VMworld 2016 Recap: Are you Cloud Ready?

By Len Rosenthal, CMO

The official end of summer is signaled not only by Labor Day but also by VMworld, which always convenes the week prior to the start of the holiday weekend. This year, the conference headed back to Las Vegas, which naturally feels more frenzied given the locale.

Another tradition those of us in the data center industry always count on is the yearly assessment and debate on whether the official VMware headcount of attendees matches up with what the eyes can see – that’s a conversation you can expect to have no matter the year, the location or the actual attendance number. However, this year’s show felt different. The numbers felt low. The vibe was subdued.

As we walked the floor we took in and discussed one of the main topics of the show – the cloud. VMware unveiled its latest take on hybrid cloud deployments and its strategy to work with public IaaS providers Amazon, Microsoft and Google. It also announced a hosted partnership with IBM. Michael Dell spoke briefly, discussing how Dell remains committed to keeping the VMware ecosystem open, with many keeping an eye towards the future, as the industry prepares for the Dell and EMC merger to officially close this week. With Dell, EMC, and VMware merged, I still fully expect lots of changes, confusion, and unfortunately layoffs.

The cloud brings tremendous opportunity to IT organizations but enterprises must still contend with integrating this new model into their on-premise data centers. The success of AWS, however impressive as it is, does not mean that every workload will end up in the cloud. Top concerns such as performance, security, management and workload visibility will generally ensure that most large companies will take a measured approach to migration.

The need for assessing cloud readiness is here TODAY, and we’re working to help our customers gain ROI in knowing where to go before they make the transition to move enterprise workloads to the cloud. It all starts with workload analysis and workload modeling.  You can’t create a path to the future without knowing where you are starting from.

In addition, the cloud also brings complexity and a skill set that that not every IT team is equipped to manage and take on at the face pace with which business demands. Having access to the right insight and analytics about your entire infrastructure becomes even more crucial as IT teams prepare to take on initiatives they’ve never before experienced.

We fully understand this here at Virtual Instruments. Transformation is hard work. We help our customers with it daily. And when the entire industry is experiencing such change, the need to simplify and stay focused is critical to the success of any IT team.

How cloud ready are you? Contact us to learn more about our proven methodology to help you understand your workloads before you make the big move.