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VMworld 2014 conference coverage

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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.


1Server virtualization news-

The latest on VMware's core virtualization management products


Long-distance vMotion, Web Client fixes due in vSphere 6

VMware didn’t release a new version of vSphere, yet IT pros are encouraged at vSphere 6’s upcoming features, including long distance vMotion. Continue Reading


VMware users ponder Docker containers

VMware jumped into the container market and announced a partnership with Docker, Google and Pivotal at VMworld 2014. VMware says that virtual machines and containers will work together. Continue Reading


F5 BIG-IQ meets VMware NSX for L4-7 orchestration

Cloud architects can now automate the instantiation of F5 network services on VMware NSX networks through new F5 BIG-IP integration with NSX. Continue Reading


VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance gets a makeover

Users left wanting to know more about vSphere 6.0 after day one of VMworld. Their wishes were granted on day two when VMware introduced new features in its latest suite of virtualization products. Continue Reading


With EVO: RAIL, VMware turns VSAN into a franchise

VMware's EVO: RAIL allows hardware vendors to build hyper-converged appliances running VSAN and other VMware software. Continue Reading


EVO:RAIL creates buzz after release at VMworld 2014

VMworld 2014 started off with EVO:RAIL, the company's hyper-converged infrastructure. The release caused constant chatter on social media. 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

2SDDC news -

New software-defined data center updates and products


EVO:RAIL and containers top VMworld highlights

In this podcast, we talk with Simon Crosby, CTO of Bromium, about VMware's support for containers and dig into how EVO:RAIL fits into the hyper-converged market. Continue Reading


Mixed reactions for VMware SDDC, EVO:RAIL at VMworld

Hyperconverged infrastructure, EVO:RAIL, and rebranded management suite, vRealize, show promise, but VMware still has some work to do. Continue Reading


Software-defined data centers pique IT’s interest

IT pros’ interest in software-defined data centers continues to grow as tools, such as VMware’s EVO:RAIL, offers IT an effective small business option. Continue Reading


VMware NSX locks network security down with micro-segmentation

At VMworld 2014, VMware highlighted the network security benefits of NSX, with micro-segmentation that makes every VM an island. Continue Reading


VMware doubles down on software-defined data centers

VMware is going hard core to convince IT shops to move toward software-defined data centers and away from hardware-oriented data centers. But will its latest offerings debuting at VMworld this week make them true believers? Continue Reading


There's a whole lotta shakin' goin' on in converged infrastructure

With sales sagging, legacy hardware suppliers are scurrying to form partnerships with a new generation of converged infrastructure vendors. But will these newly minted converged systems convince IT to open up the purse strings? Continue Reading


Umpqua Bank employs NSX, micro-segmentation for enterprise security

Umpqua Bank's Sam Guidice tells how the organization deployed VMware's NSX as part of its effort to utilize micro-segmentation for enterprise security. Continue Reading

3Cloud computing news-

The latest in private and public cloud computing


Setup complexity casts shadow on vRealize multi-cloud management

VMware's vRealize Suite enables companies to manage workloads from multiple public cloud providers, but concerns about deployment complexity have experts questioning its success. Continue Reading


'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


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


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

4End-user computing news-

Desktop and end-user computing trends and news from the show


VMware Workspace Suite offers data, app access

IT admins who want to provide data and app access to users have a new option in VMware Workspace Suite. But not everyone's ready to take the plunge. Continue Reading


Key takeaways from VMworld 2014

The new products heralded at VMworld 2014 weren't as thrilling as those from years past, but attendees can expect the tech VMware talked about -- Project Fargo, CloudVolumes and improved graphics on Chromebooks -- by the close of the year. Continue Reading


VMware aims to improve VDI graphics on Chromebooks

As VMware looks to compete with Citrix for EUC dominance, it's added a partnership with Google and Nvidia for Chromebooks graphics performance, and teamed up with Cortado for Horizon 6 printing. Continue Reading


VMware Project Meteor could corral skyrocketing VDI needs

VMware is looking to change the VDI equation by combining its CloudVolumes buy and new VM cloning technology into Project Meteor, plus other additions to compete with Citrix in the EUC market. Continue Reading


VMware marries AirWatch, Horizon 6 in new Workspace Suite

After months of speculation, VMware Workspace Suite brings together VMware's EUC pieces in one place, not long after rival Citrix launched a similar platform. Continue Reading


Infinio adds block storage support to RAM cache engine

The latest version of Infinio's RAM cache tool, Infinio Accelerator 2.0, borrows idle memory from servers to support large VDI deployments. Continue Reading


VMware buys CloudVolumes, application layers on the horizon

With VMware's CloudVolumes acquisition, admins can provide personalized virtual desktops without managing separate images for each user. Applications will work more like they do on mobile devices, too. 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


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


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

5Best 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.


The Best of VMworld 2014 Awards' winners

The Best of VMworld 2014 Awards recognize the best products on display at VMworld. Continue Reading


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

6Expert Advice-

Advice from the experts at VMworld


Is vCenter Operations Manager good for storage analysis?

There are many infrastructure management tools on the market to check the health and speed of your storage, but there's a free tool that can do the job. Continue Reading


Is VMware Integrated OpenStack just a development tool?

VMware is touting its OpenStack offering as a way to ease the deployment and operations in the open-source cloud environment. Continue Reading


What does the Nvidia, VMware and Google partnership mean for VDI?

Nvidia, VMware and Google have teamed up to deliver quality graphics on low-cost Chromebooks. Though the devices' enterprise readiness has been questioned in the past, this collaboration could garner a double take. Continue Reading


Key advantages to a virtualized server environment

An infrastructure architect details his journey to increasing the number of virtualized servers in his UNIX environment. Continue Reading


What licensing is required to use vCloud Air?

Potential users of VMware's vCloud Air offering may not know what type of tools they need to manage the hybrid cloud offering. Continue Reading


How can I implement cloud desktops?

There are four different ways to do desktop as a service in your organization. Each option, however, has its pros and cons. Continue Reading


Is thick provisioning better than thin?

There's some doubt about whether there is an advantage to using thin provisioning over thick when setting up virtualized storage; our expert weighs in. Continue Reading

7VMworld lingo-

Definitions to know at the show

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