Don’t look now, but the newly launched VMware vCloud Hybrid Service will soon offer a fully supported Suse Linux Enterprise Server by the end of this year. If you’re keeping track, that makes it the first commercially supported Linux OS that VMware’s cloud service will offer.
The vCloud Hybrid Service will offer Suse users the ease of shifting their Suse instances between local and public cloud services. This is made possible because both the cloud and on-premise instances will run on VMware’s ESX hypervisor.
Both private and public instances can be managed from the VMware vCenter and vCloud management consoles. The use of this type of transportable instances will provide enterprises with the option of using public and private cloud services, without committing to one or the other.
As cloud progresses, we’ll see more of these types of transportable services that provide those who leverage cloud computing with the ability to hedge their bets. VMware has been behind in their cloud computing innovations. In order to catch up, I believe we’ll hear more from them later this year.