At VMworld this year, both in San Francisco and Barcelona, VMware CEO Pat
Gelsinger introduced the concept of the Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC).
This builds on the concept that as more and more of the Data Center becomes
virtualized (servers, desktops), delivering greater cost-savings and agility
to customers, software-defined automation and functionality (network,
security, storage, backup) become the next logical steps to help IT deliver
greater value to the business.
As with any new technology or vision, there are often many questions about
how this will impact the market, how it will affect IT organizations. Wikibon
did a nice job providing their view on "Software-led Infrastructure". It's
one of many attempts that I've seen to start trying to put a scope around
this concept. Some portions are agreed upon, while others are creating some
I creat... (more)
One of the most fun aspects of hosting The Cloudcast (.net) podcast is that
we take a completely vendor-neutral and technology-neutral stance on what we
discuss and who we invite onto the show. Lots of learning and lots of great
discussions. And occasionally we ask a few questions and find some
interesting needles in the haystack that we didn't expect. [APIs, data
analytics and the business models they enable are top of mind for me these
This is exactly what happened on this week's show with Mat Ellis (@matellis),
CEO of Cloudability. I had learned about his company while ... (more)
When I joined Cisco in 1996, I was sitting in new-hire orientation and
distinctly remember one of the VPs tell us that, "we are a software company".
I remember being surprised at this, because we had just finished touring an
incredible lab filled with huge boxes of blinking lights. But after working
with the products for a few months, it became obvious that the value to our
customers was the stability and flexibility of the IOS software (no kids, not
the stuff on your iPhone).
Ten years went by and I found myself in a spin-out that was using the ODM
hardware manufacturers used ... (more)
A few weeks ago, I wrote my pre-show thoughts about VMworld 2012. Much of it
was focused on the need for VMware to diversify their technology and business
model(s) as customer needs are evolving beyond server virtualization.
Now that the US event is over, I wanted to jot down some thoughts before they
burn away like the San Francisco fog that greeted us each morning.
The audience was more diverse than in years past - While VMworld always draws
a huge group of infrastructure-centric people, this year had a greater
diversity of new groups in attendance, even if only around the fringes... (more)
In my 20 years in the technology industry, I've found that there are three
types of product/service strategy discussions that companies (vendors) have:
"Our new product/tool will change the world." - Occasionally this happens,
but more often that not it's just a feature that could be implemented on any
existing platform. "Our new product delivers immediate value to customers and
solves an existing (widespread) problem". Companies will typically pay money
to solve problems, especially if it saves them money or unlocks a new market
opportunity. Typically this creates a new market fo... (more)