Bundling the Foundation Edition of vCenter Operations into every edition of vSphere is VMware’s strategy for seeding its customer base with just enough of vC OPS to entice customers to move up and purchase a higher level edition of the suite. However, the least expensive version of vCenter Operation is now $125 per VM instead of $50 per VM. Finally support has been added for monitoring OS instances that run on other hypervisors and other clouds.
With this set of announcements, VMware has proven its intentions of joining the ranks of the major cloud management software vendors. Virtualization and cloud computing represent disruptions that create an opportunity for a new multi-billion dollar management vendor at the table. VMware has announced a suite of management functionality that makes it a credible vendor at this table. Legacy vendors of management solutions like IBM, CA, BMC and HP are now served notice that their businesses and customer footprints are at risk. Game on.
When it comes to public cloud computing services that old adage of “fast, cheap, or good – pick any two” certainly hold true. Amazon can offer you cheap, and since they own their stack, a rapid cycle time DevOps approach to support. But you are not going to get enterprise grade service level guarantees for Amazon’s pricing. To get both agile responsiveness and enterprise grade SLA’s you are going to have to give up on cheap.
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Given the level of applause that greeted the announcement of VMware’s new pricing model, I know this will open me up to criticism, but was the old VMware licensing model really all that bad? It certainly wasn’t perfect, and there’s an awful alot to like about the new model, but was the old license pricing model so bad that it could only be fixed by ripping it up and replacing it with something so very different?
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As a key part of the new vCloud Suite, vCloud Director 5.1 gets a bunch of new features, and takes on a new role. The new role is that vCD is built into the suite, and is the layer where the cross-cluster capabilities are implemented. Therefore vCD becomes much less of a Cloud Management solution, and much more of a key part of the platform which implements Virtual Data Centers (VDC’s) for customers.