The Future of VMware: VMworld 2018 Preview

As I often joke, as most families are getting their kids ready to go back to school, with new school clothes and school supplies, IT professionals prepare for VMworld. I've been going to VMworld almost every year, sometimes twice a year if we include the EMEA show, for over a decade. I think this year in particular, much more so than in years past, is when the future of VMware will be previewed. I think there will be some exciting announcements around the shift away from just virtualization, with NSX, VMware's role with cloud native and containers, and also VMware Cloud on AWS. Watch the video below and, during the show, tweet to me @edwinyuen if you have questions, and if you are at the show, reach out to me to meet face to face. When the keynotes are over, look for a summary blog from me with my analysis of the key announcements.

Topics: VMworld Cloud Platforms & Services

Hyperconverged Systems Don't Preclude the Need for Data Protection (Video)

As I said in my pre-VMworld blog - I have a love/hate relationship with the conference. It didn't disappoint - it was a wild and crazy few days and a veritable who's who of the tech industry. There were plenty of announcements from VMware (most notably its efforts with AWS and Google, as well as vSAN momentum), partners like Pivot3 (new partner programs and NVMe-based solutions), Dell EMC (new VxRack and Rail solutions), Lenovo (ThinkAgile VX Series and cloud reference architecture) - I think I could go on with this list for a very long time!

Topics: Data Protection VMworld Converged Infrastructure

Wrap-up on Backup from VMworld US 2017

VMworld is still “the place to be” for discussing data center modernization—and that means that there were several data protection vendors in attendance, each with something to say.

Topics: Data Protection VMworld

Top 3 Workspace Wonders at VMworld 2017

Full coverage of VMworld 2017 is available at our dedicated ESG On Location page. Please also view the wrap up video from the ESG team.

I have been attending VMworld for 13+ years and always enjoy the event as well as meeting with old friends while making new ones. This year VMware did a commendable job positioning its customers front and center. In fact, during the keynotes and breakout sessions, VMware employees stepped to the sidelines and let the customers tell their stories and echo the VMware value propositions. A true sign of how the market has matured.

Topics: VMworld

VMworld 2017: A Cornucopia of Possibilities (includes video)

Some industry shows—perhaps the majority—can come and go with only a section of the IT world knowing (sometimes a bigger or smaller section depending on the nature of the show, but nonetheless only a section). However, such is the breadth of what VMworld encompasses and touches that I can't imagine there are (m)any people involved in IT to any extent who don't know VMworld took place this week. 

Topics: VMworld

VMware Advances Application Security

This week at VMworld, VMware announced market availability of a new security technology called AppDefense. AppDefense is an application-layer security control designed to profile applications, determine “normal” behavior, and then provide a series of least privilege controls for applications and options for security incident remediation.

Now in some respects, AppDefense is a lot like application white listing/black listing, which can be very effective for limiting the attack surface but the historical problem with application controls is operational overhead. If you want to implement white listing, you have to know what workloads are running and whether they are allowed to, and then implement controls to restrict unanticipated application behavior. This can become quite cumbersome when servers run multiple applications with dynamic development cycles and changing behavior. 

Topics: Network Security Cybersecurity VMware Networking VMworld

VMworld 2017 Day 1 Recap - VMware Moving Past Virtualization for Cloud, Mobile, and Security

Back at another VMworld! As I wrote in my preview blog, it’s been 10 years since I went to my first VMworld. As the years have gone by, not only the size of the show changed, but also VMware itself has changed. Over the past 4 or 5 years, VMware has pushed hard to move beyond its traditional virtualization/on-premises focus into areas like end-user computer (EUC), storage, networking, systems management, DevOps, and most notably, cloud. And those efforts have not been marketing or paper efforts. I’ve often noted in my discussions with customers that VMware is not getting the credit it deserves for the products it is releasing, especially in systems management. I think this year clearly is the year that VMware can shed the virtualization bias often applied to it.

Topics: VMworld

Do you still need a VM-specific backup solution?

Probably not … but not for the reasons that you think. As most folks are getting ready for VMworld next week, ESG has published a brief, Is a VM-specific Approach to Backup & Recovery Still Necessary in 2017?

Topics: Data Protection VMworld

Looking Forward to VMworld

VMworld is coming at us fast. I always approach VMworld with mixed feelings. First, I love it because it gives me the opportunity to talk with lots of people on the vendor and IT professional fronts. It's one of the best and biggest trade shows I attend. It is a veritable who's who in the IT technology infrastructure world, and for both vendors and those that manage IT infrastructure. But I hate it because it marks the end of summer. It's back-to-school season, and even though I don't have kids, I somehow still think of back-to-school season as the end of fun times and the beginning of work - and it turns out it's the same in the tech world! This is the beginning of fall trade show season, which means less time at the beach, more time on the road, and the beginning of cooler weather. But enough of that - let's talk about my VMworld expectations and why I am really looking forward to the show. 

Topics: VMware VMworld Converged Infrastructure

As the Storage Industry Converges on VMworld, HPE and NetApp are Poised to Make Noise

It’s the middle of summer. While for some that means time for a well-needed vacation, for those of us in the enterprise storage industry, it means that VMworld is just around the corner. Over the past few years, VMworld has become the premier multi-vendor storage industry event. While there is some debate on whether that status may be up for grabs over the next few years, VMworld still serves as an opportunity to take stock of the latest in storage innovations and capture a glimpse of how storage vendors' strategies are progressing with their customers.

Topics: Storage Cybersecurity VMware VMworld