VMworld 2013 wraps up today and this year a record 23,000 attendees came to San Francisco for the 10th annual VMworld to learn how VMware is delivering innovation with the software-defined datacenter, hybrid cloud and end user solutions built for the mobile-cloud era. These attendees were greeted by more than 350 breakout sessions, 30 hands on labs and more than 250 partners and a steady stream of news and announcements from the show.
At the General Session on Monday CEO Pat Gelsinger laid the foundation for the IT industry with three imperatives:
- Virtualization extends across the data center
- Management gives way to automation
- The hybrid cloud becomes ubiquitous
Building on VMware’s leadership in compute virtualization, Pat unveiled new technologies that extend the role of virtualization deeper into the data center – further enabling the software-defined data center and a new era for VMware with network virtualization and virtualized storage. VMware introduce new products and services to help IT accelerate the movement to a software-defined data center architecture. These announcements included: vSphere 5.5, vCloud Suite 5.5, VMware NSX, VMware Virtual SAN beta.
Pat and Bill Fathers also announced the general availability of the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, the introduction of new data center locations and new capabilities to make it simple to bring existing and new cloud-native applications to the public cloud. The complete keynote can be seen below.