August 30, 2011 – VMware said it was introducing a cloud computing service that will connect data center service providers in any geography.

The aim is to provide high-performance low-latency connections worldwide in a ‘”virtual cloud” with local computing services tied together by a global network.

VMware said its service provider program includes 5,600 members in 62 countries, offering a variety of cloud services built on VMware virtualization infrastructure.

"There's tremendous interest from VMware customers for reliable, high-performance, secure clouds that are compatible with their existing applications and datacenter operations," said Dan Chu, vice president, cloud services, VMware talking about the Global Connect service.

On July 1, VMware, working with EMC and the NYSE Technologies division of NYSE Euronext, in collaboration with VMware and EMC, launched the first "purpose-built" cloud. The Capital Markets Community Platform is designed to provide trading, risk management and other services “on demand” from a cloud of data centers in different parts of the world.

The community members: trading firms of all types, agency brokers, hedge funds, institutions, data suppliers and technology vendors. (Click here for a slide show demonstrating how this capital markets cloud works.)

The Global Connect feature of VMware’s vCloud Datacenter service that will allow customers to use cloud services from multiple providers across geographies as if they are a single, virtual cloud. Bluelock in Indianapolis, IN, Singapore Telecommunications and Japan’s Softbank are expected to be the first providers to offer Global Connect services.

Customers will get "single pane of glass" management across clouds using VMware’s vCloud Connector.

The announcements came at the start of VMWorld in Las Vegas on Monday.

This story originally appeared in Securities Technology Monitor.

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