VMworld 2018… from Disruptive Outsider to Legacy Platform

As I was preparing to attend VMworld 2018 a couple of weeks ago, I realized how much history the company and I share. VMware was founded the year before I became an IT industry analyst. A few months after I started that job, a pair of VMware reps on their first analyst “tour” briefed us to explain and promote the company’s technology and strategy. Further along, I was covering EMC in 2004 when it bought VMware, a deal spearheaded by...

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Has Cisco Got The Right Stuff?
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Has Cisco Got The Right Stuff?

John Chambers, who handed control of Cisco to Chuck Robbins in July 2015, was bumped further upstairs a month ago when he became Chairman Emeritus, while his successor took over his role as Chairman of the Board, but more than a change in leadership, the turnover represents a new — and hopefully — improved networking, server and security vendor. The company, which has been struggling with the cloud and commodity hardware...

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Dell EMC’s Service-Defined Infrastructure…

One of the more interesting events at VMworld 2016 was Dell EMC’s launch of its new Validated System for Virtualization which reflects a substantial shift in the company’s converged systems portfolio. The new solution, Dell EMC said, “Incorporates a wide range of form-factors, technology choices and deployment options, right-sized to fit each customers’ needs,” an approach that the company calls “service-defined infrastructure.” In...

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…When FUD Goes Off the Rails

The latest FUD-ish murmurings I’ve been hearing relate to the impact of Dell’s planned acquisition of EMC on the company’s VCE division and converged systems. For those unfamiliar with VCE, it was originally launched in 2009 and organized as an unconventional joint partnership between VMware, Cisco and EMC, along with a minority share held by Intel. The company’s first and primary solutions were Vblocks, highly integrated solutions...

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