VMworld 2011 provided the blues clues to where VMware was taking its next steps in innovation. 2012 continued that trend with key acquisitions and product launches most notably Nicira. I mentioned Nicira in one of my So Say SMEs in Virtualization and Cloud as a software defined networking (SDN) company with IP that would make noise in 2012. I just didn’t know that VMware would be the one to eventually gobble them up as part of their P2V of the data center.
All of these moves pave the way towards a software defined data center (SDDC), where work flows are orchestrated, provisioned & self-served across highly available networks of pooled resources. The hardware resources become abstracted in the sense that the Cloud provides as-needed resources to meet quality of service (QoS) requirements. The question becomes which features are the must-have ones and how much is one willing to pay for those features.