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VMware in Leaders Quadrant of 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure

Today, we are thrilled to share that VMware – for a fifth consecutive year – is placed in the Leaders Quadrant of Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure”. (1) (Read press release)

We believe the recognition of VMware as a leader by Gartner validates VMware’s vision, strategy and offerings to help customers achieve a true software-defined data center (SDDC) by attaining new levels of efficiency, agility and flexibility in virtualizing all domains of the data center including networking and storage.

VMware pioneered the virtualization revolution 10 years ago with vSphere, which continues to be the best platform for running any x86 application at scale and at high operational efficiency. Realizing IT required a fresh, new software-defined approach for the data center, VMware established the SDDC architecture two years ago. This approach will become the leading model for data centers around the world because it represents a fundamental change for the enterprise in how they operate and deliver value and services to their customers. VMware vSphere lies at the core of the SDDC and helps empower IT to move at the speed of the business by rapidly delivering apps and services as they are needed.

Helping to fulfill our SDDC vision was the delivery of VMware NSX and VMware Virtual SAN in the last year to redefine the hypervisor and its role in the data center by extending virtualization to networking and storage, respectively. In the same time frame, we also introduced VMware vCloud Hybrid Service enabling VMware vSphere customers to seamlessly extend their data center into the cloud using their existing resources, processes and tools.

Thank you to our more than 500,000 customers and our more than 75,000 partners for helping us achieve and maintain our market leadership.

To access the complete Gartner report, go to: http://www.gartner.com/reprints/vmware-vol5?id=1-1WR7CAC&ct=140703&st=sb

To learn more about VMware vSphere, go to: http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere-operations-management/

Learn how customers are benefitting from VMware vSphere:

Cornerstone Home Lending

Millennium Pharmacy Systems

Michael Adams, Director, Cloud Infrastructure Product Marketing

 

(1)    Gartner “Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure,” by Thomas J. Bittman, Mark A. Margevicius, Philip Dawson, July 2, 2014. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

SAP HANA on vSphere: More Proof Points on the Path to the Software-Defined Data Center

By Mark Chuang, Senior Director – vSphere

Last week, VMware and SAP jointly announced that SAP HANA is now supported on VMware vSphere 5.5, the foundation of the VMware vCloud® Suite. This means that vSphere is the first and only hypervisor certified to run SAP HANA in production either on-premises or in the cloud. SAP HANA, SAP’s in-memory computing platform for dramatically accelerated analytics and real-time data processing, can now be effectively extended into and managed in a software-defined data center, taking advantage of virtualized infrastructure for incredible gains in agility, resource efficiency and speed.

This means that customers can now transform and virtualize their entire SAP landscape—from transactional and analytic workloads—and focus on innovation and growth.

By combining the power of SAP HANA with vSphere 5.5, customers can simplify their data management endeavors while realizing faster time-to-value, higher service levels and lower total cost of ownership (TCO). This announcement underscores VMware’s commitment to help customers move to a software-defined architecture to radically simplify IT and dramatically improve the efficiency of their infrastructure. It is also a concrete example of VMware’s continuing promise to support the virtualization of all applications, especially mission-critical ones that enterprises can’t run without.

To learn more about our focus on evolving vSphere to continue to be the leading platform for all applications and workloads, check out this video where I discuss our vSphere strategy, roadmap and future direction.

Info-Tech Research Group Names VMware a “Champion” in Cloud Management

VMware named "champion" in cloud managementBy Ramin Sayar, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Management Business Unit

What’s the most feature-driven cloud management platform?

Info-Tech Research Group’s new in-depth rankings of cloud management platforms placed VMware’s vCloud Suite with vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) in the “Champion” leadership position.

The Info-Tech report, called “Vendor Landscape: Cloud Management Platforms,” highlights the results of a competitive product and vendor analysis featuring 10 vendors that compete in this space.

Info-Tech describes VMware’s cloud management offering as “…a great solution for existing customers looking to capitalize on VMware’s ownership of the entire software defined data center.” Info-Tech concludes that it is “a comprehensive and effective cloud management suite,” available at a “surprisingly competitive price.”

VMware’s cloud management platform was judged “exemplary” (the highest rating) in the categories of features, usability and architecture. And, as a vendor, VMware was rated exemplary in the categories of viability, reach and channel.

Among nine features evaluated by Info-Tech Research, such as performance monitoring, architecture mapping tools, and showback/chargeback capabilities, VMware’s rating was unsurpassed by the other vendors.

Evaluated Features

Source: Info-Tech Research Group, Feb. 2014

The Cloud Management Platform report’s assessment of VMware’s strategy is that “VMware will drive commercial clouds: VMware is leveraging its enterprise dominance, plus a key acquisition (DynamicOps for vCloud Automation Center) to bolster adoption by enterprises and service providers of cloud management platforms.” In summary, the authors describe vCloud Suite as “A well-rounded cloud platform [that] extends the value proposition of the current leader in virtualization technology.”

The Info-Tech CMP Vendor Landscape

Source: Info-Tech Research Group, Feb. 2014

VMware Weekly News Recap: February 21

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Carl Eschenbach at PEX 2014

Last week’s VMware Partner Exchange Conference was a blast. We were busy “Mastering the New Reality” with our partners and empowering them to help drive the future of IT. Interested in learning more about news coming out of the show? In case you missed any of VMware’s announcements coming out of the show, read more about news regarding End-User Computing, VMware Virtual SAN and enhancements to VMware’s Partner Network on the VMware Company Blog.

Carl Eschenbach at PEX 2014

In VMware news, the vSphere team recently launched VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist – an app that allows users to monitor the virtual machines they care about in their vSphere infrastructure remotely on their phone. You can download the new app on iTunes or Google Play.

Lastly, the Network Virtualization team is gearing up for RSA Conference 2014 (#RSAC) next week, where they will take an important step in outlining details of its vision for advancing security for the software-defined data center. Read more about our activities at the show on the Network Virtualization blog and be sure to follow VMware NSX on Twitter for real-time updates and news from the showroom floor.

Industry News

In VMware news, Business Cloud News’ Jonathan Brandon reports on VMware’s new partnership with Google to bring Microsoft legacy apps to ChromeOS. He writes that “the companies believe that enabling Windows applications on Chromebooks will make the desktop as a service platform more popular among enterprises.”

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VMware Sweeps Virtualization Review’s Reader’s Choice Awards and Ultimate Buyer’s Guide

We love end-to-end solutions. We work with many of our partners to help customers achieve a simplified, more efficient, flexible, cost-effective, service-oriented IT environment with products from across the range of VMware offerings. So we couldn’t have been more excited (and honored!) to learn that VMware topped nine different categories in this year’s 2014 Virtualization Review Reader’s Choice Awards and Ultimate Buyer’s Guide. The awards strive to identify “who’s better and who’s best among the growing list of cloud and virtualization companies and products.” As Virtualization Review’s Editor-in-Chief Michael Domingo puts it, “VMware had a busy year innovation-wise, and it shows in this year’s results.”

In the end-user computing category, three VMware products were chosen over the competition as Reader’s Choice Winners in the “Application Virtualization,” “Desktop Virtualization and VDI,” and “Mobile Virtualization and BYOD” categories. VMware EUC solutions dominated the end-user computing category with wins and it’s a testament to our continued commitment to technology innovation and ongoing customer engagement. The categories and winning products for EUC include:

To really drive the awards home for VMware, Virtualization Review named us Reader’s Choice Award Winners in several other product categories, showcasing the breadth, depth, quality and innovation VMware is known for. Products were featured from various VMware product groups including Cloud Infrastructure, Cloud Management, Networking and Security, and Storage and Availability. The categories and winning products include:

The competition was fierce, and we can’t agree more with Virtualization Review’s Michael Domingo: “It’s a testament to a vibrant market that continues to generate innovations, improvements and evolutions in technology that are helping enterprises make data more accessible, mobile, cost-effective and secure.” Thanks to everyone who voted. We’re looking forward to an even more innovative 2014!

VMware vCenter Log Insight 1.5 is Generally Available Today!

By Bill Roth, Group Product Marketing Manager, VMware

We’re pleased to announce the release of VMware vCenter Log Insight 1.5, which includes new features for enterprise readiness, and support for an additional range of enterprise log sources. You can download the latest software from the VMware Product Evaluation Center (after logging in) here: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/evalcenter?p=log-insight.

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VMware Weekly News Recap: November 22

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This week, VMware announced a new joint solution with partner Palo Alto Networks that will automate and accelerate the deployment of next-generation network security with centralized management across physical and virtual domains. On a related note, Rod Stuhlmuller of the NSX team talks about the importance of an often-overlooked feature set fundamental to VMware NSX -network security.

On Tuesday, the vCloud team announced  the vCloud Hybrid Service is opening a new data center in Dallas. For more information, read Mathew Lodge’s post on the vCloud blog.

Also this week, the vSphere team announced the general availability of Pivotal CF. Pivotal CF is Pivotal’s commercially supported hybrid Platform-as-a-Service solution built on Cloud Foundry technology, enabling customers to rapidly develop, deploy and scale applications. Pivotal CF is optimized to run on VMware’s proven and widely adopted vSphere platform.

Lastly in VMware news, 2013 marks 15 years since VMware was founded and this week we celebrated 15 years of VMware history with an infographic highlighting some important, impressive and even quirky milestones and stats from throughout VMware’s past.

Industry News

In industry news, CRN released its list of Top 100 Executives of 2013 and four VMware executives were included on the list:

  • Pat Gelsinger, Top 25 Most Influential
  • Frank Rauch, Top 25 Sales Leaders
  • Martin Casado, Top 25 Disruptors
  • Raghu Raghuram, Top 25 Innovators

SearchSDN’s Patrick Hubbard explores how VMware NSX will change the network admin role. “Remember your first exposure to VMware ESX? … VMware NSX will bring the same kind of change to the network admin role – bringing with it great career opportunities for those who stay ahead of the curve.”

Ellen Messmer of Network World covers the new joint solution from VMmware and Palo Alto Networks, writing, “[the] goal is to increase the security and efficiency of the virtualization process by adapting the Palo Alto VM-based NGFW, the VM-300-HV, to work under the management and security framework envisioned under NSX.”

InformationWeek’s Mark Melvin discusses problems that can occur when dealing with software-defined networking in his article “Can SDN Adoption Solve Real-World Problems?” Melvin writes, “If you think software-defined networking is all hype and no substance, think again. SDN deployments could potentially solve complex resource issues, especially in segments like healthcare and education.”

InformationWeek’s Charles Babcock reports on Pivotal’s announcement to launch a cloud app development platform, Pivotal One. He writes, “the release of Pivotal One marks the first time a supported, on-premises version has been made available, giving companies the option of using Cloud Foundry for in-house development.” Over at VentureBeat, contributor Jordan Novet explains why Pivotal believes data and cloud technology go together.

InformationWeek’s Sue Fogarty explains seven essentials to software-defined networking. She writes that while SDN “may be the technology du jour,” it is still largely conceptual. The article goes on to “boil SDN architectures down to the essentials, including OpenFlow, SDN APIs, and overlay networks.”

NetworkComputing’s Natalie Timms explains how software-defined networking can be secured. She writes, “With the emergence of software-defined networks (SDNs), security must become a core component of the network. Network security can no longer be an afterthought, or added with the assumption that it will ‘just work’ on top of an existing network.”

Lastly this week, Forbes contributor, Joe McKendrick details how cloud computing can save the government $20 billion a year, citing a new study that suggests adoption of cloud offerings — particularly Platform as a Service middleware and application development tools — can cut the cost of U.S. government application development costs to the tune of $20.5 billion a year.