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5 big things to watch for at VMworld

Brandon Butler | Aug. 23, 2013
The cloud, virtual networking and storage, OpenStack and mobile computing are all expected to be hot topics at VMworld this year.

What's up with OpenStack?
VMware has been straddling a frenemy line with OpenStack for the better part of the last year the open source project is both a friend and an enemy to different parts of VMware. On the public cloud front, OpenStack presents an opportunity for VMware to ensure that VMware-virtual machines can operate in OpenStack-powered clouds. On the private cloud side though, OpenStack could be a competitor to VMware's management platforms like vSphere. How will VMware manage this delicate balance?

What will we hear about end-user computing?
In that recent interview with Gelsinger, he said VMware's strategy comes down to three major initiatives: Creating a software-defined data center; delivering it both on customer premises and in the cloud; and end-user computing. The company is one of a handful of virtual desktop infrastructure leaders, but mobile computing is the next frontier that VMware will look to expand its services into. What moves can the company make in end user computing to round out this strategy? VMware just brought on an executive — former SAP mobile chief Sanjay Poonen — to handle that division. We'll see what he's been up to during his short time on the job.

What are you most looking for from VMware at VMworld? The conference runs from Sunday to Thursday at the Moscone Center. 


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