OVH has finalized the acquisition of VMware vCloud Air’s business and specifically, vCloud Air customers, support team and data center and customer operations. VMware vCloud Air will now be branded “VMware vCloud Air Powered by OVH” and continue to provide services related to its three core offerings, namely, disaster recovery, data center replacement and data center extension. Existing vCloud Air customers stand to benefit from complementing their existing vCloud Air datacenters with OVH datacenters as well as OVH’s portfolio of private cloud and public cloud offerings, in addition to OVH’s enterprise-grade customer support. OVH’s acquisition of VMware vCloud Air marks the deepening of a long-standing partnership with VMware that includes a venerable history as a VMware vCloud® Air Network™ partner.
In the meantime, the acquisition of VMware vCloud Air, formerly owned by Dell-EMC, allows VMware to focus its cloud strategy on cross-cloud technologies as exemplified by its collaboration with AWS to deploy VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware will also continue to retain control of the VMware software-defined data center (SDDC) technology that is foundational to the vCloud Air business as it now focuses on cross-cloud technologies. The sale of VMware’s vCloud Air business to OVH allows vCloud Air to finally take flight and frees up VMware to focus on the next step of its cloud computing chapter as it relates to hybrid and multi-cloud technologies. With the vCloud air business out of the picture, expect to hear more about VMware’s updated strategy for carving out a more significant place in the cloud computing landscape in forthcoming months.
This week, VMware announced the release of VMware Integrated OpenStack 2.5, a platform for building OpenStack clouds using VMware vSphere, NSX and Virtual SAN. As of this release, customers can import vSphere VM templates directly into the VMware Integrated OpenStack infrastructure. By importing VM templates into OpenStack, customers can enjoy the benefits of reduced data import time periods and accelerated deployments, as a result. This version also features support for VMware NSX and a simplified architecture that requires customers to commit few hardware resources to their deployments. The release of VMware Integrated OpenStack 2.5 solidifies OpenStack’s position in the IaaS space as the de facto architecture for private clouds that boasts increased capabilities to integrate with the VMware-based infrastructures that are ubiquitous within the enterprise. Conversely, the platform positions VMware as eminently capable of integrating with OpenStack and illustrates the potential for important synergies between VMware and OpenStack.
On August 31, VMware announced the release of enhancements for the company’s public cloud platform in the form of VMware vCloud Air, VMware vCloud Air Object Storage and VMware vCloud Air SQL. VMware vCloud Air represents the public cloud component of VMware’s unified hybrid cloud platform. Recently enhanced VMware vCloud Air components include VMware vCloud Air Object storage, a portfolio of storage solutions for unstructured powered either by Google Cloud Platform’s Google Cloud Storage infrastructure, or by EMC’s EMC ViPR solution. Meanwhile, VMware vCloud Air SQL represents a database as a service SQL platform that delivers a cloud-based platform for the storage of relational databases. VMware vCloud Air also now features a suite of disaster recovery services that leverage cloud services to ensure uptime and availability of on premise and cloud-based deployments by means of a cloud-based management console for orchestration. Taken together, the storage, database and disaster recovery upgrades to the VMware vCloud Air public cloud constitute a notable enhancement to VMware’s overall unified hybrid cloud platform, which prides itself on the ability to deliver cloud services for any application and any device. Given the stark reality that enterprises using cloud services are almost invariably leveraging some kind of hybrid cloud environment, the enhancements to VMware vCloud Air position VMware to more effectively complement its dominance within on-premise data center infrastructures and deliver a stronger case for its unified hybrid cloud solution.
VMware has partnered with SoftBank Commerce and Service to deliver VMware’s vCloud Hybrid service IaaS platform to Japan. SoftBank will provide VMware with datacenters, network and a dedicated sales team whereas VMware will manage the implementation and subsequent management of the vCloud platform in Japan. Meanwhile, VMware stands to benefit from SoftBank’s network of more than 7000 resellers in Japan. Japan represents only the third country after the U.S. and U.K where VMware is launching its vCloud Hybrid Service and the first country in Asia. vCloud Hybrid Service is currently available in private Beta and will be generally available in Q4 of this year. vCloud Hybrid Service creates a single-tenant private cloud, a multi-tenant virtual private cloud or a disaster recovery cloud that facilitates the extension of on-premise infrastructures to the cloud. VMware also announced preliminary plans to use its technology in China to build a hybrid cloud service in Beijing in collaboration with China Telecom.
Today, VMware announced the acquisition of Desktone, a Desktop as a Service vendor that specializes in desktop virtualization for Windows desktop environments and applications as a cloud-based service. Features of Desktone’s Desktop as a Service include a multi-tenant architecture whereby each customer receives their own discrete virtual environment, cloud-based self-provisioning and scalability across multiple geographies and IT environments. Desktone is certified to work with VMware’s virtualization ecosystem that includes the vSphere and vCloud fleet of products. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, though the deal does illustrate the depth of commercial interest in desktop virtualization given its cost, operational and security advantages for customers, in addition to its convergence with the industry’s larger migration toward cloud-based IT delivery.
This week, VMware revealed details of its Infrastructure as a Service platform, vCloud Hybrid Service. Based on the premise that enterprise customers are interested in a cloud offering marked by an extension of the technology within their datacenters, VMware announced a cloud solution built around the VMware virtualization technologies with which the enterprise is deeply familiar. VMware’s offering is branded as a hybrid cloud because it enables customers to transport workloads back and forth between their public cloud platform and private customer data centers in ways that allow enterprises to leverage private and public cloud solutions in tandem as dictated by their business needs.
Key features of the VMware IaaS vCloud Hybrid Service include the following:
•IaaS platforms delivered through VMware service providers that provides vCloud Datacenter Services to enable customers to provision virtual environments with ease. vCloud Datacenter Services feature SLAs guaranteeing uptime of 99.5%, role based access control and the ability to configure stacks for compliance with SAS 70 Type II or ISO27001 standards.
•A choice of dedicated or virtual private cloud solutions. A dedicated solution offers customers “physically isolated infrastructure” in contrast to the “logically isolated infrastructure” specific to a virtual private cloud solution.
•An IaaS infrastructure delivered by certified VMware service providers such as AT&T Inc., Bluelock, Colt, CSC, Dell Services, Optus, SingTel, Softbank, T-Systems
•vCloud Connector 2.0 enables customers to transfer workloads between private datacenters and VMware public clouds. Customers can effect the transfer of workloads betweeen infrastructures by using one network configuration instead of reconfiguring network settings in the destination infrastructure. Additionally, customers can manage the transfer of data between different infrastructures with “One Catalog” that synchronizes the list of available content across all relevant infrastructures, thereby avoiding the scenario whereby customers are forced to manage multiple content catalogs concurrently.
Because VMware’s IaaS vCloud Hybrid Service is delivered through a cluster of service partners, the offering is fundamentally different from the IaaS product offerings of Amazon Web Services and Rackspace. VMware plans to make its vCloud Hybrid Service technology and IP available to all service partners, and promises to build one of the most extensive IaaS partnerships for public cloud computing available in the world today. The product effectively gives new meaning to the term cloud interoperability given that customers can transfer workloads not only between private enterprise datacenters and public clouds enabled by VMware’s service partners, but also between VMware’s public cloud, partner datacenters as well. vCloud Hybrid Service will be available through an early access program in June and anticipates becoming generally available in Q3 of this year.