With the cast from Stomp drumming up the audience to start the day, Paul Maritz took the stage for the last time as CEO as the torch was handed over to Pat Gelsinger. Although Pat said that he would continue with the same strategies that Paul had put in place, he very quickly announced that the vRAM pricing - aka vTAX - was being killed and they would return to a simplified pricing structure. This was met with raucous applause.
As expected, Pat also highlighted Software Defined Data Centers and provided a helpful VMware definition which is "all infrastructure is virtualized and delivered as a service, and the control of this data center is entirely automated by software." This is extremely important to VMware and will be the basis for their infrastructure story and vision. It also further explains or rationalizes the acquisitions of Dynamic Ops and Nicira.
The keynote also featured a demo of Nicira integrated with VMware - which wasn't too bad considering they just closed the deal last Thursday night.
Also in an attempt to help organizations mature their virtualized environments into cloud environments, they have bundled apps to help accelerate the creation of a private cloud. The bundle, named the vCloud Suite, includes:
- vSphere 5.1
- vCloud Director 5.1
- vCenter SRM 5.1
- vCloud networking and security 5.1 - NEW
Pat also called on his 30 years of experience at Intel to make sure VMware would adopt a "tick, tock" software development strategy, which would ensure a major release every year, and the vCloud Suite would ensure all the key apps were updated at the same time.To further help customers mature their virtualized environments VMware is also introducing CloudOps, which they claim is a new operating model for IT, and have created the cloud ops forum.
More thoughts tomorrow...