Some of you may only think of CISCO as a network provider, but over the past couple of years, they’ve emerged as a dominant player in data center technology. More recently, virtualization, a cloud computing concept contingent upon the ability to safely store data, has also gained a foothold in the marketplace. Leveraging their data storage capabilities, Cisco has developed its own virtualization solution.
VMware (Virtual Machine Ware) allows the hardware to exist separately from the software. In other words, the software is applied virtually, which means that the hardware (or server) no longer dictates what kind of software can be applied. A “service profile” is applied to any machine, thus creating a unique “personality” for each PC, as long as it is Intel.
What does this all mean? Convergence. Computing shops were once siloed into hardware, software, networking, with little to no communication between entities. With VMware here to stay, these once disparate parts are coming together to create a unified and efficient force in IT Infrastructure.
I’d love to hear from you about your stories and experience with VMware and how your IT Infrastructure has changed. Feel free to leave me a comment below.