VMware Joins OpenStack, Because Community and Collaboration is Obviously Better

Cloud Computing is emerging as a backbone infrastructure for all computing advancements of tomorrow. Most of the public services and APIs we use nowadays, rely on a cloud infrastructure. The public cloud lets us enjoy the same user experience across different platforms, which is critical for high user adoption. This seamless integration requires the cloud to be extremely resilient. Currently, Cloud Computing is seen more from a business perspective, with developments taking place behind closed doors. If this trend continues, the cloud will soon suffer from obfuscation and closed technology stacks everywhere, with different group of people repeating the same mistakes repeatedly.

VMware-logoThe field of Cloud Computing needs shared knowledge to sustain properly, it needs a community effort and that is exactly what many closed players have realized. This has led to the development and rise of a brilliant idea— an open source Cloud Computing platform called OpenStack. The concept behind OpenStack is so attractive, that companies that have never worked with Open Source, companies like Cisco, are also interested in being a part of this learning.

However, a big surprise arrives last weekend, as VMware decided to become a part of OpenStack. VMware was a primary competitor to OpenStack that had not jumped on the OpenStack bandwagon already. Undeniably, VMware’s server virtualization is state of the art, and already powers numerous infrastructures. Tech giants like IBM, HP and Microsoft are already part of this booming cloud community. Clearly, OpenStack is on a winning spree. After VMware, OpenStack faces its biggest competition from Amazon. Amazon has a strong cloud offering across multiple layers, with AWS and EC2 as IaaS and Amazon RDS as a PaaS. It will be interesting to see the showdown between these two cloud giants. It seems that while OpenStack will attract the public cloud, the enterprise will still go with Amazon’s cloud offering.

If you are an interested developer, you can start with OpenStack here. Also, do not forget to read this interesting perspective on reliability of cloud-based services.

VMware Acquires Nicira for $1.26 Billion

VMware has acquired Nicira, a software defined networking startup which specializes in open source software for virtualized networking. VMware, which is one of the largest players in the server and data center virtualization space is now looking to expand in the network virtualization space. Nicira was one of the best acquisitions it could have made to get a quick headstart in a space which is bound to get very competitive in the coming years.

Nicira is a relative newbie in the enterprise networking market, which is dominated primarily by the likes of Cisco and Juniper.

Nicira was backed by top VC firms including Andreessen Horowitz. According to Ben Horowitz, the synergies VMware will derive from this acquisition are well worth the acquisition price.

“In one bold step, VMware moves from a footnote in the networking market to the clear technology leader in Software Defined Networking and more specifically—and importantly—Cloud Networking.

By combining Nicira’s technology with VMware’s market-leading server virtualization and cloud products, VMware today creates a clear path to becoming the most important infrastructure company across servers, networks and storage for the next 10 years.

As current networking architectures migrate to cloud architectures, VMware has the opportunity to eat a good portion of the $37B data networking market. In that light, $1.26B is a great price.”

With Nicira’s technology, VMware can leverage its expertise in server virtualization and become a major player in the rapidly growing networking space. Nicira already has a pretty sizable roster of clients like AT&T, eBay and Fidelity for its Nicira Network Virtualization Platform.

via Ben Horowitz & ZDNet