BARCELONA: VMware chief executive Pat Gelsinger kicked off his first VMworld in Europe by re-iterating the company's strategy to deliver on the software-defined datacentre and radically reshape the way its customers operate their IT services.
Announcing key updates to the firm's recently launched vCloud Suite, Gelsinger said that the IT industry was entering a phase of fundamental change, driven by cloud computing.
"Cloud is so disruptive as it changes everything about the way we operate the datacentre," he said, adding that IT departments have to make the transition from being reactive to a proactive state.
"The goal is to make IT a platform for innovation rather than just about providing services," Gelsinger said.
In addition, the availability of public cloud services with openly published price lists is making it easier for businesses to calculate the relative cost of operating infrastructure themselves or outsourcing it, forcing their own IT departments to up their game.
"IT needs to become a broker of services, supporting multiple platforms and offering public cloud services where appropriate," Gelsinger said.
However, this calls for new management tools designed for the cloud, rather than the traditional approach of each silo having its own vertical stack.
The software defined datacentre is VMware's bid to make IT able to deliver on this vision, by virtualising the entire physical infrastructure and delivering it as a service, controlled by software that can automate processes as much as possible.
The pieces of this are now coming together with the updated vCloud Suite, Gelsinger said, which now includes tools to not only virtualise servers, but storage and networking as well, while automating many processes that are currently manual.
"Today, we've announced the first and only complete suite for cloud computing available," he claimed.
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