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VMware Weekly News Recap: November 22

VMware News

This week, VMware announced a new joint solution with partner Palo Alto Networks that will automate and accelerate the deployment of next-generation network security with centralized management across physical and virtual domains. On a related note, Rod Stuhlmuller of the NSX team talks about the importance of an often-overlooked feature set fundamental to VMware NSX –network security.

On Tuesday, the vCloud team announced  the vCloud Hybrid Service is opening a new data center in Dallas. For more information, read Mathew Lodge’s post on the vCloud blog.

Also this week, the vSphere team announced the general availability of Pivotal CF. Pivotal CF is Pivotal’s commercially supported hybrid Platform-as-a-Service solution built on Cloud Foundry technology, enabling customers to rapidly develop, deploy and scale applications. Pivotal CF is optimized to run on VMware’s proven and widely adopted vSphere platform.

Lastly in VMware news, 2013 marks 15 years since VMware was founded and this week we celebrated 15 years of VMware history with an infographic highlighting some important, impressive and even quirky milestones and stats from throughout VMware’s past.

Industry News

In industry news, CRN released its list of Top 100 Executives of 2013 and four VMware executives were included on the list:

  • Pat Gelsinger, Top 25 Most Influential
  • Frank Rauch, Top 25 Sales Leaders
  • Martin Casado, Top 25 Disruptors
  • Raghu Raghuram, Top 25 Innovators

SearchSDN’s Patrick Hubbard explores how VMware NSX will change the network admin role. “Remember your first exposure to VMware ESX? … VMware NSX will bring the same kind of change to the network admin role – bringing with it great career opportunities for those who stay ahead of the curve.”

Ellen Messmer of Network World covers the new joint solution from VMmware and Palo Alto Networks, writing, “[the] goal is to increase the security and efficiency of the virtualization process by adapting the Palo Alto VM-based NGFW, the VM-300-HV, to work under the management and security framework envisioned under NSX.”

InformationWeek’s Mark Melvin discusses problems that can occur when dealing with software-defined networking in his article “Can SDN Adoption Solve Real-World Problems?” Melvin writes, “If you think software-defined networking is all hype and no substance, think again. SDN deployments could potentially solve complex resource issues, especially in segments like healthcare and education.”

InformationWeek’s Charles Babcock reports on Pivotal’s announcement to launch a cloud app development platform, Pivotal One. He writes, “the release of Pivotal One marks the first time a supported, on-premises version has been made available, giving companies the option of using Cloud Foundry for in-house development.” Over at VentureBeat, contributor Jordan Novet explains why Pivotal believes data and cloud technology go together.

InformationWeek’s Sue Fogarty explains seven essentials to software-defined networking. She writes that while SDN “may be the technology du jour,” it is still largely conceptual. The article goes on to “boil SDN architectures down to the essentials, including OpenFlow, SDN APIs, and overlay networks.”

NetworkComputing’s Natalie Timms explains how software-defined networking can be secured. She writes, “With the emergence of software-defined networks (SDNs), security must become a core component of the network. Network security can no longer be an afterthought, or added with the assumption that it will ‘just work’ on top of an existing network.”

Lastly this week, Forbes contributor, Joe McKendrick details how cloud computing can save the government $20 billion a year, citing a new study that suggests adoption of cloud offerings — particularly Platform as a Service middleware and application development tools — can cut the cost of U.S. government application development costs to the tune of $20.5 billion a year.

Celebrating 15 years at VMware

You might know that VMware is the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter. You might even know that VMware now has over 13,800 employees and 500,000 customers.

But did you know that our headquarters consumes more than 12,000 pounds of coffee and 19,000 pounds of M&Ms every year?

VMware has evolved from a lean, five-person startup founded in 1998 to a global powerhouse that today has reached more than $10 billion in cumulative revenue. We even have our own band.

As VMware celebrates 15 years, we’ve pulled together some of the most compelling and interesting milestones that the company has achieved over the years. From total number of virtual machines in the world, to man-hours donated to charity by VMware employees, we hope you find the fast facts in this infographic to be informative, inspiring and maybe even a little fun.

How we deliver on our vision comes through in our everyday actions. Our people are driven to create amazing innovations in a workplace that encourages and supports growth, learning and collaboration – at VMware, within our partner community and in the world.

Here’s to 15 great years and counting!

VMware Weekly News Recap: November 15

VMware News

*** Updated: Don’t miss our live Google Hangout on Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. PST to talk about the future of IT with futurologist Paul Saffo, along with a number of influential industry veterans and journalists.***

In VMware news this morning, Dan Wendlandt, director of product management for OpenStack at VMware writes a blog post titled “Advancing Support for OpenStack” on the VMware Company Blog. The post recaps announcements made last week by VMware at the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong along with an overview of our OpenStack activities to date. (Did you know that we’re a top ten contributor to the OpenStack framework?)

Yesterday evening, VMware’s Erik Frieberg shared his perspective on Amazon’s announcement Wednesday that it has entered the DaaS market with its new product, WorkSpaces. Erik welcomes Amazon to the market, a move which validates VMware’s vision. He then goes on to illustrate why not all DaaS are created equal: “We believe customers get a better value, a superior product and a comprehensive, long term strategy with VMware.”

In other VMware news, the vCloud team announced on Wednesday that vCloud Hybrid Service has expanded support for healthcare customers, aiming to help organizations comply with HIPAA and the HITECH Act. The announcement included:

  • Completion of an examination of our information security program against essential elements of HIPAA and HITECH,
  • Availability of a Business Associate Agreement,
  • Availability of a whitepaper to support customers looking to achieve HIPAA/HITECH compliance

Lastly, the vSphere team unveiled on Tuesday that the company will resell Pivotal CF later this quarter as outlined at VMworld 2013 San Francisco. This was announced in conjunction with the availability of Pivotal CF along with the launch of Pivotal One Services. For more information on how Pivotal CF on VMware vSphere is making it easier for developers to build and deploy modern applications using platform as a service, read the blog post by Director of vSphere Product Marketing Michael Adams.

Industry News

In industry news, ZDNet analyst Dan Kusnetzky explains where VMware and Desktone will play in the desktop-as-a-service market following the recent acquisition news. Kusnetzky speculates, “It is likely that Desktone’s products will be attractive to even more partners now that VMware is behind them.”

Talkin’ Cloud’s Chris Talbot reports on VMware’s decision to partner with Mirantis to create new product offerings intended to help simplify the large-scale deployment of OpenStack-based cloud computing environments. In the article, Talbot quotes Boris Renski, co-founder and executive vice president of Mirantis: “[We] will be able to drive innovations that simplify the deployment of highly scalable and high-performing clouds.”

Bloomberg’s Dina Bass reports on Pivotal’s announcement to introduce new cloud computing software. In the article, she quotes Scott Yara, a senior vice president at Pivotal: “I have called it the Android of the cloud. The question is how do you build an open model that allows applications to move from corporate data centers to public cloud and across different public clouds?”

The VAR Guy’s Christopher Tozzi reports on Canonical’s new partnership with Pivotal to deliver its Cloud Foundry OpenStack implementation on Ubuntu. Tozzi writes, “It seems a safe bet that Canonical’s vision for Ubuntu OpenStack deployability goes beyond the specific partnership with Pivotal. Even though the company may be using that agreement to lead the charge, it is eager to build a strong partner ecosystem of OpenStack PaaS providers throughout the channel.”

Lastly, Datacenter Dynamics’ Penny Jones explains the software-defined datacenter. In her article, “Who Buys Software Defined?” Jones states, “The DevOps movement is paving the way for the software-defined data center, and this means the sale is starting to swing for vendors in the space.” She goes on to describe her takeaways after catching up with some of these vendors at VMworld Europe in Barcelona last month.

Stay tuned for our Weekly News Recap next Friday and be sure to follow @VMwareNews and subscribe to the VMware Company Blog to stay up to date with all VMware news and announcements throughout the week.

Advancing Support for OpenStack

Last week, in conjunction with the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong, VMware made two announcements that highlighted how the company is continuing to advance the OpenStack framework.

In our first announcement, we highlighted our participation in the development and release of OpenStack Havana, delivering code to support OpenStack projects in compute, networking and storage. With technically complex infrastructure like cloud computing, the scalability of the cloud solution is driven by the components used to build it. This is especially true with a developing framework like OpenStack. VMware provides a proven portfolio of best-in-class components, including existing technologies such as VMware vSphere and new innovations such as VMware NSX network virtualization and VMware Virtual SAN.

That news was followed by a joint announcement from VMware and Mirantis to develop and deliver solutions for large-scale cloud deployments based on the Mirantis OpenStack distribution and VMware technologies. Fuel, the open source tool for OpenStack deployment and management developed by Mirantis, will add support for automating the deployment of the Mirantis OpenStack distribution in conjunction with VMware vCenter Server and VMware NSX technologies. The partnership reflects customers are looking for OpenStack solutions built using their existing VMware infrastructure and they want access to the best components available.

VMware: A Top Ten Contributor to the OpenStack Framework

Over the past year, VMware has built a dedicated software development team focused on OpenStack, making sure that the best way to run OpenStack is on top of VMware technologies. In the process VMware has become a significant contributor to the OpenStack community and one of the top ten contributors to the OpenStack framework.

VMware Sessions at OpenStack Summit Hong Kong

The VMware team delivered 17 sessions at OpenStack Summit, covering the full spectrum of OpenStack technologies. Sessions ranged from technical deep dives, to customer success stories, to industry panels with OpenStack peers.

For more information on VMware’s OpenStack activities, check out these additional resources:

Posted by Dan Wendlandt, director of product management for OpenStack at VMware


Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) goes mainstream

As you might have heard, Amazon recently announced a Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) offering on AWS called Amazon WorkSpaces. It’s always exciting when new vendors enter into our market since it validates our vision so I’d like to take the opportunity to quickly touch on their announcement and offer my perspective.

VMware’s history with DaaS

VMware has been offering on-premise and hosted virtual desktops using VMware Horizon View for many years while others have struggled to get started. Most recently, we acquired Desktone (now Desktone by VMware), a trusted partner, pioneer and industry leader in offering multi-tenant, DaaS solutions. We did so because we believe virtual desktops are the future of enterprise desktop computing in a mobile-cloud era where users demand anytime, anywhere and anyplace access to corporate desktops, applications and data.

Desktone invented the term and category, DaaS and the Desktone by VMware platform has incredible technology for delivering desktops through the cloud with the most complete and proven blueprint for enabling service providers to deliver DaaS. Through its industry-leading technology, operational expertise and global network of roughly 40 established and highly reputable partners such as Cisco, NetApp, Dell, Time Warner Cable, NEC, Fujitsu and Dimension Data among many others – VMware offers an ecosystem of partners that puts it way ahead of others in the market.

Not all DaaS are created equal

It is important for customers to evaluate a DaaS offering in its entirety and there are several things to consider when comparing new and proven offerings.

Do users want a server-based OS or a client OS
The Desktone by VMware platform supports all current Windows client OS versions (Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8) required by any organization with existing desktop investments that needs to ensure consistency of management. In addition, the virtual desktops we deliver through the cloud support touch-screen capability on mobile devices, unified communications and other peripheral capabilities that customers tell us is critical to mobile users but is lacking in server-based desktops.

We have service provider partners such as Dell, Navisite and Quest who are DaaS price leaders offering a full Windows client desktop for equal or less than the price of a server-based desktop that delivers a limited user experience and capabilities better suited to SMBs than the enterprise. A DaaS solution with dependency on the Windows 2008 Server OS will make their virtual desktops incompatible with many enterprise applications and desktop management tools.

What does support look like?
Support for mobile users is critical since problems tend to arise at the most inconvenient times. VMware and its service provider partners offer a full set of wrapper services to fully offload the task of managing the entire enterprise desktop ecosystem such as image management, OS patching and help desk among many other things.

Is public DaaS the right delivery model for the enterprise?
A public DaaS offering offers a limited use case to customers. The customers we have spoken with want a hybrid approach – one that allows them to mix on-premise VDI with DaaS. With VMware’s proven experience and expertise in virtual desktops, we can support all delivery models – public, private or hybrid DaaS.

Conclusion: What this means for customers

At VMware, we welcome Amazon’s entry into the DaaS market since we share a common vision for delivering desktops through the cloud. Their entrance is a strong validation for the DaaS approach and the use of VDI as a cloud services delivery platform. However, we believe customers get a better value, a superior product and a comprehensive, long term strategy with VMware.

VMware continues to be committed to providing innovation, choice and enterprise-ready solutions to meet IT needs and end-user demands. We are excited about the growth opportunities that lie ahead of us for DaaS and we look forward to partnering with new and existing customers to deliver the best DaaS product and service available in the market today.

Erik Frieberg, VP Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

Leadership Perspectives: Bill Fathers

In the first of a series of leadership perspectives videos, Bill Fathers, senior vice president and general manager of the Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit discusses the emergence of hybrid cloud in the enterprise and his role at VMware.

Check out the video to hear more about Bill’s take on:

  • Building a new Hybrid Cloud Services business unit
  • How the cloud industry will evolve over the next 12 months
  • The opportunity and challenges ahead for hybrid cloud in the enterprise
  • How the hybrid approach fits into enterprise cloud strategy for customers
  • The major drivers for the growth of the hybrid cloud
  • What Bill is looking forward to in 2014

You can read more from Bill on the VMware Company Blog. The VMware Leadership Perspectives video series is an occasional series to introduce the leaders at VMware who are building the next generation of IT infrastructure.

Be sure to subscribe to the VMware Company Blog to stay up to date with each video as well as the latest news from VMware.


Pivotal CF on VMware vSphere: Making it Easier for Developers to Build and Deploy Modern Applications Using Platform as a Service

Posted by Michael Adams

Pivotal today announced the availability of Pivotal CF along with the launch of Pivotal One Services (click here for more details). I am excited to announce that we will begin to resell Pivotal CF in Q4 of 2013 as we outlined at VMworld 2013 San Francisco earlier this year.

What is Pivotal CF and why would a user want it?

Pivotal CF is the commercially supported hybrid Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) based on the Cloud Foundry platform. It provides a turnkey PaaS experience for development teams to rapidly develop, update and grow applications dynamically on a private cloud allowing enterprises to operate at Internet scale for continuous delivery.

Pivotal CF is built on open source Cloud Foundry technology of which VMware is the original source. VMware will continue to invest in its relationship with Pivotal and Pivotal CF to make it easier for developers to build and deploy new applications.

Why is this important to VMware?

Pivotal CF is optimized to run on VMware vSphere, the industry’s leading virtualization platform, and soon will also run on the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service. VMware believes that the combination of Pivotal CF running on VMware vSphere represents the industry’s most powerful platform for building, deploying and scaling modern applications today.

Why is this important to customers?

Apps love vSphere! We have been focused on building infrastructure for modern Web applications for years. We view Pivotal CF as best suited for enterprise customers with an appetite for early-source technologies and with significant net new software development needs. With Pivotal CF, VMware customers can take advantage of the latest trends in application middleware management.

For a technical overview of Pivotal CF on VMware vSphere, please read Killian Murphy’s blog post: http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2013/11/pivotal-cf.html

For more information on virtualizing Business Critical Applications and new workloads, go to: http://www.vmware.com/business-critical-apps/index.html

Michael Adams is the director of product marketing, vSphere