What's going on in the world of Blue Sky Systems

This hasn't just affected end customers; it has also affected service providers without going into what and how I would like to mention why.

The public cloud is very prominent in the market but unsuitable for some. Statistics are showing that some early adopters are moving away from the public cloud due to the models don't work for all workloads. VMware does have a plethora of tools but getting them all to markets was a problem. With Private Cloud this allowed service providers to use some or all of VMware's products/tools. This has led to inconsistent functionality between service providers and effects migration between service providers.

VMware wants to transition to a multi-cloud company why???

VMware's shift towards becoming a multi-cloud company stems from several factors, with a primary focus on meeting the evolving needs of its customers in a rapidly changing technological landscape. Here's a breakdown of why this transition makes sense:

  1. Flexibility and Choice: By embracing a multi-cloud approach, VMware acknowledges that not all workloads are suitable for the public cloud. Different applications have varying requirements and constraints, and customers need the flexibility to choose the most appropriate deployment model for each workload, whether it's on-premise, private cloud, or public cloud. Providing a consistent set of tools and interfaces across different environments empowers customers to make these choices without being locked into a single provider or platform.

  2. Market Trends: While the public cloud has gained significant traction, there's a recognition that it may not be the best fit for every organization or workload. Some early adopters are finding that the public cloud model doesn't align with their specific needs or cost considerations, leading to a shift away from exclusive reliance on public cloud services. VMware sees an opportunity to capture a portion of this market by offering solutions tailored to the private cloud, where they can leverage their existing expertise and toolsets.

  3. Consistency and Familiarity: VMware's extensive suite of tools and solutions has been widely adopted by enterprises to manage their virtualized environments. VMware aims to provide a consistent experience for IT administrators and developers across different environments by extending these capabilities to support multi-cloud deployments. This consistency reduces the learning curve of adopting new platforms and ensures that existing skills remain relevant in a multi-cloud environment.

  4. Agility and Innovation: Embracing a multi-cloud strategy allows organizations to tap into a broader range of services and capabilities offered by different cloud providers. VMware's approach emphasizes interoperability and compatibility, enabling customers to leverage best-of-breed solutions from various providers while maintaining seamless integration with their existing VMware-based infrastructure. This promotes innovation and agility by allowing organizations to choose the right tools for their specific requirements without vendor lock-in constraints.

  5. Service Provider Ecosystem: VMware recognizes the importance of enabling service providers to deliver differentiated services that meet the needs of their customers. By providing a comprehensive set of tools and solutions tailored to the multi-cloud environment, VMware empowers service providers to offer public-like services while leveraging VMware's software at the core. This benefits both service providers, who can differentiate their offerings, and end customers, who gain access to a broader range of services and deployment options.

Overall, VMware's transition to a multi-cloud company aligns with the market's evolving needs and represents a strategic move to empower customers with greater choice, flexibility, and consistency across different cloud environments. While it certainly benefits VMware by expanding its market reach and relevance, the ultimate winners are the consumers who gain the freedom to choose the deployment model that best suits their needs.

With this in mind, VMware have pushed their Software Defined Data Center model, allowing this transition. This utilises:

  • Availability suit enabling site-to-site replication or migration
  • NSX's software-defined networking
  • Cloud Director providing secure access to manage virtual machines and replicate the majority of functions from vSphere
  • VSAN providing profile based storage
  • Kubernetes for cloud designed application
  • Aria is to provide VM and associated statics, including charges

With all of these key tools, it allows the flexibility people like about Public Cloud but allows other service providers to offer services with their stamp and supporting services. We at Blue Sky Systems believe this is an interesting move and something we have discussed numerous times internally about the mixed feedback on public cloud vs private vs on-premise. VMware wants to allow non-hyper scalers to offer public-like services with ultimately their software at the heart of it. So yes, it is a win for VMware, but....... is it not a win for the consumer at the end of it all, allowing choice?