Last week I submitted my notice of resignation to VCE. My departure, effective later this month, is by no means confirmation of the recent rumors or speculation about VCE or the investors (VMware, Cisco , EMC, and Intel) commitment to the joint venture. I believe in the concept of a converged infrastructure and VCE certainly has the tools at hand to succeed in the market.
There is no use in detailing why I’m leaving. It’s sufficient to say that I have very high expectations of the people I work with, the culture I work in and most of all myself. The real question is; what comes next?
There is a lot happening in the data center to be excited about. The concept of software defined networks and the work being done on the back of OpenFlow (and other technologies) is very interesting. Virtualization still has a long evolutionary road, particularly as Xen, KVM and Hyper-V become more competitive with VMware’s vSphere. Cloud is still evolving and most customers are still grappling with what it means, how to implement it, and more fundamentally, do they need it. I also believe there is a great amount of work that could be done in commoditizing compute platforms, not just the commodity technology in proprietary wrappers we buy today. Not to mention what ARM and Atom based servers could mean to the industry. Lots of interesting technology to say the least.
Confucius said ‘Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart’. With that in mind, I look forward bringing everything I have to whatever comes next. If you have an exciting opportunity, give me a call.