VMworld is VMWare’s global conference for virtualization and cloud computing. Started 15 years ago with the theme of “Join the Virtual Evolution”, the sessions and vendors now go far beyond just virtualization and cover a broad range of cloud technologies. Many consider it one of the industry’s top digital infrastructure events.
This year, Kentik joined as a sponsor and exhibitor for the first time at VMworld US in San Francisco. We got the chance to join and talk to many other individuals and businesses who contribute to and influence the digital experience transformation in the IT industry.
In this post, we share some of what we learned at the event—from what was announced in the general sessions, to what we heard from attendees during conversations in the Kentik booth.
From all the key announcements, we can clearly tell that the 20-year-old virtualization pioneer, VMware, is riding the wave of modern containerized applications. VMware’s current strategy focuses on three key areas: Kubernetes, multi-cloud and security. These are closely aligned with where the IT industry is moving in general.
Let’s review a few important product announcements for each.
“Consistent” is the word we heard many times throughout the conference. VMWare’s cloud mission is to provide consistent operations across diverse infrastructures including hybrid and native public clouds. The consistency concept is reflected in many themes including Cloud Migration, On-Demand Scaling, Multi-cloud operations, and Modern App Architecture.
We saw quite a lot of conference sessions explicitly talking about this, such as:
There are two layers of consistency to think about here: Consistent Infrastructure and Consistent Operations:
Kentik Provides a Single View for Diverse Network Infrastructure:
If you are looking for a modern network analytics platform that can:
Tying everything together, VMware has evolved by doubling down on its strategy of offering a unified operating model for hybrid cloud. That means it is now positioning its portfolio as the VMware Hybrid Cloud Platform—managing Kubernetes apps alongside traditional apps on vSphere, across on-prem and cloud platforms.