It’s entirely possible for companies to do well while doing good – and there is a slew of technologies that can help them to achieve that.

Mark Davison found out more at VMworld 2018 in Barcelona.

 

Gearing up for ‘the era of technology superpowers’

During his keynote at VMworld, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger announced a slew of new products and innovations geared to address what he calls “the era of technology superpowers” – cloud, mobile, artificial intelligence (AI) and the IoT edge.

Discussing how organisations continually face the business dilemma of people or profit, Gelsinger says we are entering an era where companies can do both. “There is a fundamental need to do well and to do good, particularly in the technology environment,” he says. “We have a responsibility to do both. We’re committed to doing well and to do good. It is something we need to do as a company and as an industry.”

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VMware buys Kubernetes expertise

It was an air-punching moment worthy of most professional footballers – and one that he repeated during the day – when VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger  caught his audience of nearly 12 000 by complete surprise with the announcement that the company has acquired a little-known company called Heptio.

In fact, some delegates and, indeed, some VMware executives, said they had never heard of the company, never mind the acquisition. It is arguably one of the best kept secrets in the industry in recent times.

“Not only do we have a common vision around the delivery and simplification of Kubernetes, but we have also acquired the services of two leading gurus in the environment,” Gelsinger says.

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IBM, VMware strengthen ties

VMware has further strengthened its partnership with IBM with a host of announcements aimed at accelerating hybrid cloud adoption, as well as its first foray into the world of Watson, IBM’s AI offering.

The announcements at VMworld include a new IBM Services offering to help migrate and extend mission-critical VMware workloads to the IBM Cloud, and new integrations to help enterprises to modernise applications with Kubernetes and containers.

To date, the IBM and VMware partnership has helped more than 1 700 enterprises including Banca Carige and CNH Industrial adopt IBM Cloud for VMware solutions.

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