Rackspace recently made some hay about it rolling out Vyatta virtual firewalling technology into its cloud, which is a service Amazon Web Services previously had.
AWS boasts about the broad range of options it has related to networking features, including offering customers dedicated, single-tenant hardware (which comes with a premium price), as well as the ability to create security groups for access control to AWS resources, including the networks; to create and delete subnets; and to have hardware or software-based virtual private networking (VPN) tools.
Burns, the Neovise analyst, says other smaller providers, like ProfitBricks, have similar options for granular controls of networking features, so it's not just the mega-players. Burns expects this functionality to be commonplace in the market within the coming years. As for where VMware's capabilities compare to those from Amazon, Rackspace or even ProfitBricks, Burns says that's a wait and see -- VMware's service isn't even generally available yet.
VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service -- which is hosted in colocation facilities around the country and through partner data centers -- is currently in a limited preview for select customers and is expected to be generally available by the third quarter of this year.
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