There was no key note on Wednesday morning but instead I attended Chad Sakac, President CPSD at Dell EMC’s 8:30am session – State of the Union: Everything multi-cloud, converged, hyper-converged and more! [PB03334BUS] which was an excellent insite into how customers now want to consume rather than build IT infrastructure. He went through Dell EMC’s VMware Ready Systems & Pivotal Ready Systems which provide a complete platform based upon Dell ECM’s HCI VxRack & VxRail platforms which have both been seen updates announced during VMworld. The Ready Systems are based upon VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Validated Design. They over a Tested, Validated & documented platform which allow customer’s to reduce their time to value and reduce TCO.
Chad has published a blog post that goes into detail about not just Ready Systems but also Ready Nodes and Ready Bundles.
I also attended Frank Denneman & Emad Younis’s Managing Your Hybrid Cloud with VMware Cloud on AWS [LHC2971BU] which should how easily VMware Cloud on AWS can be integrated with your existing on premises VMware infrastructure and no additional skill sets or tools are required to deploy workloads on a VMware Cloud on AWS based Hybrid Cloud. I really do think that VMware Cloud on AWS opens up some huge opportunities for company’s to start consuming AWS and move their infrastructure to a consumption based model without having to re-skill and re-train their staff. This could be a huge benefit for SME who need to refresh their infrastructure but aren’t ready to move to the a cloud native approach because of legacy applications. It will also all customer’s to burst easily into the cloud and they shrink back when the demand lowers. The Elastic DRS capability which automatically deploy additional hosts and balance workload over the cluster when certain thresholds are reached is really cool and allows customer’s to flex their capacity within hours rather than weeks or months which could be typical for SMEs.
VMworld 2017 is running at full steam with VMware showcasing their latest and greatest and also continuing to announce industry changing partnerships with huge commitment to grow the ecosystem and simplify the technologies required to shift to a consumption based model and accelerate business transformation.
Michael Dell & Pat Gelsinger’s general session offered a fire side chat format to answer questions from attendees including such topics as support, where they see the future of the industry going and a commitment to open ecosystems. Pat & Michael also confirmed their commitment to synergy between the Dell Technologies strategically aligned businesses.
Also announced was VMware & Pivotal’s new Pivotal Container Service (PKS) – The K is for Kubernetes!
Along with Rob Mee, CEO of Pivotal and Sam Ramji, VP for Google Cloud, Pat & Michael announced the integration of VMware, Google Cloud Platform & Pivotal to deliver a production-ready Kubernetes platform massively reducing the time to deploy and speed to value.
O’Farrell, Chris Wolf, and Purnima Padmanabhan delivered a Phoenix Project esque demo of the combination of new platforms announced including AppDefence, Workspace One & VMware Cloud on AWS.
Across the day sessions expanded on VMware Cloud Services announcement to include Automation Services in Tech Priview and also more information about NSX Cloud.
Well I survived Day One! Such a huge amount of announcements from VMware. I’ve put together a list of the announcements in the last 24 hours and will try and expand on each announcement over the next few days as the brain melting flow of information starts to slow down.
Introducing VMware AppDefense – Expanding beyond micro-segmentation to threat detection and response
NSX-T is here!
Announcing the VMware Cloud Provider Program (not new, just improved!)
VMware Announces New vCloud Director 9.0
vRealize Network Insight 3.5 enhances SDDC visibility, simplifies VMware NSX deployment and scaling
Simplified Management of VMware Cloud on AWS with vRealize Operations
Introducing VMware Integrated OpenStack 4.0