... in a reactionary position with EVO Rail, playing catch up to vendors like Nutanix and Symplicity that pioneered a new generation of combined server/storage node built for virtual infrastructure. Symplicity is particularly interesting since it has built a custom hardware accelerator to do inline data reduction (dedupe and compression) using metadata from all nodes in an organization (both within and across data centers).
CEO Pat Gelsinger wrapped up the keynote lineup by summarizing industry trends and their implications for both IT and business. His message is that rapid-fire, cloud-like innovation is disrupting traditional business models and internal IT processes. His mantra is that organizations must "innovate like a startup, but deliver like an enterprise," meaning that service creation must be agile, but service delivery must be bulletproof. Gelsinger also stressed that public cloud has evolved from the era of developer-driven, low-risk test/dev deployments to what he calls the "professional era of cloud," meaning the need to pair cloud-service agility and delivery with mission-critical reliability and security.
For partners, the message out of VMworld is one of opportunity: Those that seize the moment by developing cloud expertise and build professional services to help businesses migrate to, manage, integrate and secure both public and private cloud infrastructure will have a competitive advantage and find no lack of customers for many years to come.