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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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Celebrating Our Achievements in Innovation

Here at VMware, we have a tremendous team of innovators who are leading the charge to radically simplify IT through virtualization software.

As we progress on this journey, the industry has recognized one of our own with a prestigious award. I’m proud to announce that Martin Casado of VMware has been named recipient of the Grace Murray Hopper Award for advances in network efficiency by ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery. ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. Previous winners include Donald Knuth (creator of computer programming), Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple), and Bob Metcalfe (creator of Ethernet), among others.

This award is significant for several reasons. First, Martin was recognized for starting the Software-Defined Networking (SDN) movement. He created a shift in thinking about how the network could operate, which ultimately laid the foundation for real customer-facing solutions such as our VMware NSX network virtualization platform. The concepts within this body of work enable the creation of virtual networks that deliver the same features as physical networks, but with the operational flexibility of virtualization. Second, his work in network virtualization is very much in line with the spirit of innovation that has led to our success during the past 15 years. I believe this work will have the same transformational impact on the network as our original work in virtualizing compute.

Today, Martin plays a prominent role in educating customers on the value of network virtualization. If you want to learn a little more about where Martin sees the market going, check out this video:

Congratulations Martin. We’re proud to have you on our team.

Posted by Raghu Raghuram
Executive Vice President of Cloud Infrastructure and Management