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EVP and GM of VMWare’s Cloud Services business unit gives us an insider’s look into how his military service helped him recognize the significance of infrastructure.


Chuck Hollis lists ten reasons why VMware is leading — and will continue to lead — the hyperconverged marketplace. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!


Brave New World of IT

An overview of the types of projects that will be hosted as part of VMware’s new R&D hub in China, as well as some of the reasons VMware chose to expand its footprint in that geography.


#MarchMadness is in full swing and we’re not just talking basketball! Several VMware executives are in the running for recognitions from SiliconANGLE (Sanjay Poonen) and CRN (Dave O’Callaghan and Frank Rauch)! See the links below to learn more and vote where applicable.

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Last week, Good Technology issued a news release relating to reputed developments in an infringement lawsuit it filed against AirWatch in Germany last December. VMware’s SVP, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary weighs in with her perspective on the litigation.


Deploying EVO:RAIL: Why You Should Use the Checklist

When we saw him last, our intrepid engineer could hardly contain his excitement at the arrival of his brand new EVO:RAIL in the mail. Eventually he was able to temper his enthusiasm enough to get down to brass tacks, which is where we find him next. As a colleague soon demonstrates in the video below, sometimes it’s just best to follow the instructions—whether you’re setting up a new piece of furniture or a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance.  

If you’re setting up your own EVO:RAIL appliance, take a tip from the video and use the EVO:RAIL checklist, available in the EVO:RAIL User Guide.

VMware – a natural shoe in for Brown

BrownThis post was originally published on The Bridge.

Chances are you’ve bought shoes from the Brown Shoe Company — perhaps you’re even wearing one of their products right now. The $2.6 billion global footwear corporation earns a lot of its revenue through online sales, which requires a considerable investment in the cloud to ensure that customer payment data is secure. Watch as Patrick Swackhammer, Lead Systems Engineer for the Brown Shoe Company, explains why his team decided to use VMWare for all of its cloud management needs.

Visit The Bridge to watch the video and learn more.

Seeding Indigenous Innovation in China

Brave New World of ITLast October, VMware established a new R&D hub in China with the aim of fostering IT innovation and closer collaboration with the country’s local organizations and institutions. As work at VMware Labs Asia continues to thrive, we wanted to offer an overview of the types of projects that will be hosted there, as well as some of the reasons VMware chose to expand its footprint in China.

VMware Labs Asia adds to VMware’s already robust presence in China, which includes a global R&D center. First and foremost, the new lab will serve to spur collaboration between VMware and various local bodies in an effort to leverage the unique market opportunities for virtualization technology in the country.

Markets such as mobile are booming, but many aspects of IT infrastructure still lag behind other developed nations. This is a challenge that VMware is uniquely suited to tackle.

“For a lot of customers in China—whether enterprise, industrial, telco, etc.— VMware is in a very unique position to become the most attractive technology partner,” said Dr. Ying Li, managing director, VMware Labs Asia. “Most customers understand that Unix and mainframe are not going to get them to the next generation of IT. They get the message—they need to transform IT infrastructure—and they’re actively looking for input to help them transform their data center.”

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VMware’s Perspective on Recent Good Litigation

Dawn Smith headshotBy Dawn Smith, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary

Last week, Good Technology issued a news release relating to reputed developments in an infringement lawsuit it filed against AirWatch in Germany last December.  In this release, Good Technology suggests AirWatch’s products have been found to infringe Good Technology’s patents and that an injunction would soon be issued against AirWatch.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  This lawsuit is only in the very early stages, there have been no substantive rulings in the case, and there has not been a finding that AirWatch’s products infringe any Good Technology patent.  Our AirWatch business is experiencing rapid growth and remains fully open for business in Germany, across Europe, and around the world.

In this German lawsuit, Good Technology also brought claims against one of AirWatch’s numerous German resellers in an effort to obtain a procedural advantage in the dispute.  But there was no substantive basis for including this reseller – Envision, because it has not had any sales for AirWatch.  To avoid the burdens associated with such frivolous litigation, Envision used a procedural tool in the German court to extract itself from the lawsuit without requiring any merits rulings from the German court.

VMware and AirWatch believe Good Technology’s infringement claims lack merit.  We also believe Good Technology’s patents are invalid and AirWatch will be filing nullity actions in Germany to invalidate those patents.

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A War Zone Taught Me the Importance of Infrastructure

Bill Fathers, EVP, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMwareBy Bill Fathers, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Services Business Unit at VMware

We’ve arrived at a pivotal turning point in IT. As the pace of innovation continues to accelerate and our technology begins catching up with our imaginations, the greater challenge is no longer building the next disruptive product, but providing a cloud infrastructure model that can deliver it anywhere, at anytime. For those who’ve been paying attention, this shift will come as no surprise. I first recognized the significance of infrastructure during my military service.

As an officer in the British Army, you are taught how to fight conventional battles, with established rules of engagement and clarity of purpose. We didn’t have that in Sarajevo. The UN peacekeeping mission was comprised of nations who had never worked together before, certainly not in a very high-pressure environment.

At the height of the war, Sarajevo was blockaded, bombarded and under constant sniper fire. Water was cut off and Bosnian forces were preventing even medical supplies from entering. Still, the city endured. Then, somebody literally stole the mobile phone network installed by a multinational firm a few years earlier, and everything went to total mayhem.

And so I learned the gravity of infrastructure. That realization would inform my trajectory for decades to come.

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Tackling Policy in the Software-Defined Data Center

NSX GraphicOne of the most compelling aspects of software-defined data centers (SDDC) is the potential to automate much of the manual configuration of the infrastructure to support applications and services. While the virtualization of storage, compute and now, networking resources has enabled a much higher degree of automation than previously possible, a significant bottleneck still exists when it comes to policy compliance.

It’s important to define what we mean by “policy” in the context of SDDC. Essentially, we’re talking about an abstract policy language that can apply business logic to any given IT system. The goal is to create an interface that simplifies the process of humans conveying instructions to machines. This is difficult for a number of reasons.

Policy rules are generally comprised of multiple instructions from any number of sources. While it’s possible to aggregate these into checklists that describe the architecture of a system, the more fundamental problem is in translating rules and concepts written in English into language that a machine can understand and implement without incurring violations. These instructions can be ambiguous and inconsistent, so automating them requires software that can parse for meaning, as well as grant exemptions where appropriate.

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