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Themes Emerging at VMworld 2010

  • Themes Emerging at VMworld 2010

    Themes Emerging at VMworld 2010-

    VMware practically owns the franchise on the cap ex value proposition, having proven that the hypervisor hath no equal when it comes to reeling in server spending. VMware CEO Paul Maritz has signaled a heavier emphasis on the op ex side of the equation. Why? Two reasons:

    • Virtualization is a cap ex boon and an op ex bust — as compute capacity is made available by the hypervisor, it’s quickly filled in with new machines. The result? An explosion in the number of machines that need to be managed — and an explosion in operating expense.
    • The often-forgotten fact that cap ex represents less than 30 percent of overall IT spending. The larger share of cost savings — higher on the mind of the CIO — is operating expense.

    Consequently, op ex is emerging as the new cap ex and will get considerable attention this year.

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Themes Emerging at VMworld 2010

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  • Themes Emerging at VMworld 2010-2

    VMware practically owns the franchise on the cap ex value proposition, having proven that the hypervisor hath no equal when it comes to reeling in server spending. VMware CEO Paul Maritz has signaled a heavier emphasis on the op ex side of the equation. Why? Two reasons:

    • Virtualization is a cap ex boon and an op ex bust — as compute capacity is made available by the hypervisor, it’s quickly filled in with new machines. The result? An explosion in the number of machines that need to be managed — and an explosion in operating expense.
    • The often-forgotten fact that cap ex represents less than 30 percent of overall IT spending. The larger share of cost savings — higher on the mind of the CIO — is operating expense.

    Consequently, op ex is emerging as the new cap ex and will get considerable attention this year.

Jake Sorofman, chief marketing officer for rPath, says he’s looking forward to VMworld like a kid looks forward to camp. But for exactly the opposite reason: VMworld marks the end of summer and the beginning of the fall tradeshow season. He feels that summer, despite its all-American goodness, is an odd time for the IT industry — no less busy due to fall preparations, but devoid of the big moves, vision and ideas that make it exciting. That’s saved for the fall, when everyone is back from the beach and ready to listen.

So, if you’re ready to listen, he suggests that you’re likely to hear the following themes emerging at VMworld 2010.

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