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The "One Cloud, Any App, Any Device" Vision: An Interview with VMware’s Robin Matlock

Robin headshot low resLast month at EMC World 2015 in Las Vegas, SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier and Dave Vellante sat down with Robin Matlock, CMO of VMware, for a discussion about the state of the cloud, VMware’s latest initiatives (including Projects Photon and Lightwave), and how the “One Cloud, Any App, Any Device” vision is currently unfolding in practical terms. 

In the wide-ranging, 16-minute conversation, Matlock addresses, among other things, what it means to be a member of the EMC Federation, which enables VMware to work more closely and synergistically with its fellow federation partners: EMC II, Pivotal, VCE, and RSA. “Our membership,” she explains, “is really about how we run our business independently but yet leverage each other’s strengths to have more impact in the market and add value to our customers.”

Providing holistic, integral solutions to VMware’s customers is also, according to Matlock, the primary objective fueling the “One Cloud” vision, which should be the goal of any IT provider in 2015—at least in spirit.

“It’s not literally one cloud,” she explains. “The reality is that we’re going to use lots of different clouds to run our businesses and we have completely embraced that, and we want to empower our customers to embrace that. That said, we want them to have the power and the tools to manage it as one, secure it as one, and be able to leverage their expertise in their behind-the-firewall private cloud just like they can in their public cloud implementation. So this notion of one cloud is really not a literal, singular cloud but rather the opportunity to leverage and manage all your clouds as one.”

Later in the interview, Matlock explores the benefits of using containers in conjunction with VMs and virtualized infrastructure, the increasing popularity of AirWatch and business mobility, and what’s in store for VMworld 2015.  You can watch the full video below:

VMware Again on List of Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT!

Bask IyerBy Bask Iyer, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, VMware

I'm delighted to announce that VMware's IT organization has again been selected to the Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT 2015. Congratulations to all of the organizations that made this prestigious list! This is the second year VMware has been recognized by Computerworld for this distinction, and we moved up to an impressive  #17 (last year we ranked #26 out of 100 in the large company category). This is a tremendous accomplishment, and I believe that it validates VMware’s commitment to our work and community.

The Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT list is compiled based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, career development, training and retention. In addition, Computerworld conducts extensive surveys of IT professionals, and their responses factor heavily in determining the rankings. Each year, 100 organizations are selected by the Computerworld editorial team to receive this award.

Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT

I’d especially like to commend the VMware team on this accomplishment, because this award belongs to them! (Besides – I’ve only just got here!) Their dedication and passion, partnered with the respect they have for their work, their team, and the company, truly set the standard for other IT organizations and have systematically created this award-winning workplace. I'm extremely proud to help lead this amazing team, and – in partnership with my VMware colleagues – to continue to find ways to make VMware a great place to work.

In closing, this is very exciting news, and we are very pleased by this ranking. I’m proud to be part of a company where people can do their best work and excel in their careers. VMware really is a great place to work, and it’s great to again receive this recognition.

Extending the Data Center with VMware AppCatalyst and Project Bonneville

By Kit Colbert, VP & CTO, Cloud-Native Apps at VMware

The Cloud-Native Apps team at VMware is excited to announce two new tech previews today: VMware AppCatalyst and Project Bonneville.

  • AppCatalystVMware AppCatalyst is an API- and CLI-driven hypervisor purpose-built for developer
  • Project Bonneville is an extension of VMware vSphere that enables seamless support for Docker containers

Before I dive into the specifics of today’s announcements, I’d like to step back and provide some context on the bigger picture.  Back in April, we launched the Cloud-Native Apps effort at VMware with two open source technologies, Project Photon, a lightweight, container-optimized Linux distro, and Lightwave, an identity and access management solution for cloud-native applications.  As we noted then, our mission is clear: to make the developer a first-class user of the datacenter.

The pressure on companies to quickly iterate and innovate is greater than ever.  Consumers demand immersive experiences and businesses unable to swiftly provide them will eventually lose out.  The key to success for businesses is to empower development organizations to innovate quickly on differentiating technology.  However, often the datacenter is not built to meet developers’ needs, and instead of helping to accelerate their pace, it inhibits it.  This is exactly what we want to address: how we can make the datacenter work for the developer, which will in turn enable businesses to move faster.

Doing this requires two things: providing the right tools and APIs to help developers go faster, and ensuring IT Ops can manage all these next-gen apps. Striking this balance between optimizing for the developer and IT Ops management is at the crux of our announcements today.  Both these new projects take our proven VMware hypervisor, add in Photon, and put a Docker or other container API on top to provide the tools needed for teams to move quickly, and reliably ship code to market.  AppCatalyst is focused on the developer’s laptop while Bonneville enhances the capabilities of the datacenter server.  But both enable rapid velocity for developers and management for IT Ops.

Let’s take a more detailed look at each, starting with AppCatalyst.  Many developers perform build-test-debug cycles of cloud-native apps directly on their laptop, and to do so, they generally require a hypervisor.  However, developers don’t necessarily care to run or manage virtual machines.  Instead, they just want to run their app.  AppCatalyst takes our Fusion hypervisor technology, adds in Photon, strips out the UI, and provides an easy-to-use API and CLI.  In this model, AppCatalyst handles the VM creation, power-on, etc so the developer can focus on building, running, and testing their app.  Over time we’ll add in capabilities around networking and storage to provide a true “datacenter-in-a-box” that will allow developers to locally test apps in a datacenter-like environment.  The best part is that AppCatalyst is available today for free.

Bonneville takes a similar approach to AppCatalyst, but is focused on the datacenter.  The purpose of Bonneville is to extend a vSphere deployment to expose a Docker API, turning a vSphere host into a Docker host.  Those familiar with the Docker ecosystem will know that we already have docker-machine integration with vSphere.  Bonneville offers further improvement in many ways:

  • Bonneville orchestrates all the back-end systems: VM template (with Photon), storage, network, Docker image cache, etc.  It can manage and configure native ESX storage and network primitives automatically as part of a container deploy.
  • Bonneville leverages vSphere’s new Instant Clone feature to rapidly provision low-overhead VMs.  Instant Cloned VMs are powered on and fully booted in under a second and use no physical memory initially.  This enables Bonneville to provision an individual container per VM without minimal overhead, but with all isolation and security protections of VMs.
  • Bonneville updates VM names and metadata fields for the container VMs it creates for full transparency in vCenter and any vSphere ecosystem products.  This enables all existing datacenter tooling to see and manage Docker containers (via the one-container-per-VM model) - no need for new tools or retraining.

We’re really excited about the potential for Bonneville to enable customers to seamlessly extend their vSphere datacenters with support for Docker containers.  It’s pretty cool stuff! We’re planning on making Bonneville available through a private beta program later this year.

Leveraging Photon through AppCatalyst and Project Bonneville and building on our April announcements are all part our broader plan to make developers first-class users of the data center. We’re excited to deliver these new capabilities to customers, but we’re even more excited about what else is coming.  We’re planning more for the second half of the year, and hope to see you at VMworld where we’ll tell you more about what we’re up to. Until then, please take AppCatalyst for a spin.  Have fun!

VMware News Recap: 6/19/15: What We Read this Week

This week in VMware News: Business Mobility Strategy, IDC’s MarketScape Names VMware as Leader + CIO Bask Iyer on the Most Important Thing He’s Learned in His Role

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VMware NewsOn Monday evening, VMware executives outlined the company’s strategy for the future of business mobility with new solutions and partnerships.

Watch the video on Tribal Knowledge>

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IDC EUC MarketScape 2015On Tuesday, the IDC MarketScape report “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Virtual Client Computing Software 2015 Vendor Assessment” was published and named VMware as a leader.

Learn more on the VMware End-User Computing blog>

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Bask Leadership PerspectivesIn the second installment of this edition of Leadership Perspectives, VMware CIO Bask Iyer talks to Tribal Knowledge about the most important thing he's learned from being a CIO.

Watch the video on Tribal Knowledge>

Stay tuned for more VMware news on Tribal Knowledge, the official VMware company blog.

Leadership Perspectives with VMware CIO Bask Iyer - Part Two

In the second of this two-part edition of Leadership Perspectives, VMware CIO Bask Iyer talks to Tribal Knowledge about the most important thing he's learned from being a CIO.

Check out the first part of the series here. Then learn more about VMware and industry trends on Tribal Knowledge.

Business Mobility Strategy Detailed by Sanjay Poonen, VMware EVP & GM [VIDEO]

Business Mobility News from VMwareVMware's Sanjay Poonen details the company's Business Mobility solution -- describing the current challenges, the most important technologies to the future of IT and VMware's value in enabling business transformation through mobility. He also gives an overview of the news announced on June 15, 2015.

The news of the day comprised of five components:

  1. A New Commitment to Apple. New iOS Vertical-Solutions to Accelerate Business Value
  2. Fifteen New Partners and iOS-First Application Configuration Programs
  3. AT&T & AirWatch: A Split-Billing Solution for Work and Life
  4. New VMware Identity Manager: Unique Innovation Built for the Mobile-Cloud Era
  5. NSX and AirWatch: The Ultimate Game-Changer in Advanced Security

Watch the video below for more details:

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Business Mobility: VMware Customers Making it Real [VIDEO]

Business MobilityThe next decade of mobility is forcing leaders to fundamentally rethink business. Enabling any app to be delivered to any device across the enterprise gives way to new business processes to empower the workforce and create new experiences for customers.

VMware recently hosted an influencer event in San Francisco where partners, press and analysts gathered to hear news from the company about its strategy for the future of business mobility. Pat Gelsinger and Sanjay Poonen took to the stage to announce new solutions and partnerships.

VMware partners Box, DocuSign, Salesforce and AT&T​ gathered recently at VMware's event in San Francisco to discuss how they're making Business Mobility real.

Watch the video above for more details on how VMware is transforming industries. For more details on this week's news, check out these press releases and blogs: