Friday, 24 May 2013

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service

Just as I was thinking about starting this blog site, along came the public release of VMware's entry in to the cloud space, vCloud Hybrid Service. I think that VMware first started telling me that I was on a "Journey to the Cloud" at VMworld way back in 2008. I guess I have been meandering a bit since then as I am not sure that I have gone too far on that journey. Admittedly, I have a lot of VMware experience within a pretty large company now, but I would not go so far as to say I was at the bleeding edge of private cloud technology!

The vCloud Hybrid Service was launched publicly on May 21st and is aimed at people like me, those people and companies who have reasons why the public cloud has just not been adopted. This new offering is definitely right up there on message with what VMware are saying this year, as I keep hearing that they want to "simplify IT, again". From a raw, external perspective, without delving into pricing models and availability, this idea seems quite attractive. There's been a fair amount of work behind the scenes already - the service was announced back in March and there's a number of reference sites out there already, as those who've seen the launch material will know.

Now, I have no vast cloud experience at this point in time and so I have no real sense of where this offering is positioned, but then,that's exactly what VMware are looking for. VMware want to appeal to those folks who leverage vSphere in their own datacentres and just want to spill out into the public cloud for a while or have a pressing need to expand quickly to take on an increase in demand for workloads, without having to have a retooling exercise, change IP addresses, learn a new interface or, well, anything.

However, there's a company that offers pretty much all of that already, a rather big box shifter called Amazon, whose AWS service is based on VMware vSphere, is marketed on its simplicity and charges only for the time you use it. vCHS is starting out of 4 locations in the US, and is slated to expand in to EMEA in 2014. I for one will be watching with interest to see how this competition develops.

Why Now?

Why start a totally new blog about virtualisation topics at this late stage in the game, when there's already a whole host of excellent sites out there? Sites I use myself regularly, too. I've shied away from this before, thinking that I will find it difficult to be on top of the game enough to provide useful content to complement existing sites.

Well, there's this thing... The other day I found out about a website called CloudCred, which is basically a VMware backed educational website, which incentivises its members to develop knowledge and build collaborative teams via gamification. You perform tasks, learn stuff, download or implement stuff, spread the word about other blog posts or advances in the field of virtualisation (Well, VMware's virtual offerings, and selected partners at least) and you are awarded points. You're encouraged to form teams and perform team tasks.

That's all simple, fun stuff, nothing really new there, but it was just one more incentive for me to start blogging around virtualisation as, well, I'd get points for it and we all know points means prizes. Pens, pins, t-shirts, that kinda promotional gubbins. I'm a sucker for free stuff.

However, that was not all it was for. Maybe I have something useful to say occasionally, maybe I will learn somthing in the process huh? It should be an interesting ride, regardless.