VMworld 2013 Draws Record Crowd for Annual Virtualization Show

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2013-08-28 Email Print this article Print

A record number of 22,500 attendees flowed into San Francisco's Moscone Center this week for VMworld 2013, the 10th annual version of this huge virtualization-related trade show. In fact, VMware President and Chief Operating Officer Carl Eschenbach declared that this VMworld was, in fact, the world's largest IT infrastructure conference, but he might get an argument from both EMC and Oracle for their own large events, which nearly always exceed 30,000 attendees. No matter—a big show is a big show, and VMworld is always one of those. Big news thus far is the VMware NSX virtual networking platform, which cannot make partner/competitor Cisco Systems rest easy. VMware's NSX is crucial to the company’s software-defined data center strategy, in which all data center components—from servers to storage to networking—are virtualized. The conference will continue through Aug. 29, and there's plenty more news to come. In this slide show, you will see some highlights from Day Two on Aug. 27. Enjoy!

  • VMworld 2013 Draws Record Crowd for Annual Virtualization Show

    by Chris Preimesberger
    1 - VMworld 2013 Draws Record Crowd for Annual Virtualization Show
  • Facing the International Media

    VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger (left) and President and Chief Operating Officer Carl Eschenbach address questions from the press Aug. 27 following the VMworld 2013 Day 2 general session, which focused mostly on demonstrations of the new NSX software platform. Most of the questions concerned functionality of the new network virtualization platform.
    2 - Facing the International Media
  • Hitachi Moving Into the Private Cloud Picture

    Not widely known as a cloud hardware, software or services company, Hitachi Data Systems nonetheless knows where the future lies and has new products in this burgeoning market. The U.S.-based affiliate of the Japanese conglomerate was bold enough to erect a large, colorful booth in the middle of the show floor at VMWorld.
    3 - Hitachi Moving Into the Private Cloud Picture
  • Intel Positioning Itself as "Smart Cloud" Provider

    Since Intel's processors are just about everywhere in the IT world—and that more business intelligence is being baked into them—it makes sense for the world's largest chip maker to have a presence at VMworld, alongside hundreds of companies that are either partners or customers.
    4 - Intel Positioning Itself as
  • Newcomer Io.com Causes a Stir

    Newcomer Io.com, which purports to have developed the world's first dedicated data center operating system, was a center of attention at VMworld 2013. The Phoenix, Ariz.-based company claims to provide data center hardware and software that enables enterprises to deploy, provision and control data center infrastructure anywhere in the world. Customers include Goldman Sachs, Lexis Nexis and Allianz Global Investors.
    5 - Newcomer Io.com Causes a Stir
  • Oracle's Modest Presence

    It was interesting to see Oracle's smallish booth at VMworld. Oracle, one of the boldest companies in the business, is a major competitor to EMC/VMware in many data center sectors, but the companies have many customers in common, so they have to learn to get along. Oracle's day will come soon, however, when 30,000-plus folks will show up at Moscone Center a month from now for Oracle OpenWorld.
    6 - Oracle's Modest Presence
  • VCE Getting Some Visibility

    VCE, the fast-rising data center hardware company spun off from EMC, VMware, Cisco Systems and Intel, had a prominent presence at VMworld, showing off its new VBlock converged systems.
    7 - VCE Getting Some Visibility
  • Catching a Wave

    VMTurbo, which makes cloud-based workload management software, staged a virtual surfing demo that proved to be a popular attraction.
    8 - Catching a Wave
  • Explaining EMC's View of the Future of Storage

    Amitabh Srivastam, president of EMC's Advanced Software Division, offers a preview of the company's ViPR cloud storage system to a small group of reporters. EMC will stage the launch of the new-concept storage next month in Milan, Italy, to emphasize the fact that it is indeed an international company and not relegated to the United States.
    9 - Explaining EMC's View of the Future of Storage
  • Cortado Shows Mobile Device Wares

    Mobile is not by nature one of the front-line topics at VMWorld, but Cortado, the Colorado-based enterprise cloud desktop service provider, was a sought-after vendor at the show. Cortado provides secure enterprise desktops for any mobile device, so it's a BYOD favorite among a growing number of companies.
    10 - Cortado Shows Mobile Device Wares
  • Black-Light Lit Board Games

    This brightly colored recreation room was part of a popular "hang" lounge at Moscone Center during VMWorld 2013. Attendees played ping-pong, foosball, air hockey and several other games lit only by black lights.
    11 - Black-Light Lit Board Games

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