VMware Promises A Private Cloud In Less Than 30 Days
VMware is introducing vCloud consulting services, designed to give customers a private cloud in less than 30 days. Brave or brazen, that's the new stance VMware is taking ahead of next week's VMware Partner Exchange conference, and the company is hoping that the new consulting services can help speed up enterprise adoption of a hybrid cloud computing platform.
VMware's vCloud Accelerator consulting services are wrought out of their enterprise and service provider feedback and experience. The company wants to help customers "cut through the hype, define a strategy [and] identify staring points," to create a realistic roadmap to building out a private cloud. That's a statement some might find refreshing, especially if a wary attitude towards virtualization had been the traditional stance.
So what's the deal if you sign up with VMware's consultants? You can expect customer applications running in 30 days or less and a "tangible benefit" of VMware vCloud, vSphere, vCloud Director, vCenter Chargeback and vShield. VMware says with those products in tow, you've laid down the brickwork for a bigger scale cloud environment.
If you're still on the fence, VMware is also providing the VMware vCloud Jumpstart service that provides a non-production evaluation installation of the VMware vCloud solution. In addition, VMware is also offering the vCloud Reference Architecture which provides a blueprint for customers who would like to quickly build out their VMware vCloud solution. The blueprints are all based on working real-world cloud deployments and VMware hopes the resource will be used to reduce the time needed to plan and deploy a full scale cloud.
vCloud Accelerator and Jumpstart services are ready now and available through VMware Professional services. If you're a partner, VMware has also announced enrollment for the "Cloud Computing Partner Lighthouse" for qualified VMware partners who would like to be trained on the vCloud consulting services.
We'll be digging for more information about the developments above during the VMware Partner Exchange conference (Feb. 8-11, Orlando, Fla.).