July 09, 2012, 3:45 PM — VMware's recent acquisition of cloud management company DynamicOps could signal that the virtualization
company is truly beginning to embrace non-VMware centered clouds, something analysts say is not only
good for customers, but necessary for the company.
VMware has in the past encouraged seamless integrations with partnering companies, but has not broadly
acknowledged providers outside of that network. The acquisition of DynamicOps, which offers tools for managing
heterogeneous public and private clouds from a single console, is one of VMware's first public moves pivoting from
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"On the one hand VMware is talking a heterogeneous world [with the DynamicOps acquisition], but that goes
against its core commercial thrust which is locking people into its own tools and systems," says Ben Kepes, an
industry analyst and blogger at Diversity Ltd. in New Zealand.
VMware embracing heterogeneous cloud management tools is a win for customers, Kepes says. "It validates a
concept that sees organizations use different technology solutions according to their particular situation --
anything that makes that prospect a reality has to be positive," says Kepes.
Others see the move as a more natural progression for VMware rather than a sea change. Stuart Miniman, an
analyst at the Wikibon project, says VMware has undertaken a transition during the past two years -- one that the
company had no choice but to embrace. "They were a hypervisor company, and they make a really good one, but if you
talk about the future, VMware knows they need to expand outside that," he says. In the past, VMware has allowed
customers of its virtualization technology to work with a network of 100-plus public cloud providers in the vCloud