For VMware, It's All About the Edge

Light Reading | September 02, 2019

For VMware, It's All About the Edge
VMware sees 5G as an opportunity for US businesses to seize the telecom industry, as operators migrate to the cloud to achieve the agility and scalability needed for the new networking technology."Telcos will play a bigger role in the cloud universe than ever before," VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said at a keynote kicking off the annual VMworld customer and partner conference last week in San Francisco. 5G will be the biggest telco infrastructure investment in history, as telcos shift from hardware-based networks to software-defined networking, Gelsinger said. "We believe it's a great opportunity for US industry to step in and play a critical role in IT," said the VMware boss. 5G is "a massive capex investment that comes every generation," said Rajiv Ramaswami, VMware chief operating officer, products and cloud services, during a Q&A with tech journalists and analysts last week.

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Liqid | September 16, 2021

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With VMware vCenter integration, Liqid is continuing to extend the tangible benefits of CDI into a growing number of significant areas within IT, further allowing more customers to realize revolutionary datacenter efficiencies with their existing physical servers composed with GPU, FPGA, and NVMe storage resources. VMware has successfully redefined infrastructure efficiency and flexibility for decades now,” said Matt Halcomb, Principal Solutions Architect, World Wide Technology (WWT). “We believe Liqid's composable software will enable our customers to extract increased value from VMware virtualization by drastically accelerating virtual host deployment and scaling straight from vCenter. 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3 ways to celebrate International VPN Day

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