This is bound to be a little bit of a controversial post. So – what has VMware announced with VIO? It seems to me that VMware is accelerating their work with Openstack – which is a great thing, IMO!
First thing to understand – this isn’t a new thing – both VMware and EMC are working in the Openstack ecosystem furiously. In fact (and this is really impressive) with Icehouse, VMware was a very material contributor – within the top 10 (you can see contributions via Stackalytics here), so no one can say this is a “new thing” for VMware.
VMware and EMC both are “upping” our investments in Openstack every day.
My read on the VIO announcement is that VMware will be building a fully integrated distribution that will primarily suite customers already invested in the vSphere/vRealize suite and looking to make that existing investment a simple, and great way to also use Openstack.
To understand this a little more (and get to my “controversial” point – which is one of those “Federation” topics) – read on!