I’ve been thinking about VDC-OS all morning, trying to figure out that nagging feeling in the back of my mind. Something feels so familiar about this new, seemingly fantastic, initiative from VMware. And then it hit me — VDC-OS is an initiative! IT professionals expecting an off-the-shelf software-in-a-box solution from VDC-OS will be disappointed. VDC-OS is made up of several components, all of which will, I am sure, have their own sets of individual highlights and disappointments.
Now there is nothing wrong with initiative. I applaud VMware for putting their weight, money and research behind the idea of a data center OS founded upon virtualization technology. This tact, however, has an all-too-familiar feel from VMware. Take VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) or VMware Desktop Initiative (VDI) — both of these “technologies” were actually a lot closer to initiatives. I remember when I first heard of each, and I could not wait to get my hands on them. As it turns out, VCB was not the end-to-end backup solution that everyone expected it to be and VDI was little more than a partner program.
VMware recognizes that IT professionals like myself are getting a little tired of being sold initiatives instead of actual products. On their own website, out of the gate, VMware answers the charge that the Cloud vServices initiative is not simply a way to sell its customers on VMware partners. We’ll see if they live up to this promise.
One of the reasons that VI has been so successful is that it is a boxed product. It installs, you run it, and it does its thing. Software ecosystems are a harder sell, and even harder to manage. VCB and VDI have certainly not had the reception that VMware has likely hoped for. I for one am looking forward to the technologies included under the VDC-OS umbrella, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that it is not deja vu.