Virtualization: VMworld 2012 Highlights Progress in Virtualized Networks, Phones, Cloud

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-08-30 Print this article Print
Perfect Late Summer Setting for a Big Show

Perfect Late Summer Setting for a Big Show

VMWorld, held in late summer each year, is the fall season kickoff event in the IT world. San Francisco's Moscone Center, located in the center of the city, is abuzz for virtually the entire week as a result.  The weather cooperated nicely with blue skies and mild temperatures nudging out the usual San Francisco fog.
More than 20,000 developers, enterprise IT corporate representatives, analysts, journalists and various other industry folks are crowding San Francisco's Moscone Center this week for the ninth annual VMWorld conference. While there hasn't been any blockbuster news such as mergers and acquisitions or radical new products, VMware is on the verge of a changeover in the CEO's office—from Paul Maritz to Pat Gelsinger—and there are quite a few important product announcements. Virtually everybody who is anybody in the virtual data center world is on site this week. VMware led the news with announcements about its vCloud Suite, Horizon initiative, Cloud Operations Forum and others. Parent company EMC and its spinoff VCE showed off vBlock storage arrays.  With its Horizon Mobile technology, VMware announced that it can now run a work phone as a virtual instance on an employee's personal smartphone that it will run on Apple iOS devices as well as those running the Google Android OS. Check out Robert Mullins' reports on eWEEK for more details. (Photos by Chris Preimesberger, eWEEK)
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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