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The Fastest Path to Cloud: VMware Announces vCloud® Government Service for U.S. Public Sector

By Angelos Kottas, Director, Product Marketing, Hybrid Cloud Services at VMware

Today, I’m pleased to announce that VMware’s hybrid cloud team has bid to secure FedRAMP Authority to Operate for a new enterprise hybrid cloud service offering, VMware vCloud® Government Service provided by Carpathia™. VMware is expanding its partnership with Carpathia Hosting, a trusted cloud operator and leading provider of cloud services and managed hosting for government agencies, to jointly bring this service to market.

What is FedRAMP and why is it important? FedRAMP, which stands for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, is a standardized approach to cloud security assessments, authorization and monitoring that is designed to save the government money, time and staff by eliminating redundant agency security assessments. Through FedRAMP’s leveraged security authorizations, federal agencies can also drastically reduce the time it takes to adopt new IT capabilities.

Government agencies are looking to leverage the public cloud while maintaining security and data protection that meets a broad range of regulations, standards and best practices. In a search to find the fastest path to cloud while maintaining security and compliance, government agencies have sought solutions to help manage IT infrastructure, as well as new and legacy applications since the Administration’s Cloud First mandate of 2010.

VMware vCloud Government Service is an enterprise-class hybrid cloud service targeting the needs of U.S. Federal government customers while following the same hybrid cloud architecture as VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™.  The service is designed to run legacy and new applications in exactly the same way, enabling government organizations to focus on leveraging the benefits of the cloud to their mission, rather than re-architecting for new infrastructure. Federal organizations can securely extend their data centers to the cloud quickly and confidently, using an integrated cloud infrastructure with the security of FedRAMP authorization.

This expanded partnership will combine VMware’s award-winning vSphere® technology, which is already used by the majority of Federal agencies to optimize and manage their data centers, with Carpathia’s extensive experience delivering compliant solutions for government agencies to provide the security and compliance assurance of FedRAMP authorization and bring innovation to the government in this area.

Since VMware has helped Federal agencies optimize and manage their data center infrastructure for over 14 years, we see this new partnership as a natural extension of not only our core business, but also of what so many Federal agencies are already doing. VMware is committed to empowering these agencies to use the cloud to meet their line of business and mission requirements rapidly, easily and confidently.

VMware vCloud Government Service is expected to be generally available in H2 2014. 

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VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™ Now Generally Available in Europe

By Gavin Jackson, Vice President & General Manager, Cloud Services EMEA

Vice President & General Manager, Cloud Services EMEA

Following the announcement at VMworld Europe back in October 2013, today I am proud to announce the launch of VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™ (vCHS) in Europe, with our first service based in the UK.

This marks the beginning of a wider rollout of VMware vCHS across key European locations through 2014 and beyond, extending our service from existing US datacenters.  And the beginning of an exciting new journey for us here at VMware in Europe.

We’ve heard a very clear message from our customers in Europe.  And the strategy announced today is aimed at supporting those 1000’s of organizations that have VMware based internal clouds, who want to transition to using an extension of that environment in a public cloud.  A true hybrid cloud strategy delivers the security, governance and management customers have come to expect of the private cloud, with the agility, speed and economics of public cloud.

By becoming the first to provide our customers with this new option, I believe there are two things that make VMware’s approach stand apart from early cloud ventures:

First, our customers want to be able to seamlessly extend their private clouds into the public cloud using the platform they know and trust. Yet 81 percent of customers recognize the need to make public cloud as easy to manage and control as their own infrastructure#Using the same roles, responsibilities, knowledge and experience, as currently exist in the private cloud, will make transitioning to the public cloud a natural evolution, rather than a painful revolution.

Second, we recognize the need to help our customers with their local privacy and sovereignty requirements, by offering them choice in where workloads and data are hosted.  For example, a recent survey showed that 86 percent of our UK customers recognize the need to keep business critical data within UK borders. So VMware is overcoming this barrier by developing a globally scaled cloud platform, delivered locally and under local legal terms and conditions.

VMware is ready to support customers on this transition to capitalize on the growing cloud trend, while supporting IT with the rigor and management it needs. There are 5,700 applications already available, ready to run without changes on vCHS and likewise support for 90 operating systems – more than any other provider. We’ve had customers already show us their intent, with a very successful Beta program highlighting a variety of use cases:

  • Using hybrid cloud to migrate packaged applications already running in internal clouds
  • Using hybrid cloud to run pre-production test and development cycles, before deploying on or off premise
  • Extending private cloud to public cloud to satisfy disaster recovery requirements

Biomni is one of these customers; hear what Angus Gregory, Biomni’s CEO, had to say about the experience: http://youtu.be/HsdFFahb4NQ

We look forward to supporting our customers’ next steps on the hybrid cloud journey!

#2014 Vanson Bourne Survey of 200 cloud decision makers from VMware customers

VMware Weekly News Recap: November 22

VMware News

This week, VMware announced a new joint solution with partner Palo Alto Networks that will automate and accelerate the deployment of next-generation network security with centralized management across physical and virtual domains. On a related note, Rod Stuhlmuller of the NSX team talks about the importance of an often-overlooked feature set fundamental to VMware NSX -network security.

On Tuesday, the vCloud team announced  the vCloud Hybrid Service is opening a new data center in Dallas. For more information, read Mathew Lodge’s post on the vCloud blog.

Also this week, the vSphere team announced the general availability of Pivotal CF. Pivotal CF is Pivotal’s commercially supported hybrid Platform-as-a-Service solution built on Cloud Foundry technology, enabling customers to rapidly develop, deploy and scale applications. Pivotal CF is optimized to run on VMware’s proven and widely adopted vSphere platform.

Lastly in VMware news, 2013 marks 15 years since VMware was founded and this week we celebrated 15 years of VMware history with an infographic highlighting some important, impressive and even quirky milestones and stats from throughout VMware’s past.

Industry News

In industry news, CRN released its list of Top 100 Executives of 2013 and four VMware executives were included on the list:

  • Pat Gelsinger, Top 25 Most Influential
  • Frank Rauch, Top 25 Sales Leaders
  • Martin Casado, Top 25 Disruptors
  • Raghu Raghuram, Top 25 Innovators

SearchSDN’s Patrick Hubbard explores how VMware NSX will change the network admin role. “Remember your first exposure to VMware ESX? … VMware NSX will bring the same kind of change to the network admin role – bringing with it great career opportunities for those who stay ahead of the curve.”

Ellen Messmer of Network World covers the new joint solution from VMmware and Palo Alto Networks, writing, “[the] goal is to increase the security and efficiency of the virtualization process by adapting the Palo Alto VM-based NGFW, the VM-300-HV, to work under the management and security framework envisioned under NSX.”

InformationWeek’s Mark Melvin discusses problems that can occur when dealing with software-defined networking in his article “Can SDN Adoption Solve Real-World Problems?” Melvin writes, “If you think software-defined networking is all hype and no substance, think again. SDN deployments could potentially solve complex resource issues, especially in segments like healthcare and education.”

InformationWeek’s Charles Babcock reports on Pivotal’s announcement to launch a cloud app development platform, Pivotal One. He writes, “the release of Pivotal One marks the first time a supported, on-premises version has been made available, giving companies the option of using Cloud Foundry for in-house development.” Over at VentureBeat, contributor Jordan Novet explains why Pivotal believes data and cloud technology go together.

InformationWeek’s Sue Fogarty explains seven essentials to software-defined networking. She writes that while SDN “may be the technology du jour,” it is still largely conceptual. The article goes on to “boil SDN architectures down to the essentials, including OpenFlow, SDN APIs, and overlay networks.”

NetworkComputing’s Natalie Timms explains how software-defined networking can be secured. She writes, “With the emergence of software-defined networks (SDNs), security must become a core component of the network. Network security can no longer be an afterthought, or added with the assumption that it will ‘just work’ on top of an existing network.”

Lastly this week, Forbes contributor, Joe McKendrick details how cloud computing can save the government $20 billion a year, citing a new study that suggests adoption of cloud offerings — particularly Platform as a Service middleware and application development tools — can cut the cost of U.S. government application development costs to the tune of $20.5 billion a year.

VMware Weekly News Recap: November 15

VMware News

*** Updated: Don’t miss our live Google Hangout on Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. PST to talk about the future of IT with futurologist Paul Saffo, along with a number of influential industry veterans and journalists.***

In VMware news this morning, Dan Wendlandt, director of product management for OpenStack at VMware writes a blog post titled “Advancing Support for OpenStack” on the VMware Company Blog. The post recaps announcements made last week by VMware at the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong along with an overview of our OpenStack activities to date. (Did you know that we’re a top ten contributor to the OpenStack framework?)

Yesterday evening, VMware’s Erik Frieberg shared his perspective on Amazon’s announcement Wednesday that it has entered the DaaS market with its new product, WorkSpaces. Erik welcomes Amazon to the market, a move which validates VMware’s vision. He then goes on to illustrate why not all DaaS are created equal: “We believe customers get a better value, a superior product and a comprehensive, long term strategy with VMware.”

In other VMware news, the vCloud team announced on Wednesday that vCloud Hybrid Service has expanded support for healthcare customers, aiming to help organizations comply with HIPAA and the HITECH Act. The announcement included:

  • Completion of an examination of our information security program against essential elements of HIPAA and HITECH,
  • Availability of a Business Associate Agreement,
  • Availability of a whitepaper to support customers looking to achieve HIPAA/HITECH compliance

Lastly, the vSphere team unveiled on Tuesday that the company will resell Pivotal CF later this quarter as outlined at VMworld 2013 San Francisco. This was announced in conjunction with the availability of Pivotal CF along with the launch of Pivotal One Services. For more information on how Pivotal CF on VMware vSphere is making it easier for developers to build and deploy modern applications using platform as a service, read the blog post by Director of vSphere Product Marketing Michael Adams.

Industry News

In industry news, ZDNet analyst Dan Kusnetzky explains where VMware and Desktone will play in the desktop-as-a-service market following the recent acquisition news. Kusnetzky speculates, “It is likely that Desktone’s products will be attractive to even more partners now that VMware is behind them.”

Talkin’ Cloud’s Chris Talbot reports on VMware’s decision to partner with Mirantis to create new product offerings intended to help simplify the large-scale deployment of OpenStack-based cloud computing environments. In the article, Talbot quotes Boris Renski, co-founder and executive vice president of Mirantis: “[We] will be able to drive innovations that simplify the deployment of highly scalable and high-performing clouds.”

Bloomberg’s Dina Bass reports on Pivotal’s announcement to introduce new cloud computing software. In the article, she quotes Scott Yara, a senior vice president at Pivotal: “I have called it the Android of the cloud. The question is how do you build an open model that allows applications to move from corporate data centers to public cloud and across different public clouds?”

The VAR Guy’s Christopher Tozzi reports on Canonical’s new partnership with Pivotal to deliver its Cloud Foundry OpenStack implementation on Ubuntu. Tozzi writes, “It seems a safe bet that Canonical’s vision for Ubuntu OpenStack deployability goes beyond the specific partnership with Pivotal. Even though the company may be using that agreement to lead the charge, it is eager to build a strong partner ecosystem of OpenStack PaaS providers throughout the channel.”

Lastly, Datacenter Dynamics’ Penny Jones explains the software-defined datacenter. In her article, “Who Buys Software Defined?” Jones states, “The DevOps movement is paving the way for the software-defined data center, and this means the sale is starting to swing for vendors in the space.” She goes on to describe her takeaways after catching up with some of these vendors at VMworld Europe in Barcelona last month.

Stay tuned for our 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.

Leadership Perspectives: Bill Fathers

In the first of a series of leadership perspectives videos, Bill Fathers, senior vice president and general manager of the Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit discusses the emergence of hybrid cloud in the enterprise and his role at VMware.

Check out the video to hear more about Bill’s take on:

  • Building a new Hybrid Cloud Services business unit
  • How the cloud industry will evolve over the next 12 months
  • The opportunity and challenges ahead for hybrid cloud in the enterprise
  • How the hybrid approach fits into enterprise cloud strategy for customers
  • The major drivers for the growth of the hybrid cloud
  • What Bill is looking forward to in 2014

You can read more from Bill on the VMware Company Blog. The VMware Leadership Perspectives video series is an occasional series to introduce the leaders at VMware who are building the next generation of IT infrastructure.

Be sure to subscribe to the VMware Company Blog to stay up to date with each video as well as the latest news from VMware.


VMware Weekly News Recap: November 1

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This week, VMware founder Diane Greene spoke at Y Combinator’s Startup School 2013. Green talks about the early days of VMware and how the company moved from start-up to a billion dollar company, touching on funding, business model, patent filing and the first product launch. Click on the image above to see Diane’s talk, or check out complete coverage of the event here.

InformationWeek’s Charles Babcock explains how VMware can stay ahead of the other commoditization vendors in the market in his article this week titled “VMware Killed By Commoditization? Not So Fast.” Babcock writes, “It’s called the commoditization of the virtualization market; everyone’s heard about it. And I’m here to tell you, it isn’t happening, at least not in the way that Wall Street analysts assume it is. It’s coming, as surely as the next ice age, but VMware keeps putting new management products on top of the data center’s virtualized environment. It’s started reaching out to manage other types of virtual machines. In various ways it stays three steps ahead of commoditization’s noose.”

Gabe Knuth of Brian Madden Blog refers to VMware as one of the companies making 2014 “The Year of DaaS,” highlighting the company’s acquisition of Desktone. In an article from Wednesday, Brian writes, “DaaS, you could say, has received the ultimate validation with VMware’s acquisition of Desktone which has long been the flagship company in the space. Sure, there are others, but Desktone’s management, reputation, and technology were the measuring stick to which all other solutions were compared. VMware bought the best of breed, and you can bet those IT shops that had little to no awareness of DaaS in the past will be flooded with information in the coming months.”

Industry News

In industry news this week, Data Center Knowledge’s Bill Kleyman writes about virtualization’s potential to create cloud-ready security options. He explains, “In working with virtualization, just like any other technology, security must be a priority. Although this data is always stored at the data center level, it doesn’t mean that accidental or malicious events won’t happen. With that in mind, the centralizing of information on a virtual node allows administrators to develop new types of security methodologies. This means that policies will need to be evolved and new layers of cloud security will need to be adopted.” Read the full article (linked above) to read Bill’s five tips for consideration when designing a security strategy.

InformationWeek’s Joe Masters Emison explains the debate surrounding how one should best use Amazon Machine Images in his article, “Cloud Deployment Debate: Bake or Bootstrap?” He writes, “There are three positions in this debate: the ‘bootstrappers,’ who focus on being able to orchestrate the creation and management of servers throughout their lifecycles; the ‘bakers,’ who focus on building machine images for speed and consistency; and the ‘babes in the woods,’ usually developers who’ve found that building machine images is a quick-and-dirty way to construct backups of servers that can then be cloned and replicated.” He goes on to spell out the pros and cons of each tactic.

Lastly, Nathan Eddy of eWEEK describes the challenges IT faces with the cloud and virtualization in his article, “Cloud, Virtualization Drive Enterprise Network Complexity.” Nathan details how IT professionals and C-level executives are tackling increasingly complex enterprise networks, with trends such as virtualization, Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and the cloud requiring more automation of network management. He cites a survey of more than 500 IT professionals in the U.S. and United Kingdom by security specialist Tufin Technologies.

Stay tuned for our 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.

VMware Weekly News Recap: October 25

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This week VMware reported 2013 third quarter results, with Q3 revenues growing 14 percent year-over-year to $1.29 billion. Excluding pivotal and other divestitures, total revenues grew at a rate of 19 percent year-over-year. In the earnings call, CFO Jonathan Chadwick noted “We are seeing strong customer demand for new solutions such as the software-defined data center, and I’m excited about our prospects for the remainder of 2013 and beyond.”

Sruthi Ramakrishnan of Reuters reports on VMware’s earnings commenting that the company reported higher-than-expected results. Sruthi forecasts even stronger growth in 2014. Additionally, Bloomberg’s Dina Bass reports the Q3 earnings exceeded analysts’ expectations and The Register’s Jack Clark reports that customer growth was a key factor in the quarterly results.

The Q3 results and complete investor information is available at ir.vmware.com.

Industry News

This week, ComputerWeekly.com’s Jennifer Scott explains why large enterprises will be the first to benefit from software-defined networking. In the article, Patrick Zhang of Huawei’s enterprise business group notes that Huawei has already seen five large firms sign contracts to deploy SDN-enables switches to their campus networks and SDN will immediately make an impact on enterprise environments, even if technical standards had not been completed.

Brandon Butler at Network World reports from Cloud Connect in Chicago on “How the Cloud is Blowing Up the Network.” In the article Eric Hanselman from the 451 Group commented, “Virtualization, and especially cloud, significantly alter[s] traditional networking approaches. If the network doesn’t update with the adoption of new technologies like cloud computing, the entire system can be flawed.”

Shivani Shinde Nadhe of Business Standard reports that cloud computing will become the bulk of new IT spending by 2016. Ed Anderson, research director at Gartner is quoted as saying, “Cloud computing continues to grow at rates much higher than IT spending generally. Growth in cloud services is being driven by new IT computing scenarios being deployed using cloud models, as well as the migration of traditional IT services to cloud service alternatives. Segments such as software as a service (SaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) have even higher projected CAGR growth rates of 34.4 percent and 39.8 percent.”

Rebecca Merrett of CIO covers on a new report from Gartner predicting that instead of battling with public and private cloud trade-offs, more organizations are turning to a hybrid cloud model. The research firm predicts almost half of large enterprises globally will have deployed hybrid cloud by the end of 2017, with 2016 being a “defining” year where they will start to move away from private into hybrid.

Wired contributor Nikolaus Kimla describes the future of cloud computing and how it will affect corporate environments down the road in his article “Cloud Computing and the Brave New World.” Nikolaus writes “The advent of the cloud is bringing about a new corporate environment in which there is no office. Everyone is working remotely from their own locations and the physical building is a thing of the past.” The article offers an interesting set of predictions on how cloud computing will create a “new mode of conducting business.”

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