Built to last: Why VMware vCloud (PAR2172)
Today was the first day of VMworld 2012 in Barcelona, Partner Day.
After a few lab sessions I attended breakout session PAR2172 – Built to last: Why VMware vCloud should be the corner stone of your (customer’s) Private Cloud by David James. The main question was : ‘What do you want to build your infrastructure on?‘.
If you want a reliable house/infrastructure, you want a solid foundation, the structure on top of the cornerstone/foundation determines the stability of the whole structure. These days many organizations undergo a business transformation through an IT transformation. The ultimate goal they are aiming for is a strong and reliable infrastructure that minizes risks, vulnerabilities and susceptibility.
Tale of two different approaches The first approach is a reliable one, based on trust and a proven track record. The second approach is the one based on announcements 12 months in advance with a refresh-cycle of 2-3 months where the final feature set and delivery date is uncertain. It should be no surprise that the first one is the VMware approach and the second one is Microsoft. Recent example: on September 4th Microsoft released Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V but to manage this you will need Microsoft SCCM 2012 SP1 which is not available yet. Rumor has it that this will be released in Q1 2013, which leaves a 4-7 month timespan in which you cannot manage your Windows Server 2012 SP1.
In this session there where 4 areas of interest:
- Virtualized Infrastructure Management;
- High Availability & Disaster Recovery;
- Resource Management;
- Security & Networking.
- Added cost and complexity;
- ‘Breaks’ unified resource management;
- Dual skill set needed;
- Separate High Availability and Disaster Recovery needed.