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Top 5 things to watch for at VMWorld 2014

Brandon Butler | Aug. 20, 2014
A year ago everyone wanted to know about VMware's big plan.

As part of the transition from the old VMware to the new one, the company spent more than $1 billion to buy Nicira to make a statement in the nascent SDN market.

Some early SDN adopters are experiencing significant improvements by virtualizing their networks. Allowing for networks to be created, spun up and down and managed centrally can bring great advantages. What will VMware do to really encourage mainstream adoption of its NSX platform in SDN environments?

The compute layer is largely virtualized. VMware has a plan for virtual networks (see NSX above). What about everything else? Software-defined storage, or virtualized storage seems like a natural target area for VMware to complete its Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) strategy. Technology to virtualize storage has been around for a while, but adoption has been lackluster. What can VMware do to extend the ease of compute and network virtualization into the storage tier?

One significant change at VMware in the past year has been a renewed focus on end user compute (EUC) and mobile. In addition to buying AirWatch, the company has been poaching executives from companies such as Citrix and SAP. VMware has a broad portfolio in the EUC market, from virtual desktop software (Horizon) to MDM tools (AirWatch). This is obviously a big focus for VMware, so we're expecting to see some significant news from the company in this area.

VMware is not only a virtualization company, but it's a security company, too. VMware says that the hypervisor's central position in the data center puts the company in an ideal spot to provide security. (READ: Why VMware says the hypervisor can be security's savior). VMware outlined that argument and broad strategy at Interop in the spring. Now we're hoping to hear details about what exact role the hypervisor can play in securing the software-defined data center.

What are you looking for from VMware? Leave your thoughts in the comments.


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