Happy Friday! In VMware news this week, the hybrid cloud team announced that it has bid to secure FedRAMP Authority to Operate for a new enterprise hybrid cloud service offering, VMware vCloud® Government Service provided by Carpathia™. This new offering is a natural extension of not only our core business, but also of what many Federal agencies are already doing.
In an online event on Thursday, CEO Pat Gelsinger and CTO Ben Fathi highlighted the upcoming release of Virtual SAN (VSAN): a new kind of radically simple storage. During the online event, Ben Fathi announced that VSAN is customer-ready: it’s robust, proven and ready for action – and even outperformed expectations. Read the “story behind the story,” according to Ben Fathi on the Office of the CTO blog.
On Wednesday, American Actress Carrie Fisher (aka Princess Leia of the original Star Wars Trilogy) visited VMware’s Palo Alto Campus as part of VMware’s #RoughCUT series. Carrie participated in an “actor studio”-style Q&A, showcasing her innovative mindset, quick wit and great sense of humor. Be sure to follow the VMware Company Blog for an update on Carrie’s visit.
Lastly, this week Info-Tech Research Group released new in-depth rankings of cloud management platforms, which placed VMware’s vCloud Suite with vCloud Automation Center in the “Champion” leadership position. We are proud to be recognized by Info-Tech as “…a great solution for existing customers looking to capitalize on VMware’s ownership of the entire software defined data center.”
In industry news this week, Ben Kepes of Forbes reports on Simone Brunozzi’s appointment of vice president and chief technologist of hybrid cloud at VMware in “Amazon Poster Boy Leaves For More Traditional Fields.” Ben writes, “when a key AWS staffer leaves to go join a company that many suggest is an example of the sort of vendor left behind in the move to the cloud, that’s kind of big news.”
“When a key AWS staffer leaves to go join a company that many suggest is an example of the sort of vendor left behind in the move to the cloud, that’s kind of big news.” – Ben Kepes, Forbes
Venturebeat contributor Jordan Novet also discusses VMware’s announcement to welcome aboard Simone Brunozzi from Amazon Web Services and explains why VMware could be a good fit for Simone. Jordan points out “The move could… suggest that in the growing cloud market, there won’t be just one winner.”
SiliconANGLE’s Maria Deutscher rounds out the reports on the hiring of Simone Brunozzi in her article, “VMware snatches Amazon cloud guru.” Maria writes, “VMware hopes to halt Amazon’s advance on its data center turf by taking the fight to the public cloud with vCloud Hybrid Service, an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering that has the advantage of being fully interoperable with existing deployments of its hypervisor. On the heels of launching the product in Europe, the virtualization giant appointed former AWS senior evangelist Simone Brunozzi to spearhead the campaign against his former employer.”
The recent closing of VMware’s acquisition of enterprise mobility management leader AirWatch continues to draw media attention. TechTarget’s Lynn Haber reports on the completion of the deal.
“Government agencies will soon be able to upgrade their data centers and move into the cloud, thanks to VMware’s (VMW) new vCloud Government Service.” - Michael Cusanelli, The VAR Guy
InformationWeek’s Charlie Babcock also takes note of VMware’s bid to secure FedRAMP authority. He writes, “VMware is trying to convert its large presence as the virtualization supplier for federal agencies and become a supplier of public cloud services to the US government.” This week Charlie also discusses VMware’s newest hire Simone Brunozzi and how the company “steps up competition” with AWS by hiring its tech evangelist.
The VAR Guy’s Michael Cusanelli reports on VMware’s new partnership with Carpathia to offer a government-friendly version of its vCloud Hybrid Service, which complies with FedRAMP certifications. Michael reports, “Government agencies will soon be able to upgrade their data centers and move into the cloud, thanks to VMware’s (VMW) new vCloud Government Service.”
ZDNet’s Rachel King also reports on VMware’s launch of vCGS for the public sector. Rachel writes: “The public sector is panning out to be the hot spot for the cloud industry this year as more U.S. government agencies warm up to the idea of much-needed upgrades for legacy systems. VMware is honing its own portfolio with the introduction of its new vCloud Government Service as the virtualization giant aims to secure FedRAMP certification for the platform.”
In her article “ONS 2014: Network Virtualization for Performance Optimization,” Enterprise Networking Planet’s Jude Chao explains what network virtualization is and describes a few use cases according to VMware’s Martin Casado: “Talking a mile a minute in an energetic presentation at this morning’s SDN for Cloud panel, OpenFlow inventor and VMware chief networking architect Martin Casado delved into some ways VMware has used network virtualization to optimize performance and reduce latency and bottlenecks.”
InformationWeek’s Charlie Babcock reports on the nine worst threats to cloud security. He writes, “Leading cloud security group lists the ‘Notorious Nine’ top threats to cloud computing in 2013; most are already known but defy 100% solution.”
Zeus Kerravala, Network World, explains the first steps to adopting software-defined networking in “So you want to adopt SDN: Where do you start?” Zeus writes, “I would recommend starting where the pain is the highest. Much of the SDN messaging I’ve seen has targeted the data center, but the wide area network (WAN) is where many organizations struggle to run the network.”
Data Center Knowledge contributor, Dave LeClair, explains how the cloud is a vital component of the architecture of software-defined data center in his article “Software-Defined Availability: Redefining Uptime for the Cloud.” Dave writes, “I believe one of the most significant implementations of the concept [of software-defined functionality] is just around the bend — and it’s happening in the cloud.
Lastly, Quentin Hardy of The New York Times explains how businesses can make cloud computing more efficient. Quentin reports, “Computer scientists at Stanford have developed software that works like the recommendation engines for Amazon shoppers and Netflix movie subscribers, only for the distribution of workloads across large computing environments. The results, they say, can triple the efficiency of cloud-computing systems.”
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