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VMware Extends Hybrid Cloud Reach to Asia-Pacific Region

Bill Fathers, SVP & GM, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMwareBy Bill Fathers, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit

I am pleased to announce the expansion of VMware’s hybrid cloud service footprint into the Asia-Pacific region through two new and exciting partnerships in Japan and China.

This week in Japan, Pat Gelsinger will join Ken Miyauchi, representative director and COO of SoftBank, onstage at SoftBank World to announce a new joint venture between our companies to launch VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service in Asia. This service is already available to clients in Japan as a private beta today and will become generally available in Q4 of this year (Read more about our announcement with SoftBank here).

In addition, this week in China, Pat joined China Telecom executives to announce plans to build a world-class hybrid cloud service in Beijing. Based on VMware hybrid cloud technology, the new service will be operated by China Telecom, as CT E-surfing Hybrid Cloud Services (Powered by China Telecom and VMware). The new service is expected to deliver hybrid cloud offerings such as Infrastructure as a Service, Disaster Recovery as a Service and Desktop as a Service (Read more about our announcement with China Telecom here).

We are honored and excited to work with SoftBank and China Telecom to deliver hybrid cloud services to clients.

Taking a step back to get a wider view, there has been a lot of buzz around our vCloud Hybrid Service since it went live in September 2013. Our scale out is progressing at an aggressive rate. VMware now operates vCloud hybrid service in North America (6 sites in the US), Europe (in the UK) and now Asia to meet the needs of both our regional and global clients. By the end of 2014 a VMware cloud will be available in over 75% of the world’s cloud market through both VMware-operated services and our vast global network of over 12,000 VMware-based cloud service providers.

Throughout, we have kept up the pace of innovation announcing new hybrid capabilities and new service offerings such as Desktop as a Service, Disaster Recovery as a Service and support for Cloud Foundry. Increasingly VMware’s global client base can regard vCloud Hybrid service as an extension of their existing environments, and they can quickly deploy both new and existing applications without compromising on performance or security.

We have been busy… But we are not stopping here. Today’s news should leave no doubt. We are committed to continuing the expansion of our global hybrid cloud service footprint and providing our clients, where ever they may be in the world, with the fastest path to cloud.

To get started with the vCloud Hybrid Service, visit vCloud.VMware.com.

For future updates, follow us on Twitter at @vCloud and Facebook.com/VMwarevCloud.

Forward-Looking Statements

This blog post contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, statements regarding VMware and its affiliates plans for further expansion of its vCloud Hybrid Service offerings, the general availability of the vCloud Hybrid Service and Japan and the CTC service in China, the benefits to customers of vCloud Hybrid Service, and the expected growth of VMware vCloud Hybrid Service.  These forward-looking statements are subject to the safe harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to (i) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in information technology spending; (iii) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures, industry consolidation, entry of new competitors into the cloud computing market, and new product and marketing initiatives by our competitors; (iv) our customers’ ability to develop, and to transition to, new products and computing strategies such as cloud computing; (v) the uncertainty of customer acceptance of emerging technology; (vi) rapid technological and market changes in virtualization software and platforms for cloud computing; (vii) changes to product development timelines; (viii) VMware’s ability to protect its proprietary technology; and (ix) VMware’s ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees. These forward looking statements are based on current expectations and are subject to uncertainties and changes in condition, significance, value and effect as well as other risks detailed in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K that we may file from time to time, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. VMware assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this post.

CTC and VMware Announce Plans to Build Hybrid Cloud Service in China

By Sanjay Mirchandani, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific and Japan

Today marked a milestone development in VMware’s growth story in Greater China.

We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Telecom Corporation, Cloud Computing Branch, to build a world-class hybrid cloud service that will start benefiting Chinese customers next year.

This move represents an important strategic hybrid cloud partnership in China, providing Infrastructure-as-a-Service initially, with the potential to deliver future solutions that include Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service and Desktop-as-a-Service.

Based on VMware software, these solutions will be operated by China Telecom under the brand name “CT E-surfing Hybrid Cloud Services (Powered by China Telecom and VMware)”.

This news broke in one of the world’s fastest growing cloud markets, which adds significant weight to VMware’s vision of hybrid cloud as the future of IT.

Our vCloud software enables seamless extension of a private on-premise cloud to the public cloud in a way that’s compatible with existing IT assets. The result is that IT departments can manage a “best of both worlds” cloud environment in a totally unified manner, using a platform they already know and trust. This process unfolds as part of a natural transformation on the journey to our vision of IT-as-a-Service.

VMware has been pursuing a strategy of partnering with key Chinese technology, distribution and service provider partners to produce Chinese solutions for Chinese organizations. In that regard, China Telecom is the nation’s biggest cloud service provider. It operates an extensive telecommunications network and serves the largest Internet user base in China.

When the new hybrid cloud service is up and running, China Telecom’s sales force will target large to medium-sized enterprises and government departments. These will typically involve the financial, energy, transportation, insurance, healthcare and education sectors.

Cloud market development is part of the Chinese government’s 12th Five-Year Plan, so we are particularly pleased to be playing a role in that – ultimately helping Chinese organizations to benefit from greater agility and efficiency.

Chinese enterprises seizing the opportunity to make their businesses more competitive will give rise to significant demand. In fact, IDC forecasts that the total public cloud market in China will grow at a CAGR of 25% – from $1.464 billion this year to $2.890 billion in 2017.

Today’s news is the latest chapter in VMware’s rapid expansion story in Greater China. This part of our Asia Pacific & Japan business has grown by some 20% over the last two years. Our first mainland China office opened in 2005, since when we have established a presence in around 30 cities.

Forward-Looking Statements

This blog post contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, statements regarding VMware and its affiliates plans for further expansion of its vCloud Hybrid Service offerings, the general availability of the vCloud Hybrid Service in China, the benefits to customers of vCloud Hybrid Service, and the growth of China’s public cloud market.  These forward-looking statements are subject to the safe harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to (i) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in information technology spending; (iii) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures, industry consolidation, entry of new competitors into the cloud computing market, and new product and marketing initiatives by our competitors; (iv) our customers’ ability to develop, and to transition to, new products and computing strategies such as cloud computing; (v) the uncertainty of customer acceptance of emerging technology; (vi) rapid technological and market changes in virtualization software and platforms for cloud computing; (vii) changes to product development timelines; (viii) VMware’s ability to protect its proprietary technology; and (ix) VMware’s ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees. These forward looking statements are based on current expectations and are subject to uncertainties and changes in condition, significance, value and effect as well as other risks detailed in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K that we may file from time to time, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. VMware assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this post.

Business Strategy for the Hybrid Cloud: VMware vCloud Hybrid Service at the Center of IT Transformation

VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service is part of a revolutionary movement of IT. Did you know that 45% of all enterprise IT will come to the cloud by 2015? What’s more, enterprises want hybrid cloud; 72% of enterprises say they’ll be pursuing a hybrid cloud strategy by 2015. VMware is at the center of this transformation.

VMware’s Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit’s GM and SVP Bill Fathers recently joined a “Fireside Chat” with GigaOM’s Barb Darrow at GigaOM Structure last week. Bill took the opportunity to discuss the advantages of “hybridity” and openness; what is top of mind for CIOs when considering public cloud; data privacy and the Snowden impact and the power of network virtualization.

The overarching focus of the show was uncovering what the infrastructure powering next-generation applications will look like. Enterprise customers undertaking cloud deployments undertake many challenges including re-architecting applications, learning new tools and data residency. Find out more about VMware’s strategy for helping customers address these challenges and others, in this business strategy video, where VMware’s Scott Collison sets the stage for the future of vCloud Hybrid Service and paints a picture of the infrastructure powering next-generation apps.

The Fastest Path to Cloud: VMware Announces vCloud® Government Service for U.S. Public Sector

By Angelos Kottas, Director, Product Marketing, Hybrid Cloud Services at VMware

Today, I’m pleased to announce that VMware’s hybrid cloud team has bid to secure FedRAMP Authority to Operate for a new enterprise hybrid cloud service offering, VMware vCloud® Government Service provided by Carpathia™. VMware is expanding its partnership with Carpathia Hosting, a trusted cloud operator and leading provider of cloud services and managed hosting for government agencies, to jointly bring this service to market.

What is FedRAMP and why is it important? FedRAMP, which stands for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, is a standardized approach to cloud security assessments, authorization and monitoring that is designed to save the government money, time and staff by eliminating redundant agency security assessments. Through FedRAMP’s leveraged security authorizations, federal agencies can also drastically reduce the time it takes to adopt new IT capabilities.

Government agencies are looking to leverage the public cloud while maintaining security and data protection that meets a broad range of regulations, standards and best practices. In a search to find the fastest path to cloud while maintaining security and compliance, government agencies have sought solutions to help manage IT infrastructure, as well as new and legacy applications since the Administration’s Cloud First mandate of 2010.

VMware vCloud Government Service is an enterprise-class hybrid cloud service targeting the needs of U.S. Federal government customers while following the same hybrid cloud architecture as VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™.  The service is designed to run legacy and new applications in exactly the same way, enabling government organizations to focus on leveraging the benefits of the cloud to their mission, rather than re-architecting for new infrastructure. Federal organizations can securely extend their data centers to the cloud quickly and confidently, using an integrated cloud infrastructure with the security of FedRAMP authorization.

This expanded partnership will combine VMware’s award-winning vSphere® technology, which is already used by the majority of Federal agencies to optimize and manage their data centers, with Carpathia’s extensive experience delivering compliant solutions for government agencies to provide the security and compliance assurance of FedRAMP authorization and bring innovation to the government in this area.

Since VMware has helped Federal agencies optimize and manage their data center infrastructure for over 14 years, we see this new partnership as a natural extension of not only our core business, but also of what so many Federal agencies are already doing. VMware is committed to empowering these agencies to use the cloud to meet their line of business and mission requirements rapidly, easily and confidently.

VMware vCloud Government Service is expected to be generally available in H2 2014. 

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VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™ Now Generally Available in Europe

By Gavin Jackson, Vice President & General Manager, Cloud Services EMEA

Vice President & General Manager, Cloud Services EMEA

Following the announcement at VMworld Europe back in October 2013, today I am proud to announce the launch of VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™ (vCHS) in Europe, with our first service based in the UK.

This marks the beginning of a wider rollout of VMware vCHS across key European locations through 2014 and beyond, extending our service from existing US datacenters.  And the beginning of an exciting new journey for us here at VMware in Europe.

We’ve heard a very clear message from our customers in Europe.  And the strategy announced today is aimed at supporting those 1000’s of organizations that have VMware based internal clouds, who want to transition to using an extension of that environment in a public cloud.  A true hybrid cloud strategy delivers the security, governance and management customers have come to expect of the private cloud, with the agility, speed and economics of public cloud.

By becoming the first to provide our customers with this new option, I believe there are two things that make VMware’s approach stand apart from early cloud ventures:

First, our customers want to be able to seamlessly extend their private clouds into the public cloud using the platform they know and trust. Yet 81 percent of customers recognize the need to make public cloud as easy to manage and control as their own infrastructure#Using the same roles, responsibilities, knowledge and experience, as currently exist in the private cloud, will make transitioning to the public cloud a natural evolution, rather than a painful revolution.

Second, we recognize the need to help our customers with their local privacy and sovereignty requirements, by offering them choice in where workloads and data are hosted.  For example, a recent survey showed that 86 percent of our UK customers recognize the need to keep business critical data within UK borders. So VMware is overcoming this barrier by developing a globally scaled cloud platform, delivered locally and under local legal terms and conditions.

VMware is ready to support customers on this transition to capitalize on the growing cloud trend, while supporting IT with the rigor and management it needs. There are 5,700 applications already available, ready to run without changes on vCHS and likewise support for 90 operating systems – more than any other provider. We’ve had customers already show us their intent, with a very successful Beta program highlighting a variety of use cases:

  • Using hybrid cloud to migrate packaged applications already running in internal clouds
  • Using hybrid cloud to run pre-production test and development cycles, before deploying on or off premise
  • Extending private cloud to public cloud to satisfy disaster recovery requirements

Biomni is one of these customers; hear what Angus Gregory, Biomni’s CEO, had to say about the experience: http://youtu.be/HsdFFahb4NQ

We look forward to supporting our customers’ next steps on the hybrid cloud journey!

#2014 Vanson Bourne Survey of 200 cloud decision makers from VMware customers

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.

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.