Stephen Herrod spent the last decade driving technology at VMware, where he now serves as CTO. Herrod spoke with Bruce Hoard, editor in chief of Virtualization Review, about application development, the cloud and, of course, more than a sprinkle of virtualization.
Herrod believes that virtualization is easier than it used to be since the products are so much better. That said, it still takes a lot of prep work. You can't just virtualize a dysfunctional IT shop.
To help speed adoption, VMware has a new hosted service, VMware Go. Using auto-discovery, the service locates your hardware and layers hypervisors on top of it. No fuss, no muss. While it's pretty bare-bones now, the service will gain the ability to patch and do some management in future revs.
Finally, Herrod talked about a cloud on a stick. Micro Clouds, based on Cloud Foundry, puts the whole stack on a USB stick, a great way to develop and test quick-and-dirty cloud apps.
Posted by Doug Barney on 11/01/2011 at 12:47 PM