Interesting news from IBM InterConnect today (Disclusure: IBM contributed to my travel and expenses to attend the event). Big blue is teaming up with VMware in order to give enterprises that use VMware (which, it has to be said, is just about everyone) an easy way to move their workloads to the cloud.
The strategic partnership has created an architecture that allows enterprises to extend an on-premises data center into the cloud. A few years ago this would have been called cloudbursting and touted as a magical way to move spike loads from on-premises infrastructure into the cloud when demand peaks. Since then, however, the world has gotten a little more realistic and cloudbursting is seen as very much an edge case (and a problematic one at that). Now this sort of portability play is more about sensitive information, geographic granularity and having a logical progression from the on-premises world to the cloudy one.