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)
There is a lot of buzz these days about DevOps, the movement to blur the
lines between application development and IT operations. The thinking goes -
if there is direct linkage between the functions (or if they are a single
group), then how the applications are operated is always top-of-mind and
things like security, automation and scalability can be designed-in from Day
But as we move towards a world that is heavily dominated by touch-screen
devices (gestures instead of clicks), apps replacing applications (UI + API +
Data) and API integration between various services, I'm st... (more)
For the past couple of years, we've heard the term "Hybrid Cloud" discussed
as the nirvana that Enterprise IT is truly looking for as they consider new
operating paradigms to better align business needs and evolving technology.
"Hybrid Cloud" would be the bridge between the known entity ("Private Cloud",
"resources within your Data Center", "virtualized legacy applications", etc.)
and the new, dynamic entity ("Public Cloud"). There was just one small
problem - this reality was a lot easier said than done (previously written
about here, here, and here) .
The list of challenges incl... (more)
Silicon Valley is a strange anomaly in a big world. It's arguably the
center of the technology universe, constantly cranking out new ideas, new
products and new companies. And its residents create billions (or trillions)
of dollars of revenue on the back on that technology. But Silicon Valley also
has this self-belief that it's a romantic place, a modern day Camelot where
the ills and evils of the world can be vanquished by spreading around magic
silicon dust in just the right amounts. It looks to highlight the next 100
year company, which will cement it's place as a foundational... (more)
I had the chance to attend the Triangle DevOps meetup, along with my podcast
co-host Aaron Delp (@aarondelp), which was being held at the Teradata offices
and lead by their DevOps person responsible for their OpenStack environment.
It was an interesting event for a few reasons: We've had a few guests (here,
here, here) on the podcast to talk about OpenStack, but our hands-on
exposure had been limited in comparison to years of VMware environments. Most
of the people we had spoken with were deeply involved with the OpenStack
development, or worked directly at Rackspace, so their view... (more)