VMware’s Hybrid Cloud Challenge

Amy Larsen DeCarlo
Amy Larsen DeCarlo

Summary Bullets:

  • VMware revealed what many suspected at a meeting of institutional investors: the company will enter the cloud fray with its own vCloud Hybrid Cloud Service later in 2013.
  • The offer promises what others have not quite been able to deliver yet: a seamless path between private on-premises clouds and hosted public offers.  However, big questions remain about what VMware will deliver – and how.

Depending upon your point of view, VMware’s official announcement of its intent to launch its own hybrid cloud offer could be either a game-changer for the cloud or a muddled effort from VMware to stay relevant in what continues to be a fast-changing segment.  VMware’s decision to introduce its own cloud service represents an unwelcome distraction from the company’s recent focus on a return to the fundamentals.  What is clear from the (limited) details VMware provided in the announcement and the immediate, almost always passionate reaction to the company’s plan to provide a hybrid offer is that no matter how many competing hypervisors and cloud platforms emerge, the vendor remains a significant force in virtualization and the cloud.  Continue reading “VMware’s Hybrid Cloud Challenge”