Scott Drummonds on Virtualization

Oracle Cloud Rules and SLA

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I recently read an IT World article on Oracle Cloud. The article highlighted a document released by Oracle with clear descriptions of the terms of use with some definitions of service levels. Oracle’s document is fairly mundane. But it is always great to see new service providers draw a line in the sand as to what they will and will not do.

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The Software Defined Datacenter in Nine Minutes


Ever since VMware announced its vision of the Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) at VMworld this year the industry has been abuzz with talk. Some of us loved the message. Some of us had questions about it. But many EMC specialists had something to contribute to the narrative.

One of the fun things of being a vSpecialist is participating is the rich discussions we have internally on every part of our business.  We have a smart team with incredible knowledge of virtualization and cloud.  When any new concept gets raised in our internal discussion groups, it is refined in the crucible of debate.

This SDDC idea is exactly the type of thing we like to talk about.  Its big. Its transformative. It is cutting edge. We are internally asking ourselves and answering a lot of questions on the SDDC. For instance:

  • What exactly does SDDC mean?
  • How is it different from the EMC/VMware cloud vision?
  • What is the difference between cloud and SDDC?

I wanted to add my voice on the SDDC story to EMC’s internal discussions.  I did this through a narrated presentation that covers the SDDC in nine minutes.  After dozens of emails and a half a dozen phone discussions, it looks like this message is solidifying.  I submit it here to you for your consideration.

The Role of Service Providers in Hybrid Clouds

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A couple weeks ago after VMworld I visited EMC’s headquarters and spent an hour with Dan Hushon, EMC Distinguished Engineer in the office of the CTO.  In our discussion Dan showed me a graph that revolutionized my thinking of hybrid cloud service providers: people are going to public and hybrid clouds for the wrong reason.  And they are not realizing the savings that hybrid clouds could offer.

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Private Clouds, People Consolidation, and Chargeback


A couple weeks ago EMC’s CIO, Sanjay Mirchandani, visited Singapore and presented EMC’s journey to the private cloud.  I sat in on one of his presentations and was absolutely amazed by his cogent argument for VMware.  There may be no better evangelist for VMware and its role in the journey to the private cloud.  Sanjay white-boarded one thought–a parenthetical discussion–that reformed my understanding of the value of virtualization and the private cloud.

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