VMworld cloud goodies on display
VMware's vCloud Director announced at VMworld 2010 this week is seen as a "manager of managers" that can layer atop multiple instances of vCenter as well as multiple data centers. Admins can then use it, underpinned by vShield Edge routing virtual firewall, to create virtual data centers.
VMware is pushing vCloud Director as a way to bring self-service computing, pay-as-you-go consumption to companies of any size. One quibble: vCloud Director aggregates several piece parts from VMware and third parties. For example, it requires a big Oracle database on the back end. Oh, and it is not virtualized. And it requires 64-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, according to SearchCloudComputing.com. Interesting, since VMware and Novell's SUSE Linux are now attached at the hip.
Citrix to buy VMLogix
Not to be outdone by its bigger virtualization rival, Citrix Systems Inc. signed on as a VMware partner to gain access to the big San Francisco VMworld event. And, as it kicked off, Citrix announced plans to buy VMLogix Inc., a maker of tools for creating and managing test/dev and pre-production environments. The move was seen as part of an effort by Citrix to offer more self-service tools and to build some of them into its free XenServer release. Terms of the deal, expected to close in the third quarter, were not disclosed.