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DefyWhen we look back, many of us realize that somewhere along the way, someone did something for us that opened our eyes to the possible. Maybe it was a teacher, a mentor, a coach, a parent, or a friend who helped us learn to read…or to code, to ride a bike, or maybe it was to discover the wonder of science, technology or the arts.

Earlier this week, the VMware Foundation kicked off a campaign around Service Learning – a unique program that offers each VMware employee 40 paid hours to volunteer their time and talents to the community. Service Learning is one way that we can “pay it forward” by teaching and sharing our skills with others.

The inspiration for the campaign came directly from our VMware community. As you’ll see below, our global employees submitted adorable photographs of their children. The variety of images reflects the wide range of passions we all have and the choice we have in how we give back. And, the featured quotes speak to VMware’s history of lifelong learning and learning through service.

Through all of the VMware Foundation programs, employees are able to choose how and where they give back and support the causes that resonate with them.  This is one of many ways we live our shared EPIC2 values.

Join us in paying it forward. Don’t miss the photos below, and get inspired to harness your inner philanthropist and give back in a way that resonates with you.

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VMware Weekly News Recap, June 27, 2014

VMware News

VMware Company and Industry NewsHappy Friday! In VMware news this week, analyst firm IDC has identified VMware as the leading cloud systems management software vendor based on 2013 revenues. In its report, “Worldwide Cloud Systems Management Software 2013 Vendor Shares,” IDC found that VMware is the cloud systems management leader with 20.7 percent market share – growing 50.1 percent year over year. For 2013, the worldwide cloud systems management software market stands at $1.8 billion, increasing 48.5 percent over 2012.

Also this week, VMware’s Scott Collison sets the stage for the future of vCloud Hybrid Service and paints a picture of the infrastructure powering next-generation apps in a new Strategy Series video on the VMware Company Blog.

Lastly, we are delighted to share that VMware has been awarded several best-places-to-work awards in less than two weeks, including Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT 2014, LinkedIn Most InDemand Employer 2014 and Bay Area News Group’s Top Workplaces in The Bay Area. These recognitions are a tremendous testament to the thriving VMware community we are building around the world. Read more about the awards at the link above.

Industry News

In news from around the industry this week, Fortune’s Michal Lev-Ram highlights a recent discussion with Sanjay Poonen, where the two discuss the AirWatch acquisition and the opportunities in the mobile market in “VMware’s next growth spurt: All about mobile?” Lev-Ram writes, “In January, VMware announced that it would acquire mobile device management provider AirWatch for more than $1.5 billion. The move, decidedly aggressive, signaled a bet that the data center virtualization company’s next wave of massive growth would come on the back of mobility. For Sanjay Poonen, the newish general manager of VMware’s end-user computing business and a former SAP executive, it was also a bold first major move.”

“Anyway, now that we’ve had some time for the dust to settle, what are your thoughts and plans for Horizon 6? Are you planning to download and test? Do you want to wait and see what other peoples’ reactions are? Are you excited to get rid of Citrix? Are you doubling down on Citrix because you view that VMware won’t truly be able to compete?” -Brian Madden, BrianMadden.com

Network World’s John Dix interviews WestJet’s Richard Sillito about how VMware’s NSX network virtualization tools helped with the company’s virtualization efforts. In his article, “Early user of VMware NSX net virtualization tool extols fine grain controls,” Dix writes, “Canadian airline company WestJet is one of the earliest customers of VMware’s NSX network virtualization tools, which it initially reached for to address a security issue. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix recently sat down with WestJet technologist Richard Sillito to find out what the company is learning about network virtualization.”

Brandon Butler of Network World discusses VMware’s goals to optimize its public cloud services in VMware: We’re aiming to be a top 3 cloud provider.” In the article, Butler speaks with VMware’s Mathew Lodge about the company’s “big plans to offer developer-friendly capabilities in the coming months.”

Michael Cusanelli of the VAR Guy outlines the details of VMware’s Horizon 6 announcement. Cusanelli writes, “with Horizon 6, VMware is promising users the ability to deliver RDS hosted applications, including packaged ThinApp, software-as-a-service (SaaS) apps and Citrix XenApp applications, all of which can be accessed by users through a unified workspace.”

Brian Madden also reports on the general availability of Horizon 6 in “VMware Horizon 6 hits the street. Now that the dust has settled, do you care?” Brian asks readers, “Anyway, now that we’ve had some time for the dust to settle, what are your thoughts and plans for Horizon 6? Are you planning to download and test? Do you want to wait and see what other peoples’ reactions are? Are you excited to get rid of Citrix? Are you doubling down on Citrix because you view that VMware won’t truly be able to compete?”

“VMware has filed for an interesting patent that describes a way to build instant messaging functionality into servers, so system admins can ‘chat’ to them in real-time.” -Mike Wheatley, SiliconANGLE

David Nagel of T.H.E. Journal reports on VMware’s recent announcement to expand its education offerings through its recent Vertical Solutions announcement.  Nagel reports, “As part of a broad expansion of its public sector efforts, VMware reported it’s beefing up its education offerings, with a particular emphasis on security to support online high-stakes assessments for K-12 within its virtualization and cloud infrastructure.”

The VAR Guy’s Jessica Davis provides a recap of VMware’s new partner marketing initiative, Partner Market Advantage, which is designed to help partners increase their marketing effectiveness and ultimately drive more revenue.  Davis writes, “The program is built on three pillars: ensuring partners are set up for success, providing a consultative approach with best-in-class services, and enabling partners to drive demand with a higher level of flexibility to customize.”

Richard Brandt of Silicon Valley Business Journal recognized VMware as number 26 on their “Top 100 large companies to work for in IT” list. Brandt notes, “VMware and Hewlett-Packard made the list among large companies, rating 26th and 28th, respectively, out of 55 companies with over 5,000 employees. VMware has flexible vacation time, on-site cafes and gyms, and the opportunity to work with customers.”

ZDNet’s Larry Dignan discusses Verizon’s recent announcement to add VMware’s AirWatch to their mobility management platform for on-premise deployments. Dignan reports, “The deal gives VMware and AirWatch more exposure to large enterprises looking to manage mobile devices and secure them. When VMware acquired AirWatch earlier this year, the virtualization giant really bought a mobile strategy. Now VMware is using its reach and channel to attempt to grab turf against the likes of BlackBerry, MobileIron, Good and Citrix to name a few.”

“The nature of pay-as-you-go makes the cost calculation seem easy. It’s not, but it is more critical than ever.” -Jonathan Feldman, InformationWeek

Mike Wheatley of SiliconANGLE comments on VMware’s application for a patent that would allow instant messaging to be built into its servers. He writes, “VMware has filed for an interesting patent that describes a way to build instant messaging functionality into servers, so system admins can ‘chat’ to them in real-time, reports The Register. The patent, which is dubbed ‘System And Method for Chatting With Machines,’ notes that servers usually rely on emails or SMS messages to report problems to sysadmins. It suggests that instant messaging would be far more efficient, as servers could ‘initiate a chat session with the user in order to send system alerts to the user and receive instant responses from the user’.”

Jonathan Feldman of InformationWeek explains what is important for IT to consider when using the public cloud in “Cloud ROI: 4 Critical Considerations.” The article summary teases, “The nature of pay-as-you-go makes the cost calculation seem easy. It’s not, but it is more critical than ever.”

Also in InformationWeek, Malcom Rieke discusses the ways that the software-defined data center is leading to shifts in IT roles. He writes, “It’s no secret that virtualization and the cloud revolution have brought unprecedented levels of agility and automation to IT infrastructure and data centers around the globe. As a result, the changing nature of the data center architecture — moving from physical to virtual — requires a shift in various IT roles within many organizations.”

Lastly, InformationWeek’s Charlie Babcock outlines a few cloud trends to watch out for in 2014 while pointing out the opportunity VMware has in the hybrid cloud space, coming out of last week’s GigaOm Structure event. Babcock reports, “…Adrian Cockcroft, the former Netflix cloud architect, now a technology fellow at Battery Ventures… offered a succinct assessment of what’s going on in the PaaS market. It appeared to him that Cloud Foundry, with a long list of backers and a newly established foundation behind it, was the big winner in platform as a service. That would mean developers of next-generation applications would be likely to use it, leaving its backers in a position of strength to integrate their technologies with Cloud Foundry operations. This would be a huge win for VMware, and its owner EMC, and for IBM, Verizon, CenturyLink, and other vendors who’ve decided to support it.”

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VMware Named #1 in Worldwide Cloud Systems Management Software 2013 Vendor Shares by IDC

By Sajai Krishnan, vice president of product marketing, Cloud Management Business Unit, VMware

Just three weeks after publishing a report ranking VMware #1 in Worldwide Datacenter CloudsAutomation Software vendor shares, IDC has identified VMware as the leading cloud systems management software vendor based on 2013 revenues. (1)

In its report, “Worldwide Cloud Systems Management Software 2013 Vendor Shares,” IDC found that VMware is the cloud systems management leader with 20.7 percent market share – growing 50.1 percent year over year. For 2013, the worldwide cloud systems management software market stands at $1.8 billion, increasing 48.5 percent over 2012.

According to IDC, “In 2013, the worldwide cloud systems management software competitive market showed very strong growth driven by increasing enterprise adoption of private and hybrid cloud strategies and rising cloud service provider interest in advanced monitoring, analytics and automation to differentiate their offerings.” The report adds, “Revenues for the largest players … were generally driven by increasing demand for hybrid cloud and virtualization automation, orchestration and provisioning solutions coupled with growing interest in monitoring and analytics for cloud workload and service delivery optimization.”

IDC’s report, “Worldwide Datacenter Automation Software 2013 Vendor Shares,” noted that VMware’s market share now stands at 24.1 percent, more than 10 percentage points above the second place vendor. (2) Overall, the worldwide market for datacenter automation grew by 22.1 percent to $1.8 billion in 2013.

Driving the adoption of VMware Cloud Management solutions is VMware’s sustained product innovation focused on helping customers deliver new IT services faster and reduce costs through solutions purpose-built for dynamic hybrid cloud environments. Thank you to our customers and partners for helping us reach this milestone and maintain this leadership position for two years running.

Learn more about VMware’s end-to-end Cloud Management solutions, with the cloud automation product, leveraging the economic insights from its IT business management software, and the predictive analytics of its cloud operations and log management offerings at:

VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite

VMware vCenter Log Insight

VMware vCloud Automation Center

VMware IT Business Management Suite

Virtualization and Cloud Management

Read the complete IDC report at:

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/management/VMware-Worldwide-Cloud-Systems-Mgmt-Software-2013-Vendor-Shares-IDC-Analyst-Paper.pdf

(1)   IDC, “Worldwide Cloud Systems Management Software 2013 Vendor Shares,” by Mary Johnston Turner, June 2014

(2)   IDC, “Worldwide Datacenter Automation Software 2013 Vendor Shares,” by Mary Johnston Turner, May 2014

Business Strategy for the Hybrid Cloud: VMware vCloud Hybrid Service at the Center of IT Transformation

VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service is part of a revolutionary movement of IT. Did you know that 45% of all enterprise IT will come to the cloud by 2015? What’s more, enterprises want hybrid cloud; 72% of enterprises say they’ll be pursuing a hybrid cloud strategy by 2015. VMware is at the center of this transformation.

VMware’s Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit’s GM and SVP Bill Fathers recently joined a “Fireside Chat” with GigaOM’s Barb Darrow at GigaOM Structure last week. Bill took the opportunity to discuss the advantages of “hybridity” and openness; what is top of mind for CIOs when considering public cloud; data privacy and the Snowden impact and the power of network virtualization.

The overarching focus of the show was uncovering what the infrastructure powering next-generation applications will look like. Enterprise customers undertaking cloud deployments undertake many challenges including re-architecting applications, learning new tools and data residency. Find out more about VMware’s strategy for helping customers address these challenges and others, in this business strategy video, where VMware’s Scott Collison sets the stage for the future of vCloud Hybrid Service and paints a picture of the infrastructure powering next-generation apps.

Three Awards in Two Weeks!? We’re Blushing!

Computerworld Best Places to WorkWe are delighted to share that VMware has been awarded several best-places-to-work awards since just last weekend!  This recognition is a tremendous testament to the thriving VMware community we are building around the world:

Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT 2014

Today, VMware was ranked one of Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT 2014. This is the first year VMware has been included on this prestigious list, and we ranked an impressive 26 out of 100 in the large company category.

The Best Places to Work in IT list is compiled based on a comprehensive questionnaire completed by those who know us best – our employees – regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, career development, training and retention. In addition, Computerworld conducts extensive surveys of IT professionals, and their responses factor heavily in determining the rankings.

What a great opportunity for our IT organization to be recognized for the powerhouse it is!

LinkedIn Most InDemand Employer 2014

LinkedIn Most InDemand Employers 2014

VMware was also named a LinkedIn Most InDemand Employer for 2014.  #19 on the North America 2014 list, employers included in this ranking are deemed the “most sought-after” as measured by interactions between LinkedIn members and companies, as well as survey results measuring company familiarity and engagement. Way to go!

Top Workplaces in The Bay Area

Top Workplaces 2014And we can’t forget that last week VMware was named one of The Bay Area News Group’s Top Workplaces. We ranked #10! Read more about the distinction in this post on the VMware Company Blog.

These awards, and many more that we have received just this year, underscore our commitment to our amazing, innovative VMware employees. We are driven to provide the framework for their success and couldn’t be more excited to be recognized as a great place to work.

Learn more about these awards on our VMware Career Site Award Page and feel free to help spread the word to your social networks.

VMware Weekly News Recap, June 20, 2014

VMware News

This week in VMware news, VMware’s Bill Fathers joined GigaOm’s Barb Darrow for a “Fireside Chat” about several Hybrid Cloud topics including the advantages of “hybridity” and openness; what is top of mind for CIOs when considering public cloud; data privacy and the Snowden impact and the power of network virtualization. Read more and watch the video replay here.

Horizon 6

VMware Horizon 6 officially shipped at 8pm PST yesterday. With this release, IT can now deliverRDS hosted applications alongside virtual desktops through a single platform. And these desktops and applications—inclusive of packaged ThinApp, SaaS apps, RDS hosted apps and even Citrix XenApp applications—can all be accessed by end-users through a unified workspace.

Over the weekend, VMware was named one of The Bay Area News Group’s Top Workplaces. We ranked #10! In an area so full of incredible innovation and opportunity, what an honor to be recognized – particularly as the judges were our employees!

Lastly, VMware’s Gaetan Castelein walks us through the maturation of Virtual SAN in a video on the VMware Company Blog. Watch below for more on how Virtual SAN fits into VMware’s vision for the software-defined enterprise.

Industry News

In news from around the industry this week, Data Center Knowledge’s Yevgeniy Sverdlik makes note of Bill Fathers joining the board of directors of Telx, “one of the biggest colocation and interconnection service providers in the U.S.”

Virtualization Review’s David Ramel discusses VMware’s announcement to update its Big Data Extensions (BDE) on vSphere with support from Hadoop 2. Ramel reports, “BDE’s set of integrated management tools — built into vSphere — help organizations deploy, run and manage Hadoop. With BDE, vSphere users can install and configure Hadoop clusters via the vCenter management tool UI.”

“The goal [of our healthcare solutions, Koerner] pointed out, is for IT and clinicians to see how long it takes to open a care plan, an OR chart, and many other EMR functions.” - VMware’s Drew Koerner  via ZDNet’s Dan Kusnetzky

Simon Sharwood of The Register explains why he believes that VMware is hinting at a slow AirWatch integration. He also discusses what is to be expected at VMworld 2014. Sharwood writes, “VMware has released the content catalogue for VMworld San Francisco, and it offers a hint or three about what the company might announce at the event. Perhaps the most tantalizingly-named session is titled Preview the Latest Release from AirWatch.”

ZDNet’s Dan Kusnetzky recaps a recent discussion with VMware’s Drew Koerner where the two spoke on VMware’s goals for healthcare solutions and its Care Systems Analytics tools. Kusnetsky reports, “The goal [of our healthcare solutions, Koerner] pointed out, is for IT and clinicians to see how long it takes to open a care plan, an OR chart, and many other EMR functions.”

“I find Fusion more considerate to me as a user: it introduces less hassle into my work, stays out of my way when I’m not using it, and is far more cost-effective. It feels, in other words, like a more professional tool. That’s why I prefer it for virtualization.” - Joe Kissell, MacWorld

GigaOm’s Katie Fehrenbacher and The Register’s Simon Sharwood highlight Bill Fathers’ panel discussion with Barb Darrow at GigaOm Structure yesterday, where Bill explains why he believes the concerns with data security will continue to play into VMware’s favor, and lead to more cloud adoption.

MacWorld’s Joe Kissell explains why he favors VMware Fusion 6 over competitor products such as Parallels Desktop and Oracle’s Virtual Box. The article offers in-depth analysis on the products and Kissell concludes, “Parallels Desktop is a fine product with some great features, including some that Fusion lacks. So, if you have it and like it, then more power to you. But I find Fusion more considerate to me as a user: it introduces less hassle into my work, stays out of my way when I’m not using it, and is far more cost-effective. It feels, in other words, like a more professional tool. That’s why I prefer it for virtualization.”

Lastly, The VAR Guy’s Christopher Tozzi discusses a recent survey that indicates the majority of private cloud enterprises are driving OpenStack cloud adoption. He writes, “OpenStack, the open source cloud operating system, is not the most widely deployed private-cloud platform. But it’s a close second, according to a new survey from database vendor Tesora, which also said the rise in OpenStack adoption is helping push organizations toward scalable database and database-as-a-service (DBaaS) solutions.”

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VMware Named One of the “Top Workplaces” in the Bay Area

It gives us great pleasure to announce that VMware has been named one of The Bay Area News Group’s Top Workplaces. We ranked #10! In an area so full of incredible innovation and opportunity, what an honor to be recognized, particularly as the judges were our employees.

The Top Workplaces list is determined by the results of an employee survey measuring factors ranging from company strategy to job satisfaction and benefits. The complete list of Top Workplaces was published yesterday, Sunday, June 15, and you can view the results online here.

At VMware we are driven to create, deliver and support amazing, innovative achievements. To do this, we must support amazing, innovative people. We are absolutely committed to do this and strive to make this one of the very best places to work worldwide.

We’re honored to receive this recognition. Congratulations Team VMware!