Oh Yeah, VMworld Is A VMware Show
Paul Maritz, VMware president and CEO, started off his keynote with either a slip of the tongue or a jab at anyone who thinks VMworld should be an open virtualization conference.
"Good morning, and welcome to VMware 2009," Maritz said, referring to the conference by his company's name and not by the VMworld name.
Maritz said the vast majority of IT spending goes toward running IT infrastructures, with relatively little going toward things that make a company more competitive.
"Everything we are doing should be focused on moving that meter, helping [those companies] be more flexible, more productive," he said.
Companies are hungry for a way to move toward cloud computing to provide secure access to scalable, on-demand resources, and that means using virtualization from VMware or another vendor, Maritz said.
To do so, a company needs to lift up an existing application, slide in a virtualized component, and take it to any physical or virtual data center without disrupting current operations, which is what VMware is doing with its vSphere 4 virtualization technology, Maritz said.