Tuesday, 13 October 2020

What I learned from VMworld 2020


VMworld 2020 focused on the changing world, we have had a lot of challenges to deal with this year.

We have had to deal with Covid-19, with inequality, and with moving toward a new type of infrastructure for work, perhaps the days of travelling hundreds of miles for work whether via trains, planes, or automobiles is now not as important. Perhaps we should invest in digital technologies to improve how we work.

This year has had the effect of accelerating companies into the digital age, perhaps this will in turn make us closer and a truly global community.

The tagline was Possible Together.

VMworld 2020 focused on Digital innovation.

The strategy is empowering Any App, on any cloud, on any device.

VMware has a strategy moving forward. They will deliver the digital foundation moving forward.

This consists of five critical building blocks

1.       App Modernisation

2.       Multi Cloud

3.       Digital Workspace

4.       Virtual Cloud Networking

5.       Intrinsic Security

App Modernisation is all about how we move applications from monolithic apps to the containerised applications, Docker has become the go to container engine, as we move to the multi-cloud world we have to ensure that we have a consistent method of management, and this leads us to Kubernetes and on to Tanzu, Allows you to run your app across any cloud.

VMware vSphere now has the ability to run native Kubernetes workloads/containers, and now with vSphere 7 U1 it’s even easier.

Moving forward, VMware are working closely with NVIDIA to create an available Artificial Intelligent solution that will be available for all, this is code named Project Monterey

Multi-Cloud, is the strategic platform for moving the company forward, companies take the best of all the clouds, and by using VMware technologies they have a centralised view of these workloads, and it was also announced that VMware have more 15 million workloads on VMware Cloud.

VMware cloud now runs on all the major public clouds.

VMware also have their Telco cloud and predict that this may mean in the future that 5G may make WiFi obsolete.

Digital Workspace this has now taken hold as millions of people started working from home, Workspace ONE, SD-WAN and Carbon Black working together allows home users to work securely from any location, run any application and work on any device

Virtual Cloud Networking is the software defined networking that’s running the VMware Cloud, VMware’s NSX technology is now in use with over 17,000 customers worldwide, NSX is a complete networking solution delivered in software.

Intrinsic Security VMware are building security into the datacentre, this allows for Security across Any App, Any Cloud, on Any device, VMware provide Carbon Black as the product to allow this functionality.

All of the above products above will accelerate us to the future of digital working.

VMware are now focusing on the vertical industry solutions and are focusing their efforts on Health Care, Education, Public Sector, Retail and Financial Services.

I’ll be watching with interest to see how VMware innovates in the future.