By Sanjay Poonen, EVP and GM, End-User Computing, VMware
Last week, dozens of our VMware and AirWatch team members traveled to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress – the industry’s leading mobility event that drew together over 93,000 industry leaders, business innovators and technology experts for four jam-packed days of excitement. This was my second Mobile World Congress with VMware, and I have to say that our joint VMware and AirWatch presence at the event this year was truly impressive. We won an award, made some huge announcements and really made a splash with highlights including:
Main-stage keynote from Pat Gelsinger focused on “the New Mobile Identity” and why business mobility is such a priority for enterprises today. During his talk, Pat spotlighted VMware vCloud for NFV, an integrated Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) platform that will combine our virtualized compute, networking, storage and management solutions with integrated OpenStack support.
We unveiled the EVO:RACK tech preview at VMworld 2014 U.S. in San Francisco. The EVO:RACK tech preview is a hyper-converged infrastructure project designed to dramatically simplify how enterprises buy, deploy, and operate software-defined data centers at scale. It will run on a range of pre-integrated hardware configurations ranging from Open Compute Project-based hardware designs to industry-standard OEM servers and converged infrastructure.
QCT demonstrated a half-rack version of the EVO:RACK tech preview at VMworld 2014 U.S. And we are pleased to continue to work with QCT to demonstrate the EVO:RACK tech preview to enterprises and service providers — this time at the OCP U.S. Summit. Be sure to drop by QCT’s booth (#C6) at the summit next week.
With the launch of One Cloud, Any Application, Any Device in the beginning of February, VMware executives Pat Gelsinger, Raghu Raghuram, Bill Fathers and Ray O’Farrell met with members of the tech press for an open Q&A. Some of the topics covered include VMware Integrated OpenStack, Google Apps on vCloud Air and the future of the software-defined data center.
Check out some excerpts from the Q&A below:
Q: We heard about long-distance vMotion with the launch of VMware vSphere 6. Can you talk about the use cases you’re seeing for that technology?
A: [Raghuram:] “While talking with customers about this technology, they quickly saw new possibilities that they could not do before. For example, many customers struggled to do active-active data centers for traditional applications and with a technology like [vMotion], active-active data centers become possible. Follow-the-sun data center capability, where you’re moving your applications or desktops closer to where the users are — becomes possible. Disaster recovery planning, preempting DR scenarios — all of those kind of things that customers did not even think about seriously until now because the technology was not available.”
Not since the first dot-com boom has the pace of data center innovation so rapidly transformed and disrupted old ways of doing business, engendering entirely new ways of consuming content, products and services. There are few mediums where this is more apparent than our mobile devices, but while the Googles and Amazons of the world reap the benefits of the transition toward cloud-based infrastructure, many communications service providers (CSPs) are struggling to keep up.
This is a challenge VMware is addressing today with the roll out of vCloud for NFV, a unified infrastructure platform that enables CSPs to leverage the benefits of a carrier-grade cloud platform in their core network infrastructure.
On the enterprise side, many data centers are already enjoying the benefits of the cloud transformation. These include innovations like resource virtualization and pooling, distributed storage, the ability to instantly create and tear down network topologies, as well as zero-trust security achieved through microsegmentation. Increasingly, CSPs are hoping to inject this same “cloud DNA” into their core network architectures, platforms and service models.
If you happen to find yourself in Barcelona next week, the lineup for Mobile World Congress this year includes Mark Zuckerberg and Tom Wheeler, as well as industry leaders like Samsung and Nokia. In addition to stalwarts of the mobile world, VMware will again be participating in 2015, with a number of exciting announcements.
Last year at Mobile World Congress 2014, VMware officially announced the acquisition of AirWatch, the leader in enterprise mobile management. The AirWatch team will return this year to host a variety of technical, as well as higher-level sessions. With one of the largest booths at Mobile World Congress, there’s not doubt that AirWatch will again make a big splash, but it’s not the sole offering we’re eager to highlight at this year’s show.
Coinciding with VMware’s One Cloud, Any Application launch event on Feb. 2, CEO Pat Gelsinger joined thought leaders from across industries to delve into the topic of market disruption. The panel, moderated by Quentin Hardy, deputy tech editor for the New York Times, also included Geoffrey Moore, managing director of Geoffrey Moore Consulting, Casey Gerald, CEO of MBAxAmerica, and Renaud Laplanche, CEO of Lending Club.
Following a discussion about disruption in each respective industry, Moderator Quentin Hardy asks each panelist what they would like to disrupt that would help solve a macro issue related to their areas of expertise. Hear what these industry thought leaders had to say in the video below.
To view a recording of the entire 40-minute panel discussion, click on the video here:
VMware Partner Exchange 2015 wrapped up last week and it was truly a fantastic event. We dared attendees to “Thrive” as we unveiled a major product launch, acquisitions and partnerships. During the Partner Exchange general session, VMware President and Chief Operating Officer Carl Eschenbach challenged three members of the company’s leadership team to describe the value proposition of a specific part of the business in just five minutes or less! Read on to watch videos of:
Bill Fathers, EVP and GM of Cloud Services at VMware, discussing hybrid cloud
Raghu Raghuram, EVP of VMware’s Software Defined Data Center Division, discussing the value proposition of the software defined data center
Sanjay Poonen, Executive Vice President and General Manager of End-User Computing at VMware, discussing the current and future state of end-user computing