At VMworld, VMware announced a change in direction of product strategy for vCloud Director (vCD). Essentially, vCloud Director is being discontinued as a standalone product, moving into the vCloud suite, and is now “100% focused on the cloud service provider market.”
The current instruction to enterprise customers from VMware is to “use the combination of vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) and the vSphere platform to support their private cloud architectures and use cases.” This is obviously not the greatest news for VMware enterprise customers that have made a significant existing investment in vCloud Director to date. Furthermore, some aspects of functionality that exist in vCloud Director are to be “transitioned” to either vSphere or vCAC respectively (see the diagram from VMware’s recent blog post).
Given that the details of this VMware transition are still subject to change, and will occur over “the next few release cycles,” this creates a lot of uncertainty for customers that are trying to make plans on and/or deliver IaaS services to their internal customers on top of VMware.
VMTurbo is focused on solving the Intelligent Workload Management problem, or assuring virtualized workload performance while utilizing compute, storage and network assets as efficiently as possible. VMTurbo offers a secure multi-tenant platform and supports vCloud Director (and other key cloud platforms), filling a number of key gaps in the VMware vCloud suite. Indeed, VMTurbo is offering today a single unified approach to intelligent workload placement, and workload and virtual data center sizing within and across clusters and even across hybrid clouds. (Just an aside but we are seeing a number of companies interested in using VMTurbo to plan for and operate the placement of workloads across clusters. Stitching together clusters into “super clusters” can provide a much needed business case and ROI for adopting Network Virtualization technologies, such as VMware NSX, beyond the typical “agility” benefits currently being espoused by many vendors … more on this another time). In contrast to fragmented intelligent placement approaches, VMTurbo’s unified approach significantly drives up utilization and densities, while avoiding problems and incidents by continuously maintaining the entire environment in a perpetually healthy state. Finally, VMTurbo’s unique platform and approach allows for existing and continued support of multiple hypervisors and cloud platforms, and the underlying compute, storage and network technologies.
Whatever unfolds with VMware’s plans for vSphere, vCD and vCAC over the coming months, VMTurbo customers can rest assured that they will continue to be able to drive up utilization in their infrastructures and IaaS offerings while assuring performance and avoiding problems to end users. A recent survey of VMTurbo’s customer base probably says it best: