The day two general session is typically the icing on the cake with all the demos and this year did not disappoint. The general session began with VMware's Executive Vice President Ray O'Farrell greeting the crowd of over 20,000 plus attendees to this years VMworld.
He began talking about how we are in a world dealing with ever increasing complexities with both technology and applications. How do we build, connect, manage, and experience modern applications in an ever changing landscape. VMware has put a lot of thought into how to best address the challenges we face within this new landscape and it is done by focusing on the four pillars mentioned above, Build and Run, Connect and Protect, Manage, and Experience.
This vision was was detailed in the general session which can be watched here.
VMworld 2019 kicked off with VMware's CEO Pat Gelsinger taking the stage. VMware continues to be that innovative force in the age of what he calls. "Tech in the Age of Any".
Pat Gelsinger began by speaking about the over four decades of disruptive innovations that VMware has brought to the industry beginning with vSphere, which virtualized the compute, to vSAN virtualization the for storage, NSX and SD-WAN to bring virtualization to the network, desktop virtualization with Horizon and Workspace One, and the hybrid-cloud with offerings like VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services (VMC).
VMware remains committed to its customers to bring the vision of any device, any app, and any cloud. VMware is no longer talking about building on-premises solutions, public cloud, but just cloud. They are in the business of being the platform to build clouds regardless of location. With offerings like VMware Cloud Foundations as that building block for the cloud architectures bringing together the best of VMware vSphere, NSX, vSAN and more. Offerings like Cloud Foundations will allow customers to have a consistent infrastructure across all cloud environments giving them the ability to take advantage of the tools they've invested in while gaining agility, security, and control of their applications.