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Now Available: Cloud Management Platform and DevOps Solutions

Sajai Krishnan HeadshotBy Sajai Krishnan, vice president of product marketing, Cloud Management Business Unit

2014 has been a momentous year for the VMware Cloud Management business unit. Today marks another milestone with the general availability of a significant update of vRealize Suite 6, featuring the major new release of vRealize Operations, and a new DevOps solution in vRealize Code Stream 1.0. We also announced the GA of vRealize Automation 6.2, vRealize Business 6.0 Standard, vRealize Business 8.2 Advanced and Enterprise, and vRealize Log Insight 2.5.

Throughout the year, VMware’s cloud management solutions have been recognized for their breadth and market leadership by the industry. With today’s GA announcement, we continue to extend the breadth and depth of our cloud management platform to help customers manage their hybrid cloud environments.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love App Volumes

Application Management Containers

Application Management Containers

While most VMware shops enjoy the flexibility of provisioning virtual resources with the click of a button, it’s been somewhat of a trickier hurdle to bring that same level of agility to desktop application delivery. Spinning up a new virtual machine with enough power to smoothly run Adobe Creative Suite is easy, but actually getting Creative Suite onto the VM can be a chore.

Enter App Volumes, which just started shipping today! (Read more about the GA here.)

“We are in 2014, and managing applications is still a mess,” said Matt Suiche, one of the creators of App Volumes (formerly Cloud Volumes). “Complex applications are not supported by existing solutions and delivering them is too slow. Those are the main challenges App Volumes is addressing.”

App Volumes is one of the first solutions to enable the provisioning of applications at scale by leveraging virtual disks as containers. A virtual disk can attach to multiple machines or groups in read-only mode via the hypervisor API. Since nothing is being copied to the target machine, the application will appear as a local installation to the end-user in seconds. Removing the app is simply a matter of detaching the virtual disk.

“The main idea behind App Volumes is to provide more agility, simplicity, flexibility and efficiency to our customers,” Suiche said. “This can be translated as managing applications based on business needs in corresponding containers, deliverable in seconds.”

Deployment speed is only part of the equation. App Volumes is the first tool to efficiently and cost-effectively enable the delivery of applications across diverse desktop environments.

Rather than creating multiple instances of an application, App Volumes can provision a single copy to multiple desktops, while allowing individual users to retain their data and settings. This mitigates not just the management burden, but the costs too. Applications can also be managed in volumes, which reduces storage capacity requirements.

A single solution to manage all applications might sound like the wishful thinking of an IT administrator, but it’s precisely what App Volumes is designed to provide—all you need to do is use it.

#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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The New Normal: Networking in the Software Age

Guido HeadshotGuido Appenzeller is VMware’s Chief Technology Strategy Officer for networking and security. Previously he was the co-founder and CTO of Big Switch Networks, one of the pioneers in the software-defined networking market. Guido is responsible for analyzing and evaluating emerging trends across the networking ecosystem, and evangelizing VMware’s strategy for network virtualization. Below, Guido outlines his perspective on the importance of software for the advancement of the networking industry.

Networking Ball and Chain CartoonAnyone who’s tracked the evolution of enterprise IT over the last 20 years can probably point to a single trend as having catalyzed much of the innovation currently taking place inside the data center. That trend, of course, is abstraction, or the decoupling of functions from their underlying hardware.

Through virtualization, we’ve not only improved storage and compute technology by orders of magnitude, but also engendered entirely new use cases and laid the groundwork for advances still to come. Unfortunately, not every aspect of the data center has kept up with this breakneck pace of innovation.

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Virgin Trains No Longer Held Back by IT

Virgin Trains is the primary operator on one of the UK’s most vital rail lines, the West Coast Main Line. Trains on this line can run at 125 mph, taking you from London to Glasgow — a 400-mile trip — in about four and a half hours. Unfortunately, Virgin’s computers didn’t operate at comparable speeds.

Slowed by aging software and a burdensome backup process, customer-facing computers took 15 minutes to boot up and another 15 to shut down. Processing in general was slow and frustrating — both for the employees using the terminals and for the customers they were trying to serve. So, as it upgraded to Windows 7, Virgin Trains turned to VMware Mirage to bring speed and efficiency to its computers.

Watch the video below and read more on Boundless.VMware.com.

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.

Five Questions with the CIO – Part Two

Tony Scott, VMware SVP & CIOFor the second part of our five-part interview series with VMware CIO Tony Scott (check out Part One here), we delve into Tony’s view of the IT market in the near future.

Tribal Knowledge [TK]: Tony, how do you see the IT market evolve over the next 12-24 months?

Tony Scott [TS]: There has been a lot of change in IT over the course of my career. We are in the midst of another big change and it’s a time of pretty significant business transformation, where businesses are digitizing and their products and go-to-market strategies are changing. How customers learn about their company’s products and how they support those products is also undergoing a lot of change. For IT, it’s a question of how do all of the things they do to support their businesses have to change to keep up with and help drive the transformation. We are in the middle of going towards IT as a Service – aka “ITaaS” to gain the flexibility, agility and innovation needed to succeed.

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