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Weekly News Recap: Pi Day Edition (March 14, 2014)

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In VMware news this week, Sumit Dhawan and the end-user computing team announced Monday the arrival of VMware Horizon DaaS, a new cloud-based desktop service that delivers cost-effective enterprise-class virtual desktops running on VMware vCloud Hybrid Service.

On Wednesday, John Gilmartin and the software-defined datacenter team announced a major milestone for VMware with the general availability of VMware Virtual SAN, a new, radically simple storage solution optimized for virtual environments. With VMware Virtual SAN, VMware delivers its first Software-Defined Storage product.

VMware has celebrated several industry distinctions recently. We are honored to announce that CRN recently named VMware a 2014 Channel Champion for Desktop and Server Virtualization. CRN’s Channel Champs awards celebrate 20 companies for their commitment to the channel. Winners were based on the rankings from 6,000 solution providers, with awards going out in 31 technical categories.

Additionally, VMware was 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). Winners will be announced during Interop on April 1.

This afternoon VMware will celebrate Pi Day by geeking out on giving back. Together Why do you serve your community?with our extended community, VMware will host a Service Learning fair at its Palo Alto, Calif. headquarters, where employees can build connections with local causes and learn more about how they can give back.

Also this afternoon, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger will join the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) at its annual SIEPR Economic Summit. Pat and Adobe Systems CEO Shantanu Narayen will participate in an Economic Outlook session to discuss the strength of the economy and other trending topics in the news. Stay tuned to the Company Blog for more updates on this session.

Industry News

In industry news this week, Diginomica’s Kenny MacIver publishes a story on the implementation of vCloud Hybrid Service in “Betfair shares the ‘secret sauce’ of hybrid cloud.” Kenny quotes Betfair CIO Michael Bischoff, saying, “Our customers tell us the most important thing they worry about — other than the betting odds — is the reliability of our site, the ability for them to place a bet and to cash out a bet whenever they want to. And for us that means the ability to provide both infrastructure at scale and to get at the economies of public cloud. The key element as far as we are concerned is that we can now [solve] the operating cost conundrum [and enjoy] the lack of capital investment — in tin and wire, tools, processes, training, and so on.”

SiliconANGLE’s Suzanne Kattau writes, “Hot on Amazon’s heels, VMware expands cloud platform with desktop-as-a-service offering.” Suzanne reports, “What sets VMware Horizon DaaS apart from Amazon WorkSpaces is that it’s integrated with View, which means that admins can manage their on- and off-premise deployments from a single pane of glass.”

Brian Madden also reports on this week’s Horizon DaaS announcement in “VMware beats Amazon, launches Horizon DaaS for $35 per user, including persistent.” Brian writes, “All this activity is good news for customers and represents the first steps towards 2014 being the ‘Year of DaaS.’”

“It was interesting to hear today that it is VMware, not AWS, that is first to fully launch a Desktop as a Service (DaaS) offering. This despite the fact that AWS announced a DaaS offering, Workspaces, a whole four months ago.” – Ben Kepes, Forbes

The Register’s Simon Sharwood discusses VMware’s biennial VCP recertification announcement. He writes, “The good news is that those seeking certification don’t have to attend a course, although those whose VCPs were earned on older software may find them useful. VMware offers lots of study material available online. Books covering vSphere 5.x for VCP aspirants cost around $US50. Nor are exams exorbitantly expensive: quotes online come in at around $US250.”

Dave Raffo of TechTarget explains VMware’s plans to enhance its storage offerings with vSAN in “VMware Virtual SAN shines storage spotlight on VMware, hyper-convergence.” He reports, “With its Virtual SAN, VMware Inc. is no longer dancing around its role in storage. The hyper-converged software makes VMware just as much a storage company as the many vendors who sell nothing but storage.”

In “VMware leapfrogs AWS with Windows cloud desktop launch,” ZDNet’s Nick Heath reports that Horizon DaaS will allow “businesses to deploy virtual Windows operating systems to desktop, laptop and mobile devices.”

Forbes contributor Ben Kepes also reports on VMware’s Horizon DaaS announcement, noting that VMware beat Amazon Web Services in delivering a desktop-as-a-service offering with this move. Ben writes: “It was interesting to hear today that it is VMware, not AWS, that is first to fully launch a Desktop as a Service (DaaS) offering. This despite the fact that AWS announced a DaaS offering, Workspaces, a whole four months ago.”

“With Virtual SAN, VMware is finishing off the trifecta of its software defined data center (SDDC) strategy… Storage can be thought of as a last frontier for VMware to conquer, and Virtual SAN is a piece of that strategy.” – Brandon Butler, Network World

Daniel Robison of V3.co.uk reports on VMware’s VSAN general availability, writing, “VSAN integrates with the firm’s vSphere virtualization platform and essentially does for storage what VMware’s hypervisor does for compute resources. In other words, it creates a pool of storage from all the resources available in a server cluster, with the aim of simplifying and automating management of storage in the data center.”

The Register’s Simon Sharwood reports on the update made to VMware vSphere 5.5. He notes, “Some of the update’s features were widely known in advance, especially the inclusion of the VSAN virtual SAN right there in the kernel.”

VMware’s announcement to launch Horizon DaaS was also the subject of an article by eWeek’s Jeffrey Burt. Jeffrey points out, “The Company is getting to market faster than Amazon, which announced a service last year but has yet to make it generally available.”

GigaOM’s Barb Darrow reports on VMware’s announcement to hire Justin Sheehy. Barb reports that “Justin Sheehy, who acknowledged he is leaving Basho on Monday, will join VMware as a senior director and site leader for the company’s Cambridge, Mass. office. In his new gig he will work on VMware’s storage and availability efforts, he said on Tuesday.”

“VMware seeks to dominate virtual storage with Virtual SAN as, at the same time, it gains ground in network virtualization.” – Charles Babcock, InformationWeek

VMware’s plans to reinvent the Storage Area Network with VSAN is the topic of an article by Network World’s Brandon Butler. Brandon writes, “With Virtual SAN, VMware is finishing off the trifecta of its software defined data center (SDDC) strategy… Storage can be thought of as a last frontier for VMware to conquer, and Virtual SAN is a piece of that strategy.”

InformationWeek’s Charles Babcock explains VMware’s VSAN following his discussion with VMware’s Alberto Farronato. Charles reports that “VMware seeks to dominate virtual storage with Virtual SAN as, at the same time, it gains ground in network virtualization.”

Joab Jackson of IDG News Service also reports on VMware’s VSAN general availability news, quoting Alberto as saying, “It is about management simplification.”

CruxialCIO’s Antone Gonsalves discusses VMware’s Horizon DaaS launch in VMware Beats Amazon In Launching DaaS Cloud Platform.” Antone reports, “VMware has released its cloud-based service for delivering Windows desktops and applications, making good use of last year’s Desktone acquisition to beat Amazon Web Services to market.”

Paul Krill of InfoWorld explains why cloud computing has a big future. He writes, “Speaking at this week’s IDC Directions conference in Silicon Valley, IDC analyst Frank Gens offered projections on a number of technology areas, including growth for cloud computing. ‘We know the last seven years, folks were building out global data centers. We haven’t seen anything yet. We’ll see a doubling of the footprint.’”

Lastly, Enterprise Networking Planet’s Jude Chao explains software-defined networking in the optical cable space: “Some in the fiber world are showing symptoms of SDN fever, if the Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) conference happening now in San Francisco is any indication. Though the optical community’s approach to software defined networking is more cautious overall than the networking industry as a whole, several vendors are placing their bets on SDN.”

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