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The Next Steps Following VMworld


If you're one of the lucky few to make it to this year’s VMware conference, then you can support the claim It’s like Disney World for Geeks! Excellent keynotes, swag, after parties – oh and Snoop Dogg will perform. And that was just the first night!

Sure, we can talk about how crazy and wild the five-day technology conference is, or we can talk about the aftermath. You check out of the hotel, reverse your travel schedule back to reality, and find yourself trying to remember why you went to Vegas in the first place. 

Remember: What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas 

Except for product releases. That sh*t will come back with you. Social media and major publishers will be buzzing for months about the latest product releases coming out of VMworld. Some will tell you how groundbreaking the technology is or how disruptive new partnerships will be on the future roadmaps. It's all vaporware until you can get your hands on it or wrap your mind around the new strategy.  

Not going to waste your time talking about every aspect of every product release, just the ones which are groundbreaking and are creating a partnership juggernaut (see what I did there?).  

VMware renewed their partnership with AWS and made it clear that they are committed to integrating the public cloud giant with the mother of innovation. A little over a year ago, VMware revealed that they were taking their Cloud platform to AWS, offering a dedicated cluster along with a few select AWS features.  

This year they expanded on the partnership by offering Amazon RDS on VMware, cloud-native relational database provisioner, integration between hybrid and private VMware environments. Along with, you guessed it, updates to AWS hosted VMC environments. They've improved their migration toolsets and dropped the SDDC entry costs (about 50% less) along with more customization. Put a pin in that – let's get back to Amazon RDS on VMware. 

With the new offering, you will be able to use AWS’s technology to run and manage Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, MySQL and MariaDB databases in your own data center. AWS promises that the experience will pretty much be the same as in the cloud and that RDS on VMware will handle all the updates and patches automatically. But like I said, this is just vapor until we get a chance to play with the proven technology in a new environment. Maybe by the time the AWS conference comes around (*cough cough* we will be there as a sponsor this year), they will have a release date. You can get on the preview list by going straight to the source. 

Not to brag, but RoundTower holds every VMware solution competency currently available. So, there are many folks here that can give you a deep dive into the use cases that would drive an organization to adopt these technologies. With that said, I'm not one of these drones. Hit me up in the comments below to see what I can pull from our team of uber-nerds. 

Until next time. Don't drink the water if we're serving champagne. 

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