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VMworld 2018 conference coverage

We break down news and updates about VMware's software-defined data center and virtualization offerings, the company's cloud computing and container strategy, and its latest advancements in desktop and end-user computing.


VMware's mature hypervisor and extensive ecosystem of management tools make it a leader in the virtualization market. Over the past few years, the company's focus has been on the increasing popularity and demand for cloud platforms and containers.

Partnerships with AWS and Pivotal give users some insight into VMware's strategy. Essentially, it's a head-in-the-clouds, feet-on-the-ground approach. The AWS partnership enables admins to migrate workloads to the cloud and connect on-premises deployments to VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware is also aiming to integrate Pivotal Container Service with vSphere so admins can effectively use and manage containers and VMs in the same environment.

Updates to vSAN, and NSX especially, are also key to the company's strategy. Hyper-converged storage, software-defined networking and microsegmentation all help to ease workload management efforts and provide support for containerized applications.

Although new initiatives and updates to established products are announced all the time, the biggest news is usually reserved for VMware's annual user conference.

VMworld 2018 U.S. will take place Sunday, August 26th through Thursday, August 30th at the convention center at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Check out our full coverage leading up to and during the event, including news from the show floor.

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News and updates about VMware's software-defined data center and virtualization offerings


VMworld 2018 announcements impress, but don't surprise, experts

VMworld 2018 dominated the IT news cycle, so our panel of experts offered their reactions to VMware's new announcements, evolving partnerships and maturing strategies. Continue Reading

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Time is up for vSphere 5.5 users: Upgrade or pay to stay

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Cisco HyperFlex bundles Veeam data protection

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VSAN hyper-converged users offer buying, implementing advice

Users provide tips on going from three tiers to tears-free hyper-convergence using VMware vSAN software or other HCI architectures proliferating in the data center and beyond. Continue Reading


VMware vSphere HTML5 client enhancements prompt upgrade buzz

The vSphere HTML5 client contains user experience improvements and workflow changes, including a feedback tool, a storage home view and an enhanced data store file management page. Continue Reading


VMware vSphere update tweaks HTML5 client, bundles AppDefense

Hoping to keep its broad base of vSphere users engaged, VMware debuted an updated version of the virtualization offering and a version bundled with AppDefense. Continue Reading


What the history of VMware reveals about its future projects

VMware dominated server virtualization, but was hesitant to embrace the cloud. Examine VMware's history and its approach to new technology to see where it's headed next. Continue Reading


End of general support for vSphere 5.5 looms over IT

VMware will no longer support vSphere 5.5 as of Sept. 19, 2018. As such, IT shops need to decide whether or not to upgrade. Continue Reading


VMware further integrates vSAN 6.7 with vSphere

Support for the vSphere HTML5 client improves the look, feel and management of vSAN 6.7. VMware also added integrated dashboards to the latest version of vSAN. Continue Reading


NSX helps solve management and security problems

Improvements to VMware microsegmentation in NSX make it a viable option for organizations considering software-defined networking, and they can lead to increased adoption. Continue Reading


VMware microsegmentation technology reaches from NSX to AppDefense

NSX microsegmentation combined with AppDefense provides something akin to hyper-segmentation, which applies isolation within services all the way down to the process level. Continue Reading


Closing the features gap between NSX and NSX-T versions

NSX-T, which is for non-vSphere-based infrastructures, doesn't quite offer the same feature set as NSX for vSphere. However, version 2.1 does include integration with Pivotal Container Service. Continue Reading

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Top 10 VMworld 2018 sessions to look forward to

VMworld 2018 promises a tour of emerging technologies, established products, high level strategy and technical deep dives. Plan your conference around these top 10 VMworld 2018 sessions, which ... Continue Reading

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Explore VMware's cloud computing and container


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VMware extends its hybrid cloud platform to the edge

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CloudHealth's Kinsella weighs in on VMware, cloud management

VMware expanded its footprint in cloud management when it acquired CloudHealth Technologies. CloudHealth CTO Joe Kinsella observed the market changes that call for a complex management portfolio. Continue Reading


VMware takes NSX security to AWS workloads

VMware has brought NSX microsegmentation to workloads running on Amazon Web Services. Also, at VMworld 2018, VMware said NSX security is now enforceable on Arista switches. Continue Reading


Dell EMC HCI and storage cloud plans on display at VMworld

Dell EMC promises to synchronize releases of VMware's vSAN on VxRail HCI appliances, although it may take 30 days to do it; fleshes out cloud support for storage, data protection. Continue Reading


VMware HCX makes hybrid, multi-cloud more attainable

Organizations can use VMware's Hybrid Cloud Extension to build a multi-cloud, multisite architecture across VMware-based private and public clouds. Continue Reading


VMware Cloud on AWS ups its appeal to legacy shops

The latest version of VMware's joint hybrid cloud offering with AWS emphasizes faster and more seamless migrations for legacy apps on their way to the cloud. Continue Reading


Amazon RDS on VMware extends cloud database on site

The latest expansion of the VMware-AWS partnership, centered on RDS, suggests a growing interest from the public cloud giant to extend its reach into enterprise data centers. Continue Reading


VMware swallows CloudHealth with eye on multi-cloud market

VMware wants to simplify management of complex multi-cloud environments -- this time through the acquisition of third-party SaaS provider CloudHealth. Continue Reading


Dell EMC HCI gear pushes multi-cloud strategy

Dell EMC will use its HCI systems when it bundles software to encourage multi-cloud environments and push adoption of the company's own multi-cloud strategy. Continue Reading


Keep an eye on Pivotal and other VMware partnerships

In the past, product news has taken the spotlight at VMware's annual user conference, but, recently, partnerships have been among the big announcements. Will this be the case for 2018? Continue Reading


VMware aims to integrate PKS with vSphere

There's been an increased focus on containers lately, but VMs aren't being phased out. Each instance type has its own use cases, so modern virtual infrastructures utilize both. Continue Reading


VMC on AWS use cases and early adopters

VMware Cloud on AWS enables administrators to migrate on-premises workloads to the cloud or to connect an on-premises VMware deployment to VMC on AWS. Continue Reading


VMware Cloud on AWS and EC2 instances on AWS cost comparison

Get some insight on VMware Cloud on AWS pricing, which is based on the number of provisioned hosts and whether admins use on-demand or reserved consumption, and Elastic Compute Cloud pricing. Continue Reading


Understand the advantages of VMware Cloud on AWS

Administrators must examine their reasons for moving to the cloud and the benefits of VMware Cloud on AWS to determine if the offering will help them meet their current business needs and future goals. Continue Reading

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The latest advancements in VMware desktop and end-user computing


VMware ESXi is coming to ARM, adding to their IoT/edge efforts. Could automotive be next?

VMware looks to be focusing more on IoT and edge computing than Citrix with the latest ESXi for ARM announcements. Continue Reading


Lakeside talks SysTrack 8.4 with AIOps - Podcast #135

We interviewed Lakeside’s Mike Schumacher at VMworld 2018. SysTrack 8.4 combs through your data, looking for patterns to help troubleshoot and prevent problems. Continue Reading


VMworld 2018 Live Blog

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VMworld 2018 with guests Brian Madden and Gabe Knuth - Podcast #134

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VMworld 2018 First impressions: EUC isn’t totally ignored

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“What did you think of the show?” (VMworld 2018 Edition)

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Friday Notebook, August 31: All VMworld, all the time

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Top tips for virtual desktop delivery success

Successfully deploying virtual desktops is no easy feat. IT pros shared their stories of adopting virtual desktops in a customer panel at VMworld 2018. Continue Reading


Get to know the latest VMware Horizon 7 features

Recent updates to VMware Horizon include features that focus on troubleshooting UX issues and making it simpler for IT to manage the tool. Continue Reading


Get users on board with your VMware Workspace One deployment

Users are the crux of a Workspace One enterprise implementation, but it takes a lot of work to get them excited about new processes. Continue Reading


VMware Workspace One updates aim to ease Windows 10 management

VMware added several new features for IT administrators and end users in its updates to Workspace One at VMworld. Plus, AirLift gets general availability. Continue Reading


8 VMworld 2018 sessions for EUC admins to attend

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Use VMware Workstation to create a VDI test deployment

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Learn what VMware Remote Console is and how to run it

VMRC is an application that adds remote console functionality to vSphere Web Client. Use it to access VMs from remote clients and to perform console and device operations. Continue Reading

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New and upcoming VMware Workspace One capabilities

VMware Workspace One Intelligence, Mobile Flows and support for the Microsoft Graph API for Intune are all general availability now. Keep an eye out for Workspace One Trust Network and AirLift. Continue Reading


Western Digital organizes 3,000 apps with VMware Workspace One

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Best of VMworld 2018 U.S. Award winners

The Best of VMworld 2018 U.S. Awards highlight the most innovative products on display at VMworld 2018. Here are the winners of all seven categories and the Best of Show. Continue Reading


Best of VMworld 2018 U.S. Awards: Rules and criteria

Read the updated rules, criteria and categories for the Best of VMworld 2018 U.S. Awards before nominating a product to ensure it meets the requirements. Continue Reading


Best of VMworld 2018 U.S. Awards: Nomination form

After reading the updated rules and criteria, nominate a product for the Best of VMworld 2018 U.S. Awards. Winners will be announced on the show floor in Las Vegas. Continue Reading

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Best of VMworld 2017 U.S. Award winners

Check out which products took home a Best of VMworld 2017 U.S. Award last year, which products were finalists and what the judges had to say about the winners. Continue Reading

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Best of VMworld 2016 U.S. Award winners

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Best of VMworld 2015 U.S. Award winners

Find out which products took home the gold in the Best of VMworld 2015 U.S. Awards. The best of show winner was chosen among the winners of the other categories. Continue Reading

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Learn this VMware jargon to prepare for the conference

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