VMworld 2014 – Keynote Day 1



So, even though I cannot be physically present at VMworld this year as I had to cancel flight, hotel and so on as mentioned in my previous post, I’ll attempt at least to cover the keynote speeches. Already there have been a lot of post about rebranding of suites and products, like the new vRealize suite.

Anyway, NO LIMITS!

Opening speaker was Robin Matlock, Chief Marketing Officer. After some attention to the earthquake this weekend, she mentioned over 22.000 attendees (minus me) this year! And she talkes about change… “Change is either a barrier or an opportunity” leading to building the Golden Gate Bridge.

Next up: Pat Gelsinger, VMware’s CEO


He talked about VMware’s Brave Journey and announced new developments:

  • VMware vCloud Suite 5.8,
  • vSphere 6.0 Beta, Virtual Volumes (Vvol) and vSAN 2.0 Beta
  • Rebranding and bundeling the operations and automation suites to the vRealize suite
  • VMware EVO, a family of hyper converged infrastructure solutions, delivered through partners. Its first member is EVO:Rail, designed for up to 100 VM’s. A solution similar to Nutanix, but with partners like EMC, Dell. The next family member will be EVO:Rack (Tech Preview), bringing the power of EVO at a data center scale, cloud scale. More info can be found at http://vmw.re/1veRQoD
  • VMware joins OPC (Open Compute Project)
  • A VMware Open Stack integration (now in Beta)vmw2014-5
  • vmw2014-6
  • partnerships with Google and Docker, leading to one platform for any appvmw2014-8
  • the Workspace Suite, combining Horizon with Airwatch and Content Locker in one workspace portal
  • rebranding of vCloud Hybrid Services to vCloud Airvmw2014-9

After that he introduced Bill Fathers, EVP an GM of Cloud Services.

Cloud computing makes companies more agile, more efficient and realize huge cost savings and benefits. In 2009 25 of VM’s lived in the cloud. In 2014 6% of all VM’s live in the cloud. In the same time span the amounts of VM’s increased hugely. The increase of 2% to only 6% is therefore misleading.




Bill announced several new services:vmw2014-13

  • DevOps Services – Continuous-Integration-as-a-Service
  • Database-as-a-Service – starting with MySQL and MS SQL Server
  • Object Storage – Beta will be launched in September
  • Mobility Services
  • and Cloud Management –  vRealize Air Automation – Beta in Q4
  • A new Beta program, Ondemand; see vmware.com/go/ondemandvmw2014-14

Final keynote speaker of day 1 was Carl Eschenbach, COO and President of VMware

Carl spoke about the brave new world of IT and then showed three customer cases: Medtronic, MIT and Ford. Finally Carl introduced VMware EVO RAIL with some early stage customers stating their opinion about EVO and EVO RAIL.

It is about the power of “AND”, VMware & You. Endless Possibilities.vmw2014-20




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About etqui

My name is Eelco de Boer and I work for DellEMC as a Technical Account Manager. I am interested in design (both high level and technical), product/solution management and helping customers solve their pains. I like to take a broader look and approach and prefer to look at a problem from several angles. My experience focuses mainly on solutions based on VMware technologies and software. I am a VMware Certified Professional, VMware Certified Advanced Professional Data Center Design, vExpert 2014, 2015 and 2016. This blog represents my own opinion and views.

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