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VMworld 2014, the cloud and the future of enterprise IT

Bernard Golden | Sept. 10, 2014
The VMworld 2014 expo hall floor brimmed with vendors hawking network, storage and VMware extensions. But that's legacy tech, and anyone going back to work thinking that the public cloud remains two refresh cycles away is missing the bigger picture.

All too often, developers meeting their own needs by using public cloud computing gets characterized as shadow IT or rogue IT, as though labelling the phenomenon with a pejorative term will delegitimize it or, even better, make it stop. As both IDC and Pacific Crest indicate, this phenomenon, if anything, is accelerating.

What becomes clearer each day is that two groups cohabit the world of IT, each with a perspective on what's required to address the IT needs of the business world. All too often, unfortunately, mutual miscomprehension or even contempt separates the two groups. While it's clear who holds the clout today, the drastically different growth rates represented by the second and third platforms auger whom the ultimate victor will be.


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