2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, and organisations around the world have turned to IT professionals to help them get through it.

Kathy Gibson found out about many of the technologies enabling the new workplace, data centre, cloud and edge at VMworld 2020.


Technology to drive a changing world

The world has changed in 2020, and organisations have had to change too.

That’s the overarching message from VMworld 2020, taking place virtually this week.

“2020 has been challenging,” says Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware. “We have had to have a profound rethink about the way we work.”

Digital transformation is key to making these changes, Gelsinger points out.

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Intrinsic security plugs the gaps

VMware has quietly become a leader in the security business.

The company’s security business is now worth $1-billion, and serves 20 000 security customers, says Sanjay Poonen, chief operating officer: customer operations at VMware. “Analysts call us the best-kept secret in the security world.”

There are many security solutions available in the market. But, in many organisations, security is effectively broken because there are just too point tools, Poonen says.

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Zoom takes its workforce remote with Workspace One

When it comes to quickly scaling a service, arguably the best example is how Zoom coped with exponentially-expanded usage this year.

Aparna Bawa, chief operating officer of Zoom, points out that the online meeting service went from 10-million participants a day in December 2019 to 300-million daily participants in April, at the peak of pandemic lockdowns.

“Fortunately we have an incredibly scalable architecture that just worked so we were able to move with the increased usage,” Bawa says.

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A new vision for the future of work

The world has completely changed, but the last few months have seen tremendous growth and impact for organisations around the world.

“Using Horizon and Workspace One, our VMware customers have been able to work and thrive during the past few months,” says Shankar Iyer, senior vice-president and GM: end user computing at VMware.

“We have learned a lot too: I have learned how to manage a remote workforce across the world; and we have learned that remote work can be productive as well,” he says.

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Virtual cloud supports new world of work

Change of the magnitude that we are going through can be very challenging, but it also brings new opportunities to reimagine how we deliver IT services.

That’s the word from Tom Gillis, senior vice-president and GM of the network services business unit at VMware, who says lockdown and the new imperative for remote working have allowed companies to able redefine what we do and where we do it.

“For instance, work has stopped being a place you go and rather become the thing you do.”

But working from home brings a new set of technology challenges, with poor network connections arguably the biggest frustration for many workers.

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VMware boosts tools for app modernisation

Cloud and cloud-native architectures have lowered the barrier to entry for new applications.

In fact, as many as 75% of new applications will be custom-built, says Ajay Patel, senior vice-president and GM: modern applications at VMware.

“This is because modern applications deliver real impact,” he explains.

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VMware partners with Nvidia to make AI ubiquitous

VMware and Nvidia has announced a broad partnership to deliver both an end-to-end enterprise platform for AI and a new architecture for data centre, cloud and edge that uses NVidia DPUs (data processing units) to support existing and next-generation applications.

Through this collaboration, the AI software available on the NVidia NGC hub will be integrated into VMware vSphere, VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Tanzu.

This will help accelerate AI adoption, enabling enterprises to extend existing infrastructure for AI, manage all applications with a single set of operations, and deploy AI-ready infrastructure where the data resides, across the data centre, cloud and edge.

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Project Monterey will drive new data centre architecture

Remote working, coupled with a move to process automation, is driving rapid developments around edge computing.

Meanwhile, next-generation applications will leverage a raft of new technologies including AI, machine learning and 5G applications.

Looking to partner on developing the architecture for the data centre, cloud and edge to enable these new technologies, VMware has announced its Project Monterey technology preview.

Project Monterey was born from a need to deliver modern applications efficiently and securely.

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