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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

Lagoon K

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!

VMware Virtual SAN Now Available

By John Gilmartin, vice president and general manager, SDDC Suite Business Unit, VMware

Today marks 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.

Setting the stage for today’s general availability was a March 6th VMware Virtual SAN online event  (replay available here). We demonstrated the product, shared the experiences of select beta customers, and highlighted performance and scalability details that show Virtual SAN scales up to 32 nodes in a cluster allowing for linear scalability of performance to 2 million IOPS on read-only workloads (1) and 640,000 IOPS on mixed workloads (2).

Pricing and Packaging

During and after the online event, we received a number of questions about pricing and packaging for VMware Virtual SAN. Without further ado, here are the details:

Virtual SAN 5.5 - Pricing & Packaging

Staying true to the value proposition of simplicity, we chose a per socket basis pricing model with no limits on scalability, performance or capacity that make forecasting and budgeting significantly easier without impacting hardware components selection and node configurations.

All editions feature the complete set of Virtual SAN capabilities – data persistency, read/write caching, storage policy based management, etc. – and include the vSphere Distributed Switch. This means that customers can take advantage of simplified network management of vSphere Distributed Switch for their Virtual SAN storage regardless of the underlying vSphere edition they use. Data services such as snapshots, clones, linked-clones and replication are available directly through vSphere, and are already available with every vSphere edition (Essentials Plus and above).

For customers seeking to complete their storage solution with backup and recovery capabilities, we are offering Virtual SAN with Data Protection. A promotional bundle available for a limited time, it brings together Virtual SAN with vSphere Data Protection Advanced, VMware’s simple, efficient, and robust backup product for vSphere environments.

Virtual SAN - Launch Promotions

Helping to Reduce Total Cost of Ownership

VMware Virtual SAN brings a new, more efficient operational model to storage – how it’s built, delivered and managed.  With VMware Virtual SAN, customers have a radically simple storage system that delivers high performance and help to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO).

From a Capital Expenditures (capex) savings stand point, Virtual SAN makes a big dent in hardware cost by taking advantage of server side storage economics. But it doesn’t end there. Thanks to its unique architecture embedded in the vSphere kernel, Virtual SAN delivers high performance with minimal CPU consumption (less than 10 percent) resulting in customers requiring less hardware to achieve high consolidation ratios. Several beta customers pointed out their ability to linearly scale performance and capacity in small increments by adding new hosts to their clusters enabled a more efficient consumption model without requiring a large upfront investment. It also allows them to more closely align revenue to cost.

It is not just about capex savings. Key to the success of Virtual SAN in beta is its ease of use from installation to on-going administration to tuning to integration with vSphere and other VMware products.

Why Virtual San?

 

The main driver for those operational savings is the extreme automation delivered through the solution’s storage policy-based management capabilities. The software shifts the management model for storage from the device to the application by taking a VM-centric policy driven approach to storage management that delivers service levels to individual VMs without the need of LUNs or Volumes. With Virtual SAN, complex operational processes such as set up, configuration, service level provisioning and change management happen in a fraction of the time and without the need of specialized skillset. In fact, because of Virtual SAN’s seamless integration with vSphere management workflows and consoles (i.e. vSphere Web Client), anyone who knows how to administer vSphere can also administer Virtual SAN. A third-party analyst firm estimates that customers can achieve 5x reduction in the operational cost of storage. The combination of capex and operating expenditure savings can result in an overall TCO reduction of up to 50 percent for customers.

Virtual SAN Reduces CAPEX & OPEX for better TCO

 

Beyond cost savings, Virtual SAN offers customers flexibility. If a customer is seeking to optimize their storage system for performance, they can tailor their hardware configuration to achieve a lower cost per IOPS. For customers that want to optimize for capacity, they can configure their systems to achieve a lower cost per GB. Of course, customers can configure a balanced system that delivers cost-effective performance and capacity.

Flexibly Configure for Performance and Capacity

 

At the Starting Gate

After a six-month public beta program, we’re excited about letting our customers do more than kick the tires on Virtual SAN. We look forward to receiving your feedback on Virtual SAN over the coming weeks and months. Let us know how you are using Virtual SAN.

To learn more about today’s GA, read the press release. If you didn’t test drive Virtual SAN in the public beta program, check it out on VMware Hands-on Labs Online.

(1)   2 million IOPS on read-only workloads achieved on 32 node VMware Virtual SAN cluster, based on IOmeter benchmark, February 2014

(2)   640,000 IOPS on mixed workloads (Mixed = 70 percent/30 percent Read/Write, 4K 80 percent random) on 32 node VMware Virtual SAN cluster, based on IOmeter benchmark, February 2014

 

VMware Delivers VMware Horizon DaaS

By Sumit Dhawan, VP and GM of Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMware

Today, I’m excited to announce 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. I am confident that this new service is going to change the way customers look at desktop and application delivery for enterprise desktop computing and let me explain why.

As you’ve heard us say before, end-users want access to corporate content – from anywhere, at anytime and using any device. Progressive companies are looking for ways to embrace this new way to work and use it as a way to attract/retain talent or increase productivity among their mobile workforce. But managing and supporting traditional physical desktops to support this new work reality is expensive on many levels. Many customers have started with virtual desktops and applications and have found the concept interesting but have had challenges with costs, complexity and predictability.

VMware Horizon DaaS running on VMware vCloud Hybrid Service is a game changer in that it enables customers to quickly deploy full Windows client desktops and applications, and deliver them through the cloud. Most importantly, this can be accomplished at a predictable and low price point of roughly $1 per day.

In addition, the service offers the industry’s first hybrid DaaS service providing customers with the ability to blend public cloud desktops and on-premise VMware Horizon View private cloud desktops for a seamless end-user experience. Following just a few simple steps, IT can provision, deploy and manage high quality, virtual desktops and applications to end-users that can be accessed from laptops, desktops, zero/thin clients, Chromebooks, and mobile devices.

This cloud delivery model has several benefits that customers will quickly realize including:

  1. Predictability: Organizations can move from a CAPEX to OPEX budget with consistent low cost monthly payments
  2. Ease of deployment: With a just few clicks, IT administrators can provision virtual desktops to any number of employees and let the VMware cloud experts manage the infrastructure
  3. Flexibility: Increase or decrease users on-demand depending on your changing needs

VMware Horizon DaaS is also unique compared to other vendor offerings in several ways.

First, it is the only DaaS solution that enables Hybrid DaaS. Customers can combine VMware Horizon DaaS and Horizon View, and create a seamless experience for their users, and get the right blend of cloud or on-premise deployment based on their needs.

Horizon Daas

Second, we offer full Windows desktops (Win 7/8) and other options including Windows server and RDS based desktops, compared to other DaaS providers’ offerings that are limited to bare metal Windows server and RDS desktops. With VMware’s offering, customers get the benefit of continuing to use their existing tools and best practices with our DaaS service instead of having to retool them for server  and RDS desktops.

Third, VMware Horizon DaaS is built on the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, a platform that enables customers to extend the same, industry leading applications, networking, management, operations and tools across both on-premise and off-premise environments. By leveraging vCloud Hybrid Service and Horizon DaaS, customers can deploy and manage their infrastructure and desktops through VMware and realize all of the benefits of the cloud for their infrastructure and enterprise desktops.

Lastly, we have an ever-expanding network of leading technology, service provider, channel and reseller partners that are building upon our solution to deliver a tailored service to their customers. With notable partners such as Google, Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu and Navisite, just to name a few, customers can provision DaaS from VMware through their cloud provider of choice.

VMware is committed to building synergies across our portfolio so customers can realize the combined benefits of our products, and our hybrid DaaS is a great example of this – tying vCHS, EUC and SDDC technologies together. There is still more to VMware Horizon DaaS that I haven’t covered yet so please read the announcement and the blog post by Dave Grant, senior director of product marketing for DaaS at VMware, to learn more.