My past 18 months at VMware have been a whirlwind of training, customer relationships, and new product announcements. I’m starting to see a pattern of questions, especially about where new VMware products fit into the portfolio. This is the first of series of posts about the VMware portfolio in 2017, all my humble view of things, of course. First up, VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF). In the future, I’ll take a look at VMware Cloud on AWS and vRealize Automation. Please let me know if you have a burning desire for my perspective on something else. *grin*
The VSAN story is out and doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. It feels like everyone I talk to is asking about the product and the pricing model (see VSAN Pricing and Implications). More than once now, I’ve seen a wince or the written equivalent. I can certainly understand, as an extra $15K in licensing to a six CPU cluster is far from trivial. My goal here is to unpack the pricing a bit to examine the value that’s being delivered (the value is non-trivial as well). Continue reading VSAN Value and Paradigm Shifts
After a wide-open public beta, lots of speculation about licensing models and costs, and a long wait, VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) went GA on March 12, 2014. The basic issue of pricing was revealed: $2,495 per CPU socket for any workload or a $50/user model for Horizon View. What are the implications of VSAN pricing for end users? Continue reading VSAN Pricing Revealed and Implications Explored
OK, so I really meant to do a series of posts speculating on General Availability announcements based on a close reading of the VMware Partner Exchange Content Catalog. Life intervened, and I only got through the VSAN content. And now that VMware PEX 2014 Day 1 has come and gone, it seems anti-climactic. There were no GA announcements on VSAN, BC/DR to vCHS, Desktone’s integration into the VMware lineup, NSX in the channel, or Airwatch mobile device management integration into the EUC lineup.
On the other hand, I’d have to characterize VMware PEX Day 1 as a success. Continue reading VMware PEX 2014 Day 1
The PEX 2014 Content Catalog is online, so I had quite a bit of searching, slicing, and dicing to do. My initial read-through was looking for clues about announcements which might happen before Partner Exchange, but I gave up on that very quickly. If you think you’ve found something I’ve overlooked, I’d love to hear about it in the comments. Maybe a problem I had was getting sidetracked by content. So it seemed more productive to think about the interesting sessions. This is the first of a few posts about interesting stuff I saw in the content catalog. Continue reading PEX 2014 VSAN – Content Catalog Part 1