Sunday, September 8, 2013

Listen to The Cloudcast

If you're interested in Cloud Computing I'd encourage you to listen to "The Cloudcast (.net)" podcast here, or go over to The Cloudcast website and get connected to the feeds via iTunes, Stitcher, Facebook, YouTube or RSS.

Thoughts from VMworld 2013

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 these announcements and focused their initial analysis on how VMware was creating new competition with the likes of Amazon AWS (cloud), Cisco (networking) or the entire external storage industry (EMC/NetApp/HP/Dell/Nutanix/Simplivity/Tintri/etc.).

I saw things somewhat differently, thanks to a great conversation that I had with Rodrigo Flores (@RFFlores) during a dinner on Monday night. Rodrigo is one of the smartest and most pragmatic people in our industry, especially when it comes to the topic of how companies change with respect to the use of technology. During that conversation, we focused on how the major shifts (especially within an Enterprise) are often driven less by technology and much more so by removing user/usage friction and shifts in IT buying centers.

In everything I heard at VMworld, it dawned on me that VMware is poised to significantly change several buying centers within Enterprise/Government IT. They already own the most expensive portion of the Data Center (server virtualization and network-switching edge) and now they are attempting to leverage this to expand into application, network and storage buying centers.