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VMware Weekly News Recap, Dec. 19, 2014

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This week in VMware news, VMware announced that Apollo Education Group, one of the world’s largest private education providers, has implemented a private cloud based on VMware vCloud Suite and VCE Vblock Systems to power online courses at its open access institutions of higher education. Read the press release to learn more.

One of the defining aspects of the cloud-computing boom has been the rise of “as-a-service” offerings, which enable consumers and IT professionals to do more while owning less. From SaaS to IaaS, new cloud service models seem to spring up every day, but what do all these acronyms actually mean, and how are they different? For a quick overview of the three largest models for cloud-based service delivery, check out the explainer piece on Tribal Knowledge.

Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift for the techie in your life? Well look no further. The VMware Fusion team recently received an Editors’ Choice award from PCMag.com for VMware Fusion 7! What better way to celebrate the holidays than to give the gift of Windows on Mac? Learn more here.

Lastly, the impact that the application development community is having on current approaches to IT is astounding, and one thing is apparent – developers don’t want to deal with the data center infrastructure directly. Tribal Knowledge this week delves into the challenges organizations have found deploying OpenStack, and how VMware Integrated OpenStack mitigates some of these issues.

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Realizing a Simpler Path to OpenStack

App Dev in Server RoomThe impact that the application development community is having on current approaches to IT is astounding, and one thing is apparent – developers don’t want to deal with the data center infrastructure directly. OpenStack has emerged as a framework that provides application development teams with API-based, programmatic access to the infrastructure.

But organizations have found deploying OpenStack can be time and resource intensive, and the underlying infrastructure does not always meet their requirements for security, resilience and performance. Once deployed, an OpenStack cloud can require ongoing consultant support, hard-to-find OpenStack experts or considerable staff education and training in order to maintain operations. IT has also lacked the critical management capabilities to ensure ongoing success of sophisticated OpenStack production deployments in the enterprise.

This is where VMware Integrated OpenStack comes in.

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An Award-Winning Holiday Gift for the Technophile in your Life

Fusion 7Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift for the techie in your life? Well look no further. The VMware Fusion team recently received an Editors’ Choice award from PCMag.com for VMware Fusion 7! What better way to celebrate the holidays than to give the gift of Windows on Mac?

VMware Fusion has always had a loyal following and the VMware Fusion product team has put a lot of effort into making it one of the leading solutions available to serve its customers.

Read more about the PCMag.com distinction on the VMware End-User Computing blog.

SaaS, PaaS and IaaS: The Basics

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A recently released Gartner survey revealed that “software as a service (SaaS) deployments are now ‘mission critical,’ meaning that the most commonly cited reasons the survey found for deploying SaaS were for development and testing production/mission-critical workloads.” The survey was conducted “across 10 countries in four regions to examine organizations’ adoption and deployment of cloud services across SaaS, infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS).”

As evidenced by this recent study, one of the defining aspects of the cloud-computing boom has been the rise of these “as-a-service” offerings, which enable consumers and IT professionals to do more while owning less. From SaaS to IaaS, new cloud service models seem to spring up every day, but what do all these acronyms actually mean, and how are they different?

For a quick overview of the three largest models for cloud-based service delivery, read on.

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VMware Weekly News Recap, Dec. 12, 2014

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This week in VMware news, VMware’s Donna Wittmann has been named to the Computer Dealer News Women of the IT Channel Ecosystem 2014: Channel Chiefs list! Congratulations, Donna! Learn more about the distinction here.

VMware announced that Digitalrep, experts in the retail shelf space domain, product database management, and manual process automation, has deployed VMware vSphere with Operations Management to consolidate physical servers while increasing overall IT agility and efficiency. In addition to virtualizing their infrastructure, Digitalrep has virtualized business critical applications including Microsoft SQL Server.

Additionally, Creative Solutions in Healthcare, the largest owner and operator of skilled nursing facilities in the state of Texas, has cut costs by a third and accelerated compliant application deployment by adopting VMware vCloud Air. Creative Solutions in Healthcare delivered new healthcare and payroll applications to employees in less than two months while achieving their business objectives for compliance.

In product news, VMware on Wednesday announced the general availability of new cloud management offerings including a significant update to VMware vRealize Suite 6, a cloud management platform built for the hybrid cloud. Read the press release here and don’t miss the blog post by Sajai Krishnan, vice president of product marketing for VMware’s Cloud Management Business Unit.

In other VMware news, App Volumes (formerly CloudVolumes) is now shipping! App Volumes is a real-time application delivery system that enables IT to instantly deliver applications with complete application lifecycle management. Tribal Knowledge caught up with App Volumes co-founder Matt Suiche. Read the interview here.

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Administrators With Their Head in the vCloud – Luigi

The vCloud Suite has made it so easy to manage his company’s private cloud that Luigi now has time to contribute value in entirely new ways.

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Celebrating Computer Science Education Week

Baltimore City Public Schools video screenshotBy Geoff Murase, group product marketing manager, End-User Computing, VMware

This week marks the first Computer Science Education Week targeted at U.S. K-12 students, with the goal of having more students explore computer programming. The initiative is backed by Code.org and  many Silicon Valley companies.  At VMware, we want the next generation workforce to be proficient at working with computers because we know that computer literacy is critical to success in the 21st century.  Moreover, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects software and computer engineers to be among the 30 fastest-growing careers in 2018.

However, the first step in exposing students to the world of computer programming is to provide access to computers. Although this may seem basic, some school districts struggle with this because they do not have enough computers to service all their students or lack the funding to modernize their desktops, which are sometimes decade-old machines.

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