The Day 2 keynote of VMworld 2015 takes place today in San Francisco. Yesterday's opening keynote didn't have any EUC content in it, so today we'll learn what VMware has planned in the desktop/VDI/mobile world.
The keynote is over now. Read from the bottom-up.
10:25 That's it! We're going to head over to the TechTarget booth to do a live podcast. Should go live around 11:00am.
10:24 Gelsinger is done. His vision speech was good. People clapped loudly.
10:11 Talking about the cross-cloud vMotion they demonstrated yesterday. Is there an EUC play here? We'll have to think about that...
10:06 "The cloud is moving from an experiment to a core part of the business." <-- That is not an exact quote, but it's the gist.
10:05 "VMware needs to innovate like a startup, deliver like an enterprise."
9:53 Talking about how connected the world is. By Q3 2019, half the world will be connected. The real impact of that is that by 2019, half the world will still not be connected to the Internet! Our half of the world is very different than the other half.
9:52 VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger is on stage.
9:50 NSX guy left. I need to find out who that was because he was a good speaker.
9:37 NSX presentation is still going on, so here's VMware EUC press release from today. Announcements in it include:
- Project A²
- VMware Identity Manager Advanced Edition. It's identity management as a service. (What's vIDM?) VMware blog with more info.
- Horizon 6.2 (better scalability, better Skype and GRID support, vSAN enhancements, biometric fingerprint support, FIPS 140-2 compliance)
- Horizon 6.2 for Linux (vGPU and vSGA support)
- More info in the VMware blogs: Sumit Dhawan, Shankar Iyer
9:33 While this NSX video is going on, I looked up how to type A².
9:30 Sanjay & Noah are done now. Now VMware's SVP of networking and security is on stage. So I guess this is less about EUC? I'm not going to blog here unless it relates to EUC, so it might be dark for awhile...
9:26 Showing connecting AirWatch and Horizon into NSX for micro-VPN segmentation. "The ultimate form of mobile and network security coming together."
9:24 Demonstrating a bunch of top iOS and Android apps to show integrated sign-on, etc. And of course old-school Windows apps via Horizon, and showing it with GPUs.
9:20 What about legacy apps? He's showing how they can hook into an SCCM repository to suck them into AppVolumes. Gabe blogged about this on Sunday from Harry's session. They're showing icons going onto desktops. Announcing project A2 (that's A squared.. I don't know how to type that.. A^2?). VMware A^2 is using AirWatch to manage AppVolumes on physical desktops.
9:17 Noah Wasmer on stage. He's a well-known guy to the BrianMadden.com audience, and he's now the head of products for VMware's mobility group. He's walking through some of the demos that we blogged about on Sunday. Windows 10's easy ability to join a workplace. This is all based on Windows 10's ability to be managed by EMM / AirWatch. This is all adjusted real-time as things change.
9:13 Talking about their relationship with Microsoft and that Microsoft is changing and now more open. (read: Not just working with Citrix.) They're bringing Jim Alkove, Microsoft VP for Windows Enterprise and Security. This is huge because getting hugged by Microsoft used to be a Citrix-only thing. Dunno who this guy is though. Seems kind of low-level? "Hey, we got *someone* from Microsoft." They talked about adding EMM management to Windows 10... non-confrontational stuff like that.
9:10 Watching a commercial of VMware EUC customers. Whoa, did you know that people can use cheap laptops to access expensive CAD/CAM programs with VMware!??!?!!!!!
9:09 "Anyone still using a Blackberry here?" Two people. "Don't worry brother, I'll pray for you."
9:08 For mobile, he's showing their number one according to... oh hell I forget already... Gartner? I dunno.. One of them.
9:07 Showing IDC report showing that they have leapfrogged Citrix as the leader in the desktop virtualization space. They have a program where they will buy back your Citrix maintenance?
9:05 But how does this connect back to the core of VMware? Showing a slide with all of VMware's products (300?) and how all the lower-level stuff (SDDC, etc.) is needed for EUC. He's basically saying that VMware hasn't focused on EUC before because it didn't make sense before they had the infrastructure solid, but now that that's there, they can really excel in EUC.
9:04 Any app to any device is the goal of VMware Workspace Suite.
9:03 Opening talking about how mobility has transformed the world. They need to blend consumer simplicity with enterprise security.
9:02 Sanjay Poonen is on stage. Now he's telling us we should be excited to follow VMware execs on Twitter who themselves are not excited about being on Twitter.
8:58: They're thanking sponsors now. "Platinum" sponsors are now the third tier. It's like boarding on American Airlines. Wait.. there's double diamond??
8:45: I'm in the keynote hall. Gigantic commercials are playing. Music genre is "corporate inspirational." Show starts at 9.