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VMware Weekly News Recap, April 18

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This week in VMware news, Bill Fathers and the vCloud Hybrid Service team announced a new solution – VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery (DR). For far too long, enterprise-class IT business continuance and disaster recovery solutions have been out of reach for mid-size businesses. The new solution not only address this issue but can also drastically change the economics of IT disaster recovery.

Introducing VMware vCloud Hybrid Service - Disaster Recovery

Industry News

In news from around the industry this week, the vCloud Hybrid Service – DR launch garnered lots of buzz. Maria Deutscher of SiliconAngle covers the launch in her article, “VMware targets chink in Amazon’s armor with hybrid disaster recovery service.” Deutscher writes, “Enter VMware, which today is grabbing the opportunity to play the role of white knight with a new service that aims to take the hassle out of business continuously—at a fraction of the cost of traditional on-premise solutions.”

ZDNet’s Rachel King also discusses VMware’s DR launch, detailing, “Along with the usual promised benefits of all things cloud (cheaper rates, fewer setup requirements), the self-managed solution is touted to provide a continuously available recovery site, repeatedly replicating virtual machines to VMware datacenters via the vCloud hybrid infrastructure.”

Charlie Babcock of InformationWeek reports on the launch in his article, “VMware Offers Disaster Recovery As A Service.” He writes, “For VMware customers, it will offer an integrated way to implement disaster recovery for business-critical virtualized systems without needing to contract for a physical recovery site or buy VMware’s vCenter Site Recovery Manager.”

CRN’s Kevin McLaughlin reports on how VMware is “spicing up its public cloud with new disaster-recovery-as-a-service.” McLaughlin quotes VMware’s Mathew Lodge: “the low cost of the VMware service could enable [most enterprises] to protect a wider range of apps.”

Forbes contributor Kurt Marko highlights a discussion he facilitated with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger in which the two discuss the cloud market in the enterprise. In the first piece of a two-part Q&A (“Creating the Enterprise Cloud”), Marko writes,Talk to Gelsinger as I did in an exclusive interview after he delivered a keynote address at the annual Interop conference and you can sense both his passion for [the software-defined data center] and depth of involvement. This Stanford-educated engineer who once ran x86 development projects for Intel is clearly no hands-off financial manager, as evidenced by his deep understanding of the technology and the business problems it addresses. Read on and you’ll see.” In part two of the Q&A (“The Business Case for Enterprise Cloudification”), Marko and Gelsinger focus on the business case for enterprise cloud and C-level receptivity to the SDDC message.

VMware’s Tom Corn describes the “Goldilocks Zone” theory in Data Center Knowledge. Corn writes, “Throughout the history of IT, security has always been both important and challenging, but never more so than now.” He goes on to describe how the “Goldilocks Zone” provides near ubiquitous security coverage.

Virtuwise’s Angelo Luciani provides a thorough analysis of VMware’s Horizon Desktop-as-a-Service that was launched in March. In “First look – VMware Horizon DaaS,” Luciani writes, “Overall the user experience was very good, and the desktop was very responsive… Its also great to see that you can extend your Active Directory to Cloud-hosted desktops.”

John Rath of Data Center Knowledge reports on the launch of Horizon 6: “With a variety of laptops, tablets, smartphones and an array of other employee-owned devices putting pressure on IT departments, VMware comes to the rescue with the release of VMware Horizon 6, an integrated solution that delivers published applications and desktops on a single platform.”

The expansion of the partnership between VMware and Juniper to further improve their joint network virtualization experiences for cloud services was the topic of an article by The VAR Guy’s Michael Cusanelli. Cusanelli reports, “the expanded partnership will see both companies devoting more engineering resources to jointly develop network virtualization solutions and build collaborative engineering teams for key areas of development.”

Lastly, The Register’s Simon Sharwood discusses VMware’s plans to begin invite-only NSX training. Sharwood writes, “VMware this week quietly started a different sort of training on NSX. Detailed here by ‘virtualization whisperer’ Chris Wahl and in this post by Jason Nash, CTO at cloud mobility and security outfit Varrow, the course is ‘a new expert-level certification’ focused on NSX.” 

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.

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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.

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Weekly News Recap, April 11

VMware News

Extend the power of virtualizationIn VMware news, Sumit Dhawan and the End-User Computing team on Wednesday announced VMware Horizon 6, the latest update to VMware’s desktop and applications solution that now offers published application delivery along with virtual desktops from a single integrated solution. This announcement represents a major product milestone in VMware’s End-User Computing portfolio as it introduces new capabilities, integrates leading technologies and enables greater efficiency for IT administrators and end-users.

Also on Wednesday, Business Insider’s Julie Bort recognized the 39 “most important people in cloud computing.” We’re please to announce that VMware’s Simone Brunozzi came in at number 37 and Bill Fathers was ranked number 7.

Lastly, Carl Eschenbach participated in Palo Alto Networks’ #Ignite2014 conference last week alongside some of today’s most compelling thinkers on mobile, cloud and other computing trends. Carl was joined by Rod Stuhlmuller to deliver the keynote speech on networking security. Watch the video below:

Industry News

In news from around the industry, Martyn Warwick of TelecomTV interviews Martin Casado on camera about the culture shock he experienced with networking and the subsequent development of SDN. Martin explains, “In compute, if a computer didn’t come with the types of things you needed, you simply programmed it in. With networking you kinda got what you were given and there was not much you could do…”

InformationWeek’s Charles Babcock discusses VMware’s vision of data center virtualization and how to properly address security concerns. Babcock cites VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger’s recent Interop keynote, writing, “…VMware’s ESX hypervisor can watch application context and traffic, while staying away from the network edge where the application’s attack surface provides the most exposure.”

Forbes contributor Kurt Marko outlines VMware’s vision for software-defined networking and the software-defined data center in “Software Eats the Data Center: VMware’s Gelsinger Outlines IT’s Software-Defined Future.” Marko reports, “VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger used his Interop keynote to lay out a four-pronged strategy for building what the company has coined the software defined data center, adding details and customer testimonials to a concept he initially described last year.”

“92% of ‘cloud’ is old-school on-premises … and it’s here to stay.” – Pat Gelsinger

Susan Fogarty of Network Computing explains VMware’s network virtualization strategy according to Martin Casado. Fogarty writes that after “listening to Martin Casado, CTO of networking at VMware, explain the use cases for network virtualization at Interop — and seeing the reaction of the audience — the possibilities [of software-defined networking] seem very real.”

VentureBeat’s John Koetsier discusses the current public cloud market according to Pat Gelsinger in “VMware CEO: 92% of ‘cloud’ is old-school on-premises … and it’s here to stay.” Koetsier writes, “Gelsinger says there are other reasons why on-premises is not just an ‘evolutionary left-over’ as public cloud advocates like Marc Andreesen have said. Fundamental reasons for keeping the cloud on-site include security, cost, government regulations, and even service-level agreements…”

Bridget Botelho and Jake O’Donnell of TechTarget explain why VMware’s recent AirWatch acquisition gives the company the EMM tools it needs to better integrate mobile and desktop management technologies. The reporters note, “When asked in an interview this week if AirWatch’s technology will be integrated with VMware View or Horizon DaaS, AirWatch’s CEO John Marshall, appointed senior vice president and general manager of AirWatch following the acquisition, said ‘absolutely.’”

“Who knew that today would go down as the day VMware announced that they’re attacking Citrix head on in the XenApp space by adding RDSH session support and published apps to VMware Horizon, all accessible via PCoIP? Amazing!” – Brian Madden, BrianMadden.com

AirWatch CEO John Marshall explains how EMM technologies will fit well with VMware View and Horizon DaaS in an article by The VAR Guy’s Michael Cusanelli. Cusanelli reports that “according to Marshall, VMware’s short-term goals are to integrate AirWatch’s EMM tools with end-user computing products and then focus on network virtualization and hybrid cloud offerings.”

ZDNet’s Larry Dignan covers VMware’s Horizon 6 launch. Dignan writes, “VMware launched its Horizon 6 virtual desktop software … [and] added app management into the mix…Horizon 6 consolidates a few VMware applications. Notably Horizon Suite becomes Horizon Enterprise. VMware View becomes Horizon View.” Dignan goes on to quote Sumit Dhawan on the differences between Horizon 6 and competing Citrix offerings.

Brian Madden also reports on the Horizon 6 launch in “BOOM! VMware announces RDSH & full app publishing support! Claims XenApp 6.5-to-Horizon 6 migration is easier than XenApp 6.5-to-7.5!” Noting that VMware plans to take Citrix head on in the XenApp space, Madden writes, “Who knew that today would go down as the day VMware announced that they’re attacking Citrix head on in the XenApp space by adding RDSH session support and published apps to VMware Horizon, all accessible via PCoIP? Amazing!”

“…Larger enterprises remain cautious when it comes to cloud adoption and are looking for strategies for adopting cloud that incorporate varying combinations of public, private, and hybrid cloud infrastructure.” - David Hamilton, Web Host Industry Review

CRN’s Kevin McLaughlin rounds out Horizon 6 coverage highlights with his article, “With Microsoft’s Help, VMware Looks To Take Bite Out Of Citrix’s XenApp Business.” McLaughlin writes, “VMware, in a bid to boost its end-user computing business and take share from rival Citrix, is bundling application virtualization technology with its virtual desktop software for the first time.”

Web Host Industry Review’s David Hamilton sites a recent survey and explains why enterprises are seeking a multi-cloud approach to IT and why the cloud market is so competitive. Hamilton writes, “With nearly all organizations running cloud applications or experimenting with Infrastructure-as-a-Service, larger enterprises remain cautious when it comes to cloud adoption and are looking for strategies for adopting cloud that incorporate varying combinations of public, private, and hybrid cloud infrastructure.”

Barb Darrow of GigaOM explains the importance of the cloud in the enterprise in “News flash: The cloud is the computer for enterprises too.” Darrow reports, “Even as web-scale companies push their infrastructure to accommodate the looming Internet of things, big, established enterprises are moving to cloud in a big way. Just a few years ago, companies like Netflix and Zynga were the poster children of cloud adoption while traditional, older enterprises still seemed to view cloud, especially public cloud, like it had cooties.”

Reporting on the recent outburst of the Heartbleed bug, Craig Timberg of The Washington Post “puts the chaotic nature of the Internet under the magnifying glass.” Timberg writes, “A major flaw revealed this week in widely used encryption software has highlighted one of the enduring — and terrifying — realities of the Internet: It is inherently chaotic, built by multitudes and continuously tweaked, with nobody in charge of it all.” Read the full article for more details on the origin of the bug.

Lastly, TechTarget’s Ryan McLaughlin explains the pros and cons of using secure containers for mobile device security. McLaughlin writes, “As employees bring consumer devices into the enterprise with increasing frequency, it’s becoming more important for IT to be able to separate work from play. One way to do that is with a secure container: an authenticated, encrypted area of a user’s mobile device that can be used to insulate sensitive corporate information from the personal side.” The article explores what secure containers are, why you should use them and the potential tradeoffs for users and administrators.

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.

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We’re All In with VMware Horizon 6

Sumit Dhawan, VP and GM of Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMware

By Sumit Dhawan, VP and GM of Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMware

Today, we announced VMware Horizon 6, the latest update to our desktop and applications solution that now offers published application delivery along with virtual desktops from a single integrated solution. This announcement represents a major product milestone in VMware’s End-User Computing portfolio as it introduces new capabilities, integrates leading technologies and enables greater efficiency for IT administrators and end-users. There’s been a rapid pace of innovation coming from VMware in the past six months and this announcement is among the latest in industry changing announcements.

To help customers effectively transform their physical desktops to become a service, we focused on three specific areas that required modernization.

  • Production – All applications, personal data and operating systems that are produced by IT need to be agile and predictable so they can be delivered to end-users without any compromise in quality.
  • Delivery – IT needs to be able to deliver enterprise desktops and applications in ways that end-users are consuming them based on their personas. VMware Horizon 6 helps with this by delivering them to virtual desktops so enterprise desktops and applications can be consumed on any device, physical laptops using image synch to support online/offline computing, and personal laptops using a managed container so content can be securely accessed to support BYO PC. This flexibility is key in the mobile-cloud era.
  • Consumption – The desktops and applications delivered as a service needs to have a consistent look at feel across all devices, regardless of how they are delivered. The quality needs to be high otherwise end-users will work around IT and provision consumer services instead. VMware Horizon 6 accomplishes this with a new unified workspace.

As a result, customers who struggle with the complexities of physical desktop and application management will find VMware Horizon 6 to be a comprehensive solution to their problems with the ability to serve all their enterprise applications and desktops, including virtual desktops, physical desktops and BYO PC.

There are over 100 features in this product release with over 2 years of R&D. I am proud of each one of them but will go through the following four major innovations in more depth here:

Virtual Desktops and Applications From A Single Platform

VMware Horizon 6 provides a single platform for desktop and application virtualization with support for RDS hosted desktops and applications. VDI or RDS based desktops along with RDS based apps, SaaS applications, packaged VMware ThinApps and third party virtualized applications such as Citrix XenApp can now all be aggregated in a single unified workspace for all enterprise apps and desktops, making it easier for both end user-user and IT. This new unified workspace provides a consistent experience for IT administrators and end-users across devices, locations, media and connections, and intuitively adapts to smartphones, tablets, Macs and PCs for end-user self-service and automated provisioning. This can save a tremendous amount of time for IT administrators as they can provide access to a pre-determined set of applications based on user groups or department requirements and end-users get to access content and request new applications using an application store with a consumer look and feel. We also realized that this new capability required a new platform that scales out just like a cloud. As a result, we built a cloud-class architecture for running virtual desktops and applications across multiple data centers, on-premise or off-premise. We call this the Cloud Pod Architecture.

Storage Optimization with VMware Virtual SAN

Integration with VMware Virtual SAN optimizes storage and lowers the total cost of ownership. One of the barriers to adoption of on-premise virtual desktops has traditionally been the cost of storage but with VMware vSAN that also complements solutions from VMware’s storage partners, the paradigm completely changes with lower costs and, modernizing desktops and applications becomes a very compelling proposition. More importantly, VMware Virtual SAN is included for free with Horizon 6 Advanced and Enterprise Editions.

Data Center to Device Management and Cloud-Like Automation

IT efficiency is important as the number of desktops and applications grow and VMware Horizon 6 helps with this in two ways. First, it provides end-to-end visibility into your infrastructure so IT administrators can have an enterprise-wide view of their entire virtual enterprise through a single pane of glass. Desktops, servers, storage and networks can now be managed from a single vCenter Operations Manager instance that provides proactive alerts and detailed reports. Second, Horizon 6 provides cloud-like automation to help streamline processes and enable the quick provisioning of virtual desktops. IT administrators can utilize the Horizon vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) plugin to delegate and automate granular administrative functions for provisioning, entitlement, refresh, and recycle operations.  Customers can also leverage these workflows for hosted applications or desktops through the vSphere Web Client or by exposing as catalog items with request/approval procedures using vCloud Automation Center. Overall, Horizon 6 offers a holistic view of your entire virtual infrastructure – from data center to device – while also providing cloud-like automation to simplify management.

Hybrid Cloud Delivery

Lastly, hybrid cloud delivery provides customers choice and flexibility of deployment whether they want on-premise virtual desktops, off-premise desktops from a public cloud or a combination of both. It sounds simple but not all solutions are created equal and have this capability. VMware Horizon 6 comes with new Horizon clients for all the major platforms that provide seamless interoperability and experience with Horizon DaaS. End-users can access their applications and desktops from an on-premise or cloud infrastructure without any disruption to service, quality or even knowing where they are being delivered.

Three New Editions of VMware Horizon

All of these new innovations combined make VMware Horizon 6 a leading on-premise desktop and application virtualization solution. Extending the power of virtualization from data center to device, Horizon 6 offers capabilities that are unique in the industry. And as part of this announcement, we’re also making it simpler for customers to adopt virtual desktops and applications with three new editions of VMware Horizon.

  • Horizon View Standard Edition: Delivers simple, high-performance VDI-based virtual desktops with a great user experience
  • Horizon Advanced Edition: Offers the lowest cost solution for virtual desktop and application management, optimized storage with VMware Virtual SAN, image management and a unified workspace that supports hosted desktops and applications.
  • Horizon Enterprise Edition: Delivers a cloud-ready solution for virtual desktops and applications with advanced cloud automation and management capabilities for hybrid cloud flexibility.

Over the last two years, the market has innovated to drive down the capital cost of virtual desktops and unlock latent demand from organizations of all sizes. Our ecosystem of partners has been at the vanguard of this, releasing a range of storage appliances that deliver significant cost savings through tiered storage approaches. This is exactly how markets and partnerships should work.

Rapid Pace of Innovation From VMware

Again, looking at the past six months, there has been a rapid pace of innovation coming from VMware End-User Computing that has left an indelible imprint on the industry with the acquisition of DaaS leader, Desktone in October, signing a deal to help power Cisco’s DaaS offering in December, luring away talent from the competition and signing a check for a $1.5B acquisition of MDM leader, AirWatch in January, inking a deal with Google to deliver virtual desktops on Chromebooks in February, and beating Amazon to-market  by launching VMware Horizon DaaS and bringing 3D graphics to DaaS with NVIDA in March. With today’s announcement of VMware Horizon 6, customers have a very compelling solution for modernizing desktops and applications that competitors will find difficult to match.

And as VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger puts it in this video, VMware is all in on EUC and the desktop.

Watch The Horizon 6 Launch Event Live

Last but certainly not least, VMware will be hosting a virtual launch event that everyone is welcomed to join and watch. It will include remarks from me, Sanjay Poonen, EVP and GM of End-User Computing, and Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, along with executives from VMware partners and customers.  In addition, we will be showing a live demo of Horizon 6 so if you want to see what all the new innovations look like, make sure to register for the event.

For More On Horizon 6

For more detailed information on how Horizon 6 uses application remoting (including cloud pod architecture), storage optimization through Virtual SAN, management and automation, and hybrid cloud delivery, visit the VMware End-User Computing product blog.

You can also read an overview of the news by Erik Frieberg, vice president of product marketing for EUC and get additional insight from Kit Colbert, CTO of EUC.

VMware Weekly News Recap, April 4

VMware News

In VMware news this week, Pat Gelsinger delivered the keynote speech at Interop, touting the benefits of the software-defined data center. Read more from Pat in his post-keynote blog post or watch the video of his talk:

Also at Interop, VMware took home not one, but TWO Best of Interop awards (read the blog post from CTO Ben Fathi). vCloud Hybrid Service won in the Cloud category and VMware Virtual SAN won in the Storage category. The VMware NSX Network Virtualization Platform was also named a finalist in the SDN category and Virtual SAN received the prestigious Audience Choice award. Congratulations to all teams!

Finally, VMware vCloud Hybrid Service was named number two in enterprise public cloud usage according to RightScale’s latest State of the Cloud Report. Barb Darrow of GigaOm writes, “Among customers in bigger companies (those with more than 1,000 employees)… VMware vCHS [was] second with 18 percent… RightScale also found VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Services (vCHS) gaining traction in big accounts…”

Industry News

In news from around the industry this week, Ars Technica’s Jon Brodkin explains why VMware wants to be a security company, citing commentary from Pat Gelsinger and Martin Casado. Jon writes, “Gelsinger claimed VMware will help businesses stem the tide of data breaches without breaking the bank. ‘Security spending is exploding and thus becoming a larger portion of spending in the IT budget,’ Gelsinger said. ‘Security breaches are the only things growing faster than security spending.’”

Also highlighting speeches made by Pat Gelsinger and Martin Casado at Interop, Network World’s Brandon Butler explains VMware’s vision of the hypervisor and how it can address security concerns. Brandon reports, “In the 1970s, [Casado] said, that the term ‘Goldilocks Zone’ was used by astro-scientists to describe the optimal area between the sun and the outer planets to support life. Similarly, the hypervisor, which sits between the applications and the infrastructure, is the prime ‘Goldilocks Zone’ for security.”

“It’s game on in VSAN-land, even before IBM and Supermicro show their hands.” – Simon Sharwood, The Register

TechTarget’s Jake O’Donnell highlights a recent discussion with AirWatch CEO John Marshall explaining how AirWatch fits into VMware’s EUC strategy in “AirWatch CEO addresses IT concerns, discloses VMware EUC plans.” Jake conducts a Q&A with the executive, posing questions about AirWatch’s integration with VMware, future product offerings and post-acquisition challenges.

Michael Cusanelli of The VAR Guy reports on Breezy’s integration with VMware. He writes, “AirWatch users will now have the ability to print documents from their mobile devices…”

In a separate article, Michael also discusses the graphics boost NVIDIA will give to VMware’s Horizon DaaS: “The deal will allow Horizon DaaS users to utilize the company’s new service for advanced graphical applications for the first time ever.”

The Register’s Simon Sharwood explains what VMware’s recent launch of VSAN means for competitors such as Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu, IBM and Supermicro in “VMware reveals more VSAN nodes.” Simon declares: “it’s game on in VSAN-land, even before IBM and Supermicro show their hands.”

“Companies are less concerned about measuring return on investment (ROI) for cloud computing engagements. Is that a good thing?” – Joe McKendrick, Forbes

Anthony Caruana of CSO explains why security is becoming a critical component to consider when deciding to deploy software-defined networking, according to Martin Casado. In his article, “Security Driving SDN Uptake,” Anthony writes, “Software Defined Networks are here. In just a couple of years they have moved from theory and are now part of every CIO’s planning. And that means a significant rethink is needed when looking at security.”

Recapping Mobile World Congress, Light Reading’s Caroline Chappell quotes VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger on the value of virtualization, spanning from the data center, to service provider networks, to mobile devices.

TechTarget’s Justin Kenney explains the evolution of VMware Horizon and discusses how it stacks up against competitors. Justin writes, “VMware Horizon View is a feature-rich virtual desktop infrastructure software platform that gives organizations the ability to deliver a robust end-user experience while helping to improve IT efficiencies — when approached correctly.”

Forbes contributor Joe McKendrick cites a new survey and explains why ROI is such a large hurdle for IT service providers when it comes to cloud computing. Joe asks readers: “Companies are less concerned about measuring return on investment (ROI) for cloud computing engagements. Is that a good thing? A new survey of 350 senior IT executives finds 16 percent see measuring ROI as a hurdle to their cloud computing implementations, down from 34 percent in a similar survey from a year ago.”

“The cloud’s Ponzi schemes are here.” - David Linthicum, InfoWorld

Steve Lohr of The New York Times highlights Pivotal’s announcement to launch its new “Big Data Suite.” Steve reports, “The technologies that fly under the banner of ‘big data’ may be new, but the business strategies have a familiar look. A prime example is the announcement on Wednesday from Pivotal, the big data and cloud computing company, a joint venture of EMC and VMware, in which General Electric has a stake.”

Lastly, InfoWorld’s David Linthicum reports on a recent cloud computing scam shut down by the SEC and warns investors of more in the future in his article, “The cloud’s Ponzi schemes are here.” David reports, “The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has shut down a worldwide pyramid scheme that falsely promised fast gains to tens of thousands of Asian-American, Hispanic, and foreign investors from cloud computing services.”

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.

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The Future of IT is Software-Defined

Why the Software-Defined Data Center is a Nexus of Business Possibility

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

By Pat Gelsinger

The $2 trillion Information Technology industry is in the early stages of a tectonic shift, as we transition from the previous Client-Server platform to the Mobile Cloud era. For the first time in history, we’re seeing dramatic changes driven by both the consumer and enterprise worlds. In many ways, everything is up in the air. At this critical juncture, the demands on IT are greater than ever. Whether you’re an individual consumer or a business leader, you want essentially the same thing: instantaneous access to the apps and data you care about, without hassles or hiccups, and with confidence and compliance.

As we make this massive shift from the PCs and servers of old to the Mobile Cloud era, we’re experiencing a fundamental restructuring of how IT value gets created and consumed. Simply put, software has usurped hardware as the place where value resides. This is driven largely by well-established laws of technology: software can be quickly adapted, programmed and automated. By contrast, hardware is inflexible, labor-intensive and specialized. As a guy who spent 30+ years in the hardware world, this is a difficult fact to acknowledge – yet it’s undeniable.

To wit, we have entered the age of the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). The SDDC is a data center where everything has been virtualized and infrastructure can be delivered as software on demand. This software-defined approach will become the model for every leading data center in the world because it represents a radical and powerful change agent for the enterprise. At its core, the SDDC empowers IT to move at the speed of the business, by rapidly delivering apps and services as they are needed.

The technical argument for the Software-Defined Data Center is airtight: Virtualize all components, abstract the functionality, pool the resources and automate the processes. In this model, hardware becomes increasingly invisible – seen solely through a layer of dynamic, scalable and agile software. Many of the core elements of this approach have been pioneered by companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook. But while they’ve accomplished a great deal, their implementations have been specifically designed for their specialized environments. Now is the time for us, as an industry, to take these valuable learnings and apply the software-defined approach for the benefit of all businesses – and all the millions of applications that power our economy.

Next Step: Virtualize Your Network

Compute virtualization was just the opening act of the SDDC story. According to VMware’s analysis, by virtualizing roughly 70 percent of our customers’ compute workloads over the past decade, businesses saved billions of dollars and in the process, they accomplished something else: They made it easy to spin up new applications in literally seconds. This, in turn, exposed a frustrating reality: As app provisioning has sped up exponentially, we have discovered that the operating model of the network is simply not equipped to keep pace. In fact, the network is now a barrier to achieving the full benefits of virtualization, because the movement of all of these dynamic apps is now severely constrained by the limitations of the physical network. The fact is today’s network is operationally intensive, requiring significant manual intervention and vendor-specific expertise at every turn.

The answer to this challenge is to virtualize your network. This represents the next chapter in our industry’s inevitable move to a software-defined approach to IT.  Network virtualization takes the fast and fluid operational model of a virtual machine (VM) and extends that across your network. It advances networking with new levels of automation, programmability, and management by leveraging the power of software. Network virtualization also transforms the economics of networking within the data center by reducing the need for costly, proprietary networking hardware. As we build virtual networks we are strengthening the foundations of the hybrid cloud, which gives businesses the ability to move valuable apps and data seamlessly between public and private cloud environments.

Charting the Course to a Software-Defined Future 

Modern business is here today. It’s global, competitive, collaborative, and extremely dynamic.  But too often, the technology infrastructure supporting these businesses is limping along – slow, inefficient, brittle, and generally incapable of keeping up. The best companies in the world are charting a path to a software-oriented model of IT where infrastructure drives strategic advantage. IT professionals with the courage to embrace this new reality – and let go of the hardware-centric models of the past – will change the landscape of business forever. The future is bright. Let’s move forward.

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VMware Weekly News Recap, March 28

VMware Company and Industry News

VMware News

In VMware news this week, CSC and VMware announced the expansion of their partnership with the addition of a hybrid cloud brokering solution for VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, which is interoperable with CSC’s ServiceMesh Agility Platform. The solution will enable customers to develop and move workloads on any combination of vCloud Hybrid Service, CSC BizCloud, and CSC CloudCompute as well as other commercial cloud offerings.

On Tuesday, NVIDIA and VMware announced that NVIDIA GRID™ technology is available on the VMware Horizon™ DaaS® Platform to deliver 3D graphics on virtualized desktops and applications delivered through the cloud. The combination offers the industry’s only multi-tenant desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) platform for service providers to deliver graphics-rich desktops and applications to customers requiring visual computing, such as engineering firms, automakers, movie studios and retail designers.

Next week, VMware team members will head to Interop. We’ve got quite a large presence at the show this year, including a keynote from CEO Pat Gelsinger. Check out the full schedule of VMware events at Interop this year on the Company Blog. VMware was also named a finalist in three categories for the 2014 Best of Interop (#BOI) awards. Finalist status has been achieved for Virtual SAN (in the storage category), vCloud Hybrid Service (in the cloud category) and NSX Network Virtualization Platform (in the SDN category). Stay tuned; winners will be announced during Interop on April 1.

CRN recently compiled a list of “5-Star Partner Programs” in the network computing space as part of its 2014 Partner Program Guide. We’re proud to say that the VMware Partner Network and North American Channel Chief Frank Rauch were named to that list. CRN’s Partner Program Guide aims to provide the information solution providers need to evaluate IT vendors they work with or are considering working with. It is based on detailed applications vendors submit outlining all aspects of their partner programs.

Lastly, VMware recently celebrated Pi Day on our Palo Alto, Calif. campus by geeking out on giving back. Throughout the day, we invited people to share what inspires them to serve. Check out this nifty video for a boost of inspiration to start your weekend. Happy Friday!

Industry News

In news from around the industry this week, InformationWeek’s Charles Babcock explains the “tectonic shift” currently happening in the technology industry, following a pre-Interop interview with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger earlier this week. Charles reports: “Gelsinger, who has been CEO for two years, said the shift toward hybrid cloud computing is producing ‘a tipping point’ where customers are much more receptive to hearing about VMware’s approach to hybrid cloud computing, vCloud Hybrid Service. But more significantly, perhaps, it’s also increased interest in VMware’s virtual networking, the NSX Platform.”

The VAR Guy’s Michael Cusanelli explains the updates made to VMware’s Service Provider Program. He writes, “The changes, which were announced in February at VMware Partner Exchange 2014, were designed to create a simplified, predictable program that increases profitability for service provider partners while allowing them to earn more rewards for strategic and technical alignment to VMware, according to the company.”

Tom Walat of TechTarget pens an article after speaking with VMware’s Steve Athanas. The two discuss the VMware Fling Site, as well as Steve’s experience thus far running a VMware environment. Read the Q&A to hear more about Steve’s point of view.

ZDNet contributor Ken Hess explains the virtualization market as it currently stands in “Virtualization 2014: Are we still having this conversation?” The article summary teases, “It’s hard to believe we’re still having this conversation in 2014, but it’s true. There are still companies that haven’t made the technological leap to virtualized infrastructure. But there’s an easy answer as to why. It’s the economy.”

The newly announced partnership between NVIDIA and VMware is the subject of The Register’s Rik Myslewski’s article, “VMware join to pipe high-quality 3D graphics from the cloud.” Rik writes, “The goal of this virtualization effort is to get high-quality NVIDIA 3D graphics to desktops without those desktops having to be equipped with a high-end NVIDIA card. And that’s where the VMware partnership comes in, which will see VMware’s ESX virtualization architecture, Horizon View virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) management, and Horizon DaaS – VDI-in-the-cloud service – powered by GRID.”

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Also in The Register, Simon Sharwood explains why it is time to shift the focus on software-defined networking, citing a recently released piece of Gartner research suggesting that smaller outfits need to start thinking about how to implement the technology. Simon reports, “the analyst says data centre teams will need to be taught to work together to understand SDN’s cross-disciplinary impact, so they can then plan how to make best use of it… organizations should begin to plan for the day on which they make SDN a requirement in any networking kit they purchase.”

Forbes contributor Kurt Marko explains why network virtualization is the “final piece” of the private cloudand quotes Martin Casado to explain VMware’s NSX technology. Kurt writes, “Networks are the next piece of data center infrastructure to get the virtualization treatment and the ensuing products provide comparable improvements in efficiency, versatility and productivity.”

Lastly, Patrick Thibodeau of Computerworld explains how Bank of America is using the software-defined datacenter to its advantage, following his conversations with David Reilly and Alberto Farronato. Patrick reports, “Driven by a very strong belief in the future of software-defined data center technology, Bank of America is steering its IT to almost total virtualization, from the data center to desktop.”

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