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.