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VMworld 2012 Roundup and Friday Links

What a week, folks! VMworld 2012 was a smashing success. Our team enjoyed meeting a range of attendees and learning about their IT goals and challenges.

We announced the new VMware Go Pro on Monday, and through the event received great feedback from attendees.

If there was one universal item of feedback we heard time and again, it’s that attendees were impressed by Go Pro’s ease of use, and the ability to manage your entire IT operation from a single console. Those who stopped by the booth were also surprised by how quick and easy virtualization becomes with Go Pro.

Take a look at some of the candid shots we snapped over the course of the show below this week’s Friday links.

VMworld 2012: VMware declares death to vRam pricing (Network Computing)

IT considering BYOD to bring flexibility must not forget mobile device management (TechTarget)

A phantom menace gives IT the slip (InfoWorld)

The Problem with Social Collaboration on IT Projects (InformationWeek)

Pat Gelsinger and Joe Tucci at VMworld 2012 (Silicon Angle TV – video)

You can read our previous links round-ups here.

Busy day at the VMware Go Pro booth.

Data from Star Trek TNG at VMworld!

Get a Free 1-Year Subscription for VMware Go Pro at VMworld 2012!

It’s been a whirlwind day-plus here at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco – it already looks like another record-breaking number of attendees this year!

In case you missed it, we’re giving away a FREE one-year subscription for up to 100 machines to VMware Go Pro at our track session tonight – Creating a Highly Profitable Virtualization Practice with VMware Go Pro.

Look for a VMware Go Pro representative at tonight’s session for one of these cards:

It will include a subscription code that will unlock the industry’s most efficient IT management console for small and midsized businesses for a year. And did we mention it was FREE?!? You can’t go wrong!

VMworld 2012: Introducing the New VMware Go Pro for SMBs!

By Manoj Jayadevan

I am very pleased to officially announce the new-and-improved VMware Go Pro, another step forward in our commitment to provide simple and cost-effective solutions for growing SMBs to adopt and extend virtualization, and to improve the protection, scalability and reliability of their IT infrastructure.

VMware Go Pro is a Cloud-based virtualization deployment and management solution hosted by VMware that makes it easier and faster to virtualize, and simpler to manage and optimize a growing infrastructure across virtual and physical machines and software.  Cloud-based delivery ensures an “anytime anywhere” IT management solution since all that a user needs is an Internet connection and a web browser to manage and monitor his entire IT infrastructure.  Now with an even more streamlined look and feel, IT admins can start managing their virtual infrastructure right away and easily migrate to other VMware tools like the versatile vSphere Client.  The terminology, concepts, even icons are consistent – VMware Go Pro just makes it all simpler and easier to understand.

With VMware Go Pro, we are uniquely positioned to deliver exceptional value to our customers and partners by simplifying virtualization and IT for SMBs. The new release further helps our customers keep up with the growth of their virtualized infrastructure by enabling the deployment of VMware vCenter for centralized management.

Here are the top 3 benefits VMware Go Pro offers:

Simplified Virtualization for SMBs
The common barriers to virtualization are lack of expertise and initial upfront costs. VMware Go Pro is an affordable subscription based solution delivered over the cloud. Its step-by-step wizards guide novices and experienced virtualization administrators alike through deploying and managing virtualization.  And the web-based interface allows virtual and physical infrastructure management with anytime, anywhere access. With this new release, users will now be able to deploy VMware vCenter via a web browser for centralized management of their virtualized infrastructure. Even IT generalists can get started with virtualization in 30 minutes or less.

Enhanced Uptime and Reliability
VMware Go Pro’s unified IT management console has built-in monitoring capabilities with unique, one-click IT assessments that automatically identify performance, security and downtime risks and make tailored recommendations to address them. The new release of VMware Go Pro  uses the addition of VMware vCenter  to improve uptime and reliability even further by enabling round-the-clock monitoring of your virtual infrastructure’s health.  Now customers will know of any potential issues even when they are not logged-into Go Pro.

Comprehensive Infrastructure Protection
VMware Go Pro offers automated patch management across physical and virtual machines for both Microsoft and third-party applications to ensure that organizations are up-to-date with all of the latest software upgrades, thus mitigating the organization’s vulnerability to the latest IT threats. An integrated Help Desk with built-in analytics also helps improve IT productivity and service, automatically prioritizing issues by level of severity. Go Pro also offers a rich asset management capability, which provides control over all software and hardware assets.

Looking forward in 2013, users will also be able to implement and test business continuity plans in minutes with cloud-based VM backup and disaster recovery.

I invite you take the VMware Go Pro for a test drive and discover for yourself the power of virtualization and the simplification of IT.

Weekly Roundup: 5 Links for IT Admins – August 24, 2012

Happy week-before-VMworld, folks! How many of you out there were able to convince your bosses to send you out to San Francisco for the conference?

Should be a great week, and we hope to see everybody there. If you’re going to be arriving early on Sunday, we’ll be at the #VMunderground party at Roe (101 4th Street, San Francisco) in downtown SF—and WE’LL BE GIVING AWAY T-SHIRTS! Consider yourselves notified.

Hope to see you there—now on to this week’s links.

3 rules for doing BYOD right (InfoWorld)

How to Plan a Smooth Enterprise PC Migration (CRN)

Half the Companies Allowing Personal iOS and Android Devices Have Suffered a Security Breach (CultofMac.com)

2 Cloud Computing Era Myths Debunked (InformationWeek)

5 Systems You’re Forgetting To Patch (Dark Reading)

Finally, for this week’s apropos of nothing image – would you believe us if we were to tell you that this is in Ohio? It really is!

You can read our previous links round-ups here. And be sure to visit go.vmware.com for more information on how we can help you better manage your IT infrastructure.

Also, be sure to check out VMware Go’s sessions at VMworld this coming Monday:

Creating a Highly Profitable Virtualization Practice with VMware Go Pro

VMware Go: The Zen for Small and Midsized Business IT Management

 

Dear Diary, Why Doesn’t Anybody at Work Like Me?, or, How to Overcome SMB Virtualization Hurdles with VMware Go Pro

By: Andy the Angry IT Guy

Editor’s note: This is the eleventh in a series of posts we’ll be running from “Andy,” an anonymous IT administrator working for a mid-sized organization located somewhere in the American Midwest. In his previous post, Andy discussed how the new VMware Go Pro has given him much deeper insight into his virtual infrastructure—and also went on a strange tangent about beta testing, King’s Quest VI, and the pilot episode of LOST.

Today, Andy has agreed to share an excerpt from his diary—excuse us, his “journal”—that details, among other topics, some of his initial fears about virtualizing his organization’s physical infrastructure.

After much internal debate, I’ve agreed to do something that I never thought I would—or could—do.

I’ve agreed to share an excerpt from my super-secret diary journal.

It took a free pass to VMworld San Francisco, plus airfare, lodging, and a private tour of the Skywalker Ranch with Carrie Fisher, but the VMware folks finally got me to come around.

What follows is an excerpt from my diary journal at a particularly dark time in my life. The year was 2011. I had been recently hired to oversee the entire IT infrastructure of an anonymous mid-sized organization located somewhere in the American Midwest. Our servers were having serious performance and reliability issues, and, upon my hiring, I was immediately tasked to fix them. What’s more, I was working under serious budget limitations, so my options were quite limited.

I was vaguely familiar with virtualization at the time, but it didn’t seem to be a feasible option because of the prohibitive up-front costs involved. The more I explored other options, though, the more I realized that virtualization really was my best option. Virtualizing our infrastructure was undoubtedly the quickest and most efficient avenue for improving overall IT performance—but there were just so many hurdles to overcome, from convincing my boss of its cost-effectiveness to figuring out how to set it up myself with no previous experience.

Anyway, here it is – I’ve redacted a few of the more…personal portions of this entry, but it’s otherwise unchanged from what I originally wrote last year:

Dearest Diary,

What a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day! Life isn’t fair, diary—but at least I have you. I just started my new job last week, and everybody is already yelling at me!

Also, that growth on my foot keeps getting bigger. Last night, I even—

[SECTION REDACTED]

Anyway, back to work. My boss keeps reminding me that I’m “here on a contract basis, and that contract by no means signifies permanent employment.” My coworkers all glare at me whenever I work up the bravery to venture out from my cube, and accuse me of ineptitude because Outlook is loading emails slowly, Adobe keeps crashing, their Office apps all seem to be infected with a virus… the list goes on, diary!

The only coworker that will so much as smile at me is Liz – this sweet, rather dreamy young woman that works in our accounting department. In fact, I think I’ll write a quick sonnet that describes how Liz makes me feel—

[SECTION REDACTED]

Liz aside, though, I didn’t realize I walked into such a bubbling cauldron of dysfunction and general misery when I took this job. My boss was all smiles when he hired me—told me that he ran a “well-oiled machine” and that I’d just need to ensure that things kept running smoothly… I CRY FOUL, SIR! You knew perfectly well what a snake pit this place was when you hired me. Some forewarning would have been nice!

Anyway, here I am, charged with improving our servers’ performance with no real budget to speak of. My fellow IT friends keep talking up virtualization—but they’re all working at much bigger companies, with budgets to match. I’m not about to march into my boss’ office and suggest spending that kind of money—certainly not on something with which I have no previous experience!

I just don’t know what to do! If only my boss and coworkers knew me like you do, diary. Things would be much better that way. The only solution I can think of – virtualization – is too expensive, and I don’t even know how it works. This is like starting to date all over again! Now if you’ll excuse me, dear diary, I’m going to go cry myself to sleep, like always. 🙁

Your Friend Forever,

Andy

What a difference a year can make! While I still generally cry myself to sleep, IT performance problems at work have seemingly vanished. It wasn’t soon after that heart-wrenching post that I discovered VMware Go Pro. Not only did it offer a cost effective, subscription-based service tailored for small budgets like mine, but it also included a series of wizards that made the virtualization process simple and straightforward.

Once the IT Advisor scanned my network, it made a number of extremely useful recommendations—and led my boss to think that I actually did have some prior experience with virtualization. It turns out that we already had several machines that would work great as virtualization hosts, which nobody had previously realized. VMware Go Pro’s IT Advisor picked right up on that, and it made for a fairly seamless transition when I deployed our first virtualization host (or “hypervisor” as all us extremely experienced virtualization guys say) in half an hour.  And then I created the first VMs on our network (a process that took just under a minute, by the way!).  And when I first used VMware Go Pro, I was even able to get virtualized using a free trial so I didn’t have to ask my boss for more money until I could already prove it was worth it.

We’ve added a number of additional VMs to our system over the past year. I’ve received a number of helpful tips from both the IT Advisor and the VMware Go online community that have ensured our deployment is in line with industry standards, which has resulted in minimal troubleshooting issues.

My boss still finds reason to gripe, but my work in virtualizing part of our infrastructure secured permanent employment for me here. The rest of my coworkers remain largely indifferent to IT, which suits me just fine. Except for Liz from accounting, that is. She’s always quick with a smile. One of these days, I’ll work up the courage to ask her out. But that’s between me and my diary journal.

Enough of this, though! If you’re in an IT department facing a similar budget/IT performance crunch, I highly recommend checking out VMware Go Pro.

You can see them at the following sessions at VMworld 2012 next week:

Creating a Highly Profitable Virtualization Practice with VMware Go Pro

VMware Go: The Zen for Small and Midsized Business IT Management

 

Weekly Roundup: 5 Links for IT Admins

The other day, while listening to Queen’s classic, “Somebody to Love”, a thought occurred. While the song is ostensibly about Freddie Mercury’s Quixotic quest to find somebody to, well, love, it could just as easily be applied to the daily plight of the IT admin.

Think about it:

Each mornin’ I get up I die a little

Can barely stand on my feet

Take a look in the mirror and cry

Lord what you’re doing to me

I have spent my years in believin’ you

But I just can’t get no relief…

Don’t tell us that you haven’t felt similarly when starting your day by staring down an endless list of trouble tickets from a thankless mass of tech-impaired coworkers.

Here’s to you, Freddie Mercury—and to you, IT admins. Now go distract yourself with these links before your boss walks by again.

5 Ways To Solve The Password Reset Problem (InformationWeek)

Unfettered tools compromise social media security, challenge IT (TechTarget)

Seven Signs You’ve Lost Your IT Mojo (Baseline)

Hong Kong has fastest broadband on the planet (The Register)

IQ test: Know your tech mascots (InfoWorld)

Finally, for this week’s apropos of nothing image, we humbly present to you…  

 

Puppies

You can read our previous links round-ups here. And be sure to visit go.vmware.com for more information on how we can help you better manage your SMB IT infrastructure.

Also, be sure to check out VMware Go’s sessions at VMworld this year:

Creating a Highly Profitable Virtualization Practice with VMware Go Pro

VMware Go: The Zen for Small and Midsized Business IT Management

 

It’s 10 PM … Do You Know Where Your VMs Are?

By: Andy the Angry IT Guy

Editor’s note: This is the tenth in a series of posts we’ll be running from “Andy,” an anonymous IT administrator working for a mid-sized organization located somewhere in the American Midwest. In his previous post, Andy displayed an uncharacteristic burst of positivity, reveling in the newfound adulation (or, more accurately, indifference) he’s been receiving from his coworkers since simplifying his IT operations with VMware Go.

Today, Andy shares a few thoughts on VMware Go’s vSphere integration after testing it over the past few weeks. He shares how it has drastically streamlined the process of managing his network infrastructure—and why he loves beta testing so much.

When I was a boy of just twelve, I got perhaps the single greatest gift an aspiring computer geek could ever hope for: I was asked to be a beta tester for King’s Quest VI – one of the seminal computer games of the early 1990s. Yes, I only got it because my Aunt Millie worked in the product development department for Sierra Entertainment, but that’s neither here nor there. Being a beta tester gave me a feeling of power that I had previously thought to be attainable only by royalty and/or Oprah.

I was one of the absolute first people to experience the game. Not only that, but I got to offer up my opinions on how it could be improved from its current iteration. From that point on, I was hooked. Over the past decade, I’ve been a beta tester for everything from shaving blades (You like that extra blade on the Mach5? You’re welcome, world!), to Gmail (OK, so were about three million others). I was also part of the original test group for LOST (I’m not going to say I’m the only reason that they didn’t kill off Jack in the pilot episode, but I like to think I played a pretty big part in the producers’ decision to keep him around). God, I love beta testing.

The reason I bring this up here is because I’ve recently had the opportunity to try out some new features from VMware Go as a beta user – namely, its tight integration with vSphere. For one, it provides an extremely clear view of the virtual machines in my network. With VMware Go Pro’s configuration wizard, I can easily inventory my VMs and see their status. The wizard also allows you to set up automated alerts to flag relevant performance issues without having to go directly into vCenter (I can do it from the Go Pro console), which saves a lot of time that I can otherwise spend mining through angry/clueless help ticket requests from my less technically inclined colleagues.  And did I mention that Go can also install vCenter for you now?  Yeah, that’s definitely new.

This vCenter-based approach takes a lot of the pain out of managing my network. I can see all my VMs across all my hypervisors in one place.  And I don’t feel the need to constantly probe individual hypervisors to make sure they’re OK. If there’s a problem, I’ll get an automatic email alerting me that a given machine needs some love, which I can perform with the click of a mouse from anywhere, anytime.

So, in response to the title of this post, I can confidently state that I know exactly where my VMs are at 10 PM – and what the status of each machine is without having to manually log into them one by one. Take that, creepy local news promo from the 1980s!

They’ll be rolling this feature out to the general public (much to my chagrin – I like feeling special) at VMworld San Francisco, so stay tuned for more updates soon.

You can also learn more at VMware Go’s sessions at the show:

Creating a Highly Profitable Virtualization Practice with VMware Go Pro

VMware Go: The Zen for Small and Midsized Business IT Management

 

Weekly Roundup: 5 Links for IT Admins

Crazy thought – what if there was an Olympics for IT admins? You could participate in events like “speed patch scanning” and “trouble ticket management”. Also, in lieu of the shot put, what about an event that simply involves hurling that old, clunky printer that’s been gathering dust in a hidden corner of your office for the past 5 years?

Or maybe we’re better off sticking to the main event. Not sure about you guys, but we’ve really gotten into this whole Olympic speed-walking craze.

OK, we’ll stop. Enjoy this week’s links, and happy early weekend!

After-hours IT: a phone hack exposed (InfoWorld)

The IT World’s Love/Hate Relationship with OpenStack (GigaOM)

Business Tweets Accounts a Double-Edged Sword for IT Admins (Mid-Size Insider)

DropBox fiasco serves as reminder of cloud storage insecurity (InfoWorld)

For Vanguard CIO, running IT comes second (InformationWeek)

Finally, just because, hats off to this barista for really going above and beyond with this dragon latte:

  Latte

You can read our previous links round-ups here. And be sure to visit go.vmware.com for more information on how we can help you better manage your SMB IT infrastructure.

Also, be sure to check out VMware Go’s sessions at VMworld this year:

Creating a Highly Profitable Virtualization Practice with VMware Go Pro

VMware Go: The Zen for Small and Midsized Business IT Management

 

VMware Go Pro at VMworld 2012!

It’s getting to be that time of year again, folks. Everybody’s rushing around frantically, making last-minute preparations, restaurant bookings are filling up fast, and people that often don’t get to see each other more than once a year are eagerly looking forward to their upcoming reunions.

What, you think we’re referring to the holidays? Please! We’re talking about VMworld 2012 in San Francisco! If you’re a vExpert, you know that, collectively, Christmas, Hannukah, Eid, and Kwanzaa can’t even begin to match the excitement of VMworld.

Are we guilty of mild hyperbole from time to time on this blog? Absolutely.

Do we have a propensity to digress from the matter at hand now and again? You betcha.

In any event, the VMware Go Proteam is particularly excited for this coming VMworld – which will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco August 26 – 30 (register here if you haven’t already) – as it’s the first time we’ll be delivering a formal presentation (two, actually) at the show. We encourage you to come and meet our own Arun Lal for a better idea of how we can help simplify your infrastructure with our unified IT management console (for further proof, just ask our friend Andy).

Here are specs around the two sessions Arun will be presenting:

PAR1895 – Creating a Highly Profitable Virtualization Practice with VMware Go Pro

In this session, we will provide an overview of the business opportunities, and profitability models that will help you grow a sustainable virtualization business with VMware Go Pro™. VMware Go Pro™ is a colud-based service hosted by VMware and designed for IT admins of organizations with less than 250 employees that makes it easy to adopt and manage a virtualized environment, protect and secure IT assets and increase reliability of smaller IT infrastructures. In this session, learn how to provide a wide array of virtualization and IT management services leveraging VMware Go Pro and in the process tap new cloud based recurring revenue opportunities.

INF-SEC1388 – VMware Go: The Zen for Small and Midsized Business IT Management (Business Value)

Cloud computing is transforming the way small and midsized organizations IT infrastructure is being managed. In this session we’ll take a deep-dive exploration into the cloud-based VMWare Go Pro™ IT infrastructure management solution from a business value perspective. We will explore all the virtualization and security features, how to manage updates, along with how to create policies, and how to upload and deploy software, all from a single Web-based management console.

We hope to see you at the show – and more specifically, at these sessions!

Learn more about how VMware Go Procan help you with patch management – register for a free trial today!

And be sure to follow @VMwareGo on Twitter to stay up to date on our latest product news.

Weekly Roundup: 5 Links for IT Admins

Are you like us this week – seemingly the only person left in the office while the rest of your colleagues are on vacation? Don’t worry, they’re probably sunburned and miserable while you’re enjoying sitting in your comfortable, air-conditioned office and laughing at hilarious pictures of cats in human-like scenarios. That’s totally better, right? 

No, just kidding – they’re almost certainly having a better time than you are right now. But hey, at least you won’t have to deal with that miserable “I-just-got-back-to-the-office-from-vacation” feeling on Monday. Ahh, Schadenfreude…

Link time!

Apple Security Talk Suggests iOS Limits (InformationWeek)

Next-gen IT starts with you (InfoWorld)

Design Inspiration: 21 Gorgeous experimental typefaces (The Next Web)

Senate blocks Cybersecurity Act (ZDNet)

Outlook vs. Gmail: A Feature-by-Feature Comparison (LifeHacker)

And now for today’s random image—the Milky Way over Monument Valley. Just, wow:

  MilkyWay

You can read our previous links round-ups here. And be sure to visit go.vmware.com for more information on how we can help you better manage your SMB IT infrastructure.

Also, be sure to check out VMware Go’s sessions at VMworld this year:

Creating a Highly Profitable Virtualization Practice with VMware Go Pro

VMware Go: The Zen for Small and Midsized Business IT Management