Plays well with others
In a post virtualization 1.0 world, VMware is embracing it’s closest friends and frenemies in an attempt to deliver on their core strategy, to enable customers to create and deliver apps for their business. VMware’s latest messaging involves a big tent, a tent so big everyone can come in and chill. They are doubling down on the cloud… again… and the message at the end of VMworld is that VMware is still relevant and they play well with others.
VMware Cloud is everywhere
VMware Cloud is live in AWS, they’ve been working on this since late 2016. This means you can run a hybrid model between your own private VMware vSphere cloud and AWS. They also announced a big partnership with HPE which delivers on HPE’s vision of the hybrid cloud through it’s composable infrastructure. It’s one thing to talk about hybrid cloud when you’re partnered with AWS, but you still need the self-driving infrastructure in your private DC to get to hybrid. That’s why the HPE composable strategy is so sweet.
But they want in on the container game too
Pivotal, VMware, and Google Cloud have entered the container management business together with the announcement of Pivotal Container Service (PKS). Take the best part of Pivotal Management, VMware NSX and vSphere, and Google Cloud and you might have a winner. If you put on you peer into the crystal at Tech Crunch, you can see how this joint partnership panned out, it’s been in the making since 1998. This will be one of those kubernetes plays where you need to be a VMware vSphere and Google Cloud customer for it to make sense. I would imagine there’s a pretty large market where this partnership makes sense, but I also know Google Cloud customer base is pretty small compared to the big two. This might be the partnership to kickstart Google Cloud into high gear and also keep VMware hip with the k8s kids.
VMware took care of fam
Dell EMC announced a slew of upgrades to it’s HCI platforms at VMworld that boast 50% perf boost and 30% latency reductions. VxRail, VxRack, EHC, NHC? It all got the refresh. There’s so many TLA’s in this article that you begin abbreviating the abbreviations. DELL EMC Converged Platforms Leader, Chad Sakac, believes HCI is soon to be a BILLION dollar business for the company.