Earlier this year VMware and Okta announced a partnership to integrate each others products to unify the user context with the device context provided by Okta and VMware Workspace ONE. At VMworld 2018 in Barcelona I sat the session regarding the use of their products to drive a zero trust approach but to enable the users with passwordless experience.
The digital workspace keynote was one of my favourite sessions of VMworld 2018, Shawn Bass (VMware EUC CTO) and team demonstrated their modern management approach across heterogeneous devices as well as demonstrating the user focused experiences of mobile flow and the new Workspace ONE intelligent hub. Finally with Workspace ONE intelligence IT are able to be empowered with the intelligent information around the applications and devices to deliver amazing user focused support.
Please see my doodle below
The first general session at VMworld 2018 covered every aspect of VMware’s execution of their vision, from the application to the device on any cloud and most importantly with intrinsic security.
My doodle live from the general session is below
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This morning I attending an update from Ivanti covering their product portfolio and strategy. Ivanti have a large portfolio of products based upon a number of acquisitions of companies such as Heat Software, AppSense, Lumension, LANDesk and many more. Ivanti other solutions are EUC / IT Operations, Secure Management and Operational Security. For me as ever an important aspect of the Ivanti portfolio is the ability to combat common security issues within organisations including, patching, user rights management, application whitelisting and more. Also following the RES Software accusation automation is an element of their portfolio that I am looking forward to understanding much better.
Only half of the day two general session was live streamed, but above is my doodle covering what was featured. Sanjay Poonen VMware COO spoke about the engines that fuel VMware being innovation and the customer, VMware are the only company in NPS to be listed in the top 5 for customer satisfaction five years running. He also spoke about the growth of VMware and how every customer that has deployed VMware technologies has been able in turn been able to reduce costs, reduce complexity and reduce carbon. There were a number of customer references live on stage talking about how they are innovating with VMware tecnologies with a strong focus on the SDDC, VMware Cloud, PKS and NSX.
As ever the first day keynote at VMworld was packed with thought leadership, announcements and demonstrations. VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger took to the stage to discuss the super powers of technology, these were cloud, mobile, AI / ML and Edge / IOT. VMware have been slowly enhancing their long term vision of any device, any app, any cloud with intrinsic security and this years keynote further demonstrated that.
We saw demonstrations and announcements in all areas with the release of vSphere 6.7 update 1 featuring updates for vSAN and more. We saw further demonstration of VMware's close relationship with AWS with AWS RDS (Relational Database Services) being made available on premises via vSphere in coming months. Close integration with vSphere, NSX and Kurbenetes with vSphere PKS and IoT edge infrastructures being treated as a first class citizenship bringing the IT to IoT with a demonstration of vSphere on ARM allowing for true enterprise class features such as FT, vMotion and HA being made available at the edge.
Sebastian Krueger of VMware presented at Empower in Vienna the ability of Workspace ONE to fully manage Windows 10 in a truely modern way with enhanced flexibility and mobility of the end user devices
One of my favourite aspects of attending VMworld is attending the general sessions, whilst they are now all streamed live I don't think you can beat being there live to get the full experience.
This year the focus was firmly on the software-defined data centre, bringing to the cloud and transforming the workspace.
As ever it was great to hear from VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and COO Sanjay Poonen
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