VMworld Europe 2018: Enabling a More Digital, Connected Enterprise

Chief Technology Officer, EMEA at VMware

Joe Baguley, vice president and CTO, EMEA, VMware

Anyone who knows me knows that this is my favourite (and also busiest!) week of the year. And this year is even more special.

We announced huge leaps at VMworld U.S. My friend and colleague, Cameron Haight, recapped the news in his article, VMware at 20: What’s Next? Only two months after all the amazing tech announced in Vegas, VMware dropped some incredible news this week at VMworld Europe. Like I said, we’re innovating faster than ever before.

Additionally, we’re celebrating VMware’s 20th birthday. I’m so honoured to have been allowed to be on this journey alongside you. Thanks also to all of my EPIC colleagues, who daily help businesses globally innovate for tomorrow and realize what’s possible.

But, let’s be honest: at the end of the day, we gather in Barcelona to hang out with other tech enthusiasts, geeks, nerds, or whatever moniker you like in order to hear about and share cool new technology. So, let’s dive in.

Cloud, Cloud, Cloud

We know that cloud is an essential part of every company’s digital foundation. That’s why cloud innovation is a top priority for us at VMware.

Organizations that I talk to today operate in the multi-cloud era and are mixing two approaches—hybrid cloud and native public cloud—to support their expanding set of applications as well as their adoption of new capabilities, such as machine learning (ML), Kubernetes and advanced analytics. While each cloud model is unique, they are complementary, existing simultaneously within the same organization. At their core, they share the common drive to deliver innovative services back to the business.

VMware invests in solutions that address multi-cloud environments, advancing the hybrid cloud opportunities from the data center to the cloud to the edge and addressing the needs of native public cloud operations.

Today at VMworld Europe, we announced many key innovations, including:

VMware and AWS Accelerate Global Roll Out of VMware Cloud on AWS

Today, VMware announced the expansion of VMware Cloud on AWS in Europe and the United States, with expected additional new regions forthcoming in AWS EU (Ireland), AWS West (N. California) and AWS East (Ohio) in Q4 2018. VMware also announced new capabilities for this hybrid cloud service that will enable customers to better protect and secure applications and virtual desktops.

For the first time, we’re launching in multiple regions simultaneously, while continuing to drive innovation into our global footprint of data centers. VMware Cloud on AWS is becoming the preferred environment for customers migrating VMware-based workloads to the cloud. And with more than 200 partners achieving solution competency in just six months, the industry support is stronger than ever. With today’s launch, we’re giving our customers an even stronger hybrid cloud solution to support their most demanding application needs, with the enhanced security and scale they require and accelerating at a dramatic rate.

VMware Cloud on AWS brings VMware’s enterprise class software-defined data center (SDDC) to the AWS Cloud. Based on VMware Cloud Foundation, this hybrid cloud service delivers consistent infrastructure and consistent operations from the datacenter to the cloud, enabling customers to seamlessly migrate to the cloud, scale on demand and deliver on next-generation application strategies. Jointly engineered by VMware and AWS, applications deployed in this environment benefit from robust disaster protection and optimized access to AWS services.

With today’s launch, we’re giving our customers an even stronger hybrid cloud solution to support their most demanding application needs with the security and scale they require.

To learn more about this announcement, please read the press release.

VMware Cloud Innovations Accelerate Growth and Transformation of Cloud Providers across Europe

The VMware Cloud Provider program (a particular passion of mine) continues to be strong across Europe. More than half of our VMware Cloud Verified partners come from this region.

“VMware Cloud Verified partners are a set of strategic partners offering complete VMware SDDC-as-a-service with value-added services and support,” says Ajay Patel, senior vice president and general manager, cloud provider software business unit, VMware. “As European businesses expand within the region and even across the globe, VMware Cloud Provider Partners, such as OVH, Rackspace, Telefonica and Tieto, offer customers modern VMware-based cloud solutions with consistent infrastructure and operations—exactly the same technology our customers are using in their data centers—and a portfolio of managed multi-cloud infrastructure and operations services.”

Today, VMware announced the continued growth in VMware Cloud Verified partners, with 27 including more than a dozen partners across Europe now holding the VMware Cloud Verified designation—up from only five a year ago. VMware Cloud Verified partners have fully deployed VMware Cloud infrastructure and enable customers the performance and scale to support their application requirements.

VMware Validated Designs (VVDs) for Cloud Providers are now available, enabling partners to deploy and operate VMware cloud infrastructure for a wide range of use cases and provide a fast, proven path to achieving VMware Cloud Verified status.

To learn more about this announcement, please read the press release.

IBM and VMware Advance Partnership to Accelerate Cloud Adoption and Digital Transformation

The IBM and VMware partnership has helped more than 1,700 enterprises, including Banca Carige and CNH Industrial, adopt IBM Cloud for VMware solutions. IBM and VMware are delivering new solutions to help enterprises accelerate hybrid cloud adoption without incurring the cost and risk associated with retooling operations, re-architecting applications and re-designing security policies.

Today at VMworld Europe 2018, IBM and VMware announced new offerings to accelerate enterprise hybrid cloud adoption and help clients unlock new business value and growth. This includes a new IBM Services offering to help migrate and extend mission-critical VMware workloads to the IBM Cloud and new integrations to enable enterprises to modernize applications with Kubernetes and containers. As part of today’s news, IBM and VMware unveiled several new technology collaborations, including:

  • VMware NSX-T Data Center.
  • IBM Cloud Private Hosted can now be installed on VMware vCenter Server on IBM Cloud.
  • IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions is now integrated with the IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service.
  • IBM and VMware also announced that vRealize Operations is now available on IBM Power Systems.

To learn more about this announcement, please read the press release.

VMware Extends Integrated Hybrid Cloud Offering to Deliver Greater Deployment Flexibility and Choice, including New Kubernetes Support

VMware Cloud Foundation offers the fastest way for customers to build an integrated hybrid cloud by delivering a comprehensive set of software-defined services for compute, storage, networking, security and cloud management to run enterprise applications in hybrid cloud environments. VMware Cloud Foundation sits at the core of VMware’s hybrid cloud strategy as the simplest way to deploy and operate the hybrid cloud. The offering delivers proven, comprehensive cloud infrastructure and management for the broadest, most demanding hybrid cloud environments—providing consistent infrastructure and operations for private cloud, public cloud and edge scenarios.

Today, VMware unveiled a new release of its integrated hybrid cloud offering to help customers more easily deploy and operate their cloud environments. VMware is introducing Cloud Foundation 3.5 to provide customers with greater deployment options, new Kubernetes support and the latest innovations from VMware’s leading infrastructure and management portfolio. VMware Cloud Foundation offers the fastest way for customers to build an integrated hybrid cloud by delivering a comprehensive set of software-defined services for compute, storage, networking, security and cloud management to run enterprise applications in hybrid cloud environments.

To learn more about this announcement, please read the press release. 

Digital Workspace for Every Choice, Everywhere

Modern Management Embraces Heterogeneity

2018 has been a transformative year for our VMware Workspace ONE platform, which continues to astound customers when I show them it on my own devices. Ask any of my colleagues to tell you how they use it. With the previous launch of Workspace ONE Intelligence and the Workspace ONE Trust Network, we introduced the industry’s first intelligence-driven digital workspace platform. At VMworld U.S. 2018, we unveiled innovations to accelerate customers’ adoption of modern management as they fully transition to Windows 10 and embrace Mac, iOS, Android and Chromebooks. With today’s announcement, we continue to deliver new capabilities at a blistering pace that fully embrace the heterogeneity we see across customers in the industry today. And we have no intention of slowing down.

Today, we unveiled new capabilities to VMware’s intelligence-driven Workspace ONE platform that provide modern management and security advancements for customers’ heterogeneous environments, as well as richer employee experiences across more apps and devices. Leveraging new in-platform innovations and integrations that tie into ecosystem partner solutions, Workspace ONE continues to expand the breadth and depth of platforms and capabilities that organizations can tap into.

As quickly as enterprise technology evolves, consumer tech is even faster. As soon as we think we’ve caught up, an employee brings in something new. That’s why modern management is so important. And that’s why we continue to innovate to help businesses achieve a digital workspace that supports every choice everywhere. We work hard to keep you one step ahead.

To learn more about this announcement, please read the press release.

Innovating for the Future of Tech

More innovations will come out of the VMworld 2018 Europe keynote. Our CEO, Pat Gelsinger, and CTO Ray O’Farrell will discuss and demonstrate how to innovatively build and navigate the digital infrastructure that powers digital business. VMware is shaping the future of cloud, mobile, networking and security, as well as innovating in emerging areas like IoT, artificial intelligence, machine learning, edge computing and containers. I encourage you to watch the keynote and hear about the superpowers needed to navigate the disruptive world of technology.


VMware Announces Intent to Acquire Heptio to Drive Kubernetes Across Multiple Clouds  

VMware has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Heptio, a leader in the open Kubernetes ecosystem providing products and expertise that helps enterprises deploy and operationalize Kubernetes. This is an exciting step for us not just in advancing our commitment to Kubernetes, but also in driving our commitment to supporting open source technologies and making them operationally ready for customers. As customers plan their strategy for modern multi-cloud and cloud native applications, Kubernetes has emerged as the de facto standard in container orchestration. Upon completion of the acquisition, Heptio’s Kubernetes solution, expertise and community leadership will enhance the VMware portfolio and further accelerate enterprise adoption of Kubernetes.

To learn more about this announcement, please read the press release.


VMware Unveils Breakthrough New Technologies During VMworld Europe General Session Keynote

Announced today, VMware Blockchain is a service that will provide permissioned blockchain for enterprise consortiums which is intrinsically more secure than public blockchains. VMware Blockchain will provide the foundation for decentralized trust while delivering enterprise-grade scalability, reliability, security and manageability. The service will be integrated into existing VMware tools to help protect the network and compute functions that underlie a true enterprise blockchain.

First announced at VMworld US 2018, Project Dimension is on display at VMworld Europe. Now in beta, Project Dimension will enable customers to consume infrastructure that physically resides in data centers, branch or edge sites through a cloud-managed, as-a-Service approach. By taking the simplicity, agility and velocity of cloud-managed infrastructure-as-a-service and physically bringing it down to wherever infrastructure is required, Project Dimension will be able to power a host of edge, data center, and hybrid cloud use cases.

To learn more about this announcement, please read the press release.

Another Year, Another Whirlwind of VMworld Innovation

From the enterprise to our homes and from the data center to the edge, every day brings new innovations that rock the tech world. Our industry is innovating faster than ever before. And for my fellow tech addicts, how can you not be thrilled about that? That’s why I love VMworld. The buzz is intense, and I get a kick out of walking through the huge array of stands from our large ecosystem of partners and then over to Hands-On Labs to see it all in action.

I can’t begin to express how honoured I am to be part of our VMware EMEA community. I’ve seen our customers do the most incredible things, innovating in ways we never imagined and continue to meet amazing people across the region. I just want to say thank you. Thank you for 10 memorable years in EMEA.

Cheers to another 20 years.