Virtualization of IT systems decouples physical infrastructure from logical resources, hiding complexity and enabling new capabilities. However, not all potential benefits of virtualization have meaningful value outside IT circles: Too many of our discussions revolve around the very complexity that virtualization technology should be hiding! True business value is derived from … [Read more...] about Where Will Virtualization of Data Center Infrastructure Take Us?
As I guessed on Friday, EMC has officially announced their Maui Atmos software layer today, calling it the "industry's first COS (cloud-optimized storage) offering", "a new era for IT", and "a new category of storage." So the new era for IT is a cloud with globally-distributed object stores with policy management? Great! But I thought the new era for IT was a cloud with … [Read more...] about EMC Atmos Versus VMware VDC-OS: Will The Real Cloud Strategy Please Stand Up?
Another Storage Decisions has come and gone, and 2008's New York show did not disappoint. TechTarget always recruits an excellent set of conferencegoers, and not even the Wall Street crisis could dampen attendance. Even Spike Lee, Richard Gere, Dian Lane, Keira Knightley, John McCain, and Sarah Palin made appearances at this year's show! (No, seriously, they were really … [Read more...] about Storage Decisions New York 2008 Feedback
VMware packed a lot into their 2008 VMworld conference, including an outline of their "three pillars" strategy, focused on vClient, vCloud, and something they are calling the Virtual Datacenter Operating System. While it is debatable if this last item really is an operating system, it's certainly a major strategic change in messaging. VDC-OS is divided into four … [Read more...] about What is VMware VDC-OS vStorage?
Paul Maritz of VMware dropped a bomb on Las Vegas today, introducing their Virtual Datacenter Operating System concept. But is VDC-OS a nuclear strike at the heart of the data center, scattering everyone from Microsoft to Cisco to (big daddy) EMC? Or is it just more hot air, conflating the latest big thing into a mirage of an operating system rather than a real … [Read more...] about VMware Virtual Datacenter Operating System: Heavyweight or Hot Air?