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VMware Explore 2022 – Industry Snapshot

Published September 8th, 2022. In this free Industry Snapshot report, Sr. Analyst Dave Raffo discusses the highlights at VMware Explore 2022. Read the full report now!

VMware Explore 2022

VMware held its first live conference in three years last week in San Francisco. VMware renamed its 2022 conference from VMworld to VMware Explore as it tries to pivot its message from virtualizing the data center to managing data and applications across clouds. Along with the new messaging, VMware is preparing to enter a new era as part of Broadcom, which has agreed to purchase the virtualization giant for $61 billion.

Takeaways from VMware Explore

VMware wants to convince customers it can become the best play for multi-cloud adoption and that the pending Broadcom acquisition won’t changes those plans. Although it launched upgrades to its core vSphere and vSAN products at the show, VMware executives put most of their focus on a new Aria multi-cloud management hub. While the Aria brand is new, most of the underlying technologies come from the vRealize, CloudHealth and Tanzu Observability Kubernetes platforms. Other VMware Explore announcements besides Aria included upgrades to vSAN, vSphere, VMware Cloud on AWS and Tanzu Kubernetes management and orchestration.

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