Rumors have circulated in recent weeks that VMware will be releasing its own infrastructure-as-a-service offering, as opposed to the vCloud network of service providers the company currently works with. Andrews, the VMware spokesperson, says he couldn't comment on speculation, but says VMware will "continue to invest in our service provider ecosystem," noting that VMware is a "partner-led company." VMware's chief, Paul Maritz, is slated to step down from his role as president and CEO next month and he will be replaced by EMC President Pat Gelsinger.
Rackspace, meanwhile, is doubling down on the company's investment in OpenStack, including recently releasing a product fully powered by OpenStack, which is the largest OpenStack-powered public cloud deployment, Leong says. Rackspace's free private cloud software, code-named "Alamo," includes a Ubuntu operating system running a KVM hypervisor. The private cloud software can be deployed in a customer's own data center, in a Rackspace data center, or in a colocation facility, and Rackspace private cloud guru Jim Curry says the announcement is meant to encourage hybrid cloud deployments that would allow customers to have a private cloud that connects in with the company's OpenStack-powered public cloud.
"We believe that the majority of our customers and cloud users will be running hybrid cloud environments for a long time," Curry says. This move could be a first step for organizations in that direction.