By Kurt Marko
During the opening keynote of its annual VMworld conference, VMware unleashed a barrage of announcements that showed a company moving far beyond its origins in server virtualization. Its goal: Become a horizontal provider of virtual infrastructure and management software for endpoints, edge devices and multiple cloud services.
After some self-congratulatory comments commemorating the 20th anniversary of VMware’s founding, CEO Pat Gelsinger and CTO Ray O’Farrell plunged into a packed keynote highlighting formal announcements that preceded the show. Judging by the order and length of Gelsinger’s treatment, VMware has positioned itself as an enterprise-focused, multicloud management company that spans the functional gamut, from core virtual infrastructure that can run in private data centers or public clouds to infrastructure, workload, security and cost management software.
Indeed, VMware’s embrace of public cloud infrastructure and the SaaS delivery model over the past two years has been stunning.
Key announcements fell into six broad categories:
Much like last year, VMware’s partnership with AWS headlined the event, with AWS CEO Andy Jassy making a brief return appearance on stage to tout progress made via new features, an expanded global footprint and growing customer adoption over the past year. The most significant announcements for customers with feet in both VMware and AWS:
In a surprising development, the AWS-VMware partnership has also led to …