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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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Cloud Management Platform Solutions Now Available

Cloud ManagementBy Ramin Sayar, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Management Business Unit

Today, I am pleased to announce the general availability of several new product suites and updates to existing products that were recently unveiled at VMworld in San Francisco.

The products available today include vRealize Suite™, vRealize Operations Insight™, vCloud Automation Center™ 6.1, and IT Business Management Suite™ 1.1/8.1.

I want to put this quarter’s product launch in context.

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Introducing VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Editions

By Mike Adams, director of vSphere product marketing, VMware

Today at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, we introduced VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Standard and Advanced editions. These new offerings will allow us to provide new and existing customers of all sizes with enhanced service level, standardization and availability capabilities for remote and branch office locations.

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VMware is Now an Open Compute Project Gold Level Member

Open Compute ProjectBy Ray O’Farrell, corporate senior vice president, R&D, VMware

Today at VMworld 2014, we announced that VMware has joined the Open Compute Project (OCP) as a Gold level member. Our goal is to actively contribute to the OCP agenda including contributing source code to the project. The OCP’s mission is to design and enable the delivery of the most efficient server, storage and data center hardware designs for scalable computing.

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VMware in Leaders Quadrant of 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure

Today, we are thrilled to share that VMware – for a fifth consecutive year – is placed in the Leaders Quadrant of Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure”. (1) (Read press release)

We believe the recognition of VMware as a leader by Gartner validates VMware’s vision, strategy and offerings to help customers achieve a true software-defined data center (SDDC) by attaining new levels of efficiency, agility and flexibility in virtualizing all domains of the data center including networking and storage.

VMware pioneered the virtualization revolution 10 years ago with vSphere, which continues to be the best platform for running any x86 application at scale and at high operational efficiency. Realizing IT required a fresh, new software-defined approach for the data center, VMware established the SDDC architecture two years ago. This approach will become the leading model for data centers around the world because it represents a fundamental change for the enterprise in how they operate and deliver value and services to their customers. VMware vSphere lies at the core of the SDDC and helps empower IT to move at the speed of the business by rapidly delivering apps and services as they are needed.

Helping to fulfill our SDDC vision was the delivery of VMware NSX and VMware Virtual SAN in the last year to redefine the hypervisor and its role in the data center by extending virtualization to networking and storage, respectively. In the same time frame, we also introduced VMware vCloud Hybrid Service enabling VMware vSphere customers to seamlessly extend their data center into the cloud using their existing resources, processes and tools.

Thank you to our more than 500,000 customers and our more than 75,000 partners for helping us achieve and maintain our market leadership.

To access the complete Gartner report, go to: http://www.gartner.com/reprints/vmware-vol5?id=1-1WR7CAC&ct=140703&st=sb

To learn more about VMware vSphere, go to: http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere-operations-management/

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(1)    Gartner “Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure,” by Thomas J. Bittman, Mark A. Margevicius, Philip Dawson, July 2, 2014. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.