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Over the years, I’ve attended a lot of conferences. For the first time, I’ve decided to write up a critique of a conference from the perspective of an attendee. VMworld 2012 was, overall, an incredible show with a vendor exhibit show, which, alone, was worth the time spent on travel to San Francisco. Here are some of my thoughts on the show as a whole. I’m not commenting on all of the content of the conference (i.e. keynotes) as those thoughts will be written up in separate posts.
Earlier this year, SiliconANGLE and Wikibon barnstormed 5 tech shows in 5 weeks, reaching more than 2 million views of our live CUBE programming. We’re back at it and Wikibon is once again pleased to be a part of the SiliconANGLE.tv and VMware production of VMworld Live from Las Vegas. We have an amazing lineup to discuss the future of virtualization, cloud, big data and mobile technologies. Here’s a glimpse of what’s coming next week:
Going into VMworld this year, I wanted to hear from customers and vendors the real state of desktop virtualization (also called virtual desktop infrastructure or VDI). Server virtualization may have hit a tipping point in 2009 (with more virtual applications deployed than physical applications), but while VDI has been talked about a lot, actual customer adoption has been slow. The solutions for virtualizing desktops are continuing to improve and the management of end-user devices will become more important to IT organizations with the added dynamic of increased mobile and tablet usage.
Servers are at the epicenter of the seismic changes in the datacenter caused by virtualization. At VMworld, Dave Vellante and I sat down with Bob Zuber, WW Product Marketing Manager at IBM to discuss the trends that he is seeing and how IBM stays competitive with their server architectures.
Phase 2 of Virtualization
Virtualization changes almost everything. It doesn’t change the laws of physics, but it does impact networking in many other ways. At VMworld 2010 in San Francisco, Wikibon co-founder Dave Vellante and SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier sat down with QLogic SVP Scott Genereux to discuss the impact of virtualization on networking and how QLogic is uniquely positioned in the market. Genereux states that only QLogic can meet the broad needs of OEMs, supporting FC, Ethernet (iSCSI and FCoE) and InfiniBand solutions.
Virtualization Impact on Networking
As I return from VMworld 2010 in San Francisco, I wanted to share my thoughts on what I heard and the areas that I will continue to research and analyze in the coming months. Overall, I think that there was a good solid mixture of new announcements, vision, and lots of opportunities to understand or get hands-on with existing solutions—all without too much cloud-washing. There were great customer proof-points that were shared in sessions, in the solutions pavilion and on the live streaming video on SiliconANGLE.TV. I’ll be helping to curate the video content as part of my research agenda.
Howie Xu, R&D Director from VMware, put forth a vision of VMware’s direction for the future of networking, the challenges faced and VMware’s current thinking on how these issues should be solved. As part of the transformation of IT to create more scalable and flexible environments (what VMware and others would call the journey to the cloud), networking has some changes to make. It is VMware’s direction that to fully enable the mobility of network traffic, that more of the networking infrastructure that is currently in hardware should be moved into the networking layer. Networking switch hardware has mostly avoided the consumerization of IT, will custom switch ASICS become just another application for x86?
Every era in IT has the big players that drive the market – from IBM in the mainframe, to Windows and Intel in the PC era. VMware is led by Paul Maritz who knows all about dominating the marketplace from his days at Microsoft. With Maritz at the helm, VMware looks to take its market lead in the server virtualization space to be one of the key players in the cloud computing market. Today at VMworld, VMware made a number of announcements that strike at some of the hurdles for cloud computing to becoming a mainstream solution. I heard from VMware staff that Maritz personally tasked the company to address security issues, which along with management, are the biggest concerns of practitioners looking at cloud deployments. The solution that was announced today is the vShield family of products. The vShield products build on VMware’s existing VMsafe security APIs – providing three new products – vShield Edge, vShield App & Zones and vShield Endpoint.
It’s time for VMworld 2010 and even if you can’t be there in person, you have the opportunity to hear lots of great content. SiliconANGLE has the full broadcast schedule here. Wikibon co-founder, Dave Vellante (@dvellante) will be co-hosting most of the show with John Furrier (@furrier) of SiliconANGLE. It is 4 days of free live video content, most sessions are scheduled to be 15 minutes long. Since this is live, all scheduled are subject to change, so make sure to follow @SiliconAngleTV on Twitter for the latest updates. The live video and recordings of all sessions can be found at SiliconAngle.TV.