Eye on VMware 03/10/2017

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This past week I was in Austin, TX and Denver, CO syncing with some of my partners. We touched on vSAN and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure as well as Workspace ONE and Horizon Cloud. I will be on PTO next week, so you won’t see an Eye on VMware Update from me next Friday.

Shout out to Stephen Tuomey, our vSAN Specialist on a great discussion on why vSAN architecture is just simply better than Nutanix. I will need to get him on a podcast soon to record how he uses the Florida timeshare analogy to explain why Nutanix CVM is just not as good as in-kernel. In any case, that’s a big debate.

vShield Endpoint with FREE NSX Manager
Had a partner ask me about vShield Endpoint. Just as a reminder, Technical Guidance for vCloud Networking and Security Manager when used to manage vShield Endpoint is available until March 31, 2017. If you are still using vShield Manager, you should be moving to NSX Manager (FREE) to manage vShield EndPoint. This is not a full version of NSX. https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2110078 Upgrade process: http://blog.rueegg.com/?p=43

Last thing before we move on to the news. VMworld 2017 Call for Papers is due March 14th. This is for both VMworld US and Europe. VMworld 2017 US is in Mandalay Bay Las Vegas again on August 27-31 and VMworld 2017 Europe is in Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain again on September 11-14.

FRI, 03/10 1:30PM PST – Facebook Live vSAN TechTalk
TUE, 03/14 11:00AM PST –  Getting Started with Hyper-Converged Infrastructure
WED, 03/15 09:30AM PST – vRealize Automation: Getting Started with IT Automation and Self Service…
TUE, 03/21 8:00AM PST – What’s New with VMware Horizon 7.1 and NVIDIA GRID

Now for a Summary of VMware News Update from this past week.

Sales News:

  • [Video] Hyper-Converged Infrastructure 101 by VMware: What You Need to Know
  • Virtualized Storage Empowers Government Defense Services – vSANGovAn important customer in the federal government asked iGov Technologies, a systems integrator, to build a new version of its tactical network platform that would be much smaller and lighter but also more powerful and energy-efficient. By replacing network-attached storage modules with server-attached storage virtualized under the VMware vSAN™ solution, iGov ruggedizes storage with improved storage performance by 10 times, and delivers hosts in a very small sizes, so small that they could actually fit into a duffel bag or a backpack where they could be deployed very easily, be it in a cave, on an airplane, helicopter, or submarine.
  • HCI Now On the Education Syllabus — via Virtual Blocks – Companies are realizing that data center modernization is the way of the future. Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) is no different as schools and colleges around the world are embracing new data center technologies, like hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), alongside traditional enterprises.
  • Boston University Integrates Public Cloud For Faster Delivery and Disaster Recovery download (9)– Looking to adopt public cloud as their first choice of infrastructure, Boston University looks to VMware to integrate their on-premises infrastructure with a cross-cloud enabled platform. Boston University has partnered with VMware to maintain application resiliency and faster time to delivery and leverages VMware vCloud® Air™ Disaster Recovery to offer H.A. services between data centers with quick recovery in the event of a disaster. “VMware vCloud Air technology has provided Boston University with substantial benefits in the area of Cap Ex and Op Ex. But, also, from a strategic perspective in regards to the services we offer our business partners specifically HA services. So if we have a catastrophe within one data center, we know that…Read More
  • VMware vCloud Air Hybrid DMZ – download (10)This easy-to-understand animated video demonstrates how Hybrid DMZ reference designs help companies replicate their data center designs into a fully virtualized cloud service, supporting security architectures preferred by enterprise customers.
  • What the Snap IPO means for the future of cloud infrastructure [cio.com] – Snap just signed a big deal with Google Cloud paying $2B over the next 5 years and they are also using Amazon AWS paying them $1B through 2021. The Snapchat parent will have no choice but to build its own computing and networking systems. Luckily, it’s a good time to do just that.

Technical News:

  • The Top 100 VMware/virtualization people you MUST follow on Twitter – 2017 edition [vsphere-land.com]
  • Review of VMware vSAN by a Real User – We Spend Less On Equivalent Storage Using VSAN To Replace Our Traditional SAN Architecture. They Are Working On Extending VSAN’s Access Outside Of Its Virtual Bubbles, Which I’m Looking Forward To.
  • Cool tool update: RVTools 3.9.2 — via Yellow Bricks – It has been a year since version 3.8, but finally here it is… RVTools 3.9. Rob de Vey has been developing this tool since early 2008 and over 650k copies have been downloaded so far. I understand why, as it is a very easy to use tool that produces a lot of great information. On top of everything it was already providing, Rob introduced the following in version 3.9..
  • Managing the SDDC with the vRealize Code Stream Management Pack for IT DevOps codestreamvia VMware Cloud Mgmnt Blog – Within the Software Defined Data Center, or SDDC, all things are naturally becoming software defined. This includes not just our virtualized infrastructure, but all of the policy-based management and automation tools that are used to enable a hybrid cloud. Each of these tools have their own configurations which help to define and manage your SDDC. Those configurations, which essentially define the SDDC, have their own lifecycle as well. This begs the question, what’s the most effective way to manage the lifecycle of these SDDC objects?
  • Learn all about vRealize Log Insight in under 90 minutes — via Anything Virtual and Cloudy – This post is aimed towards anyone who does a lot of Log Analysis. In this post I showcased the capabilities of VMware vRealize Log Insight. This will enable you to confidently utilise this tool to not only analyse the diverse logs that you can think of but also visualise the patterns and much more. So, if you are a hands on person who loves to do root cause analysis, or want to solve that nagging performance issue, then this post is for you.
  • Log Insight 4.3: UI Enhancements [sflanders.net] – In Log Insight 4.3, some additional UI enhancements have been made. In this post, I would like to cover the functionality they add. Read on to learn more!
  • VMware Adapter for SAP Landscape Management 1.4.1 – Automate and manage your VMware virtualized SAP Landscape – On behalf of David Gallant, ISBU, Product Management and the Integrated Systems Business Unit, we are very pleased to announce the General Availability of VMware Adapter for SAP Landscape Management 1.4.1.
  • Self-Service Published Applications via #WorkspaceONE and #vRA + #vRO – vRAFrom Cameron Fore: “Wanted to share this quick demo video showing Self-Service Published Application requests, via the Workspace One portal integrated with vRA+vRO. This was created specifically for an upcoming customer demo, but I wanted to share this with the community to see if this would be useful for other customers as well.”
  • Just-in-Time Apps with VMware Horizon 7 [VMware EUC Blog] – With our latest release of VMware Horizon 7, Horizon 7.1 extends just-in-time delivery of virtual desktops to include published applications delivered from Remote Desktop Session Hosts (RDSH) and powered by the Just-in-Time Management Platform, or JMP, bringing increased speed, scale, and simplicity. With Just-in-Time Apps, you dramatically simplify deployments with a tightly integrated stack, fewer components, and easy maintenance by using VMware Instant Clone Technology.
  • Redmond Series Episode 2: Windows 10 Enrollment Made Simple – download (8)Learn more about modern Windows 10 enrollment and management with VMware AirWatch at http://www.air-watch.com/solutions/windows-10-management/. In the second episode of our video series, we explore the deployment options available in Windows 10, and the impact a modern approach can make on IT.