Thoughts From VMworld 2016

As a longtime VMware certified partner, Datapipe attended this year’s VMworld looking forward to learning about the latest cloud technology and virtualization innovations. I wanted to share some of the main themes and strategic service innovations, from my point of view, that were covered at VMworld.

To start, VMware provided some interesting perspective:

  • In 2006, they stated that 98% of all workloads were running as what we now call traditional IT, with only 2% running in the cloud – which at the time was Salesforce
  • In 2011, 7% of workloads ran public cloud, and 6% were private on-prem
  • Today, 15% of workloads are on public cloud, with 12% private on-prem
  • By 2021, analysts estimate that we will hit the 50% mark for all cloud usage

Cloud will continue to gain ground and IT will need to continue to innovate and adapt in order to remain relevant and agile. These stats set the stage for the event – along with the ever-present slogan “be tomorrow.” In today’s post, I’ll cover my main takeaways from the first day of the event.

VMworld Day 1

The first day of VMWorld was the Partner Exchange general session. The crowd was delighted to welcome Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware as he introduced VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture as the main path to the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). He talked about how the journey to the SDDC can now be enabled through VMware Cloud Foundation & Cross-Cloud Services, which provides freedom and control and ultimately reduces total cost of ownership (TCO). Pat explained how this announcement delivers VMware’s vision to provide management of any cloud, delivering any application, on any device.

Hybrid cloud vision

Pat also spoke in detail about the issue of cloud silos and how customers need the ability to run, manage, and secure applications across their on-premises data centers and public clouds. Partners learned how to help customers on their journey to the Hybrid Cloud and SDDC through the VMware Cloud Foundation. The VMware Cloud Foundation is a new unified SDDC platform that combines vSphere, VSAN, and NSX as a single, integrated software platform to provide a software-defined data center across clouds. This virtualized infrastructure layer can be further enhanced with the VMware automated cloud management platform, vRealize Suite.

VMware cloud foundation

Last but not least, partners heard about network virtualization. VMware shared its findings that network virtualization is hotter than ever.  The software defined networking market will be $12.5B by 2020, with main challenges for customers in security, automation, and application continuity. NSX offers in this area include security – like virtualizing networks and having a firewall for every VM for security – and automation, with a blueprint for every VM to avoid manual build out and application continuity. It also shows how applications and data can exist between data centers for disaster recovery and pooling of data. This first day demonstrated VMware’s focus on partners and its increased investment in the community with some new programs, including Advantage Plus.

Check back next week for my recap of the rest of VMworld.

David Lucky is a Product Marketing leader at Rackspace for the Managed Public Cloud services group, a global business unit focused on delivering end-to-end digital transformation services on AWS, Azure, GCP and Alibaba. David came to Rackspace from Datapipe where as Director of Product Management for six years he led product development in building services to help enterprise clients leverage managed IT services to solve complex business challenges. David has unique insight into the latest product developments for private, public and hybrid cloud platforms and a keen understanding of industry trends and their impact on business development. He holds an engineering degree from Lehigh University and is based out of Jersey City, NJ. You can follow David on LinkedIn at and Twitter @Luckys_Blog.