Aug 20 2018

VMWorld 2018 to Focus In on Virtualization, Partnerships

VMware’s annual U.S. conference will highlight the technologies IT leaders need to build the digital foundation that powers modern apps, services and experiences.

How will virtualization and the continued shift to a multicloud world affect businesses this year and beyond? That is a key question that VMware will likely address next week when it hosts the VMworld 2018 conference from Aug. 26-30 in Las Vegas.

Virtualization is the lifeblood of software-defined data centers, and it is how many organizations are running their applications today. Businesses want flexible pools of storage, computing and networking resources, and VMware wants to enable that. However, businesses need common virtualization tools as they migrate SDDCs into public cloud environments.

That’s one of the reasons why, at last year’s VMworld conference, VMware announced the initial availability of VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services, which provides all of the enterprise software capabilities of VMware, including its SDDC stack, in the public cloud environment of AWS. The offering is sold, operated and supported by VMware.

As Silicon Angle reports, “This move gave VMware customers the option of running their apps in virtual machines in a fully managed hybrid environment inside a leading public cloud.” At this year’s conference, VMware is likely going to announce deeper integrations with AWS, and potentially other partnerships.

On Aug. 27, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and CTO Ray O’Farrell will kick the festivities off with the opening keynote to unveil VMware’s major announcements and discuss the company’s technology vision. The next day, Sanjay Poonen, COO of VMware customer operations, will have conversations on stage with several customers who have started undertaking a digital transformation journey. Poonen will also interview Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist for female education, an Oxford student and the youngest person ever awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. VMware says in a statement that she “will share her perspective on the challenges that girls face in their communities as well as the bright opportunities to create greater access to education for them across the globe.”

There are several tracks attendees can choose from at the conference, including data center and cloud, networking and security, digital workspace, leading digital transformation and next-gen trends — including the Internet of Things, network functions virtualization and DevOps.

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