VMworld 2014 San Francisco: Day 2, The Details


Following on the announcements of Day 1, three VMware executives filled in the details.

<img src=”https://billpetro.com/wp-content/uploads/BenFathi2.jpg” alt=”Ben Fathi” width=”134″ height=”134″ align=”left” style=”padding-right: 10px; />Ben Fathi, VMware Chief Technology Officer

Ben started the morning with Destination Giveback, a charitable effort that involves flying paper airplanes as a part of the donation. No ice involved.

Recapped the previous day’s comment: The Brave Will Thrive. EVO and EVO:RAIL, the OpenStack distribution, the renaming of vCloud Hybrid Services to vCloud Air, the renaming of vCAC and vCOPs to vCloud vRealize.

In contrast to the World of Silos


Ben posited:

The Power of And



Around OpenStack, Ben said the best way to run it is on VMware

Ben then brought up the topic of Containers. Where do Apps run? VMs or Containers? In concert with Google and Docker a new approach: Containers without Compromise:

One platform for Apps, envisioned via Open Container API:

Open Container API

<img src=”https://billpetro.com/wp-content/uploads/SanjayPoonen2.jpg” alt=”Sanjay Poonen” width=”129″ height=”129″ align=”left” style=”padding-right: 10px;/>Sanjay Poonen, VMware EVP and GM, End-User Computer

Sanjay was the next speaker. He’s always sharp in his delivery and cogent in his messaging.

Sands ResortHe began with the metaphor of the Sands Resort in Singapore. I’ve been there, and it’s stunning. Sanjay pointed out that it took years to build the tower infrastructure, but atop the resort is a fabulous swimming pool. VMware wants to build three towers.

Desktop, Mobile, Content

Desktop Mobile ContentHe talked about his end-user computing vision. Secure virtual workspace for work at the Speed of Life. Music and movies is in the cloud: iTunes and Netflix. From phones to cars all heterogeneous.

Workspace services: social, identity, gateway, catalog.

Desktop: Horizon with unified VDI and App Publishing. Desktop-as-a-Service, Real-time App Delivery, Rich User Experience.

Nvidia Grid + Google + VMware. He showed Horizon on Chromebook with Nvidia graphics.

The newly announced Airwatch acquisition involves device management and app management.


Sanjay showed off what’s going on with SAP Mobile, the company where he was previously head of the Mobile Division.

<img src=”https://billpetro.com/wp-content/uploads/RaghuRaghuram3.jpg” alt=”Raghu Raghuram” width=”111″ height=”130″ align=”left” style=”padding-right: 10px;/>Raghu Raghuram, VMware EVP, Cloud Infrastructure & Management Business Unit

Raghu talked about NSX claiming 150+ customers, and Cloud Management with vRealize.

He expanded on the announced EVO: RAIL and EVO: RACK

VMware Integrated OpenStack, VMware builds its own distribution of OpenStack. Claims the best way to run OpenStack is on VMware via VMware Integrated OpenStack (vSphere, NSX, Virtual SAN) and OpenStack-Aware Cloud Management (vRealize).

Partnering with Canonical, HP, Mirantis, Suse.

vMotion: latest vSphere has Cross vCenter vMotion: load balancing. Long Distance vMotion can migrate app coast-to-coast. NSX supports this.

Cloud-native apps are built with services or micro-services. Allows for faster iterations. Developers use containers (since 10-15 years) in BSD Jail, Solaris Zones. Docker has made a ubiquitous packaging for this. Containers Without Compromise is VMs and Containers working together. Google kubernetes (helmsmen) works with Docker.

Project Fargo: makes VMs faster, smaller, quicker booting

Simone Brunozzi, VP and CTO Hybrid, talked about Hybridity.
For details on the last General Session of VMworld click here.

Thanks for coming along.


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