On Day 1 of its annual conference VMworld 2014 themed "No Limits", VMware
unveiled its strategies around open cloud platform OpenStack and around
container technology Kubernetes. It also launched new tools to extend its
software-defined datacentre and hybrid cloud offerings.
Open software-defined datacentre
One of the significant announcements was the VMware Integrated OpenStack - a
service that provides enterprises - especially SMBs the flexibility to build a software-defined datacentre on any technology
platform (VMware or not).
VMware Integrated OpenStack distribution is aimed at helping customers
repatriate workloads from "unmanageable and insecure public clouds". Take that AWS.
Container technology and VMware infrastructures; Kubernetes
VMware is collaborating with Docker, Google and Pivotal to
allow enterprises to run and manage container-based applications on its
At the annual conference, VMware said it has joined the
Kubernetes community and will make Kubernetes' patterns, APIs and tools
available to enterprises. Kubernetes, currently in pre-production beta, is an
open-source implementation of container cluster management.
With Google, VMware's efforts will focus on bringing the pod
based networking model of Open vSwitch to enable multi-cloud integration of
Not only will deep integration with the VMware product line
bring the benefits of Kubernetes to enterprise customers, but their commitment
to invest in the core open source platform will benefit users running
containers," said Joerg Heilig, VP Engineering, Google Cloud Platform.
"Together, our work will bring VMware and Google Cloud Platform closer
together as container based technologies become mainstream."
With Docker, it will collaborate to allow Docker Engine on
VMware workflows. It will also work to improve interoperability between Docker
Hub with VMware vCloud Air, VMware vCenter Server and VMware vCloud Automation
New hybrid cloud capabilities
At VMworld, VMware released new hybrid cloud service
capabilities and a new line-up of third-party mobile application services. The
new capabilities include vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand that offers
customers with on demand access to vCloud Air. Another capability - VMware
vCloud Air Object Storage - is aimed at providing users with scalable storage
options for unstructured data. It will enable customers to easily scale to
petabytes and only pay for what they use, according to the company.
It also launched mobile development services within VMware's
vCloud Air's service catalog.
Management as a service offerings
VMware also released two new IT management tools under its
vRealize brand- for managing a software-defined datacentre and public cloud
infrastructure services (IaaS).
VMware vRealize Air Automation is the cloud management tool
that allows users to automate the delivery of application and infrastructure
services while maintaining compliance with IT policies.
Meanwhile, VMware vRealize Operations Insight offers
performance management, capacity optimization, and real-time log analytics. The
tool also extends operations management beyond vSphere to an enterprise's
entire IT infrastructure. Another sign than VMware is opening up its ecosystem
to accommodate other virtualisation platforms.
Partnerships with Dell on software defined services
VMware has extended
collaboration with Dell to combine its NSX network virtualisation platform with
the latter's converged infrastructure products.
"Global organisations are adopting the software-defined
datacentre as an open, agile, secure and efficient architecture to simplify IT
and transition to the hybrid cloud," said Raghu Raghuram, executive vice
president, SDDC division, VMware. "The software-defined datacentre enables
open innovation at speeds that cannot be matched in the hardware-defined world.
As partners, VMware and Dell will advance networking in the SDDC, and
collaborate to make advanced network virtualisation available to mutual
Partnership with HP on hybrid cloud
VMware and HP have extended their collaboration to give
momentum to users' SDDC and hybrid cloud adoption. As part of the partnership,
HP Helion OpenStack will support enterprise-class VMware virtualisation
The companies will also make standalone HP-VMware networking
solution generally available. Together, these collaborative efforts can help
simplify the adoption of the software-defined datacentre and hybrid cloud with
less risk, and with greater operational efficiency and lower costs.
All in all, looks like VMware is opening up to competitive
platforms and warming up to open source technologies but retains its
standoffish traits when it comes to public cloud services.