We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday! This week in VMware news, industry experts discussed the Future of IT (#futureofIT) during a live virtual Google Hangout event which included futurist Paul Saffo; Mark Burgess, CTO and Founder of CFEngine; Paul Chapman, VP Global Infrastructure and Cloud Operations at VMware; Chris Preimesberger, Editor at eWeek; and Michael Webster, Senior Solutions and Performance Engineer for Nutanix. Our distinguished panelists were all engaging, interesting, and had great rapport. We had some thought-provoking audience questions, too. Be sure to check out the replay video on VMware’s G+ page and look for a recap of the event here on the Company Blog next week.
A contributed post on GigaOM explores why software-defined data centers gives CIOs more control. “Many IT departments today are constrained by legacy infrastructure and outdated systems. With its software-defined data center (SDDC) technology, CIOs [can] shift to an IT-as-a-Service mode of operation, transforming IT from a reactive role to a strategic player within the enterprise and substantially reducing capital expenditures and operating costs.” Michael Leeper, the director of Global Technology at Columbia Sportswear goes on to talk about how VMware has helped him add value to the business.
In industry news, The Register’s Trevor Pott provides an in-depth look at the VMware community and the difference between the VMware and Microsoft communities. He finds VMware’s community particularly unique, noting “there aren’t that many technical communities where someone can send a tweet into the ether and arrange to meet with a bunch of fellow IT professionals to discuss a new data center design over beers the same night.”
NetworkWorld’s Tom Henderson reports on the latest version of vSphere. “VMware’s latest salvo in its virtualization war with Microsoft is vSphere 5.5… features a host of improvements, the most interesting being high availability, support for Big Data/Hadoop and improved storage and backup.”
In his article, “Planning for SDN.” NetworkWorld’s Jim Metzler explains software-defined networking as “the hottest thing going today, but there is considerable confusion surrounding everything from the definition of the term to the different architectures and technologies suppliers are putting forward.”
The VAR Guy discusses a recent blog post by Girish Manmadkar, SAP Virtualization Architect at VMware, explaining how SAP fits into the software-defined data center. He paraphrases Manmadkar to define the three stages of the “SDDC journey:” SDDC 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0.
Virtualization Review’s Christa Ayer reports on the partnership between Palo Alto Networks and VMware to develop a new security solution for the cloud. She writes, “The joint integration addresses the problem of ‘east-west’ security. Traditional physical security appliances deployed in the data center watch traffic coming in and out of virtualized servers – i.e., north-south traffic. However, they don’t usually monitor traffic between virtual machines on the same server – i.e., east-west traffic – at least not without arduous and detailed network provisioning.”
ReadWrite’s Matt Asay discusses the current competition in the platform-as-a-service space in his article, “The War Over Open Platform Services Is Just Getting Started.” Asay writes that “There’s a lot of money at stake in cloud computing, and PaaS is the fastest-growing segment of the market, according to 451 Research. PaaS enables developers to easily build their applications without worrying about underlying infrastructure, Forrester analyst James Staten writes.”
In InformationWeek, contributor Ronald Gruia explains why software-defined networking will drive the next wave of innovation and outlines three fundamental characteristics within the SDN approach. He goes on to discuss why and how SDN will be disruptive to the highly profitable networking industry.
eWeek’s Jeffrey Burt explains why data center spending will soon shift from hardware to software. He writes, “Spending on IT infrastructure in general and servers in particular will slow over the next two years as virtualization becomes more prevalent in data centers, with enterprises shifting their focus to software, according to a recent report by TheInfoPro.”
SearchDataCenter.com’s Stephen J. Bigelow discusses IT priorities in 2014 outside of cloud virtualization and automation. According to Bigelow, “Knowing which technologies are on the way out and where you should ramp up IT efforts in 2014 could mean the difference between profit and loss.” He continues, pointing out that “navigating the ever-changing IT space is a daunting challenge — with your business hanging in the balance.”
Lastly, V3.co.uk’s Michael Passingham reports on a recent IDC survey that indicates big data and cloud computing will contribute immensely to IT’s spending in 2014. Passingrham says that IDC is predicting a five percent increase in spending over the next year, “with so-called ‘3rd platform’ services such as cloud, big data, mobile and social all contributing significantly. This will happen as IT vendors focus on providing specialist technologies for customers increasingly feeling the need to use IT to gain a competitive advantage over their rivals.”