Evaluating and selecting cloud service solutions just got simpler thanks to VMware launching the VMware Solution Exchange, a new online virtualization and cloud solutions marketplace.
With a community over over 2000 technology partners, who, combined, have created well over 3500 applications and 6000 infrastructure products compatibile with VMware, it seems like a natural move to open a marketplace. VMware Solution Exchange will be avaible to all of these partners and developers who "integrate, interoperate or complement VMware's product portfolio," so that they can congregate in a single online location to buy and sell solutions.
In the marketplace, customers will be able to use search tools, engage with multimedia content and network with other partners and developers. Those selling solutions will be able to show off their creations with product overviews, downloadable trial offers and, of course, YouTube videos, among other types of marketing content.
And, in the true spirit of democracy, buyers will be able to rate (on a five-star system) and review their solution purchases.
VMware also shared some other big news: The general release of the VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite to help users deliver IT "as a service" through automated operations of virtual and cloud environments.