View from a VMware System Engineer
A had a chance last week to talk to a System Engineer (Pre-sales) Manger for VMware, Doug Steen. ¬†Doug has been employed by¬†Nash Finch and Oracle. He has a great ¬†understanding of VMware and the current market.
The first topic was how do you get different silo to buy into VMware. This is a very crucial¬†concept. ¬†The CIO, CFO, CEO see the bottom line dollar(s) and hour(s). The hard-core networking team with CISCO tattoos will not even think about the word/concept of NSX. ¬†The storage team with NetApp, EMC, and/or HP posters covering every¬†wall will not even talk about vSAN. ¬†The compute member do not want to lose servers.
All of these teams see one thing. ¬†If we virtualize the Data Center, this will cause less IT related jobs and/or job loss. ¬†Doug brought up a good point. “You will get your weekends back.” ¬†There will be less need to schedule outage windows. ¬†No more 2-3 am network change. No more disruptive SAN firmware upgrades.
The second topic was if Doug and I owned a company and there were no requirements on the data, where would you see the Data Center in ten years. ¬†As you noticed we already stated no requirements. ¬†No PCI(Payment Card Industry) no PI(Personal Information). ¬†In this case, the cloud. This could be a hybrid cloud or a full internet based cloud. ¬†There¬†might be the possibility for a¬†couple of small servers that might be required on site. ¬†The first server(s) that come to my mind are¬†Windows Domain Controller. ¬†Azure is getting very aggressive on that topic. ¬†They only issue that I see is the¬†current internet speed. ¬†Active directory replication is very network intense. ¬†In testing, we see that a minimum of 5MB download and 5MB upload is required.
The third and final discussion we had, the difference between Amazon cloud, Azure, and VMware cloud. I could not come up with anything. ¬†All of them did the same thing. Doug had mentioned that everyone that he had talked to had one thing to say. With Amazon and Azure it was a one way input. ¬†Once everything is setup in Azure and/or Amazon there was no way to transfer those virtual machines to another cloud provider. VMware was to only vendor that could do this. ¬†You can take any of the VMDK file and then convert it.
I am completely up for comments on these topics. ¬†If we are wrong in any of these areas please leave me a comment and some documentation to prove your¬†concept.