Enter the announcement that VMware purchased an IT economics company called Digital Fuel. In the blog post announcing the acquisition, Ramin Sayer noted that with the rise of external cloud providers, it is now possible for IT to be benchmarked against alternatives. Moreover, the nature of applications in a "cloud world" is changing, due to use of external services, uneven elasticity patterns, and so on, and that makes calculating their costs more challenging than in a world of stable loads and purely internal resources.
The days of de facto internal IT monopoly are long gone, and the days of making easy assumptions about the cost advantages of internal IT resources are ending as well. For IT to step away from its "ghetto" image and assume its rightful role as an information factory powering the operations of the company, a significant shift in operations, budgeting, and economics is crucial. It's clear that VMware recognizes this and has acknowledged it with the acquisition of Digital Fuel. As a CIO, are you ready to embrace that future?
Bernard Golden is CEO of consulting firm HyperStratus, which specializes in virtualization, cloud computing and related issues. He is also the author of "Virtualization for Dummies," the best-selling book on virtualization to date.
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