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VMware boasts broad industry support, but what do analysts think? Thomas Bittman, a vice president at Gartner , said, "Most private cloud implementations will build from a virtualization foundation -- virtualizing compute, storage, networking and availability to create pools of resources -- helping to reduce capital costs and the cost of operations and, most importantly, enable faster service delivery."
Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research, told us VMware wants to expand the concept of the software-defined network to become the software behind the data center. He is betting vCloud Suite 5.1 will be well received as IT departments continue to struggle with overall control of their data centers and how to provision a lot of the resources.
"VMware, for all its chatter and hype and bluster, really isn't a public cloud company. VMware is really an internal private cloud if anything. The concept of a software-defined data center lets them move into the cloud," Kerravala said.
"It's a good vision for them. I think they've had a lot of control of the application stack through the hypervisor, and the last couple of acquisitions they've made allow them to go deeper. It allows them to think of the data center more outside than just the upper-level software."
The VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 will be available Sept. 11. Prices will start at $4,995 per processor .