With Virsto, VMware can completely abstract the physical storage from how it is presented to the servers and the applications on those servers (the storage is virtualized), and have fine grained control over how data is read and written from the datastores – resulting in dramatic improvements in utilization and performance.
VMware announced its biggest ever bet yesterday buying up virtual networking startup Nicira for $1.26B.
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.
EMC VSPEX is a converged infrastructure offering targeting private clouds offered through EMC and VMware VAR’s. This focus upon the channel makes this the first “private cloud in a box” that is explicitly designed for VAR’s and SI’s to take to their mid-market customers. As such the potential for such an offering is huge. However it is highly likely that the success of VSPEX will be clouded by EMC’s less than stellar track record with the channel, and the complete absence of management software from the offering.