One thing can be said about the world of consulting: the conversations you have with customers never cease to be diverse. My current engagement with a large multinational enterprise that contains multiple business areas with multiple business units is the epitome of that descriptor. We go from high-level, esoteric conversations about economics, value exchange, and business models, to deep in the weeds technically, such as hyperconvergence, and then back to the Middle Earth that is the analysis of technologies that can help achieve their goals.
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There are many times when I’m on consulting engagements when I ask CIOs, “How much of an understanding do you and your management have about how your company makes money, thereby having a staff that knows where the money comes from and where it goes?” One of the scariest responses that I have had to that question was, “Why would I want to do this? I don’t have enough time to do what I need to do now.” My answer to that scary response is that by doing this, you will accomplish the task of having an IT organization that knows how to see opportunities to differentiate the company from the competition.
Let me start out by saying that I see more discussions about greenfield deployments of products than I do of migration/integration by vendors. Personally, I think there is no such thing as a greenfield deployment unless the organization is just starting out, creating a brand new data center, or perhaps has money to waste. In most cases, what is defined as greenfield is really just a grain of sand on an island of technology that still needs to integrate into the greater organization. As such, that integration should be the foremost thought when products are developed. But instead, it is not, and effort goes into becoming that island or into a replacement install that is still an island.
Many network virtualization products appear to be aimed at the top 10,000 customers worldwide, accounting for their price as well as their published product direction. While this is a limited and myopic view, many claim it is for the best, their reason being that network virtualization is only really needed by the very large networks. The more I think about this approach, the more I believe it is incorrect. Let us be frank here. Most networking today, within many different organizational sizes, is a hodgepodge of technologies designed to solve the same problem(s) over and over: how to get data quickly from point A to point B with minimum disruption to service.
There were two announcements over the last few days that struck me as quite important to the virtualization community. While some may question this statement, the long reaching effects of these purchases will impact virtualization and cloud computing in not so distant future. In fact, these purchases could add a whole new layer to vSphere as we know it today. Which for VMware is a good thing. They need to continue to innovate to stay ahead of the pack. The purchases I talk about are:
- VMware purchasing/taking over control of EMC Mozy
- RSA purchasing NetWitness