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.
Throughout the day 1 keynote and session, VMware talked about its strategy, now emphasizing the concept of the Cloud-to-Edge, with a focus on cloud, mobile, and security.
Some of the key day 1 announcements from VMworld were:
- VMware Cloud on AWS - A VMware operated and supported service with the VMware SDDC stack, running on AWS bare metal. VMware announced the initial availability of VMware Cloud on AWS, starting with the AWS West region. By running on AWS bare metal and in AWS data centers, the VMware servers get direct network access to AWS networks and services.
- VMware Cloud Services – New SaaS-based services, leveraging NSX to connect across public clouds, supporting inventory, cost, secure networks, network insight, monitoring and analytics, and governance.
- VMware AppDefense - VMware’s new security offer, which extends the security within ESX and NSX, with the capability to create manifests of the monitored VMs and allows for detection and responses to any changes to that manifest.
VMware is not as much about virtualization as it is about the infrastructure to support cloud and mobile, with the security that covers both areas. Threaded throughout this strategy is NSX network virtualization. Its importance for VMware going forward was noted by Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO, who said "what ESX was to VMware in the last 20 years, NSX will be during the next 20 years." VMware has the strategy and products to be a leader in cloud, mobile, and security. The success of VMware will only depend on its execution.