VMware buying Virsto is a big move and after considerable discussion a logical step for VMware in many technical areas as well. We previously mentioned that Virsto would add to VMware’s existing in Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), but there is more to this than just SDDC, which I believe is the end goal. Getting there absolutely requires a storage abstraction layer. So what does VMware gain other than SDDC with Virsto.
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.
As I shoveled even more snow, I was starting to think about automation, as in how could I get something to shovel the snow for me, which lead to thinking about automation within the cloud. I see lots of discussion about automation in the cloud. Many of my friends and colleagues are developing code using Puppet, Chef, vCenter Orchestrator, etc. This development is about producing the software defined datacenter (SDDC). However, I see very little in the way of security automation associated with SDDC.
If Cisco were to acquire Citrix, it would immediately boost Cisco’s business via the integration of Netscaler into Cisco’s product line. It would further significantly strengthen Cisco’s hand in positioning vs VMware SDDC strategy. It would also pretty much cement the position of VMware and Cisco as two competing vendors of Software Defined Data Centers.
The software defined data center promised to run all current and future workloads on commodity hardware. However, VDI currently requires unique hardware to perform at scale—a need met by a set of vendors like Astute Networks, Tintri, Nutanix, Pivot3, and V3. VMware is also addressing the unique requirements of VDI adoption in the VMware View Rapid Desktop Program. Therefore VDI currently constitutes an exception to the every workload promise made by the SDDC.
Last week’s inaugural board meeting of the new OpenStack Foundation signaled a change in the organization as Rackspace the driving force behind OpenStack handed control to the newly formed board. Allen Clark director of SUSE was appointed chairman, with Lew Tucker Cisco’s VP and CTO of cloud joining the board as Vice Chairman. Members of the OpenStack community who had voiced concerns that OpenStack’s founder Rackspace’s had too much control over the project should be please by these appointments which are seen as key to establishing OpenStack’s bona fides.