Matt Piercy

The South African VMware Forum 2013 was held in Johannesburg, South Africa in June, providing attendees with a snapshot of the company’s latest innovations in cloud computing, virtualization and mobility.

Titled ‘Virtually Unlimited’, the event attracted local IT professionals, and business and industry leaders, providing a roadmap for organisations looking to advance their journey to the cloud with the Software-Defined Data Centre (SDDC). Kicking off with a keynote from Matt Piercy, Vice President, Northern Region, EMEA  and a local update from Chris Norton, Regional Director Southern Africa, attendees were offered a view of how their business can work towards the SDDC for greater business agility.

“At this year’s event we explored three key themes with our local audience, namely the Software-Defined Datacentre, the Hybrid Cloud, and End User Computing / Mobility. We provided insights into how all of these tie together for our South African and African customers,” stated Norton.

“We also offered our customers and potential clients who attended insight into our new Horizon Suite and an all-encompassing view to delivering an effective cloud strategy . We explained how they can drive cloud innovation and deliver cloud infrastructures that reduce IT complexity, improve security and accelerate how applications are built, deployed and run across their organisation.”

Key themes extrapolated on at the event included:

The Software Defined Datacentre – a methodology for building scalable infrastructure that lays the most trusted platform for cloud computing and application stores in your organisation. The Forum offered attendees an understanding of how they can accelerate their business readiness for the next generation of Information Technology and move their organisation to a technology leadership position.

Hybrid Cloud - How do you currently use software as a service in your organisation? How can public cloud service providers help you with the elasticity you need without you having to lay out millions of Ran’s to meet the company’s demands? These questions and more were answered, through a demonstration of how VMware offers clients the ability to create collaborative environments that deliver flexibility and scale to any organisation from file and print services, including Disaster Recovery and tier one application hosting and delivery.

End user Computing/Mobility – Demonstrating its new end user computing platform, Horizon Suite, , the company demonstrated how it has taken a complex environment and simplified it to deliver a flexible workspace, available from any device, delivering a consistent and fully functional work experience without compromising IT security and control.

“The demand for cloud and virtualisation technologies is growing throughout the African continent, as we are starting to see a maturity in the needs put forward by our customers. To this end cloud computing is delivering on the promises of lowering the cost of ownership to your technology environment, providing access to multiple services across a smaller hardware footprint and giving customers the flexibility and agility they crave from their technology investment - factors that are having a positive impact on the growth of our own business across the continent,” added Norton.

VMware Forum is the company’s premier event and attracts more than 16,000 attendees across 27 events in EMEA. This year’s event once again provided VMware and its partners the appropriate platform to offer customers a quantifiable plan of action for their cloud and virtualization strategies. 

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