November 05, 2012, 11:31 AM — To some outsiders looking in, VMware has gone through quite a change recently.
A year ago there were criticisms that VMware was the proprietary private-cloud and virtualization leader, with a perception by some that the company was pushing vendor lock-in to ensure customers work within the VMware ecosystem. Perhaps the height of the angst of "VMware vs. the world" came when its VP of Cloud Service Mathew Lodge now almost infamously called open source cloud projects "ugly sisters" in response to reps from open source projects claiming they were more open than VMware.
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Since then, there's been somewhat of a different tune from VMware. At VMworld this spring, the company outlined its software-defined data center concept, an idea that the entirety of data center operations, from compute to storage and networking, can all be virtualized and controlled by overlaying software.
The company went on somewhat of an acquisition spree too, to enhance what some consider a new concept for VMware: enabling multi-cloud management and migration of workloads outside of VMware environments.
Network World recently sat down with one of the men behind VMware's strategy and technology, CTO and Senior Director of R&D for VMware Dr. Stephen Herrod, at MIT's annual Emerging Technologies conference in Boston, where he discussed the future of networking being software-defined.
Note: This is a lightly edited transcript of an interview with Herrod on Oct. 25.
Network World: There's been talk by some that VMware has a new strategy around supporting multi-clouds and opening up to open source projects. Tell us in your own words what VMware's overall strategy is right now?