Todays announcement from EMC, Cisco and VMware (ECV) amounted to a declaration of war on the datacenter players in the industry as we know it. But it wasn’t the only thing that it amounted to – I see it as the first true sign of utility computing, and if the rest of the industry just sits back and takes this then it deserves to die.
Word on the street is that nobody wants to own anything anymore. CAPEX has become a dirty word. And large corporates have realised the hidden costs associated with managing many vendors – pricing, contract negotiation, relationship… these things have an often unseen cost for Enterprises in terms of human capital. The cost of designing, engineering and supporting hardware and software from many vendors was realised long ago, resulting in Enterprise standards based on the lowest common denominator.
The problem with this of course is that you end up with a solution that caters fairly well to 80% of the environment, isn’t optimal for any particular part of it and entirely misses 20%. And I’m not criticising that – for large Enterprises, it’s the only way to keep a reasonable grip on things. That is, if said Enterprises need to own the kit in their datacenters. But do they?