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VMware gears up for a challenging future

As VMware preps to discuss its products and technology at VMworld 2021 next week, it faces questions about cloud strategy, the evolution of NSX networking software, and executive upheaval.

Network World previews VMworld, speaking with VMware execs and key partners like WWT.

by Michael Cooney

After a big year of change in everything from its ownership and executive suite to its cloud and network offerings, VMware is girding for battle in the challenges ahead.

At the company’s VMworld 2021 conference (Oct. 5-7)  many of the technologies the company provides—from multicloud connectivity and cloud management to NSX networking, security,and other digital-transformation tools—will be front-and-center in over 900 sessions.

“At VMworld last year, much of the discussion focused on cloud’s role in supporting business agility and resiliency in the context of the pandemic, as countless businesses sought to move applications to the cloud quickly to support distributed working,” wrote Hervé Renault, vice president of cloud sales for VMware in a blogabout the conference agenda. “A year on, it’s clear this process has accelerated many businesses’ planned transition to cloud and elevated cloud maturity, as they respond to end-user demand for a digital-first, app-driven future.”

Earlier this month at a press and analyst event marking his first 100 days as CEO, Raghu Raghuram talked about the long-term view of VMware that included what are likely to be key topics at VMworld.

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“Most new apps are built-on containers for speed and scalability. The clear winner of the container wars was Kubernetes,” said Scott Miller, senior director of strategic partnerships for World Wide Technology (WWT), a technology and supply-chain service provider and a VMware partner. “We are having many conversations today with our clients to help them understand the best way to build new applications and manage them past the build in a secure way.”

 

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