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VMware: Enterprises Still Need Data Centers
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Shawn Douglass
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Shawn Douglass,
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9/6/2013 | 7:01:15 PM
re: VMware: Enterprises Still Need Data Centers
While data centers may never go away entirely, GelsingerG«÷s comment is off base. I work daily with highly regulated, Global 2000 enterprises that have moved critical business operations to the cloud, using a policy-based cloud management platform to assure security, compliance and risk management. Able to reap both increased business agility and security from cloud computing, these organizations are gaining significant competitive advantage and are not looking back. As Charlie describes, thatG«÷s exactly what VMware is afraid of. http://www.servicemesh.com/clo...

- Shawn Douglass, CTO, ServiceMesh
cbabcock
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8/29/2013 | 9:57:11 PM
re: VMware: Enterprises Still Need Data Centers
After encouraging many third parties to supply vCloud-based services, VMware is bringing its own service to market from its own or Savvis' data centers. Yes, agreed, Marcia, there is channel conflict. To me the question is whether VMware can expand the use of hybrid cloud fast enough to generate business for many participants, as well as itself. If it succeeds at that, there will be many happy third parties. If it doesn't, there will be third parties looking to offer OpenStack and other services in place of their vCloud efforts. There's a thriving third party ecosystem around server virtualizatoin. Can VMware do it again in virtual networking?
MarciaNWC
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8/29/2013 | 9:24:55 PM
re: VMware: Enterprises Still Need Data Centers
Comments I heard on the VMworld show floor about vCloud Hybrid Service included "too late" and "channel conflict."
anon6042095198
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8/29/2013 | 2:08:52 PM
re: VMware: Enterprises Still Need Data Centers
Great article, Charlie! I agree that it's certainly true that public clouds today can't meet the compliance, security and availability needs of some business applications, but today's public cloud platforms can be appropriate for many enterprise application scenarios - profiling and identifying the key applications is a crucial step that organizations should complete to determine how best to leverage public cloud platforms today to reduce capital costs, operational expenses and accelerate time-to-solution.

However, when evaluating public cloud platforms, cost and availability are two of the key decision criteria for enterprise customers ... if particular cloud platforms are much more expensive options in the industry or almost equal in cost to deploying on-premises, it's difficult to justify the business value of moving an application to that public cloud platform. Based on a review of the public pricing schedules across cloud providers, VMware vCHS certainly appears to be among the highest cost public cloud platforms that are available today.

Availability is worthy of particular scrutiny. Although at a service-level, the availability % guarantees between public cloud providers can look very similar, the "devil is in the details".

The SLA for VMware vCHS, for instance, declares 99.95% availability for their dedicated cloud offering, but excludes outages of less than 3- minutes of consecutive network downtime and 5-minutes of consecutive VM downtime. It also excludes downtime related to scheduled maintenance, viruses, hacking attempts, and bugs in the software/hardware/services that comprise vCHS. You can read the full details of this SLA at http://www.vmware.com/mx/suppo...

In summary, Gelsinger's broad commentary about the viability of Hybrid Cloud today may be very well based on the today's cost and availability limitations of VMware's Hybrid Cloud offering and not necessarily reflective of the total public cloud landscape.
ChrisMurphy
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8/28/2013 | 8:51:05 PM
re: VMware: Enterprises Still Need Data Centers
Marc Andreesen's statement about clouds and startups is perfectly true, but it's also true that Andreesen, like VMware, is a realist about today's cloud + enterprise environments. Andreesen Horowitz invested $100 million into the cloud-based development and collaboration platform Github. And Github is happily selling an on-premises version of that software, aimed at industries such as aerospace where there's no way they're putting projects under development in a cloud environment.
cbabcock
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8/28/2013 | 5:04:24 PM
re: VMware: Enterprises Still Need Data Centers
Right now, many enterprises run many small, one of a kind applications. In the future they'll run fewer and much larger applications that power their core business. Routine stuff like CRM and payroll will run outside as software as a service. But those few big, mission critical applications will run on something that looks like a cloud, inside the enterprise data center..Data centers aren't going away, but their architecture is evolving rapidly. VMware is trying to be part of that.
RobPreston
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8/28/2013 | 4:24:35 PM
re: VMware: Enterprises Still Need Data Centers
Terrific overview, Charlie. Enterprise data centers will go the way of PCs and relational databases, which is to say they're not going away, even as compelling alternatives emerge. Gelsinger's comment is a keeper: "People who say put everything into the cloud have never met a highly regulated customer."


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