VMware – VMworld 2016 – Wrap-up and Link-o-rama

Disclaimer: I recently attended VMworld 2016 – US.  My flights were paid for by myself, VMware provided me with a free pass to the conference and various bits of swag, and Tech Field Day picked up my hotel costs. There is no requirement for me to blog about any of the content presented and I am not compensated in any way for my time at the event.  Some materials presented were discussed under NDA and don’t form part of my blog posts, but could influence future discussions.

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A quick post to provide some closing thoughts on VMworld 2016 and link to the posts I did during the event. Not in that order. I’ll add to this as I come across interesting posts.

 

Link-o-rama

Here’s my stuff.

Intro

VMware – VMworld 2016 – See you in Vegas

 

Session Notes

VMware – VMworld 2016 – Monday General Session Notes

VMware – VMworld 2016 – Tuesday General Session Notes

VMware – VMworld 2016 – STO7875 – A Day in the Life of a VSAN I/O

VMware – VMworld 2016 – STO7914 – Revamped vSphere Storage DRS and SIOC for automating the Data Centers

VMware – VMworld 2016 – INF8260 – Automated Deployment and Configuration of the vCenter Server Appliance

VMware – VMworld 2016 – STO7549 – Achieving Agility, Flexibility , Scalability and Performance with VMware SDS and VVOLs for Business critical databases

VMware – VMworld 2016 – STO7903 – An Industry Roadmap: From storage to data management

VMware – VMworld 2016 – CTO7516 – Ask the Experts – Titans of Tech

VMware – VMworld 2016 – STO8718-SPO – Building Next-Gen Data Protection for VMware Environments with Rubrik

VMware – VMworld 2016 – STO7973 – Architecting Site Recovery Manager to Meet Your Recovery Goals

VMware – VMworld 2016 – Thursday General Session Notes

VMware – VMworld 2016 – INF8631 – VMware Certificate Management for Mere Mortals

 

Disclosure

VMware – VMworld 2016 – (Fairly) Full Disclosure

 

Here’s some stuff from other people and press (hey, they’re people too)

VMworld 2016: Is It Still A Thing?

My thoughts on VMworld 2016

VMworld 2016: Announcements on track with A/NZ strategy

VMworld 2016, Day 1 and 2 keynotes

An Industry Roadmap: From storage to data management #STO7903 by @xtosk

#STO7904 VSAN Management Current and Futures by @cdickmann

5 major product releases from VMworld 2016

VMworld 2016: Dell ups the ante on converged infrastructure and cloud with new system

VMworld 2016: VMware pushes hybrid cloud and SDDC with new Cross-Cloud Architecture

Here’s the relevant bits from VMworld, sliced and diced just for you

VMworld 2016: Top Session Pick Videos Right Here!

 

Wrap-up

A lot of people I spoke to seemed a little underwhelmed by the announcements VMware made during the event. It should be noted that most of these people were bloggers or press with prior access to briefings on what was coming. I wonder sometimes if it’s just because we’ve heard some of this stuff before and so it doesn’t feel as exciting. That said, I think VMware are at a reasonably critical point in their existence, and need to do a lot of work to catch some of the more nimble startups who are eating their lunch in some cases. Notwithstanding this I think we need to keep in mind that comparing the 800lb gorilla with the upstart startups is not always a useful exercise. VMware is a lot of things to a lot of people, and some of the criticism I hear seems to be coming from people who are heavily invested in customers moving away from VMware.

It remains to be seen just how VMware reacts in the marketplace to being pulled in a multitude of directions at once. As well as this, everyone is keen to see just how the Dell acquisition will impact VMware’s go to market positioning and their forward strategy. I think it would be naïve to assume that Dell are really just going to let VMware do whatever they want. Walking in to the Solutions Exchange it was pretty obvious that Dell had been involved heavily in planning for this event.

In any case, I had a great time at VMworld. This was primarily thanks to the community in attendance. It was a real pleasure to catch up with some old friends and make some new ones. I finally had the opportunity to meet fellow vChampion Anthony Spiteri in real life, and it seems like VMworld is the only place Justin Warren and I have time to catch up. Big thanks also to Corey at VMware for organising the blogger pass. Thanks also to Stephen and the Tech Field Day team for having me along to “Tech Field Day Extra VMworld US 2016” and for covering my accommodation costs. Top event. 4.5 stars.