On December 17, 2013 at 2:00 Pm Eastern / 11:00 Am Pacific VMware and Carahsoft will have an online seminar discussing the VMware Horizon Suite. The VMware Horizon Suite platform connects end users to their data and applications on any device without sacrificing IT security and control. By unifying silos of user identities into a single identity, users are able to gain on-demand access to all applications through an easy-to-use application catalog, a single web-based workspace, and one secure login.
During this online seminar, we will be discussing how VMware Horizon Suite:
- Increases desktop, application, and data control by securly managing them as centralized devices
- Delivers the most flexible and adaptive experience for end users by giving them secure access to their data and applications from any location
- Transforms desktops into agile services that can be delivered from your cloud
- Allows for secure multi-network access from a single device
If you are interested in attending the event, click here. Even if you can not attend, I highly recommend you sign up so that you can receive a recording of the event. If you are interested in finding out more about the VMware Horizon Suite, click here
On November 21, 2013 at 2:00 Pm Eastern / 11:00 Am Pacific VMware and Carahsoft will have an online seminar discussing VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM). With SRM, any size organization can achieve reliable protection, with minimum hassle, at the lowest possible cost. A solution that is built with SRM can reduce the costs of disaster protection by 30% or more compared to conventional disaster recovery practices.
During this online seminar, we will be discussing how SRM provides:
- Centralized Management of Recovery Plans
- Fully Automated Site Recovery and Migration
- Non-disruptive Test Automation
- Affordable Recovery without Requiring a Duplicate, Idle Datacenter
If you are interested in attending the event, click here. Even if you can not attend, I highly recommend you sign up in order to receive a recording of the event. If you are interested in finding out more about VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager, click here
I was recently asked on Twitter when the vSphere 5.5 Hardening Guide would be available as a compliance toolkit. I wanted to make sure that everyone knew this is currently available and can be downloaded using the CCW tool. Some information regarding this release :
- 4 versions to pick from (full, profile 1, profile 2, and profile 3)
- 1 collection filter set containing 18 collection filters
- 28 ruler groups
- 8 templates
On November 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm Eastern / 11:00 am Pacific VMware and Carahsoft will have an online seminar discussing VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS). As you may or may not know vCloud Hybrid Service is VMware’s highly reliable, stable, and secure cloud service that is operated and built on VMware vSphere and vCloud platform. During this online seminar, we will be discussing how vCHS is
- A seamless extension of the data center
- As resilient, robust, and reliable as the existing internal IT environment
If you are interested in attending the event, click here. Even if you can not attend, I highly recommend you sign up in order to receive a recording of the event. If you are interested in finding out more about vCloud Hybrid Service, click here
On November 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm Eastern / 11:00 am Pacific, VMware and Carahsoft will have an online seminar on the Software Defined Data Center. During this session we will be covering the vCloud Automation Center and how it can help you:
- Automate the management and delivery of IT Services
- Optimize IT resource usage and compliance through policy-based governance
- Empower users through simplified self-service to gain access to personalized infrastructure and application services
- Consolidate cloud management with the capability to span multi-vendor private, public, and hybrid clouds
If you are interested in attending this event, click here. Even if you can not attend, I recommend you sign up in order to receive a recording of the presentation. If you are interested in finding out more information on vCloud Automation Center (vCAC), click here or if you want information on the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), click here
It is important to keep the VMware Public Sector community up to date on tools that they are consistently looking for. At this time, we wanted to let you know that Mike Foley has released the vSphere 5.5 Hardening Guidelines. If you are interested in reading his blog regarding the changes he has made to the document, it is available here.
If you are interesting in going to the guidelines directly, it is available here
Happy Reading & Happy Hardening!!!
Recently at VMworld 2013 in San Francisco we introduced you to NSX. We feel this technology is game changing and we would love the opportunity to show you why we believe this to be true. We would love to show you how NSX can reduce costs and increase network security in your agency. If you would like more information on NSX, click here
On October 24, 2013 at 2:00 PM Eastern / 11:00 AM Pacific VMware Public Sector and Carashoft will have a webcast for VMware NSX. We will be discussing how NSX is
- cost efficient
- delivers security
If you are interested in attending this session, click here. Even if you can not attend, I recommend you sign up in order to receive a recording of the presentation.
We just wanted to make sure you were aware that the DISA STIGs for ESXi 5 and vCenter 5 are now at Version 1 Release 3 (V1R3). We are also happy to let you know that the Center for Policy and Compliance (CP&C) has made available the DISA VMware vSphere 5 compliance toolkit aligned to Version 1 Release 3. You can download the package using CCW tool immediately.
If you would like more information on the CP&C DISA Compliance toolkit for VCM, review this blog entry
On September 24, 2013 @ 2:00 PM ET
VMware will be sponsoring a webinar alongside Government Computer News on the topic of “Emerging Strategies for Managing Mobility.” During this webinar, we will review the results of a recent mobility survey focusing on defense, civilian and state and local agency decision-makers and their mobile management strategies. Please register tune-in if your schedule permits to listen to the findings, as well as hear Bryan Salek provide more insight on this topic from a VMware perspective.
Hello, is this thing on? Yes, we have been neglecting this blog site but happy to say that we are back and fully intending to use this blog site for all things VMware and Public Sector. We will be updating the site with information like events/webcasts that we are participating in, updates to Federal certifications, IPv6 information, or just plain information that we feel will benefit the Public Sector Community. To start off the first blog post, we thought it would be great to bring you up to speed regarding a few items.
First, here is a great update with regarding to the hardened virtual appliances. If you did or did not know, the virtual appliances are being hardened to meet Federal DOD security standards. The most common reference for implementing these security requirements are the NIST 800.53 and the US Department of Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Security Technical Information Guides (STIG). The latest iteration of the STIG, called the Security Requirements Guide (SRG), is an effort by DISA to merge both the NIST 800.53 and the STIG guidance into a single security guide that cross-references both sets of technical requirements. The end result is 14 hardened virtual appliances across 9 products all leveraging a common virtual appliance platform operating system. This effort closes 91-95% of the identified platform vulnerabilities in shipping code. The products that now meet this hardened standard to date are:
- vCenter Server Virtual Appliance 5.5 (VCVA)
- vCenter Orchestrator 5.5 (vCOva)
- vCenter Operations Manager 5.7.1 (vCOPs)
- vCenter Infrastructure Navigator 5.7 (VIN)
- vCloud Automation Center Virtual Appliance 6.0 (vCACva)
- vCenter Management Assistant (vMA)
- vCenter Log Insight 1.0
- Horizon Workspace Manager 1.5
- vCloud Connector 2.5.1 (vCC)
If you would like more information, Mike Foley wrote a blog post on it.
Second, talking about STIGs… DISA has released ESXi Server STIG v1 R1, ESXi 5 vCenter Server STIG V1 R1, ESXi Virtual Machine STIG V1 R1. These documents are publicly available here.
Last but not least, the Pivotal tc Server received EAL 2 Common Criteria certification. For the Security Target and Certification Report, they are available here.
It is important to note that although these are ongoing activities, they are not all of them. We are actively working IPv6 and PCI implementations as well as many more. As previously stated, we will be sure to update the activities here.