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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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Another Mobile World Congress Down! | #MWC15

Sanjay HeadshotBy Sanjay Poonen, EVP and GM, End-User Computing, VMware

Last week, dozens of our VMware and AirWatch team members traveled to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress – the industry’s leading mobility event that drew together over 93,000 industry leaders, business innovators and technology experts for four jam-packed days of excitement. This was my second Mobile World Congress with VMware, and I have to say that our joint VMware and AirWatch presence at the event this year was truly impressive. We won an award, made some huge announcements and really made a splash with highlights including:

  • Main-stage keynote from Pat Gelsinger focused on “the New Mobile Identity” and why business mobility is such a priority for enterprises today. During his talk, Pat spotlighted VMware vCloud for NFV, an integrated Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) platform that will combine our virtualized compute, networking, storage and management solutions with integrated OpenStack support.

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Cloud-based Disaster Recovery for Stormy Times

This post was originally published on The Bridge.

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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.

Bloomberg West: Can You have 2 E-Mail Accounts While in Government?

VMware’s EVP and GM of End-User Computing Sanjay Poonen spoke with Bloomberg West this morning to offer insight on the issues that employees (including the former U.S. Secretary of State) face when they want to merge their personal mobile device with their work email.  Watch the video below to learn more about how AirWatch solutions enable employees and enterprises the ability to securely manage the “Bring Your Own Device” trend and safely allow corporate data and personal data to exist on the same mobile device.

At the Intersection of Mobility and Digital Transformation

Bridging the Gap Infographic

Click on the image to view an infographic illustrating the new research.

At the crossroads of mobility and the digital transformation is a seemingly missed opportunity for businesses, according to a VMware-sponsored survey conducted by research firm Constellation Research. In vertical industry segments, including education, healthcare, high tech and retail, respondents said the mobile experience is only beginning to be embraced and therefore the business benefits are only partially realized. This is the case despite high levels of mobile adoption by employee respondents who switch between mobile devices at least six times a day. While respondents have embraced mobility, they feel that their businesses are progressing more slowly, preferring instead to make minimal investments.

To learn more about the study and view the associated infographic, check out the full article on The Bridge.

Celebrating International Women’s Day

VMwomenInternational Women’s Day took place this Sunday, March 8th and Amber Schmidt, VMware’s Global Lead of the VMwomen initiative, took to the VMware Careers blog to talk a little about VMwomen and how VMware is driving systemic change when it comes to women in technology.

Read more about VMwomen, why the initiative is unique and how it’s helping transform the way VMware conducts business in Amber’s blog post, then tune in to the first #VMwomenChat on Twitter on Wednesday, March 18. Submit your questions for panelists by tagging the @VMwareCareers Twitter account and adding #VMwomenChat to your tweet. Amber and team will select a handful for the live chat. We hope to see you there!

QCT to Demo VMware’s EVO:RACK Technology Preview at Open Compute Project U.S. Summit 2015

Quanta1By Edward Hsu, director of product marketing, Integrated Systems, VMware

Next week, QCT (Quanta Cloud Technology) will demonstrate VMware’s EVO:RACK technology preview on Open Compute Project (OCP) certified hardware next week at OCP U.S. Summit 2015 (March 10-11) in San Jose, Calif. Read QCT’s press release to learn what they will showcase at the event.

We unveiled the EVO:RACK tech preview at VMworld 2014 U.S. in San Francisco. The EVO:RACK tech preview is a hyper-converged infrastructure project designed to dramatically simplify how enterprises buy, deploy, and operate software-defined data centers at scale. It will run on a range of pre-integrated hardware configurations ranging from Open Compute Project-based hardware designs to industry-standard OEM servers and converged infrastructure.

QCT demonstrated a half-rack version of the EVO:RACK tech preview at VMworld 2014 U.S. And we are pleased to continue to work with QCT to demonstrate the EVO:RACK tech preview to enterprises and service providers — this time at the OCP U.S. Summit. Be sure to drop by QCT’s booth (#C6) at the summit next week.

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