This week’s Tech Field Day roundtable discussion is an audio chat on the subject of stack wars – the creation of all-in-one “stacks” of IT equipment by the major vendors. These stacks have been quite a hot topic of discussion both inside Gestalt IT and in the community as a whole.
The discussion was wide-ranging, and we’ve split it into two episodes. This second episode includes discussion of the following:
- HP’s unique position as a soup-to-nuts infrastructure supplier
- The enterprise readiness of 3COM, D-Link, Virtual Connect, Xsigo
- Cisco’s secret plan with UCS marketing
- The concept of integrating the VMware hypervisor as firmware in the stack
- The exact definition of stack – what does it really mean?
- Is there a difference between a “marketing stack” or reference architecture and a “real stack”?
- What is the compelling economic driver that makes people move to vertical integration?
- What is VMware’s long-term strategy for stack wars?
- Was vBlock designed for the cloud?
Joining the call are the following Gestalt IT authors and Field Day delegates:
- Jason Boche (@JasonBoche, Boche.net)
- Rich Brambley (@RBrambley, VM /ETC)
- Carlo Costanzo (@CCostan, VMware Info)
- Chris Evans (@ChrisMEvans, The Storage Architect)
- Greg Ferro (@EtherealMind, EtherealMind)
- Edward Haletky (@Texiwill, The Virtualization Practice)
- Joerg Hallbauer (, Joerg’s Storage Blog)
- Robin Harris (@StorageMojo, Storage Mojo)
- Rod Haywood (@Rodos, Musings of Rodos)
- John Hickson (@StudioSystems, Studio Sysadmins)
- Scott Lowe (@Scott_Lowe, ScottLowe.org)
- John Obeto (@JohnObeto, Absolutely Windows)
- Devang Panchigar (@StorageNerve, StorageNerve)
- Bas Raayman (@BasRaayman, Bas Raayman)
- Ed Saipetch (@EdSai, Breathing Data)