Support for containers is something for which a great number of VMware enterprise admins around the world have been waiting.
VMware is the latest IT vendor to support Kubernetes, the open-source container management system that Google developed.
The purchase of container management vendor Redspread is the container startup's second acquisition.
VMware Cloud on AWS is architected with engineering, operations, support and sales resources from both companies. It will run on dedicated AWS infrastructure.
The company also revealed new support for internet of things devices, touchless sensors and enterprise-level smart glasses on the same management platform.
NEWS ANALYSIS: Perhaps the biggest news at the conference was that IBM Cloud became the first partner to use and help sell VMware's Cross-Cloud Architecture.
The tech vendor buys the early-stage startup, whose technology makes it easier for enterprises to manage containers across cloud and data centers.
NEWS ANALYSIS: Dell and VMware aren't saying the words, but indicators at VMworld 2016 show that VMware and Pivotal are now, in effect, the new Dell Software.
Red Hat Virtualization 4 launched as the open-source vendor works to remain relevant in a world that VMware dominates.
Cynics may say this is simply a new-sounding way for VMware to reconfigure and resell products it has had in the market for years, and it is, to an extent. There is new orchestration.