I recently had the opportunity to join a group of tech professionals for an afternoon of sharing and insight regarding the future of virtual machines. The event was VMUG Meet The Experts, which I attended in person in past years, but was delivered virtually this time around. NFINIT partners with VMware for many virtual software applications, so we’re active in the VMUG community, which is a large, independent group of VMware users. The virtual event presented the opportunity to learn about several exciting developments in the tech world, and I’d like to share three that stuck out to me.
Workspace One XR
The keynote address was delivered by Chris Wolf, who leads the Advanced Technology Group in the VMware Office of the CTO. The Advanced Technology Group focuses on emerging technologies and near-term innovations. These include products and rollouts to be released within the next three years. The focus of his discussion was VMware’s Project VXR program, an application built on their Workspace One product suite. Project VXR brings VR and AR to the enterprise environment by streamlining work processes with single sign-on application access.
One of my biggest takeaways from Wolf’s presentation is how open the Advanced Technology Group is to working with other clients and integrations in their product development process. It’s encouraging to see such a collaborative approach to pushing IT innovation forward.
Modern Load Balancing
I also attended a workshop about advanced load balancing hosted by Nathan McMahon, who serves as Director of Global Sales Enablement for Avi Networks. Nathan demonstrated Avi’s third generation load balancer, which integrates vSphere and NSX for high resiliency. Impressively, the application now separates the control plane and data plane for scale and redundancy.
What I noticed most prominently during the demonstration was the application’s modern dashboard user-interface and user-friendly setup. It illustrates the need for designers to spend time making sure their applications are simple and easy to use as a selling point for end users.
Finally, I attended a discussion about VMware’s Cloud Foundation Services. Paul Mancuso, VMware’s Technologist Director for Network and Security, hosted the conversation. VMware Cloud Foundation aims to increase enterprise agility and flexibility for hybrid cloud setups that utilize on-prem and public cloud workloads by enabling secure operations across the two.
My main take in learning more about this tool is its relevance to disaster recovery. The seamless interplay between public and private cloud may be most useful in solving the problem of disaster recovery for public cloud use.
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Walter Horton, Director of Cloud and Network Infrastructure, is responsible for architecting and overseeing the infrastructure supporting NFINIT’s Cloud and Network services ensuring they are resilient and highly available for our client’s critical applications. Visit his LinkedIn here.