By Mathew Lodge, Vice President, Cloud Services at VMware
Today Google and VMware announced we’ve reached an agreement to integrate selected Google Cloud Platform services into vCloud® Air™:
- Google Cloud Storage– Distributed low-cost object storage service
- Google BigQuery – A real-time analytics service suitable for ad-hoc business intelligence queries across billions of rows of data in seconds
- Google Cloud Datastore– A schemaless NoSQL database service
- Google Cloud DNS– A globally-distributed low-latency DNS service
VMware vCloud® Air™ customers get access to more services on vCloud® Air™ that complement what VMware offers today. When we ran the VMworld 2014 application on vCloud Air we were able to rapidly scale to meet demand, and we also generated millions of data points on application usage. We needed a way to quickly analyze that and ask “what if?” questions. BigQuery is a great way to quickly store and analyze that data, but it’s tough to use if it isn’t integrated with vCloud Air.
Looking back on my first full year leading the End-User Computer (EUC) team at VMware, I can’t help but echo Pat Gelsinger’s comments at VMworld: what a difference a year makes!
Since joining the team in August 2013, we have been working to fulfill our vision of delivering a virtual workspace to allow end-users to work at the speed of life. 2014 has proven to be a momentous year as we have shown the world our leap into leadership positions across desktop, mobile and content collaboration. As we jumpstart 2015, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the amazing accomplishments of 2014 and share some predictions on how I see VMware continuing to grow, excel and be the best for our customers in 2015. None of this would be possible without an incredible End-User Computing TEAM here at VMware that I am honored and grateful to lead.
Hybrid cloud adoption continues to gain momentum, and businesses across nearly every industry are eagerly working to infuse agility into their organization by adopting the hybrid cloud model. The message is clear: “We like this. It works.”
Agility through the cloud isn’t completely new. For years, companies have had the option to swipe their credit card, buy public cloud services, and get on with business. So why isn’t every business going that route?
The fact remains; many organizations still view security as a big obstacle to fully embracing the public cloud. Why all the fear?
Perhaps it’s because businesses are forced to accept the tradeoff of new security concerns for the benefit of agility and speed. With a typical public cloud, you don’t get the proven secure infrastructure of the private data center.
A hybrid cloud model that extends a company’s existing and proven private cloud infrastructure to the public cloud represents a fundamental shift, one that has the potential to change perception and reduce the fear that comes from the unknown of public cloud usage.
Yes, hybrid cloud means some stuff will be off-premises, sometimes.
No, you don’t have to worry. Here’s why.
For VMware Virtual SAN, 2014 represented a number of firsts – general availability of the initial product release, initial customer deployments, and industry recognition in the form of awards and industry accolades. Today, we are happy to announce another first for Virtual SAN – the InfoWorld 2015 Technology of the Year award! (see slide 29) Each year, InfoWorld recognizes the best hardware, software, development tools, and cloud services.
Virtual SAN truly is a radically simple hyper-converged storage solution that is fundamentally transforming storage for vSphere environments. The software’s ease of deployment, policy-based and application-centric automation, flash-accelerated performance, and server-side economics, have generated strong customer interest globally across all industries and use cases since its GA in March of 2014.
On Tuesday, the vCloud Air team announced new enhanced disaster recovery and advanced networking services for VMware vCloud Air along with the general availability of vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand, which provides customers a quick online sign-up to pay for only those resources that are used. “VMware vCloud Air provides our clients with these benefits for both new and existing applications,” said Bill Fathers, EVP and GM of VMware’s Cloud Services Business Unit. “The service enhancements announced today reflect strong client interest in a public cloud platform compatible with existing vSphere environments.”
Also in VMware news, CTO Ben Fathi penned a blog post titled “Dr. StrangeCloud – Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the (Hybrid) Cloud!” Ben asks readers, “Here’s a simple challenge: Name one industry or a single aspect of our social lives that hasn’t been dramatically and irreversibly changed by the power of software.”
This post originally appeared on VMware’s Office of the CTO blog on Jan. 21, 2015.
By Ben Fathi, VMware Chief Technology Officer
Marc Andreesen famously wrote “Why Software is Eating the World” in August 2011:
“More and more major businesses and industries are being run on software and delivered as online services—from movies to agriculture to national defense. Many of the winners are Silicon Valley-style entrepreneurial technology companies that are invading and overturning established industry structures. Over the next 10 years, I expect many more industries to be disrupted by software, with new world-beating Silicon Valley companies doing the disruption in more cases than not.”
A scant three years later, it’s time for us to admit that software has already eaten the world. It’s also time for us to get over it and start dealing with the consequences.
Here’s a simple challenge: Name one industry or a single aspect of our social lives that hasn’t been dramatically and irreversibly changed by the power of software. Whether entertainment or education, travel or medicine, genetics or physics, banking or shopping, driving or communicating – I challenge you to find a single activity not influenced by or totally redefined through software. Entire industries – travel agencies, bookstores, photography labs, music stores, telcos – have either disappeared or have had to reinvent themselves to survive.
Until recently, incumbents routinely enjoyed decades of prosperity in every industry – including software. But in this brave new world, whether consumer or enterprise, we are innovating at such a pace that products introduced just a few years ago are already obsolete or being disrupted. As computation and storage costs continue to decrease and network bandwidth increases – as computing finally becomes a true utility – we’ll find more and more applications that can benefit from the power of software.
Read more on VMware’s Office of the CTO blog.