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5 Things VMware Should Do In 2013
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kanttila750
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kanttila750,
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1/8/2013 | 10:39:57 PM
re: 5 Things VMware Should Do In 2013
Yes, Charlie, I do admit to the likely possibility you pose with the caveat that IT be honest with itself with regards to that portion of your application layer that IS your core competence -- perhaps only somewhere between 15-25% of all your apps. So working with an MSP that hosts the layers of your infrastructure stack below the application layer might be a better use of finite resources than on-prem, no matter what you do to it. The holy grail is of course to future proof and right-size your computing environment, regardless of where it resides and who owns or maintains what.

I'm a business strategist, first and foremost, with an appetite for technology, but I see cloud operators having an upper hand in perfecting infrastructures that been largely commoditized with VMWare as a key component in many cases...what I'm suggesting is to take a hard, long look at what you have and how you spend your money...ask yourself if you really are world-class at it, and if not, find out someone who is.

After all, you don't do your own dry cleaning, do you? G˙¦
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cbabcock,
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1/8/2013 | 8:28:39 PM
re: 5 Things VMware Should Do In 2013
Karl,
Would you admit the possibility that an on-premises, highly-virtualized environment may one day work with a public cloud? It seems to me many enterprise IT orgs see that as a way to get beyond "just maintaining the status quo," with more and more on-premises operational responsibility taken over by data center software. Then IT would be more available to address the varied devices of end users or implement rapid changes to business systems -- that is, if all goes according to plan. Charlie Babcock, InformationWeek
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kanttila750,
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1/8/2013 | 5:00:55 PM
re: 5 Things VMware Should Do In 2013
"It's acquired end-user application vendors, such as SocialCast and SlideRocket, and it's built out a developer-attracting platform in Cloud Foundry, where developers may build their own applications."

Care to correct your grammar, ed?

That aside, a fascinating article that supports my view of VMWare as a vendor of very sophisticated technology, but still a tactical band-aid to a broader opportunity to discuss the virtues of owning vs. 'renting' one's computing infrastructure, i.e. the various flavors of cloud, when chances are IT as a whole probably isn't one of your core competencies, just something you inherited or grew into because the hosted and SaaS options weren't there.

A CXO may well realize that, and look for options beyond tweaking something complex that they own but never fully quite understood to accommodate workload and user growth that now must include BYOD...is spending 3-7% of your top line revenue on IT then the best use of finite capex/opex if the bulk of it just maintains status quo?

Karl Anttila
Chief Strategy Officer
Compelling Business IT
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Heather Vallis,
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1/7/2013 | 8:47:06 PM
re: 5 Things VMware Should Do In 2013
It will be interesting to see if VMware is able to move their software-defined data center concept forward with the Nicira acquisition. Our September 2012 Virtualization Management survey found that 61% of respondents buy into the concept of virtualization technology in a services-oriented IT model, where compute, storage, network and security are aggregated and automatically delivered as services, based on policies. However, of that, only 20% think their virtualization vendor can get them there, 19% think it will take more than one vendor and 22% feel it's too complex to undertake now. It looks like VMware has its work cut out for them.

Heather Vallis
Managing Editor, Research, InformationWeek


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