Lessons learned at VMworld 2015

By Kent Christensen, Practice Director

Now that the sessions, exhibits, and parties of VMworld are behind us, it’s time to take a few minutes and reflect upon what we discovered during our week in San Francisco.

As always, VMware announced some new products – including VMware EVO Software-defined Data Center (SDN) and the VMware Photon Platform. A wealth of ecosystem partners showcased their solutions in the exhibit hall. And the Datalink team had a great time demonstrating Cloud Complete and meeting clients.

While a number of different topics and solutions were discussed, one prominent theme did emerge: How to expand cloud from separate private and public clouds to a unified hybrid cloud.

Hybrid cloud is a destination that many organizations will want to reach. It provides more flexibility and choice for running workloads. Most organizations have some workloads that are suited for the private cloud and other workloads that would be better for public cloud. With a hybrid cloud, they can unify or migrate workloads between private and public clouds – and have more choice and flexibility as to where workloads will run.

To draw further attention to the hybrid discussion, VMware announced a future version of vRealize. Developed to deliver a consistent management framework for the adoption of hybrid cloud, vRealize will support live migration between private and public clouds as long as the network is extended by VMware NSX.

Thank you to the hundreds of customers who visited our booth (#333) or met with us privately. We enjoyed the opportunity to demonstrate the many ways you can deliver on hybrid cloud. The most intriguing discussions were those around the options of a VMware SDN that supports hybrid cloud and a Cisco network-based hybrid cloud that leverages InterCloud. Both of these solutions allow you to extend your private network into public cloud and allocate workloads efficiently.

Finally, the cloud is moving to unified hybrid. If you’d like to discuss what this development could mean for your organization, contact Datalink.