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Finally, VMware vCloud Suite 5.5 features new and enhanced product functionality as well as product integrations. The VMware vCloud Suite will make it possible for customers to build and operate vSphere-based private clouds using the software-defined data center architecture, providing virtualized infrastructure services with built-in intelligence to automate on-demand provisioning, placement, configuration and control of applications based on policies.
What About the Little Guys?
We asked Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research, for his thoughts on the slew of "software-defined" announcements coming out of VMware. He told us VMware's vision is no different than the vision of any other vendor: to create a much more fluid data center.
"VMware is promoting this concept of end-to-end software integration from network all the way to applications. That's the right vision but the three customers they had talk about it at VMworld -- GE, Citi and eBay -- are the biggest of the big. I've always said the vision of SDN is great from the global 2000 but is it actually scalable down to the next 2 million, the rest of the world?" Kerravala asked.
"Many of the problems VMware is trying to solve are problems great big companies have -- and bringing on SDN requires a lot of process change and new staff hires and things that most mid-sized companies can't afford. VMware is hitting the nail on the head as far as the needs of the global 2000, but I am not fully convinced that the needs for a SDN as implemented by VMware simplifies things enough to where you could see the mid-sized corporations -- a regional bank, not Citibank -- deploy it," he added.