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Top 5 Talking Points of VMworld 2015

Although VMware is still working to become a globally recognized name, the company plays a big role in Silicon Valley and beyond as businesses look to save money on their technology infrastructure. The enterprise software vendor held its annual VMworld conference in San Francisco this week and with over 23,000 attendees along with over 50,000 live streaming the event, it is safe to say that a lot of people with a vested interest in enterprise technology were paying attention. From updates on data center operations to the introduction of new open-source tools, there were several prominent announcements made at VMworld that should be of interest to IT professionals and decision-makers. To make things easy for you, we have compiled a list of the top 5 talking points of VMworld 2015 and outlined the biggest takeaways of each.

VMware and Microsoft Make Peace

It is no secret in the tech industry that VMware and Microsoft have been huge rivals for the past several years. But this past Tuesday, the two tech heavyweights decided to bury the hatchet and announced a partnership (with the official name of Project A2) that will allow both companies to leverage the best aspects of each other’s services. With VMware and Microsoft working together, the trend of ‘desktop virtualization’ should continue to thrive with Project A2 making it easy for IT to standardize not only their PC apps, but also apps used on tablets and smartphones. With Windows 10 users now having the ability to use VMware’s mobile business management service, it is seemingly clear that this partnership will have a strong impact on both a corporate and end-user level.

Expansion Beyond Traditional Virtualization

The primary point VMware wanted to get across during the VMworld conference is the fact that they are moving beyond their well-respected expertise in server virtualization. They have already expanded their reach over the past few years with product announcements such as VSAN for storage, vRealize for management, and NSX for networks. VMware spoke on each of these efforts throughout the week and the success of their investments have shown the company is positioning itself to have better control over operations in the enterprise. A complete solution for data center deployment and management should prove to be quite valuable for IT professionals who are commonly involved in data center activities.

VMware’s Response to Containers

VMware is known for its mastery in virtualization, which allows data centers to operate more efficiently. However, over the past year a new form of virtualization known as containers have taken the tech world by storm. Containers are all the rage because they promote efficiency even more so than traditional virtualization technology and with the buzzing Docker currently leading the way as a container thought leader, VMware took advantage of their conference platform to roll out their version of container technology. The company previewed VMware vSphere Integrated Containers and the newly open-sourced Photon OS, two container support strategies that will attempt to stray away competitors from taking chunks out of their core business. It will be interesting to see how these products stack up next to the likes of Docker in both the short-term and long-term future, because we all know that roundtable discussions and business action items surrounding containers are only going to become more prevalent.

Focus On a Distinguished Presence in the Cloud

VMware VP of Cloud Services Mathew Lodge has admitted that the company got a late start when it comes to the cloud market, but at VMworld 2015 there was a desire to showcase the investments that the company are putting into the cloud and how they will be differentiators in an already competitive space. The current cloud strategy is based around VMware’s Unified Hybrid Cloud platform and while the company continues to implement advancements within both the private/public sectors, the true difference maker is what sits between them. A common management platform and advanced networking technology are key components in this strategy, and VMware announced plans to build upon their current cloud services. In the past 24 months, VMware has gone from one data center to 11 across the globe, and we can expect to see the company to play to its strengths and carve out a larger niche for itself within the flourishing cloud business.

Five Imperatives for the Digital Economy

The mobile space is consistently changing the way businesses operate and according to VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, companies need to adopt five key imperatives that are in tune with today’s digital economy. Connectivity is the shared concept rooted within each of these imperatives, and all in attendance during Gelsinger’s keynote session made it a point to record his take on the universally important subject matter. When working on your day-to-day tasks, it will be helpful to keep these higher level concepts in mind as you strive toward innovation being the basis of your IT strategy, from both a personal and company perspective.

  • Asymmetry in business
  • Ushering in the ‘professional era’ of the cloud as the experimental phase nears its end
  • Security being a top priority
  • Proactive technology (as opposed to reactive)
  • Decrease in S&P 500 companies 

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