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July 2013, Volume 2, Number 7

VMware woos faithful to cloud with vCloud Hybrid Service

VMware's virtualization software is pervasive in enterprise IT shops, but, so far, the company hasn't been able to parlay that dominance into the cloud. Its newly launched vCloud Hybrid Service could change that, though -- at least for existing customers. After many years of declining to offer its own public cloud service, VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service became available to early-access customers in May and is slated for general availability in the third quarter of 2013. In the past, VMware referred customers who wanted public cloud to vCloud Powered Services partners, such as Bluelock and CSC, using its vCloud Connector tool. That approach had its drawbacks, said Mitch Northcutt, executive vice president for strategy and services at AHEAD, an IT solutions provider in Chicago. With a vCloud Powered Services public cloud, "you have no inside-out federation, no seamless management," Northcutt said. The VMware-branded Infrastructure as a Service offering, alternatively, lets VMware vSphere and vCloud Director shops extend their ...

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