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VMware Pi Day

March 14th is pretty special at VMware. On Pi Day, we take the time to celebrate our inner geek and give back.

This year, we wanted Pi Day to inspire others to action. At our Palo Alto headquarters, we brought people together for a service learning fair where VMware people could learn about local nonprofits and sign up for pro bono and skills-based volunteer opportunities. We also donated an educational Pi kit to RAFT for every person that attended – with 1,500 participants, that’s 1,500 Pi kits for students!

Serving our extended community is a core value at VMware – we give back more than we take – and we leverage our time, talent and energy to provide meaningful contributions to our customers, our team members and our communities.

We put these values into action through the VMware Foundation, which provides a platform for our 13,000+ people globally to contribute back to, and make a difference in, the communities in which we all work and live. We accomplish this goal primarily through our “citizen philanthropy” approach, designed to amplify the personal commitments and contributions made to the organizations and causes closest to our people’s hearts.

For VMware, Pi Day is about exploring how we can give back through service (volunteer time) and employee-directed giving (matching gifts and grants). We made a quick video that captures the spirit of Pi Day. Check it out!

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Introducing vCloud Hybrid Service

Bill Fathers, senior vice president and general manager, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware

A public cloud without compromise. Today it becomes reality. We are excited to unveil vCloud Hybrid Service, an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud built and operated by VMware that will enable our customers to achieve the benefits of the public cloud with the applications, skills and management tools they already trust.  Built on the foundation of VMware vSphere® and leveraging VMware’s software-defined data center technologies, vCloud Hybrid Service will  provide an easy, fast path for VMware customers to achieve the agility and efficiency of the public cloud.

As we talk to customers, we consistently hear that they want the benefits of a public cloud environment, but can’t afford the risk, cost and time of starting over. They want a credible option that is built on trusted, enterprise-grade technology that can be easily deployed. They also want a partner who can give them a platform that delivers the agility expected by the business and the security and reliability IT demands.

We know there are many cloud offerings to choose from, but only vCloud Hybrid Service is built on the same platform that VMware customers use in their own data centers.  Those customers have expressed a desire for a cloud offering that is completely compatible with what they are deploying internally and is built on the trusted, reliable foundation they have come to expect from VMware.  And vCloud Hybrid Service was designed to support all of their existing applications as well as the development of any new ones – without requiring any change.

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Introducing VMware Ready Devices on Verizon Wireless

Today I’m very excited to announce the immediate availability of two VMware Ready devices – LG Intuition and Razr M by Motorola – on Verizon Wireless.  These devices are now equipped with VMware’s virtualization technology required to run our dual personal solution, VMware Horizon Mobile.  This is an important milestone for VMware as we deliver on our end-user computing vision of managing users, not devices.  We will continue to work closely with Verizon Wireless to enable a broad set of new and existing devices to be VMware Ready. You might be asking yourself what is a VMware Ready device?  Well, in this blog I will provide a quick overview of Horizon Mobile and VMware Ready program.

VMware Horizon Mobile Overview

Perhaps even more profound than the BYOD trend is the change in how employees use their devices.  Irrespective of who actually buys or owns the device, the corporation or the user, most employees tend to download personal apps onto these devices – Facebook, Angry Birds, Temple Run, etc. coexist with work email/PIM.  It is fair to assume then that most devices will have both personal and corporate content (apps, data and services).

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Delivering on the Promise of Hybrid Cloud

On March 13 at the EMC VMware Strategic Forum for Institutional Investors, Pat Gelsinger and Carl Eschenbach announced VMware would offer its own public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), what we’re calling the vCloud Hybrid Service.  Since that time, we’ve had hundreds of conversations with our customers and partners, and you’ve made it even more clear there is a need for – and much enthusiasm about – a true hybrid cloud service. On May 21, we’ll launch that service, and you’re invited.

A common theme is the (healthy) tension between business teams striving to launch new products and services, move into new markets and generally drive growth, and overloaded IT organizations that are rewarded for avoiding outages and cutting costs – very different incentives. Public cloud has the potential to benefit both, helping to increase agility and also reduce cost (both real costs and opportunity cost). But today public cloud deployments are not the norm, or even widespread inside the average company.  So why is that?

Part of the problem is that while public clouds can be simple to use for development, they also uncompromisingly assume you can make all your application and systems fit their way of working in production. For application teams, using public cloud can mean having to modify or re-write an application to become a fully redundant distributed system that can handle any disruption and still soldier on. Then there is the packaged software your business depends on that just doesn’t function that way. Multiply that by the number of applications a business uses, and it’s a bottleneck: you can’t make that journey overnight, and that limits the cloud velocity of a business. Over in IT, the desire is to be able to take a supporting role without abdicating important responsibilities around operating costs, uptime and security.

VMware believes a new approach is necessary, one that starts inside your data center and extends out to support all applications – both the new “born in the cloud” application and your existing systems. We believe the hybrid cloud should allow you to seamlessly extend your data center to the public cloud leveraging the same infrastructure, same network, same management and skills.

By extending the very same platform (and operations model) that you use today in your data centers to the public cloud, you will be able to deploy and run all your applications onsite, offsite or both — without compromise and with less risk. This is true hybrid cloud.

Powered by the Software-Defined Data Center & the VMware Ecosystem

What makes this hybrid approach possible? Two things: the software-defined data center and VMware’s broad ecosystem of service providers, systems integrators, ISVs, and channel partners.

The software-defined data center – where compute, storage, network and security are all virtualized and automated by software – means customers can create a unified hybrid cloud architecture spanning data center and cloud with common processes and management. The software-defined data center is the “glue” that automates migration, management, and security.

If this sounds familiar, that’s because this vision for the hybrid cloud is not a new one. VMware and our ecosystem of partners have been advocating an “inside out” approach to cloud for years. With roughly 55,000 partners worldwide, chances are likely that your first experience with our technology was through one of our partners. And we plan to make it easy for you to get VMware’s software-defined data center in a new way – as a service – through the channels you’ve always used.

VMware is about to change the way you think about the cloud, and we hope you’ll join us on May 21 to learn more.

Cross posted on the VMware vCloud Blog

The Sandwich…Network Virtualization Main Stage at Interop

This morning I’m joining representatives from Microsoft and Broadcom onstage as part of a keynote panel in front of hundreds of Interop attendees in Las Vegas. We’ll be discussing the trends shaping the future of networking. In particular, we’ll be talking about how software vendors are playing a more significant role in the networking discourse as a layer of network functionality is emerging at the software edge, and how merchant silicon vendors are fueling the architectural shift to general-purpose network hardware in the datacenter. I wrote about these trends in more detail in a previous post.

It will be an interesting mix on stage. VMware and Microsoft do not have a strong history of agreement, so it is nice to see alignment on, and recognition of, a common trend. Also, having server software vendors share the stage with a network silicon vendor would seem unnatural. The reality is, however, that this new trend in network architecture is exactly about software at the edge and the dramatic increase in price/performance in the physical network, which is being driven by the merchant silicon vendors.

With this in mind, I’m a bit intrigued by how the overall keynotes will unfold. It occurs to me, looking at the schedule, that my panel is sandwiched between the presentations from two big time network hardware vendors, Cisco and Juniper. They will, of course, be sharing perspectives on how customers can benefit from their vision and innovations. But the irony is that our panel highlights a very different sandwich, one in which the software running on the server and the silicon underlying the networking gear are having an ever-increasing role in the discussion.

Without trying to over rotate on this sandwich metaphor, there really is a new, emerging network architecture that has evolved organically in the mega datacenters over the last decade, and is now being adopted throughout the industry. In this architecture, software on the edge, whether it is part of a virtual network overlay, a new web application, Big Data, PaaS, etc. provides functionality that has typically been found in the network. As a result, this software is largely decoupled from the underlying physical network and can be run over any general purpose network hardware that provides IP connectivity.

While there are many benefits to this architecture, such as a software operational model and software innovations speeds, the benefit I would like to highlight in this post is customer choice. A customer can choose to use network hardware from any point in the value chain. This could be from a traditional vendor with custom silicon, from a vendor with custom packaging but using merchant silicon, or from a reseller who is effectively silk screening a whitebox directly from the ODMs. Hardware will continue to differ on cost, performance, manageability, and debugability of the physical gear, but as features such as security, discovery, billing, isolation, load balancing, mobility, service chaining, etc. migrate to software, they are no longer a critical factor in the hardware procurement decision. As the switch supply chain evolves to ever better cost/performance, so does the customers’ ability to consume it without disruption.

It is a very exciting time to be in networking, and I’m having a blast participating in this community. This morning’s panel will be fun, but nothing is more satisfying than knowing that the trends underway – powered by software that provides networking features running over (and decoupled from) general purpose networking hardware – are going to provide customers with choice and flexibility in how they build their networks like never before. And we’ll all get to see how they put those networks to use!

- Martin

Viva (Interop) Las Vegas!

Interop is the place where people come to hear luminaries speak on the future of technology and companies display their innovation. It’s also where agendas and expectations are set for the next 12 months and beyond. VMware will demonstrate both industry vision and technology leadership at Interop Las Vegas this week. The transition to a new network architecture, driven by network virtualization, will be just one of the many hot topics we’ll be talking about at the show.

Visit us in booth #1551 on the expo floor or check out one of our many speaking sessions throughout the show:

Deep Network Impact – Riding the Shockwave of Change in Networking

On Wednesday, May 8 at 9:13 a.m., VMware’s Martin Casado will join representatives from Microsoft and Broadcom in a keynote panel to discuss the transformation of the network driven by new customer requirements and the emergence of network virtualization. Networking is undergoing a profound evolution, the effects of which are now only just becoming visible. This panel will help prepare you for the changes this transformation is imposing on everything from equipment purchasing to IT processes to job roles in the face of a new network architecture.

SDN: A Vendor’s Perspective Panel

On Tuesday May 7 at 1:55 p.m., Bruce Davie will provide VMware’s perspective on network virtualization – the decoupling of network services from the underlying hardware – which allows networking to benefit from virtualization in the same way that computing has benefited over the last decade. Bruce will also distinguish the hype of SDN from the reality of network virtualization through discussions of real world implementations.

Practical Steps from Virtualization to the Software-Defined Data Center

On Wednesday, May 8 at 2:30 p.m., VMware’s Neela Jacques will explore trends leading to the emergence of the software-defined datacenter – where all IT infrastructure services are virtualized and delivered as a service, and the control of this datacenter is entirely driven by software.

Lessons Learned on the Road from Server Virtualization to Private Cloud

On Wednesday, May 8 at 3:45 p.m., Mike Leeper of Columbia Sportswear—a VMware customer, will join representatives from Cisco, Embotics and IBM to discuss real-world lessons gathered over the past few years to illustrate the journey, pitfalls and success criteria for making the transition from virtualization to the cloud.

Virtualization & Cloud for SMB/SME Organizations – How Do They Apply?

On Thursday, May 9 at 10:15 a.m., VMware’s Mike Adams will provide attendees with perspective on the benefits, challenges and available solutions of virtualization and cloud from the SMB point of view.

What Workspace Choices (Virtual, Cloud, Mobile, BYOD) Do We Really Need?

On Thursday, May 9 at 3:45 p.m., VMware’s Scott Davis will explore key considerations to ponder when planning a workspace strategy for desktops, applications, cloud and BYOD.

We hope to see you there!
The VMware Team

The VMware Company Blog: A new way to stay up to date with VMware

Today we’re introducing the VMware Company Blog. This new blog will replace The Console, which has been a great source of information from VMware executives. The Company Blog will expand upon executive updates and include information from across the organization to present a more comprehensive picture of our company and community.

The new blog will include more voices from around VMware who will offer insights on corporate, product and technology news, information on where to find VMware at industry events and commentary on the future of virtualization technology, just to name a few of the upcoming posts.

The VMware blog network is one of the best resources available for staying up to date on the details of VMware, our products and partners. The VMware Company Blog will provide a single destination with a snapshot of the latest news from VMware and our community.

Make sure you subscribe to The Company Blog and follow @VMwareNews on Twitter to stay up to date with the latest from VMware.