How much private cloud do you really need? A private cloud is all about the IT department getting out of the way of its internal customers, enabling business units and individual developers to provision their own VMs and get on with doing their jobs. But building and operating a private cloud is a complex, and therefore expensive, task. There needs to be a large payoff before there is a real business benefit. Some businesses don’t really need a private cloud platform. Often, their business processes will prevent real self-service on their private cloud. For these organizations, there may be simpler ways to achieve their desired business outcomes.
Two of the most significant announcements involved the consolidation of VMware’s recent acquisitions in the applications platform space into vFabric and the addition of a management offering (vCloud Director) to vCloud which are respectively PaaS and IaaS plays that compete feature-wise with the established market leaders.
In VMworld from an Open Source Perspective, we mentioned that in its SpringSource subsidiary, VMware had managed to acquire an entire application stack. The big VMworld announcement was they’ve given this a name – vFabric. You can tell it’s a core VMware product – it begins with a small “v”. Continue reading VMware positions for the future around vFabric and vCloud