VMware Buys DynamicOps for Multi-Platform Cloud Management

Buying platform-agnostic DynamicOps signals to the industry that VMware has more to offer cloud management than its own hypervisor technology.

In a sign that VMware won't quit until it is synonymous with cloud computing, the company announced today that it is acquiring cloud management software maker DynamicOps for an undisclosed amount.

Formerly a part of Credit Suisse's IT unit, DynamicOps is a cloud automation and management software specialist whose focus is on enterprise-scale cloud deployments that can span multiple cloud platforms and hypervisors. Its customers include the IRS, Verizon Wireless and Nasdaq.

The company's offerings include the DynamicOps Cloud Suite, a cloud services setup, management and automation bundle comprised of DynamicOps Platform, Cloud Automation and CenterDesign Center. Its Cloud Development Kit allows developers to plan and design cloud services, and it features a Microsoft Visual Studio plugin.

For VMware, DynamicOps' tech provides the management piece of the puzzle for businesses cobbling together private or hybrid clouds -- by design or circumstance -- using a heterogeneous approach.

While VMware typically espouses a cloud-building strategy standardized on vSphere and vCloud Director, it recognizes that it's not the only game in town. Given the meteoric rise of platforms like AWS and OpenStack, playing well with others is emerging as a top requirement in the cloud software and services markets.

"DynamicOps' multi-cloud and multi-platform capabilities help to strengthen VMware's position as the infrastructure and management vendor of choice for cloud computing," Ramin Sayar, VMware's vice president and general manager of Virtualization and Cloud Management, states in a company release.

According to VMware, DynamicOps complements vCloud Director with some multi-cloud management capabilities. "DynamicOps' policy-based service governor capabilities automate and control how applications and users are provisioned across physical and heterogeneous cloud infrastructure resources," says VMware.

Analysts see the value and promise of catering to cloud hybrids, even if it means integrating with rival platforms.

"In our view, providing support for multi-cloud, multi-platform environments is a critical capability as large organizations seek flexibility to support more than one cloud software stack (e.g., VMW, AMZN, OpenStack, etc.)," says ISI.

With DynamicOps' technology, VMware could add market momentum for multi-platform clouds. "We believe VMW's large installed base of private cloud deployments positions is well to help enterprises move to hybrid models," the group concludes.

VMware and DynamicOps expect the deal to close in the third quarter.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

Tags: cloud computing, hypervisor, VMware

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