This is not exactly a technology post. But I would like to use this opportunity to discuss few interesting things developing in the Vmware and virtualization world.
What’s going on with Vmware world 2011?
I have read some content lists of Vmworld 2010. If you pay attention enough you would discover Vmware finally started to focus on optimizing their system and develop real piratical applications instead of spending time to build new infrastructure of future Operating system. If you can recall what happened last year in vmware world 2009, Vmware pushed out Cloud system but it was not well accepted by most of companies. Most people had doubts in their mind and confusing on their faces. The idea of if system is not broken, don’t touch it and also falling global economy environment ring bell much louder than anything else near IT Managers ears. So this year of Vmworld 2010, Vmware noticed how important education of Cloud and also practical applications are. They started to turning back to pick up lost customers who they left behind before and help them with vShield, Charge Back and Capacity IQ, AppSpeed.
vSphere 4.1 is out!
Oh, yes. The great 4.1 is out. It’s not 5.0 or new cloud system. It’s just a service pack according to Vmware. Like what I mentioned before, the major feature of vSphere 4.1 is turning their system and try to add more practical functions. Why? Because vSphere 4 is not that great comparing with ESX 3.5. Yes, some hardware performance get 10% up and some new features like vDS,FT or Data Recovery sounds pretty. However, is this a real necessary to “must upgrade” or it’s just another “nice to have”? If you went through the list of difference between vSphere and ESX 3.5, you would see the whole point. Please count how many exactly new features vSphere will bring to you. Yes, ESXi is better than ESX, but it’s not a must. New backup method is interesting, but current backup is doing ok with third party software. DR does sound nice. But it does also require a whole new budget and SAN level support. vDS is simply not necessary. vSS is great for normal job. View is not as good as Citirix Xen desktop. ThinApps is not bad but it can’t compete with native support from Microsoft vApp. Especially, MS has lots of experience on managing and deploying Applications. Don’t mention vShield and VMSafe, those 2 applications are not practical at all. Let’s hope vSheild 2.0 will be better.
Battle with in Cloud War
Oh, yes. There is War coming. Ms is attacking from both hardware level (selling servers with Cloud OS in built) and purely software level (just hosting your MS office application , Email and sharepoint online). Vmware shake hands with Google, EMC, Cisco and allies has been formed to fight this giant software company. Microsoft , Vmware, and Google have already hosting their cloud internally and Virtual applications will soon spreading everywhere and hit every corner on this earth. 2010 is a quiet year. But if you look up in the sky, the gunpowder colour cloud rolling from the edge of sky, bleached lighting merging and swimming in deep layers of clouds. Are you ready to choose side? Have you embrace yourself and ready for impact?