What do Cisco, EMC and VMWare all have in common? Virtualisation. Up until fairly recently they’ve all been playing in their own sandpits, but that’s is all changing. Cisco recently bought a chunk of VMWare from… EMC. So now you have (arguably) the three leading vendors in virtualisation playing together. Not only in it, but tightly integrating.
Imagine one orchestration framework that could dynamically allocate you network, server and storage. That’s powerful… very very powerful. Think about why virtualisation hasn’t gotten 100% penetration? You’ve never been able to seamlessly link network bandwidth to server I/O or SAN space. Now you can, this is IaaS.
Then extrapolate out what VMWare is doing with their View product. (Virtual Desktop Technology) and suddenly this triumvirate can deliver SaaS AS you WANT IT, and not just through a browser. This is immensely powerful for an enterprise, it would be even more powerful for a MSP.
This isn’t just vapour ware either, reportedly Terremark are already doing this. Definitely watch this space .