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VMworld 2016 Day 2 Recap

Day 2 of the biggest event in the virtualization was Tuesday, 8/30. So, what happened? We’re here to recap.

General Session

Sanjay Poonen, EVP and GM of EUC and Global Head of Marketing and Communications, took the stage of the Day 2 General Session, making a key announcement – all users of the VMworld Mobile App would receive free licenses for either VMware Fusion or VMware Workstation products. This was followed by a demo of VMware TrustPoint – endpoint visibility and threat management solution

He was later joined by VMware’s Ray O’Farrell, who brought Kit Colbert on stage to talk about vSphere Integrated Containers. vSphere Integrated Containers are currently a beta product and open source on GitHub at Kit highlighted how VMware has added a new Container Register, Container Management Portal, as well as vRealize Operations compatibility.

To close out the Day 2 keynote, the main stage welcomed Yanbing Li, Senior VP and GM, Storage and Availability Business Unit at VMware. Yanbing took the stage to discuss hyper-coverged infrastructure (HCI) and how it’s VSAN helps to power it. She touched on how VMware Virtual SAN, in addition to providing a natural stepping stone to VMware Cloud Foundation, has achieved over 5,000 customers – making it the most widely adopted HCI solution out in the market. Yanbing touched on how Virtual SAN also continues to gain traction in the public cloud – OVH, the #1 service provider in Europe, sees 5x better flash performance with VMware Virtual SAN.

Breakout Sessions

STO9058 was today – which discussed the evolution of VMware Virtual SAN. Christos Karamanolis and Vijay Ramachandran discussed how VSAN has evolved while the storage industry continues to undergo a massive disruption with new hardware technologies, adoption of public/private cloud, new models of storage consumption and new models of gaining insights from data. They outlined the key architecture principles of VSAN and how they are being adapted to meet new demands.

For those vSphere customers looking at using Virtual SAN in a stretched cluster configuration, or were already familiar with stretched clusters, STO7557 was the session to attend. Jase McCarty and Nabil Quadri took the stage in Islander D, Level 0 to talk address some of the differences from other storage technologies as well as the requirements and parameters when looking to implement VSAN stretched clusters. Attendees left the session better understanding how VSAN can easily and effectively fulfill the technical requirements of the stretched cluster use case, without the technical challenges associated.

Top Tweets

Take a look at some of the top tweets we saw on Day 2 of VMworld:

#HCIselfie Contest

Take a look at some of today’s entries to the #HCIselfie contest, being held at the HCI Zone!


Looking Ahead to Day 3…

Day 2 was great, but with Day 3 to come, what should you expect? Our #HCIselfie Contest will still be going strong – Wednesday will be the last day you can enter! Remember, all entrants not only get a “Powered by Virtual SAN” t-shirt, they’ll also be entered to win a smart speaker! 

Wednesday also continues our HCI Zone passport program, where you can enter to win a pair of Beats by Dre Headphones.

How about the sessions? Take a look at the sessions to look forward on Day 3 of VMworld: 

  • STO7903 – An Industry Roadmap: From Storage to Data Management – Wednesday, 8/31, 4pm-5pm
  • STO7535 – Conducting a Successful Virtual SAN 6.2 Proof of Concept – Wednesday, 8/ 31, 8:30am-9:30am
  • STO8562 – Deployable and Tactical Hyper-Converged Software (HCS) for the Battlefield – Wednesday, 8/31, 2:30pm-3:30pm
  • STO8619 – Transitioning to VVols: Partner Panel: Wednesday, 8/31, 4pm-5pm
  • STO8159 – Snapshots Suck: How VSAN and VVol fix all your operational nightmares – Wednesday, 8/31, 11:30am-12:30pm

Oh and of course, Wednesday brings the ever popular VMworld Customer Appreciation Party!

We’ll see you out there! be_TOMORROW!