VMware is advancing the move from server virtualization to cloud virtualization with an updated vCloud Suite offering.
The key update comes from the vCloud Automation Center 5.1 release that is now being added to the vCloud Suite.
Mahesh Kumar, Director of Product Marketing at VMware, explained to Server Watch that the Automation Center is built on tech acquired from DynamicOps in July of this year.
The DynamicOps technology has been enhanced with VMware's vCloud Director and Orchestration tools and now enables users to deploy many different types of workloads directly to the cloud. The Automation Center isn't specific to VMware-based server clouds either.
"You can deploy to a VMware vSphere-based cloud either in your own data center or at a service provider," Kumar said. "You can also deploy to Amazon EC2 as well."
Kumar noted that the vCloud Automation Center is a storefront for cloud-based services that users and administrators can utilize to deploy and manage resources. The Automation Center is being made freely available to existing VMware vCloud customers. The vCloud was first announced this past summer at VMware's US VMworld event.
The vCloud Suite is a core component of VMware's Software-Defined Data Center strategy that enables all components of infrastructure to be controlled, deployed and automated via software.
While VMware is now extending provisioning out to Amazon, it's not entirely clear just yet when the system will be enabled for OpenStack-based clouds.
VMware is now a member of the OpenStack Foundation and CTO Steve Herrod is speaking at the Foundation's Summit in San Diego next week. OpenStack has emerged in the last year to become a major force in the nascent world of cloud computing.
Kumar stressed that VMware has taken very positive steps in the open source world. Among VMware's open source efforts is the CloudFoundry Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) technology. Earlier this year, VMware CTO Steve Herrod described CloudFoundry as being an open source approach for providing portability for applications across clouds.
CloudFoundry is only one of many efforts at VMware to be open.
"We have been building to our own stack and straddling open initiatives," Kumar said."While our products will work in a very integrated way with our own stack, we are surely not oblivious or blind to the fact that there could be environments that are heterogenous, as in multi-hypervisor or even multi-cloud."