VMworld: vCloud Suite 5.1 for Software-defined Datacenters
At VMworld 2012, VMware (NYSE: VMW) unveiled vCloud Suite 5.1, which is designed to help channel partners master software-defined datacenters. VMware Chief Marketing Officer Rick Jackson said the suite integrates the company's virtualization, cloud infrastructure and management portfolio into a single SKU for partners and customers. But what is VMware's ultimate goal here?
The simple answer: To help partners virtualize network, storage and server infrastructure, along with related applications in the datacenter. The company stated:
"The software-defined datacenter delivers on the promise of cloud computing for agile, elastic, efficient, and reliable IT services by extending the benefits of virtualization to every domain in the datacenter – compute, storage, networking, and the associated availability and security services."
On a somewhat related note, VMware completed its Nicira acquisition last week and this morning demonstrated network-oriented virtualization.
Spirit of Cooperation
During a press conference today, incoming VMware CEO Pat Gilsinger said he's having dinner tonight with NetApp CEO Tom Georgens, and multiple times during the keynote VMware told attendees to visit the Cisco booth for more examples outlining how the two companies are working together.
Back on the product front VMware mentioned a special offer: VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus customers will be able to upgrade to VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 Standard for free or upgrade to vCloud Suite 5.1 Enterprise at 35 percent off the list price, the company said.
On the SMB front, VMware also said it "significantly extending the capabilities of VMware vSphere Essentials Plus and introducing VMware vSphere 5.1 Standard with Operations Management."