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The Enterprise Hybrid Cloud with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

Pat Gelsinger talks Enterprise Hybrid CloudDuring EMC World 2015, SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier and Dave Vellante sat down with VMware’s CEO, Pat Gelsinger, for a conversation about changes in the enterprise hybrid cloud market and the wide array of products and updates announced by VMware since the beginning of this year.

During the wide-ranging, 30-minute dialogue, Gelsinger was also asked for an update on the EMC Federation and the progress that's been made so far, as VMware and its partner companies work together to help enterprises everywhere embrace the cloud.

The Federation is, by design, architected so that it offers choice,” says Gelsinger.  “We’re off working with our independent ecosystem players, but fundamentally we’re first and best [working] with each other.  We see big wins that we are able to accomplish together and we are delivering some clear solutions.”

After explaining the latest versions of vCloud Air and VMware vSphere, as well as a new native app for developers, Gelsinger shared his thoughts on the passing fads of Silicon Valley and the primary role of IT in enterprises today.

“IT is about building a platform for any application,” he says, “in which you’ve created more flexibility—that is the job of IT now.  It’s creating an environment that allows [CIOs] to future-proof their business, take all of their old apps, data, applications, et cetera, and be able to transform them for the future of the business that they’re a part of.”

Gelsinger also dismissed rumors that the exponential pace of Moore’s Law—which has been successfully predicting the rate of technological change for the past 50 years—may soon be coming to an end. Innovative chemical nano-engineering methods and the power of virtualization, he says, can probably bypass any physical limits in the way of greater compute power.

“Moore’s Law,” he argues, “allows us scale out environments we almost thought limited.  That’s the magic of the cloud.  You know, if you can architecture your application to be a distribution application, the compute capacity that you can apply to it is essentially infinite, and at a diminishingly small cost.”

For more on Pat's take on the enterprise hybrid cloud, watch the full video below:

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:

[VIDEO] Cloud-Native Apps Partner Panel: Security, Containers and More

This week, the Cloud Foundry Summit 2015 gathered developers, operators and managers leveraging the open source platform-as-a-service. More than 1,500 attendees gathered, highlighting the growing popularity of platform-as-a-service options. VMware CTO Kit Colbert delivered a keynote talk on how businesses can make developers a first-class user of the datacenter by reshaping infrastructure to support Cloud-Native Apps alongside traditional applications.

This year's Cloud Foundry Summit comes on the tails of a big moment in cloud news as VMware on April 20th announced not one, but 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 will change the way organizations approach and leverage container technology, helping to usher in a new breed of open, interoperable solutions.

To highlight the growing need for innovative IT infrastructure to power cloud-native apps, following the launch event, VMware hosted a panel moderated by Kit Colbert. Participants included James Watters, VP of Cloud Platform Group at Pivotal, Alexei Polvi, CEO of CoreOS and Ben Hindman, Founder of Mesosphere.   

Each panelist discussed their own unique approach to security, what they’re hearing from customers, how to build security into infrastructure, how to extend existing infrastructure investments with vSphere 6 and more. Watch the video above to hear the full discussion.

WATCH LIVE at #EMCWorld 2015: “Redefine Next” with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

Pat trade showEMC World 2015 is in full swing and in just a few moments, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger will join EMC CEO Joe Tucci and Pivotal CEO Paul Maritz on stage during the general session to talk about VMware, VMware’s role in the Federation, and the path to the software defined data center.

"Every traditional industry across the globe is being transformed by software," said Pat in February. "To navigate and thrive in the face of this change, businesses must be decisive in the face of uncertainty.”

It’s clear there’s a shift underway in computing – a shift from the “client-server” era to one that’s driven by the mobile cloud. It’s clear that it’s time for a new model of IT. The challenge is, how do we, as technologists, bridge the two worlds effectively?

Back in February, VMware introduced the idea of “One Cloud, Any Application, Any Device” to support our customers throughout this shift. One Cloud, Any Application is about enabling IT teams to become agents of change within the organization, and in so doing, empowering enterprises to drive the next round of innovation and disruption.

Watch live as Pat takes the stage this morning to reveal some of the next steps in helping customers adopt the software defined data center model and prepare for the future of business. He’ll be touching on the central role of hybrid cloud, the new role IT teams must play to succeed, the balance between openness and security and much more.

Don’t forget to join in the conversation by using the hashtags #VMware and #EMCWorld and following @VMware, @VMwareEvents and @VMwareNews for live updates from the show.

Showcasing VMware vCloud Air Object Storage powered by EMC at EMC World!

VMware geo cloudBy Roshni Pary, Senior Product Marketing Manager, vCloud Air Product Marketing

A quick update on VMware’s continued innovation and updates to our cloud platform.  Last year, we announced plans to launch VMware vCloud® Air™ Object Storage powered by EMC, and earlier this year, we announced a strategic partnership with Google that will include integration of VMware vCloud Air Object Storage powered by Google Cloud Platform. We are excited to be showcasing a demo of this new service at EMC World here in Las Vegas.

VMware vCloud Air Object Storage is an extremely scalable, cost-effective, and resilient cloud-based storage solution for unstructured data. With this service, you will get instant, self-service access to storage capacity on-demand and scale up to petabytes.

The service is simple to use, easy to setup and is exceptionally durable and available, eliminating the need for data protection with built-in redundancy. The service will support global access use cases with easy access from any device, anywhere, anytime.

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HIPAA: A 20th-century law in a 21st-century world

HeartbeatThis story was originally published on The Bridge.

When healthcare-interested attendees gathered in Chicago for HIMSS 2015, few issues loomed larger than security and privacy concerns. In many ways, mobile healthcare apps have advanced far more rapidly than had been expected, enjoying an aggressive healthcare push by multiple hardware and software makers.

The problem is that those medical scanning capabilities have morphed a lot faster than security/privacy capabilities and interpretations of federal healthcare privacy laws such as HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996).

The HIPAA issues are complicated, but at its essence, the problem is how much data the mobile device stores locally, even for a brief period. In a perfect world, all such data would be transmitted in a highly encrypted fashion to a secure server; unfortunately, these apps will function in environments that are far from perfect. Many areas don’t have consistent Internet connections, forcing the app to either save data locally or refuse to function until it has such a connection.

Read more about HIPAA on The Bridge.

VMware vRealize Operations 6 Claims Best of Interop Award 2015

By Sajai Krishnan, vice president of product marketing, Cloud Management Business Unit

BOI_2015_performance_winner_stackedI’m happy to announce that vRealize Operations 6 won the Best of Interop Award 2015 for Performance/Management/Monitoring category this week at Interop in Las Vegas. Four years after securing its initial best of Interop award in the Cloud Computing and Virtualization category, vRealize Operations 6—the most significant product release since its introduction—has claimed its second Best of Interop award.

According to the round up on the Best of Interop 2015 award-winning products:

VMware’s goal for vRealize Operations 6 is to be a general-purpose tool to manage heterogeneous data center and cloud environments. To that end, version 6 (formerly known as vCenter Operations Management) extends its monitoring and management capabilities beyond vSphere to encompass Hyper-V and KVM hypervisors and Amazon Machine Instances.”

I am grateful to the Interop judges for their selection of vRealize Operations 6. I am proud of the dedication and effort that our team put into making vRealize Operations 6 a groundbreaking release for our customers. And I’m thankful for our customers for their support as well as their positive—and not so positive—feedback. That customer backing and input has driven us to build vRealize Operations into the market-leading solution that it is today.

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