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Aug 31 2010   5:13PM GMT

VCloud Director unveiled at VMworld 2010

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

SAN FRANCISCO — The market’s worst-kept secret is a secret no longer. VMware officially announced vCloud Director at this morning’s VMworld 2010 keynote.

VCloud Director lets you manage multiple instances of vCenter — internally, across multiple data centers and even in external service providers’ data centers. The goal is to create entirely virtual data centers, with the end game being private or hybrid clouds.

CEO Paul Maritz said a management tool that’s compatible across internal and external data centers is a necessity if cloud computing is to catch on, because multiple tools “end up costing you money” instead of bringing savings.

We’ve known about this product for more than a year, when it was first under development as Project Redwood. Word came in May that VMware would release it at VMworld with the name vCloud Service Director, and now we know its official name is just vCloud Director.

For enterprise IT, vCloud Director holds a lot of promise, but also many challenges. Many shops are dealing with more pressing server virtualization needs, and the prospect of buying yet another management tool to create a dynamic data center may be too much too soon.

Plus, there’s the not-insignificant point that vCloud Director won’t be able to create private or hybrid clouds all on its own. Much like vSphere, vCloud Director will rely on third-party tools to unlock its full potential, adding more layers of cost and complexity.

For an in-depth look at vCloud Director, check out Mike Laverick’s three-part series. And we’ll have more reaction from the show floor throughout the week.

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