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A War Zone Taught Me the Importance of Infrastructure

Bill Fathers, EVP, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMwareBy Bill Fathers, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Services Business Unit at VMware

We’ve arrived at a pivotal turning point in IT. As the pace of innovation continues to accelerate and our technology begins catching up with our imaginations, the greater challenge is no longer building the next disruptive product, but providing a cloud infrastructure model that can deliver it anywhere, at anytime. For those who’ve been paying attention, this shift will come as no surprise. I first recognized the significance of infrastructure during my military service.

As an officer in the British Army, you are taught how to fight conventional battles, with established rules of engagement and clarity of purpose. We didn’t have that in Sarajevo. The UN peacekeeping mission was comprised of nations who had never worked together before, certainly not in a very high-pressure environment.

At the height of the war, Sarajevo was blockaded, bombarded and under constant sniper fire. Water was cut off and Bosnian forces were preventing even medical supplies from entering. Still, the city endured. Then, somebody literally stole the mobile phone network installed by a multinational firm a few years earlier, and everything went to total mayhem.

And so I learned the gravity of infrastructure. That realization would inform my trajectory for decades to come.

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Cloud-based Disaster Recovery for Stormy Times

This post was originally published on The Bridge.

Raindrops

A ferocious storm in early December caused many disaster recovery jitters for Silicon Valley area companies. Most businesses in downtown San Francisco lost power for more than 12 hours;  Burt Bacharach’s performance at the Symphony Hall was cancelled; and many office Christmas parties were ruined as Pacific Gas & Electric crews struggled to restore service to a sodden, blacked-out city.

As storms approach, many organizations implement disaster recovery and contingency plans, only to discover their policies and strategy are as flimsy as a wet paper bag. While December’s storm was rare in its intensity, it demonstrated why companies need to prepare for the worst. Bad news can hit any business.

The good news is that cloud-based IT services make it easier, quicker, and less expensive to bounce back. Earlier this year, VMware launched a cloud-based disaster recovery service that uses the same SDDC and network virtualization (VMware NSX) architecture, which customers can buy to build their own cloud-based recovery systems. A software defined IT approach also makes it easier for organizations to fulfill legal obligations in complying with regulatory mandates because they can reuse similar application frameworks and workflows.

Read more about Cloud-based Disaster Recovery for Stormy Times on The Bridge.

Hybrid Cloud Will Enter the Professional Era in 2015. Here’s Why.

Bill Fathers, EVP, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMwareBy Bill Fathers, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Services Business Unit

I think it’s fair to characterize the last five or so years as an experiment in the merit and feasibility of cloud-based enterprise IT. To be sure, the notion of taking corporate workloads and data off-prem was hardly a guaranteed sell at the outset, but with the explosion and rising ubiquity of XaaS, it’s starting to look like cloud is not only here to stay, but has entered the professional era.

As far as enterprise is concerned, the term “cloud,” will refer increasingly to the hybrid cloud—just as “smartphone” simply became “phone.” What’s driving this expedited rate of adoption, and the standardization of the hybrid use case? As with most paradigm shifts, a confluence of factors is responsible.

Public-only is not enough

For many organizations, public was the first foray into cloud services. And when it comes to accessibility, public cloud has obvious advantages, but its shortcomings are equally apparent in issues like regulatory compliance and data security.

The utility of a hybrid approach is, therefore, fairly obvious: some data and workloads simply need to reside onsite. But when proximity isn’t a concern, you should have the ability to extend into the public cloud, where storage and compute is both cheaper and more accessible.

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New Videos: Elevator Pitches from VMware Partner Exchange 2015

Dare to Thrive 2VMware Partner Exchange 2015 wrapped up last week and it was truly a fantastic event. We dared attendees to “Thrive” as we unveiled a major product launch, acquisitions and partnerships. During the Partner Exchange general session, VMware President and Chief Operating Officer Carl Eschenbach challenged three members of the company’s leadership team to describe the value proposition of a specific part of the business in just five minutes or less! Read on to watch videos of:

  • Bill Fathers, EVP and GM of Cloud Services at VMware, discussing hybrid cloud
  • Raghu Raghuram, EVP of VMware’s Software Defined Data Center Division, discussing the value proposition of the software defined data center
  • Sanjay Poonen, Executive Vice President and General Manager of End-User Computing at VMware, discussing the current and future state of end-user computing

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[Infographic] Survey says: more businesses are adopting the hybrid cloud

This post was originally published on The Bridge

IDC infographicTime saved. Greater agility. More flexibility.  These are just a handful of the key benefits that you get when you virtualize your business, but this is just the beginning; now that virtualization is moving to the cloud, numerous companies are seeing a huge return on investment.

Over the last decade, enterprises have struggled with managing their compute. There are plenty of resources that make innovation easier and cheaper, but the challenge for many companies is to figure out how to utilize them securely – all while hunting for those differentiators that help them stay ahead of the competition.

As the market for apps has flourished and deployments have skyrocketed, businesses have been moving towards treating compute as a single pool of resources rather than multiple distinct platforms. In addition to cutting costs, this strategy balances agility and flexibility with security and management – advantages of the cloud combined with the benefits of on-premise computing.  This approach is starting to gain steam as more and more businesses adopt the cloud.

According to a recent survey by research firm IDC (and sponsored by VMware), a greater investment in virtualization leads to more time saved (i.e. is faster) for handling business tasks like deploying new equipment and handling unexpected changes that may come up. Among four companies surveyed, the company with the most investment in virtualization also experienced the most time saved in deploying new equipment and handling unexpected changes.

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Unveiling One Cloud to Build, Run and Manage Any Application

By Mark Lohmeyer, vice president of vSphere product management and marketing, VMware

Today at a live event in San Francisco, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and CTO Ben Fathi introduced our latest innovations across virtual compute, networking and storage.  (Read the press release).

The theme of the event – One Cloud, Any Application – speaks to our new products and services that help you to deliver a consistent environment for building, running and managing any cloud-native or traditional application, through a software-defined platform that spans private and public cloud environments. It’s a bold claim, but we believe that we have the expertise, track record and capabilities to back it up.

Unveiled at the event were VMware vSphere 6, VMware Integrated OpenStack, VMware Virtual SAN 6, VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes, and vCloud Air Hybrid Networking Services powered by VMware NSX.

vSphere 6 – The Platform for Any Application

At the heart of today’s news is VMware vSphere 6 – a blockbuster product release. To say that lots of time and effort has gone into vSphere 6 doesn’t do it justice. The following numbers help to paint the picture:

  • More than 17,000 individuals participated in the beta program. We opened up the vSphere beta program last summer to get as much feedback as possible, and we were blown away by the level of customer interest. This engagement has paid off with the delivery of a rock solid product, with new capabilities we know our customers will love.
  • vSphere 6 delivers 650 (!) new innovations, or roughly a new feature or improvement produced by the engineering team every other day for the past three years since the last major release shipped.
  • Over 1,500 engineers worked on this release, with a keen focus on making sure we not only delivered valuable and innovative new functionality but also that we continue to improve on the fundamentals such as performance and ease-of-use.

In vSphere 6, the team has delivered a rock-solid platform for running, managing and protecting your business-critical and cloud-native applications with new availability, performance and scalability features.

The new release introduces breakthrough new availability capabilities such as long-distance vMotion enabling businesses to move IT workloads ahead of impending disasters or to conduct data center and application migrations over long distances, such as New York to London. The new Fault Tolerance for Multi-Processor VMs feature with support for up to four vCPUs helps businesses avoid unplanned downtime for a wide range of mission-critical applications. The new Instant Clone technology – previously known as Project Fargo – enables the rapid cloning and provisioning of thousands of virtual machines to deliver infrastructure and scale-out applications in sub-second timeframes. (Read up on Instant Clone in Kit Colbert’s blog post).

Those are just three of the hundreds of new features and enhancements that make vSphere the best platform for virtualizing your applications. (Read the vSphere 6 press release).

VMware Integrated OpenStack

The new VMware Integrated OpenStack highlights our commitment to offer you unmatched choice and flexibility by delivering our own OpenStack distribution including everything needed – code, drivers and workflows – to help you get OpenStack up and running in minutes. VMware Integrated OpenStack allows you to deliver the open APIs that developers want, and runs on top of proven VMware infrastructure that operations trusts. And, the best news is, the distribution is free of charge for anyone running vSphere Enterprise Plus (with an optional support offering). (Read the blog post).

A New Generation of Storage

VMware’s software-defined storage approach is bringing the same operational benefits to storage that server virtualization brought to compute.  Built into the vSphere kernel, Virtual SAN is radically simply to deploy and manage. Virtual SAN 6 is optimized for vSphere virtual machines, including business critical applications, featuring four-and-a-half times greater performance via a new all-flash architecture, double the scalability (now up to 64 nodes per cluster), and new data services (snaps and clones).

And, if you like your SAN or NAS systems, you’re going to love VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes. VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes enables native virtual machine awareness on a broad range of third-party storage systems. (Read the press release).

Bridging the Private and Public Cloud

Available via a phased release in 2015, vCloud Air hybrid networking services will enable customers to maintain hundreds of virtual networks spanning the private cloud and vCloud Air over a single WAN connection, and share the same fine-grained “zero trust” security policies and network isolation for applications, unchanged.

Get Started Today

While general availability of the products is coming soon, you can trial some of the newly announced solutions –vSphere 6Virtual SAN 6, and more – at no charge with Hands-on Labs.

You can also register today for new instructor-led courses on what’s new in vSphere 6, optimizing and scaling vSphere 6, and many more. To learn more and register for upcoming courses, go to VMware Education Services.

Today’s launch marks a proud moment at VMware. We can’t wait to get these products to market to help you address your most pressing IT needs and bridge your on- and off-prem resources seamlessly.

Today’s VMware and Google announcement

By Mathew Lodge, Vice President, Cloud Services at VMware

Today Google and VMware announced we’ve reached an agreement to integrate selected Google Cloud Platform services into vCloud® Air™:

  • Google Cloud Storage– Distributed low-cost object storage service
  • Google BigQuery – A real-time analytics service suitable for ad-hoc business intelligence queries across billions of rows of data in seconds
  • Google Cloud Datastore– A schemaless NoSQL database service
  • Google Cloud DNS– A globally-distributed low-latency DNS service

VMware vCloud® Air™ customers get access to more services on vCloud® Air™ that complement what VMware offers today. When we ran the VMworld 2014 application on vCloud Air we were able to rapidly scale to meet demand, and we also generated millions of data points on application usage. We needed a way to quickly analyze that and ask “what if?” questions. BigQuery is a great way to quickly store and analyze that data, but it’s tough to use if it isn’t integrated with vCloud Air.

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