The two shows demonstrate how the cloud world is maturing. And as it matures, the stakes will get higher. This is quite evident when you consider how much VMware is trying to move beyond its traditional story about virtualization. Not only has the company has asked to join OpenStack, it is talking about IT support for Amazon Web Services. VMware is definitely singing a different tune than we have heard before.
Here in San Diego – the story is about the technology and the next stage of the Linux movement. The talk here is all about the Linux kernel, APIs and the competing initiatives from OpenStack, Cloudstack and Eucalyptus Systems.
To sum it up: if VMworld is about the data center then CloudOpen is about the software.
Through all of this is a continuing discussion about what is an open cloud and what is not. Over the past few days, I’ve tried to crystallize the conversation to some extent. Here is my take:
There are some points that I have probably not included that should be here. Please add your own in the comments.