VMware is detailing a new roadmap that will take the company beyond virtualization as a server and data center infrastructure consolidation tool and into the world of cloud computing. VMware executives believe that they will be able to offer a combination of virtualization software and services that will allow an enterprise’s data center to resemble what Google has done. VMware is also looking enhance its ability with desktop virtualization.
This new cloud computing initiative, which VMware is calling the Virtual Datacenter OS (VDC-OS), is scheduled to start rolling out with new products and services in 2009, said Bogomil Balkansky, VMware’s senior director for product marketing. VMware CEO and President Paul Maritz, a former Microsoft executive who headed up EMC’s cloud computing efforts, is expected to detail the roadmap, which includes Virtual Datacenter, during his Sept. 16 keynote address.