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.