This week at Gartner’s Symposium in Orlando I will be presenting “Virtualization Changes Virtually Everything” and “The Future of Infrastructure and Operations: The Engine of Cloud Computing”. Ken Dulaney and I will also be leading a Masterminds discussion with Cisco’s CEO and Chairman, John Chambers. Here’s what you can expect:
On Monday, my “Virtualization” presentation focuses on virtualization as a catalyst for change in data centers and in business use of IT; virtualization as a part of overall infrastructure evolution; alternate delivery models enabled by the abstraction of virtualization at many layers; cloud computing as an example that is enabled by virtualization concepts; discussion of the VMware vs. Microsoft choices, and the role of the Xen-based players; virtualization as a change agent in operating system architectures, client computing, software pricing and licensing, IT chargeback, management processes; virtualization as a force eliminating market boundaries and changing the competitors. I give specific advice on how to navigate these changes. And all in an hour!
My “Future of Infrastructure” presentation covers the gamut of infrastructure and operations trends, including automation, server fabrics, storage changes, unified communications, client application delivery, virtualization 3.0, ten approaches to infrastructure cost reduction, and Gartner’s Infrastructure and Operations Maturity Model. A fundamental message is that the future of infrastructure looks a lot like private cloud computing.
On Tuesday, I’ll have a discussion on stage with John Chambers. My conversation will be focused on Cisco’s relevance to the business (not just networking), Cisco’s role in servers and virtualization, Cisco’s part in making networks intelligent – including managing their own products, green IT and energy efficiency, and Cisco’s role in cloud computing – including as a software provider. Should be fun. I believe this will also be webcasted publicly on gartner.com. I’ll report back after the discussion (Tuesday evening).