I should be reporting to you this week directly from the VMworld show in Cannes, but the organisers kindly decided they didn’t want to hand out any more press passes so, not wanting to be a trespasser (and being from Yorkshire I don’t pay to attend shows) I stayed home. I don’t like Cannes anyway.
But a mate reports from the show that his mate, who was at MWC in Barca last week, reckons VMworld is a much better effort. It’s all about focus these days of course. That said, there was a time – not so long ago – that MWC was called 3GSM, and that was in Cannes, and it was focused.
I’m interested to know how many true punters – AKA IT professionals, not vendors or media related – actually attend shows? Why would you when there’s the ‘net? Which brings us back to VMworld – the irony being a physical show hosted in the name of a virtual environment?
Maybe more of a worry to VMware is the news that Red Hat has launched an entire line of virtualization software aimed at VMware, giving customers an open-source option for virtualising their data centres.
I was discussing virtualization of data centres earlier this week with some of the ProCurve guys. Every vendor seems to have a software or hardware (or both) solution in the name of the “V” word at the moment, so I’m hoping to get my hands on this stuff too and see if there really is a new world out there or whether it’s simply old but retold (and resold). Interesting aside on ProCurve, being HP’s networking division. Last week Mark Hurd, wot runs HP, apologised for poor performance for HP as a whole, announcing lots of salary cuts (bet he’s popular) to counter the slump. Yet, if you work for ProCurve, you must be thinking “what slump?” as the company grew around 35% last year. So, having effectively been run and flourished as an autonomous company, start-up almost, now it has been fully embraced by HP is this the beginning of the end? Let’s hope not. After all, if you’ve been used to selling chassis-based Ethernet switches and managing the complexities of MPLS networks, you don’t really want to end up selling printer cartridges. Do you? Oh, and another small point, EMEA, not the US, is ProCurve’s biggest market. That surely says something to an American parent…