I’m the guy that VMware PR folks love to hate. Perhaps due to an overdose on public cloud Kool-Aid, I’ve often been a little scornful at the pace of VMware’s messaging and product mix in reaction to the rise of public cloud vendors like Amazon. There has been, in my view, a little too much FUD and not so much enabling real change for customers.
But that said, I’ve also gone on record as saying that vCloudAir, VMware’s public cloud platform, actually makes a whole lot of sense for a number of distinct organizations. Despite their being wary about my intentions, I was given the opportunity to sit down with one of the vCloud Air execs, Angelos Kottas, at VMworld to discuss the platform. (Disclosure: VMware covered my travel and expenses to attend the event.) The discussion came after some commentators had questioned the success that vCloud Air is seeing, and the day after VMware announced some new platform features, including vCloud Air SQL, Site Recovery Manager Air, and object storage.