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VMware and VMUG Announce New Virtual SAN Evaluation Program

VMUG VSAN Evaluation RegistrationIn the spirit of knowledge sharing, and in partnership with the VMware User Group (VMUG), we are excited to announce a new Virtual SAN Evaluation program.

The Virtual SAN Evaluation program, which is offered solely through VMUG, begins today. VMUG members can find more details and sign up for the program at: http://vmug.hs-sites.com/virtual-san-trial

We caught up with Brian Kirsch (Twitter: @bckirsch), who is on the VMUG Global Board of Directors and is a Photo-BCKpart of the Wisconsin VMUG steering committee, to get his thoughts on the new Virtual SAN Evaluation program and how it will benefit the VMUG community. With over 100,000 members worldwide, VMUG is the largest organization for virtualization users and continues to grow its network of customers and partners who continue to strategically impact VMware products and services.

Q) What is the Virtual SAN Evaluation program?

The Virtual SAN Evaluation program is a new product evaluation program tailored specifically for people interested in trying out Virtual SAN, VMware’s hyper-converged offering. It is a great way for VMware users to get hands-on experience with this new, innovative technology and test drive all of the features and capabilities it offers. The program is free and allows users to evaluate Virtual SAN 6 for six months. One just signs up and they will receive an email to download the software and use it in a non-production environment.

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EMC Announces Agreement to Acquire Virtustream

Bill Fathers headshotBy Bill Fathers, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware

Earlier today EMC announced that they have entered a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Virtustream, a cloud services provider focused on the managed private cloud. This is great news for our customers, VMware and the EMC Federation of companies. As the leader of VMware’s Cloud Services business, I wanted to offer some perspective.

With the addition of Virtustream, the EMC Federation of companies will be able to offer customers a comprehensive set of hybrid cloud offerings, including private, managed and public cloud solutions. The refreshed portfolio will include VMware vCloud Air, the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution (based on a combination of EMC and VMware technology), and now a complementary Virtustream managed cloud offering. With this comprehensive hybrid cloud solution, our customers will be able to run any application or workload from the cloud, whether private, managed or public.

The synergy doesn’t stop there as Virtustream is a long-standing member of VMware’s vCloud Air Network of partners and is also a VMware customer.

The unique value proposition of vCloud Air and VMware’s vCloud Air Network remains the same – to enable VMware customers to seamlessly extend their data center applications to the cloud. VMware provides unprecedented flexibility and choice of cloud services on a local basis with vCloud Air and through our 3,900 vCloud Air Network partners around the world. And, with our One Cloud, Any Application, Any Device architectural approach, customers can rapidly develop, automatically deliver and safely consume all of their enterprise applications. This holistic approach provides customers openness and choice in how to build and manage their applications and cloud environments based on their specific needs. 

Over the coming weeks and months, we will be working on how we jointly market and sell this new capability. Once the deal closes, we’ll update you further with details on how to take advantage of this new offering.

For more information, please see the EMC press release.

VMware News Recap 5/22/15: What We Read This Week

This week in VMware News: EVO:RAIL, vSOM & Horizon Air Updates, Transforming Education with the Cloud + Help us Shape VMworld 2015 Content


VMware EVO:RAILOn Thursday, VMware’s EVO:RAIL team announced that they shipped new releases of VMware EVO:RAIL software. The latest releases address feedback received from customers and partners. It also includes support for the recently announced VMware EVO:RAIL vSphere Loyalty Program. Additionally, the team announced that Dell, a Qualified EVO:RAIL Partner, has two new updates today to their line of Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO:RAIL.

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On Tuesday, the VMware vSphere team announced that Velocitor Solutions (a leading developer of enterprise mobile and wireless software solutions) has improved the overall efficiency and performance of its 100 percent virtualized environment with VMware vSphere with Operations Management. Learn more by reading the press release.

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Also on Tuesday, the VMware Horizon Air team announced the scheduled expansion of VMware Horizon Air cloud services into two major markets in the Asia Pacific region – Australia and Japan.

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Malaysia School

Learn how companies like VMware are leveraging the cloud to transform education in remote areas of the world by bringing centers of learning to children instead of bringing the children to the centers of learning.

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143_7924_Wednesday_BC_0151Don’t miss your opportunity to help influence the content at VMworld 2015. Public Session Voting is now open, and you can vote for your favorite session proposals to help decide what content makes it into our final agenda. Session voting ends on May 26 at 11:59 pm PDT so be sure to select your favorites soon!

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That's it for VMware News this week. Stay tuned for next week's udpate on Tribal Knowledge, the VMware company blog - your source for VMware News and industry perspectives.

VMware EVO:RAIL Ships New Software Releases

VMware EVO:RAILBy Mornay van der Walt, vice president, EVO:RAIL Group, VMware

Today, I’m pleased to announce we have shipped new releases of the VMware EVO:RAIL software. These latest releases address some of the wide-ranging feedback we have received from our customers and partners over the last six months with regards to scale, hardware monitoring, serviceability automation, and more. Additionally, the new software also includes support for the recently announced VMware EVO:RAIL vSphere Loyalty Program.

I’m also thrilled to share that Dell, a Qualified EVO:RAIL Partner, has two new updates today to their line of Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO:RAIL. They are introducing Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO:RAIL Horizon Edition, a hyper-converged end-to-end virtual desktop infrastructure appliance for VMware EVO:RAIL. Additionally, they are introducing an updated Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO:RAIL, infrastructure edition 1.2, which includes support for the VMware EVO:RAIL vSphere Loyalty Program. You can read all of the news from Dell here.

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Help Shape Content at VMworld 2015 | #VMworld

143_7924_Wednesday_BC_0151Don’t miss your opportunity to help influence the content at VMworld 2015. Public Session Voting is now open, and you can vote for your favorite session proposals to help decide what content makes it into our final agenda. Session voting ends on May 26 at 11:59 pm PDT so be sure to select your favorites soon! Voting is open to anyone-- you will be required to login to your vmworld.com account to participate. If you do not have a vmworld.com account, you can set one up for free.

If you already know of a specific session or track you want to vote for, once you login to the voting site you can select a Track, Sub-track, or do a Keyword Search (Session ID, title, speaker, etc.) to find specific session(s). To cast your vote, click on the “Thumbs Up” symbol next to the Session ID.  You will receive confirmation that your vote has been counted.  To remove a vote, you will need to click on the “Thumbs Up” symbol again and this will remove the vote.

Your vote, and the votes of others who participate in public Session Voting, will be reviewed by our VMware Content Team and will influence the final session selection. Now get voting!

Join Sumit Dhawan this Thursday for a vForum Online Spring 2015 Keynote: Mobilizing the Next Generation of Desktops

Sumit Dhawan, VP and GM of Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMwareREGISTER HERE!

The power of business mobility is driving investment in the next generation of desktop architectures, mobile platforms and, even more importantly, new and rebuilt business processes and business operations designed to make the greatest impact with an increasingly mobile workforce and customer base. VMware is responding to these market needs rapidly.

2015 has been a banner year so far for VMware’s End-User Computing team. Back in March, the team unveiled the next wave of innovation for applications and desktop virtualization with the launch of VMware Horizon 6. The announcement offered up the industry's most comprehensive desktop and application virtualization solution to deliver and manage any type of enterprise application and desktop, including physical desktops and laptops, virtual desktops and applications, and employee-owned PCs.

A month earlier in February, VMware announced the acquisition of Immidio and introduced a new approach to application delivery and user management called VMware Workspace Environment Management (WEM). Then just two months later— the team was excited to announce the general availability of VMware User Environment Manager. The technology leverages the comprehensive and simple-to-use Immidio platform to “make Citrix work better” by simplifying application management for Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop environments.

Finally, earlier this month, VMware unveiled Project Enzo – a new hybrid cloud-scale architecture that is designed to combine the economic benefits of cloud-based VMware virtual desktops and application technology, with the simplicity of hyper-converged infrastructure to transform the IT experience.

What do all of these announcements have in common? VMware is helping its partners and customers mobilize the next generation of desktops - desktop computing environments that are truly inspired by mobility – desktops built on a secure, mobile cloud architecture, offering flexibility in delivery and ownership models, with a unified user experience across all devices and giving IT simplified management and unbeatable ROI. VMware aims to help pave the way for IT to evolve past the limitations of legacy desktop architectures, delivering end-user freedom with secure access to services at the lowest cost, whether delivered on-premises or through a hybrid cloud.

Join Sumit Dhawan this coming Thursday, May 21st by tuning into VMware’s vForum Online Spring 2015 event. Sumit will be delivering a keynote on this very topic - Mobilizing the Next Generation of Desktops. Sumit’s talk will address how VMware can help organizations transform through business mobility, so that users can enjoy a consistent and personalized experience across devices, locations and connections; businesses can drive down costs, improve workplace productivity and respond more quickly while maintaining security.

Don’t forget to register. See you there!

What We Read This Week: A VMware News Recap: May 15, 2015

Project Enzo, NSX Momentum and Expanding Classroom Borders with vCloud Air 


Enzo infographicIf you could start from scratch and develop an innovative, bold new solution that could transform the way IT deploys and manages virtual workspaces with greater speed, flexibility and cost savings, what would it look like? That was the question the VMware End-User Computing team asked themselves, which led the team to develop a brand new set of technologies that were featured Monday as a technology preview called Project Enzo.

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In a blog post Wednesday, VMware’s Dom Delfino said that more than 50 of its NSX customers have invested more than $1 million in the platform – illustrating that customers are making significant financial commitments to the architectural changes they are embarking on. Learn more in the article by Craig Matsumoto.



VIF International Education partners with more than 200 school districts to help prepare teachers and students for success in an interconnected world. Read more about how the company expands classroom borders with vCloud Air.

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On April 20th, VMware announced two new initiatives aimed at empowering enterprises to build, secure and manage cloud-native applications and other next-generation services (Project Lightwave and Project Photon). To highlight the growing need for innovative IT infrastructure to power cloud-native apps, following the launch event, VMware hosted a panel moderated by CTO Kit Colbert. Participants included James Watters, VP of Cloud Platform Group at Pivotal, Alexei Polvi, CEO of CoreOS and Ben Hindman, Founder of Mesosphere. Watch the full panel, now available on Tribal Knowledge.

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