VMworld 2013: Day 1 Highlights

The first full day of VMworld 2013 started with a bang: featuring a number of big announcements accompanied by record attendance at the keynote, great sessions, and lots of activity at the Hands-On Lab.

At the keynote, Pat Gelsinger re-emphasized the four pillars of the Software-Defined Data Center: Compute, Storage, Network, Automation.  VMware already has the lead in the Compute pillar, and it is aggressively expanding into the other areas.

The expansion into the Network space was highlighted by Martin Casado, VMware’s Chief Architect of Networking, joining Pat Gelsinger on stage to walk the crowd through the basics of VMware’s Network Virtualization enabled by the new NSX release.  Multi-hypervisor networking is possible as well as bridging to physical networks with L3 and L2 Gateways.

If you want to get some hands-on with VMware NSX, check out Labs HOL-SDC-1303 and HOL-SDC-1319 while you’re at the show.  Hopefully, these labs will still be available after VMworld.

The NSX presentation was wrapped up by live testimonials from GE, Citi, eBay sharing how Network Virtualization allows them to scale rapidly to meet demand from external and internal customers.

After the NSX presentation, VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) was up to bat.  It was great to see the product of the great work being done by Nick Weaver and his amazing team for vCHS (aka Project Zombie).   Puppet Labs’ product was highlighted as the automation tool of choice for the vCHS.

vCHS will feature such services as DR as a Service, Desktop as a Service, and Cloud Foundry for PaaS customers.

The Cloud discussion wrapped up with VMware reaffirming their commitment to work with the OpenStack Community.  It will be exciting to see what integrations come out of VMware for the project.

Other notable announcements from the day included updates to VMware’s EUC further enabling access to SaaS-type apps and customer data from any platform whether via mobile or desktop

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