I’m a huge fan of VMware, even though I spent some time competing with them when I ran strategic planning for the Citrix virtualization business (pre-Xen). I even tried to build a cloud with VMware in 2002, when it wasn’t yet server-grade for data center operations. It’s a killer company with great virtualization software, and it’s done an incredible and outstanding job holding its own against industry giants like Microsoft, and pivoting from hypervisor vendor to cloud infrastructure vendor.
That said, I have to wonder why, in this CNET interview, Chris Knowles, VMware’s enterprise architect makes the point that, “…virtualization is not cloud. However, without virtualization, there is no cloud.” With all due respect, I can think of a few virtualization-free cloud providers that would object. For example:
We all know Facebook is a cloud provider too.
Even VMware itself recognizes there is more in the cloud than just IaaS. In fact, VMware already made a bold move into PaaS with its SpringSource acquisition.
As an evangelist for cloud and virtualization, I’m constantly annoyed by how broad the term “cloud” can be, and I try to use IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS instead, but even these categories are blurring at the edges. The bottom line is that if it’s hooked up to the internet, it can be controlled from a central location, and it scales up and down on demand, it’s in the cloud.
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