Since the turn of the century, virtualization and cloud computing have become two of the best technological advances of the 21st century, so far. Now that the technology has matured, as well as become mainstream, have you ever stopped to ponder the question….. what part of the business market appears to be benefiting the most from the cloud?
VMworld 2013 is upon us and one of our tasks is to figure out which vendor’s booths to go see. With over 230 booths to choose from this is a daunting task. If you are interested in finding creative new solutions to your management, monitoring, deployment, security, data protection, and desktop management problems, this list will help you.
What is the total cost of ownership, TCO, of the cloud? When we think of the cloud, we think of using applications in the cloud such as Salesforce, Box.net, and others. We may even consider using security as a service tool such as Zscaler and others. In some cases we also think of placing our own workloads in the cloud using Amazon and other tools. The real question that comes to mind is the TCO of the cloud? Not now, but long term.
My colleague, Edward, wrote a post on Small Business Virtualization and I wanted to write a followup on my take of the small business market. For me, when I think of small business, I am really thinking of the mom and pop business that you can find everywhere. In fact, according to the United States Census Bureau post on small business sizes most only have a few employees and would not have a datacenter or server farms. Here is the breakdown of the numbers.
As a small business we run a 100% virtualized environment and looking to migrate to a cloud, but the investment in IT to do this has been pretty substantial and for a cash strapped small business can be a many year process due to budget constraints and immediacy of other business needs. That is the key to a small business, the immediacy of business needs, but if you can step back and do a little planning, any small business can proceed along the journey from a physical environment to a software defined environment. There are many choices available to a small business depending on when they started this journey, existing investment, and where they wish to go. What choices are available now for a small business and where should we go as small business owners?
As you know we have a cloud presence; we have had one for several months. Now we are evaluating the cloud to determine whether to maintain that cloud presence or move back to our local data center. We also documented some early teething problems within this cloud presence. What should be our evaluation the cloud criteria? Now that our data center is moved and fully functional, should we keep our cloud presence?
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.