VMworld started off with a bang today as we held our first General Session! VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger took to the stage and discussed how industries are having breakout moments, and how tech-driven models are restructuring not only the way we work, but the way we live. Pat reminded everyone of VMware’s goal: connecting people to apps and services in order to stitch together silos of innovation, creating even bigger results—something we should all keep in mind.


Speaking of results, did you know HCI is now the fastest growing storage market? In Solutions Exchange, The HCI Zone was booming, along with the much-anticipated “vSAN Vision: The Future of HCI” session, featuring Vice President of Storage & Availability Lee Caswell, Vice President of FOX Networks Technology Solutions Dean Perrine and VMware CTO of Storage and Availability Christos Karamanolis. Attendees had the opportunity to catch an in-depth look into VMware’s software-defined approach to HCI in order to better understand why customers trust vSAN to run business-critical applications.

The HCI Zone also had plenty of swag to spare, as attendees were able to receive free swag for every photo they shared—now that’s what we call a good deal! Apart from swag and learning sessions, the HCI Zone also featured a vSpeaking podcast where the CEO of Dell, Michael Dell, and several of our vExperts were guests.

The Mobility Zone was another popular hotspot, featuring brands like Dropbox, Samsung, LG and Symantec. This station focused on diving deep into end-user computing and mobile behavior. It served as a solid reminder for customers that VMware’s capabilities can protect endpoints and defend against mobile threats and system vulnerabilities.

Attendees also got to check out new sessions covering VMware Cloud on AWS, which highlighted how enterprises are transitioning to public cloud use by employing intelligent tools and processes to reduce complexity. On top of that, attendees learned how to secure and audit a public cloud through diverse security scenarios using VMware tools to walk through common end-user mistakes or breaches.

As the day progressed, attendees were able to go back to basics and learn about why HCI is rapidly growing. Spoiler alert: many customers now view it as the perfect time to consider implementing HCI into business initiatives.

That’s a wrap on day two of VMworld! At this moment, we’d like to take the opportunity to discuss the American Red Cross and those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Due to the hurricane’s devastating impact, any contributions will go towards rebuilding the damage that’s been afflicted. You can help by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting HARVEY to 90999 to make a donation. Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated, so be sure to get involved if you can.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s activities, including the highly anticipated Hall Crawl, featuring sponsors like Citrix, Veeam, Rubrik, Nutanix and more! We’ll see you tomorrow bright and early for another general session to kick off day three of VMworld!