Its been almost one week since VMworld 2016 concluded; and the 23,000 attendees who represented the enterprise mobility, cloud computing and virtualization industries agree, the conference was once again a big success. In the weeks leading up to the show, some wondered whether or not its move from San Francisco to Las Vegas would hinder enthusiasm and attendance, but in reflection, there is no evidence of either occurring.
In case you missed it, we announced that our SmartUX platform now supports the Windows 10 ecosystem. This news was covered in Network World and Winbeta and our CEO Kia Behnia conducted a video interview with Gabe Knuth of Tech Target. We’re planning a webinar on how to mobilize apps for the Windows 10 enterprise in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.
What else made news at VMWorld 2016? Announcements on Dell’s forthcoming acquisition of EMC and VMware’s commitment to Windows 10 security stood out.
Dell’s Acquisition of EMC
On what will be the largest tech acquisition ever, Bloomberg writes:
The deal, which founder Dell is funding with partners such as Silver Lake, will help the personal-computer maker broaden its product lineup to respond to enduring threats from perennial rival Hewlett-Packard Co. and upstarts such as Nutanix Inc. For EMC, the combination may mollify activist investors clamoring to see more growth.
Furthermore, according to the EMC blog, “the (Dell’s) transaction creates the industry-leader in the extremely attractive high-growth areas of the $2 trillion IT market with complementary product and solutions portfolios, sales teams and R&D investment strategies.” Details of the acquisition were revealed during Dell CEO Michael Dell’s much anticipated fireside chat, during which time he promised to keep the VMware ecosystem open after Dell closes its acquisition of EMC, the majority owner of VMware.
A Windows 10 World
PowWow Mobile was not the only company making Windows 10 news at VMworld. In one of the show’s most anticipated announcements, Tech Target reported that VMware’s “new unified endpoint management (UEM) technology will allow IT to manage mobile devices and Windows 10 PCs together from the cloud. Essentially, VMware committed to “take a comprehensive approach to provide endpoint security for devices running the Windows 10 platform, which is important because, according to an article in BizTech, the traditional rules of endpoint management and security no longer apply in a Windows 10 world. This news also has economic benefits for users, as according Redmond magazine reports that VMware UEM is going to make Windows 10 management so simple, that users could see a 30% cost savings.
Want to read even more about the news and takeaways from VMWorld 2016? Read this eWeek article for a comprehensive recap.
See you at AirWatch Connect!
If you met us at VMWorld, thanks for stopping by our booth. Be sure to connect with our enterprise mobility team on LinkedIn. For those of you gearing up for AirWatch Connect from Oct. 2-6, click here to request a live demo in Atlanta.