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Coca-Cola cloud chief reveals VMware wish list

Ellen Messmer | Aug. 26, 2013
VMware User Group president talks virtualization in advance of VMworld conference.

Do you think there's a gap in adoption of virtualized security?

With vendors in firewalls and load-balancing, when you look at their offerings, the physical versus the virtual, it could be a wait-and-see mode. It may be a simple case of the capacity of the virtual appliance can't match what the physical appliance can provide. It's a mixed bag. It's slow from an adoption perspective.

So what do you hope to see VMware?

Extend the maturity and quality of their products to the rest of the environment. VMware has created a very high bar in terms of resilience and maturity in vSphere. We'd like to see that applied to hybrid cloud and end-user computing. We want them to continue to listen to customers, and that we continue to hear from their top executives. That's part of the symbiotic relationship we have. We want to continue to keep track of the road maps they're offering. We can help them tailor those things in terms of products. On the cloud side, there's definitely competition on all fronts. [VMware CEO] Pat Gelsinger explained his view about Amazon and OpenStack, that they serve different markets.

There's a lot of buzz building about what's expected to be announced at VMworld about the vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS). How important is this?

You'll see some announcements in the next few days. A software-defined data center can potentially change how companies define their data centers from the public cloud perspective. VMware embracing hybrid cloud is important.


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