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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:

News + Infographic: VMware Aligns Business Mobility Offering in Asia Pacific to US$24b Market Opportunity by 2016​

Business Mobility by VMwareBy Sanjay Deshmukh, Vice President, End-User Computing, Asia Pacific & Japan at VMware

VMware this week announced that it has centralized its business mobility sales team in Asia Pacific and Japan.

The integrated go-to-market sales team will address customer demand for a holistic approach to managing IT, based on VMware’s Architecture for New IT that enables any application to securely run on any device.

At Mobile World Congress Shanghai, VMware reiterated its strategy in Asia Pacific to help customers realize the benefits of Business Mobility. VMware offers a unified hybrid cloud platform that creates business innovation, new business models and new applications to be delivered secure to internal and external customers.

VMware’s brave new model of IT is based on a unified hybrid cloud platform that helps you focus much less on infrastructure and much more on innovation. Learn more in the infographic below (click for a larger view).

One Cloud Any App Any Device Infographic

2015 InformationWeek Conference: Future of the Data Center

The transformation of the data center and the role of cloud services in the enterprise are front and center for every CIO.

Last week at the 2015 InformationWeek Conference (#IWConference), VMware’s EVP and GM of Cloud Services Bill Fathers joined Mike Stothers, IT Infrastructure Director at Boeing, and Sri Shivananda, VP of Global Platform and Infrastructure at eBay, to discuss the Future of the Data Center.

In this video from the 2015 InformationWeek Conference, Bill, Mike and Sri discuss what’s going on within their companies when it comes to data center modernization. They discuss why enterprises need to change, what the transformation looks like and the biggest barriers to overcome.

The panel session, moderated by InformationWeek editor Chris Murphy also highlights some of the unique cultural and business issues at Boeing and eBay as they relate to data center transformation. Chris asks questions about each company’s current state, delving into what challenges each company is experiencing currently and what they’re looking ahead to in their data center modernization processes.

Bill talks about his outlook on the role of public cloud and how what CIOs do now will affect the future of their company. Watch the video of the panel from the 2015 InformationWeek Conference above and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

Want to learn more about vCloud Air after hearing Bill at the 2015 InformationWeek Conference? Visit http://vcloud.vmware.com/. Then check out how VMware customers like Columbia Sportswear, SAMEX Environmental Services, San Francisco Ballet, National Physician Services and many others are using hybrid cloud services from VMware to extend workloads into the cloud with ease, secure virtual machines, gain access to applications from anywhere and integrate with tools they already have among other important benefits. Watch these VMware vCloud Air video showcases to hear from customers themselves about how vCloud Air is helping them to realize major business benefits.


VMware vCloud Air Network: Building a Global Hybrid Cloud With Help From Our Partners

vCloud Air NetworkIn August 2014, VMware rebranded and expanded the VMware Service Provider Program to the VMware® vCloud Air™ Network. Although the name changed, our approach remains the same – since 2008, we have worked closely with service provider partners to deliver public and hybrid cloud services to a diverse customer base on a global basis.

Through the VMware vCloud Air Network, customers have greater options for global cloud services, with the choice of local cloud services delivered through VMware vCloud Air or from the more than 4,000 VMware vCloud Air Network Service Providers located in more than 100 countries.

Service providers offer their own public and hybrid cloud services. How can service providers in the vCloud Air Network augment their own offerings with vCloud Air?

From the start, our intent has always been to enable partners to leverage VMware’s reach and resources and to better serve our collective customers. To that end, we announced that vCloud Air Network Service Providers would be able to resell vCloud Air, using vCloud Air as their core infrastructure while offering their own managed services portfolios on top of vCloud Air.

This initiative is already resonating with many VMware partners.

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EMC Announces Agreement to Acquire Virtustream

Bill Fathers headshotBy Bill Fathers, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware

Earlier today EMC announced that they have entered a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Virtustream, a cloud services provider focused on the managed private cloud. This is great news for our customers, VMware and the EMC Federation of companies. As the leader of VMware’s Cloud Services business, I wanted to offer some perspective.

With the addition of Virtustream, the EMC Federation of companies will be able to offer customers a comprehensive set of hybrid cloud offerings, including private, managed and public cloud solutions. The refreshed portfolio will include VMware vCloud Air, the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution (based on a combination of EMC and VMware technology), and now a complementary Virtustream managed cloud offering. With this comprehensive hybrid cloud solution, our customers will be able to run any application or workload from the cloud, whether private, managed or public.

The synergy doesn’t stop there as Virtustream is a long-standing member of VMware’s vCloud Air Network of partners and is also a VMware customer.

The unique value proposition of vCloud Air and VMware’s vCloud Air Network remains the same – to enable VMware customers to seamlessly extend their data center applications to the cloud. VMware provides unprecedented flexibility and choice of cloud services on a local basis with vCloud Air and through our 3,900 vCloud Air Network partners around the world. And, with our One Cloud, Any Application, Any Device architectural approach, customers can rapidly develop, automatically deliver and safely consume all of their enterprise applications. This holistic approach provides customers openness and choice in how to build and manage their applications and cloud environments based on their specific needs. 

Over the coming weeks and months, we will be working on how we jointly market and sell this new capability. Once the deal closes, we’ll update you further with details on how to take advantage of this new offering.

For more information, please see the EMC press release.

Another VMware Cloud in Action – VIF International Education Expands Classroom Borders with vCloud Air

VMware geo cloudThis post was originally published on the VMware vCloud Blog.

Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, VIF International Education partners with more than 200 school districts to help prepare teachers and students for success in an interconnected world. For over 25 years, VIF has built many global education programs, ranging from professional development and curriculum to language immersion and cultural exchange arrangements in order to develop engaging learning environments where students can establish important 21st century skills. VIF CEO, David Young, explains the importance of international education for today’s students, “The world continues to become smaller in many ways and more interconnected. If [students] can become comfortable with change, become comfortable with differences, they’ll ultimately thrive as global citizens.”

VIF knew they had a great product, but when they experienced a 500% surge in user growth in their first year, they knew they had to act fast to scale their IT infrastructure. Their business systems and Learning Center platform ran on VMware vSphere® clusters hosted on an IBM blade infrastructure located in their main office. This rapid growth strained their physical capacity, wreaking havoc on the platform’s reliability as they began experiencing bandwidth issues. Senior Systems Engineer Mark Haney was on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week and was constantly worried about power outages, “It became important to us to find a solution that allowed us to grow at a faster rate than our internal infrastructure was capable of doing.”

Learn more about how VIF extended their platform and enabled continued growth with vCloud Air by reading the full story on the VMware vCloud Blog.

The Self-Service Revolution: A Double-Edged Sword

Bill Fathers headshotBy Bill Fathers, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Services, VMware

The characteristics of cloud computing are many and varied, but the feature perhaps most responsible for its rapid adoption across organizations of all sizes is self-service procurement. The reason for this is fairly obvious: whereas interfacing with the IT department and waiting on approval was once the biggest bottleneck in provisioning new resources, workers today can simply bypass all that and go directly to a cloud-services provider.

While cloud computing has cleared the IT bottleneck by enabling self-service and instant access to technology infrastructure, it has created a new set of problems. Sure, organizations can save time and money by lowering the bars of procurement, but are employees procuring the right resources? And is the organization’s overall infrastructure model sustainable?

The strategic significance of self-service

It’s important to identify what the benefits of a self-service model actually are. First and foremost, self-service empowers companies to move at the speed of business and deploy new capacity instantly in response to market factors. Instead of being reactive, organizations can be proactive through an IT framework that scales in real time.

Self-service can also greatly mitigate waste. In a conventional model, resources like storage capacity must be procured in set increments (50 gigabytes, 20 terabytes, etc.). In contrast, self-service allows users to take only what they need and pay only for what they use.

In addition, self-service portals significantly reduce the burden on IT departments. If a dev team needs a new server, for example, numerous stakeholders are typically looped into an approvals process that can span weeks, if not months. If the dev team no longer needs to speak with anyone internally to get the resources they need, the IT department can be freed up to pursue more meaningful and less menial tasks.

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