VMware is set to acquire DynamicOps, a vendor of cloud automation and management tools, in a move that will expand its capabilities and allow customers to manage resources across multiple cloud computing platforms.
The virtualisation and cloud computing giant announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire DynamicOps, set to be finalised in the third quarter of 2012, subject to regulatory approvals. Terms of the agreement have not been made public.
The move is essentially a recognition by VMware that many of its enterprise customers are likely to be using more than one cloud computing service, leading to a growing need for management tools that can handle more than just its own vSphere platform, and orchestrate workloads across them.
"I often hear from a variety of customers that their developers are using (Amazon) AWS for its application platform capabilities, but they would like to use and manage other external clouds as well. However, there is no way for them to impose uniform governance, control, access and self-service over heterogeneous cloud services," said VMware vice president for Virtualisation and Cloud Management, Ramin Sayar.
VMware's vision is that customers will continue to standardise on vSphere for their own datacentre environments, but will be able to extend management out to public cloud computing infrastructure.
The integration of DynamicOps will allow VMware to build on the capabilities of its vCloud Director tool, enabling customers to consume multi-cloud resources, such as Hyper-V and Xen-based hypervisors, Amazon's EC2 services, and even physical infrastructure.
Meanwhile, the policy-based service governor capabilities of DynamicOps allow it to automate and control how applications and users are provisioned across heterogeneous cloud computing environments.
For customers operating cloud infrastructure using vCloud Director, DynamicOps will provide a policy automation and integration layer that can also integrate the provisioning process into existing processes, according to VMware. That will provide a single cloud storefront across multiple infrastructure pools.
"With DynamicOps, IT can deliver higher-level services such as platform-as-a-service, database-as-a-service and storage-as-a-service in the same uniform way as delivering core compute services on demand," said Sayar.
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