Last week I discussed the benefits of hyper-converged infrastructure in this post on the VMware CTO blog. In short, we spend far too much time building and maintaining commodity IT services. To many IT decision makers, commodity means non-differentiating, which equates to the services that every organization in the world must deploy and maintain. That includes tasks like server, storage, network and security provisioning and maintenance. The thought is simple; if you can get commodity services delivered in a software/hardware stack that’s maintained by a vendor, opex costs can be dramatically reduced and IT operations teams are freed to focus on what really matters. That affords more time for improving the agility and efficiency of critical business applications. The security administrator that previously spent too much time manually writing firewall rules now has more time to research emerging threats and associated response methodologies. When you let go of building things that are just basic building block requirements for any application, there is so much more time for true innovation.
If you could get your core data center infrastructure as an iOS-like experience – simple deployment and updates, choice of carriers (or vendors), and an ecosystem of “apps” that provides simple turnkey integrations, why wouldn’t you? Consider all of the time that you could spend driving business innovation instead of maintaining the same non-differentiating infrastructure as all of your competitors. Take a look at the VMworld session below that I co-presented with Mornay Van Der Walt for a full look at our strategy and current portfolio in the hyper-converged space.