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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 world. VMware is definitely a company in transition. Server virtualization is a mature market. The role of the desktop is bei... (more)

Shouldn't DevOps Really Be DesignOps?

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 1. 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)

Cloud Computing for Business Managers

As a follow-up to the previous series of Cloud Computing whiteboard videos, primarily focused on the technology aspects, we decided to create some videos that speak to business managers. The topics include: The Evolution of Consumer Behavior (tablets, smartphones, social media, apps) IT is the New Marketing Engine Shadow IT - Building an IT overlay team Open Up Your Business Knowledge to the World (APIs, Open Data) Uncovering New Markets from Digital Noise (Big Data) Expensing Your IT Budget on a Credit Card? (OPEX vs. CAPEX) Build a Fence, Build a Team, Build a Community (Evolv... (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)

Looking Forward to VMworld 2012

It's that time again - VMworld. For the 2011 event in the US, I wrote some before and after thoughts on the state of technology, new trends and the event. Given the actions that VMware has taken recently (new CEO, Software Defined Data Center vision, Nicira acquisition , DynamicOps acquisition, Cetas acquisition, CloudFoundry + OpenStack),  I'm going to go out on a limb and say that VMworld 2012 will be one of the most highly watched events that IT has seen for a long time (all Apple announcements not withstanding). It's not a reach to say that every aspect of VMware will be ques... (more)