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VIDEO: A Stitch in Time Saves Patients

When Beaufort Memorial Hospital in Beaufort, S.C., needed to streamline interactions between doctors and patients, they knew they had to address one problem: “Applications aren’t mobile, but the clinicians are.” Their solution? Helping bridge the relationship between IT and doctors with both open dialog and technology like VMware’s Horizon View.

Now doctors and patients both are benefiting from the changes. Doctors can pull up their virtual desktop on any device, and they were quick to take to the changes. And patients have been quick to appreciate the easy, bedside access that doctors have to their records and treatment plans.

Learn more at Boundless.VMware.com.

VMware Ranks #1 Compared with Microsoft, Amazon, Cisco and RedHat, Analysts Say

Find out how VMware’s Software-Defined Data Center architecture scored top marks compared with other vendors.

Recently Taneja Group did an independent evaluation of these four vendors considering factors such as virtualization platform, business continuity, and security and compliance. VMware also ranked highest for software-defined networking and storage, self-service provmarketing-profile-2isioning, infrastructure operations management and hybrid cloud capabilities.

Read the Enterprise version of the report here http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/customers/vmw-comparative-study-tanejagroup-ENT.pdf, and the SMB version here http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/customers/vmw-comparative-study-tanejagroup-SMB.pdf

VMware’s Office of the CTO Announces Third Annual Fling Contest

VMware 2014 Fling ContestGrab your thinking cap and get those creative juices flowing, because VMware’s Third Annual Fling Contest has just kicked off! This annual tradition has been running (with some name changes along the way) for two years now, and we are excited to bring it back for 2014. Flings are free apps and tools that are developed by VMware engineers. They will probably never make it into a product, but we offer them to the public to download, play around with, and use, at labs.vmware.com/flings.

The Fling Contest is open to anyone and everyone—you don’t even have to be a VMware customer! All you need is a cool idea for a new Fling. Is there a problem that you think needs solving? Suggest something to us! We review each and every one of the submissions (last year we had over 200 entries) and a panel of judges selects the best one. The winner gets to see their idea made real—into a Fling! And if that’s not enough, we will also send the winner to VMworld 2015.

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VMware Weekly News Recap, May 30

VMware News

Tuesday marked an important milestone in VMware’s history with the grand opening of our expanded Palo Alto campus. As part of that celebration, Oliver Roll and the communications team invited several tech industry luminaries to participate in a roundtable discussion.

Moderated by Melissa Lee of CNBC, Silicon Valley industry leaders discussed the “State of the State of Silicon Valley,” including tech stocks and investment, the talent war, the cloud landscape, and thoughts about the next “hot” trends in tech. Panelists included Venture Capitalist Marc Andreessen; David DeWalt (FireEye); Pat Gelsinger (VMware); John Hennessy (Stanford University); and Joseph Tucci (EMC). Following the event, Oliver Roll (@oliverroll) joined SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier for a CrowdChat recapping the panel. You can view that conversation here.

In partnership with The Onion, on Thursday VMware released the first of two videos touting the power of the Hybrid Cloud. Watch the video to see how a little help from your IT guardian angel can turn IT into the “it” department.

Visit becometheITdepartment.com and follow the conversation on social media using #BecomeITdept.

On Wednesday, VMware and Teradici jointly announced the deployment of 25,000 seats of VMware Horizon virtual desktops and Teradici PCoIP zero client devices as part of a national program to bring digital learning to 1,250 rural and inland schools across Malaysia. The private cloud deployment gives students access to high-quality computing and digital education resources, in some cases for the very first time, as part of an effort led by the Malaysian Ministry of Education to modernize education and bridge the digital divide.

Lastly, Ramin Sayar of VMware’s Cloud Management Business Unit discussed VMware’s future strategy and product directions in the video below, one of a series of strategy videos featured on the VMware Company Blog over the coming weeks.

Industry News

In news from around the industry this week, Business Insider’s Julie Bort explains how Sanjay Poonen’s leadership and vision has helped strengthen VMware’s EUC business unit in “In Less Than 9 Months, This Former SAP Exec Has Really Changed VMware.” Bort writes, “Poonen rolled up his sleeves and has given VMware some serious game… We recently caught up with Poonen and asked him about his whirlwind few months.”

“Poonen rolled up his sleeves and has given VMware some serious game.” – Julie Bort, Business Insider

CNBC.com posted its top 10 cloud computing game changers list and recognized VMware at number five. The article notes, “VMware enables businesses to set up public and private clouds. The introduction of the VMware workstation in 1999 brought virtualization to market. Virtualization allows IT infrastructure to be more productive, making the technology fundamental to the creation of cloud architecture.”

Hollie Luxford of Datacenter Dynamics discusses the partnership news between Brocade and VMware. She reports, “Brocade has collaborated with VMware to provide intelligent and powerful analytics capabilities for Fiber Channel Storage Area Networks (SAN) supporting cloud environments using VMware vCenter Log Insight 2.0.”

The VAR Guy’s Michael Cusanelli also reports on the newly announced partnership. Cusanelli reports, “The partnership adds new functionality for Brocade environments in Log Insight 2.0 and expand users’ level of awareness when monitoring data from applications, virtual infrastructure and physical hardware.”

“There is no question that the use of cloud-based resources affects IT organizations. But how much should your IT organization change to best leverage cloud computing?” -David Linthicum, InfoWorld

CNBC posted several video clips following Tuesday’s panel discussion on the VMware campus. Notably, Pat Gelsinger discusses the opportunity for growth in the heart of Silicon Valley and the possibility of reunification with EMC. David DeWalt, FireEye chairman and CEO, weighs in on the steady increase of cyber attacks.

Charlie Babcock of InformationWeek explains how VMware’s vCenter Log Insight helps IT recognize a potential troubling situation before it occurs. Babcock writes, “Version 2.0 of VMware’s vCenter Log Insight uses a ‘machine learning’ capability that groups related server events together so that a virtualization manager can spot developing problems or a set of events that IT should know about.”

InfoWorld’s David Linthicum explains how much cloud computing affects the structure of IT organizations in “Don’t be scared; it’s just the cloud.” Linthicum asks, “There is no question that the use of cloud-based resources affects IT organizations. But how much should your IT organization change to best leverage cloud computing?”

Travis Hampton of SiliconANGLE describes Pivotal’s four current projects and priorities in the pipeline in their big data suite. Hampton writes, “Recently at EMC World 2014, The CUBE hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante had a conversation with Todd Paoletti, VP of Product Marketing at Pivotal, about some of the company’s current work and future plans.”

Stay tuned for the Weekly News Recap next Friday and be sure to follow @VMwareNews and subscribe to the VMware Company Blog to stay up to date with all VMware news and announcements throughout the week. 

State of the State of Silicon Valley Roundtable (#vmwSotS)

Marking the completed expansion of its campus in Palo Alto, Calif., on Tuesday, May 27, VMware Campus Aerial ShotVMware will host a Campus Opening Celebration featuring a roundtable on the “State of the State (SotS) of Silicon Valley,” We’ll be live-tweeting from the event using the @VMwarenews Twitter handle, so be sure to follow the hashtag #vmwSotS from 3:30-4:30 p.m. PT.

The roundtable aims to create a dialogue around keeping innovation alive in Silicon Valley and will include topics such as creating jobs, attracting and retaining talent, building business in California and other important issues in The Valley, the state and the world. Melissa Lee of CNBC will moderate and panelists include:

  • Marc Andreessen, Co-Founder and CEO, Andreessen Horowitz
  • Dave Dewalt, CEO of FireEye
  • Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware
  • John Hennessy, President,Stanford University
  • Joe Tucci, Chairman and CEO,EMC

Following the event, on Thursday, May 29th from noon-1 p.m. PT, VMware’s VP of Global Corporate Communications Oliver Roll (@oliverroll) will join Independent technology analyst and writer Kurt Marko (@krmarko) in a Twitterview discussing the panel and key takeaways coming out of the event.

Have questions about the panel or the state of Silicon Valley? Submit a question in advance of the Twitterview by using the hashtag #vmwSotS and be sure to tune in on Thursday (you can RSVP to the event here and add it to your calendar).

See you on Twitter!

Earth Day at VMware: Five Sustainable Stats

Happy Earth Day! Here at VMware, we think everyday is an opportunity to celebrate the planet Quadcopter Aerial Shot of Palo Alto Campusby practicing the three Rs – reducing, reusing and recycling – across the globe.

Did you know:

  1. VMware’s Palo Alto headquarters has diverted 86.5% of on-site generated construction waste from landfill.
  2.  VMware’s Palo Alto campus diverted 91.59% of waste from landfills in 2013. Since 2009, our people have reduced the total waste output of VMware headquarters by 70,000 tons while our population increased by over 1,000 people!
  3. VMware currently pays 100% of the cost for employees to use public transportation at our Palo Alto headquarters.
  4. VMware headquarters has eight solar installations that can produce an estimated 1,300 MW (megawatts) of power. This is the equivalent of taking 190 passenger vehicles off the road.
  5. VMware’s green efforts span the globe. For example, VMware Bangalore in India implemented the use of microfiber mops to clean office premises. Microfiber mops help the environment by using less water and chemical when cleaning, thus contributing less to the waste stream.

For more information on how VMware practices being green at its headquarters in Palo Alto and at VMware sites around the world, read this blog post on the VMware Careers blog and don’t forget to share what inspires you to be green in the comments section below!

Introducing VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery: Making Cloud DR Simple and Affordable

By Bill Fathers, SVP & GM, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware Bill Fathers, SVP & GM, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware

For far too long, enterprise-class IT business continuance and disaster recovery solutions have been out of reach for mid-size businesses. Today, I am excited to announce a new solution – VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™ – Disaster Recovery, that not only address this issue but can also drastically change the economics of IT disaster recovery.

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery is a new cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) service that provides a continuously available recovery site for VMware virtualized data centers and seamlessly extends DR to the public cloud. This move marks the beginning of a new approach to DR. Here’s why:

Through working closely with our partners and customers, we’ve observed time and time again that business continuity is a critical priority for organizations, but very few applications are continuously protected because it was too expensive and too complicated to include them in a DR plan.

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery is a game changer in that it’s simple to set up, can be self-managed, and is a fraction of the cost and complexity of traditional DR solutions.

In addition, with the majority of IT organizations already familiar with vSphere®, the simplicity of administering vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery makes DR just as easy.  All of this makes this service a natural fit for mid-size businesses looking to protect their IT investments. Not to mention, other DR services often require expensive professional installation services, physically transporting backups and manually rebuilding servers and loading backup files.

Introducing VMware vCloud Hybrid Service - Disaster Recovery

We are executing quickly against VMware’s hybrid cloud vision, delivering capabilities like DR that businesses can use to extend their existing IT investment to the cloud. VMware continues to distinguish itself from other cloud providers by making DR more simple and cost-effective, allowing our customers to use the cloud to deliver business value, without wrestling with operational complexity and incompatibility inherent to other public clouds.

To learn more about what customers are saying and opportunities for partners, read the press release or visit the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery page to get service details and images. And don’t forget to “like” VMware vCloud on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the latest hybrid cloud news.