What initially began more or less as an internal VMware get-together has since evolved into an industry event of the highest standards. Marking what was essentially the 20th birthday, almost 13,000 participants flocked to Barcelona, while twice as many attended the parallel event in the United States. VMware is still the main host, but the sheer numbers and fascinating mix of exhibitors populating the Solution Exchange – or joining VMware up on stage in IBM’s case – is always a jaw-dropping experience. Where else would hardware enthusiasts find Dell, EMC, HPE, IBM, Lenovo and NetApp etc. standing together in perfect harmony, or fans of the public cloud be able to visit Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, AWS and OVH? Joining them also are innumerable security and backup providers, as well as lots of newcomers and established vendors in the fields of DevOps, Kubernetes/containers, (hybrid) cloud management, security tools and plenty of other areas ... At the center of it all is VMware. They say that a vendor’s ecosystem is crucial to its success. And VMware has something equivalent to Apple’s App Store.
À propos the ecosystem: VMware’s internal IT is not only O2-neutral – two years ahead of schedule – it is also working on a benchmark architecture for community micro-grids called RIAPS (Resilient Information Architecture Platform for Smart Grid). The idea is to create a smart, decentralized power supply that can deliver electricity acquired from renewables to neighborhoods or even entire cities. Key elements in this development are the VMware Cloud Foundation and the brand-new VMware blockchain (project: Concord). VMware ESXi (a hypervisor based on the VMkernel operating system) mounted on Raspberry PI could make an exciting contribution here as well.