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Amid predictions for the World Series winner, who’s going to Super Bowl ;-), and what comic book superheroes will be turned into blockbuster movies next year, it’s time to dust off the crystal ball and see what the future of VMware holds. Are you ready for some VMware Predictions?

1. VMware Horizon Will Catch Up to Citrix Xen Desktop/Xen App This Year

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VMware is poised for strong market share gains around the world next year.

Numerous large companies are planning to migrate off of Citrix Xen Desktop and switch to VMware as soon as it’s time for them to upgrade. The key is: when will that be? It’s probably going to happen sometime in 2016, but since large enterprises tend to do that stuff just once every 3-5 years, it’s hard to pinpoint an exact time. While this does speak to the things that VMware is doing right, it probably has even more to say about what Citrix has done wrong. Most of the media buzz isn’t about bringing Linux to the table (more on this later) or other Citrix innovations, but instead about everything they’ve goofed up as of late. VMware stands to capitalize on this soon, and with a strong record of recent improvements, can likely garner a significant portion of the market share to close out 2016.

2. VMware Will Become a Bigger Player in Businesses Across Asia Pacific

VMware just recently announced that they are centralizing their business mobility sales to provide a more holistic approach to IT management in the rapidly growing Asia Pacific market. This is expected to be a $24 billion market within the next year. Keep your eye out for even more growth and development as these huge markets with highly technical innovators join the ranks of the VMware universe.

3. Linux (Finally) Makes It to the (Virtual) Desktop (No, Really!)

Every year, it’s the same, old tired prediction: Linux finally makes its way to the desktop. Well, this is the year it actually happens. However, it’s not yet moving to the desktop, just the virtual desktop. Now that Citrix has done it, it shouldn’t be too long before VMware follows suit, though that might not be in 2016. The market is ripe, though. Users are growing increasingly tired of Microsoft’s draconian ways — "You took away XP, you brute!" and "What the heck are we supposed to do with this Windows 8 atrocity?" — just to name a couple. Apple is just too expensive, especially in an economy that has businesses scared to spend $2 that isn’t absolutely essential. If Linux is able to break into the virtual desktop market, it’s only a matter of time until it can join the ranks of mainstream desktop experiences.

4. VMware Monitoring Solutions Get Better

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Use Case - Tamper-resistant Clinical Trials

Goal:

Blockchain PoCs were unsuccessful due to complexity and lack of developers.

Still the goal of data immutability as well as client verification is a crucial. Furthermore, the system needs to be easy to use and operate (allowing backup, maintenance windows aso.).

Implementation:

immudb is running in different datacenters across the globe. All clinical trial information is stored in immudb either as transactions or the pdf documents as a whole.

Having that single source of truth with versioned, timestamped, and cryptographically verifiable records, enables a whole new way of transparency and trust.

Use Case - Finance

Goal:

Store the source data, the decision and the rule base for financial support from governments timestamped, verifiable.

A very important functionality is the ability to compare the historic decision (based on the past rulebase) with the rulebase at a different date. Fully cryptographic verifiable Time Travel queries are required to be able to achieve that comparison.

Implementation:

While the source data, rulebase and the documented decision are stored in verifiable Blobs in immudb, the transaction is stored using the relational layer of immudb.

That allows the use of immudb’s time travel capabilities to retrieve verified historic data and recalculate with the most recent rulebase.

Use Case - eCommerce and NFT marketplace

Goal:

No matter if it’s an eCommerce platform or NFT marketplace, the goals are similar:

  • High amount of transactions (potentially millions a second)
  • Ability to read and write multiple records within one transaction
  • prevent overwrite or updates on transactions
  • comply with regulations (PCI, GDPR, …)


Implementation:

immudb is typically scaled out using Hyperscaler (i. e. AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure) distributed across the Globe. Auditors are also distributed to track the verification proof over time. Additionally, the shop or marketplace applications store immudb cryptographic state information. That high level of integrity and tamper-evidence while maintaining a very high transaction speed is key for companies to chose immudb.

Use Case - IoT Sensor Data

Goal:

IoT sensor data received by devices collecting environment data needs to be stored locally in a cryptographically verifiable manner until the data is transferred to a central datacenter. The data integrity needs to be verifiable at any given point in time and while in transit.

Implementation:

immudb runs embedded on the IoT device itself and is consistently audited by external probes. The data transfer to audit is minimal and works even with minimum bandwidth and unreliable connections.

Whenever the IoT devices are connected to a high bandwidth, the data transfer happens to a data center (large immudb deployment) and the source and destination date integrity is fully verified.

Use Case - DevOps Evidence

Goal:

CI/CD and application build logs need to be stored auditable and tamper-evident.
A very high Performance is required as the system should not slow down any build process.
Scalability is key as billions of artifacts are expected within the next years.
Next to a possibility of integrity validation, data needs to be retrievable by pipeline job id or digital asset checksum.

Implementation:

As part of the CI/CD audit functionality, data is stored within immudb using the Key/Value functionality. Key is either the CI/CD job id (i. e. Jenkins or GitLab) or the checksum of the resulting build or container image.

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