TechTalks With Tom Smith: VMworld Hybrid Cloud and Multicloud Conversations

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TechTalks With Tom Smith: VMworld Hybrid Cloud and Multicloud Conversations

Just like the adoption of VMware, the ecosystem is vast with a focus on providing hybrid cloud and multicloud solutions.

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In addition to meeting with VMware executives and covering the keynotes, I was able to meet with a number of other IT executives and companies during the conference to learn what they and their companies were doing to make developers' lives simpler and easier. 

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Here's what I learned:

Jim Souders, CEO of Adaptiva, announced the VMware edition of its OneSite peer-to-peer content distribution product to work with VMware’s Workspace ONE product to distribute software from the cloud across enterprise endpoints with speed and scale. According to Jim, this will help developers to automate vulnerable processes, eliminating the need for developers to build scripts and tool so they can focus on DevOps rather than security.

Shashi Kiran, Chief Marketing Officer of Aryaka, shared key findings from their State of the WAN report in which they surveyed more than 800 network and IT practitioners worldwide where nearly 50% of enterprises are implementing a multi-cloud strategy, are leveraging 5+ providers and SaaS apps, with 15% having more than 1,000 apps deployed. Implications for developers are to develop with multi-cloud in mind.

Tom Barsi, SVP, Business & Corporate Development, Carbon Black currently monitors 15 million endpoints but when it's incorporated into VMware's vSphere and Workspace ONE, the number of endpoints will grow by an order of magnitude for even greater endpoint denial response, freeing developers to focus on building applications without concern for endpoint security.

Don Foster, Senior Director Worldwide Solutions Marketing, Commvault — with cloud migrations, ransomware attacks, privacy regulations and a multi-cloud world, Commvault is helping clients to be “more than ready” for the new era of IT. They are also humanizing the company as they hosted a Data Therapy Dog Park during the conference.

Jonathan Ellis, CTO & Co-founder, and Kathryn Erickson, Director of Strategic Partnerships, DataStax —  spoke on the ease of deploying new applications in a hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) with the key benefits of management, availability, better security, and consistent operations across on-premises and cloud environments. If DSE/Cassandra is on K8s or VMware, developers can access additional resources without going through DBAs or the infrastructure team.

Scott Johnson, Chief Product Officer, Docker — continuing to give developers a choice of languages and platforms while providing operations a unified pipeline. Compose helps developers assemble multiple container operations without rewriting code. Docker also helps improve the security of K8s deployments by installing with smart defaults along with image scanning and digital signatures.

Mark Jamensky, E.V.P. Products, Emboticscloud management platforms help with DevOps pipelines and accelerate application development by providing automation, governance, and speed under control. It enables developers to go fast with guardrails.

Duan van der Westhuizen, V.P. of Marketing, Faction — shared the key findings of their first VMware Cloud on AWS survey. 29% of respondents plan to start running or increase workloads in the next 12 months. Tech services, financial services, education, and healthcare are the industries showing the most interest. The key drivers are scalability, strategic IT initiative, and cost savings and the top use cases are data center extension, disaster recovery, and cloud migration.

Ambuj Kumar, CEO and Nishank Vaish, Product Management, Fortanix — discussed developers' dislike of hardware security modules (HSM) and how self-defending key management services (SDKMS) can securely generate, store, and use cryptographic key and certificates, as well as secrets like passwords, API keys, tokens, and blobs of data to achieve a consistent level of high performance. 

Sam Kumasamy, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Gigamon — owns 38% of all network visibility market share giving them the ability to see all traffic across virtual and physical environments provides visibility and analytics for digital apps and services in any cloud, container, K8s cluster, or Docker presence to enable applications to run fast while remaining secure. 

Stan Zaffos, Senior V.P. Product Marketing and Gregory Touretsky, Technical Product Manager and Solutions Architect, Infinidat are helping clients achieve multi-petabyte scale as more applications on more devices are generating more data. They are building out their developer portal to enable developers to leverage APIs and share code, use cases, and solutions.

Rich Petersen, President/Co-founder, JetStream Software are helping move virtual machines to the cloud for running applications, storage systems, and disaster recovery platforms. The I/O filters provide the flexibility to copy data to a physical device for shipment and sending only newly-written data over the network resulting in near-zero recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point objective (RPO).

Josh Epstein, CMO, Kaminario — is providing a Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS) platform enabling developers to think about stored service as a box with shared storage arrays with data reduction/compression, deduplication, data mobility, data replication, orchestration, and the ability to spin up storages instances using K8s at a traditional data center or in a public cloud with the public API framework.

Kevin Deierling, Vice President, Marketing, Mellanox Technologies — provides remote direct memory access (RDMA) networking solutions to enable virtualized machine learning (ML) solutions that achieve higher GPU use and efficiency. Hardware compute accelerators boosts app performance in virtualized deployments.

Adam Hicks, Senior Solution Architect, Morpheus — provides a multi-cloud management platform for hybrid IT and DevOps automation for unified multi-cloud container management. The platform reduces the number of tools developers and operations need to automate development and deployment. Compliance is achieved with role-based access, approvals, quotas, and policy enforcement. Agile DevOps with self-service provisioning with APIs. Manage day-2 operations: scaling, logging, monitoring, backup, and migration.

Ingo Fuchs, Chief Technologist, Cloud and DevOps, NetApp —  as new cloud environments promote greater collaboration between developers and IT operations, NetApp is enabling the cloning of standardized developer workspaces so developers can get up and running quickly, new workspace versions can be rolled out simultaneously, standard datasets can be made available for DevTest, and developers are able to go back to a previous state with a single API call if they need to correct a mistake. 

Kamesh Pemmaraju, Head of Product Marketing, Platform9 — provides a SaaS-managed Hybrid Cloud solution that delivers fully automated day-2 operations with a 99.9% SLA for K8s, bare-metal, and VM-based environments. Developers get a public-cloud experience with databases, data services, open-source frameworks, Spark, and more deployed with a single click.

Mike Condy, System Consultant, Quest is focusing on monitoring, operations, and cloud from an IT management perspective. They are optimized, and provide support for K8s and Swarm and enable clients to compare on-premise to cloud to identify the optimal placement of workload from a performance and cost perspective. They enable clients to see how containers are performing, interacting, and scaling up or down with heat maps and optimization recommendations.

Peter FitzGibbon, V.P. Product Alliances, Rackspace — consistent with the move to hybrid-cloud environments are supporting customers, and developers, by providing new offerings around managed VMware Cloud on AWS, K8s and container services, cloud-native support, managed security, and integration and API management assessment. Peter also felt like the Tanzu announcement would help to bring technology and people together.

Roshan Kumar, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Redis Labs — developers tend to be the first adopters of Redis for the cloud or Docker since the database can hold data in specific structures with no objects or relational standing. Data is always in state. The database works with 62 programming languages. It addresses DevOps and Ops concerns for backup and disaster recovery with high availability, reliability, and scalability. While AWS has had more than 2,000 node failures, no data has been lost on Redis due to their primary and backup servers.

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Chris Wahl, Chief Technologist and Rebecca Fitzhugh, Principal Technologist, Rubrik — focused on developers the last three to four years and provide an environment to serve the needs of different application environments. Rubrik Build is an open-source community helping to build the future of cloud data management and supporting a programmatic approach to automation for developers and infrastructure engineers with an API-fist architecture.

Mihir Shah, CEO and Surya Varanasi, CTO, StorCentric for Nexsan — provide purpose-built storage for backup, databases, and secure archive to ensure compliance, protect against ransomware and hackers, and provide litigation support. Maintain data integrity by using a combination of two cryptographic hashes for unique identification. Enables developers to move seamlessly to the cloud and automate data compliance using APIs.

Mario Blandini, CMO & Chief Evangelist, Tintri by DDN — Virtualization is the new normal. More than 75 percent of new workloads are now virtualized, and companies are beginning to make significant investments in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Tintri enables developers to manage their virtual machines through automation, isolate traffic between virtual machines, and use self-service automation in the development phase.

Danny Allen, V.P., Product Strategy, Veeam — moving to a subscription model to provide cloud data availability and backup which is critical for applications and containers. Agility to move workloads from infrastructure to cloud-agnostic portable data storage. Acceleration of business data and backup to containers. Enables DevOps to iterate on existing workloads with the ability to run scripts to mask data.

Steve Athanas, President, VMware User Group (VMUG) — The active community of more than 150,000 members works to connect users, share stories, and solve problems. Steve says, "if you have VMware in your stack, there's probably a VMUG member in your company." He would love for more developers to become involved in VMUG to help others understand how dev and ops can work better together, address each others' pain, and solve business problems. 

Nelson Nahum, Co-founder & CEO and Greg Newman, V.P., Marketing, Zadara — offers NVMe-as-a-Service to make storage as simple as possible. It includes optimized object on-premises storage-as-a-service for big data analytics, AI/ML, and video-on-demand. Developers can try Zadara risk-free

Further Reading

3 Pitfalls Everyone Should Avoid with Hybrid Multicloud (Part 1)

Solving for Endpoint Compliance in a Cloud-First Landscape

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