Essential Guide

VMworld 2014 conference coverage

The latest news and analysis covering virtualization, cloud and mobility


In the last few months VMware finalized its biggest acquisition ever, taking control of Airwatch for a hefty $1.54 billion. The addition of Desktone, a Desktop as a Service provider, and hints that more purchases could be on the way have many IT professionals wondering exactly what the virtualization giant has in store. There are also serious questions about whether the company can make a successful transition from software vendor to service provider with its vCloud Hybrid Service lagging far behind the likes of Amazon, Google and Azure.  

More than 20,000 attendees are expected to join the VMworld 2014 conference to learn more about these new initiatives and catch up on the latest advances in server virtualization.

VMworld 2014 will take place August 24-28 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Check back for our full coverage, including news and videos from the show and the Best of VMworld 2014 award winners.


1Best of VMworld 2014 Awards-

Notable new technologies and products's annual Best of VMworld Awards recognizes innovative new products in eight categories from a diverse field of vendors. The nomination period is open through Wednesday, July 30, and we will announce winners from the VMworld show floor on Tuesday, Aug. 26.


Categories and awards criteria

Please review category descriptions and requirements before submitting. Continue Reading


Best of VMworld 2013 winners

Eaton Intelligent Power Manager 1.3 beat out strong competition to take home the Best of Show Award in 2013. Continue Reading


Best of VMworld 2012 winners

As more businesses began a move to cloud computing, HotLink's Hybrid Express stood out as the overall winner in 2012. Continue Reading


Best of VMworld 2011 winners

The 2011 Best of Show award was presented to Zerto for its Zerto Virtual Replication. Continue Reading

2Preshow coverage-

Stay up to date before the conference

There's a lot happening before the conference kicks off on Aug. 24, including rumors and speculation flying about the next disruptive technologies that VMware will unveil at the show.


'There's some truth' to Pivotal PaaS criticism

DevOps pioneer Andrew Clay Shafer, recently hired by Pivotal, says the PaaS provider has some work to do to get its various business units on the same page. He also discusses the hype and reality of DevOps, big data and containers like Docker. Continue Reading


Interests go beyond technology at VMworld 2014

The annual VMware event is expected to draw more than 20,000 but, for some, the company's products aren't the only selling point. Continue Reading


VMware-AirWatch integration details, new features revealed

VMware continues to drop details about its integration with AirWatch for end user computing. Among the new items coming is a mobile container that brings together many different technologies from both companies. Continue Reading


Expectations high for a VMware converged infrastructure product

With VMworld 2014 right around the corner, our Advisory Board experts share their predictions for new VMware products. Continue Reading


New VMware beta program aims to kill vSphere 2015 bugs

The vSphere 2015 beta party is no longer invite-only. VMware pros hope the new program will reduce the amount of bugs in the next version of vSphere. Continue Reading


Trio of new VMware vCHS features revealed

VMware intends to disclose availability of three major services for vCHS next month -- welcome additions for VMware cloud customers. But industry watchers say the company needs to add much more to compete against AWS, Google and Microsoft. Continue Reading


Will a VMware hyper-converged product arise from the rumor mill?

Following rumblings of a hardware project coming from VMware, does a hyper-converged offering from a software company make sense? Continue Reading


Where are Citrix and VMware headed with end-user products?

In this podcast, we shed light on Citrix and VMware end-user product roadmaps with a recent news recap and an interview with VMware CTO Kit Colbert. Continue Reading


Cloud competition heating up as Amazon takes aim at VMware

In this podcast, we talk about what the AWS Management Portal for vCenter means for VMware and how to calculate true cloud computing costs. Continue Reading


VMware may seek help to improve Unity Touch

VMware might have to rely on another vendor to improve View's Unity Touch feature, which gives virtualized Windows a more mobile-friendly interface. Continue Reading


Winning VMware Fling a foreshadowing of a post-server OS world?

VMware Fling Contest winner Steve Athanas talks about his suggestion that would ease the move from a Windows-based vCenter to a vCenter Server Appliance. Continue Reading

3Prior VMworld coverage-

News and recaps from VMworld conferences past

VMware seems to broaden its horizon every year, introducing products into new markets, such as enterprise mobility and software-defined networking. Read our prior VMworld coverage to see how the company has evolved from a server virtualization vendor to a major player on many fronts.


VMworld 2013

VMware built on its vision for the software-defined data center by releasing NSX (its software-defined networking product) and VSAN in 2013. Continue Reading


VMworld 2012

The virtualization leader pleased many of its customers when it announced the end of the controversial vRAM licensing model and launched vSphere 5.1. Continue Reading


VMworld Europe 2011

VMware unveiled new management tools and introduced vCenter Operations as part of its cloud infrastructure suite in Copenhagen, Denmark. Continue Reading


VMworld 2010

The new vCloud Director generated buzz among attendees, but many customers at the conference were skeptical of the company's cloud strategy. Continue Reading


VMworld 2009

For the first time, VMware strayed from its focus on server virtualization to introduce desktop virtualization and previewed plans for mobility management software. Continue Reading

4VMworld lingo-

Definitions to know at the show