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RSA 2015: VMware News, Sessions and Awards

Security2The information security industry continues to be front and center in the news as corporate and individual privacy breaches alike seem to constantly be hitting the headlines.  And while we continue to see tremendous innovation in security, the recognition of the security industry has come paired with increased scrutiny.

Enter the RSA Conference – in the organizers’ words, “Where the World Talks Security.” Each year, information security professionals from across the country convene at RSA to address critical issues and set the industry agenda for the next 12 months.

VMware is helping IT address the dynamic nature of security by using virtualization as a means to better protect organizations from the data center to the desktop. And while delivering the technologies to safeguard our data is priority, we also realize it’s critical to create constructive dialog around ways to prevent the types of breaches we see on the evening news.

Here’s a look at what VMware has going on in and around the world of security as we head off to RSA Conference.

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Modernizing Healthcare IT Through the Mobile Cloud

Healthcare POC TechJudging by the cutting edge technology inside many medical facilities in the U.S., it’s easy to assume that the IT solutions healthcare providers depend on are as modern and sophisticated as the MRI machines used to diagnose our ailments, or the supercomputers that map our DNA. But you don’t need to peek very far behind the curtain to find that often enough, this is simply not the case.

For many healthcare professionals, the primary interface for accessing patient records continues to be the paper chart. Although the transition to electronic medical records (EMR) has long been underway, a variety of obstacles have prevented EMR systems from being adopted ubiquitously. VMware is addressing these challenges by providing a unified IT platform encompassing the hybrid cloud, as well as end-user computing solutions.

At CoxHealth, an organization that runs five hospitals in Missouri and Arkansas, the decision to leverage VMware infrastructure is already helping to provide better healthcare experiences and attracting new patients, as well as clinicians.

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Telco 2015 – NFV and the Path to the Telco Cloud | #MWC15

Back in March, Barcelona hosted the world’s greatest mobile event: Mobile World Congress. AirWatch Connect, presented at Mobile World Congress, provided attendees with a business-focused experience, including sessions, certifications, and solution expos focused on business mobility. The AirWatch community of industry leaders, business innovators and technology experts at Mobile World Congress joined attendees to collaborate on mobile initiatives, challenges and best practices, with the goal of driving business innovation.

On the second day of the show, various members of the EMC Federation joined Heavy Reading’s Caroline Chappel for an expert panel on Telco in 2015. Panelists John Roese (Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Ocer, EMC), Shekar Ayyar (Sr. Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, VMware) and Sundeep Madra (VP Product, Data and Mobile, Pivotal) came together to discuss NFV and the path to the telco cloud. Click on the podcast below to listen to the panel and weigh in in the comments section below!

Another Mobile World Congress Down! | #MWC15

Sanjay HeadshotBy Sanjay Poonen, EVP and GM, End-User Computing, VMware

Last week, dozens of our VMware and AirWatch team members traveled to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress – the industry’s leading mobility event that drew together over 93,000 industry leaders, business innovators and technology experts for four jam-packed days of excitement. This was my second Mobile World Congress with VMware, and I have to say that our joint VMware and AirWatch presence at the event this year was truly impressive. We won an award, made some huge announcements and really made a splash with highlights including:

  • Main-stage keynote from Pat Gelsinger focused on “the New Mobile Identity” and why business mobility is such a priority for enterprises today. During his talk, Pat spotlighted VMware vCloud for NFV, an integrated Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) platform that will combine our virtualized compute, networking, storage and management solutions with integrated OpenStack support.

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QCT to Demo VMware’s EVO:RACK Technology Preview at Open Compute Project U.S. Summit 2015

Quanta1By Edward Hsu, director of product marketing, Integrated Systems, VMware

Next week, QCT (Quanta Cloud Technology) will demonstrate VMware’s EVO:RACK technology preview on Open Compute Project (OCP) certified hardware next week at OCP U.S. Summit 2015 (March 10-11) in San Jose, Calif. Read QCT’s press release to learn what they will showcase at the event.

We unveiled the EVO:RACK tech preview at VMworld 2014 U.S. in San Francisco. The EVO:RACK tech preview is a hyper-converged infrastructure project designed to dramatically simplify how enterprises buy, deploy, and operate software-defined data centers at scale. It will run on a range of pre-integrated hardware configurations ranging from Open Compute Project-based hardware designs to industry-standard OEM servers and converged infrastructure.

QCT demonstrated a half-rack version of the EVO:RACK tech preview at VMworld 2014 U.S. And we are pleased to continue to work with QCT to demonstrate the EVO:RACK tech preview to enterprises and service providers — this time at the OCP U.S. Summit. Be sure to drop by QCT’s booth (#C6) at the summit next week.

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Ask Away! Four FAQs on One Cloud, Any App, Any Device

Pat Gelsinger One Cloud Any App LaunchWith the launch of One Cloud, Any Application, Any Device in the beginning of February, VMware executives Pat Gelsinger, Raghu Raghuram, Bill Fathers and Ray O’Farrell met with members of the tech press for an open Q&A. Some of the topics covered include VMware Integrated OpenStack, Google Apps on vCloud Air and the future of the software-defined data center.

Check out some excerpts from the Q&A below:

Q: We heard about long-distance vMotion with the launch of VMware vSphere 6. Can you talk about the use cases you’re seeing for that technology?

A: [Raghuram:] “While talking with customers about this technology, they quickly saw new possibilities that they could not do before. For example, many customers struggled to do active-active data centers for traditional applications and with a technology like [vMotion], active-active data centers become possible. Follow-the-sun data center capability, where you’re moving your applications or desktops closer to where the users are — becomes possible. Disaster recovery planning, preempting DR scenarios — all of those kind of things that customers did not even think about seriously until now because the technology was not available.”

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The CSP Cloud of Tomorrow Has Arrived

Photo via @IntelSecurity

Photo via @IntelSecurity

Not since the first dot-com boom has the pace of data center innovation so rapidly transformed and disrupted old ways of doing business, engendering entirely new ways of consuming content, products and services. There are few mediums where this is more apparent than our mobile devices, but while the Googles and Amazons of the world reap the benefits of the transition toward cloud-based infrastructure, many communications service providers (CSPs) are struggling to keep up.

This is a challenge VMware is addressing today with the roll out of vCloud for NFV, a unified infrastructure platform that enables CSPs to leverage the benefits of a carrier-grade cloud platform in their core network infrastructure.

On the enterprise side, many data centers are already enjoying the benefits of the cloud transformation. These include innovations like resource virtualization and pooling, distributed storage, the ability to instantly create and tear down network topologies, as well as zero-trust security achieved through microsegmentation. Increasingly, CSPs are hoping to inject this same “cloud DNA” into their core network architectures, platforms and service models.

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