[Disclosure: My current employer (Cisco) is a business/technology partner to
both VMware and EMC]
Earlier today VMware announced that they had acquired the assets, people and
operations of online storage service Mozy from EMC. Almost immediately, the
Twitterverse was calling out VMware for abandoning their current business
model, primarily acting as a vendor, selling to Enterprise/Commercial
businesses and Service Providers. Mozy currently operators as a Cloud Storage
provider (to both consumers and small-business), so questions arose about
whether this now put VMware in competition with their existing (or future)
Service Provider customers.
Considering how rapidly the IT landscape is changing, I had to step back and
think about whether an action like this completely forces VMware to change
their business model or if there were alternative ways to think about it. My ... (more)
Over a year ago, I wrote my initial thoughts on VMware's CloudFoundry PaaS
platform. Over the past year, the platform has grown and evolved in
interesting ways - new frameworks, new partners, new tools and new ways to
interact with the community.
But one question continued to linger. How would CloudFoundry connect back to
the rest of the VMware portfolio? There was already some connections to the
SpringSource framework and vFabric, but it wasn't clear if it would connect
back to vSphere. Or should it connect back to vSphere? Cloud Foundry is an
open (source) PaaS framework that w... (more)
It's that time of year again. Time for the industry's most influential
infrastructure gathering, VMworld. And, as has become an annual occurrence, I
jot down some pre-show thoughts about the event (2012, 2011).
Who is VMware in 2013?
While Pat Gelsinger was introduced at the 2012 VMworld as the new CEO,
replacing Paul Maritz, the themes and strategy were still very much inline
with Maritz's prior plans. Since then Gelsinger has narrowed the focus of the
company, shed many products and begun putting his leadership team in place.
So I'll be very interested to see how VMware gets pres... (more)
As I was watching this thread develop, with various comments from people that
live and breathe IT, one thing kept coming to mind. IT people often try and
justify new technology with technology reasoning. It's analogous to answering
a question with another question.
Far too often, because IT has almost always been looked at as a cost-center
and measured for ROI based on cost-reduction or productivity improvements,
technologist feel the need to drive the justification for a new project based
How will it be cheaper than the last project? How will it reduce spending for
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 marke... (more)