VMware vCloud is #2 in Top 12 Private Cloud platforms

Last updated: December 07, 2019
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#2 in Top 12 Private Cloud platforms


The best alternatives to VMware vCloud are: Amazon Web Services, OpenStack, Microsoft Azure

Latest news about VMware vCloud

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. 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

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 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. 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

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. 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). In addition, thanks to Spring widgets, any Java-application on GAE can be easily adapted to any mobile device with a browser. See also: Top 10 Cloud platforms for Enterprise

2010. VMForce.com - cloud Java platform by Salesforce and VMWare

Salesforce and Google are becoming less friends but more rivals. Following the start of the cold war between ChatterExchange and Google Apps Marketplace, the companies will soon compete on the cloud platforms market. Today, Salesforce and VMWare introduced the joint product - VMForce.com - the cloud platform for Java applications, which will compete with Google App Engine. Moreover, compared to VMForce.com, GAE would look like a toy. VMForce.com (theoretically) is the ideal solution for companies using (or developing) Java-applications. On the one hand it's the Force.com's infrastructure, which provides reliable, secure and scalable hosting, database, authentication, interface builder (Visualforce), business process designer, mobile access, integrated collaboration system (Chatter). On the other hand - it's the VMWare's ecosystem for Java applications: open-source Java Springs Framework and the runtime platform vCloud. Existing Java-applications can now be ported from the local server to Force.com without any adoption. And besides all these tools for deploying Java-apps in the cloud, the developers get access to a vast customer base of Salesforce. They can develop independent cloud applications or Java-addons for Salesforce CRM. Until now, developers couldn't create Java-applications on Force.com. Taking into account the huge Java popularity in the enterprise, VMForce.com will become the significant advantage for the cloud market leader. Recently Salesforce also launched the similar project to integrate the development environment Adobe Flash + AIR to Force.com. Pricing for VMforce has not been established yet, and the offering will be available for a developer preview later in the year.