VMworld 2016 will be kicking off this weekend. The theme of this year's event is be_TOMORROW which certainly reflects the state of business and the IT industry. I think it's also reflective for VMware since their products were responsible for the last big IT technology shift, virtualization but new products are needed for the next wave of cloud native applications. VMworld has always been the event where the next wave of new IT cloud technologies have been introduced and this year VMware and its partners will be making their case for their role in tomorrow's IT ecosystem. I expect to see a continued maturation of VMware's software defined data center (SDDC) offering automating storage, network, and compute. Last year they shared their vision for cross cloud management and realigned their management products into new bundles of suites. This year I expect major enhancements to be announced to deliver on their management vision and new SDDC bundled with converged and hyper-converged appliances.
The event is expected to attract over 24,000 IT professionals with over 400 technical breakout sessions and in my opinion the best hands on lab of any event. One of the reasons so many of us attend year after year is the opportunity to network in person. This year I will be again participating in the v0dgeball tournament on Sunday afternoon. It is a fun way to see friends from across the IT ecosystem and find out about all the new startup companies as well. The v0dgeball event starts at 3pm on Sunday and admission is free. All the proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. More information about the event is available here.
My company EMC will again have a big presence at VMworld and will be introducing enhancements to our hybrid cloud offerings and tighter integration with our converged infrastructure offerings. It has become clear that customers are expecting the hybrid cloud offerings to include data protection and security services that are simpler and easier to use. We will be introducing some great integration work our EMC and VMware engineers have completed to simplify the deployment and management of these services. EMC will be at booth #1223 in the Solutions Exchange during the week with a number of great presentations and our engineering experts to answer your questions. More information on Everything VMworld by EMC is available here.
I am excited with the product announcement previews I've seen as part of EMCElect and the CiscoChampions programs this week. I think this will be an exciting week and I will be blogging the highlights and most interesting announcements during the conference. I look forward to seeing all my friends and making some new one's this year.