Day 2 started as always with the ‘Big Keynote’, I was lucky enough to be seated on the front row (thanks to my bloggers pass) and was able to see all the action close up.
The keynote started with Jean-Pierre Brulard welcoming everyone to VMworld2017 and then he handed over to Pat Gelsinger who presented the main address.
There were less ‘Big’ announcements at this VMworld, more a few smaller ones:
- VMware HCX Technologies which delivers secure hybrid cloud for seamless app mobility between vSphere versions, on-premises or in the cloud. For more information see here.
- A partnership between VMware, IBM and Dell in the Cloud space. Whilst VMware and IBM have collaborated before it was odd knowing that Dell were prepared to work with IBM at such a level but the truth will out as they say.
- VMware Cloud Verified starts with 5 companies but will be sure to grow. The first 5 companies are CenturyLink, Fujitsu, IBM Cloud, OVH, and Rackspace and I’m sure this will drive business their way but it won’t be long before more cloud partners come forward to become VMware Cloud Verified. For more information see here.
Then the coolest demo ever done at a VMworld keynote happened! I know it was cool as after the keynote everyone in the VMTN Blogging area was talking about it. Alan Renouf (Senior Product Line Manager and one of the architects of the Hackathon) came on and proceeded to get Pat to manage a Virtual datacentre using a Virtual Reality headset. He picked up a virtual machine and by dropping it in to a trash can simply deleted it. Then for the finale took a VM and VMotioned it to an AWS cloud simply by throwing it. The software is available as an open source git hub download and was unbelievably written in just a day and a half.
But don’t take my word for it you can watch the video below, the VR demo is at 48:00 minutes and if you watch nothing else watch this and be blown away.
Then it was time to hit my sessions for the day including:
Monster VMs (Database Virtualization) with vSphere 6.5: Doing IT Right (VIRT1309BE) with Michael Corey and David Klee. This is a great session if you use Oracle or SQL servers and I would recommend that you watch the recording if you do. It’s available as one of the top sessions from the event here
This was followed by another HOL and some networking before it was time to get off to the evening’s entertainment at the Vexpert party.