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Public cloud shakeup: VMware in, Dell out, and OpenStack in limbo?

Brandon Butler | May 27, 2013
As providers jockey for position, end users are the real winners

"This is a very IT ops friendly cloud solution," Staten says. It may be missing some of the features developers like to use, around application deployment and configurations, but it is one of the first public clouds from a major provider aimed squarely at IT operations workers. "These tools are going to look familiar to a lot of people," he says, given how widespread VMware management software is deployed across the enterprise.

As for Joyent, which may be one of the most compelling cloud services that many people have not heard of, the company this week rolled out a major expansion of its offerings. It went from having 10 virtual machine instance types to now having 71 different combinations of compute and storage users can configure in its cloud.

Wasik, the CEO, says the instance sizes are meant to more closely align with those from Amazon, to make it easier for customers who want to migrate from that platform over to Joyent to take advantage of the company's support and integrated proprietary operating system, which he says is ideal for high-performance workloads.

Google, meanwhile, rolled out a price drop for its week-old cloud-based database system that it announced at its I/O conference. Continuing the trend of public cloud providers reducing their prices, the service dropped in price in some cases by up to 25%.


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