Quoting from official VMware announcement:
Virtual Infrastructure Software Developer Kit (SDK) Enables Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), Partners and Customers to Control VMware Virtual Infrastructure and to Integrate Into Existing Management Frameworks
VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtual infrastructure software for x86-based systems, today announced the availability of the VMware Virtual Infrastructure SDK. The VMware Virtual Infrastructure SDK provides standards-based interfaces that enable ISVs, partners and customers to control VMware virtual infrastructure and to integrate into existing management frameworks.
The VMware Virtual Infrastructure SDK provides comprehensive interfaces to:
Create, delete, copy and clone virtual machines
Define and create virtual machine templates and virtual peripherals
Set resource policies for virtual machines, including virtual CPU, memory, disk and network allocations
Monitor virtual machine performance over time including CPU, memory, disk I/O and network utilization
Control VMotion – a revolutionary technology that enables the migration of a running virtual machine to a different physical server without loss of user service
The VMware Virtual Infrastructure SDK incorporates a Web services interface that uses the SOAP and WSDL standards so that developers can program in their choice of environments, such as Java or Visual Studio .NET. The VMware Virtual Infrastructure SDK, including WSDL interface description, extensive sample code and programming guide, can be downloaded at: www.vmware.com/support/developer/vc-sdk/.
VMware is committed to supporting a broad community of partners so that customers who standardize on VMware virtual infrastructure can benefit from best-in-class software solutions. Among the first to integrate their management and utility computing solutions with VMware virtual infrastructure are leading enterprise vendors Altiris, BMC Software, Computer Associates, Fujitsu-Siemens Computers, HP, IBM and LEGATO Software and emerging solution vendors Enigmatec Corporation, Evident, MetiLinx, PlateSpin, Platform Computing, Surgient and Sychron.
“With more than 5,500 enterprise server customers deploying virtual infrastructure, it’s crucial for us to build on our commitment to standards-based interoperability with customers’ existing management strategies and to provide an open API for next generation policy engines to use,” said Michael Mullany, vice president of marketing at VMware. “The tremendous early adoption of our SDK by a broad range of systems management partners underscores the value virtual infrastructure is delivering today.”
Companies that want to further leverage their SDK work can join the VMware Software Alliance Program. Information on the program can be found at www.vmware.com/partners/sw/alliances/.