The company is hosting record numbers at this week’s annual VMworld customer and partner fest in Barcelona, and its expanding cloud ecosystem is even sunnier than the weather here, with plenty of new alliances and services springing up.
The numbers registering
for this year’s VMworld show are said to be up about 2,000 on last
year’s event, taking the total to around 14,000, probably reflecting
the number of acquisitions the vendor has made over the last year and
the number of new products it has launched helped by these captures.
For instance, the
Carbon Black acquisition in the security field – just completed –
brought into the fold an extra 6,000 customers and 5,000 partners
alone. And the firm now has the full set of major cloud players
integrated into its offerings with its recently sealed alliance with
Oracle, to go with its established relationships with AWS, Google,
Microsoft and IBM.
At his keynote this
morning, Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO, said: “Technologists who master
multi-cloud will own the next decade.” And as far as he is
concerned the integration of Kubernetes with the firm’s own vSphere
and NSX cloud control and management systems around containers is
key. “But it’s not simple,” he said, “it’s more like jazz
improvisation, rather than simple container orchestration”.
On the cloud front,
Gelsinger announced that VMware’s Cloud Foundation services will now
also be available in AWS’ data centre facilities in Sweden for the
first time. And when it comes to the edge, the company has moved to
support what it calls the Telco Cloud.
Gelsinger said the
telcos were creating the biggest edge opportunity with their roll-out
of 5G, which would create new micro services that had to be supported
across end user smartphones and the telcos’ own core infrastructure.
Involving NSX, the vendor has launched Project Maestro to help
support Telco Cloud orchestration. He said around 100 telcos globally
were already involved in the effort.
On the data security
side, it was also announced that the VMware App Defense and
Vulnerability Management products were being merged with seven
modules acquired through the Carbon Black acquisition to offer
various services to customers. In positive news for the security
offering, Dell has just chosen Carbon Black as a preferred solution
for all its endpoint products, including its full laptop range.
The highlight of the
new techie offerings promoted at VMworld was a more detailed outline
of the Tanzu set of products to build, run and manage apps in a
multi-cloud environment. On the build side, the recently announced
Pivotal acquisition is set to be closed by the end of the year, and
it will play a central role in Project Galleon – to deliver an app
catalogue fast with greater security in enterprises.
For running apps,
Project Pacific builds Kubernetes into VMware vSphere to provide an
easier and speedier cloud orchestration solution. And for managing
apps and tasks, Tanzu Mission Control delivers greater control in an
enterprise and cloud neutral environment. All these solutions are now
These announcements and
others generally went down well with delegates, and the other cloud
data management players will now be looking to see how they can get a
little more action by strengthening their place in the VMware
ecosystem. As usual, all the big players are here with stands,
including NetApp, Veritas, Veeam, Rubrik, Cohesity Networks, Druva,
Dell, IBM, HPE, Fujitsu and Hitachi, along with others.