VMware's annual conference, VMworld was held in San Francisco at the end of August. VMworld is a two part conference, with events in San Francisco, and Barcelona in October. This conference is VMware’s customer focused event of the year, where they make most major announcements. This was my 3rd VMworld, and each time it gets better and better. The event spans 5 days and is packed full of a variety of content, ranging from entry level to deep dive technical.
This year, VMware has solidified their Vision and Strategy with further detail and insight into the Software Defined Data Center Architecture. With the announcement of EVO:Rail, VMware are entering the ‘hyper-converged’ market. EVO:Rail is designed to simplify the deployment of VMware infrastructure; the hyper-converged product comes with vSphere & LogInsight pre-installed and a customized GUI that helps the customer deploy. EVO:Rail has a limited scale. VMware has rebranded vCloud Hybrid Service and the VMware Service Provider Program. The VMware cloud is now known as vCloud Air, and the service provider partners are members of the vCloud Air Network.
VMware is leveraging the vCloud Air Network to extend the VMware offering globally, and have also rebranded the badges in the program. During the conference, a few major products for vCloud Air have also been announced, the most relevant of all is VPC OnDemand. VMware are entering the PAYG, credit card style cloud market directly competing with Amazon Web Services. This is still in beta, and further detail will follow in regards to this service offering. Other products that have been announced for the vCloud Air product line are:
- DevOps as a Services;
- Database as a Service (Based on Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL);
- Object Storage (EMC ViPR);
- Mobility Services (Airwatch & Pivotal CF); and
- Cloud Management.
VMware are also starting to move from the IaaS market into a SaaS market, with some upcoming products that will be offered under the vRealize/Air banner that will provide Cloud Management for customers and service providers. A few hot topics of the conference are around the announcement and VMware’s commitment to OpenStack and Docker. OpenStack and Docker are very hot topics within the industry lately, and VMware is capitalizing on this by releasing a VMware OpenStack distribution; more detail on this will also come shortly. NSX 6.1 was also announced which contains a number of enhancements. Within the EUC arena, VMware has recently acquired CloudVolumes, which they demo’d in the 2nd day keynote.
This was very impressive and I highly recommend you watch the keynotes if you have not already had the chance (VMware Now). As in previous years, the conference has opportunities for training using the Hands on Labs, and also discounted certification. This is great for team enablement and to learn the new upcoming products. For anyone who wants to know more please see the HoL online. I am looking forward to VMworld Barcelona to see what further announcements VMware make this year within their product lines, and hope they continue to build on the momentum they have within the industry.