There’s a fair few VMware folks scratching their heads today and wondering when the world changed quite so much. The company today announced its hybrid cloud solution, avialable today on an early access program. GA is slated for Q3 2013. Here’s some details:
- vCloud Hybrid Service Dedicated Cloud: Provides physically isolated and reserved compute resources, as well as a private cloud instance. Sold on an annual term with pricing starting at $0.13/hour
- vCloud Hybrid Service Virtual Private Cloud: Multitenant compute resource model, but with dedicated allocations for customers. Sold on a monthly term with pricing starting at $0.045/hour
It would be very easy to get critical at this announcement, and gasp at the fact that a company that formerly hated on the public cloud is now turning around and offering a hybrid solution. But that attitude ignores the reality for VMware customers who are often conservative and have only just developed an appetite for taking tentative first steps into the public cloud.
For those customers – application portability, an architecture they’re familiar with and an invoice from a vendor they’re already deeply partnered with is important. That’s the bottom line and the reason that, despite what the purists will say, this initiative will gain some traction.
It’s no threat to the big cloud providers of course, but it does raise some questions for those companies who make their income by helping large organizations built private clouds – their world just got a little bit more complicated.
In terms of technology, vCloud Hybrid Service will offer a simplified approach to management, allowing VMware customers to use the same tools and processes they use today to manage both on-premise and off-premise environments. They’ll do this via the free vCloud Connector plug-in. As an interesting aside, VMware selected cloud automation technologies from Puppet Labs for the orchestration part of the offering – not surprising when one considers that the company recently announced that it was putting $30M into Puppet Labs.
VMware is holding out an olive branch to partners – vCloud Hybrid Service can be sold the same way as on-premise VMware licenses with a standard SKU, and partners can retain the billing relationship with customers.
Interesting times huh?