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RSA 2015: VMware News, Sessions and Awards

Security2The information security industry continues to be front and center in the news as corporate and individual privacy breaches alike seem to constantly be hitting the headlines.  And while we continue to see tremendous innovation in security, the recognition of the security industry has come paired with increased scrutiny.

Enter the RSA Conference – in the organizers’ words, “Where the World Talks Security.” Each year, information security professionals from across the country convene at RSA to address critical issues and set the industry agenda for the next 12 months.

VMware is helping IT address the dynamic nature of security by using virtualization as a means to better protect organizations from the data center to the desktop. And while delivering the technologies to safeguard our data is priority, we also realize it’s critical to create constructive dialog around ways to prevent the types of breaches we see on the evening news.

Here’s a look at what VMware has going on in and around the world of security as we head off to RSA Conference.

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Transforming Hybrid Cloud Security for Mobile Users [VIDEO]

NSX Data Center HazardToday VMware unveiled a new solution that minimizes security threats from users and mobile devices inside the hybrid cloud. Through the combination of the VMware NSX network virtualization platform with AirWatch EMM and/or VMware Horizon desktop virtualization, VMware provides IT administrators the ability to micro-segment the data center network. This grants users specific network access to the exact resources within the data center to which they are authorized. The ability to micro-segment the network in this way was previously neither feasible nor economical before the introduction of VMware NSX. Now with this combined solution, IT can begin to address the problem of over-provisioned access to data center resources, which is common with traditional VPN gateway access. Noah Wasmer, vice president of product management and CTO, End-User Computing at VMware, explains more in this video:

To learn more about these solutions coming together to address network security and access for mobile users, visit the VMware and AirWatch booth #1315 next week at RSA 2015, April 19-23.

VMware Innovation Series: Aaron Rosen

Tribal Knowledge is teaming up with the VMware Careers blog, to kick off the VMware Innovation Series. Each month we’ll be connecting with members of the VMware R&D Organization to get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the elements that help to create a culture of innovation at VMware and the people and teams driving them.

This month, we spoke with Aaron Rosen, who is a Staff Engineer at VMware – and a diligent contributor to OpenStack. He’s been working on a project called Congress, which aims to solve governance for the data center. Check out the Innovation Series Spotlight video below to learn how Aaron’s work at VMware empowers him and the wider community to thrive.

Moved by Aaron’s story to challenge the status quo in technology? Visit the VMware Careers Blog to learn more about how VMware empowers Rosen to drive what’s next in his role and why talent with an OpenStack background should work at VMware.

Explain It Like I’m Four: Micro-Segmentation

#1For our inaugural “Explain it Like I’m Four” post, we took a look at Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). In case you missed the blog, take a minute to learn about one of the most disruptive trends currently taking place inside the data center.

Our latest ELI4 post deals with an innovative framework for IT security called micro-segmentation, enabled by the VMware NSX network virtualization platform.

What is Micro-Segmentation? 

At its most basic, micro-segmentation is pretty much what it sounds like: the ability to segment elements of a system into extremely granular components. This is valuable because once segmented, security policies can easily be applied from virtually any elevation, whether the administrator wants to target a cluster of servers or a single virtual machine.

While traditional security models are primarily geared to regulating north-south traffic at the edge of the data center, micro-segmentation allows administrators to directly target lateral traffic traveling between virtual machines inside a data center.

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Tackling Policy in the Software-Defined Data Center

NSX GraphicOne of the most compelling aspects of software-defined data centers (SDDC) is the potential to automate much of the manual configuration of the infrastructure to support applications and services. While the virtualization of storage, compute and now, networking resources has enabled a much higher degree of automation than previously possible, a significant bottleneck still exists when it comes to policy compliance.

It’s important to define what we mean by “policy” in the context of SDDC. Essentially, we’re talking about an abstract policy language that can apply business logic to any given IT system. The goal is to create an interface that simplifies the process of humans conveying instructions to machines. This is difficult for a number of reasons.

Policy rules are generally comprised of multiple instructions from any number of sources. While it’s possible to aggregate these into checklists that describe the architecture of a system, the more fundamental problem is in translating rules and concepts written in English into language that a machine can understand and implement without incurring violations. These instructions can be ambiguous and inconsistent, so automating them requires software that can parse for meaning, as well as grant exemptions where appropriate.

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#VMchat Recap: The VMware Weather Report

CrowdChat_021115Last Thursday, VMware hosted a lunchtime CrowdChat to discuss our big February launches, the Partner Exchange conference, and what to expect for enterprise in 2015. VMware’s Oliver Roll and IDC’s Matt Eastwood hosted VMware executives Simone Brunozzi and Joe Baguley, who dished out their thoughts in an hour-long chat. Hit the break for a visual recap of the conversation and stay tuned to Tribal Knowledge for details about the next #VMchat in March!

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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.