At the recent EMC World conference in Las Vegas, Paul Maritz, CEO of VMware sat down to discuss his vision of how the cloud computing market is going to develop over the next few years. He also discussed how traditional platforms like Windows and Linux are going to fall by the wayside as cloud infrastructure and platforms within the cloud become more prominent.
Bought in 2004, VMware was an acquisition by EMC that many were unsure would pay off. Now, the company is pushing $5.2 billion in revenue and is one of the leaders in the cloud services and virtualization markets. Maritz sees the company as being positioned well in the data center automation market, helping companies to move more quickly and to reduce operational cost.
The company is also looking to move forward in the cloud space with products like vSphere and vShield – security and compliance tools for companies – as well as vCloud Directions and vCenter Operations, that are meant for interface and monitoring. Currently, all of these products exist on the market, but the company needs to “move them forward as a family” according to Maritz, in order to achieve what he calls “lights-out” operation of infrastructure.
One of the most important developments by VMware is what is known as Cloud Foundry, a software layer that “abstracts away the underlying details of a particular cloud.” The idea behind it is to give developers the chance to work within the cloud and remove a great deal of the complexity that comes with typical cloud development. Maritz is convinced that while developers like VMware will be instrumental in the functionality and accessibility of the cloud, it is a broad-based and open source option that will ultimately comprise the backbone of the industry.