In a perfect digitally transformed world, every application workload would instantly know where best to deploy itself. No one on the IT staff would ever have to spend time optimizing the performance of those workloads or worrying where they are running at any given moment. As great as that all sounds every IT professional attending the VMworld 2017 conference this month knows all too well that application workloads are not going to manage themselves any time soon. What IT professionals can count on is the fact that application workloads and the IT infrastructure on which they depend are becoming acutely more intelligent with each passing day.
IT professionals today routinely get asked to manage workloads that are anywhere from a few decades old to literally being born of the cloud in that last few minutes. Some of those workloads need to run on a public cloud. But the clear majority of those workloads will continue to be deployed in traditional on-premises data center environments now and well into the future. The real challenge going forward will be managing those workloads as they migrate across hybrid cloud computing environments that will soon be the de-facto standard across the enterprise.
At the Dell EMC booth #400 we will be showcasing new additions to our Enterprise Hybrid Cloud and Native Hybrid Cloud platforms as well as updates on our HCI portfolio. In addition to the Dell EMC experts staffing the booth, there will no shortage of vBrownBag TechTalks and Hands-on Labs!
Of course, the inimitable Chad Sakac, president of the Dell EMC Converged Platform and Solutions Division (CSPD), will provide his unique perspective on the ‘the State of the Union’ within Dell EMC with a special focus on multi-cloud, converged and hyper-converged platforms during a breakout session on August 30 from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. That will be preceded by an ‘Ask Chad’ session at the Dell EMC booth during which customers and partners will be invited to ask Chad questions on Monday, August 28 between 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
In addition, you should make time to visit the HCI Room to see why VxRail systems are the fastest growing product line in our history.
Finally, don’t miss a chance to hear from your peers during our CONVERGED meetup Monday, August 28 from 3-5:30 p.m., at StripSteak in Mandalay Bay. The highlight of this session will be a customer panel of VxRail and EHC/NHC customers moderated by CPSD’s head of marketing, Bob Wambach, Chad Sakac and VMWare’s head of Dell Technologies solutions, Iain Mulholland.
Naturally, no conference experience is complete without the opportunity to take home some cool swag. In the HCI Room you’ll discover a new HCI Hero interactive video game along with some awesome VxRail swag. In the VxRail’s escape room you’ll find the The Great Xscape – a physical experience that challenges participants to complete thee puzzles in less than 10 minutes to escape the room. The group with the best time of the day will win Dell laptops! For those that arrive early enough we also encourage you to participate in the 9th annual v0dgeball tourney on Sunday, August 29 at 3:00 p.m. to benefit the Wounded Warriors charity.
The unifying theme of all these events is VMware, which now sets the bar for what hybrid cloud computing in the enterprise should really be. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing how the latest version of the VMware vRealize automation framework injects a massive amount of intelligence into the management of hybrid clouds. That capability makes public clouds hosting instances of VMware an almost seamless extension of any on-premises IT environment.
We are also excited to show you how the latest generation of NVMe-based VxRack systems are redefining the economics of hybrid cloud computing. Contrary to popular opinion it’s now much more cost effective to run certain classes of long-running workloads in an on-premises IT environment. In fact, a recent Cloud Price Index report published by 451 Research notes that anything involving more than 400 virtual machines is less expensive to deploy on-premises. Obviously, public clouds will continue to play an important role in IT. But we believe it has been conclusively proven that the future of enterprise IT will revolve around hybrid clouds built on top of robust pre-integrated IT infrastructure such as our Dell EMC Blocks, Racks and Appliances that are designed from the ground up to achieve unparalleled levels of scale.
If you can’t make it out to Las Vegas this month, be sure to try and attend VMworld 2017 conference in Barcelona next month. Whether we are in the desert or on the shores of the Mediterranean we know there really is no substitute for a hands-on experience when it comes to seeing and believing in the future of hybrid cloud computing.