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Earth Day at VMware: Five Sustainable Stats

Happy Earth Day! Here at VMware, we think everyday is an opportunity to celebrate the planet Quadcopter Aerial Shot of Palo Alto Campusby practicing the three Rs – reducing, reusing and recycling – across the globe.

Did you know:

  1. VMware’s Palo Alto headquarters has diverted 86.5% of on-site generated construction waste from landfill.
  2.  VMware’s Palo Alto campus diverted 91.59% of waste from landfills in 2013. Since 2009, our people have reduced the total waste output of VMware headquarters by 70,000 tons while our population increased by over 1,000 people!
  3. VMware currently pays 100% of the cost for employees to use public transportation at our Palo Alto headquarters.
  4. VMware headquarters has eight solar installations that can produce an estimated 1,300 MW (megawatts) of power. This is the equivalent of taking 190 passenger vehicles off the road.
  5. VMware’s green efforts span the globe. For example, VMware Bangalore in India implemented the use of microfiber mops to clean office premises. Microfiber mops help the environment by using less water and chemical when cleaning, thus contributing less to the waste stream.

For more information on how VMware practices being green at its headquarters in Palo Alto and at VMware sites around the world, read this blog post on the VMware Careers blog and don’t forget to share what inspires you to be green in the comments section below!

Introducing VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery: Making Cloud DR Simple and Affordable

By Bill Fathers, SVP & GM, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware Bill Fathers, SVP & GM, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware

For far too long, enterprise-class IT business continuance and disaster recovery solutions have been out of reach for mid-size businesses. Today, I am excited to announce a new solution – VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™ – Disaster Recovery, that not only address this issue but can also drastically change the economics of IT disaster recovery.

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery is a new cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) service that provides a continuously available recovery site for VMware virtualized data centers and seamlessly extends DR to the public cloud. This move marks the beginning of a new approach to DR. Here’s why:

Through working closely with our partners and customers, we’ve observed time and time again that business continuity is a critical priority for organizations, but very few applications are continuously protected because it was too expensive and too complicated to include them in a DR plan.

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery is a game changer in that it’s simple to set up, can be self-managed, and is a fraction of the cost and complexity of traditional DR solutions.

In addition, with the majority of IT organizations already familiar with vSphere®, the simplicity of administering vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery makes DR just as easy.  All of this makes this service a natural fit for mid-size businesses looking to protect their IT investments. Not to mention, other DR services often require expensive professional installation services, physically transporting backups and manually rebuilding servers and loading backup files.

Introducing VMware vCloud Hybrid Service - Disaster Recovery

We are executing quickly against VMware’s hybrid cloud vision, delivering capabilities like DR that businesses can use to extend their existing IT investment to the cloud. VMware continues to distinguish itself from other cloud providers by making DR more simple and cost-effective, allowing our customers to use the cloud to deliver business value, without wrestling with operational complexity and incompatibility inherent to other public clouds.

To learn more about what customers are saying and opportunities for partners, read the press release or visit the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery page to get service details and images. And don’t forget to “like” VMware vCloud on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the latest hybrid cloud news.

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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

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

Lagoon E

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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VMware Weekly News Recap: February 28

VMware News

On Monday, VMware’s acquisition of AirWatch officially closed. The AirWatch by VMware is unveiled.announcement comes just weeks after announcing intent to acquire the leader in enterprise mobile management and just in time for Mobile World Congress (#MWC14). At #MWC14, the End-User Computing (EUC) team, along with AirWatch unveiled “AirWatch by VMware.”

Also at #MWC14, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger delivered a keynote speech on the power of big data and the tectonic shift happening within the IT industry – a shift from client-server computing to the mobile-cloud era. As part of that move, during his speech Pat highlighted this week’s launch of vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) for UK customers. This announcement marks the beginning of a wider rollout of VMware vCHS across key European locations throughout 2014 and beyond, extending VMware’s service from existing U.S. datacenters. It also marks the beginning of an exciting new journey for VMware in Europe.

The Network Virtualization team was busy at the annual RSA Conference, with CTO of Networking Martin Casado and VP of Security Strategy Tom Corn leading a seminar on how companies can apply security at an optimal point in the infrastructure – the hypervisor – to optimize for both application context and physical isolation. To learn more about “The Goldilocks Zone,” watch Martin Casado explain the concept in the video below.

Not one, not two, but three VMware-ites made CRN’s Channel Chiefs list this year. Dave O’Callaghan (SVP, Global Partner Organization), Toni Adams (VP, Global Partner Marketing) and Frank Rauch (VP, Americas Partner Organization) were all recognized for their exceptional abilities to navigate a maze of business model and technology shifts to make sure VMware’s partners succeed. Dave and Frank were also named to CRN’s “50 Most Influential” list of channel “Movers and Shakers.” Congratulations, Dave, Toni and Frank!

Lastly, don’t forget to tune in next week on Thursday, March 6th for a special, live online event from the Virtual SAN (VSAN) team. The VMware NOW event will feature CEO Pat Gelsinger, Chief Technology Officer Ben Fathi and VP and GM of SDDC Suite John Gilmartin sharing exciting product news, demonstrating key features, and revealing surprises about VSAN.

Industry News

In news from around the industry, InfoWorld’s Paul Krill reports on Pivotal’s announcement to spin out Cloud Foundry PaaS into a separate foundation. Paul writes, “The non-profit foundation will be part of plans to establish this summer a formal open governance model for the Cloud Foundry open source PaaS project. Pivotal, EMC, IBM, Rackspace, and VMware will serve as ‘Platinum’ sponsors, with each committing $1.5 million to the effort.”

VMware’s plan in the coming years to address software-defined storage through VSAN was the subject of an article by David Marshall of InfoWorld. David describes VMware’s focus on three key strategies in 2014: “end-user computing, software-defined data center, and hybrid cloud, which VMware called a seamless extension of the SDDC into the public cloud. The virtualization giant believes this IT transformation will present a $50 billion market opportunity by 2016.”

the vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS), which has been available in the U.S. since last year, is a key part of VMware’s future strategy.” – Simon Sharwood, The Register

The VAR Guy’s Michael Cusanelli reports on the partnership between Radisys and VMware to implement a virtualized version of its Software MRF media processor technology on VMware’s vSphere 5.5. Michael details, “According to the company, the MRF software also will help to eliminate planned downtime by utilizing live migration of running Software MRF virtual machines while information is being transferred between physical servers.”

Simon Sharwood of The Register reports on VMware’s expansion of vCHS in the UK. In “VMware flicks switch on Euro hybrid cloud,” Simon notes the vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS), which has been available in the U.S. since last year, is a key part of VMware’s future strategy.”

Computerworld UK’s Matthew Finnegan also reports on VMware’s vCHS UK expansion. In “VMware: vCHS public cloud gives access to local data centres,” Matthew writes that “VMware has gone live with its vCloud Hybrid Service in the UK, promising it will help to alleviate European businesses’ concerns around data sovereignty by offering access to regional data centre providers.”

Taking the analysis of vCHS a step further, InformationWeek’s Charles Babcock explains how VMware’s vCHS will provide European customers with faster response times and better compliance with national data protection laws. He writes, “In Europe, cloud service providers have to follow national laws that require that certain types of data must remain in the country where the data originated. VMware can now provide that assurance to UK customers.”

Daniel Robinson of V3.co.uk also explains how companies can expand out to public cloud infrastructure using the same management and orchestration tools through vCHS.

“{VMware’s Martin] Casado and [Tom] Corn are creating a security platform that would stretch across a computer network and provide hooks into practically every piece of hardware and software.” – Cade Metz, WIRED

In an in-depth piece that is worth the read, WIRED’s Cade Metz explains how Martin Casado plans to “build computer security from the ground up.” Cade explains, “Casado’s new platform is still under development. It doesn’t yet have a name. And as something that will run deep inside the computer servers and networking equipment that underpin businesses and websites, it’s rather complicated stuff. But the long and the short of it is that Casado and Corn are creating a security platform that would stretch across a computer network and provide hooks into practically every piece of hardware and software.”

Dark Reading’s Ericka Chickowski explains “The Goldilocks Zone” according to Martin Casado. She writes, “The upcoming sessions at RSA will be no exception, but one security researcher with VMware will be turning the theme on its head. He’s got a talk planned on how the fundamental technology around virtualization and cloud could actually hold the key to solving a lot of security’s architectural problems.

TechTarget’s Shamus McGillicuddy also explains Martin Casado’s “Goldilocks Zone” following an interview with him last week. Shamus explains the technology, outlining: “the Goldilocks principle states that, in a system, a thing cannot sustain itself within extremes… Martin Casado, chief technology officer at VMware and co-inventor of OpenFlow, said network and information security is struggling to find its own Goldilocks zone, and he believes that hypervisors and software-defined data centers can get us there.”

Sean Michael Kerner of eSecurity Planet also discusses the “Goldilocks Zone” following his meeting with Martin Casado.

Maria Deutscher of SiliconANGLE discusses VMware’s expanded software defined datacenter push. She writes, “VMware is pushing beyond familiar virtualization ground in a bid to gain a head start in the software-defined data center, an emerging paradigm that requires a fundamental re-imagining of IT from the underlying infrastructure all the way up to the services that run on top and the growing amounts of corporate data that live in the cloud. The firm is repositioning accordingly.”

Lastly, the VAR Guy’s Michael Cusanelli discusses the closing of the VMware-AirWatch acquisition. He writes, “The acquisition helps to solidify VMware as the company to beat in the race for mobile device management (MDM) supremacy against the likes of Citrix, Microsoft and Apple.”

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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New Homes for GemStone/S and Wavemaker


by Charles Fan,
Sr Vice President R&D,
Storage and Application Services

This week, two of VMware’s developer-focused technologies – GemStone/S and Wavemaker — are making moves:

  • GemTalk Systems has acquired GemStone/S, one of the technologies that came to VMware when we acquired GemStone Systems in 2010. (The other GemStone products, including GemFire and SQLFire, are now part of the Pivotal portfolio.  These products are not part of today’s news). GemStone/S is a platform for developing, deploying and managing mission-critical Smalltalk-based applications, and with this move GemStone/S customers and community will be served by a team of experts who are passionate and committed to Smalltalk.
  • Software engineering firm Pramati has acquired Wavemaker, a rapid application development tool that VMware acquired in 2011. Pramati has a history in Java application development, and Wavemaker will extend Pramati’s existing capabilities. The company plans to continue to support and foster the growth of the Wavemaker community.

In 2013, VMware is executing against three priorities – Software-Defined Data Center, Hybrid Cloud and End-User Computing.  The decision to sell the GemStone/S and Wavemaker technologies was part of our efforts to focus on these three areas.  We believe both of these technologies – and their respective customer and developer communities – are in great hands, and we wish the teams continued success!