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VMworld 2021 Highlights

So VMworld 2021 has come and gone, but with it came a whole host of awesome announcements, new products and new features galore. Given the huge number of sessions, and that we don’t have all day and night to tune in, I thought I’d put up a blog post with a few highlights that I hope will be of use as a one-stop-shop!

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VMworld 2021 Session Previews

So, my favourite event of the year is nearly upon us again (Sounds biased but I loved it even before I joined VMware). Again, its online, and although I miss the face-to-face side of things, registration is free so there are no cost barriers to attending, which is a great thing.

I’ve put together a list of some of the more interesting sessions and why those sessions are particularly exciting, so read on if this is right up your street! There are currently 891 sessions available right now, so unless you’re crazy, you’re going have to choose carefully. This should give you a helping hand I hope!

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M365 – what to look out for

I see many customers looking to move their entire document and communication to Microsoft 365, and although its a wonderful platform with a list of benefits as long as the eye can see. There are some things to look out for. Hopefully in a few months / years I’ll be able to look at this post and all will have been resolved, I guess we’ll see….

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VMware have changed their licensing model – why should you care?

For as long as I can remember vSphere was what VMware was famous for. Just a mention of virtualisation and everyone mentioned ESX, ESXi or VMware’s name. Obviously times have moved on, competition has increased and VMware’s portfolio has diverisified somewhat so it looks like the commercial team decided now was a time to modernise their purchase options. This is just a few of my thoughts as to why, from a customer perspective, I find this pretty useful.

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Orchestration for end user devices? Really?

For years, just about every marketing department for any software company has been going on about automation and orchestration. They are pretty much the ultimate buzzwords and I can’t thing of a single sales pitch where one of those words weren’t used. But I’m struggling to think of a pitch where either of those words have related to desktops and laptops. Well ladies and gentleman, that is about to change…

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Cloud Gaming. Is this the next Google vs Amazon battleground and can either succeed?

When I was a (much) younger man, I spent a good percentage of my time partaking in far too much drinking, not enough studying, and far too much online gaming. This was around the time of huge franchises starting up, such as Call of Duty and my personal favourite Battlefield. I spent many-a-night staring at my 19″ CRT monitor, with my top of the range 512kbps ‘broadband’ connection and my cutting edge AMD Athlon CPU… times have changed in the gaming world significantly, but now enterprise methodologies are making their way into the gaming market – but will they be successful?

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Did the pandemic just kill off the Corporate Network?

Since the start of the year, and the beginning of the pandemic pretty much everyone’s work and personal life has been distrupted. High streets are empty, offices are earily quiet and gyms, well I don’t know – I don’t ever visit them 😉

But aside from my lack of cardio action in 2020, many workers are now working from home, on kitchen tables, home offices and sofas – whilst IT teams scramble round to get laptops so people can work, and install security tools to protect their data. So why bother with a corporate network any more?

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