Even though VMworld kicked off Sunday, for many TAM Customers at TAM Day, Monday ushered in the start of the conference. Once again we saw President and COO Carl Eschenbach take to the stage and energize the audience to restate VMware’s vision of our “One Cloud, Any Application, Any Device” strategy. However, this year Carl expanded on that and went into how VMware is going to help customers deliver on that vision with “Run, Build, Deliver, and Secure”. The major announcements followed Carl and came from Bill Fathers with the Unified Hybrid Cloud, Yanbig Li with EVO SDDC (formerly called EVO:Rack), and Kit Colbert with VMware vSphere Integrated Containers.
These are exciting technologies that show VMware’s dedication to innovation, especially that beyond vSphere. VMware is continuing the push to adapt, integrate new technologies, and give customers choice. Please continue reading for information regarding some additional sessions we covered today including a new service for NSX TAM customers and a new SDDC framework called VMware Validated Designs.
TAM NSX Readiness Assessments at TAM Customer Central
The TAM NSX Readiness Assessment Booth is off to a great start! The first assessments were delivered to TAM customers interested in knowing more about network virtualization and understanding where they may have gaps between current networking capabilities and the minimum skill levels required to successfully implement virtual networking.
The NSX Readiness Assessment is a short questionnaire that captures your current technology and networking state in terms of technology deployment, implementation strategy, process architecture and technology maturity to measure your preparedness to implement NSX successfully.
The assessment evaluates your critical success technology processes and performance to provide guidance on overall readiness. Critical processes include server and storage virtualization, network design and stability, people, governance and automation processes. It identifies areas that may be below minimum requirements where remediation may be necessary before embarking on an NSX implementation project.
To find out more meet our Readiness Assessment Team at TCC from 9:00 a.m. to Noon on Tuesday, September 1st and Wednesday, September 2nd from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. The NSX Readiness Assessment will provide you the facts and insight necessary to deliver a successful NSX experience.
VMware Validated Designs: Validated Designs for the SDDC
The VMware Validated Designs is an effort by VMware to standardize the Software Defined Data Center, designed to offer a prescriptive set of guidance for how you design and deploy a datacenter of your own. These are created by VMware’s experts who have spent time working with customers in the field and internally to create a designs with specific use-cases in mind.
Two VMware Validated Design use cases will be available initially – Data Center Foundation and Single-Region IT Automation Cloud. These designs are sized to be incredibly robust and fault tolerant at substantial load. V2D is validated by VMware engineers and put through the full product quality control process that any other product goes through.
To find out more about the VMware Validated Designs, visit the Office of the CTO website. There is some really nice introductory information focusing on VMware Validated Designs, including reference architectures and videos for those of you who don’t look forward to those 50-60 pages technical documents. We also invite you to join the early access community where you can get access to new documents and provide feedback.
If you’d like to sit in on other VMware Validated Designs sessions, there are a few more available:
VMware Validated Designs – A Reference Architecture for the SDDC
Thursday September 1st at 11:30am – session SDDC5440
VMware Validated Reference Designs
Wednesday September 2nd at 8am, Marriott Marquis (TAM Customer Central), Foothill F
VMware Validated Design (V2D) for a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)
Thursday September 3rd at 12pm – session SDDC5609
We hope you enjoyed your Monday at VMworld US 2015 and check back tomorrow for additional coverage!