VMware’s Powerful Presence at re:Invent

Last week, VMware had an amazing presence at AWS re:Invent with great executive presence in AWS keynotes, lots of activity at the VMware booths, strong attendance at VMware related sessions, and fun at various VMware sponsored events.

The big news was VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts and VMware Cloud Foundation for EC2, two powerful announcements that Pat Gelsinger made in the main keynote with Andy Jassy. These announcements, along with the RDS on VMware announcement made at VMworld US earlier this year, show how this partnership between VMware and AWS is broader than just one joint solution, VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware and AWS are jointly developing hybrid cloud solutions that help customers reduce cost, increase flexibility, and meet their business goals.

In addition to Pat Gelsinger joining Andy Jassy in the main keynote, Jenni Flinders, VMware’s WW Channel Chief joined Terry Wise, the AWS Channel Chief, at the AWS Partner Leadership Summit. Jenni talked about the 220+ partners that are now selling VMware Cloud on AWS, the 400% increase in partner deals over the last few months and an IDC white paper[1] that estimates the partner business opportunity for VMware Cloud on AWS will grow 94$ CSGR during the next 5 years to reach $3.1 billion in 2022. VMware also announced VMware Cloud on AWS has expanded into AWS GovCloud and has new capabilities.

On the expo show floor, over 10,000 attendees visited the VMware booth, Wavefront by VMware booth, CloudHealth by VMware booth and the VMware{code} booth, learning about VMware’s cloud solutions including VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Site Recovery, VMware HCX, Virtual Cloud Network, VMware PKS, Cloud Automation Services, RDS on VMware, Wavefront by VMware and CloudHealth by VMware.

Attendees gave back to the community by participating in an activity sponsored by VMware, AWS, and Three Square, by filling 1,000 backpacks with food for children who might otherwise go without. In the evenings, attendees had fun at the SHI, Dell EMC, and AWS Public Sector receptions, all sponsored by VMware.

And to follow-up an amazing week at re:Invent, CRN announced their 2018 Products of the Year Awards and selected VMware Cloud on AWS as the overall winner in the hybrid cloud category.

Footnote: 1) IDC White paper, sponsored by VMware, The Business Opportunity for VMware Cloud on AWS for VMware Partners, forthcoming January 2019.