VMworld 2017: 'Digital Transformation Is Game On'

They didn’t save the best for last, but VMware definitely made one of the biggest announcements of their four-day event on day two, unveiling a partnership between itself, Pivotal, and Google.

Pivotal Software, in collaboration with Google Cloud, revealed its new Pivotal Container Service, which enables enterprises and service providers to deliver production-ready Kubernetes on VMware vSphere and Google Cloud Platform. The new offering will be available in Q4 of this year. The product was put together to operationalize Kubernetes for the enterprise.

Before the announcement, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and Dell founder Michael Dell took the stage for a discussion on the state of the IT industry.

“This is one of the most exciting times in the history of human development,” Dell exclaimed. “With digital transformation, it’s game on.”

Dell went on to say that the need for data and data analytics is now a CEO topic, and no longer resides as just an IT issue. Gelsinger doubled down on the topic, and the pace of tech overall, explaining that while artificial intelligence has been around for more than 30 years, businesses are at a point where machine learning and AI need to be integrated into every product.

The VMworld Showcase Village floor was abuzz throughout the day, offering everything from cloud to virtualization, IoT, and mobility.

Enterprise Mobility Exchange met with several solution providers throughout the day, diving into what exactly each one was doing to enhance end-user computing. Here are a few highlights:

Commvault: The data protection company explained how mobile protection is now inherently built-in to its offerings, and that the company’s security is currently focused on ransomware protection and GDPR compliance. The company is utilizing machine learning to protect its data as well.

Cortado: The enterprise mobility management company announced its Cortado Cloud product this week, and told Enterprise Mobility Exchange it was looking to “augment the approach” to cloud services, hence its foray into the space. CEO Henning Volkmer said the company’s focus is and will remain around the idea of enhanced mobile productivity.

Wandera: The fairly young mobile security company is making big strides in the threat detection space with its cross-platform solution which scans apps, device behavior, and assesses vulnerabilities like suspicious WiFi hotspots and communication with risky websites.

Tuesday certainly offered more traffic and movement on the event floor, while info sessions dove into technical discussions from VMware and its partners. To see how day one of the event went, click here.

Are you at VMworld 2017? What’s been your favorite part or best session so far?