VMware presented its new cloud structure suite, including products such as vSphere 5, vShield 5, vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5 and vCloud Director 1.5. The goal is to increase the value that customers can extract from virtualized resources by enabling cloud-scale operations. As Paul Maritz, VMware CEO explains: "With vSphere® 5 and our cloud infrastructure suite, VMware is helping customers accelerate towards more efficient and automated cloud infrastructure, redefining how resources are managed and secured, and ultimately, driving a more productive relationship between IT and the businesses they serve."
In the case of Citrix, Cloud.com product line is not a traditional enterprise server virtualization platform with the cloud management layered on top. Instead, it is a hypervisor-agnostic solution designed from the ground up to help providers build simple, automated, elastic, scalable and efficient clouds. According to a Cloud.com customer benchmark study dated October 2010, this approach has helped customers around the world roll out new cloud services up to 50 times faster, at one fifth the cost of alternative solutions. A key question around this acquisition is how Citrix will manage OpenStack and CloudStack. Although these two products could be viewed in direct competition, Citrix underscores that they are both highly synergistic by design. They share the same core principles, architectures and beliefs about how ‘real clouds’ should be built and bringing them together in this acquisition is a key part of its strategy.
As a founding member of Openstack.org, Citrix is the second largest contributor to the project and is a member of the OpenStack policy board. This acquisition will help Citrix further accelerate its support of OpenStack by allowing it to combine the two engineering teams to work together going forward. Specifically, we can expect:
· Release a Citrix tested and verified version of OpenStack, along with a cloud-optimized version of Citrix XenServer (announced at 2011 Citrix Synergy conference as ‘Project Olympus’).
· Add support for OpenStack APIs into an upcoming release of Citrix CloudStack, allowing organizations to leverage existing OpenStack tools to manage infrastructures deployed via Citrix CloudStack.
· Deliver a common, intuitive management interface that provides manageability of both the Citrix CloudStack and OpenStack platforms.
· Add support for bi-directional migration paths between the Citrix CloudStack and OpenStack platforms.
As you would expect, during the acquisition announcement, Citrix explained that CloudStack will continue to support vSphere, Xen and KVM, as it does today. The interesting twist is that it will now be as a project placed inside a new cloud-computing unit within Citrix.