The Future of the Enterprise IT Department: Learnings from VMworld 2010

September 22, 2010 by Brad Laughlin

As I walked into VMworld 2010 a few weeks ago, there are a lot of words to describe the energy and excitement of 17,000+ technologists roaming the halls of the Moscone Center in San Francisco.  This being my first VMworld experience I was taken back at how many companies had some sort of “Cloud” solution.  Having navigated a career in different organizations and levels within Enterprise IT departments, my main focus has always been “how to leverage technology to achieve a business goal or to solve a business pain.”  Many of the vendors at the event did have solutions to help solve current IT pains, and I believe many enterprises will be looking to some sort of cloud solution soon, if not already. And with this movement, hybrid will play a vital role.

Matthew Lodge (VMware) posted an article on the Rethink IT blog titled “The Enterprise Hybrid Cloud, Delivered” in which he outlines how hybrid clouds will play in the enterprise market.  Matthew focuses on the following key components, which are leading reasons why an enterprise organization would want to leverage the “Hybrid Cloud”:

•    Agility
•    Portability and compatibility
•    Security

So now what?  Everyone is excited and is now thinking about how they can leverage the hybrid cloud within their company.  How do all of the 17,000+ attendees of VMworld go back to their day to day jobs and begin to leverage this new world.  VMware has done a good job at trying to make it easier to at least leverage the Public Cloud by creating a partner program which is illustrated in the September 6, 2010 article from Information Week, “VMware, Bluelock To Offer Beta Hybrid Cloud Operation.”  By creating this partner program to provide external data center services, VMware is enabling the IT department and business organization to leverage public cloud services and achieve the above 3 goals.

Now it is up to the CIO’s and senior leadership of these enterprise companies to determine how to leverage the new hybrid technologies to spring their company forward in the future.  This is a difficult business problem for the CIO to solve, but at least now they have options to further enable their organization to grow.