VMworld (Day 4) Monday 31 August

The day started with the usual walk over to Moscone where I was finally able to visit the Hang Space, this is where I do most of my event  blogging as there are dedicated bloggers tables which are really helpful to sit back, relax and take in the show (thanks @warmkessel for looking after the bloggers).


So we’re here for the General Session, I’m not going to go into too many details (I’m sure you can google lots of info). But I did want to provide some perspective on the messaging along with a feeling for the event…

Firstly, it was announced that there were 23K people in attendance at VMworld 2015, which is slightly up on the 2014 numbers. Along with 50K people watching online.
The General Session opened with a funny video about cloud native applications, VMware’s attention is really focused on the developer community this year with a big focus on
Carl Eshenback talked about 12 years of VMworld with messaging on:

  • Run, Build, Deliver and Secure
  • Freedom, Flexibility, Choice
  • One Cloud, Any Application, Any Device, Architecture.

One Cloud – seamless integration with private/public/managed = unified hybrid cloud.

Any Application – continue to support traditional applications, cloud native applications, containers, open source technologies.

Any Device – move between devices but with the same experience while being secure.

Architecture for IT = SDDC (Virtualised Compute, Storage, Network) – Build your own, converged and hyperconverged.

Bill Fathers then talked about what VMware beleive to be the main Cloud use cases today, which included Disaster Recovery, Application Scaling and Mobile Applications.

Ragu Raghuram was then onstage talking about:

  • Server Virtualisation > SDDC > Hybrid Applications > Hybrid Networking
  • Simplify, Extend, Reach

Yambig Li then explored Unified Hybrid Cloud (bringing Public/Private together) with the first announcement of today being EVO SDDC.

Next the focus of the session moved to Containers with the announcement of VMware vSphere Integrated Containers.

Then onto VMware’s Photon Platform.

As a summary, the following Products were announced as part of today’s general session:

  • VMware EVO SDDC
  • VMware Integrated Containers
  • VMware NSX 6.2 (well it was announced last week but mentioned today)
  • Cloud-to-Cloud vMotion and Content Library Sync
  • VMware VSAN 6.1
  • VMware vRealize Operations 6.1
  • VMware Integrated OpenStack 2.

After the general session I spent some time with @DemitasseNZ on the vBrownBag stage helping with the final setup before commencing the TechTalk recordings.

I then headed over to the Solutions Exchange to spend some time on the Pure Storage Booth meeting the team and talking to existing/new customers and meeting with the partner community. It’s great to be able to whiteboard concepts and demo our solution to VMworld attendees, the demo pods are fantastic!

I was then back at the vBrownBag TechTalk theatre at the hang space for my 2:30pm presentation – Anatomy of an SSD.

Next I headed over to the VMUG Lounge to help out with recruiting VMUG members and meet up with other VMUG leaders, I had the pleasure of spending some time with @haslund and help out at the lounge.

The first day of VMworld’s proceedings were finished and it was time to start the evening entertainment. I started off with visiting the SolidFire in pursuit of hoppiness party where I had the chance to chat with @commsninja and @Bacon_is_king then onto the VMUG Leader Reception where I met up with a few VMUG leaders including @mike_laverick and @tom_howarth finally I finished off the evening catching up with @JakeAPennington and @frankfan7 at the PernixData star was themed party before heading back to the airbnb apartment.


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