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VMware is bundling vSphere with several of its management, networking, security and storage products in a new integrated offering called vCloud Suite 5.1. In addition to selling it as a single SKU, VMware will continue to develop and update vCloud Suite 5.1 holistically, a strategy that Gelsinger compared to the "tick-tock" chip development model he helped drive during his 30 years at Intel.
Under a promotion that runs until the end of the year, VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus edition customers will get a free upgrade to the vCloud Suite 5.1.
VMware has been heading in the direction of a single cloud SKU for the past couple of years, and in a press conference Monday, CMO Rick Jackson said customers will benefit from the predictability of vCloud Suite development.
"It's up to us to bring together all these components, integrate them and then rev them each year," Jackson said in the press conference. "We do all the heavy lifting of keeping these things integrated and coming out as a single SKU on a regular basis."
VMware also unveiled Cloud Ops, a set of IT education and advisory services delivered by consulting and integration partners that aim to help customers deal with process and control issues on the road to cloud computing. Gelsinger described Cloud Ops, and VMware's recent acquisitions of Nicira and DynamicOps, as part of VMware's strategy of working with other vendors' clouds.
"It's a multicloud world," Gelsinger said in the keynote. "Sadly, there are other pockets of infrastructure we have to support."
VMware's Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service was a first step down this road. Cloud Foundry is currently in beta and will go into production in the fourth quarter, and VMware is planning to roll out a private cloud version next year, Gelsinger said.