(Above: Martin Casado, VMware’s chief network architect, at his VMworld session on network virtualization.)
VMworld, the show that means trade rags no longer phone it in on the week before Labor Day, has now come and gone, leaving a whole lot of questions around the NSX platform.
NSX won’t arrive until the fourth quarter, but it already seems poised to make its mark on the software-defined networking (SDN) landscape (or the network virtualization one, as VMware prefers to say) — and on VMware’s relationship with Cisco.
That news aside, VMworld was predictably big and buzzing. The company-owned conferences, such as VMworld and Cisco Live!, have dominated the technology trade-show circuit for some time. Their keynotes are packed — VMworld’s didn’t seem to have a seat open, not even in those obscure middle-of-row areas — and their exhibit halls thrive.
Here’s our view of how the show went:
- Photos: VMworld Booth Crawl
- 5 Software-Defined Networking Takeaways from VMworld 2013
- VMworld’s NSX and Network Virtualization: Problem Solved?
- What VMware Really Wants: It’s Not About Usurping Cisco (Yet)
- VMware Brings NSX’s Network Virtualization into the Physical World
And here’s some analysis from elsewhere around the web:
- NSX: Game Changer for Data Center Networks (Greg Ferro’s column for Network Computing)
- VMware Builds SDN Ecosystem; Where’s Cisco? (InformationWeek)
- VMware Fires a Massive Volley Against Virtualization Upstarts (VentureBeat)
- A Networking View of the VMware NSX Platform: Right Problem, Wrong Answer (Embrane’s rebuttal to the NSX)
- Will Software-Defined Networking Kill Network Engineers’ Beloved CLI? (InfoWorld)
- Will Collateral Damage Destroy VMware-Cisco Relationship? (eWeek)
- vCloud Hybrid Service: My Take (Kyle Hilgenberg of Gartner)
The NSX was big news, VMware’s announcements in other areas, such as cloud services and storage, could be a touch-off point for more analysis in the near future. Use the comments space to tell us how you interpreted VMware’s news of the week — or to tell us what you think we missed.