VMware vCloud Request Manager Designed for Hybrid Clouds

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VMware expands its cloud infrastructure strategy and introduces products to drive IT as a service.

Virtualization and cloud infrastructure specialist VMware announced an evolutionary model of IT infrastructure based on virtualization that unifies hybrid, private and public cloud resource pools with consistent security, compliance, management and quality of service. The vCloud Request Manager is designed to further streamline production and consumption of infrastructure services by adding automated approval workflows to the vCloud Director provisioning process.

vCloud Director extends the resource pooling capabilities of the company's vSphere offering, enabling IT to create "virtual data centers" (VDCs) and offer them to users through automated self-service access. Once a user selects infrastructure services from the vCloud Director service catalog, vCloud Request Manager initiates predefined workflows to coordinate approvals, track software license inventories and ensure standardization of cloud partitions according to policy "blueprints."

The company's vCenter CapacityIQ 1.5 solution introduces storage analytics capabilities that provide enhanced visibility for storage forecasting and the ability to more accurately pinpoint capacity bottlenecks related to storage. The solution also includes new resource optimization capabilities designed to improve capacity trending and scenarios in dynamic virtual and cloud environments.

These latest releases build on the company's vSphere foundation, the cloud infrastructure products and services VMware announced in August—vCloud Director, the vShield product family and vCloud Datacenter Services—which introduced a hybrid cloud model that bridges private and public clouds.

VMware is also expanding its VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP), more than doubling the number of products available to participants and introducing new, simpler pay-for-use bundles and licensing. The VSPP provides pay-for-use licensing, market development funding, access to software and other programs to help service providers grow their businesses.

"The transformation of IT infrastructure to a hybrid cloud model has begun," said Raghu Raghuram, senior vice president and general manager of virtualization and cloud platforms for VMware. "VMware continues to drive this next generation of IT forward with solutions for enterprises and service providers that promise to redefine IT's relationship with its business partners and enable IT services to be consumed when and how they best serve the goals of the business."

VMware's vCloud Request Manager is expected to be available in Q4 2010 and will be licensed per virtual machine (VM) with prices starting at $100 per VM, while the company's vCenter CapacityIQ 1.5 solution is expected to be available in Q4 2010 and will be licensed per VM with prices starting at $75 per VM. The new VSPP pricing model and products will be available starting this month through the VMware aggregator (distribution) channel.