March 2, 2011
michael capellasMichael Capellas, the CEO of Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) — a joint venture between Cisco, EMC and VMware — says there’s a 100 percent chance cloud computing will become the dominant IT architecture going forward. He expects the trend to happen within 18 months. Speaking at Cisco Partner Summit, Capellas (pictured) also predicted that open source applets will emerge in the cloud, providing the foundation for next-generation applications. And he took some subtle shots at public and private cloud strategies promoted by Google, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Microsoft.
Let’s start with the big picture. Why will the cloud succeed? “The consumer has already decided [for us],” said Capellas. “Sixty billion instant messages are sent per day. Forty percent of those messages are enterprise. There are 25 million concurrent users on Skype. That’s the cloud.”
Within 18 months, cloud will become the leading architecture
Capellas pointed to multiple trends that set the stage for cloud computing’s dominance. They include:
Deployment of ubiquitous IP networks in 2003;
expansion of networked consumer devices;
movement to unified communications;
highly scalable, low cost compute;
converged networks, compute and storage;
appetite for new applications; and
the economic recovery yields technology refresh.
Capellas also noted that 90 percent of blade servers are based on x86 deployments. He suggested that “the game is over” for other hardware platforms, with x86 dominating the cloud world. Capellas also predicted open source applets shared across the cloud will emerge as building blocks for next generation applications.
No doubt, Capellas has a vested interest in cloud computing’s success. As the leader of VCE, Capellas is working to ensure Cisco, VMware and EMC technologies provide the foundation for private and public clouds — especially as networking, storage, compute and virtualization come together.
Capellas also took shots at public cloud providers (like Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple); and single vendor stacks (and Oracle, IBM and HP). “Our approach is best-of breed virtualization,” asserted Capellas.
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