Last week I had the opportunity to attend the VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) in Las Vegas. One of the key themes was VMware's continued push to become the infrastructure of choice for both virtualization and Cloud Computing environments. This was highlighted by the discussions around project "Redwood".
What I've witnessed over the last six months is a change in the discussions that people in the industry have about "cloud". I put that in quotes because for the past year the discussion was always about the definition of "cloud". Internal vs. External cloud; Public vs. Private cloud; Google vs. Amazon AWS vs. IT 2.0 cloud. What I saw at PEX was a change in the focus of the discussion. While there are still people that are debating definitions, the bulk of the conversations were around the amount of change that these concepts of "cloud" would bring into their environment. Change is difficult, and for many people, it started them thinking about what they were willing to change, needed to change, and what could remain the same.
Let me give a couple examples: