This week, VMworld 2013 wraps up in Barcelona, where more than 8.500 attendees heard from Pat Gelsinger and his team how VMware is helping customers move from the client-server era to the mobile-cloud world. In the day one keynote, Pat and the VMware team made several key announcements in the areas of End User Computing, IT Management, and Hybrid Cloud:
In End User Computing news, the Horizon Suite was updated with new releases to further enable a mobile workforce. Pat was joined on stage by EUC SVP Sanjay Poonen to announce VMware acquired Desktone, a pioneer and industry leader in desktop-as-a-service (DaaS).
IT management is a critical component of the software-defined data center and at the show we announced several new additions to our cloud management portfolio. The day two keynote featured president and COO Carl Eschenbach, Principal Engineer Kit Colbert and EMEA CTO Joe Baguley demonstrating how traditional IT management practices are giving way to automation. This is enabling IT teams to move faster by embracing a self-service model for delivering IT services and highlights the business value of cloud management tools.
As the hybrid cloud gains traction in the enterprise, Bill Fathers and the vCloud team announce the vCloud Hybrid Service is expanding to Europe, beginning with a data center in the UK. This continues the general availability momentum from VMworld San Francisco and the recently announced expansion of vCloud Hybrid Service to new data centers in the US.
This week also means VMworld 2013 has officially come to a close, but also starts the next step of bringing all these news products and services to VMware customers around the world.
Around the industry this week we heard from Brian Madden who highlights this week’s End User Computing news in his post “VMware announces plans for Horizon View 5.3. Here are 4 new features I love!” Brian highlights his four favorite features of the new product and concludes, “It looks like View 5.3 should be pretty good… it has some great new features (and a bunch of minor new features which I didn’t mention), so I’m looking forward to it.”
Over at Forrester David Johnson recaps the Desktone acquisition and how it will positively affect both Desktone and VMware customers. Noting a rising interest in DaaS over the past two years, David sees the market accelerated in part because Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers can use DaaS to monetize their existing infrastructure investments.
At eWEEK, Eric Lundquist writes that the Desktone acquisition further rounds out VMware’s strategy to shift from a virtualization provider to offering a range of cloud-based services to the enterprise. Eric writes that the ability of VMware to bring those capabilities to enterprise customers would be welcomed by organizations struggling to manage mobile workforces operating in varied locations and using various devices.
Brandon Butler of Network World covers VMware’s expanded support for management tools, noting, “the moves reflect VMware’s desire to be a central management platform for multiple types of workloads in an IT shop.” IDC analyst Mary Turner is quoted in the article, “Increasingly there is a recognition that the future of cloud and enterprise data centers is going to be hybrid. The fact that VMware is investing to support a range of cloud platforms makes a lot of sense in terms of what the market wants.”
Tony Kontzer of Network Computing highlights the newly launched management capabilities in “VMware Adds Public Cloud Management Tools.” He writes “VMware touts the tools as boosting IT’s position in an environment where it’s so easy for business units to sign up for public cloud applications that it threatens to make IT irrelevant.”
Matthew Finnegan of Computerworld UK covers the expanding vCloud hybrid service, writing “VMware has expanded its public cloud offering with the launch of its beta vCloud Hybrid Service in the UK, as it aims to challenge the dominant Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) players.” He notes that “according to IDC analyst Spencer Izard, the VMware public cloud offers an interesting option to enterprise customers which are happy to implement VMware across their organization, with ease of transition between internal and external workloads seen as a major plus for companies.”
Lastly, Maria Deutscher of SiliconANGLE covers the vCHS rollout to Europe in “VMware Brings vCloud Hybrid Service to Europe with First UK Location.” In the article, Maria highlights the debut of the vCloud Hybrid Service Online Marketplace, integration with vCloud Automation Center 5.2 and 6.0 and the complementary vSphere Web Client plugin that allows admins to manage their ESXi hosts and public cloud environments from a single interface.