Halyard Consulting Interviews Nigel Hickey on VMWare Cloud Computing and the Upcoming VMWorld Conference

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Halyard Consulting president Jonathan Goodman interviews Nigel Hickey about VMWare cloud computing and how it can benefit small businesses in preparation for the upcoming VMWorld Conference.

Jonathan Edward Goodman - President of Halyard Consulting

Jonathan Edward Goodman - President of Halyard Consulting

Cloud computing means so many different things to so many people. – Jonathan Goodman

The president of Halyard Consulting, Jonathan Goodman, interviewed Nigel Hickey for his recent podcast. Nigel is a certified specialist with VMware and he spoke about cloud computing from a business perspective.

While many think of storage in the cloud as a place to store their family photos or media library, for a business that can mean so much more. VMware virtualizes computing for businesses. Even small businesses can benefit from using cloud computing over an in-house IT department. Cloud computing provides businesses with a place to store data that can be retrieved from any device in any location. They don't have to worry about running out of space. With an uptime of 99.9%, companies also seldom have to worry about not having access to data when they need it.

Businesses can outsource their entire IT or they can have just one person on staff to handle other issues and manage the cloud system. This cuts down on costs for the business and allows them to have experts on hand to help out with any issues they might face. It also allows staff to work remotely to be more efficient. Instead of having to wait to get back to the office and connect to the network, they can connect remotely and work whenever they need to.

VMware provides virtualization, cloud computing, and a software-defined data center that improves workforce mobility. Goodman and Hickey discussed what it means to be certified with VMware versus other companies and how requirements are higher. They discussed the leaders in virtual desktop computing, which includes Citrix and Amazon besides VMware. Amazon and Google are both leaders in the server aspect with Microsoft not far behind.

Goodman and Hickey got into the details about VMware, including the different applications and what they can do. For instance, Thinapp takes an application that only runs on an older operating version in Windows such as Windows XP and allows it to work in a newer environment like Windows 7. What this does for businesses is allow them to upgrade to newer technology when before they might have stuck with an outdated system to keep from losing an essential application.

Other apps mentioned include Workstation, Fusion, and Player with short explanations by Hickey about what they are designed for and how they work. Hickey strongly advocated for businesses to move to cloud computing to become more efficient and more cost-effective.

Goodman said this is just the first of his conversations with Hickey on this subject and they plan to explore the topic more in-depth in the future. They closed the podcast discussing VM World, which is scheduled for August 23-28 in San Francisco.

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