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They’re Back! Education Lounge Sessions at VMworld 2016 Europe

211894-vmworld-social-media-FB-1200x630VMworld 2016 Europe is less than two weeks away! We wanted to make sure you knew about the learning opportunities available from the VMware Education Services team.

We have four great VMworld Education Breakout Sessions planned on topics including vSphere and Horizon troubleshooting. And back by popular demand will be our Theatre Sessions in the VMworld Education and Certification Lounge, located in VMvillage in Hall 8.1. You can add these to your schedule using the VMworld 2016 Europe Schedule Builder.

Things to know:

  • Each session is 30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A
  • All technical sessions are presented by VMware Certified Instructors
  • Many sessions will include Q&A with senior technical support staff
  • Walk-Ins are welcome! If the session shows closed, come by anyway. We will find a place for you.

INF10005-EDU Troubleshooting Tips for vSphere 6
Presented by: Javier Menendez

  • Tue, 10/18 11:00-11:30
  • Wed, 10/19 14:00-14:30

STO10006-EDU Troubleshooting for Virtual SAN 6.2: Tips & Tricks
Presented by: Javier Menendez
Q&A Support: Francis Daly

  • Tue, 10/18 17:00-17:30
  • Thu, 10/20 12:00-12:30

EUC10008-EDU 10 Tips for Troubleshooting Horizon
Presented by: Linus Bourque
Q&A Support: Johnathan Perrot

  • Tue, 10/18 12:00-12:30
  • Wed, 10/19 11:00-11:30

NET10009-EDU Advanced VMware NSX Troubleshooting
Presented by: James Schallau
Q&A Support: Arantxa Duque Barrachina

  • Tue, 10/18 16:00-16:30
  • Wed, 10/19 15:00-15:30

EUC10010-EDU Introduction to AirWatch and VMware Identity Manager
Presented by: Andy Roberts

  • Tue, 10/18 14:00-14:30

INF10017-EDU vRealize Automation: Abstracting the vSphere Endpoint as a Cloud Resource
Presented by: Brett Guarino

  • Wed, 10/19 12;00-12:30
  • Thu, 10/20 11:00-11:30

SDDC10013-EDU vSphere Core 4 Performance Troubleshooting: An Overview
Presented by: Javier Menendez

  • Thu, 10/20 9:00-9:30

SDDC10019-EDU Preparing for Your VDCX Defense: Things You Need to Know
Presented by: Brett Guarino

  • Tue, 10/18 13:00-13:30

SDDC10015-EDU Prove Your Skills and your Value with VMware Certification
Presented by: Paul Sorensen

  • Tue, 10/18 15:00-15:30
  • Thu, 10/20 10:00-10:30

SDDC10016-EDU VMware Enterprise Learning Subscription: A Complete Cloud-based Training Solution
Presented by: Steve Haft / Jason Dinsdale

  • Wed, 10/19 13:00-13:30

Reserve Your Seat Now for Education Breakout Sessions at VMworld EMEA

211894-vmworld-social-media-FB-1200x630VMworld 2016 Europe kicks off in less than one month! If you are registered to attend, the VMworld 2016 Europe Schedule Builder is your pass for getting a seat at the hottest sessions, labs, demos and discussions. It’s very easy to get started:

  1. Go to Content Catalog and browse for sessions of interest
  2. When you spot a session you’d like to pre-register for, click +
  3. If you’re not already logged in, you’ll be prompted for your VMworld account credentials

You can see all your reserved sessions by clicking the calendar icon in Content Catalog. You can also click the star to save a session as a favorite and come back later.

For those in town on Monday, October 17, we invite you to attend our Quick Talk on the Enterprise Learning Subscription – one of our newest training offerings:

Learning in the Cloud: VMware Education’s New Enterprise Learning Subscription (SDDC8945-QT)
Presenters: Education Services Team
Monday, October 17 at 15:00 – 15:30

We are bringing some of our most popular sessions to VMworld 2016 Europe. Based on the response in the US, these sessions will fill quickly. Claim your spot now!

vSphere Core 4 Performance Troubleshooting & Root Cause Analysis Part 1: CPU & RAM – INF8780
Presenter: Brett Guarino
Wednesday, October 19 at 15:30 – 16:30

vSphere Core 4 Performance Troubleshooting & Root Cause Analysis Part 2: Disk & Network (INF8701)
Presenter: Brett Guarino
Tuesday, October 18 at 15:30 – 16:30

These two sessions made the daily Top 10 List at VMworld 2016 US:

Troubleshooting 101 for Horizon (EUC8243)
Presenter: Linus Bourque
Tuesday, October 18 at 17:00-18:00

Troubleshooting vSphere 6: Tips & Tricks for the Real World (INF8755)
Presenter: Javier Menendez
Wednesday, October 19 at 12:30 – 13:30

Going to VMworld? Reserve Your Seat for Education Breakout Sessions.

8/22 Update: Repeat Sessions Added for our Hottest Topics

vSphere Core 4 Performance Troubleshooting & Root Cause Analysis Part 1: CPU & RAM – INF8780
Repeat Session: Tuesday, August 30th at 4:00pm – 5:00pm

vSphere Core 4 Performance Troubleshooting & Root Cause Analysis Part 2: Disk & Network – INF8701
Repeat Session: Tuesday, August 30th at 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Troubleshooting 101 for Horizon – EUC8243
Repeat Session: Thursday, September 1st at 10:30am – 11:30am

Troubleshooting vSphere 6: Tips & Tricks for the Real World – INF8755
Repeat Session: Thursday, September 1st at 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Advanced NSX Troubleshooting: Tips & Tricks for Experienced Users – NET8680
Repeat Session: Tuesday, August 30th at 12:30pm – 1:30pm


We are just one month from kicking off VMworld 2016 US! If you are registered to attend, the VMworld 2016 US Schedule Builder is your pass for getting a seat at the hottest sessions, labs, demos and discussions. It’s very easy to get started:

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  1. Go to Content Catalog and browse for sessions of interest
  2. When you spot a session you’d like to pre-register for, click +
  3. If you’re not already logged in, you’ll be prompted for your VMworld account credentials

You can see all your reserved sessions by clicking the calendar icon in Content Catalog. You can also click the star to save a session as a favorite and come back later.

Be sure to check out these sessions delivered by the VMware training and certification team.

vSphere Core 4 Performance Troubleshooting & Root Cause Analysis Part 1: CPU & RAM – INF8780
Presenters: Jon Loux and Carl Paterik
Monday, August 29th at 11:00am – 12:00pm

vSphere Core 4 Performance Troubleshooting & Root Cause Analysis Part 2: Disk & Network – INF8701
Presenters: Jon Loux and Brett Guarino
Monday, August 29th at 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Troubleshooting 101 for Horizon – EUC8243
Presenters: Linus Bourque and Joe Cooper
Tuesday, August 30th at 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Troubleshooting vSphere 6: Tips & Tricks for the Real World – INF8755
Presenter: Javier Menendez
Wednesday, August 31st at 8:30am – 9:30am

 Advanced NSX Troubleshooting: Tips & Tricks for Experienced Users – NET8680
Presenters: Tim Burkard & Stephen DeBarros
Wednesday, August 31st at 8:30am – 9:30am

Day 2 Automated Operations with vRealize Automation 7 and the Event Broker Services, A Deep Dive – MGT9184
Presenters: Carl Paterik and Brett Guarino
Wednesday, August 31st at 11:30am – 12:30pm

Troubleshooting VSAN 6.2: Tips & Tricks for the Real World – STO8750
Presenter: Javier Menendez
Wednesday, August 31st at 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Taking Back the Desktop – EUC8853
Presenter: Linus Bourque
Wednesday, August 31st at 2:00pm – 3:00pm PST

 Architecting VSAN for Horizon – the VCDX Way! – EUC8648
Presenters: Ray Heffer and Simon Long
Tuesday, August 30th at 2:30pm – 3:30pm PST

An Architects Guide to Designing Risk: The VDCX Methodology – INF9048
Presenters: Daemon Behr
Wednesday, August 31st at 1:00pm – 2:00pm PST

On the Front Line: A VCDX Perspective Working in VMware Global Support Services – SDDC7502
Presenters: Panel Discussion
Wednesday, August 31st at 2:30pm – 3:30pm PST

Learning in the Cloud: VMware Education’s New Enterprise Learning Subscription – SDDC8945-QT
Presenters: Steve Haft & Damian Wraa
Sunday, August 28th at 2:00pm – 2:30pm

Plan Now to Catch these Sessions at VMworld 2016 US

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Last week we told you about the breakout sessions that VMware Certified Instructors (VCIs) and VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDXs) are delivering at VMworld 2016 US in Las Vegas.

But did you know there are more opportunities to hear from these great speakers?

Once again the Education and Certification Lounge (located in the VM Village) will host a theater with 30 minute sessions all week. Download the schedule and make a note in your calendar so you don’t miss your favorites, or you can add them to your official VMworld 2016 US Schedule.

  • Troubleshooting Tips for vSphere 6 by Javier Menendez
  • Troubleshooting for Virtual SAN 6.2: Tips & Tricks by Javier Menendez
  • Troubleshooting for Horizon: Tips & Tricks by Linus Bourque and Joe Cooper
  • Advanced VMware NSX Troubleshooting by Tim Burkard and Stephen DeBarros
  • VMware Identity Manager: Application Management and Business Use Cases by Andy Roberts
  • Automating Your Network Services Deployments with NSX and vRealize Automation by John Krueger
  • VMware NSX: Life After Deployment by John Krueger
  • vRealize Automation: Abstracting the vSphere Endpoint as a Cloud Resource by Brett Guarino
  • vSphere Core 4 Performance Troubleshooting: An Overview by Jon Loux
  • Transforming Day 2 Operations with vRealize 7.0 Event Broker by Carl Paterik
  • Prove Your Skills and your Value with VMware Certification by Paul Sorensen and Karl Childs
  • VMware Enterprise Learning Subscription: A Complete Cloud-based Training Solution by Steve Haft and Damian Wraa

We recommend adding popular sessions even if they have a waitlist in the schedule builder tool. There will be plenty of standing room in the lounge! Additionally, session attendees who scan themselves in will receive the presentation in an email after VMworld wraps.

For those unable to make it to VMworld US this year, look out for live streams on our Twitter and Facebook pages! We are taking requests, so feel free to let us know which sessions you’d like us to stream in the comments below.

We can’t wait to see you in Vegas!

The IT Landscape Is Changing: Are You Ready

The landscape of IT is shifting. As cloud computing, mobile, and other technologies that enable “anytime, anywhere” business continue to claim a more central role in organizations of all types, the need for IT to transform from a strictly “keep the lights on” service organization to an integrated, strategic business unit increases.

This is a major change, and with any major change there are bound to be growing pains. In the remainder of this blog post, we’ll discuss ways organizations and IT professionals can prepare and fully embrace this change.

Adopt New Technologies

In an interview, Chris Wolf, CTO, Americas at VMware, notes that when he asks Security Administrators about their work, they report that more than 80 percent of their time is spent managing service tickets.

Enabling IT to operate strategically means adopting technologies that automate the service tasks currently occupying the bulk of IT’s waking hours. Embracing Software Defined Data Centers (SDDCs) and Network Virtualization, which provides automation, micro-segmented security, and HA/DR, will free up time for IT to focus on contributing to other parts of the business.

“SDDC automates the mundane parts of the job,” says Wolf, “so IT teams can spread their time researching threats or building automated counter-measures – all the other fun things that you see on TV.”

Know Your Role 

As IT organizations as a whole change, individual roles within IT departments will undergo transformations as well. Understanding how both the demands of business and the automation enabled by adoption of new technologies will affect the roles of IT individuals is critical in allowing for a smooth transition.

Software-Defined Shifts: The Evolution of IT Career Paths provides an in-depth glance at how individual IT roles will shift in coming days. Below are highlights from a few of the roles:

    • Today’s Role: Configuring, monitoring, troubleshooting networks
    • Tomorrow’s Role: Validating designs, automating network operations, agility champion
  • IT Architect:
    • Today’s Role: Design end-to-end solutions, align solutions to business needs
    • Tomorrow’s Role: Design multi-cloud solutions, champion innovation, enable agility and security, reduce risk
  • Virtualization Admin:
    • Today’s Role: Ensure integration availability, ensure performance of all virtual resources
    • Tomorrow’s Role: Integrate trusted modules with key services and tools

 Get Smart, Get Certified, Close the Skills Gap

One of the greatest stumbling blocks to embracing the new role of IT is a skills gap among IT professionals. In its recent survey report, Ascending cloud: The adoption of cloud computing in five industries, The Economist Intelligence Unit noted that 31% of respondents indicated that the greatest challenge to implementing cloud infrastructure was a lack of qualified personnel.

Addressing this need for educated practitioners from another angle, ComputerWorld recently emphasized the importance for IT professionals of attaining certifications. Its survey on the topic reveals that 42% of IT professionals indicate that certifications have been helpful for landing jobs and promotions and that certification in specific technologies is the biggest contributor to career advancement.

VMware offers a variety of training and certification courses for IT professionals ready to level up their skill sets. Start your journey with our Learning Paths, designed to help you find the course you need based on the product, your role, and your level of experience.

Has VMware Education Helped You? We Want to Know

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Have you had a recent training or certification experience that you’d like to tell us about? Had a great instructor in class? Received praise from a manager or colleague for your certification?

Tell us all about it in our new survey. 

We are always looking for stories to share with others in the community about how VMware Education and Certification has benefited individuals and organizations. This quick 5 minute survey helps easily collect that information.

Plus, as thanks for your participation, you’ll be entered in a $500 prize drawing when you complete the survey.

 

Save Room in your VMworld Europe Schedule

VMworld Cert-Graphic-VMworld 2015 Europe is just a few weeks away! Now is the time to start thinking about which sessions and activities to attend.

We have some terrific 30 minute Theatre Sessions planned in the VMworld Education and Certification Lounge (Located in Hall 7) each day. Be sure to add these to your personalized schedule using the VMworld 2015 Europe Schedule Builder. Many of these sessions were standing room only at VMworld 2015 US, so be sure to sign up early and reserve your seat.

Virtual SAN 6: A Radically Simple Solution

  • Tuesday, 1pm
  • Wednesday, 4pm

VMware Virtual SAN is radically simple, hypervisor-converged storage designed and optimized for vSphere virtual infrastructure. Join Javier Menendez for a quick dive into the capabilities of VMware Virtual SAN 6 and training options available to build your skills and knowledge.

VMware NSX: What, How and Why?

  • Tuesday, 3pm
  • Wednesday, 2pm

Have you deployed VMware NSX and want to know what it can do for you? Or maybe you’re considering it and just want to learn more. Come join Paul McSharry for an overview of what the NSX platform means to an enterprise, their business and technical staff. Example use cases are discussed, followed by a deeper look into the components and considerations to deploy the platform. Attendees will be guided to additional content and a high level approach for proof of concept with NSX n their environment.

VMware vSphere 6: Troubleshooting Tips and Tricks

  • Tuesday, 11am
  • Wednesday, 1pm
  • Thursday, 11am

Did you know that vSphere 6 launched more than 650 new features and innovations? Javier Menendez will share troubleshooting techniques to help you be better prepared to take advantage of what vSphere 6 can offer.

vRealize Automation: Abstracting the vSphere Endpoint as a Cloud Resource

  • Tuesday, 2pm
  • Wednesday, 11am

VMware vRealize™ Automation is a phenomenal product that goes beyond Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) based cloud delivery solutions, and is wholly dedicated to providing a true Anything as a Service (XaaS) solution. Join Brett Guarino for this session where we’ll define how a traditional vSphere infrastructure built using vCenter Server and ESXi hosts will be abstracted as a resource to be used by the vRealize Automation Cloud Abstraction layer.

Introduction to AirWatch

  • Tuesday, 4pm

AirWatch is an enterprise mobility management (EMM) platform with the flexibility to support multiple use cases with unified management of endpoints, end-to-end security from devices to data center, and seamless integration across enterprise systems. Join Andy Roberts for an overview of AirWatch applications and functions from an end-user perspective. Learn more about how to deploy enterprise mobility solutions across every device, every operating system and every mobile deployment while integrating with existing enterprise systems and providing a unified experience for your end-users.

VMware Training: How Do You Prefer to Learn?

  • Wednesday, 12pm

Whether you prefer self-paced, online or traditional classroom training, VMware Education Services has an option that fits your schedule and your learning style. Andy Cary will explore different training methods and also tell you how we can assess your organization’s learning needs and deliver customized, tailored training.

Get on Track with the VMware Certification Roadmap

  • Tuesday, 12pm

VMware certification validates critical skills for IT professionals in high demand areas such as cloud and virtualization. Paul Sorensen will walk you through the certification process and help you understand how achieving VMware certification supports and expands your career goals. We’ll discuss tips and techniques to help you prepare for your exam, including VMware Learning Zone.

VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Quickstart

  • Wednesday, 3pm
  • Thursday, 1pm

Are you ready to achieve the status of VMware® Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV)? Undeleeb Din will discuss tools and resources available to help you prepare for the exam, give you a feel for the way exam items will be presented, along overview key concepts included in the exam.

Where to Start with vSphere 6 Training

  • Tuesday, 12pm

VMware training provides critical skills for IT professionals in high demand areas such as cloud and virtualization. Javier Menendez will walk you through the training process and help you understand how attending VMware training supports and expands your career goals. We’ll discuss how to identify the correct course for your job role and the different ways to attend training, including VMware On Demand.

VMware NSX Insights From an Expert, Part 2

Hatem NaguibLast week we shared the first part of an interview with Hatem Naguib, VMware Vice President, Network and Security, where we asked him to share his insight on VMware NSX, the tangible business benefits it makes possible, and the advantages it offers VMware customers. Here is the rest of that fascinating interview. 


Talk about VMware NSX and OpenStack

Everything within VMware NSX is API driven. You can automate the provisioning, control and creation of network services and topologies through cloud management systems. OpenStack is certainly one option. VMware Integrated OpenStack can talk directly to VMware NSX to create network topologies. Traditional OpenStack in the market has a Neutron plug-in. This is culled from the OpenStack UI to gain access to network and security services. When VMware acquired Nicira, we became a dominant contributor to the Neutron plug-in, and we continue to support it as a core component of VMware NSX. Many customers have used vCloud Director in the past and are using vRealize Automation going forward as a great tool for defining a set of services and a service catalog. They can then use blueprints and templates to provision those services. Underneath that, it is culling VMware NSX to provide topologies, security groups and load balancing features used by vRealize Automation in those provisioning scenarios.

One of the benefits described for VMware NSX is that it helps customers realize the full potential of the Software-Defined Data Center. What does this really mean for our customers?

Customers want to move to a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) because they recognize this is the right way to build cloud, the fastest way to provision and manage infrastructure – and also the most cost-effective. From a VMware perspective, this is part and parcel to everything we deliver for our solutions – from vSphere to the management solutions, to how we deliver end-user computing to how we deliver EVO:RACK. A core component and what makes the SDDC real for our customers is not simply the provisioning of the compute resources – not just getting the desktop virtualized – it’s actually having all the connective tissue associated with it. This is what VMware NSX delivers. It brings the SDDC to life for the workloads customers have in their environments.

How does VMware NSX help customers solve some of the common problems within the data center?

We hear from a lot of customers that they can get a virtual machine up and running within seconds, but only when they need to add a set of services to the virtual machine, such as provisioning a VLAN, adding a firewall rule or updating a load balancer topology. Customers are now demanding the ability to both provision and make these services available instantaneously. VMware NSX makes it possible to deliver these services at cloud speed. Another great example is when customers are expanding the data center and want to add compute or physical resources relatively easily to the environment. If everything is tied to the hardware, it is a large configuration process to add a new rack of servers to the infrastructure, for example. With VMware NSX, all of the logic required for the workload is actually sitting in software. This radically simplifies the ability to add one rack—or even multiple racks—to the data center. Customers can flip a switch and gain immediate access to resources correlated to the environment. This is very helpful for customers who want to grow or shrink their environment.

Where do you see VMware NSX going in the future?

We continue to evolve the VMware NSX platform to map very closely to the transformation that is happening with our customers and to support how they are managing their data centers. We are deeply integrated in three specific areas. The first two being virtualized infrastructure and hybrid cloud services. The third is security, and I’m seeing a big transformation in this area. Customers are shifting their perspective from asking, “How do we manage the boundaries of the data center?” to “How do we implement security polices inside the data center – and not make them IP or MAC address-based, but actually correlate them to the architecture within the data center?”

If I’m creating an application, I want it to have a set of security policies that are defined at the time of creation and move with the application. This is a fundamentally different way of managing security. Because VMware NSX provides a distributed service throughout the entire infrastructure, we can provide security everywhere within the context of the data center, and get a better understanding of what’s happening within the applications sitting on the virtual machine. This changes the dynamics of how customers are defining their security policies, and ensuring they are mapped to their business requirements.

If you could offer one piece of advice to a networking expert looking to build their career, what would you tell them?

I would advise them to seriously consider pursuing network virtualization certifications and making VMware Certified Design Expert – Network Virtualization (VCDX-NV) their goal. When I attended VMworld a couple of years ago, I spoke with a young network professional just starting their career. They were considering another certification program, but told me they realized the future of the data center is with software and this is where customers are going. They wanted to take a more VMware-centric and software-centric approach. This person recognized the future is definitely moving toward software. They wanted to be part of this future. And you don’t have to just take my word for it. Check out what many of our VCDX-NV certified professionals have to say about it.

VMware NSX Insight From an Expert, Part 1

The demand for VMware NSX is growing. And while customers realize its potential, they are often unclear on the tangible business benefits made possible with VMware NSX. We sat down with Hatem Naguib, VMware Vice President, Network and Security, and asked him to share his insight on VMware NSX and the advantages it offers VMware customers. This interview will be split into two posts over the next two weeks. (Ed. Update – see the 2nd half here.)


At a basic level, what is VMware NSX and why should VMware customers consider it?

VMware NSX is a network virtualization platform. It is software that provides customers with the ability to deliver a set of virtual services for their workloads, very similar to what VMware vSphere did for compute virtualization. This includes switching, routing, load balancing and firewalling as logical services for workloads to access for deployments customers perform in or outside of their data centers.

What are the primary use cases you are seeing from VMware customers who have implemented VMware NSX?

We are seeing three key use cases with our customers who have implemented VMware NSX: automation, security and application continuity. Automation enables customers to automate the delivery, provision and configure services for network and security, and correlate those to the workloads they are deploying. For example, if you have provisioned a virtual machine and want to provision a VLAN or add firewall rules, VMware NSX allows you to automate these. And because VMware NSX is application program interface (API)-driven, customers can leverage cloud management software such as VMware vRealize Automation or OpenStack, or even their own portal to automate provisioning of these IT services.

The second key use case is security, and there are two dominant scenarios. The first has to do with firewalling. VMware NSX provides the ability to do firewalling beyond what you traditionally see on a traditional physical north/south perimeter firewall, or as a virtualized form factor of a hardware firewall. VMware NSX has developed a kernel module that operates as a firewall. Every packet leaving every Virtual Network Interface Card (VNIC) can get security policy with it. For the first time, customers can efficiently put security policies inside their data center to manage the 80 percent of traffic that flows east/west between VMs. This allows security professionals to implement micro segmentation in their environment. This is important because the vast majority of data breaches come from within the data center.

Applications don’t have control around security except at the perimeter with a large physical appliance-based north/south firewall, an intrusion detection system (IDS), or an intrusion prevention system (IPS). Microsegmentation lets you create micro segments in your environment that completely encapsulate the traffic flowing between your workloads and that are very specific to that workload and the type of policy you want to set. And because this is in software, if you move the workload, the policies go with it. If you remove the workload those policies disappear. You’re no longer supporting thousands of rules in a firewall sitting on the perimeter. You actually have a dynamic secure infrastructure within your data center and true policy-based automation.

The second scenario for security is with virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). A lot of customers who deploy virtual desktops have a gateway appliance to control which devices get into the data center. But once that device is in, the virtual desktop has access to all internal data center applications. VMware NSX allows you to assign very prescriptive policy-based security to virtual desktop infrastructure, leveraging the same benefits of microsegmentation. These policies live and die with the virtual desktop, based on it being part of the environment or being removed.

The third use case we’re seeing is application continuity. Many customers leverage VMware NSX for disaster recovery (DR) or multi-site type capabilities. These software-based services within VMware NSX make this very compelling for our customers. First, much of the challenge of disaster recovery isn’t moving the virtual machine, but making certain the network and security policies are synchronized between your primary and DR sites. Leveraging VMware NSX with a tool like VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager, or similar third-party tools, allow you to dynamically synchronize your network security and policies in your primary and DR sites. This reduces the time required to recover from a disaster by up to 70 percent.

VMware Education Services offer a variety of VMware NSX training and certification programs. What role do these play in helping customers successfully adopt VMware NSX?

When we first launched VMware NSX, we recognized several things. For many of our customers this was a dramatic change, a part of a transformation in their data center over and above what they had historically been used to for managing hardware. It wasn’t enough to show what the product does, but we needed to articulate effectively the depth of what was required for customers to think of the Software-Defined Data Center model and how VMware NSX brings that to life. Classroom and self-paced training is available to help customers understand the use cases and how they can be leveraged for VMware NSX to deliver Software-Defined Data Center capabilities around IT automation, security and multi-site capabilities. We understood the importance of educating our customers, and helping them realize this new world provides a career path. We launched VMware NSX certifications, including the highest level of certification for network virtualization—VMware Certification
Design Expert – Network Virtualization (VCDX-NV).


Look for part 2 of the interview next week.

Get Virtually Fit with vSphere 6 Boot Camp

When VMware introduced vSphere 6 in February, it was one of the most anticipated product launches in VMware’s history. This new version of vSphere came loaded with over 650 new features.

vSphere 6 Boot Camp_tshirt photoVMware vSphere 6 delivers powerful capabilities. You need to be trained to take advantage of them. That’s why we’ve introduced the VMware vSphere 6 Boot Camp in cities across the US.

The vSphere 6 Boot Camp is not your traditional training. We’ve combined two of VMware’s most popular vSphere courses – vSphere Install, Configure, Manage [V6] and vSphere Optimize and Scale [V6] – to give you five days of intense, hands-on vSphere 6 training. We realize that completing the boot camp requires commitment. We’ve designed the course to deliver some real advantages:

  • You complete the equivalent of two courses in five days – you get back to work sooner, ready to use what you’ve learned
  • Being in the classroom with an instructor gives you instant access to VMware experts trained in vSphere 6 and its capabilities
  • This is the only course currently offered that maps to both the VMware Certified Professional 6  (VCP6) Foundation and VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV) exams
  • You get a free catered lunch
  • When you complete the course, you get the exclusive “Boot Camp Survivor” t-shirt

Completing the vSphere 6 Boot Camp will set you apart from the crowd. Register now to take advantage of this great opportunity to gain in-depth, comprehensive vSphere 6 training.

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Denver, CO June 1, 2015
Chicago, IL May 18, 2015, June 1, 2015
Burlington, MA May 18, 2015, June 1, 2015, June 15, 2015
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Washington, DC June 15, 2015
San Francisco, CA June 8, 2015, June 15, 2015