Greetings from 34,000 feet!
As I fly through the clouds to VMworld 2012 Barcelona this week, something's put me in a nostalgic mood. It could be inspired by the number of times I've heard "welcome back" after recently rejoining our Cloud Business Unit and re-engaging with the field. It could also be the amazing rate of evolution in our enterprise cloud market has me looking back at how far we've come. It could just be the lack of oxygen on this Lufthansa transatlantic. Or the lyrical cabin crew.
In any case, I can't help but think about our strategic relationship with VMware. Savvis has a long history of virtualization and automation, dating back to the Utility Computing platform we launched in 2004 around cutting-edge technologies, like stateless blades and boot-from-SAN. I remember the point when we realized hypervisor technology had caught up with service provider requirements. I still remember that first teleconference with our VMware account team, where we had to introduce the idea (undoubtedly echoed by many others) of a service provider program for ESX licensing. We launched our first VMware cloud product in 2005 and have been growing our Savvis Symphony cloud ever since.
We've long shared VMware's vision for the software-defined datacenter, and it has been amazing to watch the maturation of the vCloud Director technology. I remember our team sitting in meetings with VMware in Los Altos, Calif., as far back as 2008, describing the ideal middleware platform for enterprise cloud orchestration. With the latest version of vCloud Director, VMware completes that journey, and we're excited to roll out this great new technology across the Savvis Symphony product line. Our customers will gain even greater flexibility in how they manage their trusted, secure hybrid cloud solutions at Savvis.
As we head into VMworld 2012 Barcelona, we're excited about what this strategic relationship means for the growth of our cloud and the future of our product line. We've recently announced VMware vCloud Powered status across our flagship public enterprise cloud, and we've entered the VMware Service Provider Program at the Premier level. This expanded relationship with VMware has brought additional momentum around our recently-announced Savvis Enterprise Cloud Ecosystem Program, which allows our customers to access leading orchestration, brokerage, migration and management solutions that complement their installed solutions in our cloud.
It should be an exciting week with our EMEA team, technology partners and ecosystem members as we speak with global enterprises about these exciting new developments and our global cloud strategy. It's fun to look back sometimes, but it's so much more exciting to look forward!
David Shacochis is vice president of cloud platforms at Savvis, a CenturyLink company.