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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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttQLrytT7xU

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The VMware Time Machine – Celebrating 15 years of Innovation

VMware was founded in 1998 in a small Palo Alto office, where our founders and early employees started a revolution with virtualization – a radical approach to computing that  permanently changed the IT landscape. This year VMware is celebrating our 15th anniversary and we’ve created the VMware Time Machine to take a look at all the changes across the IT and consumer tech industry that we’ve seen over the last 15 years.

VMWARE OVER THE YEARS

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Day Two At VMworld: EUC and Management Momentum + What to Watch For

Day one at VMworld was exciting and there’s a lot of buzz around the software-defined data center and vCloud Hybrid Service. Today be on the lookout for news coming from our management and end user computing business units.

Accelerating Momentum In End User Computing

There is tremendous momentum behind VMware’s mission to simplify IT support for the mobile workforce with some exciting news coming from our End-User Computing business unit. We’re delivering desktop-as-a-service, cutting-edge VMware Ready smartphones from leading OEMs, new mobile partners and enhancements to Horizon Suite to extend data, applications and desktops to the mobile workforce.

There are two parts to our announcement, the first part is an update to our Horizon View solution.

As you heard from Pat in yesterday’s keynote, we’re introducing a new virtual desktop deployment option for VMware Horizon View that offers organizations an easy transition to virtual desktops. With the new VMware Horizon View Desktop-as-a-Service on VMware vCloud Hybrid Service that will be available later this year, organizations will be able to extend desktops and the data center to the cloud using the same tools and processes. This new capability gives organizations the choice to deploy desktop-as-a-service on vCloud Hybrid Service themselves or through a managed service provider.

Horizon View Desktop-as-a-Service is also available immediately as a stand-alone offering through vCloud Partners and customers will be able to deploy desktops from the cloud by choosing from a range of global service providers.

The second part of our announcement involves updates to our mobile strategy:

The list of VMware Ready smartphones supporting Horizon Workspace now includes the recently launched LG G2, HTC One and the Motorola DROID family of smartphones (DROID Mini, DROID Ultra and DROID Maxx).  This adds to the expanding line-up of VMware Ready devices already in-market that includes the LG Intuition, Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4, Droid Razr HD and Razr M by Motorola. Additionally, we’ve added new mobile partners – Sony and HTC – who will introduce devices using the dual persona capability found in Horizon Workspace this year.

We’re also introducing Horizon Workspace 1.5, a highly integrated mobile management solution that offers a single integrated management interface to support Android devices alongside all other components of the corporate workspace with the integration of VMware Horizon Mobile. This will make supporting mobile users and BYOD simpler for IT while still providing the access and mobility that enterprise users want.

For more information on the EUC announcements, read the blog post and press release.

Strong Growth in Management and a Preview of What’s Next

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VMworld 2013: Data Center Innovation at Scale

This year VMware is celebrating our 15th anniversary and coming together for our 10th VMworld. At VMworld 2013 we’re building on our leadership in compute virtualization and announcing new technologies that extend the role of virtualization into every domain of the data center, enabling the infrastructure for customers to transition to the mobile-cloud era.

The Software-Defined Data Center Today

Last year at VMworld, we introduced our software-defined data center vision. The software-defined data center vision builds upon our heritage in compute virtualization by using the same principles of abstraction, pooling and automation to bring flexibility, automation and efficiency to storage and networking. This year, we’re delivering on the vision we laid out for the software-defined data center.

Today, we’re announcing VMware NSX, VMware Virtual SAN, VMware vCloud Suite 5.5 and VMware vSphere with Operations Management 5.5, bringing the software-defined data center to life while fundamentally redefining the role of the hypervisor in the data center.

VMware NSX

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Microsoft Veteran Tony Scott joins VMware as Chief Information Officer

Today we’re excited to announce Tony Scott is joining VMware as senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO). In this role, Scott will manage VMware’s global information technology organization, a group that manages the critical technology systems supporting the company’s worldwide business operations.


A longtime industry, Scott brings more than 30 years of experience running global IT operations for leading corporations. Most recently, Scott served as corporate vice president and chief information officer of Microsoft Corp, where he was responsible for security, infrastructure, messaging and business applications for all of Microsoft, including support of the product groups, the corporate business groups, and the global sales and marketing organization. Before joining Microsoft, Scott served as senior vice president and chief information officer of The Walt Disney Co., and chief technology officer at General Motors Corp.

Scott will report to Pat Gelsinger, VMware’s chief executive officer and from our announcement “Having a leader of Tony’s caliber join VMware is an example of the talent we are attracting to what is already a world-class VMware team,” Gelsinger said. “Tony will have responsibility for advancing and protecting VMware information assets, leading a team that is helping VMware meet the IT needs of more than 500,000 customers worldwide.”

Tony is a members of CIO magazine’s CIO Hall of Fame, Scott has a bachelor of science in information systems management from the University of San Francisco and also holds a juris doctorate from Santa Clara University.

The Data Center Is Dead! Long Live The Data Center – The 2013 VMworld Executive Roundtable

This year’s 2013 VMworld executive roundtable has been announced and on Monday we’ll discuss “The Data Center is Dead, Long Live the Data Center.” The executive roundtable brings together thought leaders from across the IT industry to discuss the biggest industry challenges and make predictions for what trends will impact the IT industry – and society – in the future.

This year’s session will feature a lively discussion topics likethe evolution of the data center to the next big technology disruption. The panel will be moderated by futurist Paul Saffo, Managing Director of Foresight, DISCERN Analytics  VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger who will be joined by:

The session takes place onsite at VMworld and is generally one of the most popular panels at the show. In-person attendees must be registered for VMworld 2013  and seating is on a first-come first serve basis.

Follow the discussion on Twitter via @VMwareNews and the hashtag #FutureofIT

WHEN:  Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 from 1:30 – 2:30 PM PDT
WHERE:  VMworld 2013, Moscone West Room 2002, San Francisco

VMware Women of Purpose: Where to Connect at VMworld 2013

This post is authored by Sonal Patel, Co-Founder and Director of Women of Purpose, VMware, Inc.

We’re excited to announce VMware Women of Purpose is hosting its 4th annual event at VMworld. This interactive community of IT professionals highlights successful women in IT from organizations globally.

This year our focus will be on how role models and effective networks can make a difference for women in IT. We have invited a keynote speaker from Catalyst, the leading research organization on opportunities for women and business, and we will hear from several female executives in IT as they discuss their own experiences.

If you too are passionate about supporting, motivating, mentoring and elevating women in IT, register now and join your peers to meet and interact with our featured panelists in an open, Q&A format.

The program is designed to ensure you will expand your professional network through dialogue and interaction with your colleagues and peers. Please bring your own thoughts, questions and observations to the table.

We want this to be one of the most interactive sessions of your time at VMworld! We will discuss insights and personal experiences with leadership of women in technology; how women have positively impacted technology; and what they believe will be the challenges and opportunities in the future.

In addition, we welcome keynote speaker Mary Boughton from Catalyst, the leading nonprofit membership organization expanding opportunities for women and business. Mary will present data based on research on they’ve preformed on elevating women in IT.

Women of Purpose Featured Panelists

  • Moderator:
    • Theresa Kushner, Vice President, Enterprise Information Management, VMware
  • Panelists:
    • Diana Bolden, CIO, Teradata
    • Carla Moradi, Group VP & CIO, Enterprise Shared Services, Walgreens Company
    • Margaret Shorten, VP Engineering, TD Bank Group