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Breaking Through the (Virtualized) Barrier – Why the Time is Now for SMBs to Embrace Virtualization

Recently, it was reported that over 65% of enterprise applications are now virtualized. That’s an impressive sum on its own, but staggering when you consider that only 25% of enterprise applications were virtualized five years earlier, in 2008.

The big allure for virtualization – like all major IT innovations – ultimately boils down to cutting cost and complexity in the data center. Smaller and mid-sized organizations (those with 500 or fewer employees), though, have not been able to embrace virtualization as quickly as larger enterprises. Since they have more modest resources than their larger counterparts, the upfront complexity in terms of onboarding to virtualization can be a bit more daunting.

Among other areas, some of the most commonly cited virtualization hurdles for smaller and mid-sized organizations are:

  • Security
  • Lack of knowledge / proper training
  • Technical complexity
  • Cost of hardware
  • Cost of consulting services
  • Legal and regulatory compliance

As virtualization has emerged as an IT best practice, though, things have started to change. For its part, VMware has developed VMware Go Pro – a cloud-based management tool that’s specifically geared for IT admins with limited resources that want to start the virtualization process. It allows those with next to no knowledge of VMware or virtualization to get vSphere up and running in less than 30 minutes via a step-by-step wizard that walks you through the onboarding process. It also includes an IT advisor that provides proactive recommendations for a given network and automates patch management for Microsoft and third-party patches alike.

Interested individuals can learn more about reducing the complexity of virtualization for SMBs in this whitepaper from VMware: http://vmwarego.com/files/VMW-WP-G0-PRO-REDUCE-CMPLX-VIRTUAL-SMBs.pdf

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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.

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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.

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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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Happy Holidays, From Andy the Angry IT Guy

By: Andy the Angry IT Guy

Editor’s note: This is the thirteenth 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. Today, Andy flexes his creative muscles and shares his experience dealing with a server going offline earlier this week – shamelessly set to the tune of an old Christmas standard…

Twas the week before Christmas, when our main server went down

“This is really going to suck,” I said, sporting a great frown

I went to the server room, to check the root cause

Feeling my colleagues’ wrath as I walked past – it was unceasing, without pause

 

I was nearly to my destination, when who should jump out?

 But Jack, the new sales guy — an insufferable lout

 “Hey Andy,” he sneered, his voice dripping with scorn

 “Why’d our computers all break? What, were you watching porn?”

 

 “Why are you even here? Shouldn’t you be bro-fisting and pounding Jaegermeister all day?”

 … Would’ve been a great counter-insult; it’s what I wanted to say

 Instead I just shrugged, and brushed right on by

 To the data center I went, to have a private cry (It’s not easy, after all, being the IT guy!)

 

As I wiped at my eyes, I surveyed the scene

It looked bad, really bad… a long night loomed ahead, filled with lots of caffeine

The server was fried; the router was shot

I thought about just quitting right then and there, leaving that stupid server to rot

 

Exchange was on there, so were Adobe and SQL

Without these apps running, there would be lots of angry people

It was amidst this despair that I suddenly proclaimed, “Whoa!”

“I can just migrate these VMs with VMware Go!”

 

My problem was soon solved, with laughable ease

Setting up a new VM and migrating the apps was a total breeze

The process took minutes – not an hour, not a week

My holiday was saved, I was too happy to speak

 

Now, you may be wondering, did my colleagues express gratitude?

Of course they didn’t! Like always, they were aloof and quite rude

But I couldn’t have cared less, that’s right I said it

I can now spend Christmas week at home, with Xbox and Reddit

 

With that, I’ll sign off and wish you all farewell

As I finish this lament about the job from hell

Happy holidays to all of you, from Palo Alto to Prague

And please do keep reading my rants on this blog!

 

See you all in 2013!

 

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Simplify Your IT Management with VMware Go Pro (Webinar)

Attention IT admins! Have you been looking for a cost-effective way to implement virtualization? Look no further; VMware Go Pro is here to help!

Join us for a webinar that will demonstrate how easy it is to deploy VMware vSphere and manage both your virtual and physical infrastructures with VMware Go Pro.

WHEN: Thursday, December 13 at 8:00 AM PT / 11:00 AM ET

WHERE: Register here

WHO: Chris Barron and Fabio Ramos of VMware

Any questions? Leave a comment and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

Hope to see you Thursday!

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Weekly Links – December 10, 2012

Another day, another dollar… Here’s to another week of the daily grind. Looking for a silver lining? We’re only 11 days from the apocalypse, if you trust the “end of days” crowd, that is (no folks, the Mayans did NOT predict the end of the world on December 21, 2012).

Which sounds better to you: another 20-30 years of managing trouble tickets for clueless colleagues, or floating in purgatory for the rest of eternity (it’s a trick question… they’re one in the same!).

Your weekly links:

Your key technology decisions for 2013 (InfoWorld)

Google Apps No Longer Free For Businesses (InformationWeek)

Worst security snafus of 2012 (ITWorld)

Online job boards don’t work – how big data can fix the problem (GigaOM)

Everyone gets new Twitter pages December 12 (The Next Web)

Now, on to this week’s apropos of nothing images… It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s—oh wait, it is a plane! Cool shot all the same.

Who can tell us what city they’re flying over here?

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 – 12/7/2012

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

This week in patching was a very light week with very few releases.  This is not unusual for this time of the year.  In the past few years, I typically see a lighter number of releases from software vendors during the month of December.  Here is a quick recap on the happenings in patching this week:

On Monday, Foxit released a new version of Foxit Reader with version 5.4.4.11281.  This update is a non-security update.

On Wednesday, The Document Foundation released an update for their 3.6.x LibreOffice program with LibreOffice 3.6.4.  This release is also a non-security update.

Next Tuesday marks the December 2012 edition of Patch Tuesday.  I will be going into detail on all of the happenings here next Tuesday.

Happy Patching!

– Jason Miller

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Weekly Links – November 27, 2012

Shhh! Can you hear that? If you listen closely, you can hear the faint whisper of Christmas music floating up from every single retail store from here to Sheboygan. With just under a month until Christmas, you can expect to have Bing Crosby and “Santa Baby” ringing in your ears for the foreseeable future. If you made it out for Black Friday this year (and it sounds like many of you did), you surely know what we mean here.

And, in the spirit of retailer-driven holiday traditions, happy Cyber Monday! VMware is getting in on the fun, too—keep an eye on our eStore for promotions throughout this coming week (including a special on VMware Go Pro on November 29!).

Now on to this week’s links:

Buggy Windows 8 patch: Old problem, new solutions (InfoWorld)

Few Enterprises Move at the Speed of Social (InformationWeek)

How IT will evolve to photonics (The Register)

Say What? Top Five IT Quotes of the Week (InternetNews)

Around the Star Trek world in 150 years (Ars Technica)

Contrary to what you’ll probably guess, this week’s apropos of nothing image is not in fact pulled from The Onion:

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Celebrate Cyber Monday with VMware Go Pro!

If our title wasn’t clear enough, how’s this? In honor of Cyber Monday, we’re running a special on VMware Go Pro subscriptions – a powerful, cloud-based service that allows you to manage and protect your VMware vSphere infrastructure. For 48 hours, you can purchase a subscription to VMware Go Pro for 20% off!

WHAT: Significantly-discounted subscription to VMware Go Pro

WHEN: 12:00 AM November 29 – 11:59 PM PST November 30

WHERE: VMware eStore – http://www.vmware.com/vmwarestore/

WHY: Because you deserve it.

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