This is part 3 (and the first as a VCAP-DCD 🙂 ) of my IMO #VMworld wrap up. Read my about thoughts of a new product called vCloud Air.
IMO: #VMworld 2014 recap vSAN and vVol (part 4)
A big part of the keynote during VMworld was about vCloud Air and the progress VMware is doing in creating new datacenters all over the world offering public cloud services. The idea of having a hybrid cloud is from a top-level approach a really good one. IT services need to be delivered quicker with changing workloads and so on. Instead of increasing the capex and might risk that we invest in unused resources we can transform the capex into an opex by just ordering Infrastructure resources on demand from a public cloud provider and pay-as-we-go. A great thing from a management perspective and also from observing the use-cases logically it makes kind of sense to transform long-term into a hybrid solution.
So what do we need for a hybrid solution? An integration between our local datacenter and a public provider. Using the same technologies within both datacenters, ours and vCloud Air, we are able to seamless connect to each other. vCloud Automation center….pardon I meant vRealize Automation Center, NSX, long distance vMotion are hybrid-cloud enabler from a technological perspective. With all those technologies the hybrid-cloud is starting to get reality (honestly, how many of you have heard or was involved in a fully functional hybrid-cloud integration project?)
Buuuuuuut IMO I honestly doubt that VMware’s vision will be successful in the short-/midterm here in Germany (maybe in Europe at all). With all the potential $$$-signs (I know, I know… Server virtualization is moving into get commodity as well and we need to find/grow into new markets if VMware wants to be successful) in their eyes there is one thing that was forgotten or at least not communicated well (honestly not communicated at all during VMworld).
What about data privacy?
And I am not talking about securing the boarders of your datacenter from an unauthorized access. I talk about authorized access of US organizations like NSA and so on.
As a trainer and consultant I thing I have a good feeling about the mood “on the streets”. You get to know and discuss a lot with many people from different companies, backgrounds with several use-cases and and and. The big driver of not using public services is the following: the data/information we have in our datacenter is our capital. It is the driver and enabler of our business and we need to protect it.
I don’t want to get into any conspiracy theories, but organizations like the NSA has a reputation that they are also involved in economic espionage. No matter if this is a fact or not, it is a general believe in IT organizations now-a-days. So the general opinion is. “We are not giving another organization a key directly to our valuable data”.
Sanjay Poonen mentioned during the keynote that VMware is proud about creating a datacenter for vCloud Air in Germany in compliance with our (Germany’s) pretty strict data privacy rules. This would be only as long a valid argument if our data-privacy rules cannot be leveraged by certain US-rules/laws.
Microsoft is currently fighting in front of US courts to make sure that data physically located in a non-US country MUST NOT be opened to specific US organizations.
The result of this process will accelerate or slow down (I don’t say enable or disable on purpose…the transformation to public services will happen anyway) the usage of public-/hybrid cloud solutions in our region.
IMO it’s a funny thing that Microsoft (as a competitor of VMware) will be responsible for a success of vCloud Air (of course Microsoft is doing this to enable/accelerate their own Azure business). What I would have wanted would be a statement by VMware about this specific situation and how the are going to deal with it. Don’t talking about things like data privacy is something that won’t work on a ‘conservative’ market like Germany. And since I heard sooo many German-speaking guys at the VMworld, I can’t imagine that this market can be ignored by VMware.
vCloud Air overview: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/09/11/vmware_cloud_air/