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Much of the IT action was in San Francisco this week as VMworld 2012 was in full swing, but there’s a whole other world out there, and plenty of cloud and big data hype to fill it. Here are some of the week’s best quotes from around the industry.
“Is this an honest maneuver? Do they want to drive OpenStack forward? Or is it a Trojan horse?”
– Piston Cloud Computing CEO Joshua McKenty, assessing VMware’s surprise move to join the open-source cloud service as a Gold Member this week. OpenStack has long been seen as a competitor to VMware, but some think the company has realized its less than ideal standing in the cloud market.
“I don’t even know what the ballpark number for a server is — for me, it would be like knowing what the price of a sword is.”
– Daniel Gross, co-founder of Cue, one of many companies using Amazon Web Services for its computing needs and apparently saving a lot of money in the process. The company got some major love for its cloud services from the New York Times this week, and recently introduced reserved instances to add to its established on-demand model.
“The reality is that people’s expectations of what is needed are rapidly maturing.”
– Outgoing VMware CEO Paul Maritz, talking about how the virtualization game has changed (and Microsoft is still behind) during VMworld 2012. See more of what he had to say about why his company is still the leader in this VMworld video – and read more meaty virtualization quotes from the show over at SearchVirtualDesktop.com.
“It’s like asking people in 1995 if they think that this newfangled ‘Internet’ thing is inflated or not.”
– Laura Teller, chief strategy officer for Opera Solutions, LLC, on whether the hype around big data is justified. Her take: That’s the wrong question to ask.