Red Hat GM Calls Out VMWare on New vSphere Release

Earlier this week, news broke regarding VMWare’s new vSphere release which has been heralded as a redefining hybrid cloud platform. Bryan Che, GM of Cloud Product Strategy at Red Hat, took to the company’s blog to officially respond to VMWare’s latest release. In the post, Che went into great detail regarding VMWare’s new solution calling the platform “flawed in implementation.” Che didn’t hold back as he says that the vSphere offering provides a “Limited cloud that is not optimized to run any workload.”

Che’s argument is that OpenStack APIs were designed for cloud infrastructure engineers, not developers. Che goes on to mention that he believes that developers for the OpenStack platform typically build their apps with OpenShift or FeedHenry. The Red Hat GM also adds that OpenStack is for scaling out, not scaling up.  This is important as Che talks about the difference between his company’s offerings and VMWare.

Che writes, “Once you run so many virtual machines in vSphere, you reach the limit of your cluster. This inherently limits the ability of cloud-native apps on OpenStack to scale out horizontally because they will run into the cluster size constraints of the underlying vSphere platform.”  In relation to Che’s concerns about vSphere, Che’s conclusion is, “You end up with one cloud that runs both cloud-native and traditional apps, but neither very well.”

After the Red Hat GM took VMWare to task on its newest offering, he followed up the blog post mentioning each of Red Hat’s competing products. Those products are Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, RHEL OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Storage, Red Hat JBoss middleware and Red Hat Satellite. He includes a chart showing how Red Hat’s hybrid solution works while Che makes his case for why VMWare’s newest release misses the mark and costs up to 6 times more than solutions provided by Red Hat.

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