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Special Thanks!

I’d like to give a huge shout out to Mike Laverick (rtfm.co.uk). He made mention of my fledgling little experiment over here in Japan; to collect the best blogs from the best bloggers, translate them into Japanese (with permission, of course) and rev up the virtualization and cloud communities over here. His mere mentioning of my site increased uniques today by about 500%.

Japan, and all of Asia for that matter, is a hugely growing area for virtualization and cloud technologies, with VMware leading the pack. The penetration of VMware is still pretty small despite huge growth and for that I am grateful as it means many possible opportunities for experienced and motivated individuals to be a part of an something special.

A fellow APJ region friend of mine over at EMC, Scott Drummonds (vpivot.com), who many of you may know, has been working over in this region for the past few months now. I believe he shares some of these same sentiments about Asia. It’s a tough nut to crack, but once there is hair-line fracture, Asia is going to be a huge market in the next 3-5 years!

My blog also contains some more original (up to this point, observational) posts by me regarding what comes to mind in this new era of IT that we are now entering. I am also doing my part to motivate the VMware community more directly by starting a Tokyo VMUG, since there hasn’t been an active one up to this point. I also am the manager of the LinkedIn Tokyo VMUG as well.

Please read my English articles and comment if you wish, but more importantly, for those working as part of international organizations with subsidiaries in Japan please let your colleagues know where I’m at, or for those readers in Japan, I hope you come often and enjoy what I have to offer… this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

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VMworld 2010 – Wrap-up

I just finished attending my first VMworld in San Francisco, CA. It was a most rewarding and worthwhile conference on several fronts, most notably in people networking and future vision from both VMware and its ecosystem of partners and vendors. I made several contacts that will serve as a useful team to help answer questions and keep me up-to-date on the latest developments as well as problems and solutions others are seeing out in the real world. The people I met are too numerous to name but each of them had a unique perspective that I hope to draw on in the continuing evolution of virtualization and cloud computing.

VMware’s Vision

VMware made several product and acquisition announcements throughout the week that further cement their position as the dominant virtualization but more importantly cloud services player. I estimate that VMware has now further distanced themselves from the likes of Microsoft and Citrix to the point where I would say they have about a 3 year lead over either company. The announcements and their approach to cloud security and networking for cloud environments is something that I have yet to hear any realistic information about from any of the competitors (if you can even call them competitors). I guess what they do to combat the likes of VMware remains to be seen. They are leading the charge and their approach makes sense as we look to the cloud reality ahead. As Paul Maritz (President & CEO of VMware) and other executives mentioned, the cloud is happening with or without VMware. VMware has a very strong position going forward and I expect them to aggressively release products and make acquisitions that further strengthen their position in the industry.

Hands-on Labs

Another high note from the conference was the self-paced, hands-on labs. These were absolutely amazing! I only wish that the hotels around the venue had remote access to these to allow attendees to take the labs on a more convenient schedule. I felt that I had to pick and choose between going to labs and missing a breakout session that I was really interested in attending or a speaker that I wanted to meet in person and discuss his virtualization experiences and expertise. In fact, I wonder what happens to the labs in between VMworld US and VMworld Europe. It would be a great benefit to provide access to the lab environments to attendees externally so that they can really see all the new technologies and products that VMware hopes we will test, buy and then implement in the coming year. After all, IT budget season is upon us. Even better would be for VMware to practice what is preaches and create an LCaaS (LabCloud as a Service) offering that would allow attendees or any users for that matter, the ability to pay an hourly fee to access the labs any time throughout the year. Perhaps a service provider or individual can step up to the plate and offer this service as part of their portfolio.

Community

Being a new blogger and twitterer on the scene here in Japan, I was very thankful to have the opportunity to let people know that I am out there, what I stand for and what I am trying to accomplish in the community over here. Reciprocally, I hope that I can introduce the VMware community in Japan to the wealth of knowledge and great people that I encountered at VMworld. I even had the unexpected fortune of getting some ideas for my blogging, etc. that will help grow the community even further. I had the opportunity to meet all of the top global virtualization and cloud bloggers and intend to help them develop a following over here. This will only help further grow virtualization and cloud here in Japan but also help to facilitate a mutual understanding despite our language barriers. Finally, it was an absolutely joy to take part in the v0dgeball (dodge ball) competition on Thursday evening. Not only did I have a chance to talk on a more personal level to some of my idols in the virtualization and cloud world, I made some personal friendships that I hope will stand the test of time… but only time will tell.

Until next year… keep on virtualizin’ and I’ll see you in the clouds!

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