VMware dominated headlines last week — as nearly 25,000 customers and partners flocked to VMworld 2013 to hear the company’s software defined data center pitch and how it will attack cloud computing in the Amazon Web Services era. AWS, after all, started out as the game-changer cloud for startups but is gaining momentum among enterprise accounts where VMware’s server virtualization is entrenched. VMware needed to make a case that it can do better outside customer firewalls than it has to date.
The big, if unsurprising news, was that vCloud Hybrid Services, VMware’s answer to Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure — is now broadly available and embraces the open-source Cloud Foundry platform as a service — which after all started off as a VMware project before it moved to Pivotal. Less clear is what, exactly, VMware support for OpenStack will be. OpenStack launched more than 3 years ago as an open source response to VMware inside the data center (private clouds) and AWS in public cloud.
Since that time, VMware joined the OpenStack community by virtue of its purchase last year of Nicira. But the OpenStack cloud crowd is skeptical — to put it kindly — about whether VMware will throw its full weight behind the technology; ignore it or try to smother it. VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger promised to support OpenStack through a component based approach with its NSX network virtualization, vSphere server virtualization and vSAN storage virtualization offerings. Not exactly sure what that means.
OpenStack pioneer Chris Kemp told GigaOM he was excited to see how VMware will use OpenStack but had some questions. “There’s a lot of technology that [VMware] built that, frankly, has no place in a cloud that’s powering cloud-native applications … and they’re going to have to reconcile that,” said Kemp, CEO of Nebula and former CTO …read more