The Journey to the Cloud- Day 2 of Partner Exchange 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 5.43.20 PMDay two of Partner Exchange 2015 has come and gone quicker than we could say “One Cloud, Any App”. Ben Fathi, VMware’s CTO, kicked off this morning’s General Session Keynote by discussing “Technology Direction: Disruptions and Opportunities”. He jumped right in to some of today’s industry trends to lay the groundwork for what IT is looking for.

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Control, Compliance, Security, Cost Savings and Agility make up this Mobile Cloud Architecture. He then touched on whatLines of Business want—to get products out as fast as possible, and what users want—to run applications anywhere and on any device. In addressing these keys needs, how do you take all these applications and run them and protect them on a unified platform?

Introducing the Journey to the Cloud 

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On Monday, February 2nd, VMware announced the industry’s first unified platform of virtualized compute, networking and storage for the hybrid cloud.  Defined in software, VMware’s platform will enable customers to create one consistent environment across the private and public cloud to run, protect and manage any cloud-native or traditional application. The platform will also offer customers openness and choice in how to build and manage their applications and cloud environments based on their specific needs.

Another exciting moment was when Chris Wolf, VMware’s CTO of the Americas, Kit Colbert, VMware’s VP & CTO of Cloud-Native Apps, and Joe Baguley, VMware’s CTO of EMEA joined Ben on stage for a panel discussion. Their key take-away for partners included:

1.     Don’t lose site of NSX & the new services to market

2.     Work with the CTO team more closely –VMware cannot do this alone

3.     Drive EUC Solutions

Below are Ben Fathi’s closing thoughts:

  • Open
  • Cloud First
  • Cloud Native
  • Agility
  • Simplicity

The day continued with Executive Quick Connect 1:1 meetings and a new and exciting Professional Development track to further expand your go-to-market selling strategies and offer other tips for success. Industry leaders such as Nancy Duarte, CEO of Duarte Inc., Mike Robbins, author of “Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken”, Dr. Tom Sant from Hyde Park Partners, and Heather K. Margolis, President of Channel Maven Consulting, offered their tips and tricks on how to expand your knowledge and diversify your partner experience.

Be sure to join us tonight from 6pm-8pm PST for the Partner Appreciation Reception taking place at City View at the METREON. We look forward to seeing you at tomorrow’s Breakout Sessions!

The VMware Partner Network Team


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