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September 22, 2008


marc farley


This is consistent with my experience. It's not very intuitive, but it appears to be the way things work.


Obviously, this depends upon how you measure efficiency, but yes, I would agree with you Chuck.
Typically customers generally left Exchange alone when virtualizing their other applications. More recently, the world has moved on and all apps are now being virtualized for encapsulation - to allow for full management of the app workload within a VMotion farm. This has provided those in the industry with lots of observational data that confirms this is the case.

The argument on whether to virtualize or not was won a while back. It's now HOW one should virtualize, now that advanced VM features are coming to the forefront.


I can’t resist posting a quote from the Bible:

"Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor." (Mark 6:4)

I understand that Documentum is not EMC's most strategic product because it doesn't exactly seem to fit into EMC's grand goals. However, VMWare/EMC is missing out on one very interesting opportunity here right now. Like a prophet is rarely honored in his hometown, a jewel like content management and archive system such as Documentum fails to be noticed in its own company. Even the blogger of this very site overlooks its own self-fulfilling prophecy logged a year ago. Please read an article published in NY Times ( http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/07/microsofts-sharepoint-thrives-in-the-recession/ ) or read this blog ( http://www.brilliantleap.com/blog/2009/08/notable-quotes--the-ny-times-on-sharepoints-recession-resistant-success.html ) where I posted my comment as follows:

“A couple years back while I was working as an EMC Documentum consultant, I saw Microsoft SharePoint snatched up several of the competitive customers. As a member of Microsoft software family, SharePoint comes with its own benefits and liabilities at the same time; especially, during the recession like this, the benefits outweigh the liabilities for the most customers. To the benefit side, SharePoint is quite attractive because of its intrinsic interface with Office, Outlook, and the rest of the Microsoft applications. As liabilities, I think, SharePoint only works with SQLServer which lacks of flexibility. Also, SharePoint structure tends to become unmanageable and is not scalable as it grows and can result in server sprawl because it is deficient in fundamental architectural integrity. This makes the SharePoint much more expensive down the road. This trait is nothing new in the Microsoft culture because architectural integrity is not their strong suit. (One only has to look as far as its latest Vista, for example, and the newest search engine Bing for evidence of this.) However, as we all know, although we can’t do without it for now, we will eventually be freed from Microsoft’s virtual monopoly for business applications if the cloud computing condensates successfully finally. That said, I totally concur with the article published in the NY Times since customers look to save nickels and dimes without thinking about the real consequences of how their choices now will affect their ability to grow in the future.”

“As a long time IT professional, I have learned that any software or architecture that hopes to last MUST mimic the nature since nature existed long before humanity and will continue long after we are gone, period. One of the important signatures of nature is simplicity. Software needs to be designed with simplity in mind because it is the key element that makes software resilient and sustainable. A couple days ago, VMWare acquired SpringSource, an excellent enterprise open source company. I love to use Apache Tomcat web application server over other web application servers out there including WebLogic or WebSphere not because I can use it for free, but because it’s real simple and intuitive to use. SpringSource is a major contributor to Apache Tomcat open source community. Since SpringSource runs on a Java platform and .NET framework at the same time, the combination of VMWare and SpringSource have the potential be a real game changer if EMC learns its lesson from Microsoft: It is prudent for EMC take a look at how Microsoft integrates SharePoint content management system into their core enterprise infrastructure. EMC has an opportunity to integrate Documentum, its flagship content management and archive system, into the mix of VMWare/SpringSource to overtake its rivals. Furthermore, the cloud computing combination of VMWare/SpringSource is remarkably superior to any of its competition, including Microsoft’s Azure, because it reflects architectural characteristics of the Mother Nature.”

Also, check this article out:

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

    Warning: do not ever buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.

    Note: these are my personal views, and aren't reviewed or approved by my employer.
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