At a recent blog post vCenter Integration Mantra at vNinja, Christian calls for all vendors to integrate their software into vCenter
Can we have it inside the vCenter client?
In short, what we want is for all those great third party vendors like VKernel, Solarwinds and others to be able to put their feature addons directly into the vCenter client. Currently most third party apps “integrate” by offering a new tab where you can access it, but I would love to see that being expanded even further.
Now, I like a unified and comprehensive management console as much as the next person, but aren’t you worried about putting all your eggs in one basket ? If I was vKernel or Solarwinds, I am betting my business on VMware providing the necessary APIs and developer support to be able to provide that integration. My product starts to “look and feel” like VMware and I am restricted in the implementation to use an interface that confirms to VMware’s rules.
What happens if VMware decides to buy / develop a product that competes ? What guarantees does VMware give that they will support any all products in their ecosystem. As a lot of Apple developers found out this week – when an elephant dances, friends get squashed even when the elephant doesn’t mean to.
The EtherealMind View
One of the problems of the current dominance of VMware is that many engineers see the entire Infrastructure solution framed and solved within the reference of VMware products. VMware is a great product, and have good market positioning, but there are other products in the markets such as Xen, HyperV that also are markets for management tools. VMware is well on it’s way to becoming a platform but working on a platform has it’s bad points. Not so long ago, we were all clamouring for all our software to run on MS Windows™ Server™ as MMC snap ins – today, we mostly wish we they didn’t.
Calling for all products to conform to VMware’s view of the IT Infrastructure world is a bit narrow and self-centred. I hope it doesn’t become wide spread. Or you’ll end up like networking where people only understand Cisco’s way of networking and now that Cisco isn’t quite as good or market leading as it used to be, it’s a complicated and challenging time in the networking business.
Lets remember that IT infrastructure lasts longer than most vendors. Cast your eye at the mainframe in the corner of your data center that you can’t quite get rid of, and consider why you want your administrative tools to be autonomous — at least, most of the time anyway.