Podcast 7: Stack Wars Roundtable 2

  1. The Stack Wars Have Begun!
  2. Stack Wars: The Links
  3. Rodos on Stack Wars
  4. My take on the stack wars
  5. Podcast 7: Stack Wars Roundtable 2
  6. iBlock?
  7. Meet the Enterprise IT Superpowers

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:

Download the stack wars roundtable podcast now, or subscribe in iTunes to tune in to the discussion!

About the author

Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at TechFieldDay.com, blog.FoskettS.net, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

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