Gartner and IDC predict IaaS cloud revenues will treble by 2020, growing into a 43 billion dollar market.
To get a share of this market, VMware-based service providers need to be looking at streamlining three key areas of their vCloud offerings:
2. Technical operation efficiency
3. Customer satisfaction
One of the quickest ways to gain these business efficiencies is by running VMware’s vCloud Director. However, many vCAN service providers are still running their cloud offerings on stand-alone vSphere. Even though vCloud Director is included with most vCAN packages. Why is this?
In most cases, it seems to stem from a lack of technical understanding of vCD, and the misconception that VMware isn’t focused on vCD development anymore.
Let’s put some clarity on this. VMware is, in fact, focusing more than ever on vCloud Director. Whether it’s through new processes, new automation or new tools that enable infrastructure management, under Ajay Patel’s new cloud services BU, VMware has started to increase the release cadence and compatibility of vCD. Expect even more focus in the coming months.
Looking at vCD technical resources you only need to see the work VMware is putting into the new vCAT documentation https://www.vmware.com/solutions/cloud-computing/vcat-sp.html for proof of this refocus.
Well firstly, let’s look at the benefits you, as a service provider, get from vCD:
- Better use of underlying resource though true multi-tenancy
- Increased ROI though economies of scale
Pretty obvious benefits, so how does OnApp help? Let’s use an analogy for a moment. If vCD were a car, what it’s giving you is a state-of-the-art Tesla engine. It doesn’t give you a state-of-the-art Tesla body in the User Interface and billing element of the stack.
That’s where OnApp comes into play. OnApp can help you build a Tesla-quality cloud engine and the body to go with it, by adding a heavily customizable HTML 5 front end GUI to vCD, as well as a comprehensive back end billing and showback capability.
Given these combined benefits, why would you run stand-alone vSphere? For service providers, it’s inefficient, it’s expensive, it doesn’t provide true multi- tenancy…the list goes on.
So Install vCD with vSphere and OnApp instead, and build your own Tesla-grade cloud!
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