VMWorld 2017: Taking Cloud Operations to the Next Level
I was at VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, and, like past events, IT Operations were the big focus for every attendee. Pat Gelsinger, the CEO of VMware, kicked off the keynote with interesting stats reflecting the creative destruction in the global economy. He noted that manufacturing and agricultural labor percentages have decreased on a worldwide basis and have been replaced by many technology-driven sectors.
Emerging technologies like IoT, AI, and Machine Learning are already opening new opportunities for enterprises, bringing radical productivity improvements and new insights. This is being fueled by cloud computing, enabling essentially limitless compute, storage and networking, thereby making it an essential underpinning of the ongoing digital transformation.
IT Operations: Where the Rubber Meets the Road
IT Operations is where the rubber meets the road. In speaking with many IT Ops and stakeholders at the conference, their critical and expanded role is becoming clearer. The IT Operations mission has greatly expanded as they are increasingly asked to harness these next generation technologies while continuing to maintain the existing operations. Consumer simplicity and enterprise security are the new mantras for enterprises, raising the bar even higher for the IT Ops. Couple this with increasing velocity of innovation, the job of IT Operations is becoming incredibly complex.
Platforms like VMware Cloud Foundation, vSAN, NSX, Hyper-Converged infrastructure (HCI) along with the processes that drive DevOps, cloud migrations, security and networking have become far too complex for most teams to implement successfully, cost effectively and on-time. A quick walk through the VMworld show floor validated that there are too many vendors, too many options and not enough people, training and skills to make it happen.
Pivotal Point in History
The role of IT Operations has reached a pivotal point in its history. There is a tremendous opportunity to: break the traditional mold; usher IT Operations into the modern era; bring security and automation into the core; embrace a data-driven analytical mindset; and implement the necessary telemetry and tooling as part of pivoting to a predictive IT model.
In all the panels I attended, it was clear that VMware understands this opportunity to abstract complexity in a multi-cloud world by bringing the full potential of an integrated, well-orchestrated SDDC stack. They announced a suite of new tools including vCloud Director 9.0, AppDefense, expanded VMware NSX support and Workspace One, powered by VMware AirWatch ®.
Much Excitement for IT Operations
In all my years in the industry, there has never been as much excitement and support for IT Operations and its mission. We don’t just keep the lights on, we are a key ingredient in helping organizations harness the full potential of technology to achieve business goals. And now, more than ever, there is widespread recognition of the value of a managed cloud services provider. The scale of a cloud provider, the volume of milestones passed, certifications achieved, operations hurdles jumped and intelligent automation scripts implemented will always exceed that of the organization's own team. Not a day goes by where performance engineers, security operations or architects don’t learn something or see something new. When you factor in that a cloud provider has hundreds or thousands of clients, you’ll discover just how valuable and proactive a cloud provider is.
Let’s own the future of IT Operations together. Let’s make our next year of VMware Cloud IT Operations a partnership to help your organization get the recognition from your organization we know it deserves.