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Three Keys to Fast, Affordable IT in an Always-On World

In today’s data centers, three trends drive the need for new approaches to the management of IT systems: the expectation for always-on IT services, rapidly growing infrastructure, and limited IT budgets.

While any one of these trends creates challenges for your IT team, the combination of them makes it clear that the status quo is no longer acceptable when it comes to managing your IT systems. To meet the new expectations for your IT organization, you need to think about new ways of doing things.

That’s the idea behind VMware® vSphere® with Operations Management™. It combines the capabilities of the world’s most trusted virtualization platform with new tools for managing and optimizing your IT environment.

Specifically, vSphere with Operations Management gives you three essential keys for meeting the high expectations for IT in the era of the always-on business:

  • Tools to enhance performance monitoring and accelerate troubleshooting so you can better meet your service level agreements
  • Tools to optimize use of your current capacity to increase ROI and reduce the need to buy new hardware
  • Tools to simplify backup and replication to improve system availability and business continuity

Years ago, you would have had to buy several products to gain all of these capabilities. Today, you can get them all in a single package based on a virtualization platform you know and trust.

For a closer look at this topic, and the tools you need to stay on top of today’s data center challenges, check out the new quick guide “Three Ways to Achieve Fast and Affordable IT in an Always-On World.”

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VMware Delivers Workspace Suite

This post originally appeared on the VMware EUC Blog

By Erik Frieberg, Vice President, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

Welcome to the second day of VMworld! I hope you enjoyed yourself with all the activities tied to the conference yesterday but brace yourself since there’s still much more to come today.

I have the privilege of introducing to you the new VMware Workspace Suite, a new solution that builds on the vision we introduced over two years ago. VMware Workspace Suite represents the culmination of a great deal of hard work that has gone into a product we see as a major step toward our goal of providing end-users with simple and seamless access to all of their applications and information from any device. VMware Workspace Suite is a new integrated platform that combines AirWatch by VMware and VMware Horizon to deliver a unified end-user experience in a single, virtual workspace that unifies mobile, desktop and data.

 

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Workspace Suite is the ultimate platform combining some of VMware’s best end-user computing solutions – VMware’s Horizon 6, AirWatch Mobility Management Suite, AirWatch Secure Content Locker and VMware Workspace Services. We’ve combined best of breed technologies to offer customers a platform that other vendors cannot match. Industry analysts have recently recognized our solutions for being the best in the business. The Radicati Group recognized AirWatch as the “Top Player” in enterprise mobility management (EMM) and Gigaom Research recognized VMware Horizon as the leading desktop virtualization platform.

Customers have told us time and time again that they understand the benefits that enterprise mobility brings and the need to modernize their desktop and application architecture to bring it in-line with how employees work today. IT also understands users don’t want a siloed experience and the feeling that their consumer services are much better than the services they get from IT.

Here’s what IDC analyst, John Jackson had to say about this very issue:

“The cost and complexities of managing mobile users using multiple devices are challenging IT departments everywhere and IT administrators are looking for solutions that can make it simple for themselves and their users,” said John Jackson, research vice president, Mobile and Connected Platforms at IDC. “A solution that can seamlessly deliver this securely and at scale is what vendors and customers are after and VMware Workspace Suite is a compelling offering.”

VMware Workspace Suite can help customers achieve the simplicity that both users and IT administrators are looking for.

Curious? Here’s a short video that shows what VMware Workspace Suite can do.

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We’ve also made some other announcements today that propel desktop virtualization into the next phase that include new technology previews and partnerships. I’ll let Sumit Dhawan and Sanjay Poonen tell you more about these and other announcements in their blogs, and Kit Colbert provide a technical perspective so I won’t go into detail here. But after you read all of our news from the show, I hope you can see how VMware is pushing the envelope in bringing to market new technologies that will ultimately benefit end-users, IT administrators and organizations struggling under the weight of complexity.

Make sure you stop by the VMware booths to see VMware Workspace Suite in action. We also partner with some of the top technology companies in the industry to deliver added value to customers so make sure you stop by their booths as well.

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If you weren’t able to come to San Francisco and attend in-person – don’t worry, we have you covered! Go to VMware NOW and you’ll be able to watch the keynote live, watch us make the announcements on stage, and catch a glimpse of what some of our technology previews look like.

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Day 1 at VMworld: VMware Delivers New Innovations to Build and Manage the Open Software-Defined Data Center

Today at VMworld® 2014, we announced integrated OpenStack solutions and new cloud management solutions that dramatically advance the industry’s most complete product portfolio for implementing a software-defined data center. With new VMware Integrated OpenStack, we are providing small and midsize businesses (SMBs) the flexibility to build your software-defined data center on any technology, VMware or not, that fits your unique business needs. In addition, we announced two new VMware vRealize™ IT management offerings – a cost-effective, as-a-service automation platform and a new management bundle that builds on the capabilities of vSphere with Operations Management by providing additional management of unstructured log data and extending operations management beyond vSphere to your entire IT infrastructure, from apps to storage.

An Open Data Center with new VMware Integrated OpenStack – VMware Integrated OpenStack is a new solution that will enable IT organizations to quickly and cost-effectively deliver developer-friendly OpenStack APIs and tools on top of their existing VMware infrastructure. The VMware Integrated OpenStack distribution will leverage VMware’s proven technologies for compute, network, storage and management to reduce CAPEX and OPEX and total cost of ownership for production-grade OpenStack deployments. With the VMware Integrated OpenStack distribution, customers can quickly stand up a complete OpenStack cloud to provide API-driven infrastructure for internal developers, and to repatriate workloads from unmanageable and insecure public clouds. Even better, IT can manage and troubleshoot an OpenStack cloud with the same familiar VMware tools they already use every day, providing significant operational cost savings and faster time-to-value. Read more about the forthcoming VMware Integrated OpenStack solution here.

Greater Management Capabilities with new VMware vRealize™ products – Combining the capabilities of VMware’s existing cloud automation, cloud operations and cloud business management solutions into a single offering under the new VMware vRealize brand, VMware is delivering a complete software stack for managing a software-defined data center and public cloud infrastructure services (IaaS). Two of the new management offerings for SMBs are:

  • VMware vRealize Air Automation™: This beta of a new as a service (SaaS) cloud management offering will enable customers to automate the delivery and on-going lifecycle management of application and infrastructure services while maintaining compliance with IT policies. With vRealize Air Automation, customers will benefit from:
    • Rapid time to value – the service will be immediately available for trial eliminating setup and installation
    • Lower Total Cost of Ownership – fewer people and infrastructure will be needed to support the software, and maintenance and upgrades are included in the subscription pricing
    • More flexible and predictable pricing – customers will pay for what they need, and be able to predict monthly/yearly costs
    • Eliminating system management – customers can focus on managing their data center or cloud environments without having to manage another software stack

Organizations interested in participating in the beta of vRealize Air Automation can learn more at: http://vrealizeair.vmware.com

  • VMware vRealize™ Operations Insight™ – This is a new integrated offering for performance management, capacity optimization, and real-time log analytics. Combining VMware’s operations management and automated log management solutions, vRealize Operations Insight will offer customers predictive analytics to help them improve performance and avoid disruption by enabling them to proactively identify and remediate issues before they impact the business. A single solution, vRealize Operations Insight will allow businesses of all sizes to extend intelligent operations management beyond vSphere environments to include storage, networks, operating systems, and physical servers through a robust marketplace of extensions for third-party products. vRealize Operations Insight is an add-on offering for VMware vSphere® with Operations Management™. Read more on how vRealize Operations Insight can simplify your IT management with intelligent operations.

See the full coverage of what was announced today at VMworld on VMware NOW or read the press release to hear more about how VMware is delivering solutions to build and manage an open software-defined data center for your SMB.

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Top 4 Things for SMBs to Do at VMworld

With hundreds of unique sessions at VMworld, plus a wealth of Hands-on Labs, networking groups, and other activities, there’s no limit to what you can learn and share at VMworld. But with so many choices, you might have a hard time choosing the activity that’s right for you and your SMB IT needs.

Fortunately, VMworld has plenty to offer organizations of all sizes, from a wide range of industries. Here is our recommendation for the top four activities for SMBs to take advantage of at VMworld:

1. Attend SMB breakout sessions—Our breakout sessions are designed to meet the technical details you are seeking, led by our VMware experts. We’ll explore BCDR topics, like data center migration, backup, and replication with vSphere. And we’ll also explore how organizations have extended the benefits of server virtualization to their desktops. Examples include:

Check out our blog “Top 5 Sessions for SMBs that You Can’t Miss at VMworld” to learn more about the sessions you can’t miss!

2. Get a demo from an expert at the VMware booth — Interact face to face with our VMware experts and experience a product demo by visiting the SMB pod located at the VMware booth. This is a great opportunity to share your own IT challenges and hear ideas for solutions from the people who understand our products and technology best. At the pod, we will show you how solutions for virtualization management, BCDR, and mobility work in a production environment.

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Top 5 Sessions for SMBs that You Can’t Miss at VMworld

VMworld is only 3 days away, and we’re excited to offer a rich array of sessions designed just for SMBs to help you get the most of virtualization. You’ll find sessions for every skill level, led by VMware technical experts.

Our wide variety of VMworld sessions are designed to align with your specific interests and unique challenges of SMB IT organizations. Be sure to check out these programs that address your IT needs:

INF 2091: Customer Panel: Going Beyond Server Virtualization Learn first hand how companies like yours have gone beyond server virtualization to deliver additional solutions and cost savings to their businesses. You’ll see how these organizations are using VMware solutions to:

  • Develop cost-effective, reliable business continuity and disaster recovery
  • Support employees on the move with secure mobile workspaces
  • Boost efficiency, performance, and scalability with advanced management

Presenters include:

  • Robert Dillard, Vice President, Technology Services, Healthcare Realty
  • Todd Haff, Vice President, Servers and Systems, Police and Fire Federal Credit Union (PFFCU)
  • Ronald Kohsman, Director of IT, NIFCO America

EUC 1723: Customer Panel: Tips and Tricks for Building a Mobile Secure Workspace with VMware Horizon Learn how VMware Horizon delivers virtualized or remote desktops and applications that can be accessed from one unified workspace anytime, anywhere, for today’s increasingly mobile businesses. VMware customers will discuss:

  • Specific Horizon use cases and benefits in their businesses.
  • Architectural components that help improve security, management and availability at lower TCO.
  • Best practices and common pitfalls in building a mobile secure workspace

Presenters include:

  • Allan Chen, CIO, Menlo College
  • Keith Vincik, Director of Network and Infrastructure, Central Community College
  • Ronald Kielty, Data Center Manager, College of Central Florida
  • Christopher Green, VP/Enterprise Solutions Architect, Washington Trust Bank

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Get Tips and Tricks for Building a Mobile Secure Workspace

Mobility is changing the way we work, making businesses more agile but equally making end-users more demanding. In addition, many businesses are concerned about data security, device management, and application availability.

These IT concerns may sound all too familiar, but mobility brings a new twist: user platforms are changing, too.  Gartner predicts Android shipments will outstrip iOS, and will be installed on more than a billion devices shipped in 2014!¹ That means IT will have to support more operating systems than ever before.

With VMware solutions, empowering your mobile workforce can be less daunting than you might think. Attend our VMworld SMB Customer Panel, Tips and Tricks for Building a Mobile Secure Workspace with VMware Horizon (EUC1723). You’ll learn how organizations like yours have turned these device management challenges into new business opportunities. For example, Washington Trust Bank is using VMware end-user computing solutions to make its customer information more secure.

“The nice thing about running VMware View is that all the data stays in the secure data center. It doesn’t leave the data center at all. From a security perspective, implementing VMware View was a very large step forward in securing our data from a mobility perspective.” — Chris Green, Vice President/Director IT Infrastructure Systems

You’ll also hear from other VMware SMB customers who have deployed Horizon, including:

These VMware customers will discuss specific Horizon use cases and benefits in their businesses. They’ll talk about key architectural components that help improve security, management and availability—at lower TCO. And they’ll explore best practices and common pitfalls in building a mobile secure workspace.

Get your mobility questions answered. Register for EUC1723 today.

To get the most up-to-date information on what’s happening for SMBs at VMworld, follow @VMwareSMB on Twitter.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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¹Gartner Says Worldwide Traditional PC, Tablet, Ultramobile and Mobile Phone Shipments On Pace to Grow 7.6 Percent in 2014

VMworld Customer Panel: Going Beyond Server Virtualization

As a VMware SMB customer, you know how growing businesses everywhere can benefit from server consolidation. You’re a part of the 70 percent of small and midsized businesses worldwide that are virtualized. And that number is growing every day.

But, server virtualization is just the first step. At our VMworld customer panel, “Going Beyond Server Virtualization,” you can discover how growing companies like yours have taken their business to the next level, to unleash the full power of virtualization beyond server consolidation alone. You’ll see how these organizations are using VMware technology to:

  • Build cost-effective and reliable business continuity and disaster recovery plans
  • Support employees on the move with secure mobile workspaces
  • Boost the efficiency, performance, and scalability of their virtual infrastructure using advanced management tools

Our customer panel will include:

Robert Dillard, Vice President, Technology Services, Healthcare Realty—Robert will share his company’s journey toward virtualization and how they migrated from disparate systems, no disaster recovery site, manual backup processes and multiple monitoring systems to a comprehensive, end-to-end virtualization-based solution.

Todd Haff, Vice President, Servers and Systems, Police and Fire Federal Credit Union (PFFCU)—Todd will share tips and tricks learned while implementing his company’s disaster recovery strategy and migration to his 95% virtualized environment, ultimately speeding recovery time by 90 percent.

Ronald Kohsman, Director of IT, NIFCO AmericaRonald will discuss how implementing VMware Horizon View solved his company’s design environment and collaboration challenges.

Come hear firsthand how these companies have taken virtualization to the next level, to deliver innovative solutions and more cost savings to their businesses.

To get the most up-to-date information on what’s happening for SMBs at VMworld, follow @VMwareSMB on Twitter.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Virtualization 2.0: The rise of performance-enhancing IT

In its early form, virtualization represented a great leap forward for IT managers—accommodating more workloads on each machine and, consequently, a welcome means for reining in data center costs.

More than 15 years later, the evolution of virtualization marches on.

Coaxing all you can from your hardware resources is hardly out of fashion, but it’s no longer sufficient for contending with the rigors of a competitive global economy. More than just data center efficiency, businesses expect their IT investments to produce operational services such as analytics, security, and greater availability; and traditional virtualization—Virtualization 1.0—was only the beginning.

Next-generation virtualization – Virtualization 2.0 – has emerged, and it promises to advance data centers beyond hardware optimization into the realm of performance optimization. And that means IT leaders can deliver services that today are perched beyond the reach of the earlier generation of virtualized platforms.

Virtualization 2.0 layers operations management services on top of the virtualization platform, providing a range of capabilities from a single interface, including:

  • Capacity management
  • Backup and data protection
  • Converged storage
  • Predictive analytics

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Hands-on Labs – What To Expect at VMworld 2014 US

This post originally appeared on the VMworld Blog.

Friends,

We are very excited about another great Hands-on Labs at VMworld and happy to give you an inside peek at what is coming.

Why attend Hands-on Labs during VMworld?

#1. Be the first to take the latest Hands-on Labs.  Our labs are released every year at VMworld US. The labs feature the latest products, features and solutions from VMware and partners.
#2. Interact with over 225 VMware product experts under one roof. Our experts are ready to provide guidance, share best practices when using our products.  This is probably the only place in the universe where you can get access to this many product experts under one roof.
#3. Interact with your peers, and colleagues. This year we are featuring “Focus Areas” where like-minded individuals can take the same lab and share their experiences in a very casual and interactive manner.

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Attendees taking Hands-on Labs during VMworld will get points for taking labs. This is a great way to gain an upper edge on your peers and have fun taking Hands-on Labs.

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We have over 225 Product Experts under one roof to answer your product questions.
Meet Joshua, Doug and Andrew and keep us with us during VMworld on Twitter @VMwareHOL.

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Journey to the SDDC – vSphere with Operations Management

This post originally appeared on the VMware vSphere Blog

Are you looking at the Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC) and taking a dive into the vCloud Suite? As you take your journey it sometimes becomes confusing and potentially overwhelming as you look at all the possibilities and figure out what comes next.

For example, it’s fairly easy to recognize the value in these solutions, but you also do understand that implementing change takes time and resources no matter how much you desire to get them done.

Let’s start with vSphere® with Operations Management™ (VSOM). You may or may not know this is a packaged solution of vCenter Operations Manager with vSphere. The edition you purchase changes the edition of vSphere you receive. What does this package do for you?

Well, you’ve already taken the walk down the wonderful road of virtualization, which may have started out simply with consolidation. During the process, you realized the additional benefits that virtualization can bring you and the doors opened up and you started to drool when thinking about all the additional benefits and features you can add on (starting with, but far beyond the mobility, flexibility, etc).  Of course, virtualizing also opened up your schedule to accomplish much more than you thought possible during your day at the office. It either opened up the possibility to research and dive into more projects, or allowed you to add more virtual machines than you thought one person could even manage successfully.

The virtual environment grows and more and more people and departments are now involved, but you are still left figuring it all out and staying in front of the moving train without ever slowing down.

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