Summary:

This week we handicap VMware’s chances in cloud vis a vis AWS and Microsoft and Nebula CEO (and former NASA CTO) sketches out how he sees the cloud market unfolding.

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This week Chris Kemp, who was CTO of NASA by the time he was 12 (kidding, but that’s not too far off), talks about how he got into the space program and the odd aspects of working in an organization that, on the one hand required U.S. scientists to collaborate openly with colleagues worldwide but also had a top-secret U.S. military-only aspect.

Chris Kemp

Chris Kemp

At NASA Kemp started to build what has become OpenStack, open-source cloud infrastructure. That technology is now the foundation of public and private cloud offerings from a dozen or more companies, a multiplicity which will lead to consolidation — which is a good thing, he says. Another topic: How he paid 5 grand to experience weightlessness in a gut-wrenching flight aboard a modified 727.

Derrick Harris and I will also hash out VMworld news and assess VMware’s chances to recreate itself as a leading cloud provider. Oh, and Microsoft without Steve Ballmer as CEO.

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