vCloud vs. vSphere: What’s the difference anyway?


You’ve been building your vSphere environment for several years now. After a few upgrades, both hardware and software, you’ve finally developed a robust, flexible platform for your infrastructure. vCenter Server shows only the occasional alert, and your workloads are outperforming the bare metal shells from which they were rescued via P2V.

And now VMware wants you to upgrade to vCloud Suite? And for free?

If you’re like me, you’re still not convinced that vCloud is right for you yet. Maybe you’re not even sure what vCloud Suite is!

In a nutshell, vCloud Suite is a complete automation system for public and private clouds that relies on vSphere as its infrastructure. Many components comprise vCloud Suite; most notably, vCloud Director. To help visualize all of these parts, Alan Renouf (a VMware employee who writes the most amazing scripts) unveiled a great vCloud Suite poster. Hope you’ve got a plotter.

IMHO, this is VMware’s long-term vision for the data center: shift the focus from the infrastructure to the applications. Automate and optimize. Deploy infrastructure dynamically to meet application demands.

Not convinced? Browse on over to Look what offering gets top billing; virtualization is SECOND!

I’ll be learning more about vCloud Suite and sharing as I go. If you’ve got any burning questions, use the comments or contact me via email.


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Nick Kelly

Cybersecurity Engineer, Cisco

Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.


Virgilio “BONG” dela Cruz Jr.

CCDP, CCNA V, CCNP, Cisco IPS Express Security for AM/EE
Field Solutions Architect, Tech Data

Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.


John Cavanaugh

CCIE #1066, CCDE #20070002, CCAr
Chief Technology Officer, Practice Lead Security Services, NetCraftsmen

John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services.  Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.

He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.