Cloud Services Uncategorized

VMworld 2012 – Day 2 Recap

By: David Davis 

In case you missed my first post, read the VMworld 2012 – Day 1 Recap here.

The second day of VMworld kicked off with the most exciting keynote of the week (in my opinion), Steve Herrod’s general session. Being the CTO, Steve talks about technology and shows it in action – in the real world. With tens of thousands of tech people here – we eat this up!

The keynote started off with Steve being one of the drummers on the drum line, wearing a black hoodie. It took everyone a second to recognize him before he took it off to show his suit and start the keynote. Steve, with help from Vittorio Viarengo, gave an impressive demo of end user computing (EUC) and “bring your own desktop” (BYOD). There were a few digs on Microsoft Windows and the Windows phone that received lots of laughter from the audience.

To fulfill the BYOD vision VMware will offer the Horizon Suite which includes technology from Project Octopus (VMware’s enterprise-focused answer to Dropbox), Project AppBlast (which lets users access Windows and Mac apps on any device with an HTML5 browser), and Horizon Mobile (which separates the work and personal apps and data on mobile devices).

With the Horizon Suite, VMware will initially use AppBlast to deliver desktops to any device using virtual desktop infrastructure. Herrod said that the Horizon Suite can also manage and deploy XenApp published applications.

VMware’s VP of End user computing, Vittorio Viarengo posted more details about Horizon on his blog and in this video showing the behind-the-sceen alpha video.

For a great video showing the day’s highlights watch:

The Coolest Things

In my last post, I showed off my picture of me with Brent Spiner (“Data” from Star Trek). I thought that would be hard to beat but today I have two more photos that I am extremely proud of !

First, here I am with VCP #1, Susan Gudenkauf of VMware (stay tuned to watch the video I did with her). It was an honor to get a photo opp with her, considering she was the first of over 100,000 VMware certified professionals!

The second super-cool photo of the day is a photo of me with OpenFlow author, Nicira CTO and Founder, and Stanford Phd, Martin Casado. As you may know, Nicira was acquired by VMware for $1.2B and Martin now works for VMware. When I did a video interview of him, I learned that he is more excited than ever before and feels that, with the resources of VMware, his vision to virtualize networking can be fulfilled! (stay tuned for the video). It was a real honor to meet him!

2 more days of VMworld to go, keep an eye out for my Day 3 recap!

David Davis is a VMware Evangelist and vSphere Video Training Author for Train Signal. He has achieved CCIE, VCP,CISSP, and vExpert level status over his 15+ years in the IT industry. David has authored hundreds of articles on the Internet and nine different video training courses for including the popular vSphere 5 and vCloud Director video training courses. Learn more about David at his blog or on Twitter and check out a sample of his VMware vSphere video training course from


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *