VMware Inks Multiple Hybrid Cloud Partnerships
VMware says Verizon, BlueLock, and Colt have partnered up to deliver enterprise hybrid cloud services by way of the VMware vCloud Datacenter platform. Plus, a new VMware vCloud Connector plugin apparently helps customers and service provider partners deploy virtual machines on the platform to boot. VMware’s calling the announcement, made at VMware Partner Exchange in Orlando, a “milestone” in the hybrid cloud market.
Although the public cloud market is growing, VMware claims the big action involves enterprises that desire the security, performance and guaranteed application portability of on-premise cloud and virtualized deployments.
Enter VMware vCloud Datacenter, apparently designed to make it easy to move compute workloads from internal virtualized infrastructure to the cloud and back — at will. Since VMware architected and certified the vCloud platform, anything that works on one set of infrastructure is guaranteed to work on another. In some ways it sounds a bit like RackSpace’s OpenStack initiative with peer service providers.
The new VMware vCloud Connector plugin, available later in 2011, is designed to give VMware vSphere partners a single management view to move workloads around, according to that same press release.
And now BlueLock, Colt, and Verizon are using vCloud Datacenter to bolster their own cloud offerings. Notably, cloud service provider BlueLock has used it to launch their Virtual Datacenter offering, while Colt is using the platform to offer their very first cloud-delivered enterprise services. It’s also interesting to note that while Verizon’s vCloud offering is in beta, recent acquiree Terremark is reportedly rolling a vCloud Datacenter services offering of their own.
One final note: VMware’s press release claims that their service provider partner base grew 145% to 3,600 in the past year. And I’m hear rumors that The VAR Guy himself is on the ground at the VMware Partner Exchange this week to talk to as many of service providers as possible…