I was sitting here going through some email today when I got a nice slide sent to me from some of the vSpecialists at EMC. I hope they won’t mind me sharing this with you but I thought it drove home a point I’ve made 100 times before – if it’s not the Amazon, Microsoft, Google, or Rackspace cloud then it’s a cloud built on VMware. Why do I drive this point home? Well, I guess a lot of people read stuff written by Simon Crosby. Personally I stopped reading his writings or more like rants well over a year ago. I just didn’t have time to pay attention to people that live in alternate universes when there’s so much work to do in our own universe where most people live and work today. Just recently Simon started pitching OpenStack really hard (which I don’t blame him for). He starts off with:
I hear from almost every Enterprise and service provider that vCloud is not what they want. Why? A significant concern is that it locks you into a single vendor cloud model that is utterly undifferentiated yet appallingly expensive, nickel and dime-ing you on a per-VM basis for every possible feature. Project Redwood – a massive undertaking from my friend the Sheriff of Redwood Valley to build the perfect, yet perfectly mismatched cloud platform - really is deadwood.
Well if that isn’t an interesting opening paragraph I don’t know what is. Maybe I should start off that way with my blog posts. This paragraph got me thinking – have I really just been running around the world spinning my wheels? I mean it seems like the team has built a lot of VMware powered clouds running vCloud Director. I know of at least 80 successful projects on the Enterprise and Service Provider side around the world. I know we keep announcing more and more and more and more huge providers launching vCloud Datacenter services. This brings me back to the slide I got from the EMC guys. What’s nice is if you follow the lines for the clouds that most people have heard of they all point back to VMware.
Yeah people are using other products as well which I’m not surprised about. It goes back to Simon’s point that some people just want to have options and that’s fine. But remember, most of the people out there want to be able to get into the cloud easily as well as back out of the cloud easily. That’s the key to federation. It’s baked into the NIST definition of cloud. It’s baked into the Gartner definition. It’s baked into the VMware definition. It’s a core tenant of cloud to be able to move back and forth easily. This is one of the reasons that we (VMware) built the vCenter Cloud Connector – so you can move workloads back and forth to and from the cloud with the same tools you use to manage your VMs today. And given that most reports still have 89% of the VMs on the planet as VMware VMs it only makes sense for people to build VMware powered clouds to make this transition easier.
Yes, I know that Amazon has a slick little tool to help you move VMware VMs into the Amazon cloud. But how do you get back out of the Amazon cloud? Uh, oh. There’s even companies like CloudSwitch that will help you move stuff around. Go ahead and try and use them to yank stuff back out of the cloud to your own datacenter. Don’t mind the fact that now you have yet another tool you have to go use to find your VMs and manage them and that none of your other management tools talk through that interface. You’re starting to get my point. VMware is still an open system. The vCloud API is in place and allows anyone to write tools to talk to these vClouds running around the world and many people have those tools written today. Go use the tool that makes sense for you. You also get the choice between a lot of different cloud providers and can move freely between them. Is one charging you too much or doesn’t offer services that you want or in the location you want? Go use another one. Just drag and drop in vCenter Cloud Connector and you’re over to the new cloud in a flash. That’s federation. That’s open. That’s choice.
So while Simon will keep ranting in his alternate universe the rest of us have real things to worry about and real jobs to perform and for that VMware will continue to help Enterprises and Service Providers alike continue to build open clouds with more features and more choice to make your lives easier. Execution is the key and I think the slide I got from EMC drives that point home on who is really executing and who is just blowing smoke.