Do you remember the days where you used to walk around with a camera, a portable CD player, a Gameboy, a radio, a watch, a cellular phone, and maybe even a calculator? If so, then you probably also remember your first experience with a smart phone that converged all of those hardware devices into one software footprint on your phone. You, and many other people, went from 7 hardware devices to just one, which can easily download even more functionality in the form of software “apps”.
Generations that grow up with the hardware efficiencies of smart phones and tablets won’t appreciate the convenience as much. They will just expect these converged experiences in every aspect of their lives, even in the infrastructures that are behind the scenes like datacenter and cloud.
This year at VMworld, it was not surprising that the theme of convergence resonated in multiple new announcements. Convergence doesn’t end with hardware, though. Imagine taking desktops, mobility, and identity and blending them into a single platform. VMware Workspace ONE does exactly that and much more.
It is very important for businesses to be able to deliver an experience to end users that is at least as simple and easy as the interface they are accustomed to on their smartphones. VMware Workspace ONE is that experience. It is a simple and secure enterprise platform that delivers and manages any app on any device by integrating identity, application and enterprise mobility management. It is available as a cloud service or for on premise converged or hyperconverged infrastructure.
At VMworld, a new cross cloud architecture was announced called VMware Cloud Foundation, which enables businesses to run, manage, secure, and connect all of their applications on any device and on any cloud. Essentially, it converges the management of all of your applications, regardless of whether they are on premise or in a cloud.
Dell also announced an addition to the converged trend. They unveiled their new Validated Systems for Virtualization, which is a customizable converged infrastructure solution. The new systems are designed to provide more flexibility than existing systems and help speed businesses toward a more efficient converged infrastructure. The Validated Systems for Virtualization stems from Dell’s service-defined infrastructure, and seeks to bring flexibility and agility to converged infrastructure deployments.
At RoundTower we have several specialized practices focused around Converged Infrastructure, Cloud, and End User Computing because we recognize the importance of these technologies in modernizing your business. Everything is converging and this advancement is allowing businesses to offer huge advantages to their customers. Clearly, convergence has an important role in our future.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: “Everything That Rises Must Converge." This certainly seems true with the ascendance of technology. As it rises, it is also converging.