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VMware's Virtualization Strategy: The Global Delivery Model



I will muse about this next phase into the virtualosphere later in the evening. This is a very interesting phenomenon. I gave a video session explaining about typical Legacy Architecture VS a Virtualized Architecture. So what is VMware's next strategy? Where are they gonna go? What are their plans? These questions must be ringing into the ears of the competitors every time they pull off something like VI3 or anything like that.

I will take some more of my new ideas to the discussion group we are holding here in the North (in Groningen) where we have invited several companies (many of them VMware partners who face and see clients struggle everyday with either desktop or Server side challenges be it deploying applications, upgrading OS's, patching, replacing hardware, migrating, as you see these lists go on and on...)

We will talk more on the Global Delivery Model in a few hours , in the meantime watch this video that we shot.( Thanks to Dave Bakker).




A typical example of Global Delivery Model would mean to spread your virtualized fully deployed environment across the whole continent and that too being subject to change. Like here I have placed a typical virtualized company's development pool in India, Test pool in Ghana, staging pool in Poland and Production in The Netherlands.



  • VPP: Virtual Production Pool
  • VSP : Virtual Staging Pool
  • VTP : Virtual Test Pool
  • VDP : Virtual Development Pool
  • VIMP : Virtual Infrastructure Management Pool
As you may have guessed Global Delivery Model would deliver services which are deployed keeping the following things in mind:
  • cost effectiveness
  • flexibility (move across continents, interchangeable pools, reversal of roles of pools without cultural or geographical limitations)
  • continuity support
  • change management
  • customer confidence (no more customer satisfaction jargon as it is all balooney)
So if GDM has been a successful formula in outsourcing then this Global Delivery of Services will push virtualization to a entirely new terrain. A very new exciting and a somewhat bumpy and rough terrain. This principle works much in the same way too. We break the business challenge into logical manageable components and distribute them geo-locationally to maximize the output of the service delivery and performance.

I've said it again and again. Don't fight forces like outsourcing and offshoring by merely fighting them but go ahead and initiate the changes in order to embrace the new world and dimensions. A perfect way to start for good startups. For instance some of our delegates went to Uganda a couple of weeks back and came back with stories which made me think some really hard things. The fact that they were on older technologies made me smile. Why? Because these countries have an amazing potential and lucky blokes, they don't have to go through all the indecision that most of the Europe suffering from! Well these countries (India, China, South America, Africa to name a few) are not really into some frozen phase that prevents them from choosing technologies like virtualization. Imagine you would not have to go through all the agonizing work that we in the western world had to go through. From wired to everything wireless! From servers to just one big server and have all of your enterprize run on it. With state of the art technologies and a bundled open source technologies for database servers (mysql, postgres), mailservers, ldap (openldap), samba, collaboration suites (zimbra), crm/erp (sugarcrm and lots more), web servers (apache), IM (trillian,Gaim), office solution(openoffice, google office*), mobile technologies and lots more. So you see all in one on just one big server. And what have you got? A very forward looking and amazingly flexible packaged enterprize. You have that in several parts of the continent and you'll have US and Europe coming back to you as delegates. Only this time they would be dying to learn from you!

So all I'm saying is that adoption of this sort of Global Delivery Model is a question of how long do I/We have to put up with the "extend my problem by extending my problem" mindset. The sooner we get out of this the better.

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