VMworld 2012 conference coverage

VMworld 2012 conference coverage

The latest news and analysis from VMware's annual conference, Aug. 26-30, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

First, the walls between virtualization, storage, security and networking came down. Now, the lines between data center infrastructure management, application development and endpoint management are blurring. It's an exciting -- but also confusing -- time to be in IT.

One of the companies at the forefront of these shifts is VMware Inc. At the VMworld 2012 conference, thousands of IT pros will gather to learn how to adapt to this new era and take advantage of the latest technologies around virtualization, cloud computing and the consumerization of IT. In addition, all eyes will be on outgoing CEO Paul Maritz and his successor, EMC's Pat Gelsinger, as attendees look for clues about VMware's future and its relationship with its parent company.

Our on-site editors and reporters will bring you the latest VMworld 2012 coverage throughout the conference, so check back often.

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VMworld 2012 news

VMware admins react to vSphere 5.1 updates

The move away from vRAM licensing may have taken center stage at this week’s VMworld user conference, but many IT pros commended the technical improvements in vSphere 5.1. They said better scalability, and disaster recovery capabilities designed for admins are just as important as the licensing change.

End-user computing tools remain delayed

VMware has talked about technologies to help organizations deal with the consumerization of IT, and the vendor's Horizon Suite, which will bundle its Horizon Application Manager, Project Octopus and Horizon Mobile products, seems to fit the bill. Unfortunately, IT pros will have to wait until next year to see it in action.

Horizon Suite could trump VDI for mobile app delivery

VDI provides one way for IT pros to deliver corporate applications to tablets, but it's not exactly ideal. With VMware's newly announced Horizon Suite, companies could get an easier way to deliver mobile apps.

VMware to merge cloud and server virtualization suites

To simplify the lives of cloud managers, VMware will fuse vCloud with vCenter Operations and vCenter Server. The folding of these products into one, however, may be part of a grander vision to make the virtual data center the new unit of consumption for IT.

Best of VMworld 2012 awards

Sorting through the latest technology can be a difficult prospect for IT admins. So, we had a panel of industry experts select the best technologies for TechTarget's Best of VMworld 2012 awards. And the winners are …

New cloud tools, integrations let IT pros mix and match platforms

IT managers have more cloud options thanks to increasingly flexible management tools, though much of the technology has yet to be proven. VMware demonstrated Nicira tools as a gateway to connect OpenStack clouds and announced new vCloud compatibilities.

VMware unveils vCloud Networking and Security

The vCloud Networking and Security package, featuring vShield Edge and vShield App, is designed to make virtualization security easier to implement.

Vendors roll out new tools for securing VMware environments

At VMworld 2012, security suppliers plan to showcase new antimalware protection and policy enforcement products to secure VMware environments.

VMworld 2012 blogs

Why Horizon Mobile is different on iOS than on Android

VMware demoed Horizon Mobile on iOS during Tuesday's keynote, but it's not the same as on Android. The iOS version is an app wrapping and sandboxing technology, partly because Apple still won't let VMware virtualize the iPhone.

Top 9 VMworld Instagrams

Some VMworld attendees may have photography careers in their futures. These nine Instagram photos from the show captured everything from Bon Jovi's performance to a sea of green Veeam T-shirts.

VMware HA to add Virtual Machine Component Protection

VMware's HA is slated for a facelift next year, but in spite of a vSphere Storage Appliance update, many IT pros hope the vendor can deliver more when it comes to software-based storage.

So much VMworld, not enough space

VMware seems to be having trouble accommodating the growth of its annual user conference. Whether forced to wait for hours for Hands on Labs or sit on the floor during breakfast, attendees hope the vendor plans future VMworld conferences to better accommodate the crowds.

How Horizon Mobile does app wrapping for iOS

Its mobile virtualization product has so far been announced for Android only, but VMware revealed that the upcoming Horizon Suite will do app wrapping for native iOS apps. The feature is in alpha, so check out this video demo for a preview.

United Airlines agent uses consumerization to help stranded passengers

When United's entire computer system crashed, a customer service agent used a workaround to get her job done. One VMworld reporter recounts how he came face to face with consumerization, proving just how much this trend is affecting many organizations.

The elephant not in the room

All the vendors at this week’s VMworld user conference are demo-ing products predicated on robust in-house data centers teeming with dedicated infrastructure – but is that really the way things are headed? The hearts and minds of developers and startup owners may instead be focused on Amazon Web Services, not VMware.

VSphere licensing changes -- decoded

Now that virtual RAM licensing is over, some organizations are wondering what to do with the additional licenses they purchased to comply with vRAM requirements. Plus, with all the hoopla around vSphere, pricing details for VMware's vCloud Suite may have gotten lost in the shuffle.

VMworld 2012 videos

Our editors on the show floor talk to experts and attendees to bring you the most up-to-date news and analysis of VMworld 2012. Hear what IT pros have to say about the opening keynotes, VMware's announcements, popular sessions and more.

Conference buzzwords

With so many exhibitors offering market-leading, highly scalable solutions in the cloud, it can be hard to decipher the truth. These definitions will help you understand the hot topics and technologies in the spotlight at the show.

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Photos from the show