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Eye on VMware 08/07/2017

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VMworld Countdown: 20 Days!

DGaKDKvVoAAiX2vHow about those L.A. Dodgers? 44-7 in their last 51 games. I watched Yu Darvish play with the Rangers and now he’s with the Dodgers! Gotta love baseball. I imagine the Dodgers will end up in the World Series this year. I predicted the Warriors and the Penguins. Let’s see if I’m right with the Dodgers.

The last Blockbuster on Twitter: (@loneblockbuster): https://twitter.com/loneblockbuster

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Welcome to Q3 in VMware’s Fiscal Year! Hope everyone ended Q2 on a high note. This week we have some internal enablement on vSphere 6.5 upgrades, vSAN, NSX and vRealize Network Insight. We will also have information on VMworld announcements very soon that we can share with partners later this month. On 08/24, Partners will have access to the Q3 Launch Briefing on our Quarterly Launch Briefing site (Partners ONLY) on Partner Central. I’m assuming we will have a lot of the VMworld announcements included there. I cannot wait to hear some of the surprises that awaits us at VMworld.

SNEAK PEEK! The 2017 VMworld Backpack

download (5).pngDo you like tech? Do you like swag? What about a combination of the two!? As always, one of the most anticipated items of the event is the coveted, official VMworld Backpack. This year we are offering a bag that can’t even be described solely by the word “Backpack.” This bag is much more than a backpack, with multi-function strap capabilities, this bag can be used as a briefcase, messenger bag, and backpack!

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VMworld 2017 Europe

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vmLIVE Partner Training Calendar

VMware Customer Webcasts

Upcoming VMUG Meetings

August Dates To Remember

Partner Program Updates

Partner Enablement

Tips/Tidbits

 

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

Sales News:

  • CRN Top 100 Executives of 2017: VMware CEO Ranks No. 7 on Top 25 Most Influential Executives List download (2)– VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger has been named to CRN’s list of the Top 100 Executives Of 2017. He ranks #7 on the list of Top 25 Most Influential Executives. This annual list, put together by CRN editors, recognizes leaders from the technology industry who have played an integral role in shaping today’s IT channel, whether by driving huge cultural shifts, creating rich new opportunities, or forging innovative routes to success.
  • VMware changed the game with micro-segmentation, what’s next? download– Register for Tom Corn’s VMworld session SAI3237SU. The biggest obstacle in security may well be an architectural gap between the apps and data we must protect and the infrastructure in which we place controls. The cloud presents an opportunity to architect in security rather than bolt it on. The question is no longer “How do I secure the cloud?” but rather “How can I leverage the unique properties of the cloud to transform security?” Micro-segmentation opened the door, enabling us to see and control the infrastructure through the lens of the application to prevent security breaches. This application-centric approach is now being extended up the stack to detect anomalies in applications and execute automated responses to threats.
  • School District’s Transformation Prepares Students For Tomorrow download (1)– Corona-Norco Unified School District modernizes the data center and transforms security to deliver on its commitment to providing the highest quality educational experience for learning anytime, anywhere with a secure and efficient IT infrastructure.
  • Cloud Migration ≠ IT Transformation 6cloudmigration– Many organizations that move to the cloud are not entirely pleased with the results, in part because they have not achieved true IT transformation in the process. CIOs at companies pursuing cloud and SaaS solutions are well served to completely reimagine the IT organization to better support nimble operations that help meet business needs.
  • How T-Mobile is using containers in production to increase uptime and save money – After a year of running containers in production, T-Mobile felt comfortable enough Tuesday night before a crowd of Seattle techies to give them a peek behind the curtain at its live production…
  • VDI Boosts Access and Security, Creates Standardized Experiences download (8).png– Universities use the software to offer students greater access to the tech tools they need on any device.
  • Securing Enterprise Mobility A Major Focus At VMWorld – While VMWorld will focus on the broad scope of the IT industry, a concerted effort toward mobile security information will hit the stage often throughout the four-day event.
  • Datacenters At Sea — Virtualization Review download (4)– Making IT infrastructure work in one of the world’s most challenging environments.
  • VMware’s Pulse IoT Perfectly Timed for an Increasingly Internet of Things World – VMware has become a post-server virtualization company, and its new Pulse IoT Center product further proves that point.
  • Driving Security Transformation: the Virtual Network Assessment download (7)– Virtual Network Assessment (VNA) with VMware. A VNA utilizing a VMware tool called vRealize Network Insight helps our partners to provide their customers a holistic view of the traffic in their data center across the virtual and physical domains. Help your customers define how much traffic exists between VM’s, applications, VLANs, and VXLANs. Identify threat planes across physical networks, virtual domains, cloud, and mobile environments. Ultimately, a VNA will provide the intelligence and visibility necessary to map an executable journey to a more secure IT infrastructure. A VNA takes about one week, and installs remotely in under an hour.
  • Plan Your VMware Partner Exchange Sessions with Schedule Builder -The biggest VMware event of the year is fast approaching so as a valued VMware Partner, prepare yourself to make the most of it. Partner Exchange takes place this year on Sunday, August 27 in Las Vegas with partner boot camps happening on Saturday, August 26.  Pass holders can attend a wide range of technical and sales boot camps, a partner general session presented by top VMware executives, solution keynotes, partner breakout sessions, route-to-market discussions and more.
  • The United States Of Unicorns: Every US Company Worth $1B+ In One Map download (3).png– The United States is home to 105 unicorn companies valued at $1B+. As of 7/25/2017, six private US companies are worth over $10B. Of the top four highest valued, only WeWork (which is based in NYC) is headquartered outside California. California has the highest unicorn “population” of any US state by far, with 62 billion-dollar startups inside its borders. New York ranks second with 15, followed by Massachusetts and Illinois with five each. Eight other states and the District of Columbia are also home to at least one company worth $1B+.

Technical News:

  • VMware bringing workflow app capabilities to Workspace One Capture– Get the scoop on the new workflow app capabilities in VMware Workspace One before the company debuts them at VMworld 2017. VMware will show off intelligent workflows later this month in a session at its annual VMworld user conference. Attendees will learn how IT can use the feature to “build workflows from core apps to backend services such as Salesforce or Concur,” according to the session description. VMware, which has not publicly announced intelligent workflows, will provide more information about the feature during the conference, a spokesperson said.
  • vRealize Operations 6.6 Makes DRS better! download (10)– vRealize Operations 6.6 makes DRS more powerful by helping to balance virtual machine workloads between clusters. It can also provide valuable metrics to DRS to move virtual machines BEFORE resource contention can even occur!
  • VMware NSX Training and Certification download (6)– 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.Make your journey to the software-defined data center a reality with expert NSX training from VMware.
  • First-Timer’s Guide to VMworld – Is this your first year attending VMworld? Have no fear! We’ve got everything you need to know. Apart from attending all the keynotes and all of your favorite sessions, we’re sharing some key tips for first-timers.
  • Top 10 EUC Sessions at #VMworld 2017 Las Vegas | The Virtual Horizon – VMworld 2017 is just around the corner. The premier virtualization conference will be returning to the Mandalay Bay convention center in Las Vegas at the end of August. There is one major addition to the EUC content at VMworld this year. VMware has decided to move the Airwatch Connect conference, which cover’s VMware’s offerings in…
  • You Seriously Can’t Miss these 10 EPIC VMware AirWatch Sessions @ VMworld 2017 – If you liked AirWatch Connect Atlanta, you won’t believe the incredible experience we have in store for mobility pros at VMworld 2017. Think: Connect to the 100th power.
  • VMware ups the ante with vSphere update – VMware has updated its vSphere 6.5 with advanced features and increased virtual machine powered domain scaling after its release last year.
  • Announcing the vSphere 6.5 Topology and Upgrade Planning Tool download (9).png– As part of the introduction of vSphere Central, one of the brand new assets we’ve put together is the vSphere 6.5 Topology and Upgrade Planning Tool. This tool aims to help customers plan and execute both upgrades to vSphere 6.5 as well as new deployments. With this initial release, the tool is focused on the most common upgrade paths and deployments of vCenter Server 6.5.
  • vSphere Upgrade Resources:

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Eye on VMware 07/31/2017

vmwareVMworld Countdown: 27 Days!

This update will be a longer one. It has been two weeks since my last update and I have been very busy covering both coasts with California and Florida!

vmw_execLast week I had the privilege of spending some time with VMware Executives, Sanjay Poonen, Brett Shirk and Frank Rauch. Sanjay delivered the keynote at one of our partner sales conference. It is always inspiring and exciting to hear Sanjay’s delivery. Of course, he shared with us some of the upcoming announcements at VMworld. As always, it is going to be a big event. Even the VMworld Party will be held at the T-Mobile Arena on August 30th! This is a huge arena where they have all kinds of concerts/sporting events including of course the Mayweather-McGregor fight the weekend before. So, don’t miss it! Limited Hotel Availability: Please register for VMworld ASAP and book your hotel reservations. Hotels in Las Vegas are near capacity.

VMworld Parties/Events. If you’re looking for things to do after the sessions, take a look at these lists here for parties and events:

And don’t forget to use these hashtags when you post to your social channels:

  • #vmworld – VMworld 2017
  • #vmworldHOL – VMware Hands-On Labs at VMworld
  • #vmworld3word – 3-word social posts
  • #vmworldselfie – selfie photos
  • #VMwarePEX – Partner Exchange

TESTDRIVE Demo Portal:
Just as a reminder, as a VMware SE or Partner SE you have access to our TestDrive Demo Portal to show EUC (Horizon/AirWatch) to your customers. You can sign up for TestDrive here: https://portal.vmwdemo.com/
Video from my colleague, Tim Sandy to get you started: https://youtu.be/vh9hRKjsVI4
Once you’re in you’ll also see lots of walkthrough tutorials: http://support.vmtestdrive.com/

BIG RELEASE NEWSFLASH: VMware Announces General Availability of vSphere 6.5 Update 1 – It’s here! Upgrade Now!!

vSphere-65I know many of you wait until Update 1 to upgrade. We have been trained by other software vendors with their buggy releases. 🙂 Well, it’s here. Time to tell customers to upgrade to vSphere 6.5.  A recap of key capabilities offered in vSphere 6.5 can be found here. Summary of Update 1 features:

  • vSphere Client Now Supports 90% of General Workflows
  • vCenter Server Foundation Now Support 4 Hosts
  • vSphere Support and Interoperability Across Ecosystems
  • vSphere 6.5 General Support Has Been Extended
  • Upgrade from vSphere 6.0 Update 3 Now Supported

What’s inside VMware vSphere 6.5 Update 1 including the following products:

vmLIVE Partner Training Calendar

VMware Customer Webcasts

Upcoming VMUG Meetings

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

Sales News:

  • Louisiana OTS Takes Advantage of VMware NSX download.png– VMware today announced that the State of Louisiana Office of Technology Services (OTS) is taking advantage of VMware NSX® and VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture™ to transform security and modernize data center operations as part of a statewide cloud transformation initiative. VMware is empowering OTS with a common operating model that spans both private and public clouds to..
  • Who Will Be At Top Of Storage World Next Decade? download (2).png– Data storage regardless of if hardware, legacy, new, emerging, cloud service or various software defined storage (SDS) approaches are all fundamental resource components of data infrastructures along with compute server, I/O networking as well as management tools, techniques, processes and procedures.
  • @FedScoop surveyed gov #IT workers and ask what is impeding workforce productivity – A new FedScoop study shows government technology users believe they could gain four or more hours of productivity per week if they had access to virtual digital workspaces. An online survey of FedScoop readers in April 2017, underwritten by VMware, explored government use of computers and mobile devices, identifying top friction factors impeding government worker …
  • How Customers Use VMware’s NSX (Hint: It’s Not Just a Security Use Case) – VMware’s NSX customers use the network virtualization technology for security, automation, multi-data center pooling, and disaster recovery.
  • Mitigating Malware Attacks with a NSX enabled Zero Trust Network download (6)– Mitigating Malware Attacks with a NSX enabled Zero Trust Network By Christopher Frenz, Director of Infrastructure, Interfaith Medical Center – Introduction Open up any newspaper or watch any news broadcast and you are bound to be inundated with titles like…
  • Three Square Market becomes first US company to offer implanted microchips to all employees download (3)– TechRepublic – The company’s biochip RFID hand implants will allow employees to open doors, login to computers, and buy snacks in the break room.
  • How a fish tank helped hack a casino – A hacker used a fish tank to hack into a casino, which could change the way IoT technology is handled by businesses.
  • Private vs Public Cloud Costs: Surprising 451 Research Results – Some amazing news coming out of a new study by 451 Research around Private vs Public Cloud Costs. This just published study found that 41% of IT Decision makers feel that their Private Cloud implementation is cheaper than that of a “like for like” Public Cloud environment. Another 24% of respondents indicated that they were..

Technical News:

  • vSAN 6.6.1 with VUM Integration – “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Clare Booth Luce. This is a timeless idea that could not be more true when it comes to software design. It’s one of the reasons why so many IT organizations are looking to replace complex infrastructures requiring the expertise of storage, networking and compute professionals with HCI solutions.
  • Introducing vSAN 6.6.1 and New Operational Savings – Today, VMware vSphere 6.5 Update 1 became generally available. With this update we are excited to announce vSAN 6.6.1, which adds even more new features on top of the major vSAN 6.6 release that launched only a few months back. Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) powered by vSAN will now benefit from even lower operational costs and accelerated
  • vSphere 6.5 Update 1 – Under the Hood – I’m excited to announce that vSphere 6.5 Update 1 is now available and it has some great enhancements. While we have seen 5 patch releases so far, 6.5 Update 1 rolls all of those updates together as well as includes some long awaited functionality. Without further ado, let’s take a look under the hood
  • New releases, updates for vSphere and related – Yesterday was a big day on the release front. A lot of vSphere and related products received updates. I must admit I was pleasantly surprised by the large number of fixes in the various products and components. If you look at the release notes it…
  • vRealize Business for Cloud (vRBC) 7.3 – Whats New Technical Blog – On June 13, 2017, VMware released an updated version of its vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3 solution. VMware vRealize Business for Cloud automates cloud costing analysis, consumption metering, cloud comparison and planning, delivering the cost visibility and business insights you need to run your cloud more efficiently. Below is a summary of what’s new in this release..
  • VMworld 2017 is THE place to learn about VMware Cloud on AWS download (1)– VMworld is an incredible opportunity to network with your peers and make new connections, get direct experience and training with hands-on labs and discover new product breakthroughs.e Cloud on AWS. Sign up for 100+ sessions & TechTalks – register..
  • Does AWS Plan to Battle Google Using Kubernetes? – Amazon Web Services may build a cloud container management tool based on Kubernetes to try to win Google customers over to AWS’ public cloud.
  • New Technical White Paper – VMware Horizon Apps Performance Reference Architecture download (5)– VMware Horizon Apps provides a single platform for delivering virtualized Windows applications and shared desktop sessions from Windows Server instances using Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS). With Horizon Apps, you can publish business-critical Windows apps alongside SaaS and mobile apps in a single digital workspace, easily accessed with single sign-on from any authenticated device or OS. This white paper provides a reference architecture for Horizon Apps Advanced Edition, which…

Eye on VMware 07/17/2017

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The Major League Baseball All-Stars break is now over and we are on to our second half of the season. Next year’s All-Star game will be hosted in Washington, DC where they expect to bring in $100 million.

These past couple of weeks I have continued to work on the Hands on Labs for VMworld. We also had our first Channels SE Off-Site meeting where I presented some information on VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC) as well as Cross-Cloud Services. There will be lots of announcements at VMworld. So, stay tuned. I would not be surprised if we have some surprise announcements on stage that I have no idea about. This and next week I will be traveling out to California and Florida to support partners at a few enablement events.

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:

Eye on VMware 07/05/2017

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conor-mcgregor-floyd-mayweather-boxing_3466309Hope everyone had a great 4th of July! Are you ready for the Conor McGregor vs Mayweather fight that starts at $2400/ticket? Or are you ready for VMworld 2017 in Vegas or Barcelona? Last two weeks I have been busy working on VMworld Hands on Labs (HOL). I am a HOL Lab Captain for the third straight year and I’ve been involved every year since 2008. I still remember 219194-213x225-estore-vmworld-interim_final_11302016my first HOL experience in Las Vegas where the labs were held in a room where the hardware was also on-site in the same room! Anyone remember Pocket ACE? I still remember building a lab on Virtual Desktop Manager and Pocket ACE. Now we run everything in the Cloud. If you are headed to PartnerExchange right before VMworld, I’m doing a session on VMware Technical Solutions Professional – Management Automation (VTSP-MA) [PAR4399BCU]. The VMworld 2017 Content Catalog is now live!

 

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:

  • WhitepaperAnnouncing the Introduction to VMware Horizon 7 for Citrix Administrators White Paper – We are excited to announce the Introduction to VMware Horizon 7 for Citrix Administrators white paper. This guide is for Citrix administrators or anyone with a Citrix background who wants to learn about VMware Horizon 7. It offers a tour of Horizon 7, how the Citrix components map to a Horizon 7 deployment, and the steps to get you started in evaluating Horizon 7.
  • VMware Horizon 7.2: New kid “Blast (Extreme) is the rising star – VMware just released Horizon 7.2.  I could show you a summation of the new features. I’m sure that there are several other blogs out there doing just that, so I decided against it. I thought I focus on something different here, something as important and with less attention. I’d like to focus on the protocol war, VMware Horizon offers three protocols to work with.
  • Announcing the New VMware Solution Exchange Marketplace – We are pleased to announce the launch of our new VMware Solution Exchange Marketplace! The new marketplace is now accessible through the solutionexchange.vmware.com URL as well as the new marketplace.vmware.com URL. Our goal with this new marketplace is to provide our customers and partners an easy, fast, reliable, and more effective way to learn about partner products that integrate..
  • downloadThe Best of Docker and the Best of VMware – vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC) are changing the game of containers for VMware customers. The ability to consume VMware ESXi resources directly, leverage VMware’s best-in-class virtual machine (VM) management tools like vRealize Operations, and the ability to create segmented, multi-tenant ‘Docker enabled’ API endpoints are all..
  • VMware prepping NSX-as-a-service running from the public cloud – NSXaaS – This blog gives a sneak peek to what is coming at VMworld. There will be many announcements. VMworld content catalog lists live AWS services, Cross Cloud and OpenStack 4.0.
  • vROps 6.6 – Workload Balance – download (1)With the release of latest vRealize Operations Manager 6.6 there are many new features which came along with it. Now customer can get more OOTB functionalities which were not available in its earlier releases. Some of the new features available in 6.6 version are: Simplified usability and faster time to value capabilities.
  • Check out the new docs.vmware.com site for product docs on all products, versions, & languages! – download (2)06/28, we announced the official launch of docs.vmware.com. This portal unifies the product documentation for all VMware products, versions, and languages into a single platform so you can find the information that you are looking for more quickly and easily. VMware products offer a wide range of business solutions from desktop virtualization.
  • Host Resources Deep Dive Released! – The time has finally come that we published our book; VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive. Countless hours, weeks, months has gone into this project. It all began in the beginning of 2016. Frank and I had a lot of discussions about consistent performance and how to optimize while keeping consolidation ratios in mind.
  • Introducing VMmark3: A highly flexible and easily deployed benchmark for vSphere environments download (3)– VMmark 3.0, VMware&#rsquo;s multi-host virtualization benchmark is generally available here. VMmark3 is a free cluster-level benchmark that measures the performance, scalability, and power of virtualization platforms. VMmark3 leverages much of previous VMmark generations&#rsquo; technologies and design. It continues to utilize a unique tile-based heterogeneous workload application design. It also deploys the platform-level workloads found in..
  • Awesome study: “Developers Who Use Spaces Make More Money Than Those Who Use Tabs

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:

download.pngOpenStack Summit
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.