being seven cloud providers in the VMware vCloud Datacenter Services program, another 32 live and in production who have earned the vCloud Powered Service badge (see Joe Andrews' post on this earlier this week), and two successful vCloud Express providers (here and here) that offer more compute for your buck than Amazon EC2, while being more compatible with your existing VMs.

To summarize, at VMworld you'll get the opportunity to hear from a number of VMware customers doing all kinds of interesting things in public and hybrid cloud deployments, some of them previously deemed impossible :-) If you're attending, I hope you take the opportunity to attend one or more of these sessions and if you've got your own example, I'd be delighted to hear about that too. Maybe you can come back next year and tell VMworld attendees about it. See you there!