Big day at VMworld today. Not only did VMware spell out their vision of enterprise cloud computing, but Paul Maritz went into considerable detail during his keynote -- more from Steve Herrod tomorrow.
Watching the twitterfeed and the blogosphere, it's almost like a thunderclap went off.
And maybe it did ...
You Probably Know Where I'm Coming From ...
I think I've written enough about the private cloud concept already. Sorry if I've bored you to tears, but many of us believe this is a pretty big concept that's not going to go away.
A list of prior posts from yours truly appears here.
Why do I think this is such a big thing? Because of all the different cloud models I've heard debated and discussed over the last few years, this is the first one that I think can work for real-world enterprise IT. It makes sense to me.
And the magic sauce is a relatively new term -- the virtual data center operating system, or VDC-OS.
Make no mistake, this isn't just about hypervisors, or virtual desktops -- it's about creating an end-to-end abstraction that starts at any user device, runs through the data center, and will federate an open market of service provider resources as well.
Ideally, this is what all hypervisor technology should aspire to. All congratulations to Paul Maritz and the VMware team for spotting the big picture first, as well as being the strongest contender to make it real first.
For those of you who insist on continually debating pros and cons of various hypervisors, I would respectfully offer that the frame of reference has shifted.
As far as such big visions go, it doesn't seem that far away to me. Take what's already visible today, peek into a bit of VMware's roadmap, add some good ecosystem partners, and -- yup -- it all could happen sooner than the cynics expect.
We're not asking people to rewrite their applications to a new stack. We're not asking them to decide the mix of internal and external resources. We're not asking people to give up control of their environments.
No, all that this vision is really asking is to keep doing what you're doing (aggressively virtualizing applications and information) and keep the eyes focused on a slightly bigger picture.
Paul uses some powerful terms in his keynote -- worth watching in its entirety (note: Paul comes on at about 10 minutes in).
Terms like "software mainframe for the 21st century". That particualr term I think is going to generate some very useful discussion from multiple quarters.
Or "self-service IT". A powerful, visionary concept that's also going to generate some great discussion as well.
For Every Force, There Is A Reaction
There were hundreds of postings today that I saw, with a few good writeups, and probably more to follow. I found Chris Mellor's reaction useful, as well as Rob Enderle's. Inevitably, there's more to come, right?
So, what should we expect to see in the near future?
First, we'll probably here from the other hypervisor vendors in short order. This sort of bold and encompassing vision can't go unanswered for too long, can it?
Second, it'll be interested to see where the traditional datacenter vendors line up: IBM, HP et. al. They've been pushing VMware for awhile -- yet I'm not quite sure they see the future of enterprise IT in quite the same way. And I can't wait to hear from Cisco :-)
Finally, the most interest jockeying will occur amongst the existing cloud vendors: Amazon and others. Do they upscale their vision, or keep focused where they're strong?
What Say You?
If you think about it, the future state of enterprise IT is being hotly debated around new concepts right now.
Where do you stand on all of this?