Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to Chicago to attend the VMware User Group conference. It was a great event where I had the opportunity to meet and speak with many server, storage and network team members. One point that struck me was that the importance of the network is becoming clearer to everyone with a stake in the data center — and we couldn’t be happier to be leading the way.
Here are a couple of my observations from Chicago’s installation of the show:
- Beyond applications: In the past, VMUG conferences have been heavily attended by application and server teams. This year, I found that many of the attendees were networking and storage decision-makers and administrators. To me, that signals how much storage is being virtualized and how important the network has become in virtualized environments. The success of these environments will soon depend on the network and the need for cooperation and interdependency of the applications, storage and networking teams is clear.
- Hyperconverged layers: There’s a continued emphasis on the hyperconvergence of storage and compute—and the network is getting into the mix. I had a lot of conversations on why a converged network is a perfect complement to a successful hyperconverged infrastructure deployment. A next generation network needs to deliver agility that can keep pace with storage and compute. The data center network should also offer the ability to expand in small increments, aligned to budgets, delivering seamless horizontal scale-out in support of the ever-expanding need for storage and compute capacity. This is something we’re passionate about here at Plexxi—take a look at my recent thoughts on the future of the hyperconverged network.
I’ve found that attending these conferences is an invaluable way for me to stay current on trends, learn new things, make connections and add value to conversations taking place around what’s happening in our industry. It’d be great to hear your take on VMUG. Hope to see you at the Boston VMUG event on December 8th, 2015.