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August 20, 2009


Tom Maguire

Great post, absolutely agreed. One other really interesting aspect of the acquisition has to do with management.

Back a few months ago, SpringSource acquired Hyperic (an open source systems management vendor); the interesting part of this is that in the cloud the operational concerns (management and policy) out of necessity become something that needs to be addressable by the developer.

SpringSource coupled with Hyperic and VMware cloud platform makes for a compelling story.

Scott Waterhouse


I like the idea of a bar code on the vApp a lot. Now extend the idea to data structures: you could have a data protection bar code (that describes the data protection policy to be applied to the container); I spoke about that here: http://thebackupblog.typepad.com/thebackupblog/2009/06/a-data-protection-taxonomy.html But why not also have a bar code for data replication and availability?

Why make these bar codes objects with inheritable characteristics? Why not make some of the service providers that can act upon the policies contained in the bar code a part of vSphere?

There is a lot of mileage in this approach, in my opinion.


We all come with our own background and bias when we are talking about CC (Cloud Computing) in general. Depending on what our various interests are at the moment, our understanding of CC will vary and range widely. Some say it is public, others say private, repackaged, or whatever. For EMC, CC is definitely for storage. For VMW (VMware)*, it is about virtualization. So on and so forth… There would be as many combinations of CC as you can think of. Aside from VCE cloud model, we might need to reckon with IBM’s. Observing nature, IBM has learned and is building next-gen DNA microchips which are, indeed, a radical departure from the silicon based architecture we are currently using:


When I first start programming in early 80’s, I toiled with IBM’s assembler language. Primitive it may seem, I thought it was real amazing to be able to translate your logic into the assembler language. Now, we are using personal computing devices such as laptop or telco devices. I was using a dump/blue terminal that timeshares cpu cycles with a big blue IBM mainframe machine. Now, we have our own processors that may equal or exceed the mainframe processing power of that time. I think with CC fully implemented eventually, the personal device will not run an Operating System, but a specialized process that translates between human consciousness and the outer world that may well be located behind CC. Nonetheless, Moore’s law would be still applicable to this circumstance as microchips are getting miniaturized into nanochip sizes as the DNA/nanotechnology is realized in due course.

Contrary to VMW / SpringSource / EMC’s belief of the mother ship relationship to baby boats, they may need to pull the ships into battle formation to prepare for the ultimate mother-of-all titan clashes as the industry braces for a major paradigm shift in not-so-distant-future. Please check the comment here:


* Some may have noticed that I have unwittingly been using the term "VMWare." However, I have discovered that an official name of the company is “VMware.” This seems to fly against the general naming protocol for companies that specialize in a localized area of software, which should have been to name it “~Ware” instead of “~ware”. I am not trying to second guess here why VMware is named such as it is. Since I may not comfortably call it as VMware as the company does not completely represent all of the VM World technologies out there, from now on, I will use its ticker “VMW” instead whenever I have opportunity to refer VMware in my comment.

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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.

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