VMware and Microsoft are missing the boat on private PaaS, consultant says

By Brandon Butler, Network World |  Cloud Computing, microsoft azure, paas

VMware says PaaS is on the roadmap. Company officials announced at VMworld earlier this year plans to implement the service, and in an emailed response to Treadway's claims, VMware officials said their plan is to roll out a private version of CF next year that's "optimized for vSphere and vCloud," the company's major cloud software systems. "We have had significant interest from customers since we launched Cloud Foundry as an open source project for a private cloud, product version of Cloud Foundry," VMware officials wrote.

Treadway is eager to see VMware's private CF, but he's worried the company is "dragging its feet." VMware insiders he's spoken to say they haven't seen the effort behind the keynote announcement. "I haven't seen any evidence of them really moving the ball on this," Treadway says. The company has released updated versions of its vSphere and GemFire Fusion applications, and has made some announcements around extending support for CF, but it has not yet released a private cloud version.

Microsoft is a slightly more complicated story. Its Azure cloud was one of the first and most robust major PaaS offerings in the market. Microsoft doesn't have a private or on-premise version of Azure available, but it does have what Microsoft officials claim is an equivalent in Windows Server 2012 and Systems Center 2012. "Our goal with what we call the Cloud OS is to continue providing comprehensive capabilities across our private, hosted and public clouds, helping our partners and customers capitalize on the transition to cloud computing on their terms," Microsoft officials wrote in emailed responses to questions.

Powered by Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization tool, Microsoft made a significant upgrade in IT management when it released Windows Server 2012, increasing VM management capacity from four virtual processors and 64GB of memory to now being able to handle 64 virtual processors and 1TB of memory for guests.

Still, Treadway isn't buying it. "There may be a set of capabilities in Systems Center and Windows Server, but it's not really a private Azure," he says. "It's not really a truly fully automated cloud stack."

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