Mirantis vs VMware vCloud


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Mirantis
Mirantis is the number one pure-play OpenStack Company. We deliver technology, integration, training and support to succeed. OpenStack without the compromises of vendor lock-in. 400+ open source infrastructure experts makes us one of top 5 contributors.
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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.
Mirantis vs VMware vCloud in our news:


2019 - VMware completes $2.7 billion Pivotal acquisition



VMware has closed the $2.7 billion acquisition of private cloud platform Pivotal. The acquisition gives VMware another component in its march to transform from a pure virtual machine company into a cloud native vendor that can manage infrastructure wherever it lives. It fits alongside other recent deals like buying Heptio and Bitnami, two other deals that closed this year. They hope this all fits neatly into VMware Tanzu, which is designed to bring Kubernetes containers and VMware virtual machines together in a single management platform.

2017 - VMware Cloud is now live on Amazon Web Services



Last fall VMware announced partnership with AWS, and now the two companies uveiled combined solution for Enterprise - VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware Cloud on AWS gives customers a seamlessly integrated hybrid cloud that delivers the same architecture, capabilities and operational experience across both their vSphere-based on-premises environment and AWS. While AWS runs its own VMs, it’s not the same as those that VMware runs in a data center, and that creates a management headache for companies trying to run both. By letting companies move to AWS and continue to run the VMware VMs in the public cloud, they get the best of both worlds without the management problems.

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 - Mirantis gets $100M funding to become enterprise OpenStack leader to take on Rackspace



Commercial OpenStack distribution provider Mirantis announced $100M in Series B funding. OpenStack is an open source platform for deploying infrastructure as a service. And Mirantis wants to be to OpenStack what Red Hat has been to Enterprise Linux. In other words, they want to be the corporate face of the project. And chances are, it’ll need every bit of that money, because it has some pretty stiff competition with the likes of HP, IBM, Cisco and yes, Red Hat, going for a piece of that enterprise OpenStack business. Just a couple of weeks ago, Red Hat announced it would be transitioning from client-server to cloud computing with an emphasis on OpenStack.

2014 - VMware's cloud to support Docker, Google and Pivotal containers to stand out over OpenStack



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.

2014 - Mirantis offers OpenStack-based private cloud as a service. OpenStack is in panic



OpenStack - the open cloud platform is quite complicated to install and setup for most companies. Mirantis aims to change that with OpenStack Express, which it claims will let a company, or even an individual without a ton of IT expertise, order and deploy a private OpenStack implementation and pay for it as it’s used. Mirantis is not the only OpenStack private cloud in town. Rackspace is in this space as is HP, Red Hat and others. But Mirantis has a lot of experience deploying OpenStack for customers — it started off as a systems integrator before deciding to offer its own OpenStack distribution.  If it can package that up in a truly easy-to-consume way, that’s a plus.

2012 - Surprise! VMWare has joined OpenStack. Beware Amazon Web Services



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 to challenge Windows Azure

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 - a new advantage over Cloud Foundry

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.

2010 - Google partners with VMWare to adopt GAE for Enterprise to challenge Heroku

Google App Engine

In response to the recent launch of VMForce, Google today announced the upcoming version of its cloud platform for enterprise users - Google App Engine for Business. Until now, GAE was actually not suitable for hosting enterprise applications. First, GAE does not provides enterprise-ready support, security and service level guarantees. Besides, it supports only one database - Big Table, which is not used in existing business applications, and locks clients into one platform. The enterprise version of GAE, which is scheduled for 4 quarter of 2010, will fix these issues. Corporate customers will be offered a premium support, 99.9% SLA, administration panel for managing security policies. In addition, GAE will add support for SSL and SQL databases. Instead of difficult-to-forecast scheme of payment for computer resources, the clients will pay a flat rate - $8/month for app user.

Google VMWare

Like VMForce, Google App Engine for Business utilizes VMWare's technology. However, in this case Google and VMware partnership is less about them working together. Just Google added support for VMWare's Spring framework to its Google Web Toolkit. In result any Java-application developed on Spring can be quickly moved from in-house server to the GAE cloud. Besides, it can be quickly moved from GAE to another provider, that supports VMWare's vCloud (in particular, VMForce).

Google Apps Spring

In addition, thanks to Spring widgets, any Java-application on GAE can be easily adapted to any mobile device with a browser.

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