#VMworld 2018: Shifting Data Centers to Centers of Data
Coming on the heels of a great earnings call where VMware reported better than expected growth in their on-prem business, the sentiment at VMWorld was euphoric. As enterprises accelerate their move from captive data centers, VMware’s strategy of bridging the silos across the various public clouds positions it to help its existing clients make sense of the increasing complexity and chaos of a multi-cloud world.
Here are a few of the notable observations from the event:
- VMware/AWS partnership has legs to it: AWS is increasingly turning to VMware as its answer for edge computing completing that piece of the puzzle. There were a number of announcements reflecting this with support for Amazon Relational Database Service (RDBS) which are the forbearers of more to come.
- Data center boundaries are blurring: In this hybrid multi-cloud world, enterprises need the flexibility to seamlessly move workloads, both across data centers and different cloud platforms. VMware is taking bold steps in shedding the walled boundaries, building necessary capability for both vMotion workloads across data centers, and across public cloud.
- Real-time insight, intelligence, and analytics are must-haves: Most enterprises are struggling with their public cloud strategy. A key issue that is frequently cited is runaway operating costs. The acquisition of CloudHealth is a great step in bringing the required visibility, not just on the VMware side but now in a more holistic fashion across an entire public cloud environment.
- AI and Machine Learning are going to revolutionize Infrastructure Management: It’s encouraging to see VMware investing to harness the power of AI/ML with their Project Magma, an AI/ML platform for automating infrastructure globally based on KPIs such as cost and performance. SDDC is being redefined as Self-Driving Data Center!
- The vision of End-User Computing is a step closer to reality: Over the past few years, we have often commented on the growing sprawl and complexity of the end-user workspace. Multiple desktops, complex VDI implementations, multiple passwords, poor user experience given bandwidth and latency sensitivities, burdensome operational management, and high cost. On Monday, Navisite announced it has taken all the advances in the new Horizon DaaS 8.0 offering, integrated identify management, Windows 10, and Office 365 to bring a compelling, turnkey, and seamlessly-integrated end-user solution to market.
As a multi-cloud service provider that has partnered with VMware for over 17 years in helping enterprises harness and leverage the full potential of IT infrastructure as a managed service, we are truly excited about VMware’s direction and strategy. Between continued innovation across Navisite's Managed VMware-powered clouds, a platform optimized to run high I/O, compute-intensive, traditional workloads, and expanding our Desktop-as-a-Service End-User Compute offering, we are well-positioned to bring the full potential of VMware’s innovations to the enterprise market.