VMware CEO's 'State of the Virtual Union' Keynote: 10 Takeaways

By Sean M. Kerner  |  Posted 2013-08-27

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger kicked off the 10th annual VMworld conference this week with a "State of the Virtual Union" type of keynote address, providing both historical context for where IT has been and a forward-looking view into where it is going. It's a future in which Gelsinger hopes to see all IT data centers virtualized, with his company VMware leading the way to the promised land. As part of the road to the future, Gelsinger announced new vSphere 5.5 server, VSAN storage and NSX network virtualization technologies. The new NSX network technology is being supported by a long list of partners, including Hewlett-Packard and Dell, among others. VMware's CEO also announced the full general availability of the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service that was first unveiled earlier this year. Gelsinger didn't hog the keynote stage all for himself either at VMworld, as he was joined by his networking chief Martin Casado and his hybrid cloud chief Bill Fathers onstage at San Francisco's Moscone Center.


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