What to expect at VMworld 2015

Time flies when you’re redefining an industry. Some days, it seems like VMworld 2014 just wrapped and our first shipments of the Discovery Series recently went out to customers; other days, I look back on the past year’s activities and can’t believe they’ve taken place within 12 months. With the DataGravity Discovery Series V2 now available, our team is gearing up for VMworld 2015, which takes place from August 30 through September 3 in San Francisco.

During the show, we’ll be highlighting the new features included in V2 and our DataGravity Management Packs for VMware vRealize Operations and Log Insight. In addition to seeing these elements resonate among audiences, we’re also looking forward to the below themes, trends and events:

  • New developments in storage and virtualization – Software-defined storage is growing in prominence, and many new product announcements at VMworld will reflect this trend. VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) will also step into the spotlight, a platform that further validates our team’s approach to treating virtual machines (VMs) like first-class citizens. We’re also expecting to see new developments concerning DevOps, hybrid environments, container ecosystems, VMware Photon and open source projects.
  • Claims of intelligent IT – In 2015, a number of organizations adopted the “data-aware” descriptor that launched with our Discovery Series last year. To us, this reiterates the need for companies to know what’s in their data in order to fully secure and manage it. This data-aware trend will not slow down at VMworld, and we look forward to seeing new announcements and news bearing the message. As always, however, we’re paying attention to organizations running the risk of defining themselves as data-aware while only analyzing metadata, rather than possessing the ability to examine content at the file and VM level – a defining quality of the Discovery Series.
  • V2 demos – The features we developed for the Discovery Series V2 are a direct response to feedback from our customers, and we can’t wait to watch as existing DataGravity users experience the platform. For newcomers to DataGravity, we’re also looking forward to seeing the enhanced security and data protection capabilities of V2 resonate during demos and booth conversations. Over the past year, we’ve participated in countless conversations about the value of avoiding data loss, locating and managing critical data assets, and using these techniques as tools to reduce security risks. These themes drove our development of V2, and we expect them to play a significant role in the product’s reception, as well.
  • Tech Field Day – When Tech Field Day delegates convened at the DataGravity offices in June of this year, we shared insights about our team’s progress since the company’s launch and offered a sneak peek into V2. Now, during Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld 2015, we’ll take a slightly different approach and put the delegates in our customers’ shoes. We’ll be sharing real stories and anecdotes from the perspective of our user community, from tales of significantly increased productivity to “Whodunnit?” stories of security instances. Participants at the session will get a glimpse of the full power of the DataGravity Discovery Series – and since we have no plans to slow our pace, they’ll also get a sense of news and features yet to come from our team.

Visit DataGravity at VMworld in booth #1928.

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David Siles

David is Chief Technology Officer for DataGravity. Prior to becoming CTO, David served as vice president of worldwide field operations at DataGravity. Previously, he was a member of the senior leadership team at Veeam Software. He also served as CTO and VP of professional services for systems integrator Hipskind TSG. A graduate of DeVry University, he is a frequent speaker at top tier technology shows and a recognized expert in virtualization.