In this article on Forbes.com, Ramin Sayar, VP of products for enterprise management at VMware may be getting way ahead of himself.
Mr. Sayar is a true futurist. He can fast-forward to an world where today’s realities and complexities have become objects of historical quaintness; where the short-sightedness of today’s IT operations management has passed into obscurity and been replaced by perfect synchronization; where the complexities and shortcomings of his own company’s software have vanished.
It will be nice not having to deal with silly things like sunk technology investments, byzantine software licensing, applications unsupported for virtualization, regulatory compliance, vendor lock-in, immature software management tools, availability and security concerns, hollow SLAs, response latencies, network failures. And who wouldn’t want phone service where there is always dial-tone, no detectable latency, or poor call quality? It’s comforting knowing that someone actually has that.
There’s no question that virtualization has improved IT infrastructure, maybe even “modernized” it (after all virtualization has been around for three decades). Virtualization and cloud computing, however, are so very far from being intricately linked. Believing so is like telling someone to speed up so they get to their car accident faster. We may get to Mr. Sayar’s world sooner rather than later, but don’t hold your breath.