VMware expands VMware Ready Program
New initiative enables partners to test and certify networking and security solutions
VMware, a global provider of virtualisation and cloud infrastructure, has announced the expansion of its VMware Ready Program to its networking and security partners.
Under the new changes, the new expanded programme will enable customers of all sizes to continue utilising their existing investments in networking and security products, while realising the efficiency and agility benefits of VMware cloud infrastructure through validated joint solutions.
"The VMware Ready for Networking and Security Program will enable our robust partner community to easily integrate their products with VMware cloud infrastructure, including VMware vSphere and the VMware vCloud product family, to deliver validated joint solutions," said Hatem Naguib, vice president, Networking and Security at VMware. "This new programme will enable customers to lower operational costs, meet compliance requirements, and accelerate time-to-market by helping them quickly locate certified solutions that combine trusted networking and security technologies from our partners with the flexibility and security of VMware cloud infrastructure."
According to the vendor, the VMware Ready for Networking and Security Program incorporates a comprehensive set of partner enablement tools, from reference architectures to hands-on training courses for partners.
The vendor states that partner solutions that pass formal testing criteria will receive the VMware Ready certification and logo, signifying to customers that they have met specific VMware integration and interoperability standards and are optimised to work effectively with VMware cloud infrastructure.
VMware says software development kits (SDKs) will be available in October, and final certification for partners will occur in mid-2013.
The VMware Ready programme is a co-branding benefit of the Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) programme that makes it easy for customers to identify partner products that are certified to work seamlessly with VMware solutions. Customers can leverage these products and solutions to lower project risk and realise cost savings over custom-built solutions.