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Cloud Open Source

VMware CEO: OpenStack Is Not For the Enterprise 114

Posted by samzenpus
from the home-game dept.
coondoggie writes "VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger says he doesn't expect open source cloud project OpenStack to catch on significantly in the enterprise market, instead he says it's more of a platform for service providers to build public clouds. It's a notion that others in the market have expressed in the past, but also one that OpenStack backers have tried hard to shake."
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VMware CEO: OpenStack Is Not For the Enterprise

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  • He is right (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 15, 2013 @02:36AM (#44571657)

    I work for a cloud storage provider and have vSphere and OpenStack clusters and there two are for different tasks. The 'fighting' over the two is comparing apples to banana peels.

  • Re:Citrix Clones (Score:4, Informative)

    by EvilSS (557649) on Thursday August 15, 2013 @04:46AM (#44571999)

    Xen (which the ISV be loving!)

    That's his point. Xen (or the commercial XenServer for that matter) has had very very little enterprise penetration. Even when it is used in the enterprise, it's usually not the primary hypervisor but isolated to a specific application within the company. VMWare currently owns that space and the only short term threat to them is Microsoft and Hyper-V. Service providers, however, love it because their primary concerns usually revolve around costs (thus why you see commodity hardware in a lot of cloud provider data centers vs Cisco/HP/IBM/Dell in the enterprise space).

  • by EvilSS (557649) on Thursday August 15, 2013 @04:56AM (#44572025)
    I do consulting (including a lot of work with Xen) and there are more differences than commonalities between hosting providers and SaaS companies and internal corporate IT (aka enterprise). Vastly different priorities, skillsets, requirements, etc. They truly are different beasts.

    What we are seeing is that the hosting companies love Xen because it's cost effective and flexible, while enterprises really don't like the learning curve and management limitations, and almost all of them have VMWare skillsets internally. The only threat to VMWare that I see on the horizon is Hyper-V. If you read between the lines even Citrix is seeing this and positioning their products (XenDesktop/XenApp) to work tightly with Hyper-V.
  • by DarkOx (621550) on Thursday August 15, 2013 @05:06AM (#44572051) Journal

    Going virtual makes everything easier not harder. You have to be a very small shop before the costs out weigh the gains. The first time you really have to worry about uptime, backups ( that you actually test ), unanticipated needs of disparate project teams, or disaster recovery; you will find your private cloud makes it all virtually push button. If that sounds like marketing babble suit yourself, but I have seen multiple shops transform form the mix of single servers and standalone vm hosts to more integrated farm solutions from VMware, Citrix, and open source; and none of them regretted it.

  • by cheekyboy (598084) on Thursday August 15, 2013 @06:04AM (#44572245) Homepage Journal

    Hell, I run a esx host at home, even if its just for 3 perm linux servers, and 2-3 dev linux servers for fun, lets you try/test new distros quickly.

    Even if its just for the snapshot feature, its worth it, considering fedora is so flaky at updates, its cool to have that 'undo' option with one click.

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