Michelle Bailey - IDC
Michelle Bailey from the IDC gave a good presentation on cloud computing and the direction of virtualization. A few highlights from her presentation:
- We are moving from a product oriented environment to a services oriented environment.
- Virtualization is the killer app for the data center.
- CC2CC - Customer Cloud to Customer Cloud
- Blended - Business Cloud to Customer Cloud
- Enterprise Cloud
Cost is not the driving force of virtualization. Its the agility, provisioning, flexibility, reduced down time, etc. that are key factors customers are leveraging with virtualization.
The cloud is also a great opportunity for organizations to reevaluate their operations and organization.
Talked to a lot of VMware customers that are moving to a virtualization first policy. VMForum was a very well attended environment and has a lot of positive energy around it. I'd recommend attending one of these events when they come to your city.