Let’s make one thing clear; context awareness is one of the most important topics in the IT landscape today. Without context awareness, IT departments cannot fulfill the requirements of their customers (means users) and the security and compliance requirements of their business. Not considering this fact may result in a disadvantage over the competition and in worst case it costs the business money.
I had the opportunity to attend VMworld in Las Vegas the last couple of days. Here’s a summary of what I have learned. In the Day 1 keynote, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger used “Digital Transformation” as the #1 buzzword. He also said that all business is digital business today and 80% of compute is virtualized by now. But 50% of all enterprise applications are still traditional client/server applications – in other words, there is still a majority of conventional Windows applications out there. Neither mobile apps nor native web apps are dominating, yet. According to a VMware survey, there is an average of 188 internally created (Windows) applications in enterprises which may need to be maintained for quite a while. This means that remoting into Windows applications hosted in on-premises datacenters, private clouds and public clouds will continue to be an important aspect of VMware’s strategy. This is great news for End-User Computing (EUC). I still wonder if this also applies to Pat’s announcement to extend their hybrid cloud approach not only to VMware-based clouds (now including IBM/Softlayer), but also to non-VMware-based clouds like Amazon, Azure and Google.
I really enjoyed the UK Citrix User Group meeting in London last week; great speakers, the chance to meet up with old friends and make new business connections.
One tip that came up was a free VMware tool that will optimize a Windows OS. Of course, their intention is for generating a sound base for gold images, but using it on limited-resource laptops can really help by removing unnecessary services and bloatware.
OS Optimization Tool,
The recent EMC World event held in Las Vegas could have been a flop. With the Dell takeover of the EMC Federation (EMC Corp and all its divisions of EMC II, VMware, RSA, Pivotal and Virtustream) in full swing, it would have been easy for the EMC management to claim that they were in a ‘quiet period’ and so refuse to disclose much.
About a week ago I returned back home form the Expert to Expert Virtualization Conference (E2EVC) in Hong Kong – and in about a week I will be speaking at E2EVC in Berlin. For those of you who don’t know E2EVC, it’s an independent community event initiated and organized by Alex Juschin (@E2EVC). It’s original name was PubForum and it first started in 2003 with just four terminal server geeks meeting in a pub and sharing deep technical insights of what was called server-based computing at the time.