VMware has an 80% market share for a number of reasons, not the least of which is its ability to look forward – sometimes far forward – and predict where the market is going to go. In a recent interview, VMware CEO Paul Maritz indicated that the new direction VMware was looking to take included offering public clouds that would be managed largely by major telecom companies around the globe.
Right now, many companies are enjoying having either private or hybrid clouds running and storing their data, fearing the costs and security risks of a pure public cloud. A private cloud can give you lower costs but requires more monitoring, and hybrid cloud is designed to give flexibility but can sometimes end up limiting a company on both ends of the spectrum.
Now, it appears that VMware is looking to get a number of their largest customers – SingTel, Colt, Verizon and Softbank – to take on the role of providing public clouds for the masses under a managed VM platform, and Maritz says they’ll “expand that by probably another three or four over the next several months.”
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Can VMware deliver such a managed service through its own infrastructure and large telecom partners? It appears they’re going to try, and hope that trust is what they can cultivate.