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VMware announces new security tools and technical previews at VMworld 2020

The company’s first fully virtual conference includes the first glimpse of SmartNIC support

Virtualisation giant VMware has today announced a range of product updates across its portfolio as part of its annual conference, VMworld 2020.

The news included a number of announcements regarding its security offerings - including the first products from its purchase of Carbon Black, teased at last year’s show - as well as an early look at what the company is calling ‘Project Monterey’.

“Organizations are introducing increasingly sophisticated applications from cloud-native to machine learning to streaming apps that are distributed and data intensive,” said Rajiv Ramaswami, VMware’s COO of products and cloud services.

“We’re announcing Project Monterey to help customers address the shifting requirements of next-gen apps. By re-imagining the architecture of the data center, cloud and edge, we expect to offer customers the freedom to run these apps in the best environment.”

There were also announcements concerning the company’s Tanzu container management platform, which celebrates its first birthday after its launch at VMworld 2019, as well as its software-defined networking portfolio.

Ironically for a company that was built on virtualisation, VMworld 2020 marks the company’s first fully virtual conference, after the ongoing COVID-19 crisis made its usual physical event impossible. CEO Pat Gelsinger is set to take the stage tomorrow for the general session keynote, and together with other members of the VMware executive team will share details of the company’s response to the pandemic and give an insight into its overall strategy.

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