Redstone scores UK exclusive VMware cloud badge

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Redstone scores UK exclusive VMware cloud badge

Alex Scroxton

Thumbnail image for cloud digital vision.jpgRedstone has claimed a UK channel first after being revealed as the first - and so far only - British partner to receive VMware's new vCloud Powered services badge.

The vCloud Powered programme was officially launched in February, and VMware has now revealed the names of the first 30 resellers to have gone through the accreditation process.

Redstone head of managed services, John Roberts, told MicroScope the badge played into the firm's increasing focus on the cloud as it recovers from a torrid few years.

"We've been doing some exciting stuff in the background and we're developing more and more cloud-based services. VMware is naturally very much a part of that," he said.

The programme requires VMware Service Provider Programme Partners (VSPPs) to offer services based on its vSphere and vCloudDirector while exposing the vCloud API and supporting its Open Virtualisation Format (OVF).

In practice, this means that end user customers will be able to move workloads from their vSphere-based virtualised or private cloud environments to the vCloud Powered service and back again.

VMware claims this is key to providing customers with increased agility, "enabling customers to be more efficient and respond better to demands on IT resources," according to VMware cloud infrastructure and services vice president Dan Chu.

Redstone, meanwhile, is expected to make public further details of its cloud plan next month.

Photo courtesy: Digital Vision

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