VMware Makes Move Toward Virtualization As Hosted Service
VMware’s Infrastructure Suite lets hosted service providers take a step toward utility computing, where their customers pay for only the resources needed at the moment.
As Microsoft struggles on the virtualization front, VMware is expanding its offerings by tapping the software as a service model.
As of June 6, it’s offering hosted service providers a way to license its VMware Infrastructure Suite as a monthly subscription based on the actual number of virtual machines that are running.
Under typical hosting service agreements, a customer has to pick a number of servers for a three-year agreement and pay for them, whether they are used or not, said Bogomil Balkansky, senior director of product marketing at VMware. With VMware’s Service Provider Program, hosted service suppliers will be able to offer virtual servers to customers.
The arrangement will allow hosted service providers to take a step toward utility computing, where their customers pay for only the resources needed at the moment, not the maximum number of servers that might be needed to meet a peak load.
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