VMworld 2016 Recap and Announcements

Cloud Foundation – this is our full SDDC platform, should be interesting to see Photon as an alternative to vSphere in the future. Healthcare customers? Did you know we have EPIC customers running VSAN? SDDC is prime time and here to stay.

Cross-Cloud Architecture/Services – SaaS based solution/platform. Remember we were talking about vRealize Air everything? This is it. This is the future for VMware being able to support multi-Clouds just like we did for multiple hardware vendors for servers. Imagine being able to have DRS-like features across clouds based on utilization, based on costs?

Cloud Native Applications – I cannot stress the importance of our Containers/Cloud Native Apps strategy. Remember, “App is King!” Without apps, there’s no IT/Business Transformation. Without apps, there is no need for infrastructure. This new wave of DevOps and Cloud Native Apps is where the industry is headed. See below note on acquisition by Cisco to confirm this. vSphere Integrated Containers and Photon will be a key strategy for us in the next few years. I see the convergence of DevOps and SDDC/Cloud platforms in the next 1-2 years and we are the only company well positioned to converge the DevOps phenomenon with the tradition Infrastructure as a Service that companies won’t be able to let go. Imagine an environment where developers are creating applications using Containers and Micro-services. Then deploying those on VIC or Photon to then scale out to our Cross-Cloud Architecture. At VMware, we are setting the standards. Just a couple of years ago, we talked about SDDC and now we are delivering it with Cloud Foundation. Just like we joke about how this is the year of VDI in the past years. I see CNA as the next big thing next year. Let’s talk to our partners about our strategy and solutions. It is very comprehensive.

EUC will be an area where we will continue to innovate. Within the past year, we have surpassed Citrix as far as capabilities. With our Workspace ONE solution with identity manager, we have a comprehensive strategy that we should not lose to anyone in delivering applications to “Internet of Things” devices.

We need to have a solid message and continue to deliver the full solution to win with our customers. I tell everyone everyday we can’t just sell them vSphere and vSOM. We need to engage our customers and be a trusted advisor to help them transform their business. Understand their needs and point out how our solutions can deliver what they are looking for. Without knowing all the moving parts, it is a challenge to direct a customer with the right solution. It is now our challenge to engage our customers so they can understand and help them implement the right solution.

Product Announcements and Releases:

Key Highlights:

Introducing a New Era of Cloud Freedom and Control

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger opened VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada, this morning by telling his audience that “a new era of cloud freedom and control is here.” Gelsinger used his keynote to introduce the VMware®Cross-Cloud Architecture™. This is a game-changing new architecture that, as he says, “will enable customers to run, manage, connect, and secure applications across clouds and devices in a common operating environment.”

A Strategy for an All-Digital World
Gelsinger began his remarks by describing the progression from a world characterized by a mix of traditional and digital business operations to an all-digital world. “Today,” he said, “only 20 percent of businesses are leading this digital transformation.” “The challenge for businesses worldwide, he added, is to choose which way they intend to make their own digital transformation.”

Making the End-User Experience “Consumer Simple — Enterprise Secure
Sanjay Poonen opened today’s general session with energy and passion, describing VMware’s digital workspace strategy and the new EUC technologies announced earlier in the day. He shared our three-layer EUC strategy, all of which comes together in the new consumer simple, enterprise secure digital workspace: apps and identity, desktop and mobile, and management and security. The keynote showcased a high caliber of customer and partner stories, including: the American Red Cross, Coca-Cola, Mecklenburg County and Sprint. In addition, Sanjay was joined on stage by Salesforce’s EVP of Product and Solutions Marketing Stephanie Buscemi, and by Tanium CEO Orion Hindi.

SDDC Innovations for the Mobile-Cloud Era
Ray O’Farrell then turned to Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) innovations for the Mobile-Cloud era, hosting Mike Wittig, Senior Director of Consumer Digital Infrastructure Services, from Nike for a discussion around how our solutions (vCloud Suite, NSX, VIO, AirWatch, Horizon) are fueling Nike’s digital products and services. Next up was Kit Colbert explaining how vSphere Integrated Containers has been expanded to provide a full container stack with deep integration into vSphere and the SDDC, enabling customers to run containers in production. He also gave an update on Photon Platform and how we’re delivering on the promise of simplifying greenfield cloud native deployments.

Showcasing the Power of NSX and Virtual SAN
Rajiv Ramaswami followed, describing his personal journey towards an increasing appreciation of the power of NSX. He called out 40+ NSX customers in Las Vegas who are showcasing how NSX has transformed their businesses and he ran compelling demos on how NSX can provision and secure apps and clouds. Yanbing Li turned the spotlight to how customers can best simplify their cloud infrastructure in a Cross-Cloud world, with a focus on Hyper-Converged Infrastructure enabling a seamless path from virtualization to VMware Cloud Foundation. The key takeaways? NSX is real and on fire with >400% customer growth in the last 18 months! This is the year of Virtual SAN, with more than 5,000 customers today and the majority of workloads powered by Virtual SAN used for mission-critical applications!

Keynote Replays & Links:

Introducing a new Era of Freedom and Controls – Pat Gelsinger

Monday General Session: Competitive Advantage in the Multi-Cloud Era – Connecting People, Apps & Data to Propel your Business Forward

Making the End-User Experience “Consumer Simple — Enterprise Secure” – Sanjay Poonen

Tuesday General Session: SDDC Innovations for the Mobile Cloud Era – Ray O’Farrell

Tuesday General Session: Building Apps in the Mobile Cloud Era – Kit Colbert

Tuesday General Session: NSX: Game-Changing Networking & Security for Cross-Cloud – Rajiv Ramaswami