VMware's vCloud certified partners are to get access to a new integration tool - vCloud Integration Manager - designed to help them automate delivery and operation of vCloud Director-based environments.
The new software package is designed to allow service providers to create and deploy cloud services more quickly, operate the environments more efficiently, and scale to meet customer demand more reliably and cost-effectively, VMware claimed.
VMware senior director of cloud services, Mathew Lodge said that time-to-market was becoming a crucial factor for its partners working in the high-margin cloud services world.
"Until now that involved wrangling manual processes, diverting scarce development resources onto writing glue code and portals, or choosing to implement complex and expensive third-party systems," he explained.
"Providers of vCloud services [will] now have the tools they need to automatically provision services, enable reseller partners and speed customer on-boarding," he added.
The tools will be available later in Q1 on a usage-based subscription model, VMware said.
Separately, VMware also revealed today that it has signed up 90 service providers to offer its vCloud powered services since launch 12 months ago, with the vast majority joining in the back half of 2011.
Redstone was the first firm to bag the badge in the UK, although it has since been joined by others, including Colt and ProAct.