VMware launched a new management package for data centers called VMware vCloud Suite. The package made its debut on Aug. 28 at the company's VMworld 2012 event in San Francisco.
The world's largest virtualization software provider also introduced a new community group, the Cloud Ops Forum, whose purpose will be to promote cloud-based IT from VMware's point of view.
The announcements were augmented by the additional news Aug. 28 that VMware is joining the open-source OpenStack Foundation. The Cloud Ops Forum and OpenStack Foundation are parallel in purpose in that they aim to provide tools for IT departments to virtualize their data centers and move services into public, private or hybrid cloud deployments.
VMware vCloud Suite is a free upgrade for users with an Enterprise Plus vSphere license, while VMware Cloud Ops Forum consists of partner service providers that want to promote the use of cloud products for their own businesses.
The product is built around vSphere 5.1 and launches at version 5.1 itself. It includes existing products such as vCloud Director and vCloud Networking and Security, and the standard package will be available as a free upgrade to anyone paying an Enterprise Plus license fee for vSphere.
There are two higher levels: vCloud Suite Advanced includes vCloud Operations Management (vCOPS), which automates the process of scanning alerts for significant incidents, making the operations manager s job easier.
vCloud Suite Enterprise also includes VCenter Site Recovery Manager, which automates the process of recovering a virtual data center from a different site in the event of a disaster.
The Cloud Ops package will center on training and education to help IT managers present the case for cloud services to their businesses, enabling them to take advantage of those cloud benefits -- and putting VMware into a position to sell more cloud software and services.
Peter Judge of TechWeek Europe contributed information for this story.