VMware has made other moves to expand customers' ability to integrate outside of just VMware-environments. The company has two open source projects, for example: Cloud Foundry is a platform as a service (PaaS) that leverages multiple development languages and can be used by providers to launch a PaaS offering; and Project Serengeti is an open source project that optimizes big-data analytics tool Hadoop for virtualized environments.
There are vendors beyond DynamicOps with tools that offer similar cloud management capabilities, with companies like RightScale, enStratus and IBM's CloudPassage being examples. But having the technology baked into VMware offerings is a positive for VMware customers, both Kepes and Miniman agree. If VMware uses the DynamicOps technology to allow integrations with non-VMware cloud providers, it could give customers more options in tailoring cloud environments with various vendors to support their specific needs.
Network World staff writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social collaboration. He can be reached at BButler@nww.com and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.