2017 data storage trendsYet another year of VMworld has come to an end. From August 27-31, thousands of IT professionals, industry experts, and partners gathered in Las Vegas to preview upcoming product offerings, IT trends, and what the future holds for VMware. VMworld 2017 focused heavily on digital transformation, security, and cloud. So, what were some of the biggest takeaways from this year’s VMworld conference?

Partnership is the name of the game

VMworld kicked off earlier this week with a slew of announcements about VMware’s direction and positioning going forward. It’s clear VMware sees itself as the glue in hybrid cloud deployments. Which is why it made sense when VMware announced a partnership with Amazon AWS back in 2016. The conference came with a general availability announcement of VMware on AWS. But that wasn’t the only partnership at VMworld 2017. VMware will also team up with HPE to tackle the hybrid cloud market. This integration is said to be the industry’s first composable platform using VMware’s software-defined data center platform.

Broadening VMware Offerings

With all of the roll-outs of various partnerships with VMware, it’s clear Dell-EMC wants to gather all the pieces on the board so to speak. Historically, Dell-EMC uses partnerships (and acquisitions) to broaden their product offerings. VMworld was no exception. The conference accompanied several new or revamped partnerships with other manufacturers like Fujitsu, HP, and DXC Technology.

Data Protection & Security

Data protection and security have always been top priorities when it comes to managing, connecting, and securing VMware environments. VMware used the conference to show their plans on disrupting the current data protection landscape. With a whole session track dedicated to security, VMworld focused on showing how VMware can be leveraged to move, manage, and automate data without sacrificing protection.

Reliant Happy Hour

In addition to all these exciting moments and highlights, we also wanted to thank everyone who came out to our happy hour event. The happy hour ranked as one of our team’s favorite moments at VMworld. These events proved to be a great way to relax and meet other IT professionals after a long day of sessions and labs. Did you miss us at VMworld this year? No worries! If you want to learn more about our storage, server, and networking offerings feel free to reach out to one of our specialists at 1.877.227.0828. We’ll see you next year!