IMF Spring Roundtable Topic Spotlight: Internal Private Cloud Operations

Topic Spotlight: Internal Private Cloud Operations

Brian Smith, Director, OneCloud Operations at VMware

With over 80,000 VM’s deployed globally, VMware’s private cloud journey has been very successful. It has also had to overcome many challenges. Drinking your own champagne isn’t always easy or glamorous, but is one of the most important things a software company can do to improve its product quality. As you know, the Cloud continues to evolve at a faster pace than ever and this leads to many questions. How do I fund this? Is it Capex or Opex? How do you keep enough buffer to meet urgent needs, while also being lean? How do you staff a new team? Is it all from outside, or can we transform our IT organization into a Cloud Operations team? Do you do any charge back internally, and if so, what things do you charge for? How do you run a stable cloud that the business can rely on, at the same time branching out to try new emerging technologies without risking the crown jewels? What is the Hybrid Cloud we keep hearing about? How do I provide security in such a dynamic environment? Can I provide capacity at “Cloud ease and speed” to my users without going to the public cloud? Brian Smith from VMware IT will tell you how we solved these challenges and answer your questions.


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