At VMworld this year, both in San Francisco and Barcelona, VMware CEO Pat
Gelsinger introduced the concept of the Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC).
This builds on the concept that as more and more of the Data Center becomes
virtualized (servers, desktops), delivering greater cost-savings and agility
to customers, software-defined automation and functionality (network,
security, storage, backup) become the next logical steps to help IT deliver
greater value to the business.
As with any new technology or vision, there are often many questions about
how this will impact the market, how it will affect IT organizations. Wikibon
did a nice job providing their view on "Software-led Infrastructure". It's
one of many attempts that I've seen to start trying to put a scope around
this concept. Some portions are agreed upon, while others are creating some
I creat... (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)
In my 20 years in the technology industry, I've found that there are three
types of product/service strategy discussions that companies (vendors) have:
"Our new product/tool will change the world." - Occasionally this happens,
but more often that not it's just a feature that could be implemented on any
existing platform. "Our new product delivers immediate value to customers and
solves an existing (widespread) problem". Companies will typically pay money
to solve problems, especially if it saves them money or unlocks a new market
opportunity. Typically this creates a new market fo... (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)
Before flying off to San Francisco last week, I made some notes about what I
was looking forward to hearing at VMworld 2013. It has been a year since Pat
Gelsinger took over as CEO, and having worked (indirectly) under him during
my days at EMC, I knew that he had outstanding experience at driving change
from within and building strong engineering foundations.
The big announcements coming out of VMworld 2013 were vCloud Hybrid Services
(vCHS), NXS Network Virtualization Platform, and enhancements to vSphere 5.5
including the GA of VSAN (storage) functionality.
Many people saw the... (more)