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VMworld 2019 US Day 1

VMworld US 2019 Day 1 is in the books along with a slew of exciting announcements and developments. Expanded partnerships in hybrid cloud, VMware Tanzu preview, and enhancements to Workspace ONE are just a few of the major announcements that help position VMware as a critical player in today's Enterprise.

Day 1 Keynote Speakers (in order)

Pat Gelsinger, CEO, VMware
Joe Beda, Principal Engineer, VMware
Jensen Huang, CEO and Founder, NVIDIA (video segment)
Hans Vestberg, CEO, Verizon (video segment)
Sanjay Poonen, COO, VMware
Rathi Murthy, COO, Customer Operations, Gap Inc.
Timothy Snyder, Deputy CTO, Freddie Mac

Day 1 Keynote Summary

Today at the VMworld 2019 Day 1 General Session, we showcased our vision of a software architecture that enables any app, on any cloud, to any device with new technology offerings, customer stories and strategic partnerships. Pat Gelsinger provided more detail on our strategy to accomplish this goal with the announcement of the VMware Tanzu Portfolio, as well as innovations such as Project Pacific, and our expanded Cloud Offerings and collaborations such as VMware Cloud on AWS and the recently announced NVIDIA partnership. Following Pat, Sanjay Poonen interviewed leading-edge customers, including a video interview with several executives at Verizon and onstage interviews with Gap and Freddie Mac executives; all of whom are harnessing game-changing technologies to drive innovation across their companies and industries. Sanjay also unveiled innovations to our Workspace ONE platform that are enhancing the employee experience from hire to retire with industry-first concierge services and advanced management and security features. 

General Session Day 1 Replay

Summary of Day 1 Announcements

VMware Delivers a Hybrid Cloud Platform Powering Next-Generation Hybrid IT
VMware is continuing to build its agnostic platform while expanding partnerships. No matter the platform you choose now or in the future (AWS, Dell, Microsoft, Google, IBM, and HPE), VMware continues to be strongly positioned to be the provider for any cloud, as well as on-prem—we use the same software and VMware Validated Design with our VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) stack, enabling you to migrate, modernize and manage workloads across clouds, data centers, and edge locations with consistent hybrid cloud infrastructure and operations. 

We’ve also made a lot of complementary announcements on automation, disaster recovery as-a-service, and proactive support, among others. Read the announcement for additional information. 

VMware Cloud on AWS Helps You Migrate and Modernize Applications
A new study shows that customers who want to migrate to the cloud can save 59 percent in operational costs with VMware Cloud on AWS versus the equivalent capacity in a traditional data center. Additionally, VMware Cloud on AWS is now available in 16 AWS regions globally and can be purchased from both AWS and VMware. Check out the press release for the full study and additional resources.  

NVIDIA and VMware Intend to Deliver Accelerated GPU Services for VMware Cloud on AWS The partnership is designed to power modern enterprise applications, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and data analytics workflows. These services will further allow you to migrate workloads that previously were not well-suited for the cloud and take advantage of high-performance computing, machine learning, data analytics and video-processing applications. 

Simply put, we’re adding capabilities that will make it easier to move specific and graphic-based workloads to the cloud. Read the announcement for the details.

VMware Announces VMware Tanzu Portfolio 
While this is a preview into what’s coming, Tanzu enables you to build modern apps on Kubernetes and manage all of your clusters from a single control point. Ultimately, integrated teams can request what they need, when they need it, and get it effectively and efficiently. This helps you keep up with the speed of tech while not having to worry about changes and patching continuously. 

Additionally, take a look at Project Pacific, which will enable IT operators and developers to accelerate innovation by running modern applications on VMware vSphere with native Kubernetes. Read the release for details. 

VMware Unveils Innovations Across Its Industry-Leading Workspace ONE Platform 
New enhancements and capabilities to Workspace ONE will help you grow, expand and transform. The new modern management, security and multi-cloud VDI innovations will allow IT teams to leverage the power of automation to intelligently manage and secure access to any app, on any cloud, delivered to any device. And it makes you faster. You have the tools you need, and they’re integrated across multiple devices and platforms, such as Dell.

For example, VMware is leading the way in helping IT and HR reimagine the onboarding and day one employee experiences with the introduction of digital concierge services, leveraging the extensive automation capabilities of the Workspace ONE platform and the richness of partner integrations. Check out the article for more information.

Finally, you may want to read through VMware CTO Chris Wolf’s summary of the day: VMworld 2019 and Our Relentless Pursuit of the Possible. This provides you with a consolidated look at the vision and strategy behind today’s announcements. 

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