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VMworld 2010 – Take Away Message

Hard to believe that VMworld 2010 is over. It seems like it was a long time coming and, now that it is over, it feels like a long time to the next one.

So, while I am sitting at the airport waiting for my flight, I thought I would take a minute to appreciate everything I have experienced this week and try to lump it all together into the all important “moral of the story”.

The conference was chalk full of amazing content. The sessions (at least the ones I was able to attend) were amazing. The labs, well you probably know how I feel about the labs by now (psst… they were AWESOME!). The blogger access and role was amazing! The people made the show.

Years ago, VMware was a hypervisor company. You want to run multiple OSes on single hardware platform, no problem. However, under the guidance of Paul Maritz, the VMware company is changing their goal. No longer is it server virtualization. Instead, it appears to be one of digital abstraction and corporate transformation. Now that corporations have adopted the core virtualization strategy of virtualizing their server environment, they can move on the path of more flexibility.

The major focus on the workstation transformation to a VDI/View based device was front and center. Users and technology are changing the way applications are setup and presented… for the good and the bad (I feel like I could soapbox on this sometime, but I will save that for another time).

While VMware is a company concerned about making money, I really feel like the products they push onto the market are truly meant for changing the paradigm of corporate computing. Other vendors are more concerned about publishing a product to make a buck.

So, the moral of the story is: The corporate environment is changing. Technologies are being developed to ensure easy and secure access to data and mission critical applications. Now is the time to acknowledge the changes and prepare to welcome them into your environment. VMware is providing the core structure for allowing this access.

I appreciate all of the opportunities I was privy to this week and the direction of the company we all depend on.

Thanks for an awesome conference VMworld!

This blog entry was brought to you by the letters: V, M, W

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