VMware is looking to extend the reach of its vCloud line of cloud platform management offerings to better handle data transfers and backup on cloud computing services.
The company will partner with IT service providers to add a series of data management and replication services to the vCloud Datacenter Services platform.
"There is tremendous interest from VMware customers for reliable, high-performance, secure clouds that are compatible with their existing applications and datacentre operations," said VMware vice president of cloud services Dan Chu.
"VMware and our partners are uniquely positioned to deliver this, and we've seen VMware Service Provider Program bookings grow 174 per cent this year."
The new products and capabilities are designed to refine and advance vCloud-based offerings from service providers to help organisations more quickly gain the agility benefits of cloud "in a way that is evolutionary and preserves their existing investments in operations and infrastructure", according to Chu.
One of the new products is vCloud Connector, which allows businesses to manage data on cloud services and move data from one cloud computing service to another.
VMware has also launched the vCloud web portal aimed at helping companies find cloud computing service providers.
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5, meanwhile, allows providers to offer disaster recovery tools which can automatically connect to cloud-based backup systems if a local system is lost.
The new services are part of an effort to extend VMware's virtualisation operations into the web services space, and could benefit from the company's huge customer base in virtualisation, according to IDC enterprise virtualisation software research manager Gary Chen.
"VMware has a very good install base to work off. That is its greatest weapon. VMware is trying to leverage that to make it easier for people to on-ramp into the cloud," he told V3.
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