Compliance Kit

Introducing the Compliance Kit for NIST 800-53

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On August 8th, VMware released the first VMware Validated Design Compliance Kit. This is an exciting first step towards security and compliance automation. Building the kit on existing VMware Validated Designs shortens the time to attain compliance, saves money, and reduces risk. Introduction to Compliance Predecessors of current technology had security features pretty much from Read more...

VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center (VVD for SDDC) 5.0

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On January 22nd, 2019, VMware released the VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) version 5.0.  This latest update provides several significant upgrades to the bill of materials along with some minor tweaks to the architecture and offers a vastly improved deployment experience. New Documentation Map The VMware Validated Design consist of a set Read more...

VMware Validated Designs at VMworld Europe 2018

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The VMware Validated Design team has something for everyone, even if you’re not able to attend, at VMworld Europe 2018. First we have two new Early Access documents available. These documents have been highly requested from customers and partners like you, and since this is an Early Access release you can give us your input Read more...

VMware Validated Design Announcements at VMworld 2018

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Coinciding with VMworld 2018 we have several updates to the VMware Validated Designs (VVDs) that I’m happy to announce. Hopefully, you caught the recent VMware Validated Design for SDDC 4.3 announcement from last month?  With the VVD for SDDC 4.3 we updated the software bill of materials (BOM), introduced support for using the vRealize Lifecycle Read more...

Introducing VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 4.3

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On July 17th VMware released another update to the VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center (VVD for SDDC).  This latest release (4.3) continues to build on the momentum established with previous updates by introducing many new features and capabilities that continue to improve the SDDC architecture and make it easier for customers to deploy and operate a VMware Read more...

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Introducing VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 4.2

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On Feb 13th VMware released the VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center version 4.2.  This latest update to our detailed prescriptive path on how to implement, operate, and maintain a VMware based Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) includes a few minor changes, such as updates to the software bill of materials and some new naming conventions, Read more...

Connecting IP-Based (NFS or ISCSI) External Storage To VMware Cloud Foundation

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VMware Cloud Foundation is based on a modern hyper-converged architecture that extensively leverages VMware vSAN – a vSphere-native software-defined storage platform that delivers flash-optimized storage for the software-defined data center (SDDC).  While vSAN is the primary storage platform for Cloud Foundation, that’s not to say it’s your only storage option. There are a number of Read more...

Introduction to VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3

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On Dec 5th, 2017, VMware announced the upcoming release of VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3.  This release comes with many new capabilities to help further simplify the tasks of deploying, operating and maintaining a VMware based hybrid cloud.  In this post, I will introduce you to some of the more notable features in this release, to include Read more...