CloudShare, VMforce: One-two Punch?
CloudShare now has another offering in its collection of cloud services for end-customers. The latest move involves VMforce, the joint technology offering recently announced between VMware and Salesforce.com. Here are details.
VMforce is a cloud-based solution that enables developers to create applications that are instantly available on mobile devices. CloudShare is making the solution available to users through the Spring framework and other applications in VMware virtual machines running on their local desktops. Users then can upload the full VMware-based virtual IT environments into the cloud to stage and test the code performance.
CloudShare is not the first cloud-based company to offer a complementary IT experience in the cloud, but its offering represent a new way of doing business. The ability to access full IT environments in the cloud can be an attractive and efficient solution for companies looking to reduce their IT footprint and save on operating costs, and for resellers that want to differentiate themselves to their customers.
The adoption of developer-focused applications in the cloud alongside more standard applications such as analytics, reporting and network performance shows the direction and wider spread acceptance of doing business in a cloud environment — for resellers and end-customers alike.