VMworld 2018: Day 2 Recap

The first official day of VMworld kicked off yesterday with a bang. A standing room only keynote presentation and a flood of VMware enthusiasts on the Solutions Exchange floor sums up the day. Druva’s special guest Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (“The Mountain” from Game of Thrones) drew huge crowds at the booth, allowing us to tell thousands of new people about the world’s only SaaS data management service that protects mobile devices, SaaS offerings, datacenters, and native cloud applications.


Amazon RDS on VMware:

A year ago, Amazon and VMware announced that you could get VMware on AWS, known as VMC. As surprising as that was, this year’s announcement seems even more surprising. Amazon will now be offering their relational database service (RDS) in VMware. Just like VMC, this product could potentially be huge. VMC extends VMware into AWS, and RDS on VMware extends AWS services into the datacenter.

For those unfamiliar with RDS, it is an Amazon service through which you can provision, manage, and backup multiple relational databases. Specifically, you can manage MySQL, Postgres, and SQL Server databases with a single interface.

The backup interface is obviously one that interests Druva a quite a bit, as CloudRanger’s support for this was one of the key reasons that Druva acquired them this year. CloudRanger offers a single interface to automate the backup and recovery of several Amazon resources, including EC2, Redshift, and RDS. Imagine being able to use a single backup and recovery process to manage multiple database products; that’s what RDS offers, and what Druva supports with CloudRanger. (Normally, each database product requires a completely different backup and recovery process.)

One unanswered question at this point is exactly where the control plane will be for RDS on VMware. Will customers control it via their Amazon console, via vCenter, or both? The answer to this question will be very important for customers of some data protection products; however, Druva customers will be able to manage it however Amazon and VMware allow you to do so. This is because Druva, unlike many of our competitors, is able to manage data protection processes in both VMware and AWS. It will be very interesting to see how this unfolds.

One other interesting note is that it appears that AWS is going to support Oracle databases with RDS on VMware. Currently they do not do this in the original RDS. But adding Oracle to the mix on VMware makes this a very powerful product indeed, and could potentially really change the database landscape for many customers.

The Mountain will still be at our booth again today, so make sure you stop by and take a picture with this incredible actor and the world’s strongest man. Booth #1428 until 4:00 PM.