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The aftermath of VMworld 2016: What did we learn?

Blog Post created by Tom Christensen Employee on Oct 31, 2016

At the first day of VMworld, CEO Pat Gelsinger went on stage and talked about the power of VMware Cloud Foundation and the future direction for Hybrid Cloud services running on any Public Cloud Provider.


VMware’s strategy is to accelerate Hybrid Cloud Adoption by making it possible to moving resources between Private and Public Cloud Providers based on a business need.


According to Pat Gelsinger the movement of workload to Public Cloud began in 2006.


  • In 2006       98% traditional IT      2% Public Cloud (mostly
  • In 2011       87% traditional IT      7% Public cloud service      6% private cloud service
  • In 2016      73% traditional IT       15% Public cloud service    12% Private cloud service
  • In 2021      50% traditional IT       30% Public cloud service    20% Private cloud service
  • In 2030      19% traditional IT       52% public cloud service    29% private cloud service


One could ask why Pat Gelsinger spent so much time on these numbers. We all know that the cloud market is growing at a rapid speed and consists of all sorts of Cloud vendors today. But VMware wants to be the one that can expand their on-premise infrastructure to manage these clouds! In a nutshell, the vision is to master the cross-cloud environment.


VMware seems to understand the importance of delivering solutions to companies around the world and has already partnered with over 4,200 service providers in 119 countries. To accelerate the journey, IBM will be certified in Q4 2016 as a vCloud Air Network partner. Next is VMware Cloud Foundation on Amazon (available in mid-2017). And more to come…


What do you need to make this a reality? One is a Cloud Management Platform and the other is a platform to run VMware Cloud Foundation.


Cloud Management Platform will offer the framework for:

  • Automated IT service delivery
  • Advanced monitoring and troubleshooting
  • Business reporting


VMware Cloud Foundation (SDDC) will offer

  • Compute virtualization
  • Network Virtualization
  • Storage virtualization


To make this vision a reality, VMware needs to accelerate technologies’ enhancement of data compliance, security, cost, cross-cloud management and legacy support.

I am a strong believer of the vision. But do you think it is primetime for Internal IT to face the facts and begin to establish a Private Cloud Platform - not only to automate IT service delivery but also as a take-off platform for Public Cloud Services?

Two questions popped up in my mind:

  • Should IT-organizations spend time on building a Private Cloud Platform or rather focus on creating the right service for the company they work for?
  • Are IT-organizations ready for a Private Cloud Platform that is delivered as a pay-as-you-go model? For example one where the technology vendor delivers the converged stack on a consumption-based usage?


Who is the future consumer of Data Center software and hardware?

With the increasing adoption of Cloud Services, Service Providers have to invest more and more in the data center to keep up with the request. 2016 is a break-even year according to Pat Gelsinger. Service Providers are now spending the same amount on Data Centers as IT-organizations that build their own Data Center.


VMware is focusing on a €54B opportunity with Service Providers and expect it to increase to €97B in 2021.


Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (Virtual SAN)Virtual SAN seems to be the new Speedy Gonzales at VMware. Virtual SAN is both a storage product and a hyper-converged infrastructure in one product. VMware is going to market with a scale-out SDDC solution where customers can create and delete virtual resources (VM, storage and network) in one process. But what are customers buying?

  • VMware            500.000 customers
  • VSAN               5.000 customers (VMware gets 100 new customers every week)
  • NSX                 1.700 customers

SDDC is the building block of Cross-Cloud offerings

SDDC seems to be the engine behind the vision for Hybrid Cloud. When you look at the layers of VMware’s Vision – Any Device, Any Application, Any Cloud, you see that the building block is the SDDC. vSphere is the foundation of this approach, but the focus on virtualized networking and security (with NSX) and software-defined storage (with Virtual SAN) with management and automation provided by vRealize. Each of these elements continue separately, but VMware is focused on how everything fits together to optimize businesses’ agility.


Takeaway from the keynote session

Cross-Cloud offering that paves the way for moving virtual resources via a compatible layer between current cloud partners and mega-cloud vendors like AWS.


The new product called VMware Cloud Foundation which provides a unified SDDC platform for the Hybrid Cloud and a set of Cross-Cloud services that provide security, availability and agility – and tie to the core SDDC infrastructure. Is this really a new product or just a re-packaging of VMware’s Cloud Portfolio? You can decide for yourself!