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Eye on VMware Update 06/19/2017

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Last week I was out in the Northeast Tri-State (NY/NJ/CT) area doing some Sales enablement with Partner reps. At one partner, we had a successful VSP Foundation 2017 (VMware Partners Only) bootcamp. I also had an enablement session with a team of State, Local and Education reps where we talked about Digital Transformation and Digital Workspace. There were reps there that have not heard of vSAN and asked if they missed the boat on selling vSAN and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI). Absolutely not! vSAN 6.6 is taking off like a rocket and we are still going straight up. I also encountered some FUD being spread from HPe/Simplivity on vSAN. Make sure you have the customer looks at price, performance and do a total TCO analysis with our vSAN TCO Calculator.

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Interesting week last week on the business front. The big news is Amazon acquiring Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion. Interesting purchase especially since Whole Foods is a major Microsoft Azure customer. See what Amazon did there? 🙂 I wonder if it will be much easier to migrate Whole Foods’ Azure to VMware Cloud (VMC) on AWS versus migrating from Azure to AWS? Who is the Sales Rep that calls on Whole Foods? Let’s talk to them about VMware Cloud on AWS!

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Jaguar Land Rover partners with Lyft in $25 million investment in ride-sharing, autonomous fleet. While Uber is having all kinds of issues, Lyft is making some great partnerships. I mentioned in the past VMware is working with Fujitsu on IoT solution for the automotive industry. I wonder if there will be some collaboration with ride-sharing companies and its fleet in the future.

Top Gun Tech Thursdays
This past Thursday I presented a session on Microsegmentation Rules where we discussed the many different ways to create your NSX firewall rules. For the presentation and relevant files, please subscribe to the PartnerLink SocialCast Group.

  1. Using LogInsight and monitor your application flow then manually creating your firewall rules.
  2. Using Application Rule Manager in NSX 6.3 to automatically generate firewall rules by capturing NetFlow data.
  3. Using vRealize Network Insight to automatically generate firewall rules based on recommended analysis. Then import XML into NSX Manager.
  4. Using vRealize Network Insight to generate firewall rules then import csv using PowerNSX.

vForum Online
Later this month VMware will have its vForum Online event on June 28. This is the largest online event of the year! Do not miss out on this. Register HERE!

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vmLIVE Partner Training Calendar

VMware Customer Webcasts

Upcoming VMUG Meetings

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

Sales News:

Technical News:

  • How to configure Auto-Scaling for Private Cloud – Purpose: Have you checked the auto-scaling feature provided in public cloud solutions like AWS and Azure and wished to get the same feature in your private cloud environment? Do you have an existing private cloud environment or building a new one and want to make it auto-scale enabled? This post covers this exact topic. It The post How to configure Auto-Scaling for Private Cloud appeared first on VMware Cloud Management.
  • vRealize Operations 6.6: “I’m too sexy for my skin!” – downloadvRealize Operations 6.6 gets sleeker and sexier in it’s new skin! On June 13, many of the vRealize Suite components (namely vRealize Operations (vR Ops), vRealize Log Insight (vRLI), and vRealize Business for Cloud (vRBC) had an update GA release. With this latest release of vR Ops a big focus has been on “simplifying the…
  • vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3: Cloud Consumption and Showback – vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3 is generally available on Jun 13, 2017! You can download the new release here and read the What’s New blog to learn more. For new customers who want to understand how cost management can drive higher cloud efficiency, here is one of the best examples for you. Use Case: Don’t Run Your IT…
  • Don’t Leave Holes in Your Office 365 Security Strategy – download (4)Secure every access point to Microsoft Office 365 emails and data with VMware Workspace ONE. If your organization is like most, you’re either using Microsoft Office 365 or thinking about an Office 365 implementation. Since the data and email in Office 365 are vital to your business, you’ve probably thought through how to protect Office.
  • OpenStack Boston Summit VMware Sessions Recap – Watch below to experience VMware’s Speaker Sessions at this year’s OpenStack Summit in Boston! OpenStack & VMware Getting the Best of Both Speaker: Andrew Pearce Come and understand the true value to your organization of combining Openstack and VMware. In this session you will understand the value of having a defcore / Openstack powered solution…
  • Application Workload Guidance and Design for Virtualized SAP S/4HANA® on vSphere (Part 1/4) – SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (or SAP S/4HANA) is the SAP Business Suite that is built on SAP’s in memory columnar database platform SAP HANA. SAP HANA®, the in-memory real-time platform, was initially introduced as a physical appliance and has steadily evolved to include support for virtualization with VMware vSphere® and SAP HANA tailored data center integration (TDI).
  • download (3)Oracle on VMware vSphere & vSAN – Preparing for an the Oracle Audit – In the last post , we addressed the Licensing fuds and myths when it comes to addressing Oracle Licensing on VMware vSphere / VSAN technologies and explained how Oracle licensing DOES NOT change from a licensing perspective, whether you run Oracle workloads on a classic vSphere environment or Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solution like VSAN. FUD…
  • The VMUG EVALExperience now include VMware vRealize Network Insight (vRNI)! – EVALExperience is a 365-day evaluation license for personal use in a non-production environment, offered exclusively to VMUG Advantage subscribers.

Eye on VMware Update 06/13/2017

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A bit late with the update this week. Perhaps I was waiting for the Golden State Warriors to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers. Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins for winning the Stanley Cup as well. Both were just as I predicted.

This week I’m out on the East Coast again working with some Partner Account Reps on VSP Foundation 2017 (VMware Partners Only) Bootcamp and Sales enablement. I also attended the first EVOLVE event in NYC earlier this morning. Chris McCain, Director of Product Management in Network Virtualization who is also a Double VCDX kicked it off. He had a good presentation on Modernizing the Data Center. There are a few EVOLVE events coming to DC, Atlanta and Minneapolis.topgun

Top Gun Tech Thursdays
During my off-hours this week, I have been preparing the final touches to the Top Gun Tech Thursdays presentation on Microsegmentation Firewall Rules. I will speak to vRealize Network Insight (vRNI), NSX (Application Rule Manager, new in NSX 6.3) and vRealize Log Insight. Please join me this Thursday:

Step 1 – REGISTER NOW at: http://www.vmware.com/go/TGTT
Step 2 -­- Join the WEEKLY THURSDAY 30-45 Min. Webex Training Starting @8:30AM PST.

Join us for Top Gun Tech Thursdays to receive best in class partner SE training!  See a Demo (and learn how to do it yourself), get our most frequently asked questions (and the answers!), and ask an SE any questions you have on the product!

vForum Online
Later this month VMware will have its vForum Online event on June 28. This is the largest online event of the year! Do not miss out on this. Register HERE!

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

Sales News:

Technical News:

Eye on VMware Update 06/05/2017

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I have been M.I.A. the past couple of week traveling and catching up with some internal enablement and some Q2 planning. I cannot believe it is June already. NBA Finals is in full swing with the Golden State Warriors up 2-0. Pittsburgh Penguins lead the Stanley Cups 2-1. So, things are progressing as I had predicted.

IMG_1153I was out in Beijing, China 2 weeks ago helping with a NSX LiveFire training. It was exciting to see the technology being used all over the world. In China, NSX is being looked at mostly in the Telecommunications and our vCloud Air Network (vCAN) Service Providers. While I was in China, I also took the opportunity to visit Chengdu to visit a Panda Research Park and Xi’an to visit the Terracotta warriors. Here is a photo album if you care to see some views from China.

VMware announced Q1 earnings last week with EPS of $0.99 beats by $0.04. Revenue of $1.74B (+ 9.4% Y/Y) beats by $30M. Here are the slide deck and transcript for the 2018 Q1 earnings call.
  • NSX grew > 50% year/year
  • vSAN grew > 150% year/year
  • EUC grew 20% year/year

We recently had enablement around our End User Computing (EUC) TestDrive Demo Portal for our partners. This is a great resource for partners to demo the end to end capabilities of our entire EUC portfolio. I especially like the AirWatch demo where I can plugin my iOS or Android device register with the server and push down mobile applications to it. There are so many capabilities with our EUC platform from Mobile to VDI to Application streaming/virtualization. Please do not miss this opportunity to talk about Workspace ONE with your customers on Digital Transformation. I have also recently been asked what is the difference between AirWatch and Workspace ONE, so here is a comparison table.wsone_airwatch

I have been getting some questions on the difference between vSphere with Operations Management and vRealize Operations. Remember vSOM = vSphere Enterprise Plus + vROps Standard. vROps Standard gives you the capability to monitor your vSphere environment. With vROps Advanced and Enterprise, you can add on Management Packs that can monitor physical server, storage, networking, as well as GuestOS and applications (Enterprise Edition). You can find these Management Packs on SolutionExchange under Cloud Management Marketplace. We also have the Blue Medora True Visibility Suite that can be offered as a VMware SKU to provide additional Management Packs.tvs

For those that are still using Capacity Planner, I was recently informed there is now a new URL at http://optimize-next.vmware.com/index.cfm

vForum Online Summer 2017 is coming up on June 28th — VMware’s largest free online conference. We’ve got some great sessions around vSAN and modern infrastructure, plus live chats with the experts and Hands on Labs. Please share this reg link with the IT community and prospective customers.

vmLIVE Partner Training Calendar

VMware Customer Webcasts

Upcoming VMUG Meetings

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

Sales News:

Technical News:

REMINDER: VMworld 2017 – Registration is live & Early Bird prices end June 6th. Join us in Vegas!

Eye on VMware 5/22/2017

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A bit delayed on the update this week and that is because I’m out in Beijing, China helping with a NSX LiveFire training. For partners interested in future LiveFire sessions, please reach out to your Partner Managers.

Last week I was in Austin, TX again participating in some Partner training. I delivered a quick 60 minutes whiteboard on vSAN and NSX during an event. There were some lively discussions. Many realized the power of NSX and the disruptive positive changes on how NSX can transform a traditional data center into a more agile and automated environment. vSAN is an easier sell for most, but NSX is a huge game changer. We talked about the 3 most common use cases for NSX:

  1. Security with Microsegmentation
  2. Network virtualization with Automation
  3. Application Continuity/Disaster Recovery 

I also participated in some Sales enablement where we trained them on NSX, vRealize, vSAN and Workspace ONE (Horizon/AirWatch). It felt like speed dating as we rotate the teams of sales reps around the room.

Things are heating up with our Partners on VMware Network Assessment. This is where we use vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) as a tool to assess the customer’s virtual network. We are seeing an average of 80-90% of traffic as East-West traffic. This is the VM-to-VM traffic. Most companies find difficulties in securing this traffic and this is where NSX can provide a solution to our customers. This fills the void that many of our customers are looking for. In fact, in an upcoming Top Gun Tech Thursdays session, I plan on showing how we can use vRNI to export recommended Microsegmentation security policies and import them into NSX as well as the Application Rules Manager built-in to NSX.

Upcoming VMUG Meetings
05/23/2017 – Central Ohio VMUG UseCon
05/25/2017 – Wisconsin VMUG UseCon
05/25/2017 – Silicon Valley VMUG Meeting
05/31/2017 – Omaha VMUG Meeting
06/01/2017 – Boston Summer VMUG UserCon and EUC Explore

vmLIVE Partner Training Calendar

VMware Customer Webcasts
VMware Vision and What’s New in Desktop and Application Virtualization
May 24, 2017 11:00 a.m. PDT

Desktop and application virtualization continue to gain ground, and as we head into 2017- VMware will be introducing a number of new innovations designed to streamline management, enhance security, improve user experience and drive down costs. What’s more we will be making these innovations accessible for customers looking to deliver these workloads on prem or in the cloud. Join this session to find out more about what’s new with Horizon and where we are headed. This session will be jam-packed with demos.

May 25, 2017 11:00 a.m. PDT

Network and security operations traditionally have been handled by two different operations teams, although much of the same operations data is used, but differently on whether the operations team is troubleshooting a connectivity problem, or a security breach. Log data, traffic data, and API based data from the various different network devices are used by both Network and Security operations. vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) offers use cases for both teams, all from the same data collection sources.

May 25, 2017 11:00 a.m. PDT

Organizations around the world are experiencing a major shift as business goes digital. This digital transformation is reshaping the way enterprises operate, and opening the doors to new opportunities. Traditional, hardware-centric data centers can’t keep up with the faster pace. The digital economy requires a modern, software-defined data center that can securely extend to the public cloud.

June 1, 2017 11:00 a.m. PDT

Creating a demilitarized zone (DMZ) is an effective way to keep public and private assets separate, limiting the impact of security breaches. But since not all workloads in the DMZ are the same, they may have different vulnerabilities and risks. By using NSX in your DMZ, you can reduce the risk of mixed workloads becoming compromised, as well as lower response time and automate the actions and responses to incidents.

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

Sales News:

Technical News:

REMINDER: VMworld 2017 – Registration is live & Early Bird prices end June 6th. Join us in Vegas!

Eye on VMware Update 05/15/2017

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This past week I was out on the East Coast again. It is always great to be able to visit my hometown in Queens, NY. There were some great NBA games this week. Is it going to be another GSW vs CLE this year? In NHL, would it be the Penguins to win the Stanley Cup again? We shall see.

Last week, many of our partners are setting up demo labs with NSX and Palo Alto Networks, Next Generation Security with VMware® NSX and Palo Alto Networks®
VM-Series. I also had the opportunity to do some training on vSphere Optimization Assessment (VOA) for a team of partner SEs.

socksFor some reason socks are trendy at conferences, maybe we’ll do well with our VMware socks from marketing as well in future events. 🙂

Looks to be another change in my VMworld Hands on Lab duties. I will now be responsible for the IoT (Internet of Things) lab. VMware’s IoT solution was just announced at Dell EMC World with the name VMware Pulse IoT Center.

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Dell EMC World
Last week many attended Dell EMC World. This is of course the first year they combined Dell and EMC. There were many announcements coming out of the conference. Here is a list of those that are relevant to VMware:

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There was also the OpenStack Summit in Boston last week. Edward Snowden Wakes Up the Audience at OpenStack Summit 2017 – BOSTON — At the OpenStack Summit 2017 conference, several of the keynote presenters typed programming commands on their computers while the audience watched the code on the big screens. Thrilling stuff, for sure. But the live-streamed interview with Edward Snowden from Russia, took the excitement up a notch further. VMware’s Distro of OpenStack Comes Free for vSphere Customers – Customers with current licenses for vSphere Enterprise Plus, vSphere Operations Management, or NSX with vSphere Standard can download VMware Integrated OpenStack. There is no license cost and it is distributed independently from other VMware products. Download it now. If you would like support for VMware Integrated OpenStack, a per-CPU annual fee will apply, and the minimum support order is 50 CPUs. Singh said VIO is a good choice because so many enterprises already run VMware’s vSphere virtualization platform. “You get the classic standard VMware substrate that this thing runs on,” he said. “You already know how to run vSphere, VSAN, and NSX. It’s really easy to spin up VIO. You can spin it up in a day. You don’t have to have this 30-40 engineer production to set this up.” Amadeus Transforms Travel Industry Services with Private Cloud Based on VMware Integrated OpenStack.

Upcoming VMUG Meetings
05/17/2017 – Raleigh VMUG Meeting 12:00PM – 4:00PM
05/17/2017 – Wichita VMUG Meeting 12:30PM – 4:30PM
05/17/2017 – Indianapolis VMUG Meeting 2:30PM – 5:30PM
05/17/2017 – Maryland VMUG Meeting 4:00PM – 7:00PM
05/18/2017 – Minneapolis VMUG Meeting 8:30AM – 3:30PM
05/19/2017 – Rochester, MN VMUG Meeting 9:00AM – 4:00PM
05/19/2017 – El Paso VMUG Meeting 11:00AM – 3:00PM

vmLIVE Partner Training Calendar

Top 10 Secrets to a Successful Upgrade
May 16, 2017 10:00 a.m. PDT
Upgrades – even with the industry’s leading virtualization platform – can be unpredictable. During this webcast, learn from our technical experts who will share common do’s and don’ts so that you can avoid the mistakes made by others.

Taking GPU-powered Desktops to the Cloud with VMware and NVIDIA
May 17, 2017 10:00 a.m. PDT
Over the last few years we’ve started to see widespread adoption of GPU accelerated virtual desktops for customers who need to provide secure access to graphics-intensive applications from anywhere, anytime and on any device. Now we’re making it easier than ever to deliver powerful Windows desktops backed by NVIDIA GRID technology with the speed, simplicity, and flexibility of a cloud service.

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

Sales News:

Technical News:

  • Open vSwitch Day at OpenStack Summit 2017 – Open vSwitch Open Source Day happening at the OpenStack Summit in Boston. Summaries of each of the presentations are included below.
  • Pivotal Cloud Foundry and NSX – In this light board session, Merlin Glynn, Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer of VMware, provides an overview of Pivotal Cloud Foundry and VMware NSX, and explains how NSX provides virtual networking and security for Pivotal Cloud Foundry.
  • Catch a Glimpse of Zero-Touch vSphere Auto Deploy Clusters from Tomorrow – Learn more about a new Host Profiles Fling utility that previews a capability allowing vSphere administrators to fully customize stateless hosts prior to ever booting on the network, delivering a true zero-touch cluster deployment workflow. The post Catch a Glimpse of Zero-Touch vSphere Auto Deploy Clusters from Tomorrow appeared first on VMware vSphere Blog.
  • Containers on vRealize Automation – download (5)Version 7.2 of vRealize Automation introduced containers to the vRA solution. This post is designed to get you up and running with some basic containers and give you the tools needed to deploy some of your own containers in your environment.
  • How to Drive Better SAP Performance with Virtualization Layer Visibility – By: Christian Fernando When using SAP native tools such as SAP Solution Manager, it lacks visibility into the underlying virtualization layers, which can result in a blind spot in understanding the complete performance story. The virtualization layer includes the virtual machine, ESXi server, CPU, memory and storage. The ability to quickly see contention of The post How to Drive Better SAP Performance with Virtualization Layer Visibility appeared first on VMware Cloud Management.
  • VMUG Advantage EvalExperience adds VMware #NSX – Walkthrough download (2)– We had written a blurb just a little while ago about the hinting of the addition of VMware NSX to VMUG Advantage EvalExperience. This was an exciting rumbling as it has been a highly requested addition that would simply sweeten the deal of the already great deal of EvalExperience. Well, the wait and anticipation is finally over! If you are like me you may have been excited to receive the email communication today making it official – VMUG Advantage EvalExperience adds VMware NSX.
  • VMware AirWatch 9.1: Your Top 12 Questions Answered – Our recent VMware AirWatch 9.1 webinar explored new capabilities introduced in our most recent release. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the live event. If you were not able to join live, check out the replay here. Due to time constraints, we did not get to all of your questions
  • What’s New with VMware Horizon 7.1 and NVIDIA GRID – registration required #VMware #Horizon #Nvidia – Together, VMware Horizon and NVIDIA GRID™ power enterprise virtual workspaces with an immersive, high quality user experience. Now with the latest features of VMware Horizon 7.1, it’s even easier to setup and deploy, providing the security, performance, reliability, and collaboration needed to transform your business.

Eye on VMware 05/08/2017

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This past week I participated in a Security Symposium held by Arrow. I was part of a panel that discussed the trends we see in Cloud Security. It was an interesting discussion with VMware, TrendMicro and Fortinet. I also had the opportunity to speak to a few of our partners. I was surprised to hear that many have not heard of NSX. Unfortunately, the majority of our partners and customers still view us as JUST a Sever Virtualization company. Please get out there and evangelize our complete solution platform.

There is a very interesting article that gives a good retrospective & look at the future of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) and focusing on vSAN. DO NOT MISS this Hyper-Converged Infrastructure growth trend.

“Hyperconverged infrastructure, or HCI as the cool kids call it, generated about $2 billion in revenues in 2016, and is expected to grow to just shy of $5 billion in 2019, according to statistics from IDC.”

“About half of VMware’s 500,000 customers using its vSphere server virtualization stack are using its vSphere Enterprise Plus edition, so these are the natural target customers for vSAN.”

The Next Platform, and it has been growing at 150 percent for five consecutive quarters.”

“the underlying hardware (and we presume related vSphere systems software) has a 3X multiple cost compared to the vSAN licenses and support costs, which is another way of saying that vSAN represents about 25 percent of the total cost. So the run rate for vSAN-based HCI platforms was around $1.2 billion as 2016 was closing out. If you do the math, those incremental 4,000 customers spent $720 million on vSAN systems in 2016, and if the growth rates persist, VMware will add another 10,500 customers in 2017 and they will spend an incremental $1.8 billion on vSAN storage. At that point, assuming VMware can manage 150 percent growth for this year for vSAN licensing, which is possible given the vastness of its customer base, then vSAN licensing and support should be at a run rate of around $750 million as 2017 comes to a close and total spending on vSAN arrays for the year should be around $1.8 billion.”

I had some interesting discussions on Twitter this past weekend. I tweeted that VMware vSAN was the only TRUE vendor agnostic solution for Hyper-Converged Infrastructure in response to this article on Don’t be misled… HPE and Nutanix are not partners. I had a couple of Nutanix engineers confronted me on my tweet. They mentioned that vSAN is not hypervisor agnostic. TRUE. However, I was referring to vSAN being Server Hardware agnostic, which was the implication that came from that article.

  1. You can build your own HCI using vSAN. Any server that is compatible with vSphere is compatible with vSAN. WOW! Plus, I can add additional CPU/RAM, Disks, etc. when I want to scale up. With other HCI, you NEED to add a whole new node!
  2. or look at vSAN Ready Nodes with several vendors (Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu, HPe, Hitachi, Huawei, Lenovo, Quanta, Supermicro)
  3. or go with a turn-key solution with DellEMC VxRAIL.

We do require vSphere to run vSAN and it is not hypervisor agnostic. In my opinion, that’s an advantage. Why would you want to run HCI on any other inferior hypervisor? Why would you want to add additional performance overhead by using a Controller VM? With vSAN, it is embedded in the hypervisor. The architecture is simply more scalable with highest performance. There are 3 reasons why customers are choosing vSAN over other HCI solutions:

  1. Flexibility – the ability to use any vSphere compatible server is huge, and to scale up as you need by individual CPU/RAM and disks.
  2. Performance – being embedded in the hypervisor, there is no contention with other workloads on the host. This gives you maximum performance. Have your customer do a POC we will fare very well compare to others.
  3. Price – This relates to flexibility. You can start out with as little as 2 or 3 servers and with minimal storage then scale up as needed.

5/10/2017 – Maryland VMUG vBeers 5:00-7:00PM
5/11/2017 – Webcast – Certification: What’s New and What It Means for You 1-2PM EDT / 11-12PDT
5/11/2017 – Northern Arizona VMUG Meeting 12:30-4:30PM
5/11/2017 – Central Pennsylvania VMUG Meeting 1:00-5:00PM
5/12/2017 – Buffalo VMUG Meeting 8:00AM-12:00PM

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

Sales News:

  • download (9)VMware at Dell EMC World 2017  – VMware will be at Dell EMC World 2017 in Las Vegas, May 8-11th. View a summary of our sessions, demos, interviews and resources.
  • Why healthcare is continuing its shift to the cloud – Changing market dynamics and emerging trends are accelerating the speed with which provider organizations are incorporating the cloud in IT strategies.
  • Oracle Does Cloud Deals with AT&T, VMware, Equinixdownload (8)
    – VMware becomes the first mobile application management provider to manage and secure hundreds of Oracle business applications and custom apps built on the OMCS.
  • University of New Mexico Improves Security With VMware NSX – The University of New Mexico invests in VMware NSX and other solutions to decrease costs and increase efficiency and reliability. UNM needed to upgrade its IT infrastructure in order to automate services, increase agility, and eliminate outages. To accomplish these goals, the university began defining, creating, and establishing a software-defined data center (SDDC) three years ago.
  • Google CEO Talks AI and Cloud on Q1 2017 Earnings Call – Google CEO Sundar Pichai talked about machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), and cloud on Alphabet’s Q1 2017 earnings call. The Google Cloud Platform is one of the fastest growing businesses across Alphabet, company executives said last Thursday on its first quarter 2017 earnings call.

Technical News:

  • Windows 10S Vs Windows 10: What’s The Difference? download (10)– There’s a new Windows in town. ‘Windows 10 S’ is Microsoft ’s attempt to strip back Windows 10 and compete with Google’s increasingly popular ChromeOS in budget, business and education sectors. The result? Windows 10 S sounds a lot like Windows 10, but in reality they are two very different operating systems…
  • DockerCon 2017 Online Meetup Recap – Weren’t able to attend DockerCon 2017 or looking for a refresher? Check out the recording and slides from the DockerCon 2017 Online Meetup highlights recap of all the announcements and highlights from DockerCon
  • Virtually Speaking Podcast: VMW Cloud on AWS
  • Secure Boot for ESXi 6.5 – Hypervisor Assurance by @mikefoley – I’ve talked about how vSphere has been moving towards a “secure by default” stance over the past few years. This can clearly be seen in the new vSphere 6.5 Security Configuration Guide where the number of “hardening” steps are growing smaller with every release. In this blog post we will go over another “secure by The post Secure Boot for ESXi 6.5 – Hypervisor Assurance appeared first on VMware vSphere Blog.
  • PowerCLI 6.5.1 Installation Walkthroughdownload (11) – We released PowerCLI 6.5.1 two weeks ago and the response has been incredible! The VMware.PowerCLI module is closing in on 4,000 downloads from the PowerShell Gallery and we’ve received a ton of good feedback. There seems to be quite a few questions and comments over this new installation method so I created a walkthrough video
  • Oracle Database 12c on VMware vSAN — Day 2 Operations and Management – Customers deploying production Oracle workloads have stringent requirements to support and maintain critical database operational tasks such as Backup and Recovery, Cloning, Data Refresh for Development/Test environment and Patching. These operational tasks are also known as Database Day 2 Management Operations.
  • VMUG Advantage Now Includes NSXdownload (12) – VMUG Advantage includes now NSX Enterprise Edition licenses (via EVALExperience) as well as an exclusive NSX training and certification package. #runNSX
  • VMware AirWatch – NSX Integration, MicroSegmentation, Per-App VPN and Use Cases – With contributions from: Hannah Jernigan, Technical Writer, End User Computing Technical Marketing, VMware Integrate VMware AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management with NSX Micro-Segmentation to extend security policies from the data center to the mobile application endpoint. Additionally, VMware AirWatch – NSX Integration brings speed and simplicity to networking. By creating policies that dynamically follow mobile applications…

NSX Certification: Discounted VCP-NV – It’s Never Been Cheaper – There’s a discounted VCP-NV promotional package right now; $2,200 gets you

  • An exam prep course for the vSphere Foundations course
  • An exam voucher for vSphere Foundations
  • NSX Install, Configure, Manage On-Demand E-Learning course
  • A separate NSX exam prep course
  • An exam voucher for the VCP-NV 6.2
  • 6 CPUs of NSX Enterprise for non-production personal use (training)
  • A full year of VMUG Advantage, including eval licenses for almost all VMware products.

Eye on VMware 05/01/2017

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Last week I was out in New Jersey with one of our resellers. We covered some vSAN enablement as well as did a very successful Call Campaign regarding vSAN out to our customers on Wednesday. I was able to participate in 5 calls, of which 4 of them had interests in vSAN. One customer was thinking about moving his budget from traditional SAN in favor of vSAN. The interest in Hyper-Converged infrastructure is tremendous this year. I now brand 2017 as the year of vSAN! *Inside joke there for those in the VDI space. 🙂 Seriously, if you have not looked at vSAN you really should. vSAN 6.6 is production-ready with lots of features.C-YUSZtXgAAAA_a

I also got a chance to visit CitiField to watch the Mets play. This was nostalgic for me since I grew up in Flushing, NY and remembered when they beat the Red Sox in the ’86 World Series. Growing up I used to watch the Yankees more, so you can say I’m actually more a Yankees fan than a Mets fan.

This year I will be a Hands on Lab Captain again. For those that don’t know, I worked on the vCloud Air Data Center Extension Hands on Lab last year which showed the Cross-Cloud vMotion as well as Advanced Networking Services. With VMware divesting vCloud Air to OVH, this year I will be working on VMware Cloud Hybrid Services (vCHS) with Cloud Foundation Tech Preview.

05/03/2017 – Baton Rouge VMUG Meeting, 11:30AM – 1:00PM
05/04/2017 – North Central Wisconsin VMUG Meeting, 8:30AM – 4:00PM
05/04/2017 – Detroit VMUG Meeting 5:30PM – 7:30PM
05/05/2017 – Dallas-Fort Worth VMUG Meeting 9:00AM – 4:00PM

vmLIVE Partner Training Calendar

05/02 WebCast – Next Gen Infrastructure: Why VMware Customers are Upgrading to vSphere 6.5 – Find out how VMware customers benefited from upgrading to vSphere 6.5.  During this webcast, VMware technical experts will review common business challenges and benefits of upgrading.

05/02 WebCast – Explore the Latest Workspace ONE and AirWatch 9.1 Release – On March 14th, VMware announced new innovations to the workspace ONE solution with AirWatch 9.1, making it easier than ever for enterprise IT to deliver a digital workspace for all employees.

05/04 WebCast – How CenturyLink Modernized Their Infrastructure with vSAN –CenturyLink is one of the world’s largest cloud-hosting and infrastructure providers. Join our 5/4 webcast to learn how they stay scalable with vSAN!

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

Sales News:

Technical News:

  • VMware NSX Vision and Product Overview with Milin Desai – download (5)Milin Desai, Vice President of Products, NSBU at VMware, gives the delegates an overview of NSX, including the rationale behind it’s development, and how people are using it. NSX operates with a focus on applications, by decoupling them from the concerns of underlying architecture, which allows for better automation and security.
  • #NSX #Training & #Certification : Make your journey to the SDDC a reality with expert NSX training from VMware! – VMware NSX™ is the network virtualization and security platform for the software-defined data center. NSX brings virtualization to your existing network and transforms network operations and economics by delivering a completely new operational model for networking.
  • vSAN 6.6 Stretched Clusters – Capacity Considerations when using Local Protection or Site Affinitydownload (6) vSAN’s ability to provide a fully active-active, stretched cluster has already been proven. vSAN 6.6 takes this a step further, allowing for storage redundancy within a site AND across sites at the same time.
  • VMware and Open Source: A Commitment to Innovation and Collaboration – Why VMware, one of the world’s largest software companies, understands open source software is critical for innovation and collaboration.
  • Bootstrap the VCSA onto vSAN 6.6 with Easy Install – If vSAN is configured by vCenter, how do you deploy vCenter on top of vSAN? Sounds a bit like a chicken and egg scenario, huh? vSAN is part of a cluster configuration in vSphere. To create a cluster, a datacenter must first be present, and that must be part of a vCenter instance. At least that’s how we configure it via the vSphere Web Client.
  • Cisco UCS C3260 Storage Dense Configuration for vSAN – 96 TB per node download (7)
    One more feather in the cap of vSAN ReadyNode configuration. We now have certified Cisco UCS C3260 storage dense configuration for vSAN. You can now achieve up to 100TB of storage per node with this ReadyNode. You can see the vSAN VCG listing here.
  • Announcing the All New #vSAN Networking Guide Whitepaper – I’m delighted to announce a brand new vSAN Networking Guide. This is now published on our storagehub site. This new updated guide covers everything from support statements, the basics of NIC teaming on the vSAN network, including what options are available and the pros and cons of each approach, as well as supported topologies for standard deployments, 2-node deployments and stretched clusters.
  • VMware Cloud Foundation – Preparing to Image your First Rack – download (4)In this video, we demonstrate how to deploy the VMware Imaging Appliance (VIA) in preparation for imaging a new Cloud Foundation rack.
  • Deploying vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC) 1.1 | The Humble Lab – I Can’t Even Contain Myself…ha…ha… Now that I’ve gotten a poor joke out of the way, lets jump into something pretty exciting. VMware’s vSphere Integrated Containers version 1.1 went GA on 4/18 (see blog post here). Containers are growing quickly in popularity, and are starting to see some production usecases. I’ve been playing with them a little bit here and there in the lab; but never with any sort of major goals in mind. That being said – it’s time to step the game up.
  • Better Together: VMware AirWatch Workspace ONE & Office 365download (3) – Consider this: when it comes to securing enterprise applications, you might not have the whole story. While you may have heard that you can adequately protect your network with an Office 365 application-only security framework, in truth this approach leaves applications vulnerable. Instead, use VMware Workspace ONE which is flexible enough to provide administrative choice, yet comprehensive […]
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dcThis past week I was in Austin, TX at DockerCon as well as attending a Dell EBC in Round Rock. This was my first year attending DockerCon. For a summary recap, please check this post on my blog.

One thing that I got out of this conference is that Docker Containers are now mainstream. Companies like Visa, MetLife, PayPal and intuit was at the conference discussing how they shifted from traditional application development using Java or .Net to using Containers. VMware released vSphere Integrated Containers 1.1 and Photon Platform 1.2 during the conference.

vSAN 6.6 was GA last week, 04/18/2017. Make sure you upgrade to get all the new features.

04/25/2017 San Francisco VMUG Meeting
04/25/2017 Atlanta VMUG Meeting
04/26/2017 Charlotte VMUG Meeting
04/26/2017 Denver VMUG UserCon
04/27/2017 Ventura County VMUG Meeting
04/28/2017 Northwest South Carolina VMUG Meeting

vmLIVE Partner Training Calendar

05/04 WebCast – How CenturyLink Modernized Their Infrastructure with vSAN – CenturyLink is one of the world’s largest cloud-hosting and infrastructure providers. Join our 5/4 webcast to learn how they stay scalable with vSAN!

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

Sales News:

  • downloadCheck Point Partner Success Story – RoundTower on vSEC Solution – success story highlighting the features and benefits of vSEC for VMware NSX advanced security for the Software-Defined Data Center. Check Point vSEC integration with VMware NSX delivers dynamic orchestration of advanced threat prevention for all traffic in the Software-Defined Data Center.
  • The Modern CIO’s Agenda: Cloud, Mobility, and Security – Cloud, mobility, and security are infrastructure priorities for companies worldwide. Here’s what CIOs need to know to keep moving the business forward.
  • CaptureBacon and vSAN/NSX? SugarCreek Transforms Storage Across Their Data Center – vSAN and NSX across 2 clusters. 99% virtualized. SugarCreek has manufactured bacon products for 50 years, seeking constant innovation to provide better infrastructure to improve systems for optimizing production and distribution in their plants. As they faced common business challenges for increasing production while retaining quality and reducing costs, they turned to VMware vSAN for a storage solution that allows them to support the most demanding of mission critical business applications in the simplest, most cost-effective manner.
  • downloadRegister for Partner Exchange at VMworld 2017 – Partner Exchange takes place in Las Vegas on August 27 and in Barcelona on September 11 and the content this year is as robust as ever. At this exclusive partner event, you will hear about the latest industry trends, product innovations, and joint go-to-market opportunities and participate in solution keynotes relevant to your business. You will also gain access to the Partner Exchange Lounge, open all week for partners to meet, network and relax. Act now and include Partner Exchange with…
  • Software-defined data center: a strategic journey, not a technical destination – Your car might be partially software-defined without your knowledge, just as I found out not long ago. Now I don’t drive a Tesla, which was built from the ground-up with a majority of software-defined components. I drive your everyday, traditionally designed vehicle. Just by looking at it, you’d have no idea it included software-defined components. So how did I stumble upon this fact?

Technical News:

Eye on VMware 04/17/2017

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The two big news from last week were the announcement of vSAN 6.6 and VMware acquiring Wavefront. There are numerous new features of vSAN. You will find a few articles below on them. This week I will be out at Dockercon in Austin, TX. I will be live blogging/tweeting from the conference. So, follow me on this blog or Twitter @virtualsheng.

Sales News:

  • VMware vSAN: An Industry Perspective from Yanbing Li – downloadVMware Senior VP and GM, Storage and Availability Business Unit, Yanbing Li shares her perspective on what’s new in hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) and explains the many benefits customers can expect from VMware vSAN™ 6.6.
  • VMware Acquires Wavefront – It is clear to me that customers are responding enthusiastically to our Cross-Cloud strategy and our Cloud Management Business Unit (CMBU) team has a central role to play as we deliver a consistent operating environment across clouds. Our team is rapidly innovating for on-premises products while we also building out our Cross-Cloud management services including costing, discovery, monitoring, root cause analysis, and visualization. To accelerate our delivery for the cloud, today I’m excited to announce our intent to acquire Wavefront, the leading metrics monitoring service for companies born in the cloud era.
  • Partners: VMware Acquisition Of Wavefront Provides Channel With ‘Powerful’ Multi-Cloud App Management [www.crn.com] – Partners are cheering VMware’s planned acquisition of cloud application management specialist Wavefront.
  • VMware Cloud Exec On Wavefront Acquisition, AWS Strategy, And Why VMware Does Not Want To Be In Public Cloud Business [www.crn.com] -Ajay Singh, senior vice president and general manager of VMware’s Cloud Management Business Unit, told CRN that the company’s acquisition of Wavefront provides the virtualization market leader with microservices and DevOps prowess for its Cross-Cloud Services offensive.
  • download (3)More bad news for OpenStack – Intel Pulls Funding from OpenStack Effort It Founded With Rackspace [fortune.com] – Chip giant and Rackspace announced the effort in 2015 and are ending it now.
  • Defense Info Systems Agency (DISA) Adds VMware vSAN HCI Platform to VMware vSphere STIG Framework [vmware.com/radius] – The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has added VMware vSAN® to the VMware vSphere® Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG).
  • Why hospital data centers are moving to the cloud – Hospitals are asking how to get rid of their data centers because of the associated costs, Medstar CTO Ed Fisher said.As hospital data center infrastructures age and resources shrink, IT leaders are increasingly looking to the cloud to meet their storage needs. Not only is it cheaper than investing in upgrades and replacements of existing hardware and software, but it can add a level of security, especially in disaster-prone areas. The trend has some wondering if hospitals will still have physical data centers in the future or whether they will go the way of the dinosaurs.
  • Hospital datacenters: Extinct in 5 years? download (2)[www.healthcareitnews.com] – Prominent healthcare executives are predicting a drastic shift from on-premise IT infrastructure into the cloud. That includes electronic health records, clinical decision support and analytics.

Technical News:

  • Orchestrate Stateful Containers Using Docker Swarm and vSphere Docker Volume Service download[blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks] – As described in this blog, we can see that users have strong demands to run data intensive workloads in containers. Although Docker has good support for running stateless applications which dominate the micro services era, it lacks enough support to enable users to run stateful applications effortlessly.
  • vSAN 6.6 – Goodbye Multicast [blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks] – For a history of why Multicast was used, as well as what changed to prompt the shift read the history of vSAN multicast on storagehub. As vSAN technology and hardware have advanced we no longer need to use it for efficiency, or cluster discovery reasons.
  • Episode #385: vSAN 6.6 w/ Jase McCarty (@jasemccarty) – After Tuesday’s release of vSAN 6.6, Staff Technical Marketing Architect Jase McCarty joins the podcast crew to walk us through some of the details of the feature packed release.
  • VXLAN and OTV – What is the difference ? download (4)[www.ttlbits.com] – Thanks for the previous responses on the various topics i posted in this blogs. I knew there are lot of topics on the Data-center discussion and people are moving more to the datacenter technologies. It has been seen that there are lot of changes done in the design of the datacenter environment.
  • Getting Started with NSX Load Balancing download (6)[blogs.vmware.com/networkvirtualization] – In my conversations with customers and peers, load balancing is becoming an increasingly popular discussion. Why you may ask? Simple, load balancing is a critical component for most enterprise applications to provide both availability and scalability to the system. Over the last decade we have moved from bare metal servers to virtual servers and from manual deployment of operating systems to using tools like Chef, Puppet, vRA or other custom workflows. In addition to the movement towards virtualization and the API being the new CLI, we are also seeing a movement to Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) where Virtualized Network Functions (VNF) such as routing, VPN, firewalls, and load balancing are moving to software. The value of…Read More
  • Upgrade VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.2 to 6.5 [wuchikin.wordpress.com] – There are two phases of upgrade VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.5, it is Operating System and product upgrade. To upgrade vRealize Operations Manager to the latest version please follow the below procedures:
  • vSphere 6.5 Security Configuration Guide now available download (1)[blogs.vmware.com/vsphere] – Announcing the GA release of the vSphere Security Configuration Guide! Rename As I mentioned in my previous blog post where I announced the availability of the Security Configuration Guide (SCG) Release Candidate, the term “Hardening Guide” will no longer be used starting with vSphere 6.5. Only an increasingly small subset of the settings are…
  • vSphere Integrated Containers Demo [Video] – Check out how to use the latest features of vSphere Integrated Containers.
  • download (5)Project USB to SDDC – Part 2
    [www.virtuallyghetto.com] – In the previous article, I provided some background on the origin of the project. In this article, we will now focus on the technical details and how the solution actually works. Hardware This solution was originally developed against an Intel NUC but I had designed it to be generic so that it could run on any system which meets the minimum requirements […]

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Last week I was out in Boston, MA and New Jersey enabling our partners on a multitude of solutions mostly focusing on: NSX, vSAN/HCI. We also had our local NSX Enterprise SE from New York City, Steve Sacchi joined us in delivering a NSX session to a security team.

This past week VMware announced the End of Availability of vSphere Data Protection. In response to customer feedback, VMware is helping consolidate backup and recovery solution, a major pain point for many today. Moving forward after vSphere 6.5, our focus will be on Storage APIs – Data Protection to further strengthen the vSphere backup partner ecosystem providing you with a choice of solution providers. More details here.

download (8)VMworld 2017 Global Registration is Live! What are you waiting for? Register today and save with our Early Bird pricing! Join the industry’s top thought leaders, subject-matter experts and IT professionals at VMworld 2017 to immerse yourself in the latest in cloud infrastructure and digital workspace innovations. At VMworld, you’ll discover the technology, trends, and people like you who are shaping digital business. Registration is now live for both VMworld 2017 US and VMworld 2017 Europe – don’t delay!

[Webcast] Modernize Your IT with vSAN Innovations on 4/11download (9)

 

vSAN keeps evolving as a central part of the SDDC. Join our 4/11 webcast to learn how vSAN can lower TCO and help your business scale. RSVP now!

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

Sales News:

  • VMware Cloud Foundation Overview – download (14)VMware Cloud Foundation is the unified SDDC platform that brings together vSphere, vSAN and NSX into a natively integrated stack to deliver enterprise-ready cloud infrastructure for the private and public cloud.
  • Cisco’s reported move to sell OS software appears to be a pragmatic response to big threats [thestreet.com] – As hard as Cisco Systems (CSCO) is trying to become less dependent on its mainstay switching and routing franchises and grow its software/services exposure, these businesses still accounted for 60% of the company’s products (hardware and software) revenue last quarter. “Enterprise white-box adoption is still in its early stages, but the trend could pick up thanks to the adoption of third-party SDN platforms such as VMware’s (VMW) NSX. NSX moves much of a network’s intelligence to controller software, thus making it easier for a company lacking the technical resources of a Google or Amazon to use commodity switches. VMware reported in January NSX is now on a $1 billion annual bookings run rate. And on the carrier side, Google recently announced it will help mobile carriers adopt SDN and other networking technologies it has deployed in its data centers.”
  • After using both NSX and ACI, engineer says VMware wins his vote [searchsdn.techtarget.com] – Sugar Creek Packing Co. sidestepped the NSX vs. ACI debate and deployed both. Now, a senior network engineer shares which technology he would recommend to enterprises.
  • Software-Defined Networking Pioneer Martin Casado Looks Back, Forwarddownload (13)
    [www.eweek.com] – Nicira founder Martin Casado talks about where software-defined networking is going and how far the Open Networking Summit has come.
  • American Red Cross Portal Simplifies Access & Management for VDI, RDS, Legacy & Cloud Apps – download (12)Learn how your business can simplify app and access management at http://www.vmware.com/it-priorities/empower-digital-workspace.html American Red Cross workers and volunteers are constantly on the go, and traditional computer systems couldn’t adapt to the needs of a modern workforce. IT staff developed the American Red Cross Virtual Workplace, a digital workspace solution that delivers a consumer-simple experience with enterprise-class security. Volunteers and employees now can use the devices of their choice to easily access apps and data from anywhere at any time. Read More
  • Cap and Gown: VMware NSX and the University of New Hampshire download (11)[vmware.com/radius] – The University of New Hampshire (UNH), founded in 1866, is the flagship of the university system in New Hampshire. With more than 15,000 students spread across 11 colleges and three campuses, it is also the largest university in the state. In 2015, faced with rising maintenance and operating costs, UNH decided to modernize its data centers by virtualizing its network with VMware NSX®. As Matt Connors, the university’s VMware systems engineer, explains, “Technology is an ever-expanding role for us at UNH. The software-defined data center was the next logical step.”
  • Missed IBM InterConnect? Here are 3 key VMware highlights from Las Vegas [blogs.vmware.com/vcloud] – This year, VMware sponsored IBM InterConnect in Las Vegas as a Gold Sponsor. From the showroom floor to breakout sessions, the VMware presence throughout the week was strong. If you weren’t able to attend, here are a few key highlights from the event.
  • VMware’s Chief Research Officer Believes Explainable AI Will Be the Future [aibusiness.com] – We had the opportunity to talk to VMware’s chief research officer, David Tennenhouse, about his views on artificial intelligence, how it is being used within VMware and how the new technology is helping customers engaged in digital transformation.
  • Connected Vehicles: the Internet of Things from the Car to the Cloud – The future of connected vehicles and enhanced driving experiences is here today. With millions of connected vehicles on the road, a new method is needed to monitor the vehicles remotely and provide a way for vehicle manufacturers to deploy software updates over-the-air. VMware provides an end-to-end solution for monitoring, managing and securing IoT systems – from car to the cloud.
  • Smart Cities: Better Places to Live – A smart city uses information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance its livability, workability, security and sustainability. The variety of connected devices in a smart city will be very difficult to manage using multiple proprietary solutions. VMware provides an end-to-end solution for managing, monitoring and securing all the connected devices in a smart city, from sensors and IoT edge systems to the cloud.
  • Sorry Windows, Android is now the most popular end-user operating system [zdnet.com] – For decades, the answer to the question “What’s the most popular operating system?” was Windows. You may not have liked it, but macOS, OS/2, Linux, you name it, couldn’t knock it off its pedestal. But, then along came smartphones and tablets, and PCs started their long sales decline. In March 2017, by web-analytics company StatCounter’s reckoning, Android became more popular than Windows.

Technical News:

  • Developer-Ready Infrastructure with Pivotal Cloud Foundry and VMware NSX download (17)[content.pivotal.io] – Pivotal Cloud Foundry and VMware are powering a resurgence of the enterprise data center. Here’s a look at how PCF and VMware NSX combine to deliver “developer-ready infrastructure.”
  • Identifying controllers and drivers for vSAN [justait.net] – One of the critical components on a vSAN environment is it’s I/O controller’s and flash drivers and firmwares, VMware provides two sets of guidelines, one for general purpose and one specific for vSAN purpose, and they are NOT mandatorily the same.
  • Project USB to SDDC – Part 1 [virtuallyghetto.com] – download (15)A couple of weeks back, Alan Renouf and I co-presented at the Sydney and Melbourne VMUG UserCon, here are some great write-ups about the events here and here. We were very honored to have been invited out and to also deliever the closing keynote. Having traveled halfway around the world, we thought it was only fitting to share something really special.
  • VMFS vs. RDM – Fight! [vsphere-land.com] – download (10)The question often comes up, when should I use Raw Device Mappings (RDMs) instead of traditional VMFS/VMDK virtual disks. The answer for this usually is, always use VMFS unless you fit into specific use cases. An RDM is raw LUN that is presented directly to a VM instead of creating a traditional virtual disk on a VMFS datastore. Because a VM is directly accessing a LUN there is a natural tendency to think that a RDM would provide better performance as a VM is reading/writing directly to a LUN and not having to deal with the overhead of the VMFS file system. While you might think that, it’s not the case.. Read More
  • vCNS to NSX Upgrade Guide [vwud.net] -I have put together a short guide on how to upgrade from vCNS to NSX please find inks to each section below. Pre-Upgrade Tasks vCNS Manager to NSX Manager Upgrade Host Preparation Tasks vShield Edges to NSX Edges Upgrade Tasks vShield Endpoints to NSX Guest Introspection Upgrade Tasks Post Upgrade Tasks
  • MicroSegmentation of Applications using Application Rule Manager [blogs.vmware.com/networkvirtualization] – “Micro-Segmentation provides a way to build a zero-trust network – where all networks, perimeters and application are inherently untrusted.” – declared Forrester Consulting in 2015 with their white paper Leveraging Micro-Segmentation to build zero-trust model. The last mile in creating a truly zero-trust network implies not trusting each application and also tiers within an application (Figure 1). To complete the last mile, network, security and risk professionals are increasingly looking for tools to understand application communication patterns and providing access controls to them. With version 6.3.0, NSX has unveiled 2 new tools, namely, Application Rule Manager (ARM) and Endpoint Monitoring (EM), to help professionals understand…Read More
  • download (16)VMware Horizon 7.1 Technical Overview
    As an introduction to the technical advancements in Horizon 7.1, this video will review the technical and logical architecture of Horizon, as well as the main components.

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