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CIO 100 Event Shines Light on Shadow IT

Bask Iyer at CIO 100

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Enterprise IT is shifting in key ways, but many technology vendors are wrong about where the changes are headed and, consequently, send their customers down various wrong paths.

Bask Iyer, VMware’s CIO and a veteran IT executive (Honeywell, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft), spoke recently at the CIO 100 Symposium & Awards Ceremony in Colorado Springs.

At the event, Iyer detailed how cloud computing is one of the most misunderstood technologies. Done properly, cloud computing delivers high-level security, extreme flexibility, and almost-unlimited scalability. Executed improperly, cloud computing can actually make problems worse by increasing fragmentation.

“IT has to manage the explosion of devices into the workplace. We know our data centers today are highly fragmented and full of rigid technology silos. And with the rapid embracement of cloud computing, we run the risk of adding even more silo’s – cloud silos,” Iyer said.

The nearly-30-year-old CIO 100 Symposium is hosted by CIO magazine and brings together a host of CIOs and senior IT and business executives. Iyer’s fellow speakers (from companies including Facebook, Dun & Bradstreet and Kimberly-Clark, to name a few) gathered to discuss leadership, innovation and business strategies as well as the latest opportunities and challenges presented by today’s rapidly shifting business landscape.

“If [IT] can’t partner with [lines-of-business], they’ll build their own shadow IT organization. In fact, according to IDC, some 44 percent of total IT spend goes to shadow IT. Your LoBs are technically savvy. They know what they want to get done,” said Iyer.

During his keynote presentation, Iyer argued that many early cloud deployments gave business units an easy way to sidestep IT and run their own technology projects on their own. Today, the trend of line-of-business (LOB) managers controlling their own tech budgets is becoming the dominant approach.

Industry experts also see this pattern, and estimate that by 2019, LOB spending on tech will increase to include the vast majority of all IT spending.

“If [IT] can’t partner with them, they’ll build their own shadow IT organization. In fact, according to IDC, some 44 percent of total IT spend goes to shadow IT. Your LoBs are technically savvy. They know what they want to get done,” said Iyer.

VMware has crafted its products and services to effectively and directly support LOBs. The company understands that the LOB hunger for technology is rarely just to cut costs. More often, it’s about being fast enough to respond to times to market that need to shrink rapidly. LOB chiefs often can’t wait for their projects to get to the top of corporate IT lists. It’s also about giving that LOB maximum control.

To that end, VMware “provides a cloud service while also selling the software stack [so that LOBs] can run their own private data centers,” Iyer said.

“This will increase agility and speed by delivering resources to the LOBs faster. It will also increase control and reduce security risks, by maintaining consistent set of standards and policies between their on-premises environments and their cloud environments.”

At no time has it been more essential for companies to partner with vendors who not only understand the technology issues, but future tech directions and helping LOB and IT executives in the ways that make the most sense for each.

VMware CEO at IIT Alumni Global Leadership Conference

Last month, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger joined some of the brightest minds from across professions and disciplines for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT)’s Global Leadership Conference in Santa Clara, Calif.

Since 2003, the IIT Aalumni Global Leadership Conferences have been organized by volunteer IIT alumni every year, and are held in the U.S. during odd years, and in India during even years. These sell-out conferences have attracted over 3,500 participants, and have had iconic speakers such as Bill Gates and President Bill Clinton to name a few.

After giving his plenary keynote, Pat Gelsinger joined IIT’s Mateen Syed for an interview about virtualization, markets and leadership. Watch the video below to hear Pat’s thoughts from the floor at the IIT Alumni Global Leadership Conference.

The Enterprise Hybrid Cloud with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

Pat Gelsinger talks Enterprise Hybrid CloudDuring EMC World 2015, SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier and Dave Vellante sat down with VMware’s CEO, Pat Gelsinger, for a conversation about changes in the enterprise hybrid cloud market and the wide array of products and updates announced by VMware since the beginning of this year.

During the wide-ranging, 30-minute dialogue, Gelsinger was also asked for an update on the EMC Federation and the progress that’s been made so far, as VMware and its partner companies work together to help enterprises everywhere embrace the cloud.

The Federation is, by design, architected so that it offers choice,” says Gelsinger.  “We’re off working with our independent ecosystem players, but fundamentally we’re first and best [working] with each other.  We see big wins that we are able to accomplish together and we are delivering some clear solutions.”

After explaining the latest versions of vCloud Air and VMware vSphere, as well as a new native app for developers, Gelsinger shared his thoughts on the passing fads of Silicon Valley and the primary role of IT in enterprises today.

“IT is about building a platform for any application,” he says, “in which you’ve created more flexibility—that is the job of IT now.  It’s creating an environment that allows [CIOs] to future-proof their business, take all of their old apps, data, applications, et cetera, and be able to transform them for the future of the business that they’re a part of.”

Gelsinger also dismissed rumors that the exponential pace of Moore’s Law—which has been successfully predicting the rate of technological change for the past 50 years—may soon be coming to an end. Innovative chemical nano-engineering methods and the power of virtualization, he says, can probably bypass any physical limits in the way of greater compute power.

“Moore’s Law,” he argues, “allows us scale out environments we almost thought limited.  That’s the magic of the cloud.  You know, if you can architecture your application to be a distribution application, the compute capacity that you can apply to it is essentially infinite, and at a diminishingly small cost.”

For more on Pat’s take on the enterprise hybrid cloud, watch the full video below:

The “One Cloud, Any App, Any Device” Vision: An Interview with VMware’s Robin Matlock

Robin headshot low resLast month at EMC World 2015 in Las Vegas, SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier and Dave Vellante sat down with Robin Matlock, CMO of VMware, for a discussion about the state of the cloud, VMware’s latest initiatives (including Projects Photon and Lightwave), and how the “One Cloud, Any App, Any Device” vision is currently unfolding in practical terms. 

In the wide-ranging, 16-minute conversation, Matlock addresses, among other things, what it means to be a member of the EMC Federation, which enables VMware to work more closely and synergistically with its fellow federation partners: EMC II, Pivotal, VCE, and RSA. “Our membership,” she explains, “is really about how we run our business independently but yet leverage each other’s strengths to have more impact in the market and add value to our customers.”

Providing holistic, integral solutions to VMware’s customers is also, according to Matlock, the primary objective fueling the “One Cloud” vision, which should be the goal of any IT provider in 2015—at least in spirit.

“It’s not literally one cloud,” she explains. “The reality is that we’re going to use lots of different clouds to run our businesses and we have completely embraced that, and we want to empower our customers to embrace that. That said, we want them to have the power and the tools to manage it as one, secure it as one, and be able to leverage their expertise in their behind-the-firewall private cloud just like they can in their public cloud implementation. So this notion of one cloud is really not a literal, singular cloud but rather the opportunity to leverage and manage all your clouds as one.”

Later in the interview, Matlock explores the benefits of using containers in conjunction with VMs and virtualized infrastructure, the increasing popularity of AirWatch and business mobility, and what’s in store for VMworld 2015.  You can watch the full video below:

[VIDEO] Cloud-Native Apps Partner Panel: Security, Containers and More

This week, the Cloud Foundry Summit 2015 gathered developers, operators and managers leveraging the open source platform-as-a-service. More than 1,500 attendees gathered, highlighting the growing popularity of platform-as-a-service options. VMware CTO Kit Colbert delivered a keynote talk on how businesses can make developers a first-class user of the datacenter by reshaping infrastructure to support Cloud-Native Apps alongside traditional applications.

This year’s Cloud Foundry Summit comes on the tails of a big moment in cloud news as VMware on April 20th announced not one, but two new initiatives aimed at empowering enterprises to build, secure and manage cloud-native applications and other next-generation services. Project Lightwave and Project Photon will change the way organizations approach and leverage container technology, helping to usher in a new breed of open, interoperable solutions.

To highlight the growing need for innovative IT infrastructure to power cloud-native apps, following the launch event, VMware hosted a panel moderated by Kit Colbert. Participants included James Watters, VP of Cloud Platform Group at Pivotal, Alexei Polvi, CEO of CoreOS and Ben Hindman, Founder of Mesosphere.   

Each panelist discussed their own unique approach to security, what they’re hearing from customers, how to build security into infrastructure, how to extend existing infrastructure investments with vSphere 6 and more. Watch the video above to hear the full discussion.

WATCH LIVE at #EMCWorld 2015: “Redefine Next” with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

Pat trade showEMC World 2015 is in full swing and in just a few moments, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger will join EMC CEO Joe Tucci and Pivotal CEO Paul Maritz on stage during the general session to talk about VMware, VMware’s role in the Federation, and the path to the software defined data center.

“Every traditional industry across the globe is being transformed by software,” said Pat in February. “To navigate and thrive in the face of this change, businesses must be decisive in the face of uncertainty.”

It’s clear there’s a shift underway in computing – a shift from the “client-server” era to one that’s driven by the mobile cloud. It’s clear that it’s time for a new model of IT. The challenge is, how do we, as technologists, bridge the two worlds effectively?

Back in February, VMware introduced the idea of “One Cloud, Any Application, Any Device” to support our customers throughout this shift. One Cloud, Any Application is about enabling IT teams to become agents of change within the organization, and in so doing, empowering enterprises to drive the next round of innovation and disruption.

Watch live as Pat takes the stage this morning to reveal some of the next steps in helping customers adopt the software defined data center model and prepare for the future of business. He’ll be touching on the central role of hybrid cloud, the new role IT teams must play to succeed, the balance between openness and security and much more.

Don’t forget to join in the conversation by using the hashtags #VMware and #EMCWorld and following @VMware, @VMwareEvents and @VMwareNews for live updates from the show.

Showcasing VMware vCloud Air Object Storage powered by EMC at EMC World!

VMware geo cloudBy Roshni Pary, Senior Product Marketing Manager, vCloud Air Product Marketing

A quick update on VMware’s continued innovation and updates to our cloud platform.  Last year, we announced plans to launch VMware vCloud® Air™ Object Storage powered by EMC, and earlier this year, we announced a strategic partnership with Google that will include integration of VMware vCloud Air Object Storage powered by Google Cloud Platform. We are excited to be showcasing a demo of this new service at EMC World here in Las Vegas.

VMware vCloud Air Object Storage is an extremely scalable, cost-effective, and resilient cloud-based storage solution for unstructured data. With this service, you will get instant, self-service access to storage capacity on-demand and scale up to petabytes.

The service is simple to use, easy to setup and is exceptionally durable and available, eliminating the need for data protection with built-in redundancy. The service will support global access use cases with easy access from any device, anywhere, anytime.

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