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[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)

VMware's CloudFoundry Platform: A Fork in the Road to the Cloud?

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)

The Spectrum of Hardware for the Cloud

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)

Innovation and Software: Technology Trends and the State of the Web

This past week, Mary Meeker published her amazing annual look at technology trends and the state of the web. As usual, it provides great details around macro-level trends effecting usage, devices, economics and much more. And the highlight is her "Re-Imagination - of Nearly Everything" section, looking at how innovation and software are rapidly changing nearly every element of our daily existence. While this absolutely applies to services and devices, it also applies to the rules surrounding technology vendors and services providers. In the past, vendors employed 1000s of enginee... (more)

Beyond Server Virtualization

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)