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Daily Dispatches @ VMworld Europe 2014: Day 2

Oliver RollBy 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.

General Session

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.

Spotlight Sessions 

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. 

VMware Foundation

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!

Simple MindsVMworld Party

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!

VMware Welcomes HP and Hitachi Data Systems to EVO: RAIL Partner Program

VMware EVO:RAILBy Mornay Van Der Walt, vice president, Emerging Solutions Group, SDDC Division

It seems that the time between VMworld 2014 San Francisco and this week’s VMworld 2014 Barcelona has flown by. In reality, the VMware EVO: RAIL team has remained hard at work during the last seven weeks.

In that time, we launched EVO: RAIL, announced the initial set of EVO: RAIL program partners (Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Inspur, Net One Systems Co. and Supermicro), delivered the GA version of the EVO: RAIL software stack to partners, and partners have begun selling EVO: RAIL systems.

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EVO:RAIL was announced to great fanfare at VMworld 2014 U.S. in San Francisco, and the excitement didn’t end there. One engineer has been waiting for his EVO:RAIL ever since the announcement in August. He’s unable to contain his enthusiasm when his EVO:RAIL arrives in the mail.  So what does he do? Film the unboxing of his new appliance, of course.

VMware End-User Computing Continues Momentum

Sanjay PoonenBy Sanjay Poonen, EVP and GM, End-User Computing, VMware

Here we are VMworld Europe 2014. If you’re in Barcelona for the show as I am, you know what I mean when I say this city is amazing. The people, the energy and the rich culture – it’s everywhere you look and everywhere you go!

But if you step inside the VMworld conference, you’ll see that we have a lot of the same energy as well. People are excited about our products because VMware is a disruptive company with innovative solutions and you can feel the infectious energy from our loyal customers at the show.

As I said during the keynote session today, the world we live in is shifting from a client-server world to a mobile-cloud era, where there is more software today in a modern car than there was in early 1970’s space crafts. This transition to the mobile cloud era will leave many legacy vendors in the cemetery of IT, while creating huge opportunity for a whole new generation of innovators in the next decade.

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VMware Continues to Expand Hybrid Cloud Presence in Europe

Gavin Jackson, VMwareBy Gavin Jackson, Vice President & General Manager, Cloud Services EMEA

It’s day one of VMworld® Europe, and we are kicking off with a lot of exciting news for Hybrid Cloud! This morning during Pat Gelsinger’s keynote, we announced plans to bring VMware vCloud® Air™ to all VMware customers in Germany, giving them access to an easy, fast path to achieve the agility and efficiency of the public cloud.

Why is the Expansion Important?

There has been a strong appetite among customers for vCloud Air in Europe, and today’s announcement is aimed at supporting those organizations that have VMware-based internal clouds and want to transition to using an extension of that environment in a public cloud. We also know data location and sovereignty are important to every organization, and public cloud data centers need to meet both internal IT standards as well as local data requirements. In addition to the UK location and our existing ecosystem of more than 2,100 vCloud Air® Network™ Service Provider Partners in Europe, the Germany location is part of our continued commitment to providing our international customers with local service built with global best practices for architecting public clouds.

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VMware Drives Cloud Management to New Levels with Major Updates to vRealize Suite, New DevOps Solution

Ramin SayarBy Ramin Sayar, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Management Business Unit

Reflecting back on VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, I was struck by the number of conversations I had with the diverse set of customers attending the show. Not just the range of companies and industries they represented, and not just the various roles that make up the infra and ops teams that VMware has always championed. But the conversations with developers, application support admins, IT finance managers, and Risk & Compliance personnel, among others. When I saw both Dev and Ops folks attending the breakouts and walking the solution exchange at VMworld, it hit me that the times they are a-changin’ (with all due respect to Mr. Dylan).

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Daily Dispatches @ VMworld Europe 2014: Day 1

Oliver RollBy Oliver Roll, VP, Global Corporate Communications at VMware

 Welcome to VMworld Europe 2014!

We’re thrilled to be back in Barcelona this year. Those of you who kept up with VMworld 2014 in San Francisco back in August can rest assured we’ve put together an experience every bit as exciting and memorable for our European friends and partners.

With over 400 sessions and speakers scheduled over the next few days and more than 125 partners showcasing in the Solutions Exchange, there’s more to take in than time probably allows, so I’ll be aggregating the day’s highlights in a blog post each morning.

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