But that doesn't address the trust factor. In case you haven't noticed, enterprises haven't exactly rushed to embrace the public cloud, an aversion the Amazon outage and recent horrific security breaches have only served to underline. So who are these providers? Here's where Maritz really gets interesting:
We've created this partnership that we call the vCloud Data Center Partnership, and try to recruit...credible enterprise service provider partners. So today we have Verizon... SingTel in Asia, Colt in Europe. Colt is the City of London telephone company that carries all the fiber optic cable for the financial industry in Europe. And Softbank in Japan, which is the second largest telecom operator in Japan. Those are the four anchor tenants.
According to Maritz, a smaller provider named Bluelock is also in the mix, and "we'll expand that by probably another three or four over the next several months."
I have no idea whether VMware will be successful in spawning a global consortium of public VMware clouds operated by, primarily, major telecom providers. But I do know that customers tend to use Amazon for dev and test and disaster recovery rather than for core workloads. Over the next few years, as the hybrid cloud climbs the adoption curve, we'll need public IaaS providers that are enterprise class -- and let you manage public and private infrastructure as one.
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