Over 23,000 VMware partners and other attendees from 83 countries gathered in Las Vegas for the August 28 kick-off of VMworld 2016.
For those partners who couldn’t make it, let’s get you up to speed with some highlights.
Unveiling Cross-Cloud Architecture™
Pat Gelsinger opened by sharing VMware’s perspective on Digital Business and introduced two new VMware offerings. Both are shaping the future of cloud services by enabling businesses to innovate across clouds and devices while maintaining freedom and control in private and public clouds.
Let’s take a 50,000-foot view:
VMware Cloud Foundation™
Ray O’Farrell, VMware EVP and CTO took the stage to talk about VMware Cloud Foundation™. Ray explained how it brings together the foundational compute, network and storage components of the SDDC by adding capabilities that automate installations, updates and life cycle management for that data-center. The message was loud and clear: we make the private cloud easy. But that wasn’t all. The good news kept coming. Partners can now deliver this solution as a service offering! Find out more.
VMware Cross-Cloud Services™
“Moving to the cloud comes with a whole new set of challenges so why can’t we, (VMware) develop a new set of tools?” asked Guido Appenzeller, VMware CTSO, when he took the stage. Through Guido, we learned VMware did just that when SaaS-based offering, VMware Cross-Cloud Services™, was released. Now, partners can manage, govern and secure applications running in private and public clouds, across devices and across clouds including Amazon, Azure, Google and vSphere. A few highlights include:
- Visibility into cloud usage and cost
- Consistent networking and security
- Mechanisms and policies across clouds
- Deployment, management and migrations of data across vSphere and non-vSphere private and public clouds (including AWS and Azure)
“VMware’s proposition in digital transformation is two-fold, we look to transform the datacenter to make it public cloud ready; and we are digitally transforming the end-users in preparation for the mobile cloud era.”
-Sanjay Poonen. VMware GM, End-User Computing
VMware’s continued investment in growing our end-user computing market share shows. Sanjay explained, “We’re leading the any cloud, any app, any device race in some very tangible ways. We’re the only company with strong ties to Apple, Google and Microsoft.” Through those relationships, VMware partners can and are bridging gaps between end-user’s desire for choices and simplicity and IT’s need for control and security. Watch more from Sanjay here.
VMware Integrated OpenStack™ v3.0
VMware partners have been able to confidently build upon the SDDC to take their business to the next level because their customers are using SDDC technology to drive fundamental transformations in their businesses. Sr. Director of Infrastructure and Operations at Nike, Mike Wittig joined us to tell the story of why Nike needed the automation services of OpenStack and chose VIO and NSX to fuel their growth. Watch what happened as the Nike datacenter was transformed through partnership with VMware and why they chose VMware to fuel their digital growth projections.
VMware Cloud-Native Applications
Containers aren’t just for the hipster DevOps folks anymore. Enterprise organizations are starting to play with containers too. According to VMware’s Kit Colbert CTO, Cloud Platform Business Unit, this creates opportunities as well as challenges.
“Container in development is easy – it’s a big value proposition. A Dev can grab a laptop, get Docker and they’re off and running but production is a different story,” he explained. In production, there are operational requirements that have to be met but this isn’t news to VMware partners. You’ve been implementing those requirements in the SDDC for years but containers are a different story. The answer lies in VMware Enterprise Container Infrastructure. It gives you and your customers what’s needed to run containerized applications in production with confidence. Find out more about updates and improvements after we rolled out vSphere Integrated Containers and PHOTON last year.
By any measure, VMworld 2016 was a tremendous success. The event, packed with information to power customers’ digital transformation, enabled us to gather, collaborate, celebrate and embody our theme, “be_TOMORROW.”
If you missed this year’s event, you can access all of the general session content here. See you at VMWorld 2017!