Today i attended a VMWare vSphere event. I was waiting for the fist one who mentioned the "Cloud" word, as this is the buzz word these days. I must say, this didn't take long :)
There was a whole presentation of the new VMWare vSphere product that they claim is "the best platform for building cloud infrastructures".
During this presentation i could see the resemblance with the older (but still used) mainframe technologie, and how we're going back to this sort of infrastructure. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is the next step in virtualization.
Although the "Cloud" is mostly considered a hype, it has a lot of possibilities and advantages.
Cisco is also getting on the Cloud boat with their Nexus 1000v. It's a Virtual Switch for VMWare, but with a full blown IOS, so network management can be done by the networking guys. The switch can span multiple ESX machines.
I'm curious on what Red Hat will be doing later on this year with RHEL 5.4 and KVM. I hope their oVirt technology becomes stable soon, because VMWare's management tools are really good.