August 25-29th saw the 10th Annual VMworld conference hosted at the Moscone Centre in San Franciso, USA. StratoGen sent a delegation from our UK and USA offices to find out what VMware had to say this year.
The Day 1 Keynote was packed with over 20,000 delegates and there was standing room only for the StratoGen guys! Proceedings were kicked off by CMO Robin Matlock who set the scene for CEO Pat Gelsinger to come on stage and make the event’s big announcements.
The biggest announcement was the latest version of vSphere – vSphere 5.5, and the latest version of vCloud, also numbered 5.5.
Pat boasted that vSphere 5.5 now supports ‘2x everything‘ – double the cores supported, double the RAM and now a whopping 64TB virtual hard disk support, thus matching one of Hyper V’s big selling points.
App aware HA was announced, along with the VMware vSAN which could potentially shake up the storage industry particularly in the SMB space. Pat also announced the availability of Cloud Foundry, VMware’s PaaS on vSphere.
Pat then welcomed new VMware CTO Martin Casado on stage, who heralded the launch of ‘NSX’ – VMware’s network virtualisation offering. According to VMware, NSX will do for networks what ESX did for Servers – a pretty bold claim, but backed by some pretty serious case studies of major organisations who have already embraced NSX network virtualisation – Citigroup, eBay and GE.
Following Martin was the new head of the vCloud Hybrid Service, former Savvis CEO Bill Fathers who took the stage to announce the latest developments with the vCloud Hybrid Service – VMware’s own Public Cloud offering. New services will be rolled out including Desktop as a Service and DR as a Service, and the USA datacentre footprint will increase. As yet no plans were announced for international expansion but maybe this news is being saved for VMworld Europe?
The announcements have been met with some criticism from the existing service provider community – VMware always said they would never compete with their partners – they would support them to build out their own clouds, but now they are competing head to head – will be interesting to see how many partners stick with vCloud and how many choose to switch to a different platform. We did note the presence of more hosting companies in the Solutions Exchange this year, which clearly shows that the industry is booming.
No conference would be complete without swag – here’s James from StratoGen’s engineering team modelling the VMworld 2013 backpack, which can also be worn as a courier bag! James & Charlie also managed to pick up these lovely Hawaiian Hula Leis which fortunately co-ordinated well with their chosen outfits for the day!
The geeky highlight of the conference was meeting VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger at the VMware Service Provider provider drinks reception at the Thirsty Bear Brewing Company. StratoGen had invited 2 of our key clients to the event so they were most impressed that we were able to introduce them to Mr Gelsinger!
Finally this year’s VMworld Party was immense! The entire San Francisco Giant’s stadium was taken over by VMware, with a huge stage for bands Imagine Dragons and Train, fairground rides, side shows, and as much free food and beer as you could consume in 3 hours!