How fast organizations can react to the technology that is enabling cloud computing will determine how successful they will be at making cloud work for them.
In addition, Villars said, enterprises need more than software (or in the case of EVO SDDC, a full rack of hardware to go with it). They need partners that will offer them services, a range of technology options and financing.
Hyperscale for All
The hybrid message may be a sign that VMware can't compete with Microsoft, Google and Amazon for public cloud business. But VMware is really thinking bigger than just enabling customers to seamlessly operate between their enterprise and clouds. They are thinking that enterprises can give the big cloud guys a run for their money, and save money in the process.
"Amazon's and Google's advantage isn't their scale," Chad Sakac, president, global systems engineering at EMC, VMware's parent company, said at a VMworld session. "Everyone thinks it's their scale that has made them super-awesome. It's actually not their scale. What their hyperscale has allowed them to do is hyper-automatize around what they are really good at and be able to do that at very large scale. [Users] can build all sorts of different cloud structures that in many cases can smoke the hyperscale guys on economics."
That may be near-impossible for today's enterprises. But going forward, VMware can play facilitator with the big guys to make hybrid computing as seamless as possible while users get their cloud-native IT shops in order. In that spirit, VMware this week announced vCloud Air Object Storage, through which VMware will sell customers access to Google Cloud Storage via vCloud Air, creating petabyte-scale options for disaster recovery and business continuity. vCloud Air Object Storage also will be available from a ViPR-based storage service being developed by EMC.
But other than that, little was said about working closer with Microsoft Azure or AWS. For VMware and its customers to truly realize the vision of unified hybrid cloud, the company is going to have to continue to break down corporate and technology barriers that currently exist among all the other clouds that enterprises use. That may be VMware's biggest challenge yet.
Scot Petersen is a technology analyst at Ziff Brothers Investments, a private investment firm. Prior to joining Ziff Brothers, Scot was the editorial director, Business Applications & Architecture, at TechTarget. Before that, he was the director, Editorial Operations, at Ziff Davis Enterprise, While at Ziff Davis Media, he was a writer and editor at eWEEK. No investment advice is offered in his blog. All duties are disclaimed. Scot works for a private investment firm, which may at any time invest in companies whose products are discussed in this blog, and no disclosure of securities transactions will be made.