VMworld 2021 Will Exploring Evolving IT Infrastructures
Rangarajan Raghuram, who became CEO of VMware in June following Patrick Gelsinger’s departure to Intel, will deliver his first VMworld keynote address. VMware says Raghuram “will explore how leading organizations are challenging the status quo to move fast, gain competitive advantage and stay secure” by deploying the multicloud technology, digital workspaces and modernized applications VMware is known for.
As for application modernization, VMworld will include a session led by James Watters, CTO of VMware’s Modern Applications Business Unit, who will discuss the future of applications and how organizations can “develop an agile environment, speed up application lifecycles and make those lifecycles easier for users, developers and practitioners without sacrificing performance or security,” the company says.
VMware argues that to succeed, businesses must deliver their applications — whether they are customer-, employee- or partner-facing — across “any combination of data centers, public cloud, and to the edge without compromising on reliability, security or performance.” VMware CTO Kit Colbert will discuss how the company supports that objective with solutions like vSphere, its server virtualization product, which helps organizations scale their infrastructure efficiently.
For organizations that prefer to host at least some of their applications with on-premises technology, VMware will tout its hyperconverged infrastructure solutions, which it says “underpin the hybrid cloud.”
VMware Offers Support for Businesses’ Hybrid Workplaces
Businesses’ return-to-office plans are in disarray, but one thing is clear: The remote work trend will endure, regardless of when enterprises resume onsite work for large numbers of employees. Most businesses expect to deploy hybrid workplaces that will include simultaneous onsite and remote work. VMware officials will discuss the company’s Anywhere Workspace line of solutions, introduced in April, which support hybrid environments. Anywhere Workspace brings together several existing VMware solutions under a single banner: Workspace ONE, which provides unified endpoint management, desktop and application virtualization, plus a variety of employee experience and productivity solutions; Carbon Black Cloud endpoint security; and secure access service edge, which secures software-defined WANs.
To discuss Anywhere Workspace, VMware Senior Vice President and General Manager of End-User Computing Shankar Iyer will be joined by a customer: Hemant Kumar, a business analyst with professional services firm Genpact.
Finally, VMworld 2021 will feature celebrity speakers from the worlds of business and entertainment. Corporate luminaries include Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft; Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud; and Arvind Krishna, CEO of IBM. From Hollywood come actor and activist Michael J. Fox and actor and musician Will Smith.