EMC declares VMWare “acquisition of the decade”

Mark Lewis discusses virtualisation uptake and rebuffs cloud computing critics

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EMC declares VMWare “acquisition of the decade” Lewis: The growing movement towards virtualisation has marked a “seachange” in IT.
By  Imthishan Giado Published  November 11, 2009

ATHENS: Six years on, EMC's former CTO has called the 2003 purchase of then-startup VMware the ‘acquisition of the decade'.

Now president of the storage specialist's content management and archiving division, Mark Lewis further remarked on the sidelines of EMC's Momentum event in Athens that the growing movement towards virtualisation has marked a "seachange" in IT, and brought bumper cost savings directly to enterprises.

"We've been super pleased. It's been the acquisition of the decade, really. It was a seachange of I think, IT. What's great about most new technologies like this, is that it has a profound impact on cost. Not 20% better, but orders of magnitude improvement on cost. Customers are seeing that with VMware and the kind of consolidation that they've been able to achieve on server consolidations. Huge, huge cost savings," he says.

"The other good thing is that it doesn't change fundamentally the way companies build IT. It's completely compatible within Intel-based environments with all existing applications. Unlike many SaaS models where you might be doing your CRM with Siebel or Oracle today and you want to go to Salesforce.com, you have to make a fundamental change. A lot of small companies start in Salesforce - it's hard for big companies to move over," he adds.

Lewis also took aim at the recent criticism of cloud computing as another in a long line of buzzwords, most recently declared by Larry Ellison of Oracle: "I even thought grid computing was a bit of niche thing. I try not to get over excited about things. But I think cloud is a pervasive change and it will literally impact everything across sectors. If you look at planned adoption of basic virtualization, if you do that and you manage your datacenter around that virtualization, you've created a cloud. That's all it is. It's a virtual datacentre environment with virtualized applications on top.

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