VMware Makes Key Acquisition, Intros vCloud Air Network
By Craig Galbraith
August 21, 2014 - News
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Virtualization giant VMware is buying CloudVolumes, a provider of real-time application delivery technology designed to help enterprises deliver native applications to virtualized environments on demand.

"Customers are looking to modernize their existing Windows application delivery architecture to be more like mobile IT," said Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and general manager, Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMware. "The combination of CloudVolumes and VMware Horizon will allow customers to build a real-time application delivery system that enables all applications to be centrally managed, always available and up-to-date, and delivered to virtualized environments for desktop, server or cloud on-demand."

Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Meantime, VMware has introduced the vCloud Air Network to provide greater choice and flexibility to businesses who want a hybrid cloud. VMware says the vCloud Air Network represents an evolution and expansion of the company's VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP).

VMware is rebranding its vCloud Hybrid Service to VMware vCloud Air, a name change that the company says underscores its commitment to deliver value-added-as-a service solutions (e.g. Infrastructure as a Service, Desktop as a Service, Disaster Recovery as a Service, etc.) to customers on its hybrid cloud platform. Future as a service offerings from VMware will carry the "Air" brand suffix to align with this strategy.

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