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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)

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)

Ode to George Jefferson, VMware and Nicira

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 marketshare. 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)

Who is VMware in 2013? – A Company in Transition

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)

Cloud Computing Insurance? Lots of ways to look at it.

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)