VMware Cloud Foundry: Spinning Off or Staying Home?
The VMware CEO change is confirmed. VMware’s potential spin-off of Cloud Foundry (Infrastructure as a Service), however, remains unconfirmed.
A Cloud Foundry update may not arrive until VMware (NYSE: VMW) and parent EMC (NYSE: EMC) each announce financials on July 23 and 24, respectively. In the meantime, an internal document at VMware suggests the Cloud Foundry spin-off rumor is “unfounded,” CRN reported.
With Cloud Foundry, VMware hoped to extend its vSphere virtualization dominance into the IaaS and public cloud markets. But Wired offers this timely reality check:
“Though some estimates put the vSphere’s market share as high as 80 percent, it is not used by the big cloud players. Amazon, for instance, uses the open source Xen hypervisor, while Google’s new infrastructure cloud, Google Compute Engine, uses the open source KVM software. Clearly, VMware wanted to stake a claim to the burgeoning cloud market — and apparently, it’s willing to make some major changes to get there.”
The moves include VMware changing CEOs (Pat Gelsinger replaces Paul Maritz, effective Sept. 1). And potentially, the Cloud Foundry spin-off.
Cloud Foundry has three flavors:
- The VMware operated and managed CloudFoundry.com. Currently in beta, pricing of the commercial service has not yet been announced.
- Micro Cloud Foundry, a free download at micro.cloudfoundry.com for developers interested in a single instance of the cloud service.
- CloudFoundry.org hostsa community-driven open source Cloud Foundry project led by VMware.
As EMC and VMware consider Cloud Foundry’s organizational status, an overall commitment to Cloud Foundry seems clear. One anecdotal piece of evidence: Cloud Foundry’s website suggests the organization is in hiring mode.