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Eye on VMware 12/04/2017

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This past week I was out at AWS re:Invent. It was an interesting and exciting event. If you miss my post about the AWS Announcements at re:Invent, make sure you take a look. I also mentioned the VMware Cloud on AWS announcements at re:Invent as well on my last issue of Eye on VMware. One key validation I gathered is that more and more the Development, DevOps teams are defining the infrastructure. Serverless, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence is starting to gain popularity. This will change how our partners and customers design/deploy their infrastructure.

Q3 Earnings
Last week VMware also reported its Q3 earnings and beats by $0.07. Update with guidance: Q4 guidance has revenue at $2.26B (consensus: $2.23B) and EPS at $1.62, which matches consensus. FY19 revenue expected to grow 10% on the year to $8.66B compared to the $8.39B consensus.  License revenue, $785M (+14% Y/Y); Services revenue, $1.19B (+10%); unearned revenue, $5.6B; operating cash flows, $970M; FCF, $911M; cash and equivalents, $11.6B. You can find here the call transcript and slides. NSX grew 100% YoY, vSAN grew 150% YoY, EUC grew over 40%, Compute bookings were up 11%, Cloud Management bookings were flat.

vSAN #1 in HCI Spending
tweetIDC Data Shows HCI Solutions Powered by VMware vSAN Represented the Largest Share of Total 1H2017 HCI Spending. The total value of hyperconverged solutions running VMware vSAN accounted for 33.3% of 1H2017 HCI market revenue, making HCI systems powered by vSAN the largest portion of the hyperconverged systems market. That 33.3% market share of HCI systems included VMware vSAN sold on servers through the vSAN ReadyNode™ program, a program with 14 different server ecosystem partners, and as fully integrated HCI appliances, like the Dell EMC VxRail appliances.

Serverless Functions and Functions as a Service (FaaS) running on VMware vSphere – Introducing the AWS Greengrass on vSphere Preview
awsgreengrassServerless was one of the most popular topics at AWS re:invent. VMware is now announcing AWS Greengrass on vSphere to allow customers to integrate using Lambda functions with other applications and services already running on vSphere. This gives customers another integration point between AWS and VMware. “By running Greengrass on-premises on vSphere, organizations will be able to closely integrate Greengrass, using Lambda functions, with other applications and services already running on vSphere infrastructure at the edge. Placing cloud services in the same locations where devices reside and data is generated will give organizations even greater capabilities to innovate and build intelligent systems that surpass what’s possible in the cloud, data center, or edge alone. AWS Greengrass 1.3 can share common local resources with other VMs (such as a GPU or serial bus), and organizations are able to manage the Greengrass VM Appliance using familiar tools and platforms such as vCenter, VMware vRealize Operations, VMware vRealize Automation, and VMware NSX.”
https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2017/11/aws-greengrass-on-vsphere.html
AWS re:invent 2017: Getting Started with Serverless Computing Using AWS Lambda (ENT332)

Below is from Linda Hummel, our Partner Enablement Manager:

December Dates To Remember

Partner Enablement

Tips/Tidbits

VMUG Virtual User Conference 2017 – December 13th, 2017, 9AM-5PM
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VMware Customer Webcasts

Upcoming VMUG Meetings

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

Sales News:

  • Benefits of HCI Powered by vSAN download– In this light-board video, Systems Engineer Simon Todd discusses the benefits of HCI powered by vSAN and why it matters in the data center. Learn how HCI can lower infrastructure costs, improve efficiency & performance and scale to accommodate your future needs.
  • VMware and AWS Say Move Your DR Data Center to the Cloud – VMware and Amazon Web Services are beefing up capabilities of their joint attack on the enterprise hybrid cloud market – called VMware Cloud on AWS — including a new disaster recovery-as-a-service offering for enterprises with on-premises data centers and a new availability region.
  • VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension for VMware Cloud on AWS download (2)– VMware announced a preview of VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension service (previously known as HCX Technologies) as an add-on service to VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware announced the initial availability of Hybrid Cloud Extension at VMworld 2017 Europe, with VMware’s Cloud Provider partners IBM and OVH. .
  • AWS Jumps On Managed Kubernetes Train with EKS – Amazon Web Services (AWS) today rolled out its own managed Kubernetes service called Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS). AWS has been setting the stage for its Kubernetes move for several months. Reports surfaced over the summer that AWS was “feeling threatened” by Kubernetes’ popularity “and they don’t own it.” Then in August, AWS joined CNCF as a platinum member, linking the move to the growing use of CNCF projects running on AWS.

Technical News:

  • Deployment models for vSphere Content Library download (3)– When talking to customers about vSphere Content Library deployments, one question I normally get is how best deploy Content Library for optimal workload deployment, especially in scenarios where remote or branch offices are involved? There are two main deployment models for vSphere Content Library as the title has alluded to. The main difference between the two
  • NetFlow on Physical switches with vRealize Network Insight – With the release of vRealize Network Insight 3.6, the flow analyzer inside vRNI now supports external sources for NetFlow. This article will get you started..
  • Micro-segmentation For Dummies, 2nd Edition – Data center threats are more sophisticated than ever. Do you have the security solution it takes to protect vulnerable information? Download the updated version of “Micro-segmentation for Dummies” to learn more
  • OpenStack and Kubernetes Better Together – Virtual machines and containers are two of my favorite technologies. In today’s DevOps driven environment, deliver applications as microservices allows an organization to provide features faster. Splitting a monolithic application into multiple portable fragments based on containers are often top of most organization’s digital transformation strategies. Virtual Machines, delivered as IaaS, has been around
  • eBook: VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive download (1)– The VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive is a guide to building consistent high-performing ESXi hosts. Written for administrators, architects, consultants, aspiring VCDX-es and people eager to learn more about the elements that control the behavior of CPU, memory, storage and network resources.
  • IT transformation Serverless Life Beyond DevOps with New York Times CTO Nick Rockwell Podcast – StorageIOblog – Podcast discussion with New York Times CTO Nick Rockwell discussing Business, IT and Digital Transformation, software development, metrics, serverless, DevOps.
  • Get smart with these 35+ free self-paced eLearning courses from VMware – VMware currently offers free self-paced eLearning courses in the below languages, with more releasing soon.

 

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Eye on VMware 11/28/2017

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Greetings live from Vegas this week as I’m out at AWS re:invent conference. re:invent kicked off with Shaq DJ’in with an evening event. One of the members on our NSX team sat next to him on the flight over to Vegas.

Day 1 of re:invent, I spent the day at the Partner Bootcamp. It was a bit too high-level for me and I was surprised that there aren’t many people that were AWS certified. Amazon now has 90-100 or so services available and are growing. AWS added 2238 features in 3 years, 62 proactive price reductions since 2006, 14 Availability Zones across 16 Regions, 92 Edge Locations. AWS has increased 10,000+ new APN Partners in 2017 and now has cutting-edge solutions for Serverless, Blockchain, Machine Learning and Artifical Intelligence.

VMware just Capturemade announcements today adding features to our VMware Cloud on AWS offering; VMware and AWS Expand Capabilities and Availability of VMware Cloud on AWS.

Expanding availability from the U.S. West (Oregon) region to also include the AWS U.S. East (N. Virginia) region

Faster Application Migration with Seamless Portability:

Application Availability and Business Continuity for Mission-Critical Workloads:

Scale, Security, and Visibility for Mission-Critical Applications:

  • Multiple SDDCs per customer
  • Up to 10 clusters / SDDC
  • Improved Hybrid Operations including expanded single logical view and content management with native VM templates
  • Adding support for Wavefront® by VMware, a VMware Cloud Service that provides an open API platform supporting more than 80 integrations to collect time-series data from application metrics collectors such as for Java, Ruby, Python, and Go, to service metrics collectors for MySQL, Pivotal, Kubernetes, AWS, and more

Greater Partner Ecosystem for VMware Cloud on AWS – 

Pricing and Availability

  • Now offering 1-year and 3-year subscription options for VMware Cloud on AWS, in addition to the existing hourly on-demand pricing. Help customers lower their TCO by up to 50 percent compared to on-demand pricing
  • VMware’s Hybrid Loyalty Program provides discounts on the core service subscriptions to customers with on-premises vSphere, VMware NSX®, and/or VMware vSAN® licenses, which can further reduce the TCO by an additional 25 percent
  • VMware Site Recovery is available today as a separate add-on and is priced per protected VM with hourly metering. VMware vMotion, L2 network stretch, AWS Direct Connect, multi-cluster support, VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension support and AWS Direct Connect private connectivity to VMware Cloud on AWS are expected to be available in VMware’s Q4 FY2018 which ends on February 3, 2018. All other capabilities are available today. To view the latest status of features for VMware Cloud on AWS, visit: https://cloud.vmware.com/vmc-aws/features

Reminders

VMUG Virtual User Conference 2017 – December 13th, 2017, 9AM-5PM
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VMware Customer Webcasts

Upcoming VMUG Meetings

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

Sales News:

Technical News:

  • Released: NSX-v 6.3.5 and New Features and Fixes – Last week VMware released NSX-v 6.3.5 (Build 7119875) that contains a few new features and addresses a number of bug fixes from previous releases. Going through the release notes there are a lot of known issues that should be known and there are more than a few that apply to service providers…specifically there are a lot around Logical and Edge Routing functions. The other interesting point to highlight about this release is that this is apparently the same build that runs on VMware on AWS…Read More
  • What I Wish I Knew When I Was Learning VMware – Learning a new technology can seem daunting at first. This year marks 10 years of me working with VMware technologies, which blows my mind. When I was first learning VMware, I was just like anyone
  • What is VMware Workspace ONE, really? – VMware Workspace ONE is a modern platform that can manage everything from Windows, replacing SCCM, to Mac, Android, and iOS, connecting them to identity, storage, and application services on-premises or in the cloud.
  • Network Insight 3.6 Technical Overview download (22)– vRealize Network Insight 3.6 (vRNI) and Network Insight Service include a number of powerful new features designed to provide enhanced visibility for physical network switches. Network Insight also allows you to leverage your physical switch NetFlow data for micro-segmentation planning. Additionally we have added a flow analytics capability, a new AWS security group and firewall
  • vSphere 6.5 Update 1 is the Update You’ve Been Looking For! download (23)– With this update release, VMware builds upon the already robust industry-leading virtualization platform and further improves the IT experience for its customers. vSphere 6.5 has now been running in production environments for over 8 months and many of the discovered issues have been fixed in patches and subsequently rolled into this release.

Eye on VMware 11/06/2017

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What a crazy week we had! First, the New York City terror on the West Side. I had many friends that went to Stuyvesant and I know the area well. That trail is usually very crowded with lots of pedestrians. Then, we had the church incident last night near San Antonio, Texas. What is this world coming to? We have way too many crazies running around! For those of you still looking to get your hands on an iPhone X before the 3-4 weeks delivery time, you may want to check your local Apple store from time to time. They are stocking them on a daily basis. I’m looking to purchase one for my cousin in Taiwan. You can monitor the availability on this website.

Last week I attended a VMware Cloud on AWS Partner Enablement workshop for some Early Access Partners. It was a joint session with Amazon. I got to meet some of my AWS peers whom I will be working with closer to help our partners on-board with this new offering. We shared many of our roadmap for our next release and beyond. This is just the beginning. There is so much great features coming out to tackle business requirements coming soon!

VeloCloud Acquisition
In the world of VMware, we made a huge acquisition of VeloCloudCaptureWith the addition of VeloCloud’s industry-leading SD-WAN technology, we will be able to extend the VMware NSX approach of automated, secure, and infrastructure-independent networking to the WAN.” We already see companies like Brooks Brothers trading in MPLS for SD-WAN in 278 Stores. There are two things that SD-WAN solves:

  1. Reduce Costs – Eliminate Branch router, dedicated circuit and maintenance costs, remote install
  2. WAN Efficiency – SaaS and internet traffic gets directed at the branch level instead of traversing to the data center

Are your customers ready to save some money and drive efficiency? Absolutely!

Below from Linda Hummel, APO Partner Enablement:

November Dates To Remember

November vmLIVE Event Calendar

Program Updates

Customer Promotions

Partner Enablement

AirWatch Training Course Schedules

Tips/Tidbits

Solution Enablement Toolkits Partner Cheat Sheet ; Follow on Twitter @VMware_SETs

VMUG Virtual User Conference 2017 – December 13th, 2017, 9AM-5PM
download (15)

VMware Customer Webcasts

Upcoming VMUG Meetings

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

Sales News:

Technical News:

  • 10 Things To Know Before Starting with NSX-T download (13)– NSX-T 2.0 is available for 2 months now and I thought I could share a few tips and information you should know before starting with NSX-T.
  • What Every vSphere Admin Must Know About VMware Tools – The latest technical resources to help vSphere Administrators manage the lifecycle of VMware Tools
  • Oracle RAC on VMware Cloud on Amazon AWS download (11)-With the recent launch of the VMware Cloud on AWS Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) from VMware, many Business Critical Application (BCA) workloads that were previously difficult to deploy in the cloud no longer require significant platform modifications. This joint demo between VMware and AWS presented at VMworld 2017 uses an Oracle RAC Database for high-availability zero-downtime client connection failover, supporting a Django-Python application running in a Native AWS Elastic Beanstalk environment.
  • Network Ports in Horizon 7 download (12)– The VMware Horizon 7 Network Ports document lists port requirements for connectivity between the various components and servers in a Horizon 7 deployment. Included are detailed Horizon 7 Network Ports diagrams. Links from the thumbnail diagrams take you to larger PDF layouts of the diagrams that are high resolution and ready for printing as posters. Each subset of the main diagram focuses on a particular connection type and display protocol use.
  • Review: The best Linux distros for Docker and containers -Alpine Linux, CoreOS Container Linux, RancherOS, Red Hat Project Atomic, and VMware Photon OS compared
  • Announcing Version 2.0 of Project Photon OS – download (10)By Steve Hoenisch, Technical and Marketing Communications, VMware We’re pleased to announce version 2.0 of Project Photon OS. Photon OS is an open source Linux operating system optimized for containers, cloud-native applications, public cloud platforms and VMware infrastructure. The operating system helps you securely build, test, run and manage containerized applications. Here are some highlights

 

 

 

Eye on VMware 10/30/2017

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This past week was full of sleep deprivation for many of us. How many of you stayed up until midnight to pre-order an iPhone X? Hope you were one of the lucky ones. I switched over to a Samsung Galaxy S8 several months ago. I was just getting bored of the same old iPhone for many years. Not many new innovation until this iPhone X. Very interested to see how people like the facial recognition unlock. I use it sometimes on the Samsung but still prefer the fingerprint reader most of the time.

What about the World Series? Wow. I’m a Dodgers fan, so it was a tough loss last night. The Astros just are unstoppable on offense. I was surprised the Dodgers were able to come back in the 9th. I can tell the pitching staff on both sides are worn out.

This past week at VMware, we announced the VMware vSphere BETA Program. Folks who want to participate in the program can now indicate their interest by filling out this simple formThe vSphere team will grant access to the program to selected candidates in stages.

download (8).pngChina Global Television Network did an interview with Pat Gelsinger while he was there for the vForum China in Beijing this past Friday. China Global Television Network rarely ever interview a foreign executive, so this was pretty interesting.

This past Thursday I did a Top Gun Tech Thursdays session on Wavefront. Here are the slides if you are interested. Wavefront is a Metrics Analytics Platform. The most common question asked is how does this compare to vRealize Operations (vROps) and Blue Medora? The biggest differentiator is this is a SaaS based offering. One of the few services of the broader VMware Cloud Services. Unlike vROps/Blue Medora, which is on-prem. Secondly, it’s primarily for different audiences. Wavefront is for Service Reliability Engineers (SREs), DevOps and Developers. While vROps/Blue Medora is mostly for Infrastructure admins.

Here’s the deck I presented: https://goo.gl/bWSroo
There’s a 30-day trial on wavefront’s website: https://www.wavefront.com/sign-up/
VMware Hands on Lab: HOL-1802-01-CMP: http://labs.hol.vmware.com/
Pricing is based on PPS (Packets per second), GA 8/10/17

VMUG Virtual User Conference 2017 – December 13th, 2017, 9AM-5PM
download (15)

VMware Customer Webcasts

Upcoming VMUG Meetings

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

Sales News:

Technical News:

  • In the Lab: Migrating Workloads to VMware vSAN | StorageReview.com download (12)– Storage Reviews – For as much work as we’ve done around VMware vSAN in terms of site content and reviews, it may come as a surprise to some that we hadn’t been using any vSAN in production.
  • VMware NSX/Kubernetes and F5 – A Cloud Native App Integration download (11).png– The solution leveraging VMware NSX and F5 addresses many of the requirements of these emerging application architectures. The integration between these solutions provides customers many benefits, such as the ability to leverage and re-use existing investment in their load balancing resources, provides a solution to address the microsegmentation of microservices and container based applications, all while reducing the deployment time of applications and simplifying operations for application layer, security, and network availability services.
  • NSX Small and Medium Business Data Center Design Guide – View here on #VMTN! – This design guide is an initial draft status, feedback is welcome for the next updated version release. The goal of this guide is to outline options and possibilities in designing NSX in Small data centers/environments.
  • Kubernetes Introduction for VMware Users – Part 1: The Theory download (14)– By Hany Michaels, Senior Staff Solutions Architect NSBU, VMware This is the second part of my “Kubernetes in the Enterprise” blog series. As I mentioned in my last article, it is important to get everyone to the same level of understanding about Kubernetes (K8s) before we can proceed to the design and implementation guides.
  • VMware Cloud Services – VMware Cloud on AWS download (13)– thecloudxpert – Just a short one for this post. Read all about my views on VMware Cloud on AWS (VMConAWS) in this new article here. TL:DR Version VMConAWS is an #awesome joint proposition from VMware and AWS but like with most Public Cloud Platforms/Services, it isn’t without its barriers to adoption. However, we have to remember that the service…Read More
  • Overview of Horizon Cloud and Microsoft Azure Prerequisites download (16)– The first video in a series of four is an overview of how Horizon Cloud works on Microsoft Azure, and the prerequisites for deploying a Horizon Cloud Node.
  • Learn Networking With a FREE CCNA Lab Guide – One of the things I talk about at length in my book IT Architect Series: The Journey (A Practical Guidebook for Anyone Interested in IT Architecture) is gaining theoretical and practical knowledge …Read More
  • VMware Licensing Organization Tips download (9)– I bet there are lots of folks out there that just love managing licensing both on their systems and in the VMware portal. For those of you t…Read More

Eye on VMware 10/23/2017

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Another week of Post-Season baseball. Dodgers and Astros in the World Series starting tomorrow. I was a bit disappointed Yankees didn’t make it. That would have been a dream matchup for me.

This past week I was out in New York City and Boston. We did a few SDDC Assessments workshop with partners. Screenshot_20171023-105400I was also able to listen in on Emad Younis explaining all the different scenarios of upgrading vCenter/vSphere. Later in the week, I participated in the Boston VMUG UserCon. I presented on “Transforming Networking and Security with NSX, App Defense and vRealize Network Insight“. Here are the slides if you are interested.

This week I will be presenting on Wavefront on our Partners’ Top Gun Tech Thursdays.

October Dates To Remember

  • Top Gun Tuesday (for Partner Sales):
    • Oct 24: Why should our customers update to vSphere 6.5?
    • Oct 24: The Myths of HCI
  • Top Gun Tech Thursday (for Partner Technical Teams):
    • Oct 26: Wavefront

[Webcast] Solve your Citrix Problems with VMware Technologies – 10/25

VMware Customer Webcasts

Upcoming VMUG Meetings

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

Sales News:

Technical News:

 

Eye on VMware 10/16/2017

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Team, what a weekend in sports! LA Dodgers win their second game against the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS. Justin Turner with a walkoff Homerun! Yankees are down 0-2 against the Astros. Broncos lost to the Giants? The undefeated KC Chiefs loses to the Steelers. I love the month of October. Not only is there great baseball. We also have NFL and College Football in full swing, basketball and hockey are just starting. The weather is just perfect as well, minus the recent hurricanes of course!

Horizon on Azure is now GA
download (1).pngThe big news last week is our release of Horizon on Azure. Delivering on the Promise of Cross-Cloud Strategy As the saying goes, good things come to those who wait. In May, we announced our intent to release the VMware Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure. This summer, an exclusive group of customers participated in our beta program, and finally, this August and September lucky VMworld attendee got a chance to see our team preview this new solution. After much anticipation and excitement, we are happy to announce that the Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure solution is now generally available (GA).

vForum Online Fall event
This is the week!! Coming up Wednesday, October 18th. vForum Online is an excellent opportunity to learn about our solutions and all the product content that has been newly refreshed from VMworld. If your customers missed out on attending VMworld or need practical advice for their technology infrastructure, they will have the opportunity to learn from 16 technical breakouts, 10 instructor-led Hands-on Labs, and 9 LIVE video chats with experts. Take a look at the agenda below and register to take advantage of the chance for your customers to hear Pat Gelsinger’s keynote and get inspired.
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Digital Transformation with Digital Workspace
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VMUG UserCon
Last week, I presented at the Dallas VMUG UserCon on “What’s New with Intelligent Operations with vRealize Operations and Log Insight”. Here are the slides, if you are interested. This Thursday, I will be at the Boston VMUG UserCon presenting on “Transforming Networking and Security with NSX, App Defense and vRealize Network Insight“.

I’m out in New York City and Boston this week. My colleague Ray Kalmbach (@HybridCloudPro) and I are delivering a VMware SDDC Assessments Workshop in NYC today at the EMC office for our partners. Here are the slides (VMware Internal Link. Partners, reach out to me if you want a copy). Tomorrow our VMware expert, Emad Younis, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, will walk our partners through vSphere 6.5 upgrade paths for scenarios solicited live from the audience!

VMware vSphere Partner Workshop – New York
October 17: New York, NY 9:30am-3:30pm EST
EMC Office / Murray Hill Conference Room
2 Penn Plaza 18th Floor, New York, NY 10121
Click here to register

October Dates To Remember

[Webcast] Solve your Citrix Problems with VMware Technologies – 10/25

VMware Customer Webcasts

Upcoming VMUG Meetings

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

Sales News:

Technical News:

Eye on VMware 10/9/2017

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Many of you have asked if there is an easy way to subscribe to this newsletter. I am now putting this on MailChimp, so if you are external to VMware you should be able to subscribe and unsubscribe to get this in your email weekly. If you are internal to VMware, and are NOT getting this in your email today feel free to reach out to me and I will add you to the list via internal email.

Post-Season Baseball is underway and there has been some great games. I’m rooting for the Yankees and Dodgers this year as I grew up in New York City and lived in Southern California. I’m in Phoenix today for a meeting, so I will have the opportunity to see the LA/Arizona game. I’m hoping the Yankees and Red Sox both move on, since I will be in NYC and Boston next week. That will be a tough one since they are both down.

VMUG UserCon
Tomorrow, I will be at the Dallas VMUG UserCon presenting on “What’s New with Intelligent Operations with vRealize Operations and Log Insight“. Next Thursday, I will be at the Boston VMUG UserCon presenting on “Transforming Networking and Security with NSX, App Defense and vRealize Network Insight“.

At this free, one-day conference, you will:

  • Connect with hundreds of VMware users in your area
  •  Attend educational sessions on the latest industry trends and topics
  • Get an inside look at exciting VMware and partner products and services
  • Experience product demonstrations first hand
  • Mingle with industry experts
  • And more!

vForum Online Fall event is coming up on Wednesday, October 18th. vForum Online is an excellent opportunity to learn about our solutions and all the product content that has been newly refreshed from VMworld. If your customers missed out on attending VMworld or need practical advice for their technology infrastructure, they will have the opportunity to learn from 16 technical breakouts, 10 instructor-led Hands-on Labs, and 9 LIVE video chats with experts. Take a look at the agenda below and register to take advantage of the chance for your customers to hear Pat Gelsinger’s keynote and get inspired.
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October Dates To Remember

  • Oct 17: AMER Partner Marketing Online Workshop
  • Oct 17: New York City vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Workshop
  • Oct 18: Online vForum Registration
  • Top Gun Tuesday (for Partner Sales):
    • Oct 10: VOA Fluency Series – Part 2
    • Oct 17: VOA Fluency Series – Part 3
    • Oct 24: Why should our customers update to vSphere 6.5?
    • Oct 24: The Myths of HCI
  • Top Gun Tech Thursday (for Partner Technical Teams):
    • Oct 12: NSX Integration w/ 3rd Party Apps (Trend Micro, Palo Alto, etc)
    • Oct 19: SDDC Messaging & Demo
    • Oct 26: Wavefront

[Webcast] Solve your Citrix Problems with VMware Technologies – 10/25

VMware Customer Webcasts

Upcoming VMUG Meetings

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

Sales News:

Technical News:

  • VMware Horizon View 7.3.1 Released – A few days back VMware has released their flagship product for VDI – VMware Horizon View 7.3. The latest release brought some improvements and new features such as dedicated instant-clone desktop pools (previously only non-persistent desktop pools could be created via instant-clones). Also, instant-clones can use Windows Server OS Let’s recap a little bit what’s […]
  • What’s New in VMware Horizon 7.3.1 & Horizon Client 4.6 download (4)– VMware has released VMware Horizon 7.3.1 and Horizon Client 4.6. With this new release, Horizon 7.3 enhances key platform features, including Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business, Instant Clone Technology, and the Horizon Help Desk Tool. Many new items have been introduced, such as HTML5 video redirection support for the Chrome browser and the ability […]
  • Boost your career with an NSX certification from VMware! download (1)– 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.
  • Demo: Multi-site Active-Active with NSX, F5 Networks GSLB, and Palo Alto Networks Security – I wrote this post prior on my personal blog at HumairAhmed.com. You can also see many of my prior blogs on multisite and Cross-vCenter NSX here on the VMware Network Virtualization blog site. This post expands on my prior post, Multi-site Active-Active Solutions with NSX-V and F5 BIG-IP DNS. Specifically, in this post, deploying applications
  • Performance Characterization of Microsoft SQL Server on VMware vSphere 6.5 download (2)– In this paper , an online transaction processing (OLTP) benchmark, DVD Store 3, is used to characterize performance and power across five generations of 4-socket Intel servers hosting monster-sized Microsoft SQL Server 2016 database VMs. The results show vSphere is capable of fully utilizing current-generation server and storage technology, achieving great database performance. SQL Server workloads achieve excellent performance with vSphere 6.5 on top of today’s massively multi-core, large…Read More
  • Pivotal Container Service in Cloud Provider Program – VMware announced a partnership with Pivotal to bring Kubernetes container framework services to its customers. VMware & Pivotal will co-develop, sell and support enterprise Kubernetes solution on-premises (vSphere/VCF), on VMC (VMW Cloud on AWS). The foundational building blocks of this offering will be Kubo and NSX-T. Other VMware integrations will include vROps, Wavefront, vRNI and vRLI. PKS will be made available as a stand-alone product and as an on-demand service within Pivotal Cloud Foundry. PKS will also be carried by Dell-EMC and brought to market through the VX-Rail and VX-Rack programs.
  • Kubernetes in the enterprise with VMware NSX-T and vRealize Automation – We’ve all seen the VMware PKS announcement at VMworld 2017, and we are all excited about it. The idea of provisioning Kubernetes clusters in an easy way, with day-2 operations, inside your datacenters, has been a request from most of the VMware customers who are starting their journeys into the brave new cloud-native world.
  • VMware Cloud on AWS – Overview and Setup download (6)– VMworld 2017 was a great opportunity to learn about VMware on AWS or VMC (VMware Cloud). What is being offered is a SDDC stack, ESXi, vSAN, and networks built on NSX. AWS will provide bare metal ho…Read More
  • Free VMware self-paced eLearning – VMware currently offers free self-paced eLearning courses in the below languages, with more releasing soon.

 

Eye on VMware 10/2/2017

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What a week! Earlier this morning/late evening in Vegas we had a terrible tragedy. My condolences goes out to the victims and their families. I know some of you are out in Vegas this week for NetApp Insight. I hope you are all safe.

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We are closing in on the end of Q3 with a few weeks left.

The beginning of last week, our COO Sanjay Poonen was on CNBC’s Mad Money with Jim Cramer.

madmoneyBoo-Yah! “As Cloud become a Force of Nature. We thought the right thing to do would be to partner with the Leader.”

vForum Online Fall event is coming up on Wednesday, October 18th. vForum Online is an excellent opportunity to learn about our solutions and all the product content that has been newly refreshed from VMworld. If your customers missed out on attending VMworld or need practical advice for their technology infrastructure, they will have the opportunity to learn from 16 technical breakouts, 10 instructor-led Hands-on Labs, and 9 LIVE video chats with experts. Take a look at the agenda below and register to take advantage of the chance for your customers to hear Pat Gelsinger’s keynote and get inspired.
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Just a reminder, for those partners looking to leverage the Intel Ignite program, that has any project that will be completed by Dec 31, 2017 – need to submit ASAP – budget for AMER is just about exhausted. Intel has renewed the program for 2018 and aligns with their fiscal year Jan 1 , 2018 for fund replenishment. Please contact your respective Partner rep for more details.

Last Wednesday we started to release our Hands on Labs from VMworld. The VMware Cloud on AWS Hands on Labs has been released on our HOL site:
http://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/lab/3826

Along with quite a few other HOL labs. All of which will be released sporadically by end of next week:
https://blogs.vmware.com/hol/2017/09/vmworld-2017-hands-on-labs-released.html

This is a great chance for you as well as your customers to look at some of our new releases:

HOL-1844-02-SLN – VMware Cloud Foundation – Hybrid Cloud PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1845-01-SLN – Modernize Infrastructure – Build Your Own SDDC PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1851-04-ADV – VMware User Environment Manager – Getting Started PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1851-05-ADV – VMware Workspace ONE and VMware Horizon 7.1 PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1851-10-ADV – Horizon 7.1 – Graphics Acceleration for 3D workloads and vGPU PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1857-02-UEM – VMware AirWatch – Unified Endpoint Management for Windows 10 PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1857-07-UEM – VMware AirWatch – Android Management PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1884-01-HBD – VMware Cloud Services – Getting Started PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1887-01-EMT – VMware Cloud on AWS – Getting Started PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1801-02-CMP – vRealize Suite Standard – Automated and Proactive Management PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1806-02-SLN – Automate IT – Make Private Cloud Easy PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1806-03-CMP – vRealize Business for Cloud – Getting Started PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1811-04-SDC – vSphere Security – Getting Started PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1811-07-SDC – vSphere HTML Client SDK – Build a Plugin PDF / HTML New!

Below info from our great Linda Hummel:
October Dates To Remember

  • Oct 3: GoHybrid Campaign vmLIVE
  • Oct 17: AMER Partner Marketing Online Workshop
  • Oct 17: New York City vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Workshop
  • Oct 18: Chicago vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Workshop
  • Oct 18: Online vForum Registration
  • Top Gun Tuesday (for Partner Sales):
    • Oct 3: VOA Fluency Series – Part 1
    • Oct 10: VOA Fluency Series – Part 2
    • Oct 17: VOA Fluency Series – Part 3
    • Oct 24: Why should our customers update to vSphere 6.5?
    • Oct 24: The Myths of HCI
  • Top Gun Tech Thursday (for Partner Technical Teams):
    • Oct 5: vSphere 6.5 Update 1 & Why Upgrade?
    • Oct 12: NSX Integration w/ 3rd Party Apps (Trend Micro, Palo Alto, etc)
    • Oct 19: SDDC Messaging & Demo
    • Oct 26: Wavefront

October vmLIVE Event Calendar

Partner Enablement

Program Updates

Tips/Tidbits

VMware Customer Webcasts

Upcoming VMUG Meetings

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

Sales News:

Technical News:

Eye on VMware 09/25/2017

CaptureCongratulations to Pascal Laroche from Quebec, CA on winning the FREE VMworld 2017 Backpack with a few swags! Please contact me with you address/number and if you want a L or XL t-shirt.

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Did anyone catch the Alabama/Vanderbilt game? This fan became a trending meme. Poor guy. And how about the NFL getting political? I don’t know how I feel about that.

The big news with VMware this week is of course our GA release of VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 1.0, vRealize Suite 2017 & vCloud Suite 2017, and  VMware Integrated OpenStack 4.0 this past Tuesday. Also trending is an downloadinteresting article on “VMware Cloud on AWS” Vs. “Azure Stack” by Massimo. Thanks to William Lam for posting the Top 20 VMworld Sessions by Views: We can tell our customers’ interests are in vSphere, NSX, VMware Cloud on AWS, Virtualizing Databases and vSAN. Not surprising as vSAN and NSX are our 2 fastest growing products.

Partners, don’t miss this week’s Top Gun Tuesday Sales Training and Top Gun Tech Thursdays Technical Sales Training:

VMware Customer Webcasts

Upcoming VMUG Meetings

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

Sales News:

  • Announcing the VMware Cloud Provider Program formerly known as vCloud Air Network – We are very excited to announce that effective 28th August 2017, our cloud provider partners are operating under a new program name – the VMware Cloud Provider™ Program. Previously referred to as the VMware vCloud Air Network, this elite group of over 4,000 partners provide VMware based cloud services in over 100 countries.
  • Private cloud goes up a level via HCI and public cloud on-ramp download (1)– SiliconANGLE – Private cloud environments are gaining new powers thanks to hyperconverged infrastructure, or HCI, and public-cloud compatibility. These infusions are making private clouds easier to manage and giving..
  • vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager – Simplified Management for Your vRealize Investment – download (2)Are you looking to quickly install and configure a brand new vRealize deployment or upgrade an existing vRealize environment; both with just a few clicks? Do you want to ensure all of your data center environments are running the same vRealize configuration? Do you want get a single pane of glass to view and manage the vRealize suite through its lifecycle? If so read on!
  • VMware AirWatch Day Zero Support for Android Zero Touch Enrollment Capture– Google announced zero-touch enrollment for Android devices. Our VMware AirWatch unified endpoint management team is excited to announce same-day support for Android zero touch enrollment. Earlier in the year, Google added a few alternative ways to provision work managed devices with an identifier (afw#airwatch) and QR code in addition to NFC bump. This latest..
  • It’s Finally Here! VMware AirWatch Supports iOS 11 download (6)– VMware AirWatch unified endpoint management customers can find custom profiles to support new Apple iOS 11 features on myAirWatch. Look out for AirWatch console updates in an upcoming release. New iOS 11 Features Supported by AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management AirWatch supports iOS 11 features and new capabilities, focusing specifically on supervised devices. Enable/Disable Manual VPN creation..
  • Survey: SMBs unprepared for IoT attacks – One in eight SMBs has experienced an IoT-based attack, according to a survey from Arctic Wolf; plus, Goodyear smart tires to power the Tesloop shared-car transportation service.
  • F5 and VMware: VMware Cloud on AWS download (10)– Calvin Rowland, SVP Business Development, F5 Networks shares a partner perspective on VMware Cloud on AWS. Together, F5 and VMware enable customers to make an agile move to the cloud. Learn more about the partnership between F5 and VMware: https://www.vmware.com/partners/global-alliances/f5.html
  • VMware Cloud on AWS pricing versus on-premises vSphere – It’s important to run the numbers before jumping to VMware Cloud on AWS, as on-premises vSphere on similar hardware might be the more cost-effective option.

Technical News:

 

Eye on VMware 09/18/2017

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This year VMworld America and VMworld Europe were very close to each other. I’m physically drained. I don’t think I walked that much in my dress shoes in 2 weeks. I finally had some time to unwind and watch some sports. How about those Cleveland Indians? Royals ended their winning streak at 22. Cubs on a row with its 6th straight win, putting the Cardinals back 6 games. Congrats to the Houston Astros as they clinch the AL West title. In College Football, I saw the USC vs Texas game. I was surprised the Trojans barely edged out the Longhorns in the second overtime. NFL is in full swing with Week 2. Did you actually think Tom Brady and the Patriots would go 0-2? I sure didn’t. Brady bounced back with perhaps his greatest 1st quarter. The Cowboys lost to the Broncos. Did you know the last time the Cowboys beat the Broncos was when John Elway was still quarterback? Wow that just made me feel old.

Top Gun Tech Thursday
If you missed VMworld, join my colleague Earl Gnilo and I as we do a recap session for Partners this Thursday, 09/21 on Top Gun Tech Thursday.

FREE VMworld 2017 Backpack Contest
I’m giving away a FREE VMworld 2017 Backpack with a few swags (picture shown).Backpack.JPG

All you have to do is make a tweet with your Twitter account with the hashtag #EyeOnVMware to enter to win or simply Retweet this tweet! This bag can be used as a briefcase, messenger bag, and backpack!

 

Winner will be announced next week on this newsletter and will be selected randomly using the website http://giveawaytool.com/

 

If you missed all the announcements, feel free to refer back to my posts:

September Dates To Remember

  • September vmLIVE Event Calendar
  • Top Gun Tuesday (for Partner Sales):
    • Sep 12: VMworld Recap
    • Sep 19: IT Operations with vRealize
    • Sep 26: Automate IT with vRealize
  • Top Gun Tech Thursday (for Partner Technical Teams):
    • Sep 7: What’s New with vSAN 6.6
    • Sep 14: Transitioning to HCI with VxRail
    • Sep 21: VMworld Recap
    • Sep 28: Deploying IDM & IDM Best Practices

VMware Customer Webcasts

Upcoming VMUG Meetings

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

Sales News:

Technical News: