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Guess what? VMware wants to do Cloud Computing!

Well I love the talk but Cloud Computing is leaving your confort zone of the Siloed Clouds (Server Virtualization, carve up stuff and host big fat apps on big fat OSs on a hypervisor) and going into a crowded Cloud market where apps float across the planet and have no business to do with OS or any hypervisor.

I occasionally watch those cloud discussions and we are seeing discussions like the SOAs, WSDL kind of talk we heard a few years back. This means that the market and space is massively crowded. Many virtualization buffs took off from the early S-belly train and placed their bets in the clouds. The bigger giants like IBM, Microsoft, Google and also smaller but agile guys like Rackspace etc are buying data centers across the world or should I say, renting space across the planet.

The problem with the cloud computing market is that its crowded!

Anyways Bridget reporting here:


“The dream of cloud computing is fast becoming reality,” she said.

With cloud computing, workloads are assigned to connections, software and services, which are accessed over a network of servers and connections in various locations, collectively known as “the cloud.” Using a thin client or other access point, like an iPhone or laptop, users can access the cloud for resources on demand.

Greene told the event attendees that the evolution of virtualization begins with users deploying VMs for testing and development, then easing into server consolidations for production environments. The third phase is resource aggregation, with entire data centers being virtualized, followed by automation of all of those aggregated workloads. The final “liberation” phase is cloud computing, Greene said.

“We now have competition going after the first two phases of virtualization evolution with 1.0 products, but we are very much in the aggregate, automate and liberate phase,” Greene said.

Other vendors have their sights set on cloud computing as well. IBM Corp. and Google announced plans to promote cloud computing in October by investing over $20 million in the hardware, software and services at universities, and Reuters reported this week that Microsoft expects companies will abandon their own in-house computer systems and shift to cloud computing as a less expensive alternative.


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