Group Product Marketing Manager, vSphere, VMware, VMware
Michael Adams joined VMware in 2007 and is a group product marketing manager working on the VMware vSphere platform. In his role, Michael helps drive efforts around product launches and helps evangelize the platform to both internal and external audiences. Prior to VMware, Michael lead the marketing efforts for the NetBackup product line at both Symantec and VERITAS Software. Prior to joining the vendor community, Michael was an open systems storage analyst for the Giga Information Group (now part of Forrester Research). Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Michigan.
There are two trends leading to the next transformation of the data center – First, the proliferation of virtualization across data center hardware and software is modernizing the data center. Second, changing business needs are demanding faster response from IT. These trends are leading to a new approach – the software-defined data center – where all IT infrastructure services are virtualized and delivered as a service, and the control of this data center is entirely driven by software. But how do you go from virtualization to full achieving a software-defined data center? What are the necessary steps organizations need to take to realize this transformation? What does the journey look like? What are the operational challenges and roadblocks, and the major decisions that business will need to make? What are the right investments and when is the right time?