VMware’s Desktop Strategy – Doubling Down on VDI

Our analysts leave VMworld 2010 having had great fun, having met some most excellent people and having been impressed with interesting vendors. Yet one thing puzzles after attending and discussing what we’ve experienced.

What is the focus of VMware’s Desktop Strategy?

  1. Is VMware really committed the Desktop Virtualization Market?
  2. What is VMware’s strategy going forward?
  3. How will VMware Differentiate from the Competition?
  4. How will VMware compete with the new vendors looking to disrupt and reinvent the desktop space?

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VMworld 2010 in Review

What seemed like forever to get here was over in a blink of an eye. VMworld 2010 in San Francisco was once again an incredible event with over 17,000 people in attendance. Now that I have had a little time to reflect on the past week, I wanted to share my thoughts on the week and the event itself.  The weather in San Francisco was unseasonable warm for San Francisco standards during the event but as a person from Florida who enjoys warmer weather the temperature for me was absolutely wonderful.  I arrived in town on Sunday afternoon and enjoyed taking advantage of the power of twitter from the San Francisco Airport.  Once I landed I sent a tweet out to see who else may have landed and who might want to share a cab to the hotel. Denis Guyadeen  (@dguyadeen) responded right back and once we grabbed are luggage we were off and on our way.  Continue reading VMworld 2010 in Review

Virtualization Security Strategy from VMworld 2010

Virtualization Security was one of the BIG Deals at VMworld with several announcements:

  • VMware vShield Edge, App, and End Point
  • Trend Micro will have the first product making use of vShield End Point
  • Cisco Virtual Security Gateway (VSG)
  • HyTrust and their growing list of technology partners

But the biggest news is that Virtualization Security is finally on the radar of most if not all C-level as it is now seen as the gate to entering the cloud. But before we can solve the cloud security issue we have to solve the virtualization security issues. VMware’s announcement has the most impact on the virtualization security ecosystem. At once they are competing head-to-head with some vendors while providing a platform to use for other vendors.

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VMware’s Systems Management Strategy – VMworld Update

For quite some time VMware has been letting it known that it intends to be a management software vendor on top of its own virtualization platform. In fact VMware has already taken a series of steps that prove that management is not just an intention, but will be a strategy fulfilled with product deliveries. These actions include buying B-hive and delivering the resulting AppSpeed product, buying the four management products from EMC/Ionix which resulted in Configuration Manager, Application Discovery Manager, and Service Manager (Fastscale seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle), developing and delivering CapacityIQ, buying SpringSource with which came Hyperic and integrating it into vCenter, and delivering Chargeback.

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VMware vShield 4.1, not for the SMB

I wonder how many of us remember when VMware bought BlueLane and their technology,  good things were promised,  we saw the first part with the release of vSphere when they introduced vShield Zones.  This was a “Free” product for those of you that had any version above Advanced vSphere and to be fair for a 1.0 release was a nice weapon to have in your armoury when dealing with Security during a design and implementation phase.

At VMworld 2010 San Francisco VMware announced and released the expanded and improved vShield family of products. it however now a costed product, now the good news is that vShield Zones been not been removed from the vSphere suite, and are still “Free” the the correctly licensed level of vSphere.

A quick synopsis of the products, the technology has been split into three products these being:

VMware positions for the future around vFabric and vCloud

Two of the most significant announcements involved the consolidation of  VMware’s recent acquisitions in the applications platform space into vFabric and the addition of a management offering (vCloud Director) to vCloud which are respectively PaaS and IaaS plays that compete feature-wise with the established market leaders.


In VMworld from an Open Source Perspective, we mentioned that in its SpringSource subsidiary, VMware had managed to acquire an entire application stack.  The big VMworld announcement was they’ve given this a name – vFabric.  You can tell it’s a core VMware product – it begins with a small “v”. Continue reading VMware positions for the future around vFabric and vCloud