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Views on VMworld 2018 from Scalar Decisions

It’s been three months since VMworld US 2018 – and with over 20 different announcements during the event, there’s been no shortage of new innovations and upgrades to explore from VMware.  We asked Daemon Behr, a Solutions Architect from Scalar Decisions to share his take on which announcements are making the biggest impact. Read on to find out what VMware products Scalar Decisions is most excited about as we head into the end of 2018.

 

VMworld US 2018 was exciting – with lots of announcements and tech previews, the event provided a solid insight into where the technology industry is going and how VMware fits into that future. As a partner, we left Las Vegas with great confidence in VMware’s long-term strategy and we’re enthusiastic about the opportunities we have together to help customer achieve their IT goals and harness the power of IT to compete in their respective industries.

Scalar Decisions has four main practice areas: security, infrastructure, digital transformation and cloud. Traditionally, these practice areas have operated independently but as the pace of digital innovation accelerates and technologies converge, we’re finding we can’t work separately anymore.  Today, all effective IT environments are hybrid environments and managing these environments independently is difficult.  VMware solutions allow us to do everything together – providing value to our customers through easier, more cost-effective management that allows the business to focus more on applications and building new things than their infrastructure alone.

There were three main announcement areas we found intriguing for our business and our customers at VMworld: VMware NSX Data Center, security (VMware App Defense) and cloud computing – specifically VMC on AWS.

VMware NSX Data Center

VMware NSX Data Center is the network virtualization platform for the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC), delivering networking and security entirely in software, abstracted from underlying physical infrastructure. It enables the Virtual Cloud Network, providing pervasive, end-to-end connectivity for your apps and your data, wherever they are.  We see great opportunity to have customer make more use of NSX for micro-segmentation and simplifying complex situations because they can use it on-prem initially, and then deploy it for cloud to simplify policy management for AWS, Azure and TCP environments. The ability to sync the on-prem data center and in-cloud environment is beneficial because it streamlines management and also makes it easier to migrate information from one environment to another, breaking down IT silos.

VMware AppDefense

VMware AppDefense is a data center endpoint security product that protects applications running in virtualized environments.  Rather than chasing after threats, AppDefense understands an application’s intended state and behaviour, then monitors for changes to that intended state that indicate a threat – so when a threat is detected, AppDefense automatically responds.  We see AppDefense as a big opportunity for two reasons: first and foremost, it makes it less expensive to protect the IT environment holistically – when you compare the cost of mitigating risks with the costs of implementing AppDefense, there’s no question of the value of the solution.  Secondly, VMware vSphere Platinum integrates vSphere’s native security capabilities with VMware AppDefense – resulting in the delivery of advanced application security features fully integrated into the hypervisor. Using machine learning and behavioral analytics, vSphere Platinum enables vSphere administrators to deliver more secure applications and infrastructure by enabling virtual machines (VMs) to run in a “known good” state. It offers direct visibility into VM intent and application behavior as well as fast and more accurate threat detection and response capabilities, enabling vSphere admins and security teams to better collaborate to protect the business.

VMware Cloud on AWS

We all heard the news at VMworld US: VMC on AWS is coming to Canada (central) in Q1 2019.  This on-demand service helps to reduce cost and effort associated with migrating applications to the cloud by delivering infrastructure and operations that are consistent with those deployed within on-prem data centers, yet again adding flexibility to how customers can deploy a hybrid cloud strategy.  This is hands-down one the most important initiatives happening for us and we’re already starting to prepare for that availability zone to become active in the new year.  For many companies, especially those in the government or public sector, the need to house data in Canada has stopped them from exploring public cloud environments to-date.  This availability will make public cloud a viable strategy for these companies, where it hasn’t been before, and we believe it’s going to significantly accelerate the pace at which Canadian companies – both public and private – implement a hybrid cloud strategy in their IT environments.

We’re excited to continue working closely with the VMware Canada team to deliver the next-generation of IT solutions to our customers.  Here’s to another year of IT innovation!

 

Special thanks to Daemon Behr for contributing this post!  For more about Scalar Decisions, visit www.scalar.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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