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VMware Continues vCloud Air Global Expansion Extending Hybrid Cloud Reach to Australia

Bill Fathers, EVP, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMwareBy Bill Fathers, executive vice president and general manager, Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware

Today, we have very exciting vCloud Air news to share. Not only are we extending our hybrid cloud service to Australia, but after completing a successful beta program, vCloud Air will be generally available in Japan in the coming weeks. The combination of vCloud Air with the VMware vCloud Air Network of service providers, which includes more than 20 data centers in Australia, makes VMware the largest hybrid cloud network in the Asia Pacific region.

In Australia
The new service location in Australia, expected to be available in the first half of 2015, provides customers with a hybrid cloud option operated by VMware that addresses local compliance and data sovereignty concerns. VMware vCloud Air enables organizations to seamlessly expand their on-premises IT infrastructure to the public cloud. The resulting hybrid cloud is compatible with clients’ existing applications and allows them to build new cloud-native applications, delivering agility and efficiency to the business in a secure, reliable and compliant manner. IT departments can view, manage, and operate the cloud environment in a unified way and the service is compatible with Hybrid Cloud Services powered by the VMware vCloud Network of service providers.

In Japan
After the successful beta program announced this past July with SoftBank Telecom Corp. and SoftBank Commerce & Service Corp. (SoftBank C&S), vCloud Air will be generally available in Japan in the coming weeks. The beta program was a success with more than 50 companies who participated; these companies will be making the transition to general availability allowing them to provide a true hybrid cloud for enterprises.

Today’s announcement is a true testament to VMware’s commitment to partnering with our clients as they begin or continue their journey to the cloud and to the global expansion of our products and services.

The Future of IT is Software-Defined

Why the Software-Defined Data Center is a Nexus of Business Possibility

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

By Pat Gelsinger

The $2 trillion Information Technology industry is in the early stages of a tectonic shift, as we transition from the previous Client-Server platform to the Mobile Cloud era. For the first time in history, we’re seeing dramatic changes driven by both the consumer and enterprise worlds. In many ways, everything is up in the air. At this critical juncture, the demands on IT are greater than ever. Whether you’re an individual consumer or a business leader, you want essentially the same thing: instantaneous access to the apps and data you care about, without hassles or hiccups, and with confidence and compliance.

As we make this massive shift from the PCs and servers of old to the Mobile Cloud era, we’re experiencing a fundamental restructuring of how IT value gets created and consumed. Simply put, software has usurped hardware as the place where value resides. This is driven largely by well-established laws of technology: software can be quickly adapted, programmed and automated. By contrast, hardware is inflexible, labor-intensive and specialized. As a guy who spent 30+ years in the hardware world, this is a difficult fact to acknowledge – yet it’s undeniable.

To wit, we have entered the age of the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). The SDDC is a data center where everything has been virtualized and infrastructure can be delivered as software on demand. This software-defined approach will become the model for every leading data center in the world because it represents a radical and powerful change agent for the enterprise. At its core, the SDDC empowers IT to move at the speed of the business, by rapidly delivering apps and services as they are needed.

The technical argument for the Software-Defined Data Center is airtight: Virtualize all components, abstract the functionality, pool the resources and automate the processes. In this model, hardware becomes increasingly invisible – seen solely through a layer of dynamic, scalable and agile software. Many of the core elements of this approach have been pioneered by companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook. But while they’ve accomplished a great deal, their implementations have been specifically designed for their specialized environments. Now is the time for us, as an industry, to take these valuable learnings and apply the software-defined approach for the benefit of all businesses – and all the millions of applications that power our economy.

Next Step: Virtualize Your Network

Compute virtualization was just the opening act of the SDDC story. According to VMware’s analysis, by virtualizing roughly 70 percent of our customers’ compute workloads over the past decade, businesses saved billions of dollars and in the process, they accomplished something else: They made it easy to spin up new applications in literally seconds. This, in turn, exposed a frustrating reality: As app provisioning has sped up exponentially, we have discovered that the operating model of the network is simply not equipped to keep pace. In fact, the network is now a barrier to achieving the full benefits of virtualization, because the movement of all of these dynamic apps is now severely constrained by the limitations of the physical network. The fact is today’s network is operationally intensive, requiring significant manual intervention and vendor-specific expertise at every turn.

The answer to this challenge is to virtualize your network. This represents the next chapter in our industry’s inevitable move to a software-defined approach to IT.  Network virtualization takes the fast and fluid operational model of a virtual machine (VM) and extends that across your network. It advances networking with new levels of automation, programmability, and management by leveraging the power of software. Network virtualization also transforms the economics of networking within the data center by reducing the need for costly, proprietary networking hardware. As we build virtual networks we are strengthening the foundations of the hybrid cloud, which gives businesses the ability to move valuable apps and data seamlessly between public and private cloud environments.

Charting the Course to a Software-Defined Future 

Modern business is here today. It’s global, competitive, collaborative, and extremely dynamic.  But too often, the technology infrastructure supporting these businesses is limping along – slow, inefficient, brittle, and generally incapable of keeping up. The best companies in the world are charting a path to a software-oriented model of IT where infrastructure drives strategic advantage. IT professionals with the courage to embrace this new reality – and let go of the hardware-centric models of the past – will change the landscape of business forever. The future is bright. Let’s move forward.

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VMware Sweeps Virtualization Review’s Reader’s Choice Awards and Ultimate Buyer’s Guide

We love end-to-end solutions. We work with many of our partners to help customers achieve a simplified, more efficient, flexible, cost-effective, service-oriented IT environment with products from across the range of VMware offerings. So we couldn’t have been more excited (and honored!) to learn that VMware topped nine different categories in this year’s 2014 Virtualization Review Reader’s Choice Awards and Ultimate Buyer’s Guide. The awards strive to identify “who’s better and who’s best among the growing list of cloud and virtualization companies and products.” As Virtualization Review’s Editor-in-Chief Michael Domingo puts it, “VMware had a busy year innovation-wise, and it shows in this year’s results.”

In the end-user computing category, three VMware products were chosen over the competition as Reader’s Choice Winners in the “Application Virtualization,” “Desktop Virtualization and VDI,” and “Mobile Virtualization and BYOD” categories. VMware EUC solutions dominated the end-user computing category with wins and it’s a testament to our continued commitment to technology innovation and ongoing customer engagement. The categories and winning products for EUC include:

To really drive the awards home for VMware, Virtualization Review named us Reader’s Choice Award Winners in several other product categories, showcasing the breadth, depth, quality and innovation VMware is known for. Products were featured from various VMware product groups including Cloud Infrastructure, Cloud Management, Networking and Security, and Storage and Availability. The categories and winning products include:

The competition was fierce, and we can’t agree more with Virtualization Review’s Michael Domingo: “It’s a testament to a vibrant market that continues to generate innovations, improvements and evolutions in technology that are helping enterprises make data more accessible, mobile, cost-effective and secure.” Thanks to everyone who voted. We’re looking forward to an even more innovative 2014!

VMware vCenter Log Insight 1.5 is Generally Available Today!

By Bill Roth, Group Product Marketing Manager, VMware

We’re pleased to announce the release of VMware vCenter Log Insight 1.5, which includes new features for enterprise readiness, and support for an additional range of enterprise log sources. You can download the latest software from the VMware Product Evaluation Center (after logging in) here: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/evalcenter?p=log-insight.

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New Releases of VMware’s Cloud Management Solutions Now Available

Today, I’m thrilled to announce the general availability of new and enhanced releases of the industry-leading portfolio of cloud management solutions (read the press release). The products available today include VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.0, VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.8, and VMware IT Business Management Suite. It is very gratifying to be delivering to the market the products we originally unveiled at VMworld 2013 Europe in Barcelona in October (press release).

This GA marks a major milestone in VMware’s mission to help our customers on their journey to IT as a Service (ITaaS) and their adoption of the cloud.  It covers the whole of our cloud management portfolio with critical new capabilities – a user friendly self-service portal for agile service delivery, management of physical storage devices as well as business critical applications providing health and performance visibility across the service stack, automated cost comparisons of infrastructure services across private and public clouds, just to name a few.

Designed specifically for dynamic virtualized and cloud environments, VMware’s management solutions simplify and automate how IT is managed across multiple clouds and platforms. The new enhancements and product to the VMware cloud management portfolio include:

  • VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.0 offers a self-service catalog for requesting and managing all types of IT services across multiple clouds and platforms including now VMware vCloud Hybrid Service and OpenStack to provide customers with on-demand access to any service and reducing time to value.
  • VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.8 extends visibility and insight into the performance of applications running on Microsoft Hyper-V and Amazon Web Services, improved performance analytics for a broad range of storage arrays, and enhanced support for business critical applications including Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SQL Server.
  • VMware IT Business Management Suite  ITBM Suite 1.0 Standard Edition is the newest member of the VMware family of management products enabling infrastructure and business stakeholders to quickly understand the cost and consumption of their virtual infrastructure across private and public cloud environments. VMware IT Business Management Suite 8.0 Advanced and Enterprise editions introduce additional persona-based dashboards tailored to the CIO, CFO of IT, IT project managers and line-of-business owners.

As customers progress to ITaaS, we believe that CIOs and IT organizations must evolve from being just builders of IT services to both builders and brokers of services. This means making strategic decisions of where to source services – whether internally on a private cloud, externally from a cloud service provider or both via the hybrid cloud. With this GA, we are further delivering on the critical capabilities required of a service broker:  on-demand access to any service, cost transparency, automated operations, and the ability to deliver and manage services on any cloud and any platform.

I am very proud of what our team has achieved with our Q4 Cloud Management Launch and GA. I am looking forward in the coming months to receiving feedback from you, our customers, on our new and updated offerings, and how they are helping you deliver services more quickly and efficiently to your own customers.

Ramin Sayar is senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Management

VMware Weekly News Recap: November 22

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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.

VMware Weekly News Recap: November 8

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***Don’t miss our live Google Hangout on Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. PST to talk about the future of IT with futurologist Paul Saffo, along with a number of influential industry analysts and journalists.***

In VMware news, the network virtualization team attended the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong this week, where they announced advancement of our support for the OpenStack framework, expansion of our scope of contributions to include Compute, Networking and Storage and the delivery of OpenStack Neutron support for VMware NSX network virtualization.

Industry News

In Industry news, InformationWeek’s Charles Babcock reports on VMware’s announcement to partner with Mirantis to help customers build OpenStack private clouds on top of their vSphere virtualized servers. Boris Renski, executive VP and co-founder of Mirantis, calls the VMware deal “a strategic partnership” that illustrates how both Mirantis and VMware “are trying to uphold customer choice.”

ITWorld.com’s Nancy Gohring also reports on VMware’s announcement to partner with OpenStack. Gohring writes, “Mirantis says that VMware has now demonstrated its commitment to the community with its significant code contributions to OpenStack… Given that so many enterprises are VMware shops, it benefits Mirantis to have its OpenStack distribution run nicely in VMware environment.”

In other networking news, Alex Barrett of SearchServerVirtualization writes an in-depth piece on the nitty-gritty of VMware NSX. “With server virtualization, VMware revolutionized how organizations deliver compute services. Now, [VMware] says it can do the same thing to networking with VMware NSX.” Barrett goes on to answer three important questions that customers might have about NSX.

Forbes’ Ben Kepes highlights recent conversations with executives from Microsoft and VMware that discussed both companies’ plans to become “cloud powerhouses.” In the article “In The Face Of Armageddon, Microsoft and VMware Get A New Religion,” Kepes writes: “Despite an arguably slow start, [Microsoft and VMware are] both pushing hard against the AWS hegemony. There’s a need for both of them to move further away from the FUD and more into real world benefits their platforms can bring.” Kepes notes, “both companies are innovating and delivering real value to customers and that gives them an odd-on chance of surviving the tectonic shifts to come.”

The VAR Guy’s Elliot Markowitz reports on a recent Cisco study that indicates virtualization’s room for growth, although new statistics show that the technology is currently making significant inroads within SMBs. Markowitz muses that every year seems to be the year of virtualization, with industry pundits predicting that most organizations will finally adopt server, PC, operating systems or application virtualization in a major way. Citing the study, Markowitz declares, “Well, it’s safe to say we finally crossed the chasm… 77 percent of all respondents said they already have some sort of virtualization technology in place. Even further, 71 percent of these said they expect to allocate more budgeted dollars for virtualization to the tune of 20 percent.”

eWeek’s Jeffrey Burt reports on a recent survey by Dell’Oro that predicts the software-defined networking market will grow by six-fold over the next five years. According to Burt, Dell’Oro analysts say they expect Ethernet switches and network security appliances to make up the bulk of the space. “They will account for 75 percent of SDN sales revenue in 2013, according to the analyst firm.”

InfoWorld’s Eric Knorr discusses nine predictable trends for 2014 and beyond. He writes, “We’re at one of those rare junctures when a bunch of trends have begun to crystallize – and I’m pretty sure many of them will persist for more than 12 months.” The nine predictions span a range of technologies, with “Cloud is the new hardware” taking the number one spot.

Lastly, Farah Mohamed of Huffington Post reports that as revelations about the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance continue to trickle out, cloud companies are feeling the fallout. Mohamed writes, “[Public cloud company] growth is threatened by revelations like one in a recent Washington Post article, that the NSA has been tapping into the cloud company databases of Google and Yahoo. When users’ data is stored far away from them in the cloud, privacy is paramount — and stories about threats to that privacy could hurt cloud companies’ bottom line.” She goes on to talk about how some big technology companies are reacting to the new information.

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.