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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.

3 Reasons Hybrid Cloud is Much More Secure Than You Think

vcloud Air Top 5 UsesHybrid cloud adoption continues to gain momentum, and businesses across nearly every industry are eagerly working to infuse agility into their organization by adopting the hybrid cloud model. The message is clear: “We like this. It works.”

Agility through the cloud isn’t completely new. For years, companies have had the option to swipe their credit card, buy public cloud services, and get on with business. So why isn’t every business going that route?

The fact remains; many organizations still view security as a big obstacle to fully embracing the public cloud. Why all the fear?

Perhaps it’s because businesses are forced to accept the tradeoff of new security concerns for the benefit of agility and speed. With a typical public cloud, you don’t get the proven secure infrastructure of the private data center.

A hybrid cloud model that extends a company’s existing and proven private cloud infrastructure to the public cloud represents a fundamental shift, one that has the potential to change perception and reduce the fear that comes from the unknown of public cloud usage.

Yes, hybrid cloud means some stuff will be off-premises, sometimes.

No, you don’t have to worry. Here’s why.

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Realizing a Simpler Path to OpenStack

App Dev in Server RoomThe impact that the application development community is having on current approaches to IT is astounding, and one thing is apparent – developers don’t want to deal with the data center infrastructure directly. OpenStack has emerged as a framework that provides application development teams with API-based, programmatic access to the infrastructure.

But organizations have found deploying OpenStack can be time and resource intensive, and the underlying infrastructure does not always meet their requirements for security, resilience and performance. Once deployed, an OpenStack cloud can require ongoing consultant support, hard-to-find OpenStack experts or considerable staff education and training in order to maintain operations. IT has also lacked the critical management capabilities to ensure ongoing success of sophisticated OpenStack production deployments in the enterprise.

This is where VMware Integrated OpenStack comes in.

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#VMchat Recap: Networking is a Software Industry – and Here’s Why.


#VMchat 2 Blog post

Last week, Guido Appenzeller, VMware’s Chief Technology Strategy Officer for networking and security, joined communications head Oliver Roll for the second in a series of #VMchat discussions. (You can view the first #VMchat in the series here, featuring an interview with VMware End-User Computing chief Sanjay Poonen.)

During this month’s chat, Guido and Oliver explored the revolution that is currently taking place in the networking industry. They touched on Guido’s previous industry experience, the importance of “open” networking, his perspective on network security and much more.

Hit the break for a visual recap of the conversation and be sure to tune in to the next #VMchat coming up later this month. Stay tuned to Tribal Knowledge for details!

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RSVP and Tune in Tomorrow: Twitter Chat with Guido Appenzeller

Oliver RollBy Oliver Roll, Editor-in-Chief of Tribal Knowledge and VP, Global Corporate Communications at VMware

It goes without saying that networking is top-of-mind for everyone at VMware and for our customers. How will it evolve over the rest of this decade? Which new developments will shape networking as we enter the next phase of cloud? What are the biggest challenges that we face?Networking Twitter Chat

I am looking forward to tackling these questions and more in a Twitter chat with one of the new stars at VMware, Guido Appenzeller. Our new Chief Technology Strategy Officer for networking and security brings a wealth of experience and know-how from Big Switch Networks, where he was co-founder and CEO. His passion and knowledge on this topic are unparalleled.

Please join us tomorrow (Tuesday, Dec. 2) from noon to 1pm PST. We welcome all your questions and comments. Tune in and tweet using the hashtag #VMchat.

And don’t forget to RSVP and put the event on your calendar.

The New Reality of Data Center Security

DC Security TodayMicro-segmentation redefines enterprise security

It seems every few days, a new, high profile data breach dominates the headlines. Tens of millions of user accounts hacked, 40 million credit card numbers leaked, customer names and addresses posted to forums: This is the reality of today’s cybersecurity landscape.

One of the oldest approaches to security both outside and within the realm of IT is compartmentalization. You don’t put all your eggs in one basket, and you don’t entrust the security of your data center solely to a perimeter firewall. Network World dubbed this approach “crustacean security“ way back in 2007.

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