VMware vCloud Platform Getting New Hybrid Cloud Capabilities
At this week’s VMworld conference, host VMware took the stage to announce that its vCloud platform would be getting several new capabilities that would help connect customers with multiple cloud service providers under a hybrid model.
The new VMware Global Connect service actually sounds fairly interesting: Service providers now can optionally offer their customers cloud services from providers anywhere else in VMware’s network of 25 datacenters in 13 countries.
These hypothetical customers merely ask their VMware vCloud Datacenter Service provider, and their local partner — which is already providing the infrastructure and management of the hybrid cloud deployment — rolls it out. It’s one contract from one trusted provider managed from one “pane of glass,” and if regulatory compliance is a concern, customers can rest easy since it’s coming from the same provider it always has.
The overall goal is to bring a complete global cloud to customers anywhere, regardless of actual geography. The first SaaS providers to take advantage of the program will be BlueLock, SingTel and Softbank Telecom, all of whom were already fairly involved in the VMware cloud ecosystem.
There are three other facets to VMware’s announcement:
- VMware vCloud Connector 1.5 is optimized with a faster, more reliable data transfer architecture, making transferring vSphere workloads that much easier. Moreover, it can automatically resume transfers that were interrupted thanks to network problems. And it’s available both through any web browser and by way of the vCenter console. It’s currently available in beta, with GA in Q4 of 2011.
- VMware has also launched vcloud.vmware.com, to help customers find trusted service provider partners and educate them on the service.
- VMware-based service providers are ramping up to provide disaster recovery to the cloud with vCenter Site Recovery 5, part of the recently announced vSphere 5 cloud portfolio.
Stay tuned for more updates from VMware’s VMworld all this week.