It was a busy and successful VMware 2017 Europe for the vSAN team in Barcelona. As the dust settles over a couple of weeks since, we have put together a wrap-up of some of the vSAN highlights.
One of the great things about VMworld Europe is that there’s so much for people to get involved in, whether they’re a CTO, an infrastructure manager or a systems administrator. It’s incredible how one event can inspire so many different perspectives; 2017 was no different. This time, we’re going to give you the vSAN experience and our thoughts on the biggest VMworld Europe yet.
First, the numbers: 11,000 attendees, a new record. For vSAN itself, as Pat Gelsinger outlined in his keynote, we now have over 10,000 customers, adding them at a rate of 100 a week. Then there’s 12 vSAN Ready Node partners and two OEMs supporting vSAN in addition to Dell VxRail, delivering more hardware options than ever before.
Numbers can be a little abstract. However, for something tangible, take a look at the feedback from our customer events, where we had Sky UK, Grenoble Alpes University and Thekking, a service provider in Iceland, all talking about how they use vSAN. From Sky using HCI to host media files and applications, through Grenoble deploying stretched clusters, to Thekking speeding up its responsiveness to customers, attendees got a tangible sense of how it can be deployed, along with the real world results they can expect to see.
There was also the Hands-On-Labs, always a star turn at VMworld Europe, with vSAN the second most popular this year after NSX. Thousands attended the sessions for vSAN and VxRail, with topics ranging from the obvious (how to deploy, what’s new and so on) through to how vSAN and HCI support the newest emerging technologies disrupting IT: hybrid and public cloud, containers and DevOps orchestration, and big data.
It was great to meet and catch up with so many passionate users and customers, hearing first-hand how vSAN is having a major impact in a time of constant change. It’s becoming a common response to say that the only constant in IT is changing, but ultimately the key tenets of affordability and simplicity are also consistent – no matter who they work for, IT teams are looking for dependable, cost-effective solutions that are straightforward to deploy and maintain. That’s why we’re seeing over 100 customers deploy vSAN every week, and why we had some of the most popular sessions at VMworld Europe.
If you weren’t able to make it or didn’t get to everything you wanted to, you can catch up on the major announcements from the show: