VMware unveils vCloud Integration Manager

Jennifer Scott News
8 Feb, 2012

The new release enables service providers to automate their clouds based on vCloud Director.

VMware today unveiled its vCloud Integration Manager, aiming to help service providers take control of their cloud offerings.

The company claimed service providers had to implement too many manual processes in creating a cloud based on its VMware vCloud Director. By introducing the new product, service providers can automate delivery and operations, allowing them to get a cloud offering on the market sooner.

"Service providers are looking to get high-margin cloud services to market as quickly as possible," said Mathew Lodge, senior director of cloud services at VMware. "Until now that involved wrangling manual processes, diverting scarce development resources onto writing glue code and portals, or choosing to implement complex and expensive third-party systems.”

“With VMware vCloud Integration Manager, providers of VMware vCloud services will have the tools they need to automatically provision services, enable reseller partners and speed customer on-boarding."

The solution features a REST-based API and web administration portal that can both link into a customer’s back-office systems.

It has been designed to link up with a range of VMware products, including VMware vSphere, VMware vShield Edge and VMware vCenter Chargeback Manager to help with provisioning as well as management of services.

Although announced today, a release date more specific than the first quarter of 2012 has not been set. Pricing will be based on a per usage subscription model. 

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