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It’s getting cloudy out there. Did you pack your management umbrella?

Hello, my name is Ben Verghese and I am the Chief Mgmt Architect at Vmware. Been here over ten years and seen virtualization go from an interesting technology applied to x86 (a classically non-virtualizable architecture) to the basis for a complete rethink of how IT is done,; infrastructure to applications.


Management is a core part of the journey from legacy physical infrastructure to fully virtualized datacenters to eventual Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud models. A streamlined management model in this final stage is essential to realize the full Opex savings to go along with the Capex savings seen with the advent of virtualization in the datacenter.


This is an exciting time to be thinking of how mgmt will evolve with and drive the movement to the cloud model.  I am privileged to be part of this story and working with the CTO’s office at VMware to help drive this story along with our customers and partners.


We see the changes in Infrastructure and Applications needing a significantly new approach to mgmt of IT, different from what is currently driving Enterprise IT. This represents a challenge and a huge opportunity.


Traditional View of Application/Infrastructure Mgmt



Cloud-based model for Production and Consumption of Infrastructure



A few of the important drivers of change for Cloud Services Management are:

  • Massive standardization and high-level abstraction; unified & simplified mgmt

  • Dynamic relationships across all layers of the application & infrastructure stack

  • Change is automated & frequent

  • Supports legacy & new apps across both private and public clouds

  • Will evolve to require vendor mgmt, financial mgmt (e.g. chargeback)


In the coming weeks, I will be elaborating on these trends and how we see management changing to respond to these various drivers. I hope to make this an ongoing discussion and am very interested in the different perspectives across the industry as we evolve our shared story around IT management.


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