Five lessons learned from VMworld 2011

VMworld is the main event for virtualization and cloud computing. What key ideas did I take away from this year's event?

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The other side of the coin had VMware focused on its desktop virtualization offering, VMware View 5. VMware's goal is to make virtual desktops function in a way that makes them almost indistinguishable from their physical counterparts. One way to try and accomplish that is by introducing new 3D graphic support, a common complaint in the world of desktop virtualization users.

5. Virtualization is great. But is this a cloud world now?

Well, that's what VMware has been suggesting anyway. If you couldn't tell where VMware was going by the events and discussions that took place back at VMworld 2010, there was little room for confusion at VMworld 2011.

Just look at the way VMware promoted the world's largest virtualization event -- "VMworld 2011, Own It. Your Cloud." The company also said that VMworld 2011 is "specifically designed for IT professionals seeking to accelerate success in their enterprises as they preserve existing investments while aligning their specific requirements to enable the cloud." There's that "C" word again, and no mention of the "V" word.

For VMware, it seems to be all about the cloud baby! Judging from the vendors exhibiting their wares in the Solutions Exchange, it was clear VMware isn't the only company infected with what Maritz described as "cloud fever." After seeing many new company names and faces this year, I was convinced that there is a host of XaaS solutions out there ready to take up the charge and fill in any 10-by-10 booth space left vacant by virtualization (remember that old term?) solution providers. Just don't tell all the virtualization administrators who showed up to see virtualization solutions.

During the day one keynote, I could almost picture Maritz as a WWE wrestler promoting himself as ready to take on any and all challengers. His vision, built on the cloud, seemed primed and ready to go after IBM mainframes, Unix environments, and Windows, Linux, and Mac OS-based workloads. This vision of the "new IT" would replace this older methodology with a new approach that leverages modern applications developed using new tools, new application frameworks, and run in the cloud. These would then be accessed by Web browsers and mobile devices -- spelling the end of the PC era as we know it. Though I must admit, I'm not ready to type any articles on my smartphone.

Cloud Foundry, VMware's platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution, had a much larger role at VMworld 2011 and seemed to be an integral part of the company's cloud vision. If VMware has any say in the matter, Cloud Foundry will be the way in which cloud applications are developed in the future. However, like anything else that seems like a good idea, it isn't without competition. But then again, Maritz has proven he's ready to put on the tights and step up to the challenge... brother!

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