VMworld US 2013 Predictions!!!

We’ve now gone screaming into August and VMworld US is just around the corner.  Although I’m not attending VMworld US this year – need to work on my funding for US, I will be attending the Europe VMworld later in the year.

VMWorld US has always been the place where all of the most important announcements have been made, with this being the 10th Anniversary of VMWorld, there is a strong possibility that the announcements will be bigger and better… well at least the parties will be.

I thought that it would be a good idea to let people know my thoughts around what I believe will be announced at VMWorld… please remember that I do not have any insider knowledge but these are items that I believe should be announced at VMworld:

  1. Next Release of vSphere
    It’s not really big news, but working on previous years and the fact that one is due, I would expect to see a new release of vSphere.  Some people are predicting this to be a version 6 release but I don’t think that this is likely at this stage, more likely is that the version that will be released will be version 5.5.  I believe that this version will be mainly bug fixes, with further improvements being made to SSO and the web interface.  As you’ll see from my other predictions, other items will also be included in the vSphere suite.  There may also be some increases on the memory that can be allocated to virtual machines etc.  I think that a major release like version 6 (expected next year) will see wholesale changes to the maximum size of VMDK files, memory, and CPU options… but we’ll have to wait and see for that.  We could also see the first inclusion of the Nicira virtual switches into the vSphere portfolio, automatically being included under the Enterprise Plus licensing model.
  2. vSphere Data Protection
    vSphere Data Protection is likely to get an improvement as part of the latest vSphere release and is likely to see the maximum size for the appliance increase from 2TB to 4TB – in line with the recent release of the EMC Avamars virtual appliance which is now available as 4TB… since vDP is based on the Avamar technology, we should see this increase either this year or next year.
  3. vCloud Suite
    The big announcements over the last couple of years have seen more suites being released, VMware taking their individual products and releasing them as a competitively priced bundle of software instead.  I believe that this will become more apparent this year, as I believe that we are likely to see the vCloud Suite becoming the way to purchase vSphere.  This would therefore see a renaming of the vCloud Suite editions from Standard, Advanced and Enterprise to Standard, Enterprise and Enterprise Plus (in line with the current vSphere offerings now).
  4. Site Recovery Manager
    Site Recovery Manager is a very good product but I believe that there are some improvements that are required, and I believe that these will appear as an announcement at VMworld, where I believe that SRM will be released as version 5.5 in line with vSphere.  The big key thing with this release of SRM will be the fact that it will now be a plugin to the Web Interface rather than the traditional client as it currently is.
  5. Horizon Suite
    I think that we will see a version 5.5 release of the Horizon suite but the big announcement could be the inclusion of the Horizon suite as part of the main vCloud suite… could we see the Horizon element appear as part of the Enterprise Plus version of the vCloud suite with the existing suites staying pretty much the same as they current are.

If I manage to get some of these predictions correct, I will be impressed but we’ll find out later in the month.

About the Author


I have been in IT for the past 15 years and using virtualisation technologies for around the past 8 years. I started, as quite a lot of people do, working with PCs after playing with such iconic systems like the ZX81, ZX Spectrum and then progressing through 386s, 486s, Pentiums etc. After being headhunted at sixth form to work for a small company based around Hertfordshire, UK. I began working with small businesses and gaining a lot of hardware experience. Three years later, after helping to increase the size of the business, I needed to gain exposure to a larger environment to progress my own career. I joined a large manufacturing company around Electronic Test and Measurement which progressed my skills onto more PC work, hardware work and then onto Server Operating Systems. I progressed again onto a consultancy company based in Reading, UK. Initially working as an engineer performing hardware / software installations for larger companies contracted out to the consultancy company, I moved up into a Consultant position continuing my travel across the UK assisting and providing solutions to companies. I finally moved on again to my current position, working back in Hertfordshire, UK. Again working for a large manufacturing company, this time with over 50,000 users worldwide. I am responsible for the datacenter hardware, the storage environment, the vmware environment and also implementing their new Citrix XenApp farm. My days are busy but also productive, its a friendly environment and in my four years of being with the company, I have seen many changes in technology and infrastructure in use within the company. About the site I started this site as I had been thinking of having more of a presence on the web for a while. On a daily basis, I perform tasks and use tools that others may not use or may not think to do and therefore I thought that I would share some of these experiences and tips with others to help with their day to day work. Currently, my main focus of work is around VMware and Veeam Backup & Replication but hopefully as my tasks progress, I’ll be able to share useful bits of information about other areas of IT as well.

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