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 presented this year.
Gelsinger has not yet named a new CTO or CMO, so this year's event should
very much be a representation of how he wants to present the company to the
VMware is definitely a company in transition. Server virtualization is a
mature market. The role of the desktop is bei... (more)
CIOs are expected to be heroes. They are responsible for innovating and
transforming IT using new technologies that will drive business initiatives
forward, but that is far from an easy task given the ongoing evolution of the
IT world. This article will discuss the case for hybrid cloud in the
enterprise, and suggest how CIOs can strategically develop a blueprint for
hybrid cloud deployment.
A few years ago, CIOs were hesitant to move any data outside of their own
data center due to lack of security and limited guarantees of availability.
But as technology matured, education of ... (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)
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)
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)