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VMworld 2017 US Sponsorship & Exhibitor Update and Information

TAP partners who are interested in becoming sponsors for VMworld 2017 US should register today. Becoming a sponsor for VMworld 2017 US means becoming a part of the preeminent virtualization and cloud infrastructure event. Partners will reach thousands of technology experts, practitioners, hands-on users, and key decision makers and influencers at the cutting edge of powerful trends such as the software-defined data center, IT-as-a-service, hybrid cloud, and workforce mobility. VMworld 2017 US will be hosted in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center on August 27 – August 31, 2017 with Partner Exchange @ VMworld on August 27.  Top level sponsorships are selling out with only 4 Platinum and 8 Gold spots left.

VMworld US Numbers at a Glance

  • days
  • 17+ industries
  • 38+ countries
  • 240+ sponsors and exhibitors
  • 23,500+ attendees

Key Benefits of Sponsorship

  • Generate qualified leads as you interact with thousands of VMware loyalists and key industry leaders.
  • Increase brand awareness and position your organization as an essential VMware partner.
  • Establish thought leadership among the visionaries shaping the new mobile-cloud era of IT.

Hear directly from our 2016 sponsors and exhibitors on why they chose to participate.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

To learn more about VMworld 2017 US sponsorship options or to reserve your space – contact our Sales Managers today!

Companies A-K: Shana McMahon – smcmahon@nthdegree.com or +1 617-807-6011
Companies L-Z: Bethany Porrazzo – bporrazzo@nthdegree.com or +1 617-848-8765

VMware Horizon 7 with Cisco HyperFlex

Over the last year, we have seen how Hyper-converged architectures are fueling VDI as a use case. The value proposition for deploying VDI with an HCI based architecture is compelling – ease of initial deployment, improved storage cost economics, simplified and integrated infrastructure management are a few to name. At the same time, VMware Horizon is also driving newer architectures that enables customers to successfully implement their flavor of digital workspace solutions – see recent announcements here.

Both these advancements, in VMware Horizon & the underlying HCI platforms hosting virtual desktop and application workloads, requires providing customers with a new set of guidance. On the traditional on-prem side, this includes looking at various deployment options available with Horizon such as Linked Clones, Instant Clones and Just-in-time desktops, Full-clones and RDSH based desktops and its impact on underlying platform scalability and ultimately the end user experience it delivers.

Working with Cisco UCS based HCI architectures, last year we shared with you scalability and performance results for VMware Horizon 6 with Cisco UCS Ready Nodes for VMware Virtual SAN. Today, I would like to highlight key findings from the recently published Cisco Validated Design guide (CVD) for designing and  deploying a Horizon 7 solution with Cisco HyperFlex platform:

  • Windows 10 desktops tested for scale and performance – 1000 VDI sessions for Linked clones, Instant clones and Full clones and 1200 RDSH sessions on 8 nodes tested with Login VSI results guaranteeing excellent end user performance. This includes end-to-end scalability measuring CPU, Memory and Network utilizations and average and peak storage IO latency values. Calculating a VSIMax score (as part of Login VSI test methodology) provides an accurate guidance of maximum scalability possible without compromising on the end-user performance. This scalability testing also provides a building block for achieving further linear scalability for a larger deployment
  • Provisioning 1000 Instant Clones took 22 minutes – Instant cloning technology is the basis for delivering just-in-time desktops with Horizon and rapidly clones and deploys a virtual machine leveraging the vmFork technology within vSphere. Without this enhancement, it would have taken 3x time to provision a similar environment. In addition, boot storms were tackled in less than 5 minutes for 1000 desktops proving that the infrastructure can handle extreme workload scenarios
  • Integrated Management with vCenter – Leveraging vCenter plugins for HyperFlex and Cisco UCS Manager providing ease of managing your virtual and physical infrastructure hosting Horizon

Here’s a snapshot of the platform BOM:

HyperFlex_Horizon

Please refer to the guide for complete design and deployment guidance. For more details about the new HyperFlex release read cisco’s announcement [https://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1827930] and register for the March 22 broadcast of a live TechWiseTV episode on HyperFlex [https://engage2demand.cisco.com/210-hyperflex?keycode=001473308&dtid=001473308

I look forward to engaging with customers and partners deploying this architecture. Follow @bhumikp

NSX Field Advisory – March 2017 Edition

Important Note
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Minimum Recommended Release

NSX for vSphere 6.2.2 and vSphere 6.0 Update 2 remains the recommended release combination. For more information, see Minimum recommended version for NSX for vSphere with GID, ESXi and vCenter Server (2144295).

GA Announcement

VMware NSX for vSphere 6.2.6 and 6.3.0 is now available for download.

Fixed issues in NSX for vSphere 6.3.0

For additional information, see the NSX for vSphere 6.2.6 and NSX for vSphere 6.3.0 Release Notes.

 

Top issues and What to Do

VMware NSX for vSphere 6.3.0

Issue #1:

Symptom: What is the minimum supported version of vSphere 6.5 with NSX for vSphere 6.3.0?

Resolution: The minimum supported version of vSphere 6.5 with NSX for vSphere 6.3.0 is vSphere 6.5a. For more information, see For sites running VMware vSphere 6.5, vSphere update 6.5a is the minimum supported version with NSX for vSphere 6.3.0 (2148841).

 

Issue #2:

Symptom: During an upgrade to VMware NSX for vSphere 6.3.0 where an HW VTEP is used in the environment, you may experience these symptoms:

  • Upgrade is halted.
  • You see an error similar to:
    Cannot continue upgrade due to errors: “(1)” Hardware Gateway(s) found in the system. Unable to proceed with the upgrade. Please contact VMWare Support to continue. Please correct before proceeding.

Workaround: Contact VMware Support. To contact VMware support, see Filing a Support Request in My VMware (2006985) or How to Submit a Support Request. VMware can assist in verifying your Hardware Gateway is TLS 1.2 compliant which allows the upgrade to move forward. For more information, see Upgrading to NSX for vSphere 6.3.0 fails when using Hardware Gateway (2148511).

 

VMware NSX for vSphere 6.1.x,6.2.0,6.2.1

Issue #1:

Symptom: If there is a cipher chain listed that is separated by commas (“,”), then upgrade from NSX for vSphere 6.1.x, 6.2.0, and 6.2.1 to NSX for vSphere 6.2.5 fails

Resolution: Starting with NSX for vSphere 6.2.6, you can separate the ciphers with colons (“:”) instead of commas (“,”) before the upgrade.

 

VMware NSX for vSphere 6.2.4

Issue #1:

Symptom: Relating to CVE-2016-2107, the NSX Edge OpenSSL package is not updated with 1.0.2j.

Resolution: Starting with NSX for vSphere 6.2.6, NSX Edge OpenSSL package has been updated to 1.0.2j.

 

VMware NSX for vSphere 6.2.4/6.2.5

Issue #1:

Symptom: After upgrading your environment to NSX for vSphere 6.2.5 with vSphere High Availability (HA) enabled on a cluster having insufficient resources, you experience this symptom:
Upgrading the NSX Edge fails.

Workaround: This is as per the design. Refer the table below for the resource reservations used by the NSX Manager if you have not explicitly set values at the time of install or upgrade.

NSX Edge

FORM FACTOR CPU RESERVATION MEMORY RESERVATION
COMPACT 1000 MHz 512 MB
LARGE 2000 MHz 1024 MB
QUAD-LARGE 4000 MHz 2048 MB
X-LARGE 6000 MHz 8192 MB

Note: Always ensure that your installation follows the best practices laid out for vSphere High Availability (HA). For more information, see Best practices and advanced features for VMware High Availability (1002080)

 

VMware NSX for vSphere 6.2.1

Issue #1:

Symptom: When configuring DHCP relay agents on distributed logical router in NSX for vSphere, you experience these symptoms:

  • Virtual machines configured on Logical Switches where a DHCP relay agent is configured do not obtain IP addresses.
  • The DHCP server does not receive any initial DHCP discovery packets from the relay agent.
  • DHCP discovery packets are dropped in transit due to TTL expiry.

Resolution: This issue is resolved in NSX for vSphere 6.2.5. For more information, see DHCP relay agents do not function in NSX (2147322).

 

NSX for vSphere 6.2.2 is still the “bare minimum” recommended release. For more information, see Minimum recommended version for NSX for vSphere with GID, ESXi, and vCenter Server (2144295).

 

Note: The Guest Introspection section has been recently updated. The recommended VMware Tools version is 10.1.0 and later.

Partners interested in receiving more information on NSX updates can find them on the Support Insider Blog or by self-nominating to receive regular NSX communications.

Now Open – VMworld 2017 Call for Papers

Join industry leaders onstage at VMworld 2017!

We’re looking for speakers who will inspire the VMware community. Have you integrated VMware solutions and technologies in an innovative way? Do you have a best practice or individual technical tips and tricks to recommend? Can you tell us about an amazing app that leverages VMware solutions to improve your business? If so, please join us at VMworld 2017.  The VMworld 2017 Call for Papers is now open!

VMworld speakers are renowned in the industry and are key to the success of the conference. Attendees tell us that speaker insights on technology tips, trends and case studies are extremely valuable and have a long-lasting impact after the conference when applied to projects. If you want to share your expertise and perspectives on subjects like business mobility, software-defined data centers, cloud management, hyper-converged infrastructure, security, storage and networking, submit your ideas to the VMworld 2017 Call for Papers.

Remember to include practical advice, key success factors, proven examples, an in-depth explanation of the challenges you’ve resolved and lessons learned on topics related to IT infrastructure, cloud operations, applications and end-user computing.

Submissions will be accepted from now until March 14, 2017.

Make an Impact: Be a Speaker at VMworld 2017!  And be sure to check back on April 4, when registration officially opens for VMworld 2017.

More Information

Submit your abstract today.

How VMware vCloud Air Network Service Providers and ISVs Get the Most Out of VMware vCloud Director

Now is the time for ISVs and service providers to join the VMware vCloud Director® partner ecosystem. The opportunities have never been better.

New Training

ISVs get streamlined access and certification to vCloud Director. And because service providers get more pre-certified capabilities with new releases of vCloud Director, they can more rapidly monetize services for their customers.

VMware has also developed a new five-day course that focuses on designing, installing, configuring, and managing vCloud Director 8.10. We also offer VMware vCloud Director Fundamentals, an e-learning course that covers the basics of vCloud Director and its various components, architecture, and features.

Better Access, Better Knowledge

By joining the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program, partners can obtain early access to vCloud Director Beta releases. ISVs get more exposure to new business opportunities through the VMware vCloud® Air Network, and we’ve made it easier than ever for partners to have direct access to our product managers, product marketing managers, and engineers for questions, escalations, and road map discussions.

One partner who has already taken advantage of this program is Veeam Software, an independent Swiss software vendor that has built a self-service, multitenant portal that integrates with vCloud Director. The company’s customers can now configure and back up entire systems, control scheduling, recover whole virtual machines, accomplish file-level restores, and restore Oracle databases.

In the months ahead, look for further training and resources as we continue to strengthen our partner ecosystem.

Learn more about VMware vCloud Director 8.10

New online resources and VMware Education training make it easier than ever to upgrade to VMware vCloud Director 8.10. The vCloud Director products page offers a wealth of information for those new to the solution, including a vCloud Director 8.10 technical white paper and a selection of case studies showcasing some of our latest success stories.

Now available on the VMware Solution Exchange (VSX) portal, the VMware vCloud Director Compatibility Guide lists products that members of the VMware ISV program have built that are compatible with the vCloud Director 8.10 update, streamlining the vendor selection process. We have also launched the course VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage.

TAP Winter 2017 Webinar – Wed. January 25th

On Wednesday, January 25th, at 8:00 am PDT, the TAP team will host the TAP Winter 2017 TAP Quarterly Webinar. This webinar will outline the VMware Ready for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) program and provide valuable insight for partners interested in learning more about certifying solutions that integrate with the VMware vCloud NFV bundle.

Partners interested in learning more about the NFV VMware Ready program are encouraged to attend this live webinar to take full advantage of this benefit. Partners registered for the event will also have a chance to participate in the live Q&A that follows the presentation.

Register today to learn more about the VMware Ready NFV program.

Access Previous TAP Webinars

The quarterly webinars hosted by the TAP team are designed to assist TAP partners with understanding and navigating the benefits available via the program. Previous webinars have covered topics, such as:

Recordings of the previous quarterly TAP webinars are located on the “Training” tab on the TAP Events and Training page in Partner Central.

Questions about this webinar or other TAP benefits should be directed to the TAP team via tapalliance@vmware.com or toll-free at
866-524-4966.

Starting 2017 With TAP and Partner Central

Partners looking to catch up with TAP can utilize Partner Central to take full advantage of their partnership. We publish many of our quarterly webinars and trainings in Partner Central, making the portal essential for partners looking for TAP go-to-market opportunities and training resources.

To get started, login to Partner Central and choose the option that fits your needs. Click the hyperlinks below to see examples of benefits found in Partner Central.

Note: Not receiving the regular TAP Newsletter? Go to Your Profile Page in Partner Central and select the My Communication Preferences  option. From there you can update your communication preferences to ensure you receive important program updates and communications.

Reach out to the TAP team if you need any clarification about partner benefits or requirements at tapalliance@vmware.com. Partners can also call the team at 866-524-4966 with any questions they may have.

2016 Global Partner Innovation Awards –Nominate Now

Nominations must be received by January 15, 2017

Don’t miss this opportunity to stand out amongst your peers and get recognized for outstanding achievement in the VMware partner ecosystem.

The Global Partner Innovation Awards are a mark of distinction that VMware presents to high performance partners. We look forward to acknowledging and honoring 2016 award winners at the Partner Leadership Summit in May of 2017.

Technology Alliance Partners can nominate for 2016 successes, including the following examples:

  • An ISV that has leveraged VMware platform and worked with a customer to deliver an innovative solution
  • Had a strategic influence with a joint partnership/joint selling
  • Demonstrated a measurable impact on VMware growth by delivering largest incremental year-over-year growth
  • Has leveraged partner-initiatives and joint offers to deliver new footprints exhibiting leadership and best practices.

Why you should nominate your organization? Watch this video to get the inside scoop straight from our Channel and Marketing Executives.

In addition to accolades, below are some of the benefits winners receive:

  • Recognition at the Partner Leadership Summit in 2017
  • Recognition at VMworld 2017 (includes a pull up banner and slide within keynote)
  • A pass to Partner Exchange @ VMworld 2017
  • A Personalized Award
  • Promotion of company name and award on Partner Central
  • Press release template
  • A blog post on the VMware Power of Partnership site
  • Use of the exclusive 2016 Global Partner Awards logo on web/email

Submit your nomination for a Global Partner Innovation Award today and you could be Partner of the Year for NSX, Mobility, SDDC, or any one of the 19 categories. Winners will be selected based on the criteria for each award as they relate to growth, sales, net new customers, and marketing.

We look forward to receiving your nominations and honoring the 2016 Global Partner Innovation Award winners.

Why Upgrade to VMware vCloud Director 8.10, Part One

There’s no better time than now to upgrade your data center to vCloud Director 8.10, the latest version of our management solution for multi-tenant cloud environments. Released in May 2016, Version 8.10 of vCloud Director offers an enhanced architecture and new features that provide a more flexible and comprehensive platform for delivering infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solutions on the hybrid cloud.

This blog post – part one of a two part series – will make the case for why vCloud Director 8.10’s feature updates are critical to the next iteration of your data center. Below we’ve outlined three key reasons to upgrade to vCloud Director 8.10:

  • Increased UI Functionality
    Unlike versions 5.5 and 8.2, vCloud Director 8.10 allows users to access features directly through the UI, achieving full parity with the vCloud Director REST API. As a result of this update, Version 8.10 allows admins to limit the number of VDCs that can be created in an organization, engage tenant throttling and define VDC template characteristics directly from the UI.
  • VM Affinity and Advanced VM Settings for Enhanced Performance
    vCloud Director 8.10 leverages the VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler utility at the compute cluster level to distribute VMs in an organization’s data center in a way that complies with affinity or anti-affinity rules set between VMs. This enables multiple VMs to remain on the same VMware ESXi hosts, or to be split among ESXi hosts.
  • UI-supported VCD access controls
    When users are added at an organizational level, access to VDCs in the company’s profile is either all in or all out. vCloud Director 8.10 enables restricted user access to specific VDC within an organization’s data center through the brand-new VDC Permissions API feature. With this new functionality, a VDC can now be set to shared, meaning that even if a “control list” exists for a specific VDC, it can be overruled.

New online resources and VMware Education training makes it even easier to upgrade to vCloud Director 8.10. The vCloud Director Products Page offers a wealth of information for those new to the solution, including the vCloud Director 8.10 Technical White Paper, and a selection of case studies showcasing some of our latest success stories.

Now available on VMware’s Solution Exchange Portal, the vCloud Director Compatibility Guide lists products built by members of VMware’s Independent Software Vendor program that are compatible with the vCloud Director 8.10 update, streamlining the vendor selection process. We have also launched a new vCloud Director Fundamentals course focused on showcasing all version 8.10 has to offer through 3.5 hours of self-paced learning.

Debunking 3 Common Myths Around vCloud Director

There has been speculation that VMware vCloud Director was no longer a priority for VMware—but that couldn’t be further from the truth. With the release of vCloud Director 8.10 this spring, VMware has doubled down on its dedication to enhancing the product, and has even expanded the available training program to keep pace with the evolving needs of vCloud Director users.

vCloud Director fits into VMware’s larger vision for the software defined data center (SDDC), now more than ever before. We have provided answers below to clear up a few of the biggest misconceptions out there today:

  • MYTH #1 – vCloud Director is End-of-Life or End-of-Support:
    This is actually not the case. In May 2016, VMware released vCloud Director 8.10, the latest version of the product, in response to customer feedback and an industry-wide move to the hybrid cloud. New features in this release includes distributed resource scheduler affinity and anti-affinity for VMs and UI integration of NSX for heightened security.

    To get customers up to speed with the new release, the team has launched a free vCloud Director 8.10 Fundamentals eLearning course, and after VMworld Europe, we plan to expand these offerings through new vCloud Director Hands-on Labs via the VMware HOL Online portal.

  • MYTH #2 – Usage is Lagging:
    In fact, the opposite is true. Not only is usage of vCloud Director increasing, but it’s reaching new levels of growth. Look no further than Zettagrid, a cloud computing infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider, which deployed vCloud Director to simplify data center provisioning. Or iland, an award-winning enterprise cloud infrastructure provider that uses vCloud Director to supply greater flexibility and customization to its clients.

    Furthermore, VMware continues to partner with members of its independent software vendor program group to catalogue and support the most recent products built by ISVs that are compatible with VCD through it through the VMware Solution Exchange. vCloud Director has proven itself a valued partner for customers across industries and hybrid cloud ecosystems, and version 8.10 only solidifies VMware’s continued commitment to the product and its users.

  • MYTH #3 – User Interface (UI) is Static:
    You spoke, and we listened. A change in direction from previous versions, the release of vCloud Director 8.10 demonstrated a commitment to the UI by exposing all features directly through the UI and achieving feature parity with the API. Features now available on the UI include storage profiling, tenant throttling, and self-service VDC templates that give vCloud Director a more robust and flexible platform for delivering IaaS solutions.

Through a combination feature updates that increase agility, new training opportunities, and an enhanced UI with heightened functionality, VMware continues to actively invest in the vCloud Director user experience.

Rest assured, there’s more to come.