vCloud Hybrid Service Marketplace: Software Mall for VARs
VMware's (VMW) vCloud Hybrid Service is pushing beyond North America into Europe. But here's the key question: How can VARs across the globe find applications and software that are certified to run on the vCloud infrastructure? The answer is simple…
Check out VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service Marketplace. The company says the marketplace allows customers and partners to "discover, download, test-drive and buy solutions" for the hybrid cloud service.
The marketplace contains more than 2,000 applications. Customers and partners can also "bring your own license" to the hybrid service, VMware asserts. For example, a Microsoft guid explains how customers and partners can use existing Windows Server licenses (if you have the appropriate aggreement in place with Microsoft), asserts Mathew Lodge, VP of cloud services at VMware, in a blog post.
Meanwhile, vCloud Hybrid Service continues to expand its footprint and capabilities worldwide. Among the most recent milestones:
- In the United Kingdom, VMware is going into beta later this quarter with selected customers, with general availability expected in Q1 2014. The service will adhere to UK and European data protection and privacy legislation, the company said.
- VMware vSphere Web Client, a new plug-in, will arrive in December. It will allow vSphere administrators to manage vCloud Hybrid Service.
- In November, vCloud Hybrid Service will be certified with VMware vCloud Automation Center 5.2 and 6.0.
VMware's hybrid cloud strategy is rather simple to explain. There are already thousands of VMware-certified applications running on virtualized corporate servers. VMware believes customers want the flexibility to run those applications, without change, in a private cloud or public cloud setting. vCloud Hybrid Suite fulfills that need, the company asserts.