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See How VMware Go Stacks Up Against the Competition!

While we certainly enjoy the vKool-Aid around these parts, we are in fact aware that VMware Go is not the only option for IT admins that want to manage their IT infrastructure. That said, we do believe we’re by far the best option for those of you that are looking to a) get your virtualization project up and running and b) manage your virtual and physical infrastructure alike from a web-based management console.

With that in mind, here’s a quick look at some major categories for IT management products, and how VMware Go stacks up against alternative solutions:

VMware Go Pro

Microsoft Windows and InTune

Spiceworks

SolarWinds

Kaseya SaaS Solutions

General Solution: How you get it, who it’s for, and how it’s priced

Delivery

Cloud-based through your browser

Client software with cloud-based console

Client software

Dozens of client software apps

Client software

Usability

Easy wizard-based interface for any IT admin

Multiple interfaces and PowerShell scripting for Windows specialists

Simple interface but depends on 3rd party plug-ins

Completely separate software apps for IT specialists

Complex interface for IT specialists

Pricing

Free to deploy and manage basic virtualization.

Subscription for patching.

Purchase Windows Server for virtualization.

Subscription for InTune.

Free

Mainly perpetually licensed apps.

Multiple options for subscription or perpetual licensing.

Virtualization: Helping small and mid-size businesses realize the high ROI of virtualization

Deploy

Remotely deploy vSphere in minutes through a browser

Requires deploying Windows Server 2012

No

No

No

Manage

Start, stop, migrate, configure and remote console all through a browser

Requires Windows Server 2012 management console add-in or PowerShell

No

No

No

Monitor

24/7 email alerts for host and VM performance and availability

Requires 3rd party monitoring tools

No

Separate app just for VM monitoring

Generic machine monitoring

Patching:  Improving the security and reliability for everyone by keeping up with the latest OS and application updates.

Windows Updates

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Business Apps

Hundreds of business apps

No

No

Smaller catalog of apps

Smaller catalog of apps

IT Management:  Increasing productivity of small and mid-size business IT staff through efficient tools and automation.

Assessment

IT Advisor recommends uses for Go to improve your environment

No

No

No

No

Asset Inventory

Yes

No

Yes

Separate app just for inventory

Yes

Helpdesk

Yes

No

Yes

Separate app just for helpdesk

Yes

 

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This Week in Patching – 1/25/2013

By: Jason Miller, Manager of Research and Development at VMware

After an eventful past couple of weeks in patch management, this week was relatively quiet.  Here is a quick recap in the happenings of patch management this week.

On Monday, a new version of Audacity was released.  Audacity 2.0.3 is a non-security update fixing numerous issues.

On Tuesday, Google released new security updates for their Chrome and Chrome Frame browsers.  Google Chrome / Chrome Frame version 24.0.1312.56 fixes three high, and two medium vulnerabilities.

On Wednesday, Core FTP released a new version with version 2.2.  This version was originally released on January 17th, but the details were provided on Wednesday.  This new version is a non-security update.

Last up for this week are new versions of MozyHome and MozyPro released today.  MozyHome and MozyPro version 2.18.3.247 are both non-security updates.

Happy Patching!

– Jason Miller

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Weekly Links – January 15, 2013

Hello there, IT admins! Looks like most of the country is dealing with the same frigid weather front—even right here in the Bay Area (some of us could even seen our own breaths this morning—a huge deal for weather-sensitive Northern Californians, mind you).

Here are this week’s links to accompany your hot chocolate this morning:

Your New Guide to Higher Education IT (InformationWeek)

In IT, downtime chooses you (InfoWorld)

Massive espionage malware targeting governments undetected for 5 years (Ars Technica)

15 great IT telecommuting jobs (IT World)

Embrace the Inevitable Change that Comes with IT (IT Business Edge)

This week’s apropos of nothing image is an undated photo from the Upper East Side in New York City, circa 1909.

You can read our previous links round-ups here. And be sure to visit us here for more information on how we can help you better manage your IT infrastructure and for a 30 day free trial to VMware Go Pro.

This Week in Patching – 1/14/2013

By: Jason Miller, Manager of Research and Development at VMware

Happy New Year.  I hope IT administrators got some much needed patching rest over the past couple of weeks.  2013 is started out quite heavy in the world of patching.

This week was highlighted by a busy Patch Tuesday.  You can read my write up on the January 2013 edition of Patch Tuesday here.

There were also other vendors releasing critical security bulletins on Patch Tuesday.  Adobe released two security bulletins.  APSB13-02 was pre-announced last Thursday as a part of their quarterly update for Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader.  Adobe Acrobat / Reader versions 9.5.3 / 10.1.5 / 11.0.1 address 27 vulnerabilities and are rate Critical.  Adobe security bulletin APSB13-01 was not pre-announced by Adobe, but I expected this bulletin to be released after Microsoft announced an update for Adobe Flash Player in Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 last Thursday was set to be released on Patch Tuesday.  APSB13-01 addresses 1 vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player versions 10 and 11 (as well as Adobe Air 3.5).

Mozilla also released security updates to coincide with Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday.  The most notable of the releases by Mozilla was the major update for Firefox.  Mozilla Firefox 18 contains new features as well as security updates.  For those organizations that do not want to roll out new features in their Mozilla products due to concerns of the new features breaking functionality, Mozilla is continuing their effort with the Mozilla ESR products.  These product updates contain new security fixes but do not contain new features.

Here is the details list of Mozilla updates released on Patch Tuesday:

  • Mozilla Firefox 18
    • Security update addressing 12 Critical, 8 High and 1 Moderate Mozilla Security Advisories (30 vulnerabilities)
  • Mozilla SeaMonkey 2.15
    • Security update addressing 12 Critical, 7 High and 1 Moderate Mozilla Security Advisories (26 vulnerabilities)

The other notable updates this week were released on Thursday.  Google updated their Chrome and Chrome Frame browser with version 24.0.1312.52.  This new version fixes 24 vulnerabilities and includes an updated version of Adobe Flash Player that was released by Adobe on Patch Tuesday.  In the past year, Google has been in sync with Adobe on Adobe Flash Player releases.  Interestingly, Google’s release came two days after the Adobe Flash Player release.

There were also some non-security updates released on Thursday.  MozyHome and MozyPro updated their programs with version 2.18.2.244.  Microsoft released a new version of Skype with 6.1.0.129.  This version now integrates with Microsoft Office Outlook contact.

Happy Patching!

– Jason Miller

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This Week in Patching – 1/7/2013

By: Jason Miller, Manager of Research and Development at VMware

Patching came to a quiet end in 2012 and 2013 is starting off with a bang.  Here is a quick recap of the happenings in patch management this week:

On Wednesday, a new version of CDBurnerXP was released with version 4.5.0.3717.  This new version is a non-security update.  On Friday, Google released a non-security update for their Picasa program with version 3.9.136.120.

Microsoft announced their January 2013 Patch Tuesday Advance Notification.  You can read my write up here on the upcoming Patch Tuesday.  In addition to the seven Microsoft security bulletins being released next Tuesday, there are quite a few non-Microsoft patches being released on Patch Tuesday.

Adobe announced they will be releasing updates for their Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat programs (versions 9/10/11).  These updates are rated as critical and are part of their quarterly update for Adobe Acrobat and Reader.

In addition, Mozilla is lining up to release updates as well for their products.  You can expect updates for their Mozilla Firefox, Firefox ESR, Thunderbird, Thunderbird ESR and SeaMonkey products.

On Microsoft’s preannouncement page for upcoming non-security updates, they have listed Adobe Flash Player for Internet Explorer 10.  With this in mind, expect updates from Adobe for Adobe Flash Player and Google Chrome on Patch Tuesday.  With every Adobe Flash Player release, Microsoft and Google update their browsers to supply the latest version of the Flash Player program.

On the Microsoft Security Advisory front, Microsoft released a new security advisory on Thursday.  Microsoft Security Advisory 2798897 addresses issues with fraudulent digital certificates.  This security advisory places the offending certificates in the untrusted certificate store on systems.  In June 2012, Microsoft released a tool that will run on systems and quickly moves revoked certificates to the untrusted certificate stores.  This tool aids administrators that want an easy and quick way to update certificate issues Microsoft finds.  This tool can be downloaded here.  For those that do not want to use the tool, Microsoft has provided patches for this certificate issue that can be applied to systems.

Until Patch Tuesday, Happy Patching!

– Jason Miller

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Weekly Links – January 4, 2013

Another year has come and gone – here’s to a great 2013 for all of the readers of this blog!

Things we want to see in 2013:

  • More SMBs virtualizing their infrastructure, of course!
  • A follow up to this movie
  • The permanent inclusion of the McRib on McDonalds’ menu
  • A more pragmatic, less interventionist approach from incoming Secretary of State John Kerry

Things that we don’t want to see in 2013:

  • Clunky, on-premise IT management software
  • A follow-up to this song
  • Ben Stiller. Time to give things a rest, pal…
  • A global pandemic (best not to let our guard down even after surviving 12/21/12)

Enough ballyhooing, on to your links!

Amazon’s EC2 Outage: A Closer Look (InformationWeek)

A Lighter Look at Life in IT (IT Business Edge)

Chinese Dad Hires Virtual Assassins to Harass Game-Obsessed Son (The Next Web)

Why Windows To Go is perfect for BYOD (ITWorld)

Steve Jobs biopic hits theatres in April. Will you see it? (Ars Technica)

This week’s apropos of nothing image serves as a stark reminder as to why you should never work at a hospital in Alaska or northern Canada.

You can read our previous links round-ups here. Interested in a free 30 day trial of VMware Go Pro for patch management, IT management, virtualization and more? Click here.

 

 

Hoboken Consulting Group Virtualizes with VMware Go Pro, Saves Time and Money with Streamlined IT Management

Today, we want to share an interesting customer use case. Hoboken Consulting Group (HCG), a New Jersey-based management consulting firm, recently used VMware Go Pro to virtualize their physical infrastructure – a process that saved them a considerable amount of money and allowed them reduce their operating costs by over 80%.

They had previously been hampered by the cost and complexity of managing their physical infrastructure; as a smaller organization, they weren’t able to negotiate advantageous vendor terms with big tech companies (we won’t name names here…), nor did they have the requisite manpower needed to deploy and manage a physical infrastructure.

The Problem
Like many organizations in a similar position, they were interested in virtualizing their infrastructure to save time and money – but they lacked the necessary know-how – as well as a dedicated IT department – to do so quickly and efficiently.

In the meantime, HCG was struggling; they were losing bids to competitors. Just to gear up to submit a proposal, HCG often had to purchase and provision physical servers – incurring cost and risk with no guarantee of winning the bid. Proposals had to factor in the cost of business process management software, needed hardware and technicians’ to to travel and install the solution. Because of these factors, HCG bids typically took a month to prepare, and came in at a relatively high cost.

“We just couldn’t compete with the big consulting firms,” said Marlon Edwards, an IT architect at HCG. “We were investing in hardware and in consultants’ time, but we’d lose the bid to faster and cheaper competitors. We struggled to stay in business.”

The Solution
HCG saw virtualization as a way to break free of the backbreaking costs that they were incurring as a result of their physical IT infrastructure. After evaluating a number of virtualization solutions, they identified VMware as the best fit for their environment. Included with their purchase of VMware vSphere was a free trial for VMware Go, which Edwards decided to test out.

Edwards enjoyed the ease with which he could operate VMware Go Pro and cited its virtualization onboarding and ensuing management process as extremely helpful in getting HCG’s virtualized infrastructure up and running—and doing so quickly. According to Edwards, virtualizing with VMware has allowed HCG to reduce customer costs up to 80 percent.

“VMware kept us in business,” said Edwards. “We don’t have to buy physical servers anymore. That’s the bottom line; that’s what made us competitive. You just log on to VMware Go Pro and spin up images based on a template. It’s all automated. This allows people to start businesses a lot cheaper and faster, with better resources.”

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This Week in Patching – 12/21/2012

By: Jason Miller, Manager of Research and Development at VMware

Here is a quick recap in the world of patch management.  This week was highlighted by security updates for RealPlayer and Opera.

Late last Friday, Real Networks released an update for the RealPlayer media player.  RealPlayer 16.0.0.282 is a security update addressing two vulnerabilities.

On Saturday, a new version of VLC Media player was made available.  VLC 2.0.5 is a non-security that now includes support for Microsoft Windows 8.

On Sunday, we saw two new patch releases.  CDBurnerXP 4.5.0.3685 and Notepad++ 6.2.3 are non-security updates.

On Monday, new updates were made available for the Mozy software backup program.  MozyHome / MozyPro 2.18.1.235 are both non-security updates.

On Tuesday, Opera released a new version of their Internet browser.  Opera 12.12 is a security update addressing two vulnerabilities on Windows that could lead to Remote Code Execution if exploited.

Happy Patching!

– Jason Miller

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Weekly Links – December 17, 2012

Happy “Most-of-Us-Won’t-Be-Working-Next-Monday” day, everybody! Seriously, though, it’s hard to believe that we’re just over a week from Christmas (and Channakuh is already upon us!).

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? Started it, even? Yeah, us neither. Here’s to battling the riotous, crazed last-minute crowds at Macy’s this week. It will all be over soon enough.

FYI, we will be on hiatus next week – see everybody back here in 2013. In the meantime, happy holidays!

Your weekly links:

Six Ways IT Still Fails Business (InformationWeek)

The 2012 InfoWorld geek IQ test (InfoWorld)

Developer warns of critical vulnerability in many Samsung smart phones (Ars Technica)

Research: Agile developers rule the roost, experience trumps toolsets (GigaOM)

Google Maps for iOS Was Downloaded Over 10 Million Times in Its First 48 Hours After Launch (TechCrunch)

This week’s apropos of nothing image is dedicated to all of you who, at some point in life or another, have had to endure the dreaded “awkward family holiday photo.” Hang in there, at least you’re not these people (and if you are in fact this people: Godspeed).

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

 

 

This Week in Patching – 12/14/2012

By: Jason Miller, Manager of Research and Development at VMware

This week in patching was highlighted by Microsoft’s December 2012 Patch Tuesday.  Microsoft released seven security bulletins addressing 12 vulnerabilities.  You can read my full write up on Patch Tuesday here.

On the non-Microsoft front, Adobe released an update for their Adobe Flash Player and Air products.  Adobe Security Bulletin APSB12-27 addresses three vulnerabilities as is rated as Critical.  Adobe has started the trend of releasing security updates for Flash Player on Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday.  This trend will probably continue as Microsoft and Google both bundle Adobe Flash Player in their latest browsers.

On that note, Microsoft released an update for their security advisory (KB2755801) to include the latest version of Adobe Flash for Internet Explorer 10.  Google released an update on Patch Tuesday for their Chrome browser.  Google Chrome 23.0.1271.97 contains the latest version of Adobe Flash Player as well as addressing six Google Chrome vulnerabilities.

To wrap up Patch Tuesday, Apache released a new version of Tomcat for Windows with version 7.0.34.  This latest version of Tomcat is a non-security update.

On Thursday, Oracle provided updates for Java version 6 and 7.  Java 6 update 38 and Java 7 update 10 are non-security releases.  The next scheduled security update for Oracle Java is planned for February 19, 2013.  It is important to note that the next scheduled security update will be the last time Java version 6 will receive a security update.  At that time, Oracle will continue to provide security updates for Java version 7.  In the next few months, administrators should look at testing the upgrade for Java version 6 to version 7.  Java can be quite tricky to upgrade.  There are occasions where older software programs that rely on Java simply will not work with the latest version.  By June 18, 2013, administrators should be upgraded to Java 7.  That date will be the next scheduled security update after Java 6 has reached end of life for support.

On Friday, Apple provided updates for their iTunes product with version 11.01.  This update addresses non-security issues with their recent major upgrade in version 11.

Typically, the last two weeks of the year are very quiet for vendors releasing patches for their software.  If any vendor does release updates, I will be back next Friday with an update on the happenings in patch management.  If not, I will be getting a head start on ringing in the New Year.

Happy Patching and Happy Holidays!

– Jason Miller

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