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Monthly Archives: September 2013

VPN ‘How To’ Series: Partner Enablement Opportunities

Our VPN ‘How To’ Series is a monthly blog dedicated to keeping partners in the know about the program and other areas of focus that influence growth. As we close in on another quarter, there is no better time to take advantage of all that VMware has to offer for FY13Q4. Below are 3 ways you can take advantage of VMware’s Partner Enablement opportunities:

1. Learning Has Gone Mobile- Visit the Mobile Knowledge Portal

Announcing the Partner Mobile Knowledge Portal – a tablet-based application exclusively for VMware Partners – available for iOS and Android platforms.  After logging in using your Partner Central account credentials, you get easy online access to content, or download what you need and view offline at your convenience.  In addition to eLearning, the PMKP offers training tools, customer presentations and other assets to help make you successful selling and supporting VMware solutions

2. Download the New Partner Launch Playbooks

In conjunction with the announcements at VMworld, we have created and released three new Partner Launch Playbooks:

·      vCloud Hybrid Service

·      vCloud Suite

·      vSphere with Operations Manager

These playbooks are standardized documents that outline the Partner Opportunity and bring together the Enablement (Learn), Marketing (Market) and Sales (Sell) tools into one place so you can more easily uptake and monetize newly launched VMware products and solutions.

3. Get Info Fast –Partner Learning Pages Have Launched

Now you have fast access to Partner training information directly from vmware.com – no more logging into Partner Central or Partner University. Get information on role-based learning paths, solution competencies, and regional training events. You’ll also find quick links to Partner readiness tools and easily downloadable resources. Visit http://www.vmware.com/partners and click on Partner University.

As always, leave us your feedback and questions below, and be sure to stay connected on VMware Partner Link.

– The VMware Partner Network Team

 

Live the VMworld Experience in Barcelona

Join us October 14-17, at VMworld 2013 Barcelona, for key insights into how to leverage proven VMware technology across the entire data center to the mobile workspace.

This year we have 240+ in-depth sessions – including a dedicated Partner Track with 20+ partner-specific sessions ranging on topics from acquiring new customers, to expanding your business by cross-selling VMware solutions and services and networking opportunities with industry experts and other IT professionals. Leverage our Schedule Builder to register for only the sessions that matter to you most.

Don’t forget to register for Partner Day on October 14th. During Partner Day, be sure to visit the Partner Information Bar to receive your exclusive Partner Lounge Membership card – for access to the lounge from the 15th – 17th October, where you can get your partner questions answered and hear the latest news and information coming from the VMware Partner Network team and be sure to attend the General Session taking place at 4.30pm in Room F2, Hall 8.0 for information on all that is to come for Q4, this is a not to be missed session.

After a busy Partner Day, join us for the exclusive Partner Day Reception being held in Hall 8.0 at 18:00, immediately after the Partner Day General Session.  This event is open to all partners registered for Partner Day, and is an ideal opportunity to network, relax and mingle with peers whilst enjoying the entertainment provided.

The dedicated Partner Lounge will be staffed by our experts who are there to answer any of your questions, since representatives from the Partner Support team, Partner Marketing Bureau and program experts will be present. Try out the “Touch Screen Interactive Information Board”, or enjoy the entertainment and free refreshments, and the WiFi and power supply to charge up.

Meeting the Experts has never been easier since interactive sessions start with a 10 minute introduction from the expert followed by a Q&A session for your chance to get the answers to all your queries direct from the mouths of the experts! See below schedule of sessions taking place:
Learn more about these great partner activities.

Lastly, consider taking  pre-conference certification training at VMworld to save 75% off the regular fee. Achieving a VMware certification helps you stand out from the crowd.

If you have not already, make sure you join the VMworld group within Partner Link to stay up to date on the latest VMworld news during the event, and be sure to post your own highlights, pictures and thoughts from the event.

We’ll see you there,

The VMware Partner Network Team

Together we are Continuing to Deliver on the Software-Defined Data Center

A year after introducing the software-defined data center (SDDC) architecture, this vision has gained acceptance across the IT industry from tech giants and startups, in addition to leading analyst firms. Our partners can now profit from the $28B market opportunity and help their customers virtualize their entire data center – a software-defined data center – giving them increased efficiency, agility, and control in their IT organizations. In turn, partners can drive deeper into customer accounts, offer incremental services and support, and strengthen their relationship as a trusted advisor.

We are now offering customers two options for transforming their data center into a software-defined data center: a) vCloud suite for enterprise customers or vSphere with Operations Management for SMB customers, and b) public infrastructure-as-a-service based on SDDC technologies delivered by the vCloud Hybrid Service (currently available in North America only).

Highlighted below is our new wave of products and services – along with the partner benefits – that were designed to help customers accelerate their adoption of a SDDC and take advantage of the value of advanced virtualization in areas such as networking and security, storage and availability, and management and automation.

VMware vSphere with Operations Management 5.5– Optimize Virtual Platform Capacity

  • Improved vSphere scalability, vSphere Replication, and vSphere Data Protection
  • New vSphere Flash Read Cache, vSphere App HA (High Availability), big data extensions, and tuning for low latency applications

How can our partners benefit?

  • vSphere with Operations Management enables partners the ability to increase profitability
  • By partners helping their customers with capacity optimization as well as mitigating risk, they strengthen their position as strategic advisor

VMware vCloud Suite 5.5 – New Release of the Leading Cloud Infrastructure and Management Suite

  • Improved efficiency, providing better cloud service economics through policy-driven operations management
  • Greater agility, provisioning applications at abusiness speed (never think about them again)
  • Increased control, allowing optimized availability for every application with policy-based governance

How can our partners benefit?

  • Strengthen relationship – by helping customers build their road map to the cloud
  • Drive repeat business – vCloud Suite provides the necessary components to create a cloud architecture. As organizations grow over time, customers will require all of the products in the suite
  • Customer cost savings – extend the capabilitiesof their customer’s data center and provide effective solutions to costly IT issues such as underutilized resources, manual, and labor intense provisioning of applications

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – new data center locations in North America, and new capabilities to make it simple to bring existing and new cloud-native applications to the public cloud

  • A secure, dedicated hybrid cloud built on the trusted foundation of vSphere
  • Leverages the same tools and processes organizations use today
  • Provides a common management and orchestration platform, a common security model and one place to call for support

How can our partners benefit?

  • Become a trusted advisor to their customers
  • VMware vCloud Hybrid Service gives partners theopportunity to participate and gain influence in the cloud discussion with their customers
  • In addition to the cloud discussion being highly relevant to prospects and customers, it represents a significant market opportunity – in fact, Gartner estimates the total addressable cloud infrastructure market to be $14B by 2016

VMware Virtual SAN – Delivering Simple and Dynamic Storage for Virtual Machines

  • VMware Virtual SAN is a breakthrough technologythat will extend VMware vSphere to pool compute and direct-attached storage
  • Automates storage provisioning and management with a self-tuning VM-centric approach
  • By enabling a scale-out architecture it delivers high performance, built-in resiliency and dynamic scalability with significantly lower TCO
  • Partners and their customers can try Virtual SAN when it becomes available as a free public beta in September 2013.
  • To sign up for the public beta and receive access to the Virtual SAN download, go to www.vsanbeta.com

Each of the new products listed above are linked to the Partner Launch Playbooks that are available for download from Partner Central today. These are your hands-on guides to enablement, marketing, and the sales tools to successfully sell these new solutions.

We hope you are as excited as we are to be able to offer customers these new solutions.

– The VMware Partner Network Team