In VMware news this week, VMware extends its hybrid cloud reach to the Asia-Pacific region through two new and exciting partnerships in Japan and China. We are honored and excited to work with SoftBank and China Telecom to deliver hybrid cloud services to clients. As Bill Fathers states in his blog post about the news, “We are committed to continuing the expansion of our global hybrid cloud service footprint and providing our clients, where ever they may be in the world, with the fastest path to cloud.”
Working closely with Computerworld, the VMware Customer Reference Program has launched the annual VMware Innovation Awards, with winners to be announced at VMworld in August. Now in its second year, the Innovation Awards program was created as a platform to showcase high-impact customer implementations of VMware solutions. You can read more about the awards here.
In news from around the industry this week, The Register’s Chris Mellor outlines the new features of VMware’s virtual volume storage technology in “Two years in the making: Sneak peek at VMware’s future VVOL tech.” Mellor writes, “VMware says its virtual volume storage technology – which has spent two years in development – is set to erupt onto the storage array landscape next year, causing profound changes for array controllers.”
James Maguire of Datamation interviews Bill Fathers about AWS and other cloud related issues. He reports, “As VMware maneuvers in the cloud era, it must address the footprint of the sector’s current leader, Amazon Web Services. VMware’s stance toward AWS appears to be a delicate balance of competition and interoperability. As the old saying goes, ‘If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em,’ – or at least work with them so closely that their success doesn’t overshadow your success.”
“This sounds like pretty exciting news, since the mobile app management space is currently a jumble of promising yet not-quite-perfect solutions. However as usual the devil is in the details, and the solution that AirWatch and Box announced has its own catches. Let’s take a look.” -Jack Madden of Brianmadden.com on the VMware-Box partnership
ZDNet’s Eileen Yu reports on VMware’s deal with SoftBank’s telecom and IT subsidiaries to offer its vCloud Hybrid Service in Japan. Yu reports, “VMware has inked a deal with SoftBank to bring its infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) public cloud offering to Japan, which will include compute, storage, networking, and security services. The country is the first Asian market and third in the world where the virtualization vendor is deploying its vCloud Hybrid Service.”
Charles Babcock of InformationWeek also covers the VMware partnership with China Telecom and SoftBank. He writes, “VMware has expanded its vCloud Hybrid Service into Asia, announcing on Tuesday partnerships with China Telecom on mainland China and SoftBank in Japan. … [vCloud Hybrid Service] became generally available in September 2013 in four public cloud data centers, and VMware has promised to expand it as rapidly as possible.”
Jack Madden of Brianmadden.com discusses why the VMware-Box partnership is an important step towards enhancing collaboration across mobile devices. Madden writes: “This sounds like pretty exciting news, since the mobile app management space is currently a jumble of promising yet not-quite-perfect solutions. However as usual the devil is in the details, and the solution that AirWatch and Box announced has its own catches. Let’s take a look.”
Virtualization Review’s Keith Ward explains why VMware and Microsoft lead in Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant report on x86 server virtualization infrastructure. Ward reports that “as of July 2014, reports the analyst firm, VMware holds its commanding place in front. Microsoft is the only other company in the ‘Leaders’ quadrant. Gartner said VMware ‘Continues to have dominant market share, and customers remain very satisfied with product capabilities and vendor support.’”
“Given the cost savings virtualization brings to the datacenter, it’s no surprise that demand for professionals with related skills is continuing to rise.” -Myra Thomas, Dice News
Mike Wheatley of SiliconANGLE also explains why VMware and Microsoft are at the top of the server virtualization market. He writes, “Gartner’s magic quadrant for the virtualization market shows that VMware is once again way out in front, while the likes of Citrix and Red Hat have been left trailing in its wake as ‘niche players.’ This year there’s only two companies sitting in the leader’s quadrant – that’s VMware of course, and Microsoft.”
GigaOm’s Barb Darrow reports on VMware’s recent decision to invest in JFrog, to help expand its research and development and global sales efforts. Darrow reports, “JFrog, a maker of tools to streamline the building and distribution of software, now has $7 million in a funding round that includes a contribution from VMware. This brings total backing to about $12 million.”
Virtual Strategy Magazine interviews VMware’s Tom Corn on how The Goldilocks Zone reshapes data center security. Corn answers questions such as “What are some of the biggest security concerns facing CISO’s today?” and “Why have security teams continued to struggle?” Read the article for more details.
Myra Thomas of Dice News explains why the most popular certification in the virtualization space is VMware’s Certified Professional certification following her discussion with VMware’s Chris McCain. Thomas writes, “Given the cost savings virtualization brings to the datacenter, it’s no surprise that demand for professionals with related skills is continuing to rise.”
“Growing demand, fixed budgets, and consolidation projects dying on the vine as CIOs look to cloud providers — not to offload services, but to steal ideas.” -Greg Ferro of InformationWeek on increasing data center innovations
In an article in Forbes, contributor Joe McKendrick cites new survey by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services of 527 HBR readers in large and mid-size organizations that suggests cloud computing is increasingly being considered a business strategy rather than an IT optimization strategy. McKendrick is careful tot note that “this new second phase of cloud means things are going to be tougher to measure, define and conceptualize in the big picture. Business agility has become the primary advantage being delivered by cloud…”
Kenneth Corbin of CIO provides a recap of why the federal government is hesitant to move IT operations to the cloud. Corbin writes, “Cloud companies looking to do business with the federal government can help their cause if they address a punch list of concerns that weigh on the minds of many agency CIOs and executives, senior government leaders say.”
Network World’s John Cox explains the role mobility management applications are playing in the enterprise in “Say Goodbye to desktop phones.” In the article, Cox tells the story of an insurer in Oklahoma City whose IT group is shifting hundreds of employees to voice-over-IP “softphones.” Read the story for details on the company’s shift to “complete mobility.”
Lastly, Greg Ferro of InformationWeek explains what factors will help increase data center innovations. A new survey conducted by the publication shows “growing demand, fixed budgets, and consolidation projects dying on the vine as CIOs look to cloud providers — not to offload services, but to steal ideas.”
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