VMware's open pledge to help partners and customers make their mark

Datacenter | September 09, 2019

Following a successful VMworld 2019, I’ve been reflecting on what a great week it was. The passion, innovation and excitement that runs through this event always exceeds my expectations, and this year was no different. As digital innovation is redefining the rules of business, this year we explored how to accelerate the journey to the hybrid cloud, transform networking and security, deliver digital workspaces, and ultimately how to empower our partners to make their mark and take their business to the next level with new technologies.We made a number of game-changing announcements that will be able to help customers and partners speed-up and simplify their transformation journey. We unveiled VMware Tanzu, a new portfolio of products and services to transform the way enterprises build, run and manage software on Kubernetes. This includes Project Pacific, which is focused on transforming vSphere into a Kubernetes native platform and VMware Tanzu Mission Control – a single point of control from which customers can manage all their Kubernetes clusters, regardless of where they run.We recently announced our intent to acquire Pivotal, we expect VMware will be a comprehensive enterprise-grade Kubernetes-based portfolio for modern applications after the deal closes.

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The flexible and scalable VDI iSCSI VMware® solution combines all aspects of a virtual desktop environment, based on reliable technologies and best practice solutions, with simple implementation and operation. This document is provided for those interested in understanding the performance characteristics of smaller VDI solutions, coupled with the benefits of Automated Storage Tiering (AST).

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