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VMware VMworld 2016: Top 50 Highlights

As VMware‘s VMworld 2016 unfolds in Las Vegas, ChannelE2E will be compiling all the major news and develops into one continuous blog. This one. We expect to offer you at least 50 updates between now and VMworld’s conclusion on Sept. 1, 2016. So let the games — and the blog — begin. Here’s the lineup so far. Keep checking back for more updates every few hours.

1. VMware Partner Program Updates: VMware overhauled its partner program ahead of the conference. Channel Chief Ross Brown’s goal: Inspire partners to build business practices around VMware’s NSX (network virtualization) and VSAN (virtual SAN) offerings, among others.

2. Multi-Cloud Management: Watch for VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger to announce and discuss NSX multi-cloud management tools, which should allow partners to managed and safeguard workloads across Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and additional cloud platforms.

3. Rapid NSX Deployments: VMware acquired Arkin Net in June 2016. The reason? Arkin makes tools that speed NSX deployments. It’s a safe bet VMware will offer more details on how the tools can accelerate software defined data center (SDDC) projects.

4. Early NSX Adopters: More than three dozen companies will explain NSX case studies and the business drivers for network virtualization during the conference.

5. Veeam’s Next Moves: Veeam, the business continuity software provider, rolled out an Availability Platform for the Hybrid Cloud. It’s designed for virtual, physical and cloud-based workloads. Veeam has dominated the market for VMware-centric virtualization backup. The company has also expanded into the Microsoft Hyper-V backup market. But numerous rivals are now responding with physical and virtual backup systems…

6. Network Functions Virtualization: As you may have heard, major telcos and communications service providers (CSPs) are embracing NFV. Now, VMware is pitching in with some assistance. The company has launched “VMware Ready for NFV” certified solutions. The new certified solutions from Brocade, Check Point, Infoblox, Mitel and Netrounds support virtualized mobile infrastructure and SD-WAN.

7. Who’s Your Daddy?: Will Dell complete the EMC buyout — and therefore gain a big stake in VMware — during VMworld? We sort of doubt VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger wants to shift the event spotlight to Dell. But there’s always the chance that Dell will complete the EMC buyout during the conferences…

8. Microsoft Attacks VMware: Microsoft is offering free Windows Server 2016 licenses to customers that switch from vSphere to Hyper-V. It’s intriguing but make sure you read the fine print.

9. Cloud Backup: ViaWest has agreed to offer Rubrik’s cloud data management platform to ViaWest’s clients. The solution will be on display at Rubrik booth #1131.

10. All-Flash Systems: Hitachi Data Systems has unveiled All-Flash Systems that support VMware NSX, Docker containers and more. Keep a close eye on Hitachi Unified Compute Platform for additional moves…

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