VMware SVP says BYOD is a small term for a big – but manageable – undertaking (video)

31 Oct 2013

Ray O'Farrell, SVP in charge of cloud infrastructure R&D, VMware

VMware’s senior vice-president in charge of cloud infrastructure R&D Ray O’Farrell arrived at the Dublin Web Summit to discuss the future of cloud computing and the differences between private, hybrid and public cloud.

Cloud and big data have been two of the most talked-about areas of tech for the past few years, and O’Farrell believes that these concepts are now coming together nicely with systems being built to bring software together to work in this environment.

O’Farrell sees two distinct groups interacting with the cloud. “From a consumer point of view, cloud is something that should not be on their mind,” he says, highlighting the invisible nature of cloud at its most effective.

However, for IT professionals, knowledge and awareness of cloud is imperative. The customers O’Farrell deals with are IT professionals for whom the world is changing, and who are under pressure to provide a flexible, dynamic working environment.

Of BYOD (bring your own device), he says, “While that acronym is short, it covers a very broad spectrum of things.” O’Farrell is optimistic, though, and believes there is an openness and eagerness to adopt new technologies for enterprise.

The Irish Data Forum on 22 November in Dublin will examine the data revolution and how Ireland can be at its heart.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.