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The Future of IT is Software-Defined

Why the Software-Defined Data Center is a Nexus of Business Possibility

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

By Pat Gelsinger

The $2 trillion Information Technology industry is in the early stages of a tectonic shift, as we transition from the previous Client-Server platform to the Mobile Cloud era. For the first time in history, we’re seeing dramatic changes driven by both the consumer and enterprise worlds. In many ways, everything is up in the air. At this critical juncture, the demands on IT are greater than ever. Whether you’re an individual consumer or a business leader, you want essentially the same thing: instantaneous access to the apps and data you care about, without hassles or hiccups, and with confidence and compliance.

As we make this massive shift from the PCs and servers of old to the Mobile Cloud era, we’re experiencing a fundamental restructuring of how IT value gets created and consumed. Simply put, software has usurped hardware as the place where value resides. This is driven largely by well-established laws of technology: software can be quickly adapted, programmed and automated. By contrast, hardware is inflexible, labor-intensive and specialized. As a guy who spent 30+ years in the hardware world, this is a difficult fact to acknowledge – yet it’s undeniable.

To wit, we have entered the age of the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). The SDDC is a data center where everything has been virtualized and infrastructure can be delivered as software on demand. This software-defined approach will become the model for every leading data center in the world because it represents a radical and powerful change agent for the enterprise. At its core, the SDDC empowers IT to move at the speed of the business, by rapidly delivering apps and services as they are needed.

The technical argument for the Software-Defined Data Center is airtight: Virtualize all components, abstract the functionality, pool the resources and automate the processes. In this model, hardware becomes increasingly invisible – seen solely through a layer of dynamic, scalable and agile software. Many of the core elements of this approach have been pioneered by companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook. But while they’ve accomplished a great deal, their implementations have been specifically designed for their specialized environments. Now is the time for us, as an industry, to take these valuable learnings and apply the software-defined approach for the benefit of all businesses – and all the millions of applications that power our economy.

Next Step: Virtualize Your Network

Compute virtualization was just the opening act of the SDDC story. According to VMware’s analysis, by virtualizing roughly 70 percent of our customers’ compute workloads over the past decade, businesses saved billions of dollars and in the process, they accomplished something else: They made it easy to spin up new applications in literally seconds. This, in turn, exposed a frustrating reality: As app provisioning has sped up exponentially, we have discovered that the operating model of the network is simply not equipped to keep pace. In fact, the network is now a barrier to achieving the full benefits of virtualization, because the movement of all of these dynamic apps is now severely constrained by the limitations of the physical network. The fact is today’s network is operationally intensive, requiring significant manual intervention and vendor-specific expertise at every turn.

The answer to this challenge is to virtualize your network. This represents the next chapter in our industry’s inevitable move to a software-defined approach to IT.  Network virtualization takes the fast and fluid operational model of a virtual machine (VM) and extends that across your network. It advances networking with new levels of automation, programmability, and management by leveraging the power of software. Network virtualization also transforms the economics of networking within the data center by reducing the need for costly, proprietary networking hardware. As we build virtual networks we are strengthening the foundations of the hybrid cloud, which gives businesses the ability to move valuable apps and data seamlessly between public and private cloud environments.

Charting the Course to a Software-Defined Future 

Modern business is here today. It’s global, competitive, collaborative, and extremely dynamic.  But too often, the technology infrastructure supporting these businesses is limping along – slow, inefficient, brittle, and generally incapable of keeping up. The best companies in the world are charting a path to a software-oriented model of IT where infrastructure drives strategic advantage. IT professionals with the courage to embrace this new reality – and let go of the hardware-centric models of the past – will change the landscape of business forever. The future is bright. Let’s move forward.

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VMware Weekly News Recap, March 28

VMware Company and Industry News

VMware News

In VMware news this week, CSC and VMware announced the expansion of their partnership with the addition of a hybrid cloud brokering solution for VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, which is interoperable with CSC’s ServiceMesh Agility Platform. The solution will enable customers to develop and move workloads on any combination of vCloud Hybrid Service, CSC BizCloud, and CSC CloudCompute as well as other commercial cloud offerings.

On Tuesday, NVIDIA and VMware announced that NVIDIA GRID™ technology is available on the VMware Horizon™ DaaS® Platform to deliver 3D graphics on virtualized desktops and applications delivered through the cloud. The combination offers the industry’s only multi-tenant desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) platform for service providers to deliver graphics-rich desktops and applications to customers requiring visual computing, such as engineering firms, automakers, movie studios and retail designers.

Next week, VMware team members will head to Interop. We’ve got quite a large presence at the show this year, including a keynote from CEO Pat Gelsinger. Check out the full schedule of VMware events at Interop this year on the Company Blog. VMware was also 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). Stay tuned; winners will be announced during Interop on April 1.

CRN recently compiled a list of “5-Star Partner Programs” in the network computing space as part of its 2014 Partner Program Guide. We’re proud to say that the VMware Partner Network and North American Channel Chief Frank Rauch were named to that list. CRN’s Partner Program Guide aims to provide the information solution providers need to evaluate IT vendors they work with or are considering working with. It is based on detailed applications vendors submit outlining all aspects of their partner programs.

Lastly, VMware recently celebrated Pi Day on our Palo Alto, Calif. campus by geeking out on giving back. Throughout the day, we invited people to share what inspires them to serve. Check out this nifty video for a boost of inspiration to start your weekend. Happy Friday!

Industry News

In news from around the industry this week, InformationWeek’s Charles Babcock explains the “tectonic shift” currently happening in the technology industry, following a pre-Interop interview with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger earlier this week. Charles reports: “Gelsinger, who has been CEO for two years, said the shift toward hybrid cloud computing is producing ‘a tipping point’ where customers are much more receptive to hearing about VMware’s approach to hybrid cloud computing, vCloud Hybrid Service. But more significantly, perhaps, it’s also increased interest in VMware’s virtual networking, the NSX Platform.”

The VAR Guy’s Michael Cusanelli explains the updates made to VMware’s Service Provider Program. He writes, “The changes, which were announced in February at VMware Partner Exchange 2014, were designed to create a simplified, predictable program that increases profitability for service provider partners while allowing them to earn more rewards for strategic and technical alignment to VMware, according to the company.”

Tom Walat of TechTarget pens an article after speaking with VMware’s Steve Athanas. The two discuss the VMware Fling Site, as well as Steve’s experience thus far running a VMware environment. Read the Q&A to hear more about Steve’s point of view.

ZDNet contributor Ken Hess explains the virtualization market as it currently stands in “Virtualization 2014: Are we still having this conversation?” The article summary teases, “It’s hard to believe we’re still having this conversation in 2014, but it’s true. There are still companies that haven’t made the technological leap to virtualized infrastructure. But there’s an easy answer as to why. It’s the economy.”

The newly announced partnership between NVIDIA and VMware is the subject of The Register’s Rik Myslewski’s article, “VMware join to pipe high-quality 3D graphics from the cloud.” Rik writes, “The goal of this virtualization effort is to get high-quality NVIDIA 3D graphics to desktops without those desktops having to be equipped with a high-end NVIDIA card. And that’s where the VMware partnership comes in, which will see VMware’s ESX virtualization architecture, Horizon View virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) management, and Horizon DaaS – VDI-in-the-cloud service – powered by GRID.”

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Also in The Register, Simon Sharwood explains why it is time to shift the focus on software-defined networking, citing a recently released piece of Gartner research suggesting that smaller outfits need to start thinking about how to implement the technology. Simon reports, “the analyst says data centre teams will need to be taught to work together to understand SDN’s cross-disciplinary impact, so they can then plan how to make best use of it… organizations should begin to plan for the day on which they make SDN a requirement in any networking kit they purchase.”

Forbes contributor Kurt Marko explains why network virtualization is the “final piece” of the private cloudand quotes Martin Casado to explain VMware’s NSX technology. Kurt writes, “Networks are the next piece of data center infrastructure to get the virtualization treatment and the ensuing products provide comparable improvements in efficiency, versatility and productivity.”

Lastly, Patrick Thibodeau of Computerworld explains how Bank of America is using the software-defined datacenter to its advantage, following his conversations with David Reilly and Alberto Farronato. Patrick reports, “Driven by a very strong belief in the future of software-defined data center technology, Bank of America is steering its IT to almost total virtualization, from the data center to desktop.”

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.

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Celebrating the IT Community at Interop

It’s that time of year again! Interop is less than a week away.  Here at VMware, we’reDo you virtualize your network? getting excited for all of the IT goodness that accompanies this global event. VMware will have quite a large presence at the show this year, including a keynote from CEO Pat Gelsinger, a session with network virtualization pioneer Martin Casado, and much, much more. The VMware booth is #1339 and our new team members from AirWatch by VMware will be occupying booth #951. Swing by while you’re at the show to see some demos (you can view the Interop Las Vegas 2014 Floor Plan for more information).

VMware has also been named a Finalist for three “Best of Interop” awards. Nominated products include vCloud Hybrid Service (in the Cloud category), VMware Virtual SAN (in the Storage category) and VMware NSX Network Virtualization Platform (in the SDN category). Winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 1st at 5:30 p.m. at the Interop Theater on the Interop Las Vegas Expo Floor.

In the meantime, check out all the VMware activities at the show, which we’ve compiled for you in one handy place below. And don’t forget to stay tuned to the Company Blog and follow @VMwarenews and @VMwareNSX on Twitter for all the latest updates from Interop.

Until next week!

-The VMware team

INTEROP:

Panel: Delivering on Hybrid Cloud – Considerations for the Modern Enterprise

Wednesday April 2

2:45 – 3:45pm

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Panelists:

Mathew Lodge, VP, Cloud Services, VMware

Brian Mirise, Director, Cloud Services at Verizon Terremark

Randy Cross or Paul Unbehagen with Avaya

Moderator:  Eric Hanselman, Chief Analyst, 451 Research

 

Keynote: Pat Gelsinger with customers Richard Sillito, WestJet and Darryl Dugan, Nexon America

Thursday, April 3

8:35 – 8:57am

Interop Keynote Ballroom, Mandalay Bay J

 

“Vendor Tech” Session: Network Virtualization and the Software-Defined Data Center

 Thursday, April 3

11:00 – 11:45am

Mandalay Bay I

Martin Casado, CTO of Networking, VMware

Network Virtualization promises the same transformative impact to change data center economics that was experienced with server virtualization. To date, the network virtualization conversation has focused on well-documented and customer-proven benefits of agility, flexibility and cost improvements. In this talk, Martin Casado will outline how network virtualization will enable advanced capabilities such as network visibility and troubleshooting, network-wide policy and a new security paradigm. Following initial prepared remarks, Martin will host an open Q&A for attendees.

 

Workshop (AirWatch by VMware): From BYOD to 802.11ac: How to Build A Next-Generation Mobile Infrastructure

Tuesday, April 1

8:30am – 4:30pm

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Kevin Kiley, Director of Enterprise Solutions, AirWatch

Wireless and mobility are the new engines that drive much of today’s business. As Ethernet to the network edge becomes less of a priority, employees and customers expect robust wireless access the moment they enter your premises. Users want mobile productivity tools and an always-connected experience to help them work better. And organizations that don’t have a mobile presence risk irrelevance. The pace of wireless innovation is relentless, but rather than try to hold back the flood, IT organizations should ride the wave and find ways to leverage mobility-oriented technologies to drive business success.

 

“Vendor Tech” Session: The Always-On Enterprise:  Balancing Productivity & Security

Friday April 4

9:00 – 10:00am

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Kevin Kiley, Director of Enterprise Solutions, AirWatch

Users have embraced mobile devices and online services because they amplify productivity and make it easier to get work done, whether it’s in the office, on the road or at home. Companies benefit from always-on employees, but companies also have to balance security and compliance requirements. It’s a tricky task.

This session will examine how IT must rethink policies and practices to better align them with today’s realities, and move from a posture of rigid control to moderated enablement. It will offer practical suggestions for supporting user productivity while also satisfying security demands to keep corporate content secure. It will discuss tools that help IT straddle the competing demands of always-on employees whose mobile work lives and personal lives are converging.

CLOUD CONNECT:

Keynote: Blast from the Past! Accelerating Your Hybrid Cloud Journey

Chris Wolf, CTO Americas, VMware

9:35 – 10:00am

Monday, March 31

Lagoon H

Cloud computing is one of the most disruptive forces to hit IT in decades. To thrive in the cloud era, we need to let go of past notions of IT’s intrinsic value and move forward on what matters most to the organizations we support: availability, agility, and efficiency. This session challenges conventional approaches to both public and private cloud computing and outlines the tough decisions that must be made to accelerate the journey to the hybrid cloud.

 

Workshop and Panel Discussion: Managing Applications in a Hybrid Cloud World

Half-day workshop with four panelists

10:00 – 10:50am

Monday, March 31

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Jay Marshall, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, Cloud Application Development

(Additional panelists from CenturyLink, Citrix and Akamai)

Federated cloud infrastructures are the future of application deployments. This is good news for IT because hybrid systems provide high availability, promote mobility, and can simplify disaster recovery and continuity of operations. However, federated architectures also create thorny orchestration and management challenges, as data and applications are dispersed across private and (eventually several) public clouds. For many, this is already a reality. For everyone else, getting there is a three-step process. The first step is to get your applications running in a federated environment. Next, you need to understand the tools and techniques that are available for monitoring and managing a hybrid architecture. Finally, drill into performance management, including synthetic transaction monitoring, to ensure that your federated architecture can meet user demands. If you thought finger pointing among internal teams was bad, just wait until diagnosing a slow-down requires wrangling with cloud service providers.

 

Panel title: Managing the Hybrid Cloud – Cloud Stack Vendors Versus 3rd Party Solutions

In our panel discussion within this workshop, we will explore the current state of cloud-provider tools to manage the full lifecycle of IT services compared to 3rd party tools. With more enterprise organizations selecting external and internal cloud providers, creating one unified management tool is the holy grail, but how realistic is this given the current landscape?

 

“Vendor Tech” Session: What Hybrid Cloud Really Means

3:00 – 3:45pm

Wednesday, April 2

Mandalay Bay 1

Simone Brunozzi, VP & Chief Technologist, Hybrid Cloud

Cloud computing is no longer an ‘or’ proposition for enterprise IT. Today’s businesses, and their users, require the performance, agility and on-demand access of the public cloud, and the management, security and compatibility of the private cloud. The solution? The hybrid cloud. More and more enterprises are transitioning to this Infrastructure-as-a-Service model that enables IT to build services beyond their data center while owning what gets moves, when to move it and for how long.

In this session, we’ll explore how the hybrid cloud unlocks the power of ‘and’ for the enterprise, and the steps to get there.

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VMware Weekly News Recap, March 21

VMware News

In VMware news this week, Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager of the End-User Computing business unit discussed why he chose to join VMware, the end-user computing landscape (now and in the future), and how end-user computing and Desktop-as-a-Service fit into an enterprise cloud strategy. The video is the second of a series of leadership perspectives videos, which introduces the leaders at VMware who are building the next generation of IT infrastructure. You can view all of the Leadership Perspectives videos on the VMware Company Blog.

On Friday, VMware celebrated Pi Day by geeking out on giving back. Together with A VMware Employee shows Pi Day pride during the Service Learning fair.our extended community, VMware hosted a Service Learning fair at its Palo Alto, Calif. headquarters, where employees built connections with local causes and learned more about how they can give back. Here’s a sneak peek of a few photos from the event. Be sure to stay tuned next week for a fun video coming out of the fair.

VMware CEO PAt Gelsinger participates in a discussion on the economy at SIEPR.

Also on Friday, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger joined the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) at its annual SIEPR Economic Summit. Pat and Adobe Systems CEO Shantanu Narayen participated 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, including a video of the discussion.

Industry News

In news from around the industry this week, The VAR Guy’s Michael Cusanelli reports on the general availability announcement of VMware VSAN in “VMware Virtual SAN to help vSphere Users with Storage.” The article quotes John Gilmartin of the SDDC Suite Business Unit as saying, “Today VMware changes the way that storage has been operated to date.”

Also from the VAR Guy’s Michael Cusanelli comes a report on HP’s announcement that the company’s full portfolio of thin client solutions now supports VMware’s Horizon DaaS. Michael writes, “HP and VMware have worked together for the past 12 years to push virtualization further into the channel, and its success in securing a deal with VMware means that the company will be able to further extend its marketability in the thin client solutions market…”

Adam Lashinsky of Fortune explains why Pivotal could potentially be EMC’s “next big hit.” The article summary teases, “Revenue, talent, market demand: EMC’s latest software offshoot looks a lot like VMware did in 2004. Will lightning strike twice?”

The VAR Guy’s Chris Talbot cites a recent poll to explain why 2014 will be the year of software-defined networking. Chris reports, “The results are in from the latest The VAR Guy poll on software-defined networking (SDN), and although there’s a mix of opinions as to whether 2014 really will be the year of SDN, the ‘ayes’ have it by a slim margin.”

Serdar Yegulalp of InfoWorld reports on Pivotal’s announcement to launch Pivotal HD 2.0 in “Pivotal juices Hadoop with in-memory database and SQL querying.” As Serdar points out, “Pivotal’s ambitions for HD don’t simply involve delivering Hadoop as a free-form building block, albeit one that’s professionally supported. Rather, HD is intended to be the data fabric of the company’s own Pivotal One, a PaaS offering where companies can develop apps that siphon data in real time from a variety of sources and transform them into actionable information.”

John Moore of Government Computer News discusses government agencies’ plans to experiment with software-defined networking. John reports that “SDN could dramatically change the way governments deploy communications systems, say computer science researchers, who see networks lagging behind servers and storage when it comes to management control and other benefits of virtualization.”

SiliconANGLE’s Maria Deutscher explains how the cloud is driving software-defined networking (SDN) in the enterprise after this year’s Open Networking Summit. Read the full article for an analysis of the live opening segment on theCUBE with SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier and Wikibon’s Stu Miniman as they take a deep dive under the hood to unpack the implications of SDN.

Forbes contributor Joe McKendrick explains why cloud computing is the first place to start when becoming a digital enterprise. He writes, “What’s the role of cloud computing in these digital-driven shifts? Ultimately, cloud provides a foundation that is making things happen. But simply subscribing to cloud — or even building a private cloud — does not automatically transform a company into digital mode.”

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.

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Leadership Perspectives: Sanjay Poonen

In the second of a series of leadership perspectives videos, Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager of the End-User Computing business unit discusses why he chose to join VMware, the end-user computing landscape (now and in the future), and how end-user computing and Desktop-as-a-Service fit into an enterprise cloud strategy.

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

  • How the end-user computing landscape has it evolved and why it is a critical focus for VMware
  • How the end-user computing industry will evolve over the next 12-24 months
  • How an end-user computing/Desktop-as-a-Service approach fits into an enterprise cloud strategy for customers
  • Computing at the “Speed of Life”
  • What Sanjay is looking forward to in 2014

You can read more from Sanjay 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. Check out the first Leadership Perspectives video from Bill Fathers, senior vice president and general manager of the Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit.

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.

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

VMware News

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.”

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.

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VMware Celebrates Community on Pi Day

By Nicola Acutt, Vice President, Philanthropy and Sustainability at VMwareVMware celebrates Pi Day by celebrating community

It’s Pi Day this week (3/14) and at VMware that means geeking out on giving back.

Together with our extended community, VMware will celebrate Pi Day tomorrow with a Service Learning fair, where employees can build connections with local causes and learn more about how they can give back.

Continuing our tradition of employee-led giving, VMware will donate $31,415.92 to local nonprofit causes and employee votes will determine how we slice the Pi.

Pi Day speaks to the spirit of community at VMware that recognizes our interconnectedness as citizens of the world. (Read more about VMware’s EPIC2 values here.)

Why do you serve your community?You might remember that our last blog post described VMware’s Service Learning program. For us, Service Learning goes beyond traditional volunteering, including an explicit focus on learning – through reflection – on our experience of service. On Pi Day, we inspire each other to serve and learn. As part of the celebration, we’ll have an “Inspiration Station” where people share what inspires them. For me, #iServe because IT matters.

I invite you to geek out with us by sharing what inspires you to serve. Use the hashtag #iServe to follow the Pi Day conversation and share your own inspiration or experience on Twitter or Facebook or leave a comment below.

Following the event, we’ll be sharing a few fun pictures, so stay tuned to the Company Blog for Pi Day updates!