by Shawn Nelson
It’s been two years since I attended VMworld, the global conference for virtualization and cloud computing hosted by VMware, and it was a totally different experience for me. The last time I attended, I was looking through a different lens as an Operating System Product Manager. Then, I was focused on which software tools we could leverage for our Managed Service customers using colocation services. Now I lead the Private Cloud product team for Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS), and my goal was to gain intelligence to help drive a more strategic and differentiated Hosted Private Cloud solution.
After the conference, I sat down and reflected on the technological changes I have seen over the last few years. We’ve gone from using virtualized compute solutions to now the full software-defined data network, security, automation and operational tooling with log analytics for our Hosted Private Cloud offering. VMware is a true partner of ours and we’re impressed with their focus.
I captured a few highlights, along with a few observations based on conversations I had at the show:
There’s no better way to prove you’re on the right path than to hear customers talk about their own experiences. At the end of VMworld, I listened to one enterprise customer talk about why they chose private cloud and AWS (two of our own strategic cloud offerings). They agreed that these new cloud solutions offset old, obsolete equipment; provide flexibility for growth and expansion; and deliver a secure environment. The customer went with AWS for data archival, disaster recovery and burst capacity – the sweet spot of Sungard AS solutions.