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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:

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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
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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:

Eye on VMware – VMworld Europe Announcements – 09/12/2017

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This is a special edition of Eye on VMware as I’m out at VMworld Europe this week in Barcelona, Spain. I will provide a day-to-day recap of announcements. If you missed the VMworld announcements in Vegas, take a look at this previous post.

Today, VMware announces a series of products and collaborations at today’s VMworld Europe 2017. Below is a summary:

VMware introduces VMware HCX; Empowers Cloud Provider Partners to Drive Innovation and Accelerate New Service Delivery

  • Initial availability of VMware HCX technologies to enable multi-cloud and multi-site application migration and portability; Basically, HCX allows customers stretch their Network to the Cloud and vMotion/Replicate their VMs to a VMware Cloud Provider Partner (formerly known as vCloud Air Network/vCAN Partner) Cloud. It is up to our 4,000+ Service Provider partners if they choose to offer this to their customers. IBM and OVH will be the first 2 making this available initially.

HCX_-_SDWANHCX’s state of hybridity is made up of 2 primary components –

  1. HCX interconnect Service
    • The interconnect service provides resilient access over the internet and private lines to the target site while providing strong encryption, traffic engineering and extending the datacenter. This service simplifies secure pairing of site and management of HCX components.
    • WAN Optimization
      • Improves performance characteristics of the private lines or internet paths by leveraging WAN optimization techniques like data de-duplication and line conditioning. This makes performance closer to a LAN environment.
  2. Network Extension Service
    • High throughput Network Extension service with integrated Proximity Routing which unlocks seamless mobility and simple disaster recovery plans across sites.

The operational advantages that the state of hybridity provides are many. Below are a few:

  1. Explore New Hybrid Datacenter Architectures. For e.g. DB tier on-premises while App and Web tier in the public cloud, allowing to take advantage of price and performance.
  2. Migrate VMs between a mix of vSphere-based clouds and that are over the WAN. For e.g. On-Premises vSphere/vCF Private Cloud and a vSphere/vCF Public Cloud.
  3. Take advantage of Zero-Downtime migrations and no Application Dependency Mapping (ADM). For e.g. Datacenter consolidations require large ADM exericises, as Production Apps reside in the to-be-retired-Datacenters. With HCX, this will no longer be a concern.
  4. Establish a simplified and complete Disaster Recovery solution. For e.g. DR site can be a public cloud or another private cloud across the WAN.
  • Debut of VMware Cloud Provider Platform to address the strategic business imperatives of Cloud Providers globally; VMware Cloud Provider Platform combines a core set of VMware’s industry-leading cloud infrastructure, with cloud provider management and operations software, and new a tested and validated Certified Reference Design, to empower VMware Cloud Providers with:
    • Flexible, tenant-specific metering for subscription and on demand services
    • Self-service multi-tenant compute, network, storage, and other infrastructure services
    • Granular, role-based access per tenant to VMware NSX-based networking services
    • Valuable ecosystem services through key vendors
    • Lower OPEX and accelerated time to revenue
  • New VMware Cloud Verified Trust Mark and initial VMware Cloud Verified partners; To help customers identify a provider that can deliver services with VMware Cloud Infrastructure technology, VMware is announcing a new class of VMware Cloud Verified partners, signified by a VMware Cloud Verified trust mark. The initial VMware Cloud Verified partners are CenturyLink, Fujitsu, IBM Cloud, OVH and Rackspace.
  • Continued innovation and success of VMware Cloud Providers globally

Read more about the announcement here. Hands on Labs HOL-1881-01-HBD – VMware HCX – Getting Started with Cross-Cloud Mobility lab available soon after VMworld.

IBM and VMware Partnership Speeds Cloud Adoption in the Enterprise

ibm-vmware-logo-lockup1IBM and VMware announced that more than 1,400 enterprises in nearly every industry around the world are extending their VMware environments to the IBM Cloud. Enterprises are able to run their VMware workloads in the cloud and leverage IBM’s AI and analytics services as an extension of their VMware deployment. IBM Cloud for VMware solutions are available across IBM’s global network of nearly 60 cloud data centers in 19 countries.

Today, IBM and VMware each made announcements that further this strategic partnership and support continued adoption of IBM Cloud for VMware solutions:

  • Adoption of VMware HCX Technologies: IBM is one of the first partners to adopt VMware HCX technologies. HCX technologies deliver seamless interoperability and application mobility between IBM Cloud and any VMware-based cloud, enabling large scale application migration and ongoing portability with zero application downtime or refactoring. HCX technologies will allow IBM Cloud customers to modernize data centers with the most current VMware SDDC offerings while maintaining business continuity, application uptime, network architectures and performance. Read the news release here.
  • VMware Horizon Cloud Service: VMware Horizon Cloud is the next generation of virtual desktop and application cloud services from VMware. The VMware Horizon Cloud service offered by IBM Cloud will be made available in Q4 2017 to customers on the IBM Cloud. Horizon Cloud will be delivered as a fully cloud-hosted service managed end-to-end by IBM or a seamless hybrid solution using on-premises hyperconverged infrastructure to enable new use cases for desktops-as-a-service (DaaS).
  • Certified Public Cloud Infrastructure for SAP HANA® on VMware on IBM Cloud: IBM today announced the availability of new SAP-certified bare metal servers for SAP HANA® platform deployments in the IBM Cloud and new configurations for VMware environments. Read the news release here.
  • IBM Cloud is Now VMware Cloud Verified: IBM Cloud is one of the first of a new class of partners carrying the VMware Cloud Verified trust mark. VMware Cloud Verified identifies providers that fuel business growth by driving innovation, improving efficiency and lowering costs for customers as they transform application portfolios for a multi-cloud, multi-device world. Read more in this blog.

IBM and VMware are announcing new solutions to further the partnership and IBM is launching network control and visibility solutions from F5 Networks and Fortinet so that enterprises can continue to extend their VMware environments, as they are, to the public cloud.

  • F5 Networks: In Q4 2017, IBM will make F5 Networks’ BIG-IP virtual suite of products available in the IBM Cloud for VMware solutions portal. Enterprises will have the ability to order, deploy and configure the F5 BIG-IP virtual edition products for automated integration with VMware Cloud Foundation and vCenter Server on the IBM Cloud. This will offer enterprises the security-rich, intelligent network traffic management and application performance optimization for their most critical workloads. Read more in this blog.
  • Fortinet: In Q4 2017, IBM will make Fortinet’s FortiGate-NGFW virtual appliance and bundled services available in the IBM Cloud for VMware solutions portal. Enterprises cannot afford to choose between security and maintaining a high-performance business infrastructure. FortiGate on the IBM Cloud will help maintain secure application availability by extending robust enterprise network firewall functionality into their hybrid cloud environments. Read more in this blog.

Dell EMC and IBM to Offer VMware Solutions on the IBM Cloud

IBM and Dell EMC today announced an agreement to help accelerate cloud adoption by providing Dell EMC’s commercial customers access to VMware solutions on the IBM Cloud. As part of the relationship, IBM has added Dell EMC infrastructure products into the IBM Cloud, and expands VMware solutions. Customers can now move workloads to the cloud while continuing to leverage the benefits of Dell EMC infrastructure and the VMware platform.

Dell EMC will begin by offering VMware vCenter Server® on the IBM Cloud to its customers, which will enable them to rapidly extend on-premises data center capacity into the public cloud using VMware HCX, while taking advantage of their existing investments in VMware tooling and scripts, and training. This gives VMware users a familiar, predictable and valuable experience so they can move their on-premises and public cloud workloads to the IBM Cloud with ease.
Read more about the announcement here.

VMware Speeds Customer Time to Value for SDDC and Multi-Cloud Management with New vRealize Suite 2017

The introduction of VMware vRealize® Suite 2017 will integrate the latest releases of vRealize Operations™, vRealize Automation™, vRealize Business™ for Cloud, and vRealize Log Insight™ and feature new lifecycle management capabilities to support customers’ data center modernization and cloud integration efforts.

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  • One-Click install and upgrade
  • Deployment and topology view
  • On-going configuration management and drift report
  • Notification system
  • Align with VMware recommended reference architecture and validated designs

Component Upgrades to vRealize Suite 2017

  • vRealize Operations 6.6 – vRealize Operations 6.6 offers substantial new intelligence to workload placement decisions to fully automate workload balancing across clusters and data stores based on business requirements. It also features predictive Distributed Resource Scheduler (pDRS) and native VMware vSAN management and monitoring capabilities for hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solutions powered by vSAN.
  • vRealize Automation 7.3 – vRealize Automation 7.3 features support for Admiral™ 1.1, the highly scalable and lightweight container management portal, Virtual Container Host instances generated by VMware vSphere Integrated Containers, Docker hosts, and for Docker volumes enabling users to create and attach volumes to containers. It also delivers increased support for VMware NSX through advanced, fine-grained control for Day 2 operations across key network and security functionality such as load balancing, network address translation, security groups.
  • vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3 – vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3 is now included as a tab in vRealize Operations 6.6 for new insights that show how capacity utilization drives cost efficiencies by combining operational and cost metrics. Additionally, vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3 delivers improved insight into the complete costs of AWS and Microsoft Azure instances alongside VMware-based private cloud costs.
  • vRealize Log Insight 4.5 –  vRealize Log Insight 4.5 offers complete 360-degree log integration with vRealize Operations to deliver last-mile root-cause analysis with metrics and logs provided side-by-side and in context.

Read more about the announcement here. Blog post.

vSphere Integrated Containers v1.2 Extends to Include Support for Native Docker Container Hosts

downloadToday, we are pleased to announce the newest release of vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC). As part of vSphere 6.5, vSphere Integrated Containers 1.2 will deliver significant new capabilities including the ability to provision native Docker Container Hosts, major security enhancements, and a unified management portal.
Read more about the announcement here.

VMware Expands Its Mobile Security Alliance to Provide a Connected, Comprehensive Approach to Securing the Digital Workspace

VMware announced an expansion of its Mobile Security Alliance (MSA) — a broad ecosystem of security vendors, deeply integrated with the VMware Workspace ONE™ digital workspace platform, that provides a connected, comprehensive approach to securing all aspects of the digital workspace. Workspace ONE provides purpose-built application programming interfaces (APIs) for the security ecosystem to integrate with the platform.
Read more about the announcement here.

VMware Offers Communications Service Providers the Fastest Path to OpenStack for Network Functions Virtualization

VMware vCloud NFV-OpenStack Edition Transforms CSPs’ Networks by Combining Carrier-Grade NFV Infrastructure with OpenStack and Container Support VMware Integrated OpenStack-Carrier Edition Delivers New Telco Functionality Enabling Enhanced VNF Performance, Dynamic Scaling, Multi-Tenancy, and Cloud Resource Reservation.
Read more about the announcement here.

At Mobile World Congress in Americas (Moscone Center, San Francisco) today, Dell EMC and VMware announced an Integrated Dell EMC and VMware NFV Solution to Accelerate Production Deployment for Service Providers

The Dell EMC NFV Ready Bundle for VMware is an integrated hardware and software solution. It includes open and standards-based Dell EMC cloud infrastructure hardware (compute, networking) powered by Intel® Xeon® and the VMware vCloud NFV platform with VMware vSAN™ or Dell EMC ScaleIO. Customers will have the option of deploying the integrated offering with either VMware Integrated OpenStack-Carrier Edition or VMware vCloud Director® as the virtual infrastructure manager.
Read more about the announcement here.

Great summary of this week’s VMworld Barcelona announcements here by Joe Baguley, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, EMEA.

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

Partner Enablement

Eye on VMware 09/05/2017

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With over 20K+ total attendees and another 3K+ viewing online, VMworld 2017 has completed. We are now less than a week away from VMworld Europe in Barcelona, Spain. I will bring you the latest updates live in Barcelona as I will be working as a Hands on Labs Captain there. Here is a summary of announcements from this past week:

VMworld Day 1 Announcements:

VMworld Day 2 Announcements:

VMware America’s Partner Organization Enablement Newsletter from Linda Hummel:

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

Partner Enablement

VMworld 2017 Day 1 and Day 2 Recaps

Program Updates

Partner Code of Conduct Acknowledgment Required

Tips/Tidbits

 

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

Sales News:

Technical News:

Eye on VMware – VMworld Announcements, Day 2 – 08/29/2017

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This is a special edition of Eye on VMware as I’m out at VMworld this week. I will provide a day-to-day recap of announcements. If you miss the announcements from Day 1, take a look here.

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After 2 days of VMworld Hands on Labs and 4,171 labs completed, the top 3 Labs are as follows:

HOL-1803-01-HCI – VMware NSX – Getting Started

HOL-1808-01-NET – vSAN 6.6 – Getting Started

HOL-1851-01-EMT – Horizon 7 Enterprise – Getting Started

HOL LIVE STATS

Today, VMware announces updates to End User Computing products:

and Pivotal Container Service™ (PKS), a new solution to bring Kubernetes to Enterprise customers at today’s VMworld.

There are 2 launches today:

  • VMware Delivers Industry-First Unified End User Experience, Management and Security Solution for All Endpoint Platforms
  • VMware and Pivotal Launch Pivotal Container Service (PKS) and Collaborate with Google Cloud to Bring Kubernetes to Enterprise Customers

Below is a summary:

VMware Delivers Industry-First Unified End User Experience, Management and Security Solution for All Endpoint Platforms

Workspace ONE Platform

  • Workspace ONE Transitions Traditional Windows into a Cloud Service for the Digital Workspace with VMware Horizon
  • New Workspace ONE Intelligence Service Powers Insights, Planning, and Automation

VMware unveils innovations that make VMware Workspace ONE™ powered by AirWatch® the industry’s first unified end user experience, management and security solution for all endpoint platforms. Customers will now have the ability to use Workspace ONE as a single solution to enable unified endpoint management (UEM) and unify the end user experience across all endpoint platforms including Windows, macOS, Chrome OS, iOS, and Android. In addition, Workspace ONE will now uniquely integrate application programming interfaces (APIs) from major endpoint platform providers to stay in lock-step with the latest innovations in devices and applications.

Workspace ONE is the industry’s first digital workspace platform that uniquely integrates AirWatch endpoint management technology with end-user identity to deliver a consumer-simple experience with enterprise-class security. Workspace ONE will also extend the same experience and security to traditional Windows environments with VMware Horizon virtual application and desktop technology.

Bringing Market-Leading Mobile Experience, Management, and Security to Windows, macOS, and Chrome OS Platforms
Legacy methods of PC lifecycle management struggle to keep pace with the mobile workforce. Workspace ONE brings a modern approach and delivers a secure, full self-service experience to end users from onboarding to ongoing productivity, similar to a mobile experience. Employees can now receive a new laptop and be up and running in minutes with out-of-the-box enrollment and self-service applications. This new approach eliminates a complex, expensive, and error prone desktop management model, and security is strengthened with the ability to quarantine and update any device in real-time using the cloud. This same experience and security model is also available for Windows 10 and macOS with Workspace ONE.

Workspace ONE will also offer cloud-based peer-to-peer (P2P) software distribution technology to install large applications to distributed PCs at scale. This capability eliminates the need for costly branch office servers that requires silo-ed infrastructure management.

In addition, Workspace ONE is the first solution to manage Chrome devices making it the industry’s only digital workspace platform for iOS, Android, Windows 10, macOS, and Chrome OS. Partners like HP further validate the solution by powering the HP device as a service (DaaS) offering using Workspace ONE.

Transforming Traditional Windows Using a Modern Service Delivery Architecture
The only way to deliver traditional Windows applications as part of a modern digital workspace is to transform them using a service delivery architecture that has invisible infrastructure and fully-automated management.

Horizon 7 integrated with VMware Cloud Foundation™ and Dell EMC VDI Complete with Horizon Apps makes infrastructure elastic, integrating compute, storage, networking, and infrastructure management together. This eliminates the need for deep planning and operational visibility for infrastructure components. Together with Horizon Cloud, customers will now have options for elastic infrastructure for on-premises or cloud. Furthermore, management of Windows desktops and applications can be automated with the VMware Just in Time Management Platform (JMP) and a technology preview that integrates JMP platform technologies (Instant Clone, VMware App Volumes™, and User Environment Manager) into a single console, that will further simplify management.

Quickly Embrace Office 365 with Better Experience and Security
Customers want to adopt Office 365 quickly but are challenged with complicated provisioning and delivering secure experiences across all endpoint platforms. Workspace ONE will now give customers the ability to enforce and manage security policies and data loss prevention (DLP) alongside all of their applications and devices.

Workspace ONE Intelligence
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Delivering Smart and Actionable Insights
Modern mobile workstyles create a massive challenge for IT trying to gain insight into usage patterns of applications and devices for informed decision-making. VMware Workspace ONE Intelligence is a new add-on service to Workspace ONE that will deliver comprehensive insights and automated actions to help accelerate planning, enhance security, and improve end user experience. Insight into application deployments, usage, device security, and end-user experience will help IT understand the performance and security of their digital workspace environments. In addition, a built-in rules engine will empower customers with automated actions that enable real-time security and performance optimization unavailable in legacy models.

Availability and Pricing
Updates to Workspace ONE in addition to Horizon 7 with Cloud Foundation and Dell EMC VDI Complete with Horizon Apps are expected to be generally available in Q3 FY18. General availability for Workspace ONE Intelligence is expected in Q4 FY18.

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VMware and Pivotal Launch Pivotal Container Service (PKS) and Collaborate with Google Cloud to Bring Kubernetes to Enterprise Customers

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  • New Pivotal Container Service™ (PKS) Delivers a Simple Way to Deploy and Operate Production-Ready Kubernetes on VMware vSphere® and Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
  • PKS Features Kubernetes Distribution Built on Kubo, an Open Source Technology Created by Pivotal and Google Cloud, Addressing the Need for a Flexible Container Experience On-Premises and in the Cloud
  • VMware Joins Pivotal and Google Cloud’s Kubo Collaboration by Committing Significant R&D Resources

PKS enables enterprises and service providers to deliver production-ready Kubernetes on VMware vSphere and Google Cloud Platform(GCP). PKS lets enterprises easily use the same container orchestration technology that Google uses for its web-scale services in their on-premise deployments. Specifically, PKS includes:

  • Ops Manager tile & BOSH release within Pivotal Cloud Foundry
  • On-Demand Service Broker, for deploying on-demand Kubo clusters from CF
  • Google GCP Service Broker, for access to Google services to apps running on Kubo
  • VMware NSX
  • Integration to Wavefront and vROps monitoring tooling

PKS to Help Enterprises Simplify and Operationalize Kubernetes with Constant Compatibility to Google Container Engine
Pivotal and VMware are applying their deep enterprise expertise to launch PKS, a commercial release of the open source Kubo technology, to help Global 2000 companies operationalize Kubernetes. Software teams that have decided on containers as their unit of deployment need a reliable, scalable container orchestration platform like Kubernetes. PKS will help operations teams deliver a hardened, maintainable container platform, while giving developers on-demand access to a production-ready environment featuring high availability, security, and multi-tenancy across private and public clouds.

In November 2016, Pivotal and Google Cloud partnered on Kubo, a joint engineering effort to bring the multi-cloud deployment capabilities of Pivotal Cloud Foundry (via BOSH) to Kubernetes clusters — providing a uniform way to instantiate, deploy, and manage highly-available Kubernetes clusters on any cloud. As enterprises and developers agree upon on a common standard for managing containers, VMware has teamed up with Pivotal and Google Cloud, and is committing significant R&D resources to jointly develop Kubo and build solutions on top of it that enhance the operational readiness of Kubernetes.

The initial release of PKS will feature Kubernetes via BOSH, VMware NSX®, and a jointly developed version of Open Services Broker API that allows easy integration of GCP services into PKS applications. PKS will feature cross-cloud security and network connectivity including container network interface (CNI) compatible services powered by NSX. PKS will be seamlessly integrated with VMware vSphere, enabling customers to use VMware’s unified SDDC infrastructure for containers and VMs.

Moreover, a critical benefit for enterprise customers will be PKS’ constant compatibility to Google Container Engine (GKE), which is continuously powered by the latest Kubernetes release and features a fully managed experience backed by Google SRE (Site Reliability Engineering). As a result, PKS’ constant compatibility with GKE will bring users the latest container-native innovations in a secure and consistent environment. With PKS and GKE, users will gain the workload portability, operational simplicity and agility to speed business outcomes.

PKS to Offer Deep Integration with VMware Infrastructure and Management
PKS customers will be able take advantage of deep integrations with VMware infrastructure and management offerings for:

  • Enabling persistent storage for stateful applications via the vSphere Cloud Provider, which provides access to vSphere storage powered by VMware vSAN™ or traditional SAN and NAS storage,
  • Automation and governance for enterprises via vRealize® Automation™ and provisioning of service provider clouds with VMware vCloud Director®,
  • Monitoring and troubleshooting of virtual infrastructure via VMware vRealize® Operations™, and
  • Metrics monitoring of containerized applications via Wavefront® by VMware®.

PKS Preconfigured for Google Cloud Platform
PKS will include a jointly developed and maintained implementation of Open Services Broker API and will be continuously compatible with GKE. This will make it easy for PKS users to incorporate innovative GCP services like BigQuery, Spanner, and Machine Learning in their applications, and will provide fast and easy application portability between PKS and GKE.

Pivotal and VMware to Bring PKS to Market
Fully supported by Pivotal and VMware, PKS will be best suited for large- to mid-sized enterprises as well as service providers. Pivotal and VMware will both sell the product directly, via their respective channels, and via the VMware Cloud Provider™ partner program. PKS will also be brought to market by Dell EMC on VxRail Appliances and VxRack Systems, which offer a foundation of proven hyper-converged infrastructure and data protection.

Additional Resources

 

Eye on VMware – VMworld Announcements, Day 1 – 08/28/2017

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This is a special edition of Eye on VMware as I’m out at VMworld this week. I will provide a day-to-day recap of announcements.

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After one day of VMworld Hands on Labs and 2,601 labs completed, the top 3 Labs are as follows:

HOL-1808-01-HCI – vSAN 6.6 – Getting Started

HOL-1803-01-NET – VMware NSX – Getting Started

HOL-1887-01-EMT – VMware Cloud on AWS – Getting Started

HOL LIVE STATS

Today, VMware announces a series of products and collaborations at today’s VMworld. Below is a summary:

VMware Cloud Services: Manage, Secure, Monitor, and Automate Cloud Infrastructure and Applications

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VMware Cloud Services provide a unified approach to gain end-to-end visibility into cloud usage, costs, network traffic, metrics monitoring, and analytics, and deliver consistent security across public clouds and on-premises environments. By enabling IT organizations to manage and secure across clouds, VMware is helping IT organizations balance agility and flexibility with control and governance, across multiple clouds. Today, VMware is announcing its initial set of cloud services:

  • VMware AppDefense™: a data center endpoint security solution that protects applications by embedding application control, and threat detection and response capabilities into the VMware vSphere-based environments on which applications and data live. By leveraging vSphere, AppDefense gains a deep understanding of the intended state and behavior of the applications running on virtual machines and can detect and respond to unauthorized changes. With AppDefense, VMware is helping IT transform security by building on a virtualization foundation and moving to a new security architecture that’s intent-based and application focused. Read the AppDefense news release here.
  • VMware Cost Insight™: a cost monitoring and optimization service for public and private clouds that helps IT analyze cloud spend, find savings opportunities, and communicate the cost of services to the business. With Cost Insight, users can understand aggregated cloud costs and identify key cost drivers. Cost Insight provides granular visibility into public and private cloud costs so that IT leaders can map investments to strategic business priorities and ensure cost transparency. Read more about Cost Insight in this blog.
  • VMware Discovery™: an automated inventory service that improves cloud visibility and tames shadow IT by bringing together inventory information and cloud accounts from multiple clouds, making it easy for IT to search for and identify workloads deployed from their enterprise. Using native cloud tags and properties that have been identified, customers can group cloud resources even if they span across multiple clouds. With better organization of cloud resources, Discovery allows organization of cloud resources in ways that mirror business needs. Read more about Discovery in this blog.
  • VMware Network Insight™: a network and security analysis service offering purpose-built for public clouds and software-defined data centers. Network Insight provides comprehensive network visibility and granular understanding of traffic flows to enable cloud security planning and network troubleshooting. Best practices checks, an intuitive UI and search simplify VMware NSX administration, making it easier for cloud administrators to manage and troubleshoot NSX deployments at scale. Read more about Network Insight in this blog.
  • VMware NSX Cloud™: a service that provides consistent networking and security for applications running in multiple private and public clouds, via a single management console and common API. Micro-segmentation security policy is defined once and applied to application workloads running anywhere — in cloud virtual networks, regions, availability zones — and across multiple clouds. Overlay networking enables more precise control over topologies, traffic flows, IP addressing, and protocols used in public clouds. The consistency and control delivered by NSX Cloud enables IT to simplify and scale operations, improve standardization and compliance, and lower OPEX for applications running in public clouds. Read more about NSX Cloud in this blog.
  • Wavefront® by VMware®: a metrics monitoring and analytics platform that handles the high-scale requirements of modern cloud-native applications. Wavefront by VMware’s speed, scale, and flexibility empowers DevOps, and developer teams with instant insight into the performance of highly-distributed cloud-native services. Wavefront by VMware’s analytics, query-driven alerts, interactive visualizations, open API, and integrations, all powered by a scalable time-series database, deliver “first pane of glass” visibility to help DevOps teams detect performance anomalies while enabling high availability of key cloud services. Developers can self-serve and adapt Wavefront by VMware analytics to the unique needs of their code while gaining visibility into its production behavior. Read more about Wavefront in this blog.

New partners for the hybrid solutions include Fujitsu and its Fujitsu Cloud Service and DXC and its Managed Cloud Services.

VMware and HP announce a partnership to add VMware’s Workspace ONE to the HP’s DaaS technology platform for endpoint management.

VMware Cloud on AWS
VMware and Amazon announce the availability of VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services.

VMware and Dell EMC Partner to Deliver First Data Protection Solution for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Announced today, VMware Cloud on AWS is an on-demand service running on elastic, bare-metal AWS infrastructure
  • Dell EMC is the first to offer data protection for VMware Cloud on AWS, including backup and recovery for workloads running in VMware Cloud on AWS
  • Dell EMC Data Domain and Data Protection Suite provide self-service data protection services tightly integrated with VMware vSphere

VMware Cloud Foundation: Fastest Path To Private Cloud, On Premises or As A Service
VMware Cloud Foundation is the industry’s most advanced cloud infrastructure platform. It can be flexibly deployed on-premises or consumed as a service in the cloud, and used to run traditional and cloud-native containerized applications. VMware Cloud Foundation accelerates IT’s time-to-market by providing an integrated cloud infrastructure stack that includes a complete set of software-defined services for compute, storage, networking, and security. With new built-in lifecycle management automation, customers can eliminate the overhead of infrastructure-level Day 0 to Day 2 operations. VMware Cloud Foundation provides customers choice among a growing ecosystem of compatible public cloud services, turnkey integrated systems and certified server options:

  • New cloud services — VMware partners delivering services based on Cloud Foundation now include CenturyLink (announcement), Rackspace (announcement), and Fujitsu.
  • New Integrated systems — VMware partners announcing new solutions include the newly updated version of Dell EMC VxRack SDDC and the new releases of HDS UCP-RS, Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX and QCT QxStack.
  • New certified servers — VMware is announcing an expanded list of Cloud Foundation certified server options from Cisco, HDS, Fujitsu, and Lenovo.

VMware Integrated OpenStack 4 to Deliver Enhanced Performance and Scale Capabilities
VMware Integrated OpenStack is an OpenStack distribution from VMware that complies with the OpenStack Foundation’s 2017.01 interoperability guidelines. It provides customers with the fastest and most efficient solution to deploy and operate OpenStack clouds on VMware’s software-defined data center (SDDC) infrastructure — typically without the need for professional services. VMware Integrated OpenStack 4 will support the latest OpenStack release — Ocata — enabling customers to take advantage of new performance and scalability enhancements to core compute and networking services as well as increased support for containers. VMware Integrated OpenStack 4 will introduce several new capabilities and integrations beyond those made available by the community. Additional new functionality will include:

  • Enhancements that enable enterprises to run containerized applications alongside traditional applications in production on OpenStack
  • vRealize Automation™ integration to enable OpenStack users to use vRealize Automation-based policies and to consume OpenStack components within vRealize Automation blueprints
  • Increased scale and isolation for OpenStack clouds enabled through new multi-VMware vCenter® support

VMware is also announcing new pricing and packaging for VMware Integrated OpenStack, which was previously available at no cost to qualified customers. See additional details in the Pricing and Availability section.

vRealize Network Insight 3.5 to Deliver Enhanced Visibility for Networking and Security
VMware vRealize Network Insight delivers intelligent operations for software-defined networking and security across virtual, physical, and multiple-clouds with micro-segmentation planning that can be scaled to thousands of VMs at a time with 360-degree visibility and VMware NSX® operations. VMware vRealize Network Insight 3.5 will provide deeper visibility into the networking and security infrastructure enabling customers to easily monitor NSX deployments and help meet PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance. Key new capabilities will include:

  • The NSX Edge Health Dashboard and NSX Internet Protocol Flow Information Export (IPFIX) integration to enable NSX customers to safeguard health and access analytics for SDDC flows impacted by NSX firewall rules
  • Support for Brocade MLX, Check Point Firewall and HPE OneView to provide customers with holistic visibility across their virtual and physical networking and security infrastructure
  • The PCI compliance dashboard for NSX Distributed Firewall (DFW) will help customers in verticals such as financial, healthcare and government to build compliance for their NSX infrastructure

This latest release will build on significant capabilities delivered in vRealize Network Insight 3.4, which introduced support for micro-segmentation planning, troubleshooting, and application modeling using native Amazon Web Services (AWS) components.

New VMware vSAN Offering, VMware HCI Acceleration Kit Accelerates the Adoption of Distributed IT
Digitally-driven customers are increasingly in need of enterprise-class infrastructure at remote and branch sites to accelerate decision-making and deliver a level of IT independence to these important extensions of their business or operations. The distributed nature of vertical applications ranging from retail locations to oil rigs to tactical military installations is driving a need for flexible, cost-sensitive infrastructure that can be managed by IT generalists. The new VMware HCI Acceleration Kit brings affordable enterprise infrastructure with familiar, common management from the data center to distributed environments. Powered by the award-winning VMware vSAN software, the new offering delivers server economics to enterprise storage environments with a unique VMware vSphere®-native architecture that can be deployed on a broad choice of hardware platforms certified by VMware vSAN ReadyLabs™. The solution includes VMware vSphere and VMware vSAN standard licenses. The software licenses support single-socket vSAN ReadyNodes, which are available from Dell, Fujitsu, Lenovo, NEC, and Supermicro today. The VMware HCI Acceleration Kit pricing starts at $7,852 per 3-node cluster and the software licenses allow unlimited virtual machines.These new HCI systems based on vSAN will help power edge analytics and enable on-prem deployments of the new VMware Pulse™ IoT Center™ for Internet of Things (IoT) use cases.Read what partners have to say about the new VMware HCI Acceleration Kit.

VMware Introduces New vSphere Scale-Out Edition for Big Data and HPC Workloads
VMware vSphere Scale-Out™ edition, a new solution in the vSphere product line aimed at Big Data and HPC workloads. VMware vSphere Scale-Out edition includes the features and functions most useful to Big Data and HPC workloads such as those provided by the core vSphere hypervisor and the vSphere Distributed Switch™. This new solution also enables the ability to rapidly change and provision compute nodes. The solution will be offered at an attractive price point, optimized for Big Data and HPC environments.

VMware Validated Designs 4.1 Help Customers Implement Latest Software Releases
VMware Validated Designs 4.1 features a new, optional consolidated data center architecture for small footprint deployments in a single region. This latest version also delivers an updated software bill of materials (BOM) with support for vSphere 6.5 U1, vSAN 6.6.1, NSX 6.3.3 on both the standard and new consolidated architecture to enable customers to implement the latest VMware software releases with fully-validated interoperability. VMware Validated Designs are comprehensive and extensively-tested blueprints to build and operate an SDDC. The designs are engineered to help customers deploy VMware SDDC components to achieve a wide variety of use cases such as private cloud, micro-segmentation, IT automation, and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) with predictable results — according to best practices.

VMware CTO, Chris Wolf’s Summary on key announcements

Innovation from the Data Center to the Edge to the Cloud | VMware Radius

At VMworld 2017 U.S., VMware announces the availability of several strategic initiatives. VMware CTO Chris Wolf outlines the day’s announcements.

Eye on VMware 08/21/2017

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VMworld Countdown: 6 Days!
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Total Solar Eclipse
The big news this week is of course the Total Solar Eclipse. On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. The sun, moon and Earth will line up perfectly in the cosmos on Monday, August 21st, turning day into night for a few minutes. Its path crossing America from coast to coast for the first time in nearly a century. The shadow first touches land at about 10:15AM in Oregon. The total eclipse will last just 90 minutes as the lunar shadow sweeps coast to coast at more than 1,500 MPH beginning about 1:15pm EDT and ending at 2:49pm EDT. NASA is doing a Live Streaming Video of August 21 Total Solar Eclipse. Here you will see the paths of the total solar eclipse throughout different cities.

Rookie Home Run Record
In sports, McGwire keeping tabs on Judge, Bellinger as the Rookie Home Run record may be challenged by this pair of sluggers. The Yankees’ Aaron Judge has 37 Home runs and Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger has 34. Judge however has been on a slump especially with the Friday loss to the Red Sox. Judge also has struck out in 35 straight games — the most by a position player in MLB history. It should be interesting to see if the two can get close to Mark McGwire’s record of 49 Home runs.

VMware Q2 Earnings
This Thursday, Aug. 24 VMware will announce its Q2 earnings. Last Monday, VMware announced preliminary Q2 results and a senior notes offering.

  • Q2 results: revenue, $1.89B to $1.9B (+11.9% to 12.6% Y/Y; consensus: $1.86B); license revenue, $727M to $737M (+12.9% to 14.4%); GAAP operating margin, 30.5% to 31.1%; diluted EPS, $1.15 to $1.19 (consensus:$1.13).
  • FY18 guidance increased: revenue, $7.83B (+10%; consensus: $7.62B); license revenue, $3.08B (+10%); GAAP operating margin, 20% to 21%; diluted EPS, $5.08 (consensus: $4.93B).

Additional results will report on August 24. VMware also announced a $1B stock repurchase authorization, which adds to the previously announced $1.2B repurchase program for this year.

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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:

  • Q&A with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger — Virtualization Review – Gelsinger’s take on Dell, cloud computing, his vision for the future and more.
  • VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger: ‘As Excited As Ever’ 0717vrcm_EdNoteTOC— Virtualization Review – The VMware CEO talks about what excites him most about his job.”I often say that in today’s business environment, you can see that ‘tech is breaking out of tech’ and into every business and every area of every business, touching more and more lives. We believe that the era of digital transformation is ushering in a broadening of the role of technology. As enterprises embark on their digital transformation journey, as well as movements to the cloud, VMware is in this really unique position at the intersection of mobile and the cloud. It’s hard to contain my excitement … you’ll totally see this when we kick off VMworld 2017″
  • VMware VP Mark Lohmeyer discusses VMware Cloud on AWS logistics download (2)– Mark Lohmeyer, VP of products for VMware’s cloud platform business unit, offers up details about the forthcoming VMware Cloud on AWS.
  • VMware Horizon Cloud comes to Microsoft Azure – VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure, helping our customers to bring VMware virtual desktops and applications to the increasing global presence of Microsoft Azure in the enterprise, which is now available in 38 regions globally. We expect VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure to be available in the second half of 2017.
  • Infographic: Companies are turning to hybrid cloud to save money download– In a recent Tech Pro Research survey, respondents said they chose a hybrid cloud model because they were concerned about the higher cost of on-premises solutions.
  • Driving Extension to Public Cloud: 4 Factors – VMware partners are poised to help customers extend to public cloud, a massive opportunity.
  • The State of the Digital Workspace Report download (3)– Mobility is now and it’s everywhere: 49% of surveyed organizations are executing a strategy to increase productivity and lower OpEx, while 22% aren’t supporting digital workspaces at all. Which are you? Learn more in this survey report.
  • Going to Market When No Market Exists – Andreessen Horowitz -When a technical founder creates a widget, their de facto stance too often is that it has intrinsic value that’s surely obvious – that people will not only understand what’s important about that widget, but also the dollar value attached to it. The reality is: No matter how cool that widget is, until you go to market, it doesn’t exist. This is especially true when trying to CREATE, not just enter, an existing market category.
  • 60% of healthcare organizations employ a lead security officer: 6 survey insights – More than half (60 percent) of healthcare organizations have a senior information security leader, which helps them adopt more holistic cybersecurity practices and perspectives, according to the 2017 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Cybersecurity Survey.

Technical News:

  • Register now for VMware Cloud on AWS Technical Deep Dive Session – Technical deep dive session on VMware Cloud on AWS was added to the content catalog of VMworld. In this session, Ray Budavari and Frank Denneman will cover the VMware Cloud on AWS infrastructure in detail. For the first time, they are allowed to uncover details about the host configuration, the vSAN infrastructure […]
  • How big should my vSAN or vSphere cluster be? – Virtual Ramblings – This is a topic that comes up quite a bit. A lot has been written previously about how big should your vSphere clusters be and Duncan’s musings on this topic are still very valid. It generally starts with: “I have 1PB in my storage frame today, can I build a 1PB vSAN cluster?” The short response …Read More
  • What is VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVOL)? download (1)– VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVOLs) was one of the new features that were added back in the vSphere 6.0 release. Recently with vSphere 6.5, a few enhancements were made to the vVOLs and I am seeing quite a few customers use this in their production environment. On my day to day conversation with customers, mostly […]
  • Optimizing Workload Placement in vRealize Automation with vRealize Operations download (4)– Workload placement can be a complex problem. vRealize Automation enforces business and IT policies relating to placement. vRealize Operations can make placement recommendations based on health and capacity metrics. Beginning with vRealize Automation 7.3 and vRealize Operations 6.6, you can leverage the capabilities
  • Fast Virtualized Hadoop and Spark on All-Flash Disks – Best practices are described for optimizing Big Data applications running on VMware vSphere. Hardware, software, and vSphere configuration parameters are documented, as well as tuning parameters for the operating system, Hadoop, and Spark. The Hewlett Packard Enterprise ProLiant DL380 Gen9 servers used in the test featured fast Intel processors with a large number of cores, large memory (512 GiB), and all-flash disks. Test results are shown from two MapReduce and three Spark applications…
  • Open VM Tools is now supported with NSX Distributed Firewall – It got quite unnoticed, but starting in NSX 6.3.2, Open VM Tools is supported with Distributed Firewall (DFW) to do VM to IP mapping.
  • Delivering Graphics Power with NVIDIA GRID & VMware Horizon Cloud Hosted VMware_Horizon_Cloud_Hosted_NVIDIA– Today countless enterprise customers, including Seventy Seven Energy, leverage VMware Horizon Cloud with hosted infrastructure to deliver cloud-hosted desktops and applications to any device, without the hassle and cost of managing their own infrastructure. These organizations rely on Horizon Cloud to deliver virtual apps and desktops to knowledge workers, seasonal employees and contract workers, as […]
  • What Is VMware Identity Manager? – ESX Virtualization – Today we will learn What Is VMware Identity Manager. Previously called product VMware Workspace portal, a single virtual appliance (OVA).
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