September 15, 2020

VMworld 2020 Digital Q&A: CloudBolt Software Talks Cloud Management Platform and Codeless Integration Solutions

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VMworld 2020 goes digital.  Will you be in attendance?  If the event were physical, I would have looked forward to visiting with CloudBolt Software.  So we reached out to them digitally instead.

With the current pandemic, we're seeing a lot of changes taking place in our normal, everyday lives -- both professionally and personally.  One of those changes is the end of physical trade show events as we move to socially distance ourselves from one another.  While some trade shows simply cancelled or postponed until 2021, others have made the switch to a 100% digital format.  VMworld, the world's largest virtualization and cloud computing event hosted every year by VMware, is one of those shows -- enter for the first time ever, VMworld 2020 Digital

While a physical VMworld event would normally have north of 150+ sponsors, a digital VMworld event won't be able to effectively support that number of sponsors. 

CloudBolt Software is an enterprise leader in cloud management and integration solutions.  Their products are simple, allowing you to achieve unrivaled time-to-value.  And today, CloudBolt’s award-winning cloud management platform and codeless integration solutions are deployed in enterprises worldwide for hybrid cloud.

Are you gearing up for VMworld 2020 digital?  Get started now by reading this exclusive interview with Nilesh Deo, Director of Product Marketing, Traci Curran, Director of Product Marketing, and Lauren Montross, Manager of Event Marketing at CloudBolt to learn more, and start getting excited for what's to come!

 

VMblog:  With COVID-19, we've seen a lot of changes in the tech world.  One big change has been the disruption of physical trade shows.  Many, like VMworld, have become digital in 2020.  What are your thoughts on digital events compared to traditional physical events?

CloudBolt:  When Covid-19 disrupted our normal life, it was difficult to imagine how so many people organizations and teams would react to work from home. However, to everyone's surprise we adapted with a few hiccups. Technologies like communication tools, virtualization platforms, public clouds, etc. made it easy to retune ourselves. For CloudBolt, we worked as if nothing had changed. We miss not meeting our colleagues in person and eating out with them. However, we have all been more productive. We also acquired couple of companies, and we are integrating those in. It seems like we were planning for a day like this and have executed flawlessly on the script.

VMblog:  Can you give us the high-level rundown of your company's technology offerings?

CloudBolt:  CloudBolt has been historically a leading Cloud Management Platform. However, now with SovLabs and Kumolus being acquired our solution portfolio has grown tremendously. CloudBolt features a rich set of capabilities that makes it the leading cloud management platform. With CloudBolt, you can easily inventory your hybrid cloud environments, automate and orchestrate IT workload delivery, and manage and track cloud spend. Rich dashboards provide visibility into your multi-cloud infrastructure so you can make better decisions.  Our extensible architecture lets you quickly integrate your existing tools with CloudBolt-ServiceNow, Terraform, Ansible, Chef, and more-so you can advance your hybrid cloud journey, your way.

VMblog:  Talking about your product solutions, can you give readers a few examples of how your offerings are unique?  What are your differentiators?

CloudBolt:  With our SovLabs and Kumolus acquisitions, CloudBolt will help enterprises to transform how IT is built, consumed, and governed. CloudBolt is breaking the mold of a legacy CMP and redefining how enterprises can leverage a single partner for codeless integrations, hybrid cloud management and governance.

VMblog:  For those individuals attending the VMworld 2020 digital event, or those who have attended VMworld in the past, why should they be interested in your company and solutions?

CloudBolt:  vRealize Automation 8 was introduced earlier last year. This is a complete replatform of the product, which presents a great opportunity for customers to evaluate their existing environment before moving to vRA8. SovLabs provides a way to remove custom code and consolidate blueprints and other environmental conditions with policy-based services that can easily migrate to vRA8 when customers are ready to upgrade.

VMblog: What specifically does your company offer a VMware shop or VMware implementation?

CloudBolt:  CloudBolt offers a suite of technologies that help customers better leverage their VMware investments by extending integration capabilities to other tools common in enterprise organizations, such as Terraform. By providing integration and extensibility to vRealize Automation, we're able to give customers options with their toolsets in a way which complements existing VMware suites.

VMblog:  Normally, VMworld is the time of year that people in this industry announce a new product or product update. Do you have anything new that you've recently announced or plan to announce? Can you give us the details?

CloudBolt:  Earlier this year, we announced the CloudBolt OneFuse Integration Platform.  OneFuse is the first codeless solution for automating, integrating and extending private and hybrid cloud infrastructure. OneFuse is the evolution of our vRealize Automation plug-ins which offered customers a way to meet advanced use cases in vRealize Automation without incurring technical debt from custom coded integrations or unmanagable blueprint creation. Now available as an independent platform, OneFuse still offers the same great benefits for vRA users while also extending rapid time to value to other tools, such as Terraform.

VMblog:  How does your company work with VMware?  Where do you fit within the VMware ecosystem?

CloudBolt:  With CloudBolt's acquisition of SovLabs, CloudBolt now has a strong bench of VMware experts. SovLabs, now a CloudBolt company, is a VMware Technical Alliance Partner of the Year, Global Cloud Management and Automation Partner of the Year, and holds 150+ VMware certifications in data center virtualization and automation.

VMblog:  VMware will be covering big picture things in their keynote, but what big changes do you see taking shape in the industry?

CloudBolt:  We were aware that security and monitoring was key for all organizations.  However, with hybrid and multi cloud capabilities being adopted across enterprises security and monitoring are getting even more critical. We feel that there would be more end-to-end solutions for entire IT security including cloud and edge use cases. Plus, the speed at which technology was developed and consumed is going to multiply rapidly. For example, IoT, Machine Learning are already transforming industries. However, they are fragmented. We believe that we will see a wave of consolidation in this space. This will help enterprises break the industry boundaries and extend themselves further. At the same time, many organizations will go very specific. For example, in Healthcare technology will drive changes from regional medicines to a user-based medication. Exciting days are still ahead of us.

Last modified on September 15, 2020
David Marshall

David Marshall has been involved in the technology industry for over 19 years, and he's been working with virtualization software since 1999. He was able to become an industry expert in virtualization by becoming a pioneer in that field - one of the few people in the industry allowed to work with Alpha stage server virtualization software from industry leaders: VMware (ESX Server), Connectix and Microsoft (Virtual Server).

Through the years, he has invented, marketed and helped launch a number of successful virtualization software companies and products. David holds a BS degree in Finance, an Information Technology Certification, and a number of vendor certifications from Microsoft, CompTia and others. He's also co-authored two published books: "VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center" and "Advanced Server Virtualization: VMware and Microsoft Platforms in the Virtual Data Center" and acted as technical editor for two popular Virtualization "For Dummies" books. With his remaining spare time, David founded and operates one of the oldest independent virtualization news blogs, VMblog.com. And co-founded CloudCow.com, a publication dedicated to Cloud Computing. Starting in 2009 and continuing all the way to 2016, David has been honored with the vExpert distinction by VMware for his virtualization evangelism.

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