Many companies contact us because they are looking for alternatives to VMware vCloud. They usually report that:
- vCloud is not an easy to use solution
- vCloud is mostly suited for vSphere and public clouds running VMware
- vCloud can no be adapted to their needs
- Last, but not least, VMware announced in september 2013 that vCloud Director was approaching end of life for enterprises with its functionality being split into vCenter and vCloud Automation Center
Because it is completely hypervisor agnostic, fully supports VMware, and is easy to install, maintain and use within existing VMware environments, OpenNebula is widely used as an open alternative to VMware vCloud at significantly lower costs. Some of our users also see OpenNebula as a migration tool that allows them to perform a smooth transition from VMware to more open hypervisor alternatives like KVM. In other words OpenNebula leverages existing VMware infrastructure, protecting IT investments, and at the same time avoids future vendor lock-in, strengthening the negotiating position of the enterprise.
Companies usually evaluate other alternatives, like some of the OpenStack-based products, Red Hat’s mainly. In these cases, we suggest the company to:
- Compare features and see which product is closer to vCloud in terms of enterprise cloud features
- Ask the other providers if they offer enterprise support for both VMware and KVM (or any other open-source hypervisor)
- Check if the other products are really open-source or a proprietary extension of a open-source software
Finally, companies need to develop a hybrid cloud strategy. We understand private cloud as a complement to public cloud, and this is why we provide unique features to build hybrid cloud deployments. OpenNebula offers a single management interface for internal and remote cloud resources.
So before starting the migration from vCloud to vCAC, why do not you give a try to OpenNebula to manage your cloud platform?. Our community is willing to help you.
Executive Director at OpenNebula