Correction: In our conversation with Bill Fathers, we were given the impression VMware would not be offering its own public cloud service. A VMware spokesperson contacted us subsequently to note that this was a misunderstanding and in fact VMware will be offering such a service, although no details were offered. This post has been edited to reflect the correction.
Being first mover has its advantages. Among public cloud services, Amazon still boasts the vast majority of IaaS customers and the richest array of features (see InfoWorld's public cloud megaguide for details).
But is Amazon the place for production enterprise workloads? The idea of putting the family jewels in the public cloud tends to make enterprise IT managers squirm. Generally speaking, those workloads stay in the data center.
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VMware thinks it can change that with a hybrid cloud strategy, where on-premises VMware infrastructure melds with public IaaS to yield one seamless cloud. Bill Fathers, senior vice president and general manager for hybrid cloud, sketched out this approach to InfoWorld last week.
VMware will work with IaaS partners on a hybrid cloud strategy, where enterprise customers can manage local VMware infrastructure and public cloud VMware infrastructure of a piece using familiar tools such as vCloud Director. For VMware and its IaaS partners, this will be sort of a "VMware inside" play. In addition, Fathers said, VMware will offer its own IaaS service, although he did not offer details.
On the surface, that sounded like the same general strategy former VMware CEO Paul Maritz floated two years ago, when he talked about fostering a global ecosystem of telcos that would provide enterprise-class VMware pubic cloud services. Already, Verizon Terramark and Dell offer VMware public clouds.