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)
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)
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)
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)