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VMware Weekly News Recap: January 24

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On Wednesday morning, Sanjay Poonen and the End-User Computing team announced that VMware has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AirWatch, the leading enterprise mobile management and security provider. Read the post on the VMware Company Blog and be sure to check out the video below for more details.

On Thursday, the VMware Cloud Management team announced a new content-driven site for IT professionals: Erdős. This new community will provide a place to learn and share global insights on cloud management technology and the evolving role of IT. Visitors will find videos, infographics, presentations, and articles to help ignite conversation around key topics such as the cloud and IT careers, personalization of IT, and managing cloud economics. Visit the new community at http://vmware-erdos.com.

Industry News

In industry news this week, word of the AirWatch acquisition permeated business and industry publications alike. CNBC’s Jon Fortt makes note of VMware’s plans to acquire mobile device software maker, AirWatch. Fortt details, “The surging popularity of smartphones and tablets is forcing businesses to secure a multitude of new devices as employees move away from personal computers… VMware needs AirWatch to fill out its line of management tools for gadgets that touch individual users, Chief Executive Officer Pat Gelsinger said.” Continue reading

VMware Adds Industry Veterans to End-User Computing Leadership Team

By Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware

Today, we announced that I am adding three industry veterans to our existing roster of talented individuals that comprise the VMware End-User Computing (EUC) leadership team and I’d like to take a few minutes to share my thoughts on this exciting development. These individuals will give our group even deeper end-user computing and industry expertise going into 2014 and position us very well to continue to provide customers with industry leading solutions!

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DaaS Industry Heating Up

By Peter McKay, VP and GM of DaaS, End-User Computing

It’s amazing how quickly time flies and I cannot believe we are just a few weeks away from the end of the year. But things move fast in Silicon Valley and it’s evidenced by how much momentum we are seeing in desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) since VMware entered the space with the acquisition of Desktone in October. Since then, Amazon joined the market with a tech preview of their proposed DaaS offering and today I’m excited to add another great piece of industry news by announcing that Cisco has chosen to partner with VMware to bring a new DaaS solution to the market. The new Cisco DaaS solution powered by VMware is immediately available to service provider partners globally.

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VMware Weekly News Recap: October 18

VMware News

This week, VMworld 2013 wraps up in Barcelona, where more than 8.500 attendees heard from Pat Gelsinger and his team how VMware is helping customers move from the client-server era to the mobile-cloud world. In the day one keynote, Pat and the VMware team made several key announcements in the areas of End User Computing, IT Management, and Hybrid Cloud:

In End User Computing news, the Horizon Suite was updated with new releases to further enable a mobile workforce. Pat was joined on stage by EUC SVP Sanjay Poonen to announce VMware acquired Desktone, a pioneer and industry leader in desktop-as-a-service (DaaS).

IT management is a critical component of the software-defined data center and at the show we announced several new additions to our cloud management portfolio. The day two keynote featured president and COO Carl Eschenbach, Principal Engineer Kit Colbert and EMEA CTO Joe Baguley demonstrating how traditional IT management practices are giving way to automation. This is enabling IT teams to move faster by embracing a self-service model for delivering IT services and highlights the business value of cloud management tools.

As the hybrid cloud gains traction in the enterprise, Bill Fathers and the vCloud team announce the vCloud Hybrid Service is expanding to Europe, beginning with a data center in the UK. This continues the general availability momentum from VMworld San Francisco and the recently announced expansion of vCloud Hybrid Service to new data centers in the US.

This week also means VMworld 2013 has officially come to a close, but also starts the next step of bringing all these news products and services to VMware customers around the world.

Industry News

Around the industry this week we heard from Brian Madden who highlights this week’s End User Computing news in his post “VMware announces plans for Horizon View 5.3. Here are 4 new features I love!” Brian highlights his four favorite features of the new product and concludes, “It looks like View 5.3 should be pretty good… it has some great new features (and a bunch of minor new features which I didn’t mention), so I’m looking forward to it.”

Over at Forrester David Johnson recaps the Desktone acquisition and how it will positively affect both Desktone and VMware customers. Noting a rising interest in DaaS over the past two years, David sees the market accelerated in part because Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers can use DaaS to monetize their existing infrastructure investments.

At eWEEK, Eric Lundquist writes that the Desktone acquisition further rounds out VMware’s strategy to shift from a virtualization provider to offering a range of cloud-based services to the enterprise. Eric writes that the ability of VMware to bring those capabilities to enterprise customers would be welcomed by organizations struggling to manage mobile workforces operating in varied locations and using various devices.

Brandon Butler of Network World covers VMware’s expanded support for management tools, noting, “the moves reflect VMware’s desire to be a central management platform for multiple types of workloads in an IT shop.” IDC analyst Mary Turner is quoted in the article, “Increasingly there is a recognition that the future of cloud and enterprise data centers is going to be hybrid. The fact that VMware is investing to support a range of cloud platforms makes a lot of sense in terms of what the market wants.”

Tony Kontzer of Network Computing highlights the newly launched management capabilities in “VMware Adds Public Cloud Management Tools.” He writes “VMware touts the tools as boosting IT’s position in an environment where it’s so easy for business units to sign up for public cloud applications that it threatens to make IT irrelevant.”

Matthew Finnegan of Computerworld UK covers the expanding vCloud hybrid service, writing “VMware has expanded its public cloud offering with the launch of its beta vCloud Hybrid Service in the UK, as it aims to challenge the dominant Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) players.” He notes that “according to IDC analyst Spencer Izard, the VMware public cloud offers an interesting option to enterprise customers which are happy to implement VMware across their organization, with ease of transition between internal and external workloads seen as a major plus for companies.”

Lastly, Maria Deutscher of SiliconANGLE covers the vCHS rollout to Europe in “VMware Brings vCloud Hybrid Service to Europe with First UK Location.” In the article, Maria highlights the debut of the vCloud Hybrid Service Online Marketplace, integration with vCloud Automation Center 5.2 and 6.0 and the complementary vSphere Web Client plugin that allows admins to manage their ESXi hosts and public cloud environments from a single interface.

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VMworld Europe 2013: News Summary from Barcelona

Today in Barcelona, CEO Pat Gelsinger and the VMware team made a series of announcements from the stage at VMworld 2013 Europe. Complete details of each announcement is highlighted in a post on the VMware Company blog and below is an overview of today’s announcements.

VMware Cloud Management Solutions: Announced today, new capabilities and enhancements across the portfolio of cloud management solutions will simplify and automate management of IT services for multiple clouds and platforms. New product releases include VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.0, VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.8, VMware IT Business Management Suite, and VMware vCenter Log Insight 1.5. Read the full post VMworld 2013: Cloud Management Launch by Ramin Sayar, senior vice president & general manager of the cloud management business unit.

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service: VMware is expanding the vCloud Hybrid Service to Europe and will roll out vCloud Hybrid Service in the United Kingdom with a new data center location in Slough. VMware vCloud Hybrid Service is expanding in the US and this new data center addresses UK and European data locality, privacy, security and sovereignty. Also announced was the availability of the new vCloud Hybrid Service Online Marketplace, providing a platform where customers can discover, download, test-drive and buy solutions for vCloud Hybrid Service with access to 3,800 pre-qualified applications and rich online resources.

End-User Computing: VMware today announced the acquisition of Desktone, a pioneer and industry leader in the desktop-as-a-service space. End-user computing executive vice president and general manager Sanjay Poonen provides complete details in his blog post on the acquisition of Desktone. Additionally VMware is introducing new product offerings and capabilities across its end-user computing product portfolio to broaden IT support for the mobile workforce. New product releases include version updates to View and Mirage (Horizon View 5.3, Horizon Mirage, 4.3), ThinApp (version 5.0), new VMware Ready smartphones from Sony, the availability of the vSAN for Horizon View public beta and a new crowd sourcing feature in Socialcast.

VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced: Included in the details of the Cloud Management news, powered by EMC Avamar, VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced delivers industry-leading storage-efficiency for backups, unique capabilities to accelerate recovery and unparalleled integration with VMware vSphere. Announced today, VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.5 Advanced will feature new capabilities including network-efficient backup data replication, integration with EMC Data Domain, a new Microsoft SharePoint agent, and automated backup verification.

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Introducing VMware Ready Devices on Verizon Wireless

Today I’m very excited to announce the immediate availability of two VMware Ready devices – LG Intuition and Razr M by Motorola – on Verizon Wireless.  These devices are now equipped with VMware’s virtualization technology required to run our dual personal solution, VMware Horizon Mobile.  This is an important milestone for VMware as we deliver on our end-user computing vision of managing users, not devices.  We will continue to work closely with Verizon Wireless to enable a broad set of new and existing devices to be VMware Ready. You might be asking yourself what is a VMware Ready device?  Well, in this blog I will provide a quick overview of Horizon Mobile and VMware Ready program.

VMware Horizon Mobile Overview

Perhaps even more profound than the BYOD trend is the change in how employees use their devices.  Irrespective of who actually buys or owns the device, the corporation or the user, most employees tend to download personal apps onto these devices – Facebook, Angry Birds, Temple Run, etc. coexist with work email/PIM.  It is fair to assume then that most devices will have both personal and corporate content (apps, data and services).

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