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New Solutions Announced for SDDC

Research indicates that the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) is going mainstream, as customers move from virtualizing compute to implementing storage and network virtualization. Last week VMware announced new enhancements to its Unified Platform for the Hybrid Cloud that will help customers successfully leverage a consistent SDDC architecture across the public and private cloud. Visit the Quarterly Partner Briefing portal and access the SDDC Launch Playbook to learn more about all of these offerings:

  • VMware vSphere 6 Update 1 now includes Web Client integration with vSphere Update Manager and new upgrade and deployment features for use with the vCenter Server Appliance.
  • VMware vSphere with Operations Management 6.1 now includes Intelligent Workload Balancing, while vRealize Operations Insight 6.1 adds on advanced operations management including integrated OS Monitoring.
  • NSX 6.2 introduces a new use case, additional integration with physical workloads, and an expanded partner ecosystem.
  • Site Recovery Manager 6.1 introduces new enterprise-level features that deliver a new level of availability and mobility for the private cloud environments.
  • Integrated OpenStack 2.0 is now even easier to deploy in vSphere-based cloud environments globally.

A new approach to the SDDC hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) leverages the hypervisor to deliver compute, networking, and shared storage from a single x86 server platform. Announcements include:

  • Virtual SAN 6.1 provides high performance and increased scale to support enterprise-class storage for all virtualized workloads, including business-critical and high availability demanding workloads.
  • EVO SDDC is a software suite to build and operate a private cloud based on a SDDC architecture.

Get to Know VVols with HP @ VMworld 2015 US

Our Global Diamond Sponsor, HP, is offering these multiple in-depth sessions on how to shape your software-defined enterprise to radically simplify IT and deliver services at the speed of business. Consider adding these sessions to your agenda along with the Top 10 Things You MUST Know Before Implementing VVols [session STO588].

ATTN: Management Partners — Recommended Partner Exchange @ VMworld 2015 Sessions

As you use Schedule Builder to create your Partner Exchange @ VMworld 2015 conference schedule for Sunday (August 30th), be sure to add these recommended management, sales, and technical sessions:

Business Track
8:30 – 9:30 AM — [PAR6387] What’s New with vSphere with Operations Management

1:30 – 2:30 PM — [PAR6386] SDDC Vision, Strategy and Opportunity for Partners

1:30 – 2:30 PM — [PAR6534] The vSphere Optimization Assessment (VOA): Best Practices for Closing a Virtualization Deal in 30 Days or Less

2:45 – 3:45 PM — [PAR6379] Winning with Cloud Management – Why Management Matters to You and Your Customers

Technical Track
8:30 – 9:30 AM — [PAR6421] Best Practices For Deploying IaaS with vCloud Suite and vRealize Automation

11:30 – 12:30 PM — [PAR6420] How to Demo and Run an Evaluation for vSphere with Operations Management

1:30 – 2:30 PM — [PAR6411] PSE: SDDC Assess, Design and Deploy 2.0 – Whats New?

2:45 – 3:45 PM — [PAR6021] vSphere Optimization Assessment Revived

4:00 – 5:00 PM — [PAR6422] Understanding the Forest from the Trees: Insight into the VMware Cloud Management position amongst the crowded vendor landscape

vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Campaign Update

Visit the Demand Center…it’s available now in Japanese.

Use VOA to Create Demand for Operations Management Training – 3 Sept.

Register now for this 1-hour live and online training session on 3 Sept. at 9am CET to learn how to take advantage of our demand generation campaigns available in the Partner Demand Center to promote VMware Operations Management solutions and the vSphere Optimization Assessment (VOA). We will cover customer targeting, campaigns available, how to execute a campaign, and how to respond to leads captured.

AirWatch Cloud SKUs – Training Restriction Removed

Read the data sheet to learn more about the VSP-Mobility training requirement to access AirWatch Cloud/SaaS SKUs. Effective July 1, 2015, the training requirements for access to AirWatch On-Premise SKUs and to achieve the Mobility Management Competency will remain the same.

New vCloud Air Accelerator Solution Enablement Toolkit (SET)

Available now to help you build out your Cloud Services practice and increase your profitability.

Syndicate VMware’s VOA on Your Website

Read the blog to learn how to leverage Web Content Syndication on the Partner Demand Center and close deals faster. Your customers will be able to request a vSphere Optimization Assessment on your website, get the eval software, and access the product-generated reports – all with your assistance…showing them the value of Operations Management.

Quarterly Partner Briefing – Exclusive Launch Updates

Save the date for the VMware Quarterly Partner Briefing portal launching August 17, 2015 with exciting new announcements and resources. This is the forum for us to share exclusive launch updates and information such as: short sales and technical overview videos, launch Playbooks, access to face-to-face presentation materials, and recommended training (vmLIVEs). Learn more.

Become a VOA Sales Expert

Our brand new VOA sales and technical sales badges teach you how to promote and successfully run a vSphere Optimization Assessment (VOA) with your customers. And even better: Pass the test and show YOUR expertise with the VOA Badge – just like the VOA shows your customer the value they get from VMware Operations Management. Find out more here.