Just like a 2010 Mercedes SL550 being crashed into a wall, the parts are being scrapped and re-purposed into other applications. I knew this was a speculated announcement coming up at VMworld, but kept heads down until I heard it was true.
Yesterday, there was an article detailing all of this information by Beth Pariseau from TechTarget that detailed everything extremely well, VMware splits vCloud Director into vCenter, vCloud Automation Center.
EDIT:: 9/3/13... vCloud Director will still be available as a service provider offering. There will be a special version of vCD for service providers that is not correctly stated in the article but the plan to split the code functions between vCAC and vCenter is correct.
EDIT:: 9/4/13... OFFICIAL Statements have been released. Please read these two articles:
As a result of this announcement, VMware is making the following recommendations:
ENTERPRISE CUSTOMERS – VMware recommends that customers use the combination of vCloud Automation Center and the vSphere platform to support their private cloud architectures and use cases. vCD 5.5 is available starting in Q3 if required to support use cases not currently covered by vCAC. Projects already in-flight with vCD should also remain in place as vCD 5.5 support will be extended beyond its normally 2-year window (out to 2017).
SERVICE PROVIDERS – vCD will continue to be available through the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) in the cloud bundle and is still the recommended solution for service providers. VMware will continue on-going development for vCD to meet the specific needs of service providers and will provide further details at a later date.
EDIT:: 9/9/13... Another Official Blog Release Reports of vCloud Director’s death exaggerated
1) Development of vCloud Director continues at VMware, now 100% focused on the cloud service provider market.
2) vCloud Director will continue to be available in the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) and also continues to be a foundational component of vCloud Hybrid Service, VMware’s IaaS offering.
3) The next release of vCloud Director will be version 5.6, in the first half of 2014, available through VSPP to cloud service providers.
4) VMware continues to develop and enhance the vCloud API, to provide API access to new capabilities, and to make the API faster and easier to use.
Here are my thoughts. While I enjoyed working with vCloud Director, I can't say that enough of the clients were fond it. The UI itself just wasn't sexy enough to get mainstream attention and the storefront for ordering out of a catalog wasn't stupid simple. It will be a matter of time that vCloud Director users will have to make the jump (once again).