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May 21, 2010


Mike Foley

If you're playing IT Battleship, then I think we can safely say that the SS Azure has just taken a hit.

Brilliant move by VMware!

Time to make more popcorn because this movie is only just getting started!

Chuck Hollis

Just saw this piece on Forbes saying pretty much the same thing: http://www.forbes.com/2010/05/20/salesforce-microsoft-virtualization-intelligent-technology-vmware.html


Now you've done it. Barry and the boyz will have a Cloudified Storageilization Campaign up by the end of the week. ;)

This will leave a mark in Redmond, but not on the Azure team. More likely on the VB and OS teams.

It will also be interesting to see how this democratization of storage will play out. How will the corporate IT stacks react when any developer can provision storage anywhere? What about leakage, or key management, or ediscovery, or audit, or even finding your data when some formerly gruntled developer goes commando?

Very interesting implications. Cool, but interesting.

Chuck Hollis


Developers provisioning storage on demand? The very idea! The next thing you know, they'll be demanding pencils! And paper! And those expensive Post-It notes as well!

What will we do to handle security for all that paper? Or data leakage when they take the paper home? Or managing the keys on all those locking file drawers? Or what happens when the lawyers come looking for all that paper?

Seriously, all of your concerns are valid -- but not without precedent, either.

Developers create value by what they do. And anything we can do as infrastructure people to accelerate and simplify that value delivery is a good thing -- all other things being equal.

Like giving them secure, protected and compliant places to do their work :-)

-- Chuck


You let them have paper? ;)

In a private cloud setting, I agree with you completely. I was thinking more of the case where they can connect to a public cloud provider without the knowledge or policy of people like your CIO.

Remember the case of the city of San Francisco and a very qualified network admin? Now imagine 100 different data pools spread over 10 providers with any number of encryption keys all controlled by individuals.

It's a brave new world. And for those lucky enough to be surrounded by a secure, protected, and compliant workplace it will be a nice place to be.

But there are a lot of cow punchers out there as well.

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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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