By Oliver Roll
Day 2 of VMworld Europe 2014 is officially underway with nearly 9,000 people in attendance, and if you thought Tuesday was action-packed, wait until you see what Wednesday has in store. Be sure to join us for the Hall Crawl in the Solutions Exchange at 5 p.m.
Day 1 Recap
From our new data center in Germany to the unveiling of our new cloud management offering, VMware vRealize Suite, yesterday was a whirlwind of announcements. Before we get into today’s agenda, let’s recap some of the big stories from Day 1.
- We’re thrilled to announce the expansion of vCloud Air into Central Europe via a new VMware-operated data center in Germany. The rollout of the vCloud Air Network has been a wild success so far, and we’re excited to open the service to more European customers in Q1 of 2015.
- At VMworld San Francisco, we unveiled the EVO: RAIL hyper-converged infrastructure appliance and yesterday we announced a partnership with Hewlett Packard to deliver the HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC EVO: RAIL. HCI is the future and if our growing stable of EVO: RAIL partners is any indication, the future is nigh! Got a few minutes? Check out the video to the right of an excited engineer unboxing his new EVO:RAIL appliance.
- We unveiled a new product yesterday: VMware Horizon FLEX. This new solution enables enterprises to provision, manage and secure virtual desktops from a central location, while delivering full capabilities to both PC and Mac platforms. That’s one small step for Horizon, and one giant leap for BYOD.
- Last but certainly not least, the roll out of vRealize Suite 6 is sure to streamline hybrid cloud management for all organizations, ranging in size from SMBs to Fortune 500s. In addition, we also unveiled vRealize Code Stream, which is tailor-built for DevOps teams.
VMware President and Chief Operating Officer Carl Eschenbach will headline Tuesday’s General Session. He’ll be joined on stage by several VMware customers who’ll share real-world accounts of software-defined architecture transforming their business.
Chief Technology Officer Ben Fathi and our EVP of the Software-Defined Datacenter Division, Raghu Raghuram, will also be on hand to discuss how software-defined solutions are taking over everything—from the data center to the hybrid cloud.
For those unable to be there in person, you can register for the livestream at www.vmware.com/now.
We had some spectacular breakouts yesterday and today promises to be no different. Check out the annual “What’s New in vSphere” session, where—you guessed it—we’ll be discussing what’s new in the latest release of vSphere. The session will take a high-level perspective and will be led by Michael Adams, director of the vSphere Product Team.
For those of you unfamiliar with the VMware Foundation, it is a platform for empowering partners, customers and colleagues to become Citizen Philanthropists. In this spirit, The Foundation is once again hosting Destination Give Back, which proved to be a hit at VMworld in San Francisco.
Join us in the Hang Space and we’ll provide a kit to build your own paper airplane. Participants will then test how far their planes can fly, and based on the distance, VMware will make a donation to the cause of your choice.
Help us make giving take flight!
At VMware, we work hard, and it’s a rare occasion that we’re able to cut loose with all of our customers and partners. For this year’s annual VMworld Party, we’ve arranged a gala to be remembered—headlined by none other than one of my favorite bands of all time—Simple Minds!
Join us at 8 p.m. for food, drinks and music.
See you later everyone!