During VMworld Europe 2010 in Copenhagen I had the opportunity to have a glimpse of the VMware vCloud Director (vCD). While back in 2009 VMware was only still introducing the foundation for cloud computing by releasing vSphere 4, now just one year later, they actually did it and provide the software to actually enable cloud computing.
After performing the vCloud Director labs, which where awesome and gave you a very good introduction to what the vCloud Director actually is capable of, I had second thoughts about this product. Don’t get me wrong, I think the product is great and is the first step into a completely different way of utilizing virtualization technology, but on the other hand this is also it’s problem. The vCloud Director is another abstraction layer, and requires a complete different view on how to use VMware virtualization solutions imho. If you, like most administrators today, are still trying to control the things under the hood, it’s becoming extremely complex. Is the world ready for letting go the control of vCenter Server and handing it over to the vCloud Director?
At the same time I was also wondering who would make use of the vCloud Director to provide cloud solutions to customers. Again I was thinking that it would still take some time before we could actually see a cloud offering based on VMware vCloud Director. But surprisingly I was contacted by William Craig from StratoGen recently that they are seeking experienced VMware users to join there StratoGen vCloud Beta Program, which is based on VMware vCloud Director. It looks like vCloud Director offerings are becoming a reality sooner than I thought.
StratoGen is a managed hosting company and VMware Service Provider Partner (VSPP), based in London UK, providing enterprise VMware hosting, managed server hosting, co-location and connectivity products all backed by a 100% uptime SLA. StratoGen will shortly be launching an exciting new cloud platform based on VMware vCloud Director. This breakthrough product offers a huge range of exciting features allowing you to build, deploy and manage your own private cloud using their class leading infrastructure.
If you are an experience VMware user and interested in joining their beta program, please read the original message below and remember that you need to dedicate some time to them.
StratoGen are seeking experienced VMware users to join the StratoGen vCloud Beta Program which is based on VMware vCloud Director.
Beta testing is a crucial element in the cycle of our product releases, and we work closely with the VMware community to ensure our products are the best they can be. vCloud Director is a powerful but complex product and as such we are seeking experienced users to provide informed feedback on our product offering.
By participating in the program you will be provided with resources on our enterprise platform enabling you to build, deploy and manage virtual machines, vApps and networks using the StratoGen vCloud Director portal. You will be contacted on a periodic basis for feedback.
StratoGen is a leading VMware Service Provider Partner (VSPP) with an extensive cloud hosting platform based in London, UK.
If you would like to take part in the program please register at http://www.stratogen.net/products/vmware-hosting-vcloud.html
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