I decided to put together a list of articles that I thought were interesting from the first day of VMworld 2013.
Keynote replay - A lot to go over here and most of the articles below cover it.
One of the things I liked the most was the lifting of the limits on the vCenter appliance. I feel the less you need to depend on a direct competitors technology (Microsoft) the better. Duncan Epping has a good overview of the new limits.
One of the keys to building scalable View environments is to not have to rely on a SAN. The new and hopefully vastly improved VMware vSphere Virtual SAN will make that happen. The best part is is integrated in the hypervisor and not an bolt on Virtual Appliance like most vSAN products. Duncan Epping has a great intro to VMware's software defined storage
Fusion-io announced their new ioVDI product. Server side Flash to "offload most reads and up to 80% of the writes from primary storage..." we will see if you need this add on product or if the newly announced vSphere Flash Read Cache will be enough for most deployments.
The final thing I wanted to point out was that VMware is planing on adding a DaaS (Desktop as as Service) offering that integrates with Horizon Suite. This will be a part of the newly out of beta vCloud Hybrid Service. This service will rely on VMware's integration of all the recent "software defined" acquisitions. It will leverage hevily on the network virtualization platform VMware NSX. Looks like it is time to work on my network weak spot.
There is a lot I missed here but these are the things that stood out to me .