VMware's 'Project Zephyr' Challenges Amazon, Microsoft In Public Cloud Battle

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It's unclear where VMware is setting up Project Zephyr, but the company already uses SuperNAP, the massive 400,000 square foot data center in Las Vegas, to run its Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service. Many other cloud providers are tenants at SuperNAP, which is widely regarded as one of the most technologically sophisticated and secure facilities in the world.

Northern Nevada is another possible site for VMware's data center. Apple is planning to invest $1 billion over the next decade to build a data center and other facilities in the northern Nevada city of Reno, according to a report in June from the Reno Gazette-Journal.

In any event, these are interesting times for VMware, which in the past month has changed CEOs and made the largest acquisition in its history, Nicira, which also marked its entry to the networking space.

Given the speed and scope of VMware's recent moves, partners told CRN they would not be surprised to see the vendor make more blockbuster moves in the coming weeks.

"VMware is reacting extremely aggressively -- in a good way -- to the rapidly changing IT landscape," said one source. "Strategically, this has [outgoing VMware CEO] Paul Maritz written all over it."


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