BMC Software has been on a roll lately. The company raised $750 million to pay dividends to shareholders, launched a new workload change management solution, and partnered with Microsoft to simplify cloud management -- and take aim at VMware.
Microsoft and BMC just announced a new initiative to help mutual customers maximize hybrid cloud environments. The big promise is to accelerate delivery of digital services.
Specifically, customers of the two companies can now use BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management software to manage cloud infrastructure and services built on Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services. BMC said the new updates make it possible for customers to manage digital services delivery, consumption, operations, planning and compliance across multi-vendor cloud infrastructures from one management platform.
Should VMware be Worried?
This is clearly a competitive move for Microsoft. In the announcement, BMC noted that the new updates make for an easier path for customers that want to migrate from VMware-based clouds to Azure. Should VMware be worried?
VMware could not immediately be reached for comment, but we caught up with Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, to get his take on the move against the virtualization pioneer.
“BMC is pitching this as a way for companies that want to migrate away from VMware to do so seamlessly, taking those VMware-based virtualized applications and workloads and moving them over to Microsoft’s Hyper-V,” King said. “I personally think that’s kind of a stretch.”
From King’s perspective, Microsoft has been trying to take VMware’s business away for years without widespread success. The BMC partnership is a new angle, he explained, but he’s not seeing much publicly or hearing much in his discussions with businesses to indicate an exodus from VMware for Hyper-V.
Beyond the Microsoft-VMware battle, there’s a bigger picture in the announcement. Indeed, there’s a shift in emphasis among public cloud promoters that are beginning to realize that enterprises simply refuse to allow some applications and data to sit in a public cloud. They want it safe and sound in their own internal IT infrastructures.
“Whether it’s business critical applications or the proprietary apps that have been written by corporate developers or data that is business critical or heavily regulated, there are some things enterprises are just not going to trust to public clouds,” King said.
That realization has led the likes of IBM, EMC and HP, among others, to find ways to support private, or internal, clouds that can interact with external clouds when the company wants that to happen, King noted. And that’s the essence of the BMC-Microsoft announcement. (continued...)
Posted: 2014-04-27 @ 9:22am PT
This is a very good thing. I'm a consultant and large percentage of my work is now setting up MS private clouds especially with 2012R2 alongside esx so having more options is good for my customers.