One of the things that seemed clear to me over the last couple of VMworld conferences is that VMware is very committed to NSX. In addition to having NSX as the core of its Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC), VMware is also placing NSX in the core of its End User Compute (EUC) offering. I also expect VMware to make NSX a core part of its Photon platform for modern applications. The big challenge is that VMware does not make it easy to become familiar with NSX. For a product that is the core of so many parts of VMware’s roadmap, the NSX software is hard to get a hold of.
However, who outside of Silicon Valley and the Fortune 500 companies truly knows the details of a software-defined network?
During the VMworld 2015 conference in San Francisco, there was another event, Tech Field Day Extra, which was going on at the same time. As one of the panelists for Tech Field Day Extra, I had the opportunity to be part of the briefing from a company called Primary Data, which was showcasing DataSphere. DataSphere is a dynamic, objectives-driven data mobility virtualization platform across different storage types and tiers.
At VMworld last week walking the solution exchange, apart from getting very sore feet, I reintroduced myself to the near-line storage acceleration and flash-cache vendors: companies like Infinio and PernixData, and even HCI vendors like SimpliVity, Pivot3, etc.
In June, I was in Boston for Virtualization Field Day 5, which was an amazing event. The sponsor presentations are usually awesome. The next best thing about Tech Field Day events is the conversations that you have with other delegates between the presentations. On one trip, Stephen Foskett wondered why none of the hyperconverged vendors has converged networking. All of the hyperconverged vendors use physical Ethernet switches. I spent the next half hour talking with Chris Marget about what the requirements might be and what networking technology might be used.
Look to your left, look to your right: there is a good chance that of the companies to either side of you, one will not be around ten to fifteen years from now. This was the statement made by Pat Gelsinger during VMworld’s day two general session that really caught my attention. For me personally, it brought on a flashback from my college days. On the first day of class, an instructor started his lecture with a similar statement: look to your left and look to your right—many of the people you are looking at will not be here at the end of the semester. According to Pat Gelsinger, that thought process has moved into the ever-changing world of corporate IT.