The Cloud Management layer of the Software Defined Data Center is where the flexibility of the SDDC is translated into tangible benefits for the business constituents of the virtualized data center, the private clouds, the hybrid clouds and the public clouds. Without a robust Cloud Management layer, the IT Operations flexibility of the SDDC cannot translate into the relevant level of Business Agility for the business.
The recent rumors of Microsoft working on a hosted virtual desktop (DaaS) solution to add to their cloud services offering may actually end up being one of the most viable options for organizations who already rely heavily on Microsoft infrastructure to run their business. Having all of your core services being delivered from a single location and provider could ease the operational concerns of some who find running a hybrid of on-premise and hosted solutions still requiring the same amount of operational support.
If BMC is taken private, the same fate will likely befall other legacy enterprise management software vendors like CA, and the management software divisions of IBM and HP. This will start the process of the replacement of these products by new ones built from the ground up for virtualization and cloud computing, and mark the start of the disruption of the entire management software business.
SDDC Application Performance Management will be a critical part of ensuring that the applications that matter to your business are highly available and perform well in you software defined data center. Running rapidly changing applications on a highly dynamic software infrastructure will lead to intractable problems unless proper APM tools are deployed in your SDDC.
A VMware win against Microsoft simply requires VMware to turn the pricing tables on Microsoft, and to leverage its highly differentiating functionality in its Software Defined Data Center strategy. VMware could re-establish technical dominance in the data center virtualization space as early as the end of this year by leveraging its software defined networking, software defined storage, and management software assets.
The future of OpenStack looks bright, and with the all the software-defined data center (SDDC) features contained in the recent release of “Grizzly” they are now ready to compete toe-to-toe with heavyweights like VMware, Nutanix, Dell, and HP. Whether they can start unseating VMware products in the enterprise remains to be seen, though. Despite the immediate SDDC advantage of OpenStack, companies and technologies like that of Nicira and Virsto, both acquired by VMware, are not to be ignored.