Another year has come and gone, along with another vForum. For ANZ region this is the closest we can get to VMworld without actually going to VMworld. This year vForum was held in Sydney Convention Centre.
I arrived Sydney from Auckland the day before vForum, so I had the opportunity to attend vForum Partner and also go to VMDownUndergroud where I met face to face CEO Pat Gelsinger.
vForum Australia event started Nov 18th with the keynote at 9 AM and a very excited craw waiting to hear from remarkable speakers such as Alister Dias VP & Managing Director, Kit Colbert VP & CTO, Cloud Platform, and the biggest start Pat Gelsinger VMware’s CEO and also Customers testimonies. The attendance was huge!!!.
VMware Vision still the same “Any device” , “Any application” and “Any Cloud”, and they keep working on each area adding more products and features to existing solutions
Pat Gelsinger, made it clear that VMware fully embraces the containerized world and encouraged all of us to focus on the new solutions developed by VMware helped by the acquisitions made this year like Bitnami, Heptio, Carbon Black and Pivotal
The first offering, Tanzu Mission Control, allows VMware customers to manage Kubernetes across environments. Product Pacific unifies VMware vSphere and Kubernetes by offering management APIs and abstractions to each of those environments from the unified vSphere management plane.
Virtual Cloud Networking
VMware annouced multicloud-focused improvements to its software-defined networking and security stack: NSX Intelligence, Advanced Load Balancer for NSX and new capabilities for VMware’s SD-WAN
The keynote sessions finished at 11 AM. Unfortunately a large proportion of attendees left the Keynote event before the end and missed the chance to see a demo explaining VMware’s strategy on how to Build & Run with Pivotal and Bitnami to simplify the building of cloud-native apps, manage Kubernetes across multiple clouds with Tanzu Mission Control, run containers and VMs in VMware vSphere (Project Pacific), Connect and Protect with NSX intelligence & Carbon Black Cloud, Manage using Wavefront Magna and CloudHealth, and finally Experience using VMware Horizon Service and Workspace One Zero Trust Security Model
After keynotes I went for a walk to visit the exhibitors (not many as previous years), enjoy the treats (Thanks Zerto for the ice-cream) and hear from colleagues how’s been 2019 and what’s coming for next year.
Dell Technologies / AC3 / NTT /Hitachi Vantara /Data#3/ Datacom/ HPE /Macquarie Telecom /Puppet /Rackspace /Trend Micro/ VEEAM /Zettagrid / Boomi Dell /Cohesity /Commvault/ iQ3/ Storage Craft /Tracer Cloud /Veritas /Zerto /CMD solutions /Ingram Micro /Tech Data /Westcon /Rhipe
The agenda was full of interesting topics, but I decided to go for the ones related to Containers and Networking & Security and also hear from companies such as NTT how they are helping their customers and the challenges they face.
Overall the event was great and helped to visualize what’s coming next year and in which areas we will making more focus.
If you didn’t have the chance to go or missed some sessions you can still relive the learning from the day by downloading the presentations from each stream.