VMWare Inc (VMW), the leader in managing companies’ internal data centers, is attempting to stay relevant in the cloud computing space with the announcement of its “Cloud Foundation.” The recently launched Cloud Foundation is a software package that bundles together existing VMware software for use on public clouds. The package will initially come to International Business Machines Corp.'s (IBM) public cloud and roll out to other public clouds at a later date. (See also: IBM and VMWare Expand Their Cloud Partnership.)

VMware’s Cloud Foundation to Roll out on IBM’s Public Cloud

The public cloud involves renting out large volumes of computers, storage and networking running in multiple data centers. VMware’s Cloud Foundation package, including its vSphere server virtualization and management software, Virtual SAN, NSX network virtualization and SDDC Manager software, will allow administrators to use familiar tools to control server, storage and networking resources in public clouds, not just in private clouds in on-premises data centers, reports VentureBeat.

Leading players in the public cloud space include Amazon Web Services (AMZN), Microsoft Azure (MSFT) and Google Cloud Platform (GOOG). The news of VMware’s leap into the public cloud space comes as big names in the space grow their market share and crowd out smaller competitors. Just this week, cloud computing company Rackspace agreed to a $4.3 billion buyout by private equity group Apollo Global Management LLC (APO). (See also: Apollo Global Takes Rackspace Private in $4.3 Billion Deal.)

The Bottom Line

While VMware’s vCloud Air service has not broken through as a leading contender since its launch in 2013, the tech company will re-focus efforts on cloud computing with its recently launched Cloud Foundation. The new software package will bundle pre-existing VMware software to debut on the public cloud space, initially rolling out services solely for the IBM public cloud and later expanding its reach.