World’s Leading Service Providers Build New Cloud Services on the VMware Platform
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – September 1, 2009 – Today at VMworld 2009, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop through the datacenter and to the cloud, announced significant advancements in the VMware vCloud™ Initiative—designed to help customers safely tap compute capacity for internal and external clouds – how they want, when they want and as much as they want. VMware and its more than 1,000 VMware Virtualized™ service provider partners including AT&T, SAVVIS, Terremark and Verizon Business are giving customers improved flexibility and agility to respond to business needs while saving both capital and operational costs.
VMware Virtualized™ is a new program within the VMware vCloud™ Initiative for service provider cloud solutions that are interoperable and optimized for the VMware platform, designed to assure customers that VMware Virtualized cloud services offered by partners deliver a reliable, interoperable and enterprise-class experience. Thousands of customers run their applications internally on the VMware platform, and VMware vSphere™ allows them to run their IT in an internal cloud. VMware Virtualized cloud services are also based on VMware vSphere™ and give customers the flexibility of choice and interoperability—independent of hardware, OS, applications or providers so that customers can feel confident about developing and deploying current and future applications in the internal or external cloud.
“The promise of cloud computing gives companies of all sizes a way to scale quickly to respond to the needs of their business and get out of the business of just maintaining the ‘plumbing’,” said Paul Maritz, president and chief executive officer, VMware. “This week at VMworld, VMware and its partners will be delivering on this promise by introducing new technologies and services that are designed to give customers application compatibility, enterprise-readiness and choice in type of service and location to enable seamless interoperability and mobility between internal and external clouds.”
Since its introduction in September 2008, the VMware vCloud Initiative has expanded ten-fold with more than 1,000 VMware Virtualized™ service providers delivering an extensive and diverse ecosystem of cloud services built on the VMware platform. Many of these service providers are introducing new services that deliver on customers’ pressing use cases for cloud computing including test and development, capacity on demand and disaster recovery. Read what partners are saying about the VMware vCloud Initiative.
“Verizon Business’ on-demand, enterprise-class Computing as a Service (CaaS) solution provides customers with an unparalleled combination of security, performance, and agility – all while helping them to control costs,” said Kerry Bailey, senior vice president of global services, Verizon Business. “Verizon CaaS leverages best-of-breed technology from vendors such as VMware. In fact, our advanced workflow and automated resource engine is powered by key VMware tools, which allows enterprise customers to easily and efficiently manage IT computing resources while maintaining application availability.”
VMware is today introducing VMware vCloud™ Express, a new class of service that will deliver reliable, on-demand, pay-as-you go compute as a service. Built on the industry’s leading and most complete virtualization platform, VMware vSphere™, VMware vCloud™ Express will enable customers to start with VMware vCloud™ Express and grow into full enterprise-class cloud environments with highly available and service level guarantees when they are ready to move into production. Unlike other on-demand cloud solutions, VMware vCloud™ Express will give developers quick access to a pay-as-you-go infrastructure that is compatible with in-house VMware virtualized IT environments—making the interoperability and portability of applications from external development to internal deployment easy. With VMware vCloud™ Express, customers will have the flexibility to leverage IT resources when they need it and pay for only what they use.
VMware vCloud™ Express will be available through many leading service providers including Terremark, BlueLock, Hosting.com, Logica, and Melbourne IT. These service providers are launching beta releases of their services today. To try VMware vCloud™ Express, find your preferred provider by going to: www.vmware.com/vcloudexpress.
“By leveraging VMware’s best-in-breed virtualization technologies and our vast experience providing solutions to enterprise and Federal government customers, our vCloud ™Express offering will provide customers a uniquely differentiated, cost-effective platform that meets their IT infrastructure needs,” said Manuel D. Medina, chairman and chief executive officer, Terremark. “Terremark’s vCloud™ Express services will provide our customers pay-as-you-go, on-demand access to enterprise-class infrastructure that is flexible enough to offer unmatched compatibility with their own internal IT platforms.”
The VMware vCloud™ Initiative is designed to give enterprises unrivaled choice and flexibility by enabling both legacy and modern applications to be deployed on internal or external clouds without modification. Other compute clouds often require applications to be built specifically to a single cloud computing platform and require complete rewrites of existing applications. Many leading software companies are building on the VMware vCloud™ API to deliver cloud-ready services including Aptana, Cloudera, CollabNet, CohesiveFT, EngineYard, ParAccel, RightScale, rPath, SpringSource, Terracotta, TIBCO, and Zend.
"Manually configuring and deploying large distributed systems like Apache Hadoop for the cloud can be a real challenge,“ said Amr Awadallah, founder and chief technology officer, Cloudera, Inc. "Using VMware's vCloud™ APIs, we are able to provide a pre-configured environment with Cloudera's Distribution for Hadoop, which can be deployed elastically over a dynamic number of nodes. Furthermore, the combination of VMware vCloud™ API and VMware’s industry-leading virtualization platform, allows transparent deployment to both internal and/or external clouds without requiring any system changes.”
The VMware vCloud™ API enables application vendors, service providers and enterprise IT with an interface that simplifies how applications are deployed and managed in cloud environments, whether internal or external. The VMware vCloud API is both REST-based and internet-enabled to enable simplicity in deploying, managing and migrating workloads between clouds. Specific information about the VMware vCloud™ API can be found online at: www.vmware.com/go/vcloudapi. The VMware vCloud™ API will be openly available and has been submitted to the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) building on VMware’s commitment to open standards and customer choice. (See related press release also announced today: “VMware Submits VMware vCloud™ API Specification to the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) – First Ever Submission of Key Cloud Interface.”)
“Companies today are looking to the cloud to seamlessly scale out their IT infrastructure or safely test and develop current applications without having to step through a lengthy procurement process and deploy dedicated hardware that may only be used for short periods of time,” said Mark Bowker, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “The challenge with public clouds has been that they do not provide a way for companies to transparently scale out or supply a test and development that is compatible with their unique environments. VMware vCloud™ Express and the VMware vCloud API will help customers transition applications from a developer cloud environment to production. These new services and technologies from VMware are a compelling alternative to today’s clouds that are incompatible with in-house production environments. VMware is providing a holistic bridge from internal to external clouds enabling IT operations to deliver a consistent, predictable service without a user ever knowing.”
Now in its sixth year, VMworld 2009, with more than 10,000 attendees and over 200 sponsors and exhibitors, is the must-attend event for IT professionals looking for actionable ideas, innovative products and best practices for virtualizing their business – from the desktop to the datacenter to the cloud. Under the theme "Hello Freedom", VMware and virtualization are changing the world of IT – no longer is IT tethered to complicated, expensive and inefficient systems. Say goodbye to the limitations of the traditional ways of computing and hello to the power to innovate. See how virtualization frees the lives of those that embrace it. Super Sessions are being given by Platinum Sponsors Cisco, Dell, EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, NetApp, Symantec, Wyse and VMware. VMworld features more than 300 breakout sessions and hands-on labs, led by VMware and industry professionals, and is being held August 31- September 3 at Moscone Center in San Francisco.
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