Force 3 at VMworld: What’s New and Next in Virtualized Computing
Posted by Force 3 | September 30, 2015
What was the overall atmosphere of VMworld?
There was a lot of excitement around NSX, especially what the next big use case will be and what are further drivers of the technology. I think attendees were really looking for that clear use case in order to justify the technology to skeptics in their organizations.
VMware was very upfront that they see this as a religious shift from traditional network-centric solutions to something radically different. To make that shift, or even entertain it, there has to be a clear value add. VMware is taking clear steps to provide those use cases to migrate forward.
What was the hottest topic(s) of conversation?
The one comment that certainly got everyone talking is that VMware plans to extend NSX outside of the data center and into the enterprise. This matches what we’ve thought for a while, that these types of technologies have great benefits to networking and security. Extending SDN into other areas of the enterprise, not just the data center, can help the way we operate those networks, especially something like WAN.
Another exciting thing we heard of before the show was taking existing private data center capabilities and extending those uniform network and security abstraction out into public cloud environments. This includes vCloud Air, the ability to VMotion live, or extending NSX constructs into Amazon AWS.
What new technology or functionality did you come across?
There was a lot of discussion around the NSX enhancements with version 6.2. For example, prior to NSX 6.0, any time you wanted to migrate to another host, it had to be on the same layer-2 segment, meaning it had to be within the same data center. Now, you can move on layer-3 boundaries, which has significant implications for disaster recovery.
Security and encryption are always important, and top of mind for everyone these days. VMware discussed being able to deliver high-speed encryption at the kernel level – some consider this a game changer . This would provide encryption without the huge impact on processing. It’s very forward-thinking and, again, in line with what we’ve been seeing recently.
The other big takeaway for us is a hybrid application, unified cloud approach. VMware is trying to build a more seamless, secure way to allow apps to exist both in private data centers while extending control, visibility and management to the cloud. This could be for vCloud or other public clouds. A high percentage of customers are looking for this. And it’s a very challenging proposition to take know-how from private data centers and then adapt them to an end-to-end management approach for networking and security using NSX as the underlying technology.
What do you think will have the most impact on Force 3’s customers?
VMware is going for it. They provided a roadmap forward, sketching out where they see networking heading. It’s a very strong message with an emphasis that this is only a beginning.
We mentioned it’s a religious shift. Some people just aren’t there yet. But, having gone to this conference and listened to the experts, people should know that this is real and happening now.
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