The software defined data center may be VMware’s strategy for bringing the economics of public cloud computing to enterprise data centers – in an enterprise credible manner. If successful this will change the enterprise computing landscape, and set up the ultimate battle with the public cloud computing vendors.
The management changes at VMware mean that virtualization and the cloud are diverging and that EMC is increasing its focus on both. Having Paul Maritz as Chief Strategist at EMC means that is vision will continue to permeate both efforts, while their operational separation will mean that both can succeed without being encumbered by the other.
The combination of Microsoft’s own Azure cloud, Service Provider offered Azure Clouds, and Azure services in Windows Server 2012 creates a formidable Windows Azure strategy. Someone once said that it takes Microsoft three tries to get something right. Well here comes Hyper-V 3 along with Windows Server 2012, and a whole bunch of new Azure services.
Sometimes this approach works, with few exceptions everybody understands what is meant by “thin client” and “zero client” even when the details of the implementation are wildly different – a Dell Wyse Xenith 2 zero client and a Pano Logic G2M zero client may have widely diverging approaches to delivering a zero configuration plug and play experience, but their appliance-like nature and operational benefits are the same.
Virtualization Management is sufficiently different from systems management so that it is likely that VMware and Dell will disrupt the traditional systems management business instead of simply participating in it. This will hasten the demise of the legacy systems management vendors like IBM, CA, HP, and BMC.
The big news (so far this year) is “VMware to Acquire DynamicOps”. Now VMware is a multi-cloud and physical/virtual management vendor. Coming on the heels of the Dell buy of Quest, this means that VMware has signaled that it intends to compete in the new virtualization management market with all available weapons.
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Dell buying Quest transforms the Virtualization Management market. Dell’s presence in the market, customer base, and market reach combined with its product set will put Dell in a strong position to compete not only with VMware, but also to create serious pain for IBM, HP, CA, and BMC. Furthermore, the opportunities to integrate the various Dell solutions look to be able accelerate private and public cloud adoption which will in turn benefit Dell’s core server and storage businesses.