Hypervisors on the patio
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Was out for a few drinks last week with friends from the local tech community where we try to solve the world’s problems. We were enjoying sitting in the sunshine and warm weather on the patio of a local brewery discussing the interesting topics of the week. Before we got into the presidential election the talk turned to virtualization, of course, and the current directions their companies are taking. Everyone has heard about the pricing actions from VMware causing major concerns from their customers, but these topics to me always seem some what abstract until you hear about people taking action. Well, it turns out the guy who works at a large tech company in Austin was actually in the process of installing KVM to replace VMware in his area of the company due to pricing issues. He went on to say that a CIO friend of his at another company was in the process of doing the same thing. That’s the thing about IT people, once you upset them they can take decisive action to fix the problem and they tend to have very long memories. I also came across this CNET article sub-titled “Market research firm IDC says that data from a new survey shows that "open cloud is key for 72 percent of customers." Clearly there seems to be a pricing level that makes open cloud solutions look very attractive. As more companies try to balance the need for virtualization and cloud with the costs of the solutions, I think the open cloud will become more attractive.
IBM is working with OpenStack which is a global collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists producing the ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds. The OpenStack Summit, which is sold out, is going on this week (October 15th) in San Diego, you can read about it and other topics at the OpenStack blog. There are also some great insights on the topic at the Linux Foundation blog from IBM’s Angel Diaz: 3 Projects creating user-driven standards for the open cloud . I think this is definitely a space worth watching…stay tuned for more updates from the patio…