What to expect from VMware Explore 2023

This blog post is part of our Essential Guide: VMware Explore 2023 news and conference coverage

What was VMworld is now (as of 2022 and onwards) known as VMware Explore and the Computer Weekly Developer Network team has its multi–cloud bags packed ready to attend the show.

Held at The Venetian Las Vegas from August 21-24 this year, the event features five key ‘learning tracks’ themed around the following core topics…

Core cloud 

The Cloud & Edge Infrastructure track features sessions devoted to examining the processes involved with modernising infrastructure, operating models and operations. In the VMware world (and if not elsewhere) multi-cloud spans private, public, hybrid, telco and edge cloud. VMware says it is focused on working with businesses to modernize, protect and migrate across and between clouds.

“Whether deploying private cloud, securing access to multi-cloud meeting sovereign or industry-specific requirements, deploying a telco cloud for 5G, or beyond or building edge-native applications at the near or far edge [VMware works to] improve performance and security all while ensuring a more sustainable future,” notes the company, in its promotional show literature.

Modern applications

Throughout a track known as Modern Applications & Cloud Management, the company details its focus on cloud-native applications and its capabilities related to automating Kubernetes operations securely.

Perhaps aiming to coin a new term, VMware urges attendees to learn how to embrace what it calls ‘a cloud-smart operating model’ that provides cost management and further controls focused on managing capacity while optimising performance and establishing secure configurations.

When it comes to so-called ‘modern applications’ – a much over-used term that is rarely validated – we hope to hear VMware explain how to increase developer productivity, scale the adoption of Kubernetes, automate and ease the operational burden of apps and data across distributed environments.

Into the Networking & Security sessions, VMware will be looking to inform attendees on the mechanics involved when creating application experiences with unified, consistent networking and security. Key words here will be dynamic resiliency, observability and control. 

Full-fidelity data analytics

According to VMware, “[Attendees will] learn how you can deliver a distributed security architecture based on full-fidelity data analytics and rooted in virtualisation. VMware enables you to accelerate your transition to the cloud operating model with zero proprietary appliances and zero tickets to deploy workloads, networks and load balancers all within a zero-trust framework.”

Not the most widely used term full-fidelity data is understood to refers to all data streams, flows and resources including raw unformatted, unstructured and unprocessed data in any format.

Logically also (in these post-pandemic times) featuring a Hybrid Workforce track, attendees can learn how be productive from anywhere with more secure, frictionless access to enterprise apps from any device. 

VMware also notes that it is mitigating the carbon emissions associated with VMware Explore 2023 attendee participation by investing in nature-based solutions that sequester carbon. More specifically, VMware supports the Three Rivers Grasslands Restoration project, which removes carbon from the atmosphere by restoring degraded grasslands. 

Key speakers

Principal speakers at this year’s VMware Explore include Raghu Raghuram, CEO at VMware – Sumit Dhawan, president at VMware – Kit Colbert, CTO at VMware – Amanda Blevins, VP and CTO for Americas region at VMware. With guest speakers including Jensen Huang, founder, president & CEO, Nvidia – Robert Ballard, president and founder, Ocean Exploration Trust – Leland Melvin, engineer, educator, author, former NASA Astronaut and NFL wide receiver.

Keynote sessions are listed as follows:

Below are keynotes for attendees to consider:

  • 3 Strategies to Conquer Your Clouds and Accelerate Innovation
  • Accelerate Application Delivery for Continuous Innovation
  • Everything Everywhere All At Once – Living on the Edge with VMware
  • Harnessing the Power of Data and Intelligence for Today’s Changing Workplace
  • Modern-Day Explorers

Sister events will be staged around the world, but the VMware Explore event central starts with this summer’s Las Vegas gathering.

“We are looking forward to kicking off the VMware Explore season in Las Vegas, with events being held throughout the world, where we will host our loyal community of technology users and industry leaders looking to learn more from VMware and others on efforts to solve today’s multi-cloud complexities,” said Laura Heisman, Chief Marketing Officer, VMware. “Our goal is to deliver a comprehensive program that allows every attendee to navigate this multi-cloud era and focus on creating the business value they envision.”

A fifth track is focused on vision & innovation to explore advanced – perhaps in some cases still-nascent prototyped – technologies and emergent trends, such as generative AI and machine learning.

VMware tweets at @vmware and the event hashtag is #VMwareExplore this year. 

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