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VMware Vertical Perspectives: EUC and Education

In this candid interview, VMware’s EUC Solutions Marketing Specialist, Geoffrey Murase, discusses how VMware products are helping to reshape and redefine education in the 21st Century. The needs of both students and teachers certainly are at the heart of the unique challenges that are faced when it comes to the concept of excellence in a digital world.

Geoffrey explains the benefits of a Google/VMware partnership and the ways this is raising the bar for educational excellence regardless of where the classroom might be located.

VMware Vertical Perspectives: EUC in Financial Services and Federated Markets

In this candid interview, VMware’s Product Line Marketing Manager for EUC, Muthu Somsasundaram talks about how VMware products are helping in the financial services and federated market space.

Both of these verticals have unique challenges when it comes to the type of access that is needed in their networks, but more are the concerns over security and regulatory compliance. Muthu explains how VMware is helping to address both.

This Is Your Firewall. This Is Your Firewall on NSX!

This Is Your Firewall. This Is Your Firewall On NSX (GIFs)

One of the biggest problems in IT security is the assumption that harm only comes from the outside, so anything inside the data center can be trusted. To understand why this presents a challenge, it’s helpful to visualize the current model.

This is what the security architecture typically looks like in a data center: a large high-performance firewall appliance sits at the perimeter, watching the traffic going into and out of the data center.

Perimeter-centric security architecture
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An important takeaway from recent data breaches is that the perimeter firewall could work perfectly fine in most cases—it was simply circumvented in a way that rendered it powerless. That’s because the attacks came from the inside, and once past the perimeter firewall, malware spreads laterally across servers and workstations.

Wouldn’t it be great if the perimeter firewall protecting your network from external threats could be supplemented with a scalable, distributed firewalling capability that moved protections all the way down to every single host – without sacrificing performance with fully automated and programmable policy enforcement?

Through VMware NSX, administrators are doing just that—leveraging the power of micro-segmentation enabled by network virtualization and distributed firewalling to redefine data center security architecture. With this new model, malware that manages to breach the perimeter can be identified, blocked and remediated at any point within the data center as it tries to move east-west from server to server.

Distributed firewalling with VMware NSX

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To learn more about how this new model, enabled by network virtualization, can allow your company to implement a Zero-Trust strategy for security architecture, check out our previous post on micro-segmentation.

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

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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.