Since there wasn’t a keynote today, I’d like to talk about a couple of different things. First off, TechTarget released their Best of VMworld 2013 award winners this morning, and I’d like to mention some products that stand out to me:
- Private Cloud Computing Technologies winner Nutanix with the NX-6270, the largest in their line of hyperconverged compute/storage appliances. I really like their platform, and they continue to put out great products.
- Storage and Backup for Virtualized Environments winner SimpliVity with their OmniCube. SimpliVity is another hyperconverged appliance vendor who I visited in the past couple of days in the Solutions Exchange. Like Nutanix, they seem to be doing great things in the hyperconverged space, and (also like Nutanix) they have some really passionate engineers out on the floor talking about their product.
- New Technology runner-up PernixData with PernixData FVP. PernixData FVP is an all-software solution that utilizes server-side flash disks to accelerate reads and writes going through the ESXi hypervisor. For me, his is one of the coolest technologies out there in the storage market right now.
- Public/Hybrid Cloud Computing Technologies runner-up Hotlink with HotLink Hybrid Express 2.0. Hybrid Express is Hotlink’s solution for management and migration of workloads from your vSphere environment to public clouds like Amazon or CloudStack. For ease of migration to AWS, Hotlink appears to have the best solution out there.
Also today, I attended my first Hands-on-Lab session of the conference (on VMware NSX). While I was unable to finish in my hour and a half allocated, the labs and particularly the lab I took appeared to be executed flawlessly, which if you attended last year’s conference you know can’t be taken for granted. I really like the Project Nee hosted labs (which I’ve had beta access to for a while now) and these labs work just as well. The HOL team has done a great job this year, and I’d like to congratulate them for it.
That’s a wrap on day 3! See you all for the short day tomorrow!