VMworld 2012: CEO Points to Software Defined Datacenters
VMware CEO Paul Maritz (l.) and his successor, Pat Gelsinger (r.), are taking center stage at VMworld now. Also on hand: CTO Steve Herrod. The trio is describing how VMware (NYSE: VMW) will push beyond traditional virtualization to power next-generation data centers — so-called software-defined datacenters. Here's the minute-by-minute update.
On Stage First: VMware Chief Marketing Officer Rick Jackson. He covered:
- 20,000 attendees are expected to be on hand here.
- Another 10,000 joining live keynote via online connections later today. CEOs of Dell, EMC, VMware and NetApp will be on hand.
- More updates within minutes.
- VMUG: VMware User Group is getting a lot of play on stage. Jackson says there are lots of VMUG members in the audience.
On Stage: Outgoing VMware CEO Paul Maritz (he's joining EMC)
- Virtualized workloads have expanded from 25 percent of Intel servers in 2008 to 60 percent of servers now.
- We are very far along on a 50 year journey to automate paper-based information.
- There are three transformations taking place (for physical servers to virtual to cloud). On top of that, shifting from existing applications to new apps and big data. Third, there is a shift from PCs to a mobile dominated, multi-device world that redefines how users access information.
- "I'm happy to be formally turning over custodianship of this community to Pat Gelsinger."
- "Nobody can accuse Pat of being laid back."
On Stage: Incoming CEO Pat Gelsinger (he's coming in from EMC)
- "Please say thank you to my new board member one last time: Paul Maritz"
- (Maritz received standing ovation)
- Gelsinger wants to get to 90 plus percent of server workloads virtualized over the next few years.
- VMware wants to deliver the software-defined data center.
- VMware insists the "vCloud Suite" is unmatched for delivering such data centers.
- VMware is killing to controversial vRAM pricing model that alienated so many customers and partners last year.
- He sees Cloud Foundry, DynamicOps and Nicira as core to the software defined data center, but also vowed to keep VMware open to supporting multi-cloud environments "today and into the future." That includes OpenStack, among others he mentioned.
On Stage Now: CTO Steve Herrod:
- Herrod called on channel partners to virtualize mission critical apps like SharePoint, Exchange, SAP and Oracle.
- Apache Hadoop Big Data on VMware… Keep an eye on Project Serengeti.
- Keep an eye on vMotion for software-defined data centers, especially in the area of storage — even down into smaller businesses.
- Also, virtual flash got some play on stage.
- Virtual SAN initiative… Herrod is calling on attendees to attend a breakout session in that area.
- "Networking has lagged in many ways the shift to the cloud." Here, keep an eye on vSphere distributed Switch. vCloud Director will also help in this area, he asserted.
- vXLAN Ecosystem: Broadcom, Brocade… and then Cisco in a big way received on-stage mentions here. "One of our tightest partners has been Cisco."
- vCloud Connector: Connects on-premises with off-premises resources.
The keynote coverage continues. Check this blog regularly for updates, and check The VAR Guy's Private and Public Cloud InfoCenter for more perspectives.