VMOps rebranding as Cloud.com

VMOps rebranding as Cloud.com

Summary: VMOps, a two year old cloud software company which lets companies create the equivalent of the Amazon Elastic Computing service (EC2) with commodity hardware, is rebranding itself as Cloud.Com.

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VMOps, a two year old cloud software company that lets companies create the equivalent of the Amazon Elastic Computing service (EC2) with commodity hardware, is rebranding itself as Cloud.Com.

Its Cloud Management Server and Multitenant Hypervisor will now be called the CloudStack, and most of it will be available under the GPLv3 while a small portion (2%, the company said) is being held out under a commercial license.

CNET's own Dave Rosenberg was told that in addition to letting companies define resources as clouds, Cloud.com will also let Web hosts and other service providers sell clouds under the new buzzword Infrastructure As A Service (IAAS).

Cloud.com's own strategy has it as a direct competitor to Amazon, along with Opsource, but it might also be proper to consider Eucalyptus and VMWare's vCloud as direct competitors.

The new name and strategy comes three months after the company closed an $11 million financing round headed by Index Ventures.

Two questions occur:

  1. Nice buzzword you bought there, how much did it cost? Hard to believe a URL like cloud.com was just sitting at Network Solutions. It is a much cooler name though. What would you rather have on your business card, VMOps or Cloud.com?
  2. How open source are you when a portion of your software is being kept out of open source and placed under a commercial license? Sure, you told Rosenberg it was 2%, but a key and lock are just 2% of a door.

Personally I'm waiting for someone to come out with software that makes you safe under the cloud and call it Umbrella Software. The URL is currently held by a contract programmer out of Auckland, New Zealand.

Topics: Amazon, Cloud, Open Source, Software, VMware, New Zealand

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      Cloud.com was officially launched today as an open source cloud provider.
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        The company?s open source CloudStack, which is available today, is designed to reduce the complexity of building the cloud infrastructure. Cloud.com, which has received more than $17 million in funding, said its solution ?accelerates the deployment, management and configuration of multi-tier and multi-tenant private and public cloud services for enterprises and service providers.?
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        It is an open source solution but is not exclusive to open source
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        will support multiple hypervisors and toolsets, said chief marketing
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        officer Peder Ulander.
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        Cloud.com was founded two years ago as VMOps and is led by
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        Sheng Liang, who developed the Java Virtual Machine at Sun and
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        co-founded Teros, which was acquired by Citrix.
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        Originally, the Cloud 1.0 stack was focused on Xen and virtualization
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        management. However, as the industry evolved, executives saw the
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        need to support multiple open source and proprietary hypervisors
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        Ulander, formerly at Monetvista and Sun, said the Cloud.com Platform has a the muscle to provide service providers and enterprises with a hybrid solution for both public and private clouds. He noted that the stack offers network and storage virtualization management.

        According to Cloud.com:

        ?Today, enterprises and service providers trying to build their own IaaS clouds face a daunting challenge. First they must integrate a patchwork of software including hypervisor, management software, user interface, network virtualization and storage management,? according to one statement issued by the company.
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        ?Once the software stack is put together they are faced with a costly requirement to build using specialized storage and networking equipment that supports proprietary extensions required by hypervisor vendors.

        ? Cloud.com Platform provides an integrated solution for delivering virtual datacenters as a service ? delivering all of the essential components used to build, deploy and manage multi-tier and multi-tenant cloud applications in a simple to install software package.?
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