SAN FRANCISCO - VMware Inc. on Tuesday unveiled its new cloud computing strategy aimed at building out “a new stack” for enterprises looking to stitch together both private and public clouds.
Headlining the new plan is vCloud Director, new software running on vSphere that gives administrators and end users a single platform for running apps in a hybrid cloud. VMware said the software, which was formally known as Project Redwood, will let IT package virtual computing pools together as an infrastructure service comprised of power, storage and networking resources.
VMware is hoping that IT managers will use the software to create catalogs that allow end users to serve themselves and automatically provision private or public cloud apps.
The announcement was made at the company’s annual VMworld user conference in San Francisco, which is focused on the push toward hybrid cloud computing and “IT as a service.”
Speaking at the event’s opening keynote, CEO Paul Maritz said that organizations will soon be forced to take a more business-centric approach to IT, which means data centres will shift from producing IT services to optimizing the way those services are produced and consumed by the business.
Maritz told the audience that VMware now uses 15 different software-as-a-service apps across a variety of different internal business departments.
“We're going to have to deal with these new applications or IT is going to be left holding the bag," he said.
Additionally, with more apps being run on virtual infrastructure than physical infrastructure, there are more pockets of apps being deployed that no longer see the hardware. Because of this, Maritz said, a new stack is needed.
VMware’s vision of one management platform that can control the entire hybrid cloud from in-house apps to a range of hosted services is an interesting one, said Andrew Jones, director of IT at Ottawa-based IP video firm March Networks Corp.
“I don’t think they’re off-base,” he said.
To utilize this model at a company like March Networks, Jones said, the cost savings need to be demonstrated at smaller shops rather than just large enterprises. Also, the “one view” management platform has to be capable of maintaining security policies and service level agreements, he added.
John Sloan, a lead research analyst with Info-Tech Research Group Ltd., said end users only care about how technologies are going to improve their lives, and have little interested in technologies that will make an IT administrator’s life easier.