VMware vCloud alternatives

VMware vCloud
Start moving toward secure cloud computing with VMware vCloud solutions and services. Leverage the power of cloud computing while retaining the flexibility and open standards to support your existing IT infrastructure. Enabling IT as a service through cloud computing gives you a more efficient, flexible and cost-effective model.
VMware vCloud alternatives are:
Amazon Web Services, OpenStack, CloudStack, Cloud Foundry
Here are the latest news about VMware vCloud:

2015 VMware will make Google Cloud Platform available to its customers

Google is teaming up with VMware to make select Google Cloud Platform services available to VMware customers via vCloud Air, VMware’s hybrid cloud platform. Google BigQuery analytics and Google Cloud Storage, as well as Google’s Datastore and DNS services, will be available via vCloud Air sometime later this year, with other Google services potentially coming later. Depending on execution, both companies can claim a win here. VMware gets four Google services, including the powerful BigQuery analytics, to woo enterprise customers. Google gets to put some of its best and brightest IP in front of the enterprise cloud users it craves. Google needs a better hybrid cloud picture and VMware needs to prove its cloud can play with the big boys (or boy, meaning Amazon Web Services).

2014 VMware's cloud to support Docker, Google and Pivotal containers

VMware is working together with Docker, Google and Pivotal to make sure that container technology works well with its virtualization technology. Through this collaboration, VMware will allow developers and operations staff to use the Docker Engine with the VMware vSphere hypervisor and the company’s vCloud Air environment. The company will also team up with Docker on several open source container projects on the Docker platform and it plans on making sure future Docker projects will integrate well with the rest of the VMware platform. Google's Kubernetes container management system will also work well with VMware’s software. Regarding Pivotal, VMware has already been using containers in conjunction with virtual machines as part of its application-development platform since 2011.

2012 Surprise! VMWare has joined OpenStack

Recently we found out that the open cloud platform alliance OpenStack includes several members from EMC. It was a surprise, because EMC owns VMWare - the direct competitor of OpenStack. We thought that it was a little misunderstanding in the Swedish family EMC-VMWare. But this wasn't the last surprise in this story. In the end of the last week, VMWare personally became the "Gold member" in OpenStack. (Recall, OpenStack was founded two years ago in order to struggle against the dominance of Amazons's public cloud and VMWare's data-center cloud management systems). Together with VMWare two more giants: Intel and NEC joined OpenStack on Friday. So now, on the cloud platform market we have the confrontation: Amazon vs "Everyone else". You may think that the forces are not equal, but ...

It's likely that VMWare's entry hardly strengthen OpenStack. First, VMWare is not going to stop developing its (competing) solutions vCloud cloud platform and Cloud Foundry. The company is considering it's contribution to OpenStack as an diversification of investments in cloud platforms. Second, it's probably just a political (or marketing) step by VMWare. Because its main virtualization-competitor Citrix has recently quit OpenStack. So it's an excellent opportunity to turn the whole cloud market against the rival.

In result, OpenStack may not just become the Soviet Union but the Soviet Union with political games. At first glance, such organization can't be effective.

2011 VMware wants to revolutionize PaaS market

VMware Cloud Foundry
We have already noted that PaaS (Platform as a Service) - is the future of cloud platforms. For now the PaaS market is dominated by Salesforce (Force.com), Microsoft (Windows Azure) and Google (Google App Engine). Recently Amazon also entered this space with AWS Elastic Beanstalk. Of course VMWare also has its own plans regarding this market. Like Amazon, VMWare still paid more attention to another cloud technology - IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). Its product vCloud enables service providers and enterprises to create cloud platforms that mimic Amazon EC2. But, frankly speaking, VMWare hasn't achieved great success in the IaaS-space so far, because it didn't offer something revolutionary. Having analyzed these mistakes, the company is now entering the PaaS market. And here it really wants to make a revolution.

Few days ago VMWare unveiled online service Cloud Foundry and the eponymous "portable" PaaS platform. The mane feature of this platform is that it's completely free and open-source. According to the developers, it can work anywhere - on a single server, in the enterprise data center, in a public cloud (e.g. Amazon or vCloud), as well as on several of these infrastructures, forming so-called "federated cloud." Thus, it's eliminating the main drawback of existing PaaS-solutions - locking to a single provider.

The second feature of Cloud Foundry - is its extensibility. For example, Google App Engine only supports Python and Java. Windows Azure - primarily designed for use with Microsoft's .NET framework. But VMWare Cloud Foundry initially supports Spring Java, Rails, Sinatra and Node.JS and allows you to integrate other frameworks. So the platform does not limit developers in their tools and infrastructure software. Moreover, for the convenience of developers, VMWare will soon release a micro version of Cloud Foundry, that can be installed on any PC.

It is also interesting that the Cloud Foundry will compete with a joint project of VMWare and Salesforce - VWForce (which is now a part of the Force.com). Probably now these two companies diverge and each will go its own way to the top of the PaaS-market.

2010 VMWare wants to become Microsoft of the Cloud Computing era

Previously, when enterprise software was running on servers and desktops, Microsoft ruled the IT market. It supplied the operating systems for servers and desktops, as well as tools for developing applications for these OS. As the cloud technologies emerge, servers and desktops are no longer the central objects of IT infrastructure. Software moves to private and public clouds. Desktops are used just as thin clients (terminals with a browser) and the need in servers disappears at all. And since the basis of cloud technology is virtualization - the power goes to the company, that owns 80% of the virtualization market  - VMWare.

Businesses for a long time have been implementing virtualization technologies in their data centers to reduce IT costs, increase its flexibility and reliability. So, now it is much easier for them to transfer their virtualized IT infrastructure to private or public clouds powered by VMWare, than to the Amazon cloud, or even to Windows Azure.

VMWare Cloud
VMWare provides vSphere platform for private clouds and vCloud - for public clouds (vCloud is delivered by several VMWare partners, including Salesforce). Recently the company also released a vCloud Director, which allows companies to easily manage their IT infrastructure, which can be distributed among several private and public clouds, running on these platforms.

Also, VMWare has acquired MyOneLogin, the service which enables companies to implement a unified user authentication system for cloud environment where different applications run on different clouds. This reminds the Active Directory service in Windows.

VMWare Cloud
And in order to control the cloud application development process, VMWare has released VMware vFabric - the Java IDE for cloud applications. vFabric is based on SpringSource framework that VMware acquired last year, and includes the tools to build applications optimized for VMWare cloud platforms.