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VMworld 2017: August 27-31 (Las Vegas, NV)

VMworld 2017

theCUBE’s VMware Coverage

VMworld 2017
August 27-31, 2017
Mandalay Bay Convention Center Las Vegas, NV

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“VMworld, hosted by VMware, is the number-one event for enabling the digital enterprise. VMworld 2017 US brings you five days of innovation to accelerate your journey to a software-defined business—from mobile devices to the data center and the cloud.

It starts with general sessions on the trends that matter most to your business and IT, then goes deeper into breakout sessions, group discussions and expert panels. Experience dozens of VMware Hands-On Labs and VMware Certification opportunities as well as one-on-one appointments with leading subject-matter experts.”



Day One Kickoff | VMworld 2017
Stu Miniman, Dave Vellante, and John Furrier kick off day one of VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.


Day One Wrap Up | VMworld 2017
Dave Vellante, Peter Burris, and David Floyer wrap up day one of VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas.


Day Two Kickoff | VMworld 2017
Peter Burris, Stu Miniman, and John Furrier kick off day two of VMware 2017 in Las Vegas


Day Two Wrap Up | VMworld 2017
Peter Burris, Stu Miniman, John Furrier, and Dave Vellante wrap up day two of VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, NV


Day 3 Wrap Up | VMworld 2017
Keith Townsend, Stu Miniman, John Furrier, and Dave Vellante wrap up VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, NV


Guests Interviewed on theCUBE:

 

Matt Amdur
Principal Engineer, VMware

Private cloud goes up a level via HCI and public cloud on-ramp
Private cloud environments are gaining new powers thanks to hyperconverged infrastructure, or HCI, and public-cloud compatibility. These infusions are making private clouds easier to manage and giving them the agility and elasticity of public cloud, according to Yanbing Li, senior vice president and general manager of storage and availability at VMware Inc. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Randy Arseneau
CMO, INFINIDAT

Latest doesn’t always mean greatest for keeping storage costs low
Change is good, but only in measured doses and for well-defined goals. At least, in the world of enterprise storage arrays where the latest is rarely the greatest, according to Randy Arseneau, chief marketing officer of Infinidat Inc. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Mike Arterbury
VP, Technology Alliances, Dell EMC

Compatible products, unified portfolios define new Dell EMC approach to tech
The business world is changing, and change costs money. As companies spend to fuel their digital transformations, enterprise tech vendors are pulling together to supply this new demand. The time of silos and walled gardens is a memory. Today, tech business relies on partnerships and integration to sell their offerings, according to Mike Arterbury, vice president of technology alliances at Dell EMC. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Rex Backman
Sr Principal Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat Virtualization

APIs and interoperability keys to future business success in open-source world
As computing trends like virtualization, containers or edge continue to create churn in the industry, companies are hard-pressed to maintain a competitive edge. Rob Young, manager of virtualization product and strategy at Red Hat Inc., says his company’s position as an operating system agnostic to the computing infrastructure, virtual or otherwise, enables it to deliver value no matter where the market goes. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Ruya Atac-Barrett
Sr Director, Product Marketing, Dell EMC

Dell EMC tightens VMware integration with new hyperconverged and data protection platforms
Dell Technologies Inc.’s Dell EMC subsidiary is using the VMworld conference in Las Vegas this week to refresh its hyperconverged infrastructure lineup, with an aim to support VMware Inc. customers. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Brian Biles
CEO and Founder, Datrium

What’s behind this new storage solution for the hyperconverged world?
Sometimes it’s really easy to have too much of good thing. In a hyperconverged, scaled-out backup system, there can be numerous motherboards, multiple persistence drives and hardware duplicates as far as the eye can see. That’s why Brian Biles, co-founder and chief executive officer of Datrium Inc., looked for a storage solution that could bring order to the chaos, and in doing so he created something no one had quite seen before. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Tim Breeden
Sr. Director, eCDM Software Engineering, Dell EMC

Dell EMC data protection’s overpopulation solution for VMs
VMware Inc. virtual machines run in an enviable 500,000 data centers. Sometimes their profusion is also their problem; glut can make it hard for information technology administrators to track and protect virtual machines, according to Sal De Masi, director of the data protection practice at Teknicor Corp. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Jason Brown
Consultant, Product Marketing, Dell EMC SacleIO

ScaleIO offers a pathway to hyper convergence
Hyperconverged infrastructure, or HCI — with its commodity hardware packaged with software-defined storage — departs radically from traditional siloed data center architectures. Vendors banging on about how revolutionary and disruptive HCI is may not realize that that is precisely the problem for some holdouts. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Jason Buffington
Principal Analyst, ESG

Data protection spot test could convert cloud holdouts
Data protection is on fire these days. Businesses anxious about migrating to foreign, off-premises cloud environments are demanding innovation in backup and recovery. These newfangled services aren’t just for companies all-in on cloud; they can also be a test bed for the cold-footed. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Eric Burgener
Research Director, IDC

Simpler, better, cheaper: Can IT managers have all three?
Presented with the three options of simpler, cheaper or better, and only two can be selected, which makes the most sense? Ask any information technology manager who is trying to decide the best model among a bewildering array of storage choices for on-premises or off-premises data centers, and they are likely to ask for the solution that gives them all three. That’s the challenge that cloud storage providers are increasingly confronting as they deal with enterprise computing demands. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Brian Carmody
CTO, INFINIDAT

Latest doesn’t always mean greatest for keeping storage costs low
Change is good, but only in measured doses and for well-defined goals. At least, in the world of enterprise storage arrays where the latest is rarely the greatest, according to Randy Arseneau, chief marketing officer of Infinidat Inc. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Lee Caswell
VP of Products, VMware

Edge computing is the future, but security will be a challenge
VMware Inc.’s continued rise in popularity is testimony to customers’ desire for a flexible, virtualized system that can facilitate a common data structure, from the edge to the data center, from private clouds to public clouds. But customers also need their systems to be secure, and this is gaining more attention as information technology vendors begin to see data streams from sensor-connected Internet of Things devices become a major part of enterprise computing, especially at the edge. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Jason Chamiak
Sr . Systems Engineer, Peak 10 + ViaWest

For price-to-performance at scale, all-flash storage can’t cut it, says Infinidat
A major selling point of innovative cloud infrastructure is limitless scalability. Ironically, once an organization hits mega scale, economics could send them hurtling back from advanced all-flash storage to more old-school methods. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Alan Cohen
Chief Commericial Officer, Illumio

What does it mean to be fully cloud native? Illumio CCO weighs in
The transition to cloud computing requires a lot of different pieces, including networking security and virtualization, all moving toward a common goal. Alan Cohen, chief commercial officer of Illumio Inc., shared his view on what it means to be fully cloud native, including an analogy to hybrid vs. all-electric vehicles. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Alastair Cooke
Chief Video Officer, vBrownBag Ltd.

Real IT deployments get livestream treatment from vBrownBag
Often times at large conferences, the keynote presentations and booths offer high-level strategy and marketing material but not much substance for the actual engineers and developers implementing the technology itself. vBrownBag, an educational podcast for the information technology sector, has been addressing this void by setting up more technically focused sessions at these conferences, as well as videocasting tech deployment livestreams. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Joe Cowan
Systems Engineer, Carlisle Interconnect Technologies

Why Carlisle Interconnect made the switch to hyperconverged infrastructure
Although businesses live in a time of change, few companies are willing to swap out their current technology for something new without good reason. Right now, as older systems fall into the dark realm of legacy technology, companies are discovering the benefits of upgrading to hyperconverged infrastructure solutions, or HCI, which virtualizes certain elements of hardware-defined systems. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Chanda Dani
Sr Director, Product Marketing, Storage & Availability, VMware

VMware prepares vSAN channel strategy for the server refresh wave
The installation of new servers and ancillary hardware usually follows a five-year cycle in many enterprise data centers, although there is growing evidence that rapid change in information technology structures are causing cycle times to accelerate. VMware Inc. believes that 60 percent of its customers will be going through a server refresh by the end of 2019, and this is now driving a key part of its strategy, especially as it relates to the role of the virtual storage area network, or vSAN, in hyperconverged infrastructures. Read the full blog post with highlights from her interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Eyal David
CTO, Kaminario

Serving the as-a-service economy with composable all-flash storage
Software providers face rising demand for as-a-service delivery models. Digital subscription is even cropping up in businesses — like Fender Musical Instruments Corp. — far from the software core. All of these companies now require infrastructure like storage to scale with customers’ whims. Read the full blog post with highlights from her interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Scott Delandy
Technology Director, Dell EMC Storage, Dell EMC

Data reduction tech enables large-scale flash storage arrays
The dramatic size increase of stored datasets, coupled with enterprise demand for faster computing, has driven significant innovation in the data storage industry. The traditional solution of high-performance flash storage systems have historically been too expensive to deploy at large scale, but data reduction technologies are driving flash technology forward in the information technology sector. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Dom Delfino
SVP, WW Sales & Systems Engineers, VMware NSBU

Edge computing is the future, but security will be a challenge
VMware Inc.’s continued rise in popularity is testimony to customers’ desire for a flexible, virtualized system that can facilitate a common data structure, from the edge to the data center, from private clouds to public clouds. But customers also need their systems to be secure, and this is gaining more attention as information technology vendors begin to see data streams from sensor-connected Internet of Things devices become a major part of enterprise computing, especially at the edge. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Michael Dell
Chairman and CEO, Dell Technologies

Michael Dell: The vehicle for traversing the multicloud world is VMware
Business is booming for public clouds, but 65 percent of workloads still live in corporate data centers. Dell Technologies Inc. wants to traverse both worlds by providing a multicloud solution. Can it, and its customers, have it all — or is it spreading itself too thin? Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Josh Epstein
CMO, Kaminario

Serving the as-a-service economy with composable all-flash storage
Software providers face rising demand for as-a-service delivery models. Digital subscription is even cropping up in businesses — like Fender Musical Instruments Corp. — far from the software core. All of these companies now require infrastructure like storage to scale with customers’ whims. Read the full blog post with highlights from her interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Peter FitzGibbon
VP and GM of VMware, Rackspace

Rackspace applies ‘fanatical’ service to hosted private cloud
After more than 10 years of partnership with VMware Inc., Rackspace Inc. now runs one of the largest vSphere (cloud computing virtualization platform) footprints in the world. So when the managed service provider recently announced that its Rackspace Private Cloud was available and would be powered by VMware’s Cloud Foundation, the news was yet another sign that information technology customers were embracing the multicloud enterprise model. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Rebecca Fitzhugh
Technical Marketing Engineer, Rubrik

Cross-functional DevOps and developer teams enable faster innovation
While some question the role of developers in the operations and infrastructure-focused VMware Inc. community, others view the collaboration between developers and classical DevOps people as an indication of a healthy organization. As Rebecca Fitzhugh, technical marketing engineer at Rubrik Inc., pointed out, companies can innovate much faster when developers start becoming operations minded. Read the full blog post with highlights from her interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Mike Flaum
Senior Product Manager, HPE

HPE’s Synergy platform promises easier path for private clouds
Talk to any chief information officer and phrases like “single-click deployment,” “easier implementation” and “lower costs” will generally get their attention. That’s why the recent news from Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. about a composable platform that combines VMware Inc.’s Cloud Foundation with its Synergy product sounds like music to the ears of enterprise technology managers seeking to build a hybrid cloud infrastructure. Read the full blog post with highlights from her interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Roger Frey
VP, Alliances & Business Development, Skytap

Curing on-premises-to-cloud cold feet with VMware
Companies with cold feet about relocating on-premises applications to the public cloud may need a common denominator to warm them up. For on-prem-to-cloud specialist SkyTap Inc., the go-between is VMware Inc.’s virtual machine technology. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Dan Frith
Consultant, PenguinPunk.net

VMware on AWS is a nice ‘stepping stone’ for virtualization in cloud, says expert
The milestone partnership between VMware Inc.’s cloud platform and Amazon Web Services Inc. indicates a turning point in the shift from traditional data center thinking, virtual or otherwise, toward cloud-native computing. While this offering represents a new paradigm, there are some challenges in migrating virtual environments to the cloud to be resolved before the industry sees a complete shift, according to Dan Frith, blogger at PenguinPunk.net and technical consultant at Dimension Data Holdings plc. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.



 

Colin Gallagher
Senior Director VxRail Product Marketing, Dell EMC

Hyperconverged infrastructure pushes networking boundaries as it goes prime time
If the hyperconverged infrastructure, or HCI, was a TV show, it would be airing at 8 p.m. on a Saturday night in all of the big markets, the prime viewing hour. The technology that consolidates compute, storage and networking into one system has gone mainstream in the enterprise as executives for Dell EMC have witnessed a transformation over the past two years. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.

 
Virtualization gives banking IT teams more control over security and compliance
The financial services sector has historically been viewed as a legacy industry with behemoth organizations slow to adopt change. In the face of increasing cybersecurity threats, however, banks are empowering their information technology departments to re-tool their infrastructure to ensure the latest security and compliance measures, including through the use of virtualization, according to Josh Holst, vice president of information systems at Hills Bank and Trust Co. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Juan Gaviria
Sr Director, Compute, ADP

ADP discovers development benefits of combining virtualization with cloud ‘bursts’
Agility means more than just speed. It also comes down to flexibility. The cloud provides that flexibility to companies by offerings services on demand, and when a company needs more storage or compute, it’s there. When they don’t, those things go away. Combining virtualized infrastructure with the cloud creates an entirely new way of developing information technology products. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Pat Gelsinger
CEO, VMware

Multiclouds and partners take VMware’s Pat Gelsinger on wild ride
The experience of a technology company’s chief executive officer can often be a roller coaster ride with highs, lows, dips, hairpin turns, sudden drops and a lot of bumping around. So Pat Gelsinger, chief executive of VMware Inc., could probably be forgiven if he pleads a severe case of whiplash. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Kevin Gray
Director, Product Marketing, Hybrid Cloud Platforms, Dell EMC

Dell EMC presses ‘easy button’ with enterprise hybrid and Pivotal cloud news
An International Data Corp. research has tabbed the hyperconverged infrastructure, or HCI, market as the fastest-growing converged systems segment for the first quarter this year. Dell EMC and VMware Inc. are clearly intent of taking full advantage of that growth as evidenced by recent announcements during VMworld in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Steve Herrod
General Catalyst

Heterogeneous computing environments offer opportunity for innovation, says VC
The diversity of use cases and application requirements make it impossible for a single infrastructure architecture to dominate the market. While many see this as a challenge, Steve Herrod, managing director at General Catalyst Partners, shared why he thinks this trend toward heterogeneous computing environments presents a great opportunity for innovation. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Eric Herzog
Vice President Marketing, IBM Storage Systems

IBM hints at smarter storage, but the conversation is all about data
IBM Corp.’s recent announcement of Spectrum Protect Plus, protection software for cloud, data center or virtualized platforms, is more about data than it is about simplifying storage management. And the company is not shy about making sure its customers know that. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Andrew Hillier
CTO and Co-Founder, Densify

The pitfalls of virtualization: what to look out for in a virtualized environment
In the complex DevOps landscape, many companies are so focused on deploying product that they overlook valuable infrastructure allocation details that can affect their bottom line. Andrew Hillier, chief technical officer and co-founder of Cirba Inc. (doing business as Densify), explained how his company is helping others optimize their virtual computing resources from a cost and workload perspective. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Paul Hodge
HPS Product Virtualization Marketing Lead, Honeywell International

HPS helps bring virtualization into the manufacturing world
Technology changes all industries … eventually. Some markets, like manufacturing, resist new technology as they see little immediate benefit. But even the most conservative companies are discovering what virtualization and Internet of Things tech can do. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Josh Holst
Hills Bank and Trust

Virtualization gives banking IT teams more control over security and compliance
The financial services sector has historically been viewed as a legacy industry with behemoth organizations slow to adopt change. In the face of increasing cybersecurity threats, however, banks are empowering their information technology departments to re-tool their infrastructure to ensure the latest security and compliance measures, including through the use of virtualization, according to Josh Holst, vice president of information systems at Hills Bank and Trust Co. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Bask Iyer
CIO, VMware and Dell

VMware extends private cloud to Dell Technologies
It seems as though announcements involving VMware Inc.’s private cloud technology are coming on a daily basis. On Tuesday, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. rolled out a composable infrastructure for VMware private clouds. This followed the news last week that CenturyLink Inc. will be integrating more of VMware’s software-defined data center offerings in its private cloud. And Rackspace Inc. just extended its private cloud partnership with VMware. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Erik Kaulberg
Senior Director, Cloud Solutions, Infinidat

For price-to-performance at scale, all-flash storage can’t cut it, says Infinidat
A major selling point of innovative cloud infrastructure is limitless scalability. Ironically, once an organization hits mega scale, economics could send them hurtling back from advanced all-flash storage to more old-school methods. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Steve Kenniston
Global Spectrum Software Business Development Executive IBM Systems

IBM adapts storage products to a point-and-click cloud world
Complexity is the enemy. It eats time, it demands more skilled people and it rewards little. Companies are looking for simple solutions, and when it comes to storing and protecting data, that means the cloud. IBM Corp. and VMware Inc. are changing things up to meet that need, including point-and-click solutions. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Tal Klein
Author, The Punch Escrow

‘The Punch Escrow’ author says future tech won’t end niche jobs, innovation or capitalism
As the beat of the innovation drum marches on, many in today’s society question how advancing technology will impact their lives for better or worse. Author and thought leader in the technology space Tal Klein shared his vision for the future of technology and it’s role in society in his recent book, “The Punch Escrow.” Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

André Leibovici
VP Solutions and Alliances, Datrium

Datrium’s cloud affinities could beat HCI to the hybrid punch
First hyperconverged infrastructure combined software-defined storage with commodity hardware for an on-premises “private cloud.” Now converged infrastructure startup Datrium Inc. wants to go further by mimicking public cloud in on-prem or hybrid environments. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Yanbing Li
Sr VP & GM, Storage and Availability BU, VMware

Private cloud goes up a level via HCI and public cloud on-ramp
Private cloud environments are gaining new powers thanks to hyperconverged infrastructure, or HCI, and public-cloud compatibility. These infusions are making private clouds easier to manage and giving them the agility and elasticity of public cloud, according to Yanbing Li, senior vice president and general manager of storage and availability at VMware Inc. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Bob Madaio
VP, Infrastructure Solutions Marketing, Hitachi

Cloud control, IoT solutions part of Hitachi Data Systems’ enterprise plan
Hitachi Data Systems Corp. started with a focus on hardware solutions and supporting the infrastructure. But more recently the wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. has significantly increased its software portfolio to meet the data-driven needs of customers. As new releases from VMware Inc. and other enterprise suppliers become available, integration with servers and backend storage becomes key. This understanding of customer requirements has given HDS insight into how to keep information technology operations running smoothly, and control becomes the operative word, according to Bob Madaio, vice president of infrastructure solutions marketing at HDS. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Leslie Maher
VP, NA Enterprises Server & Converged Systems, HPE

HPE creates composable monster from converged, hyperconverged parts
First converged infrastructure simplified data centers with server-storage-network sandwich appliances. Then hyperconverged infrastructure, or HCI, commodified the hardware and slapped differentiating software-defined storage on top. Now, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. is combining elements of both with composable infrastructure. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Chhandomay Mandal
Director, Storage Solutions Marketing, Dell EMC

Data storage transforms from boxes to virtual, businesses transform with it
Data is the heart of any modern business; however, storing and processing all that data requires new technology and a transformation in the way companies think about data. Data storage is going virtual, while departments run their workloads in virtual machines. Dell EMC, a business familiar with these technologies, is now at the forefront of this transformation. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Sal De Masi
Director, Data Protection Practice, Teknicor

Dell EMC data protection’s overpopulation solution for VMs
VMware Inc. virtual machines run in an enviable 500,000 data centers. Sometimes their profusion is also their problem; glut can make it hard for information technology administrators to track and protect virtual machines, according to Sal De Masi, director of the data protection practice at Teknicor Corp. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Robin Matlock
VP and CMO, VMware

VMware’s partners old and new must pass muster with customers, says CMO
VMware Inc. has long leveraged a vast partner ecosystem to help bill itself as the common operating environment for many different technologies. The addition of two heavy hitters — Amazon Web Services Inc. and Google Cloud Platform — is rocking the boat for both partners and customers. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Peter McKay
Co-CEO and President, Veeam

VMware-AWS hybrid cloud partnership is music to Veeam CEO’s ears
Today’s announcement that the VMware Cloud is now live on AWS made a lot of hybrid cloud fans very happy, as the partnership paved a smoother road for information technology administrators who want to run applications on-prem and in the cloud. One of the happiest fans of the VMware Inc.-Amazon Web Services Inc. deal may well be Peter McKay, co-chief executive officer and president of Veeam Software Inc. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Theresa Miller
Founder, 24×7 IT Connection

The tech ‘fit’ debate: Universal tech in a couture IT world
Technology advancements may be too much of a good thing for business environments unequipped to assimilate them. The slow adoption of analytics tech, for example, is primarily due to cultural barriers for 62 percent of companies surveyed in a recent report from SAS Institute Inc. Another 25 percent of businesses say lack of internal expertise and resources is the biggest hurdle to cloud adoption, according to RightScale’s 2017 State of the Cloud Survey. Read the full blog post with highlights from her interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Matthew Morgan
CMO, Druva

Data protection as-a-service for a world in cloud/on-prem limbo
With customers scattering data like marbles to different cloud and on-premise locations, its good to be the guy on the side selling coverall data protection. Well, venture capitalists think so — they just invested $80 million in Druva Inc.’s infrastructure-agnostic data protection as-a-service. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Vish Mulchand
Sr Director Product Management, HPE

Simpler, better, cheaper: Can IT managers have all three?
Presented with the three options of simpler, cheaper or better, and only two can be selected, which makes the most sense? Ask any information technology manager who is trying to decide the best model among a bewildering array of storage choices for on-premises or off-premises data centers, and they are likely to ask for the solution that gives them all three. That’s the challenge that cloud storage providers are increasingly confronting as they deal with enterprise computing demands. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Nelson Nahum
CEO, Zadara Storage

Enabling on-premises-style control over public cloud solutions
As the industry consolidates around a few cloud service providers, smaller companies are finding innovative ways to carve out market share by targeting niche, high-value use cases. Zadara Storage Inc., an enterprise storage as a service company, created an opex business model for providing storage hardware with some additional software hooks built in. Nelson Nahum, Zadara’s co-founder and chief executive officer, explained how the company’s hardware subscription model saves customers money while driving value up the stack. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Craig Nunes
VP Marketing, Datrium

Datrium’s cloud affinities could beat HCI to the hybrid punch
First hyperconverged infrastructure combined software-defined storage with commodity hardware for an on-premises “private cloud.” Now converged infrastructure startup Datrium Inc. wants to go further by mimicking public cloud in on-prem or hybrid environments. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Patrick Osborne
Sr Director Product Management, HPE

HPE leverages Nimble acquisition for more than just storage
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.’s acquisition of flash array company Nimble Storage in April was like reaching into a bowl of candy and pulling out three treats instead of only one. For $1.2 billion, HPE added all-flash and hybrid flash/disk array lines, the ability to store data in the public or private cloud near big provider data centers, and a predictive analytics package. It was HPE’s answer for customers who were futilely trying to attack availability problems with traditional data protection architectures. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Venugopal Pai
Vice President of Alliances and Business Development, Nutanix

Nutanix aims to eliminate infrastructure management complexity
When Nutanix Inc. released Acropolis, its turnkey solution for managing the hyperconverged infrastructure, or HCI, two years ago, the promotional messaging around the technology included the word “simplicity” in nearly every other sentence. Fast forward to 2017, and the message is still the same. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Ajay Patel
SVP, Product Development, Cloud Services, VMware

Rackspace applies ‘fanatical’ service to hosted private cloud
After more than 10 years of partnership with VMware Inc., Rackspace Inc. now runs one of the largest vSphere (cloud computing virtualization platform) footprints in the world. So when the managed service provider recently announced that its Rackspace Private Cloud was available and would be powered by VMware’s Cloud Foundation, the news was yet another sign that information technology customers were embracing the multicloud enterprise model. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.
 
CenturyLink hopes acquisition, VMware deal will strengthen enterprise appeal
If telecom giant CenturyLink Inc.’s proposed acquisition of fiber networking provider Level 3 gains final approval, it will give the company a new set of products to sell to enterprise customers and will fit nicely with its strategy to be a major multicloud network provider. CenturyLink has already made significant investments in virtualization and workload management tools for the data center, and the acquisition will further strengthen its software-defined portfolio. Read the full blog post with highlights from her interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Beth Phalen
SVP & GM, Data Protection and Availability Solutions, Dell EMC

Dell EMC, VMware rejuvenate and unify multicloud data protection
A large majority of enterprises have rejected the dichotomy of an either/or, on-premises data center versus public cloud. Today, 85 percent embrace a hybrid or multicloud strategy, according to RightScale’s “2017 State of the Cloud Survey.” They are employing both public clouds and private clouds, including virtualized on-prem environments. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


Sanjay Poonen
COO, Customer Operations, VMware

The data center’s backbone: VMware’s strategy comes into focus
During what was largely viewed as a cattle stampede to the public cloud, enterprise information technology managers suddenly came to the realization that they might be leaving something important behind: their data. This sudden moment of clarity changed the “public cloud or bust” movement into something that analysts at Wikibon Inc. have termed an evolution of the True Private Cloud, a mimicking of the public cloud on-premises. And one company that has emerged at the forefront of the new reality in public cloud vs. on-prem infrastructure is VMware Inc. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Sam Ramji
VP Product Management, Google Cloud Platform

Google, Pivotal partner to wield open-source, build consistent target for cloud developers
Working across clouds can be a tricky business. A company’s clouds might come from different providers, run in private or in public, or just be highly customized to work with mission-critical legacy applications. Building a common standard for working across cloud platforms will be crucial for the future of cloud, according to Sam Ramji, vice president of product management, Google Cloud Platform, at Google Inc. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Russell P. Reeder
President and CEO, OVH US

OVH brings clarity for vCloud Air strategy as pure infrastructure play
As infrastructure providers grow larger and expand beyond their core offerings, segments where companies used to collaborate are starting to become arenas for competition. As a result, companies like VMware Inc. are spinning off business units where they are not competitive enough, such as the sale of vCloud Air to OVH, a global, hyper-scale cloud provider. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Joel Reich
EVP of Products and Operations, NetApp

Storage providers reach across clouds to provide storage as a service
While storing data was a grim necessity in the past, now companies use data to build their business, and storage itself is just a side-effect. For storage vendors, selling boxes is no longer a viable model. The data industry has moved beyond that toward services that help companies manage and process data wherever it might live, according to Joel Reich, executive vice president of products and operations at NetApp Inc. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Keegan Riley
VP & GM North America Storage, HPE

Businesses demand simplified data storage, HPE responds
The world of data storage used to be a dull place of black boxes and slow spinning disks. Not anymore. Now companies want to put their data to work, and they want a vendor who makes it easy to get that business value. In response, the data storage business is evolving, as tech is simplified for the user experience, according to Keegan Riley, vice president and general manager of North America storage at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Brett Ruth
Server, Storage, & Virtualization Supervisor, BKD

Hyperconverged infrastructure speeds up integration, simplifies development for advisory firm
Hardware has limits: A box is a box … but software can do much more. The solution lies in hyperconverged infrastructure, or HCI — running software to take over when hardware isn’t enough. Companies are turning to HCI offerings to manage growing infrastructure needs, including the accounting and advisory firm BKD LLP. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Chad Sakac
President, Dell EMC

Dell EMC plans for common trends that define the future of cloud
There’s no such thing as a perfect cloud. While business as a whole is taking its first steps into the cloud, each company must find the specific clouds that serve its needs. Recently merged industry giant Dell EMC has taken a long look at how businesses use clouds. Although every company is different, Dell EMC has discovered some common trends, according to Chad Sakac, president of converged platforms and solutions at Dell EMC. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Calline Sanchez
Vice President, IBM Enterprise Systems Storage

IBM talks about alphas instead of betas in storage
When IBM Corp. announced its second quarter earnings in June, the news of two straight growth quarters in the company’s storage business got some attention. With flash as a catalyst and storage hardware margins on the rise, it made sense that the company would seek to capitalize on that momentum with announcements as part of its participation in this week’s VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Byron Schaller
DevOps Practice Lead, RoundTower

Cross-functional DevOps and developer teams enable faster innovation
While some question the role of developers in the operations and infrastructure-focused VMware Inc. community, others view the collaboration between developers and classical DevOps people as an indication of a healthy organization. As Rebecca Fitzhugh, technical marketing engineer at Rubrik Inc., pointed out, companies can innovate much faster when developers start becoming operations minded. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Phoummala Schmitt
Infrastructure Lead, Independence Blue Cross

The tech ‘fit’ debate: Universal tech in a couture IT world
Technology advancements may be too much of a good thing for business environments unequipped to assimilate them. The slow adoption of analytics tech, for example, is primarily due to cultural barriers for 62 percent of companies surveyed in a recent report from SAS Institute Inc. Another 25 percent of businesses say lack of internal expertise and resources is the biggest hurdle to cloud adoption, according to RightScale’s 2017 State of the Cloud Survey. Read the full blog post with highlights from her interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Dave Shacochis
VP, Product Management, CenturyLink

CenturyLink hopes acquisition, VMware deal will strengthen enterprise appeal
If telecom giant CenturyLink Inc.’s proposed acquisition of fiber networking provider Level 3 gains final approval, it will give the company a new set of products to sell to enterprise customers and will fit nicely with its strategy to be a major multicloud network provider. CenturyLink has already made significant investments in virtualization and workload management tools for the data center, and the acquisition will further strengthen its software-defined portfolio. Read the full blog post with highlights from her interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Jon Siegal
VP Product Marketing, Dell EMC

Is Vscale a roadmap to the data center of the future?
The challenge many data center managers face today is how to modernize without breaking the budget. Recognizing that its customers have responded favorably to turnkey solutions at the systems level, using converged infrastructure, or CI, products — such as VxBlock — Dell EMC has continued to refine its Vscale architecture, which is designed to scale-out data centers and share resources across the information technology landscape. Read the full blog post with highlights from her interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Jaspreet Singh
CEO, Druva

Data protection as-a-service for a world in cloud/on-prem limbo
With customers scattering data like marbles to different cloud and on-premise locations, its good to be the guy on the side selling coverall data protection. Well, venture capitalists think so — they just invested $80 million in Druva Inc.’s infrastructure-agnostic data protection as-a-service. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Sudhir Srinivasan
CTO, Dell EMC Storage, Dell EMC

Dell EMC moves forward on unified portfolio, new innovations post merger
The Dell EMC merger sent shockwaves through the tech community last year. Now, the two companies have joined their powers and settled their customers. The result is a hardware and software giant ready to take on the future, and the company has already set in motion plans for that future, according to Sudhir Srinivasan, senior vice president and chief technical officer, Storage Division, at Dell EMC. Read the full blog post with highlights from her interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Jesse St. Laurent
CTO, Hyper Converged, Software-Define and Cloud Group, HPE

HPE aims to simplify software-defined tech after strategic acquisitions
Software-defined technology is taking over in the datacenter for businesses seeking agile efficiency in a digitally-driven economy. However, no company is purely a software-defined shop. Each company can run a range of technology, piecing together hardware and software products. The end result is often a complex information technology environment requiring skilled administrators to manage the myriad of moving parts. As Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. rebuilds its company around consultative IT services, the legacy giant seeks to simplify its own products through the recent acquisitions of SimpliVity Inc. and Nimble Storage Inc. Read the full blog post with highlights from her interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Satyam Vaghani
VP Technology, Nutanix

HPE creates composable monster from converged, hyperconverged parts
First converged infrastructure simplified data centers with server-storage-network sandwich appliances. Then hyperconverged infrastructure, or HCI, commodified the hardware and slapped differentiating software-defined storage on top. Now, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. is combining elements of both with composable infrastructure. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Satya Vardharajan
Sr Director Strategic Alliances, HPE

HPE creates composable monster from converged, hyperconverged parts
First converged infrastructure simplified data centers with server-storage-network sandwich appliances. Then hyperconverged infrastructure, or HCI, commodified the hardware and slapped differentiating software-defined storage on top. Now, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. is combining elements of both with composable infrastructure. Read the full blog post with highlights from her interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Mark Vaughn
Director, Strategic Technology Group, Presidio

VMware prepares vSAN channel strategy for the server refresh wave
The installation of new servers and ancillary hardware usually follows a five-year cycle in many enterprise data centers, although there is growing evidence that rapid change in information technology structures are causing cycle times to accelerate. VMware Inc. believes that 60 percent of its customers will be going through a server refresh by the end of 2019, and this is now driving a key part of its strategy, especially as it relates to the role of the virtual storage area network, or vSAN, in hyperconverged infrastructures. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Juan Vega
Director, Ready Solutions Product Management, Dell EMC

Getting out of hock: Dell EMC tailors solutions for absorbing the ‘tech debt’
With a wide range of technologies for the enterprise, Dell EMC is seeking to meet customer needs across the spectrum, from a basic “do-it-yourself” hardware infrastructure to the fully integrated, pre-configured VxRail hyperconverged appliance. The company’s intent is to help manage transitions in enterprise computing by offering products to customers that instill confidence rather than regret or doubt, according to Juan Vega, marketing director of enterprise solutions at Dell EMC. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Chris Wahl
Chief Technologist, Rubrik

Rubrik enables data backup infrastructure to be used as a DevTest environment
Data backup and archiving is a necessary component of any robust cloud computing setup. Historically, this data archive only served as a backup repository, but the latest 4.0 release from Rubrik Inc. allows companies to extract additional value from the backup instance but automatically creating a DevTest environment, according to Chris Wahl, chief technologist at Rubrik. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Ed Walsh
General Manager, Storage & Software Defined Infrastructure, IBM

Cloud storage, services bring new era of IT automation
Dealing with computers is a complex job. As companies go to the cloud, this job hasn’t gotten any easier. The complexity of a modern business information technology setup is a stumbling block for many companies. Because of this, IBM Corp. is developing new technologies to help smooth that path. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Bob Wambach
VP Marketing, Converged Platforms & Solutions, Dell EMC

Dell EMC and VMware team up in the latest episode of ‘Stack Wars’
While there has been plenty of news this week surrounding VMware Inc.’s latest offerings, Dell EMC has not been lost in the shuffle. The company made several significant announcements involving the Software-Defined Data Center, turnkey hybrid cloud platforms and a set of pre-tested, cloud-ready systems that combine Dell EMC and VMware products. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Geoff Waters
VP, Cloud Sales, VMware

Curing on-premises-to-cloud cold feet with VMware
Companies with cold feet about relocating on-premises applications to the public cloud may need a common denominator to warm them up. For on-prem-to-cloud specialist SkyTap Inc., the go-between is VMware Inc.’s virtual machine technology. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.



 

Matt Waxman
Vice President, Product Management

Data protection spot test could convert cloud holdouts
Data protection is on fire these days. Businesses anxious about migrating to foreign, off-premises cloud environments are demanding innovation in backup and recovery. These newfangled services aren’t just for companies all-in on cloud; they can also be a test bed for the cold-footed. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Sam Werner
Offering Management, IBM Software Defined Storage

IBM hints at smarter storage, but the conversation is all about data
IBM Corp.’s recent announcement of Spectrum Protect Plus, protection software for cloud, data center or virtualized platforms, is more about data than it is about simplifying storage management. And the company is not shy about making sure its customers know that. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Mark Wiseley
CIO, Palmer Chiropractic College

Dell EMC tightens VMware integration with new hyperconverged and data protection platforms
Dell Technologies Inc.’s Dell EMC subsidiary is using the VMworld conference in Las Vegas this week to refresh its hyperconverged infrastructure lineup, with an aim to support VMware Inc. customers. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

Rob Young
Senior Manager, Red Hat Product Management

APIs and interoperability keys to future business success in open-source world
As computing trends like virtualization, containers or edge continue to create churn in the industry, companies are hard-pressed to maintain a competitive edge. Rob Young, manager of virtualization product and strategy at Red Hat Inc., says his company’s position as an operating system agnostic to the computing infrastructure, virtual or otherwise, enables it to deliver value no matter where the market goes. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


 

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