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VMware News: What We Read This Week, 8/21/15

VMware Wins Top Spot in CRN’s Annual Vendor Report Card, New Trust and Assurance Framework Announced + CIO Bask Iyer Keynotes the CIO 100 Symposium, This Week in VMware News

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ARC Annual Report Card, VMware NewsEarlier this month, solution providers across America graded their IT vendors across 22 product categories as part of CRN’s Annual Report Card. We’re honored to report that VMware took the top spot in the Desktop & Server Virtualization category.

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VMware Trust & Assurance, VMware NewsOn Tuesday, VMware announced the VMware Trust and Assurance framework. The framework – which consists of four key building blocks of reliability, integrity, security, and commitment – helps answer customer questions about our security and development practices.

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Bask Iyer at CIO 100

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Bask Iyer, VMware’s CIO and a veteran IT executive spoke recently at the CIO 100 Symposium & Awards Ceremony in Colorado Springs. One of our Tribal Knowledge writers covered the event, so be sure to read the blog post for more on how Bask shined a light on shadow IT during his keynote.

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CIO 100 Event Shines Light on Shadow IT

Bask Iyer at CIO 100

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Enterprise IT is shifting in key ways, but many technology vendors are wrong about where the changes are headed and, consequently, send their customers down various wrong paths.

Bask Iyer, VMware’s CIO and a veteran IT executive (Honeywell, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft), spoke recently at the CIO 100 Symposium & Awards Ceremony in Colorado Springs.

At the event, Iyer detailed how cloud computing is one of the most misunderstood technologies. Done properly, cloud computing delivers high-level security, extreme flexibility, and almost-unlimited scalability. Executed improperly, cloud computing can actually make problems worse by increasing fragmentation.

“IT has to manage the explosion of devices into the workplace. We know our data centers today are highly fragmented and full of rigid technology silos. And with the rapid embracement of cloud computing, we run the risk of adding even more silo’s – cloud silos,” Iyer said.

The nearly-30-year-old CIO 100 Symposium is hosted by CIO magazine and brings together a host of CIOs and senior IT and business executives. Iyer’s fellow speakers (from companies including Facebook, Dun & Bradstreet and Kimberly-Clark, to name a few) gathered to discuss leadership, innovation and business strategies as well as the latest opportunities and challenges presented by today’s rapidly shifting business landscape.

“If [IT] can’t partner with [lines-of-business], they’ll build their own shadow IT organization. In fact, according to IDC, some 44 percent of total IT spend goes to shadow IT. Your LoBs are technically savvy. They know what they want to get done,” said Iyer.

During his keynote presentation, Iyer argued that many early cloud deployments gave business units an easy way to sidestep IT and run their own technology projects on their own. Today, the trend of line-of-business (LOB) managers controlling their own tech budgets is becoming the dominant approach.

Industry experts also see this pattern, and estimate that by 2019, LOB spending on tech will increase to include the vast majority of all IT spending.

“If [IT] can’t partner with them, they’ll build their own shadow IT organization. In fact, according to IDC, some 44 percent of total IT spend goes to shadow IT. Your LoBs are technically savvy. They know what they want to get done,” said Iyer.

VMware has crafted its products and services to effectively and directly support LOBs. The company understands that the LOB hunger for technology is rarely just to cut costs. More often, it’s about being fast enough to respond to times to market that need to shrink rapidly. LOB chiefs often can’t wait for their projects to get to the top of corporate IT lists. It’s also about giving that LOB maximum control.

To that end, VMware “provides a cloud service while also selling the software stack [so that LOBs] can run their own private data centers,” Iyer said.

“This will increase agility and speed by delivering resources to the LOBs faster. It will also increase control and reduce security risks, by maintaining consistent set of standards and policies between their on-premises environments and their cloud environments.”

At no time has it been more essential for companies to partner with vendors who not only understand the technology issues, but future tech directions and helping LOB and IT executives in the ways that make the most sense for each.

Introducing VMware Trust and Assurance Framework

By Iain Mulholland, Engineering Trust & Assurance, VMware

VMware Trust and AssuranceVMware is proud to announce the VMware Trust and Assurance framework. The framework – which consists of four key building blocks of reliability, integrity, security, and commitment – helps answer customer questions about our security and development practices. It is also a proof point as to why customers rely on VMware as their trusted IT infrastructure vendor.

Customers are increasingly seeking assurance that the software and services they depend on are reliable, secure, and built with integrity. The relentlessly advancing threat landscape over the last few years has yielded unprecedented cyber exploits, which not only pose acute potential risk to critical infrastructure, intellectual property, and sensitive information, but also ultimately erodes a company’s reputation. This VMware Trust and Assurance framework aims to proactively answer customer’s questions, and showcases how VMware helps build trust with our customers.

If you are attending VMworld 2015 in San Francisco, please look for the VMware Trust and Assurance demo station in the VMware booth. Otherwise, please visit our website for more details at http://www.vmware.com/trustvmware.

Government Demands Met Faster with vCloud Air

With vCloud Air, SAIC Responds to Government Demands FasterThis post was originally published on The Bridge.

The U.S. government has always had a lot of data to work with; indeed, it had big data long before there was a term for it, and is now well into the depths of extreme data. For decades, the government has struggled with storing, retrieving, and analyzing all this data for myriad agencies, functions, and missions.

But now there are two other elements pressuring government IT leaders to do more with this data and do it faster: the Open Government Initiative and the need for real-time information to drive numerous, ongoing missions. To complicate the situation further, the government must also provide increasing data privacy for citizens and security for all.

Visit The Bridge to learn how SAIC is using vCloud Air to achieve its goals.

VMware CEO at IIT Alumni Global Leadership Conference

Last month, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger joined some of the brightest minds from across professions and disciplines for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT)’s Global Leadership Conference in Santa Clara, Calif.

Since 2003, the IIT Aalumni Global Leadership Conferences have been organized by volunteer IIT alumni every year, and are held in the U.S. during odd years, and in India during even years. These sell-out conferences have attracted over 3,500 participants, and have had iconic speakers such as Bill Gates and President Bill Clinton to name a few.

After giving his plenary keynote, Pat Gelsinger joined IIT’s Mateen Syed for an interview about virtualization, markets and leadership. Watch the video below to hear Pat’s thoughts from the floor at the IIT Alumni Global Leadership Conference.

Windows 10: A Milestone Moment for The Industry and VMware Customers

Erik FriebergBy Erik Frieberg, vice president of marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

 

If you felt a tremor in “the force” yesterday, you weren’t mistaken.

This week is certainly different than most since it is the launch of Microsoft Windows 10, which is a milestone release for Microsoft and represents a fundamental shift in the way IT can manage all devices, as well as run both old and new software.

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The improvements in Windows 10 address many of the challenges that have limited effective Windows management for many organizations.  In this mobile-cloud era, management innovations that are used with mobile platforms are now available in Windows 10 and are making their way to the PC.  This is great news for our customers, as they now have many options as to how best manage their EUC platforms.

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The Enterprise Hybrid Cloud with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

Pat Gelsinger talks Enterprise Hybrid CloudDuring EMC World 2015, SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier and Dave Vellante sat down with VMware’s CEO, Pat Gelsinger, for a conversation about changes in the enterprise hybrid cloud market and the wide array of products and updates announced by VMware since the beginning of this year.

During the wide-ranging, 30-minute dialogue, Gelsinger was also asked for an update on the EMC Federation and the progress that’s been made so far, as VMware and its partner companies work together to help enterprises everywhere embrace the cloud.

The Federation is, by design, architected so that it offers choice,” says Gelsinger.  “We’re off working with our independent ecosystem players, but fundamentally we’re first and best [working] with each other.  We see big wins that we are able to accomplish together and we are delivering some clear solutions.”

After explaining the latest versions of vCloud Air and VMware vSphere, as well as a new native app for developers, Gelsinger shared his thoughts on the passing fads of Silicon Valley and the primary role of IT in enterprises today.

“IT is about building a platform for any application,” he says, “in which you’ve created more flexibility—that is the job of IT now.  It’s creating an environment that allows [CIOs] to future-proof their business, take all of their old apps, data, applications, et cetera, and be able to transform them for the future of the business that they’re a part of.”

Gelsinger also dismissed rumors that the exponential pace of Moore’s Law—which has been successfully predicting the rate of technological change for the past 50 years—may soon be coming to an end. Innovative chemical nano-engineering methods and the power of virtualization, he says, can probably bypass any physical limits in the way of greater compute power.

“Moore’s Law,” he argues, “allows us scale out environments we almost thought limited.  That’s the magic of the cloud.  You know, if you can architecture your application to be a distribution application, the compute capacity that you can apply to it is essentially infinite, and at a diminishingly small cost.”

For more on Pat’s take on the enterprise hybrid cloud, watch the full video below: