News: VMware to Acquire DynamicOps, Inc.

VMware, the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire DynamicOps, Inc., a provider of cloud automation solutions that enable provisioning and management of IT services across heterogeneous environments — VMware-based private and public clouds, physical infrastructures, multiple hypervisors and Amazon Web Services. Terms of the acquisition were not announced. The acquisition is scheduled to close in Q3 2012 subject to customary closing conditions.

VMware to Acquire DynamicOps

“As IT organizations evolve from builders to brokers of services many seek to provide access to diverse cloud resources in a controlled, managed fashion,” said Ramin Sayar, vice president and general manager, Virtualization and Cloud Management, VMware. “DynamicOps’ multi-cloud and multi-platform capabilities help to strengthen VMware’s position as the infrastructure and management vendor of choice for cloud computing.”

VMware believes that customers will benefit most by a standardized architecture, but will build solutions that make it easy for customers to choose the model that best works for their needs, including heterogeneous environments/management. Customers that have standardized their private and public clouds on VMware vSphere® can continue to rely on VMware vCloud Director™ to enable aggregation and management of virtual and cloud resources.

For customers whose requirements for managing and provisioning resources extend beyond VMware-only environments, DynamicOps builds on the capabilities of vCloud Director by enabling customers to consume multi-cloud resources (e.g., physical environments, Hyper-V- and Xen-based hypervisors, and Amazon EC2). DynamicOps’ policy-based service governor capabilities automate and control how applications and users are provisioned across physical and heterogeneous cloud infrastructure resources.

“VMware and DynamicOps share a common vision for dramatically simplifying the management and provisioning of IT resources in the Cloud era,” said Rich Krueger, CEO, DynamicOps. “I’m excited about DynamicOps joining VMware, and expect our customers to benefit from increased investment and support in the solutions they rely on to optimize their delivery of IT-as-a-service.”

DynamicOps, Inc. originated as a spinoff of Credit Suisse’s IT unit.

Additional Resources

  • Read more about what the addition of DynamicOps brings to VMware from Ramin Sayar, vice president and general manager, Cloud Infrastructure and Management, VMware
  • Read more about DynamicOps joining VMware from Leslie Muller, CTO & Founder, DynamicOps
  • Learn more about VMware vCloud Director

What Does this Mean?

VMware has always been very up front about its intent to become a Virtualization Management vendor across the entire spectrum of products and needs that comprise this space. However, to date, VMware’s offerings have always been limited to management of the vSphere platform. “VMware to Acquire DynamicOps” breaks the mold in two very important respects. The first is that DynamicOps supports multiple virtualization platforms. The second is that DynamicOps supports clouds that span virtual and physical infrastructure. If VMware follows suit and broadens the rest of its management strategy, (in for example vCenter Operations) with support for Hyper-V and physical environments, then VMware will rank with the new Dell and the new startup ecosystem as having truly credible next generation management offerings.

IBM, HP, BMC and CA Lose Again

The astounding thing here is that CA, IBM, BMC and HP now suffer two significant losses in one day. First Dell acquires Quest, creating a brand new publicly traded virtualization management vendor with a commitment to agility and market disruption, and then VMware turns around and buys DynamicOps in order to directly compete with these legacy dinosaurs (CA, IBM, BMC and HP) on the cloud management front.

What Should Enterprises Do?

The single most important thing to do right now is to put all purchases of software from IBM, HP, BMC and CA on hold. It is too early to decide to massively uninstall these legacy dinosaur solutions, but it certainly is time to stop pouring money down an infinitely deep hole. Now that credible alternatives to these legacy vendors are starting to exist in the form of multi-billion dollar publicly traded companies there is no reason to deepen your risk of obsolescence by extending your exposure to clearly outdated, brittle, difficult to maintain, and overly expensive solutions.  These moves by Dell and VMware are just the start of the rationalization of the Virtualization Management business. Other moves will follow – but all of them will create new alternatives and serve to highlight the failure of the legacy big four to adapt to virtualization and cloud computing.