Learning from past mistakes is critical in the cloud era, according to VMware co-president application platforms, Todd Neilson.
Addressing the almost 6000-strong crowd at vForum in Sydney, Neilson explained one of the key reasons it has become open source and embraced different types of infrastructures, is so users can model the cloud to suit their needs.
“We believe it is critical in this cloud era to learn from past mistakes and avoid falling into proprietary traps that keep customers from doing what they want to do,” Neilson said.
Neilson said a blend of private and public clouds were also an important part of the strategy. He expects to see about 40 per cent of workloads in the public cloud at the end of the decade.
“The blended model is an important part of our strategy to enable users to move workloads from private to public and back again," he said.
Neilson also touched on research conducted by analyst firm, Forrester, that revealed Australia lead the Asia Pacific region in cloud adoption.
The study, Cloud Computing in Asia Pacific: The Annual Cloud Maturity Index, revealed about 67 per cent of respondents had cloud initiatives in place, up from 60 per cent in 2010. The survey questioned 6141 business decision makers in Asia Pacific, with 1078 respondents from Australia.
About 47 per cent of Australian businesses viewed cloud technology as a strategic business investment compared with other markets, which view it as a route to cost savings.
Neilson also touched on the evolving desktop space and cited Gartner research that indicated that by the end of 2011 the average worker will carry three devices.
“If you’re a CIO, delivering data and applications to these different devices is a challenge,” he said.
Other challenges IT will face include delivering more flexible and efficient infrastructure, how to deal with balancing core and new applications; and on the end user side – how to deal with the proliferation of devices.