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VMworld 2013 conference coverage

Attendees converged in San Francisco to learn more about virtualization, cloud and end-user computing.


With server virtualization entrenched in enterprise data centers, IT administrators are on the lookout for the next major transformative technology.

The company that pioneered virtualization, VMware, is actively involved in cloud computing and enterprise mobility, two of today's most disruptive trends in IT. Attendees at the VMworld 2013 conference were looking to learn more about these topics and more, such as software-defined networking (SDN), DevOps and, of course, the latest and greatest advancements in server virtualization.

VMworld 2013 took place Aug. 25-29 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Check out our on-site editors’ full coverage of the issues facing VMware users and the news that broke at the show.  


VMworld 2013 News

Stay up to date with the latest news about virtualization, cloud computing, mobility and other hot topics from VMworld 2013.


VMworld 2013: VMware channel partners eager to see company evolve

VMware channel partners discuss news highlights of VMworld 2013, with an eye on where VMware is headed, juxtaposed against customer needs. Continue Reading


IT pros take a critical look at VMware’s software-defined vision

VMware’s big talk on network virtualization, software defined data centers and cloud doesn’t line up with what many IT pros manage on a daily basis. Continue Reading


Networking virtualization may be a tough sell for admins

VMware aims to capture the networking virtualization market with NSX, but virtualization admins aren’t sold on the idea. Continue Reading


VMware splits vCloud Director into vCenter, vCloud Automation Center

VMware will fold IP from its vCloud Director into vCloud Automation Center and vCenter, and it will discontinue vCloud Director for enterprise use. Continue Reading


VMware's vCOPs future holds customization and multi-hypervisor support

VMware has big plans for its vCenter Operations Management Suite, but customers are skeptical it can deliver a competitive product. Continue Reading


Beta testers see VMware's vSAN as a hyper-converged option

Early beta testers for VMware's Virtual SAN give the product high marks for simplicity and flexibility, but would like to see dedupe and snapshots. Continue Reading


VMware shops say forget cloud, virtualize big data applications

Some VMware shops have experimented with running big data applications in the cloud or virtualizing big data workloads, with surprising results. Continue Reading


New DaaS options emerge ahead of IT demand

DaaS hasn’t caught on in enterprises yet. Could new options from VMware and other large vendors kick start the cloud hosted virtual desktop movement? Continue Reading


Not a Mirage: VMware Horizon View updates absent from VMworld 2013

VMworld went in a surprising direction for IT pros with respect to EUC announcements by making none during its annual user conference. Continue Reading


Best of VMworld 2013 Awards: And the winners are...

More than 160 products were nominated for this year's Best of VMworld Awards. Without further ado, here are the winners. Continue Reading


With VMware NSX, is the server admin the new network pro? Not so fast

VMware NSX brings advanced networking to virtualization, so will network and server pros be running two separate networks at once? That's not ideal. Continue Reading


VMware takes aim at mission-critical workloads with vSphere 5.5

VMware vSphere 5.5 became available this week with scalability and performance improvements to help virtualize mission-critical applications. Continue Reading


Vendors link hardware switches with VMware NSX network virtualization

VMware NSX adds advanced routing and services to virtual networks, but there's still a problematic gap between virtual and physical infrastructures. Continue Reading


VMware Virtual SAN hits beta, VDI storage vendors ramp up appliances

VMware upped its VDI storage game with Virtual SAN, while storage vendors disclosed new flash and converged storage appliances for virtual desktops. Continue Reading


Can VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service win the enterprise cloud market?

VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service was met with mixed feelings among its customer base, many still struggling to virtualize mission-critical applications. Continue Reading


VMware NSX brings advanced networking to virtualization: Is it enough?

VMware NSX adds advanced routing and services to virtual networks, but there's still a problematic gap between virtual and physical infrastructures. Continue Reading


VMworld 2013 storage product launches cover arrays, flash and cloud

Quantum, Fusion-io, Nimble Storage and Brocade are among the vendors to launch storage products at VMworld 2013. Continue Reading


VMware Virtual SAN, Flash Read Cache, Virsto highlight storage plans

VMware Virtual SAN, VMware vSphere Flash Read Cache and Virsto play big roles in VMware's software-defined storage strategy. Continue Reading


Dell, HP unveil top-of-rack switches at VMworld

New top-of-rack switches from Dell and HP Networking mesh with VMware's NSX, enabling bare-metal servers to mesh with virtual networks. Continue Reading

2Seen at the show-

VMworld 2013 Videos

Video interviews and analysis from the show floor of VMworld 2013.


VMworld news recap: Hybrid cloud, 100% virtualization still a ways off

Products unveiled in VMworld news announcements promise to help IT shops build hybrid clouds and reach 100% virtualization, but many aren't there yet.


Exploring virtualization, cloud computing and big data infrastructure

A VMworld attendee says a hybrid virtualization and cloud computing model best addressed his company's IT needs. Now he's looking into big data.


In software-defined data centers, silos will create 'real problems'

Building software-defined data centers requires server, storage and networking teams to cooperate, but they aren't always on the same page.


How will the VMworld news about SDN, storage affect VMware partners?

VMware's latest moves into software-defined networking and storage, plus other VMworld news, could bring the company into competition with partners.


VMware User Group president shares members' cloud challenges

At VMworld 2013, VMware tried to help customers solve their cloud computing problems. The VMware User Group president explains what those issues are.


VMware vSAN and the scalable virtual desktop infrastructure

VMworld 2013 did not feature a new version of View, but VMware's vSAN technology could help admins overcome one of the biggest barriers to VDI deployment.


Breaking down barriers to virtualizing mission-critical applications

If a software-defined data center is in your future, you can't be afraid to virtualize mission-critical applications.


New security concerns raised by the software-defined trend

The automation associated with software-defined data centers could make admins' lives easier, but only if security follows suit.


How IT shops can make the software-defined infrastructure a reality

Much of the VMworld keynote addresses focused on the software-defined infrastructure, but IT shops still face adoption hurdles.


Will VMware shops push toward automation and Desktop as a Service?

As VMware rolls out vCloud Automation Center and NSX, will more data centers make the jump to automation and Desktop as a Service?


Flash, spinning disk, caching? VDI storage should be context-aware

Rather than VMware's universal approach to VDI storage, data centers would likely benefit more from context-aware storage architecture.


How will VMware NSX change network virtualization practices?

Networking has always struggled to keep up with VMware. Will VMware NSX be a game-changer?


VMware falls short explaining the software-defined future

The VMworld 2013 keynote featured plenty of software-defined chatter, but VMware still has some explaining to do.

3Live updates-

VMworld coverage on Twitter


Terms to know at the show

5Blast from the past-

Prior VMworld conference coverage

Just a few short years ago, VMworld was strictly a virtualization conference. My, how the times have changed. Take a walk down memory lane by revisiting prior years' VMworld coverage.


VMworld 2012

VMware dumped its controversial vRAM licensing model, launched vSphere 5.1 and continued to offer teases of its mobile management products, which finally came out in 2013. Continue Reading


VMworld Europe 2011

At the European version of its annual show, held in Copenhagen, Denmark, VMware tried to entice ESX users to migrate to ESXi. The company also debuted a number of new management products. Continue Reading


VMworld 2010

Attendees at this conference seemed hesitant about VMware's focus on cloud computing and shared their struggles with virtualizing tier-one applications. Continue Reading


VMworld 2009

VMware's push beyond virtualization truly began at this conference, where company execs talked about mobile and cloud technologies that would grow in importance in later years. Continue Reading


VMworld Europe 2009

Most of the attention at this show focused on vSphere, VMware's rebranded and overhauled server virtualization platform. Continue Reading

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