VMware's recent acquisition of cloud management company DynamicOps could signal that the virtualization company is truly beginning to embrace non-VMware centered clouds, something analysts say is not only good for customers, but necessary for the company.
VMware has in the past encouraged seamless integrations with partnering companies, but has not broadly acknowledged providers outside of that network. The acquisition of DynamicOps, which offers tools for managing heterogeneous public and private clouds from a single console, is one of VMware's first public moves pivoting from that approach.
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"On the one hand VMware is talking a heterogeneous world [with the DynamicOps acquisition], but that goes against its core commercial thrust which is locking people into its own tools and systems," says Ben Kepes, an industry analyst and blogger at Diversity Ltd. in New Zealand.
VMware embracing heterogeneous cloud management tools is a win for customers, Kepes says. "It validates a concept that sees organizations use different technology solutions according to their particular situation -- anything that makes that prospect a reality has to be positive," says Kepes.
Others see the move as a more natural progression for VMware rather than a sea change. Stuart Miniman, an analyst at the Wikibon project, says VMware has undertaken a transition during the past two years -- one that the company had no choice but to embrace. "They were a hypervisor company, and they make a really good one, but if you talk about the future, VMware knows they need to expand outside that," he says. In the past, VMware has allowed customers of its virtualization technology to work with a network of 100-plus public cloud providers in the vCloud Director program.
In announcing the DynamicOps acquisition though, VMware officials acknowledge they need to broaden that support and allow customers to connect with public cloud vendors outside of the vCloud program. VMware Vice President and General Manager Ramin Sayar wrote in a blog post announcing the deal that with cloud adoption, enterprise IT "now has to be a broker of services and infrastructure capacity sourced either internally or rented from multiple external resources -- vCloud partners as well as other IaaS providers like AWS."