In a fit of madness/competiveness VMware’s CTO for vCloud Air EMEA dragged himself and a Panasonic Toughpad FZ-X1 tablet to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and proved that you really can launch a hybrid cloud anywhere - or to quote the press release “enable enterprise IT delivery from any location.”
The release explains “After making the difficult 6,000 metre climb up the highest African peak, Munro used the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-X1 tablet, a BGAN Explorer 700 global satellite system and VMware vCloud AirTM to establish a working virtual machine in minutes at the summit famed for its high altitude, difficult terrain and extreme temperatures.”
"I was keen to show customers that with a true hybrid cloud not only can you deliver enterprise IT in the public cloud and from one of the most extreme environments on earth, but you can also do things in minutes that would take a traditional IT department months to do on-premises," said Richard Munro, VMware CTO for vCloud Air EMEA. Well he would, wouldn’t he?
Why you would want to do that up Mount Kilimanjaro, or indeed up Mount Snowdon or any other mountain is questionable but it has been done. The gauntlet has been thrown. So what’s next? OpenStack up K2?
Send us your pictures of high up places you’ve launched a virtual machine and we’ll publish them. Email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “this is a desperate ploy to promote my kit.”
That reminds me did I ever tell you about the time I went to Glastonbury Festival with a Mac Book and some Psions?