Software Eats the Data Center: VMware’s Gelsinger Outlines IT’s Software-Defined Future

By | May 11, 2014

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger used his Interop keynote to lay out a four-pronged strategy for building what the company has coined the software defined data center, adding details and customer testimonials to a concept he initially described last year. Besides the firm’s ubiquitous server virtualization products, which abstract compute resources into customizable chunks that can be reconfigured and reallocated as needed to suit specific application needs, the strategy includes virtual networks, using NSX technology released last fall, storage virtualization provided by the recently shipping and Interop award-winning VSAN product and software to centrally and programmatically automate configuration, deployment and deployment of the entire infrastructure stack.

It’s an expansive vision that could put VMware in the middle of enterprise IT application and service design, construction and delivery. Read more in this column.