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News and Announcement Highlights from VMworld 2013

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.


Day two featured president and COO Carl Eschenbach kicking off the general session discussing the challenges and requirements facing both lines of business and IT and how to enable better application delivery to the business. The General Session Day Two keynote featured extensive technology demonstrations that highlighted how virtualizing compute, storage, and networking – coupled with automation – transforms IT service delivery and enables new capabilities for end users.

Key day two announcements included new capabilities and partnerships for VMware Horizon Suite that further simplify IT support for the mobile workforce. We also announced continued momentum for our management business, with a growing numbers of VMware customers implementing VMware’s operations management and automation solutions. Replays of both keynote presentations are available at http://www.vmworld.com/community/conference/us/learn/general sessions

Here’s a recap of the key announcements made during the VMworld:

Additionally, there were some key partner announcements throughout VMworld:

Rounding out the news recap, on Monday morning VMware announced that Microsoft veteran Tony Scott has joined the company as Chief Information Officer.

All the news and announcements coming out of VMworld generated an enormous amount of buzz and the community took to Twitter in force, tweeting more than 50,000 times – enough to keep #VMworld trending on Twitter for two straight days.

Monday’s executive roundtable “The Data Center Is Dead! Long Live the Data Center!” generated one of the most active discussions on Twitter. The panel featured
Marc Andreessen, Co-founder and Partner, Andreessen Horowitz, Andy Bechtolsheim, CDO/Chairman, Arista Networks, Pat Gelsinger and Graeme Hay, Head of Infrastructure Architecture and Strategy, Credit Suisse. Moderated by futurist Paul Saffo, the panel discussed topics such as: the future of the data center, how we’ll interact with apps and the role of big data. You can see a visual recap of the Twitter conversation at: www.vmfutureit.com/visualization/

Following a great week in San Francisco there’s a lot of excitement around VMware’s approach to solving the biggest challenges in the IT industry. Be sure to continue to follow #VMworld and @VMwareNews as we start to prepare for VMworld Europe, which will take place in Barcelona on October 14-17, 2013. To register, visit: http://www.vmworld.com/community/conference/europe