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NEW White Paper: DevOps and Agile Development – A VMware Field Perspective

DevOps is both a hot topic and an overused term today, leading to an endless stream of contradicting definitions and confusion. Is it a technology? An organizational construct? A combination of the two? It depends on who you ask.

This white paper, written by three VMware DevOps experts, Kevin Lees, John Gardner, and Peg Eaton, is an attempt to provide guidance in this new field, shaped by their extensive experience enabling agile software development and infrastructure delivery for customers across the globe.

Inside you will find:

Key Concepts

What’s the difference between continuous integration, continuous delivery, and continuous deployment? How does VMware describe the “shift to the left” and what does that mean for I&O? Gain a foundational understanding of the key definitions, guiding principles, and infrastructure & operations and developer implications of DevOps from the perspective of VMware.

Delivery Pipeline and Agile Processes

Learn more about the complex collaboration needed between software developers and IT operations.  Explore how DevOps directly affects the software delivery process through the application of agile principles and the utilization of tools and techniques that support a continuous delivery pipeline.

Team Models and Evolving in the Enterprise

This new model for application development does not come without challenges – knowledgeable professionals discuss the key roles and organizational cultural shift required for teams to function, as well as the ideal end state of a DevOps team, the more accessible concession model of “DevOps as a Service,” and how to evolve these models within the enterprise.

Read the full white paper here: DevOps and Agile Development, A VMware Field Perspective


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VMware #1 in IDC Worldwide Datacenter Automation Software Vendor Shares

Today’s VMware Company Blog announces that market research firm IDC has named VMware the leading datacenter automation software vendor based on 2013 software revenues.(1)

IDC’s report, “Worldwide Datacenter Automation Software 2013 Vendor Shares,” determined that VMware’s lead in 2013 jumped 65.6 percent over 2012 results and its market share now stands at 24.1 percent, more than 10 percentage points above the second place vendor. Overall, the worldwide market for datacenter automation grew by 22.1 percent to $1.8 billion in 2013. Download full IDC report here.

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

Constant Change in Technology Is the Steady State

The VMworld Barcelona TV crew caught up yesterday with Paul Chapman, VMware VP of Global Infrastructure and Cloud Operations. In this short video, he describes how VMware is challenged with the same IT complexities as other large, global corporations—we have to run the business on a day-to-day basis, take orders, ship products, recognize revenue and so forth. And, because internally we’ve solved real-world issues that resonate with many of our customers, we’re now in a position to share how to solve many of those problems in a game-changing way.

Handcrafted IT Infrastructure – Are You Still Relevant?

Author: Joe Chenevey

I’m a fan of George R.R. Martin’s best selling book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, as well as HBO’s television adaptation, A Game of Thrones. The first book in the series was published in 1996, and the current and fifth installment released in 2011. Five books in 15 years with two more planned! I imagine that when Martin started writing the first installment in the mid-90s, he used a desktop app on a PC, or perhaps he was still banging away on a Brother electronic typewriter—a relic even in those days.

Today, as he writes his sixth (and has hopefully started his seventh) book, I’m optimistic that he uses modern tools of the trade such as a razor-thin laptop, a smartphone, and productivity apps that can be sync’d between disparate devices through the cloud. Can you imagine if Martin was really old-school and wrote his manuscripts with a pen and paper? By the time the last two installments were completed and published, I might be older than Maester Aemon of the Night’s Watch (if you’ve read the books or watched the series, you know to whom I’m referring). And some friendly advice to sponsor network, HBO—please give George all the techie tools he needs to get those books written faster, so I can enjoy them and your wonderful TV series sooner rather than later.

Technology has transformed the publishing industry by enabling a much faster lifecycle from content creation to content publishing. Even considering physical books, the process to print, bind, package, and distribute a book is largely automated. In the world of IT, more so than in the world of publishing, both providers and consumers of IT services expect machine precision and speed.

So why is it that—even with widespread adoption of server virtualization—several large IT organizations I’ve been working with over the past weeks still primarily provision their IT infrastructure manually, component by component?

These IT organizations are finding that their consumers—the lines of business—are starting to look elsewhere for their infrastructure needs. The price for manually provisioned IT infrastructure as provided by their IT organization has become prohibitive both in terms of cost and time. And, as consumers, they are simply no longer willing to accept the long lifecycle to develop new services and provision workloads.

The explosive growth in the public IaaS market should indicate to all IT organizations struggling to keep up with demand that automating infrastructure provisioning has not only become a key competitive differentiator, but it will become a requirement for IT organizations to remain relevant to their business users. I see the market for handcrafted, highly customized IT services plummeting dramatically as consumers increasingly turn to service providers that can produce and offer the same infrastructure product faster and cheaper. For some companies, the path to maintaining relevance will not be a pure private model but actually involve a hybrid cloud service model in order to more quickly satisfy business demand while still maintaining overall control of workloads (and keeping infrastructure costs as low as possible).

The question for today’s CIO is: How long can you compete against third-party service providers and stay relevant to your enterprise? If the thought troubles you, it’s time you and your IT organization start defining a strategy on how to insert automation into your IT services. Automated provisioning and deployment—a vital cloud capability—addresses the needs of both your business users and your IT staff. The consumers of your IT services benefit from faster deployment of new infrastructure—in hours versus weeks—and more control over their workflow via self-service portals. By reducing the need for manual intervention, an automated system frees up your valuable IT resources for reassignment to strategic jobs that drive innovation. And most importantly, it enables IT and business users to work as partners—not adversaries.

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Joe Chenevey is a business solutions architect for VMware Accelerate Advisory Services. You can follow him on Twitter @VIJoe_Chenevey

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Join Us For a Software-Defined Data Center Twitter Chat on June 27th 8am &11am PST

Author: Rob Jenkins, Director VMware Accelerate Advisory Services EMEA

We’ve been talking a lot lately about the software-defined data center (SDDC) as it relates to financial services, information security, and emerging IT cloud careers.  As the Accelerate team meets with customers, we find that there are still many questions around how this infrastructure will eventually transform IT from the traditional model to one focused on business agility. And their business issues range from how to drive down cost and streamline their IT organization to be more efficient and responsive, to managing expectations of internal IT business stakeholders.

So, we’re pleased to announce a Twitter Chat around this topic—to hear what others in the industry are thinking and to provide our insight.

Please share this information with your teams, and I look forward to an open dialogue at the chat.  (You can find me on Twitter here @cloud_rob)

HOSTS: VMware Events (@VMwareEvents) and IDG (@IDGtechtalk)

WHAT: Live Twitter Chat on Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC)

WHEN: June 27, 2013, 8-8:30a and 11a-12p PT (3p & 6p GMT)

WHERE: Twitter or any Twitter client, recommend using Twubs

Hashtag: #vSDDCchat

Mark it on your calendar!

Download the white paper: Catching the Tide: IT as a Service (ITaaS)

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More Details on Twitter Chats: 

What is #vSDDCchat?

#vSDDCchat is an online Twitter Chat scheduled on June 27, 2013 at 8a & 11a PT (3p & 6p GMT). The topic is the software-defined data center (SDDC), and everyone is welcome to join.

What are some sample questions that will be posed during #vSDDCchat?

  • “What are the core technologies that enable SDDC?”
  • “As an IT professional, what is your opinion of SDDC?”
  • “What is the biggest challenge or misunderstanding about SDDC?”
  • “Will SDDC change the role of IT in your organization?  If so, how and why?”

…and more!

How do I participate in #vSDDCchat?

Is this your first time participating in a Twitter Chat? You can use Twubs to help you easily follow the conversation.  Enter in our hashtag #vSDDCchat to see only this specific chat stream (after signing in, it will ask you to authorize Twubs to use your Twitter account).  Then you’re ready to go and can post your thoughts in the text bar to be added to the action.  If you’re a more advanced Twitter user, you can also use tools like HootSuite, TweetDeck, or TweetGrid to filter for all posts marked #vSDDCchat.

If you’re planning to take part through just the standard Twitter site, please remember to add the hash #vSDDCchat to all of your tweets so your comments aren’t overlooked.

Get ready! It’s a fast-paced conversation with 140 characters or less at a time. Every 10 minutes the moderator will pose a new question. It’s not necessary for you to answer/comment on every question, but it’s a terrific way to get a variety of perspectives and to keep the conversation moving. 

Technical Steps for Participation 

  1. Your first tweet should include your name, title, company you work for, and hashtag #vSDDCchat
  2. Subsequent tweets should start with the question number you are responding to and include the #vSDDCchat hashtag. For example, “@VMwareEvents A2: Agreed, SDDC is actually an architecture and not just one product #vSDDCchat
  3. Be yourself and please don’t push your product during the conversation.
  4. Use common sense and don’t say things that might come back to hurt you or your business.
  5. Be nice to your fellow tweeters.

Chat Tips

  1. Don’t worry about catching and reading every tweet—find the ones that speak to you and go from there.
  2. Remember that your tweets go to all your Twitter followers unless you DM someone (to DM someone, they have to be following you).
  3. Try to tweet complete thoughts whenever possible- this will help followers outside the chat learn from you.
  4. Consider sending out a tweet in advance letting your followers know that you’re participating in this Twitter Chat, and encourage them to take part in the convo with you.

Moving Beyond Virtualization 101

It All Started with Server Virtualization

Rob Jenkins, Director of VMware Accelerate Advisory Services in EMEA, presented on the journey to virtualized compute — from server consolidation, to automation, to game changing ITaaS — at IDC’s Cloud and Virtualisation event in Dublin this month. At the time, no one predicted the impact server virtualization would have on the IT industry. VMware’s early customers achieved unheard of cost savings and ROIs, leading to unprecedented adoption of this technology by more than 500,000 customers.

You can follow Rob @cloud_rob

Is the Software-Defined Data Center a Good Fit for Financial Services?

Author: Mark Sarago

Most of my career as a chief information officer was in the financial services field, including mortgage banking, insurance and auto lending/leasing. Financial services companies, as well as healthcare providers and insurers, have heightened sensitivity to industry compliance rules and customer privacy concerns. As a result, the IT organization often prioritizes its focus on a tight security profile.

Compliance and privacy concerns range from restricting access to customer Personally Identifiable Information (PII), patient healthcare records (HIPAA compliance), and the company financial data or customer equity and bond trading transactions (SEC compliance). Breaches to data security that result in violations of compliance and privacy rules can result multi-million dollar fines or severely tarnishing a well-established brand.

It was not uncommon for my organization’s chief risk officer or chief legal counsel to forcibly mandate that no company or customer data move beyond the “four walls” of our dedicated data centers.

Recently, as a VMware Accelerate Advisory Services strategist working with a global financial institution, I saw this security mandate extend to a prohibition against the use of public cloud services or the use of multi-tenant, co-located data centers for business software application development, quality assurance procedures, and high-volume stress-testing activities—even when the underlying test data was completely fictitious! (click on image to download related case study)

The main concern with using a public cloud is that services are typically provided in multi-tenant environments. Multi-tenancy is the norm because it significantly reduces the operating costs for the public cloud provider. As a result, financial services, healthcare and insurance companies usually bypass pubic cloud solutions in favor of implementing private clouds within wholly owned or dedicated data centers.

The capabilities offered by the software-defined data center (SDDC) are perfect for private clouds, and accordingly, are an appropriate fit for financial services, healthcare and insurance companies that operate dedicated data centers.

SDDC provides software systems and technologies to virtualize networks and storage, as well as servers. SDDC implementations result in reducing overall CapEx and OpEx costs while enhancing automated workload provisioning, pooling resources and application security.

Financial institutions, healthcare and insurance companies that are early adopters of SDDC technologies are focused on implementing the components in dedicated private clouds. I expect this trend to continue as SDDC features become more widely adopted in the near-term future.

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Mark Sarago is a business solutions strategist with VMware Accelerate Advisory Services.

VMware AccelerateTM Advisory Services can help you define your IT strategy through balanced transformation plans across people, process and technology. Visit our Web site to learn more about our offerings, or reach out to us today at: accelerate@vmware.com for more information.

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Where Are You on Your Journey to ITaaS?

 

According to an independent research study* by Management Insight Technologies, the path to ITaaS is a three-phase journey. This VMware infographic illustrates that CIOs who are moving their organization forward on the journey are unlocking new forms of value for the business.

 * From an independent study conducted by Management Insight Technologies, the fourth annual study of its kind. Its findings were gathered through a blind market sample spanning several countries, weighted by customer size in each region.