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Citrix Says, VBlock or VSphere - The Backwards Way to Client Virtualization
Would you build a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean or a jumbo jet in the middle of the air?  Would you design a car starting with the transmission or a new computer application starting with the operating system?  No, nein, nunca, nyet, never... whatever the geography or culture the answer is the same.  So why would you design a next generation client virtualization system starting with the servers?  Uh... I dunno?  But this is exactly the pretense behind the coalition of EMC, VMware and Cisco.  They call it VSphere for Cloud implementations and now VBlock for Enterprise.  Take a datacenter and virtualize the servers.  Take the storage arrays and provide management utilities.  Drop some routers and VoIP controllers into the mix and there you have it... a complete virtualization system... or a completely backwards way of providing a usable architecture for client side virtualization.  Oh yeah... after you do all of this, then all you have to do is bolt on a few thousand Virtual Machines for the users and everybody will be happy.  How preposterous!

Who exactly is this system designed for?  It surely isn't the end user so it must be for the IT group.  But if you believe what industry pundants are saying today, virtualization is all about the end user and client side of the equation.  To paraphrase from Nicholas Carr, author of The Big Switch, "IT is becoming irrelevant becuase it doesn't meet the needs of the end user."  So how is it that EMC, VMware and Cisco have missed the fact that IT is evolving into a Service where the end user defines the requirements and the system is built around user needs?

Have we somehow gone backwards in time?  In the 70's the buzz word for new systems was Man-Machine Interface.  That evolved in the 80's and 90's to Human Factors Engineering.  In 2010 there are a dozen specializations for learned behavioral affects regarding how people interact with software applications.  In fact, one could argue the single most prolific transformation of this science in this decade is evidenced in the design of the iPhone, which takes into account touch screen technology and human behavior for communications and small form factor information creation and dissemination.  That approach has been relatively successful... don't ya think?

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Read the entire article from Scott Swanburg on the Citrix Blog to learn more.

Published Wednesday, June 02, 2010 6:19 AM by David Marshall
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