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 was designed to run on any cloud, so would
it build the hooks to connect to ESX/ESXi or vCloud Director?
For the 1st year, the answer was "no". No vSphere dependencies. But with the
one year anniversary announcement, the CloudFoundry team introduced the BOSH
tool chain. Within the BOSH framewor... (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)
RIP Sherman Helmsley, the great George Jefferson
VMware acquires Nicira
We’ll we're movin on up In the cloud stack To a deluxe datacenter, made of
software Moving on up In the cloud stack We’re finally getting network
VMs got stuck in the rack VLANs just didn’t scale Took a whole lotta
tryin’ Configs not to let things fail Now we’re up in the big leagues
Getting our turn at nets As long cloud scales, it’s you and me baby There
ain’t nothing washed about that
We’ll were movin on up In the cloud stack To a deluxe DC, made of software
Moving on up In the cloud stack We’... (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)
A couple weeks ago there was an interesting discussion on Twitter amongst the
#clouderati about ways to manage risk in a public cloud environment. I
believe it was a fragment off the discussion that James Urquhart
(@jamesurquhart) started about how "Cloud is complex" and one from Alistair
Croll (@acroll) about 2012 Cloud Predictions (see: #8)
Beyond the normal discussion about how companies need to "design for failure"
(re: applications) when using public clouds, someone brought up that SLAs
will need to evolve before companies can better mitigate risk. Most people
tended to dism... (more)