VMware refers to this flexible architecture as the virtual data center and says vCloud Suite contains the tools necessary to execute it.
To help customers gain the expertise to build these virtual data centers, VMware also announced Cloud Ops, a set of educational and advisory services delivered by partners including CSC, Capgemini, Deloitte, Infosys and Canopy. The program includes new certifications designed for IT staff filling particular roles.
It also includes a business-management tool used to carry out cost-benefit analysis of the virtual data center architecture and the changes it requires to customer infrastructure.
The goal, Herrod says, acceptance of the new architecture as the new standard for data centers. "We want the virtual data center to be as reliable as virtual machines," he says.
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