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