That old saying sure doesn’t apply to the cloud computing market.
Just last summer, VMware came out and said Google wasn’t a real cloud company. Now, Google and VMware are joining forces.
At last July’s New England VMware User Group meeting in Brunswick, Maine, VMware’s Mike DiPetrillo said Google, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure weren’t real clouds because of their proprietary nature. He said VMware planned to create “hundreds of competitors” to those platforms through partnerships with compatible cloud providers like AT&T, Verizon and Terremark.
So you can imagine the surprise over yesterday’s news that Google is now one of those VMware cloud partners. (Our sister site SearchCloudComputing.com calls them “unlikely bedfellows.”) According to the site, the partnership will let Java developers build applications on the Google App Engine and launch them on several platforms, including Google App Engine for Business, VMware vCloud and even VMforce.
It appears that, over just a few short months, Google has seen the light when it comes to cloud compatibility. But the partnership is even more significant for VMware. Fresh off the heels of the VMforce announcement with Salesforce.com — this news kinda takes the wind out of those sails a little, huh? — VMware has another major cloud player on its side.
If VMforce was VMware’s landing on the cloud computing moon, this Google news is VMware planting its flag in the soil.
Cloud computuing is obviously important for VMware’s continued success (or any vendor’s, for that matter), but VMware has a very loyal customer base in the data center. The Google partnership will undoubtedly fuel the fire for the VMware cloud naysayers among them, who are coming out of the woodwork with the indications that VMworld 2010 will be a cloud conference.
The company would be wise to throw them a few bones between now and August, or the cloud could lead to a storm.]]>
At this week’s EMC World, the annual conference from VMware’s parent company, the theme was “Journey to the Private Cloud.” It looks like VMworld 2010 will be even more focused on the cloud. Of the eight session tracks that the show will offer, four will be about cloud computing: hybrid and public cloud, private cloud management, private cloud business continuity and private cloud security. (By contrast, only two tracks even have the word “virtualization” in their titles: desktop virtualization and virtualization 101.)
Clearly, VMworld 2010 will mark the show’s transformation from a virtualization conference to a cloud conference.
It doesn’t mean that there won’t be lots of virtualization talk at the show. A quick glance at the presentations up for consideration in the cloud tracks shows plenty of familiar topics: “10 Best Free Tools for vSphere Management,” “Virtualizing Mission-Critical Applications,” “How to Reduce Your Desktop Attack Surface” and “Creating Your Virtual Lab in a Few Easy Steps,” just to name a handful.
In past years, these presentations and other like them would have stood on their own virtualization merits. But they’ll likely have more cloud context this year. How can free vSphere management tools turn your data center into a private cloud? What extra steps do you have to take to virtualize mission-critical apps in a private cloud? Things like that.
Cloud computing and private clouds in particular are all the rage these days, so this approach makes sense for VMware. Does it make sense for potential VMworld attendees? Probably most, but there are some who don’t like this shift. Consultant Tom Howarth, who runs the VMPlanet blog, wrote on Twitter this morning: “Seems to me that VMworld should be renamed Cloudworld – way too much focus on that for my liking.”
What do you think about all the clouds that are on the VMworld 2010 horizon? Let me know in the comments or reply to @ServerVirt_TT on Twitter.]]>
Even though EMC has owned VMware since 2003, the two companies haven’t always been so buddy-buddy. Yesterday, an EMC executive said what many have suspected for a while: that EMC and VMware get along so well now because VMware co-founder Diane Greene isn’t in the picture anymore.
“It’s completely due to the change in leadership,” EMC senior vice president Dennis Hoffman told me in an interview.
EMC CEO (and VMware chairman) Joe Tucci fired Greene as VMware CEO in July 2008, citing her lack of “operational experience.” We learned a few months later that, according to the New York Times, it was an ugly scene: Tucci fired Greene in front of her husband, VMware co-founder Mendel Rosenblum, then turned and offered Greene’s seat on the board to Rosenblum (who declined).
Hoffman works with VMware a lot these days, as he’s EMC’s lead representative in the Virtual Computing Environment coalition with VMware and Cisco. He didn’t mention Greene — or her successor, Paul Maritz — by name during the interview. But he told me that before said leadership change, VMware had an “anti-EMC” attitude.
“There were folks around EMC that felt it was a very disadvantageous situation,” he said.
Maritz, a former longtime Microsoft exec, was running EMC’s cloud computing business before Tucci tapped him to replace Greene. Since then, “we’re getting closer, and we all certainly feel that,” Hoffman said. “It’s easy to be close when you share the same vision.”]]>
EMC made two announcements about improving storage integration with VMware. First, you can now manage its CLARiiON and Celerra storage lines through vCenter. Using vCenter plugins, you can provision block and NAS storage on the same console you use to manage your virtual infrastructure. These plugins have been available for other EMC storage lines, but this is the first time CLARiiON and Celerra are getting in on the fun.
CLARiiON and Celerra now also support VMware vStorage APIs for Array Integration, or VAAI. As EMC’s Rich Napolitano explained at a press conference this morning, there are some functions that your storage system can handle more efficiently than your virtual servers and their hosts can. VAAI moves these tasks from the host to the storage system to perform those functions faster — and free up resources for your virtual servers.
These two new features will be available for current CLARiiON CX4 and Celerra NS products in the third quarter, EMC says.]]>