A week in virtualization

VMworld Europe has concluded last week, and we had a whole bunch of announcements go out during the show. Here’s an overview of the few big ones:

  • Together with Verizon Wireless in the US and Telefonica in Europe we announced the availability of Dual Persona Android™ Devices, which allow you to have your personal and work phones combined on one device, with two separate numbers. Dual Persona technology is powered by VMware Horizon Mobile solution, and we will talk about it today in more detail. To bring this solution to the market, the two wireless carriers and VMware are working with a growing ecosystem of partners. Samsung and LG will be among the first to offer mobile devices, tested and ready for use with VMware Horizon Mobile on the Verizon Wireless network.
  • Further, we announced the availability of VMware vCenter™ Protect Essentials Plus and enhancements to the VMware Go Pro™ service, which simplify IT management for small and midsize businesses. We also have guests on the show today to talk about this announcement.
  • Also, we announced with NVIDIA® a strategic partnership to advance virtual 3D graphics technology and enable the remote delivery of high-end virtual desktops and applications for engineers, artists and scientists.
  • SAP has announced that it selected our infrastructure and cloud management technology for one of its internal global IT modernization projects.

Outside of VMworld, we also unveiled our new management portfolio for the cloud, which included significant enhancements to VMware vCenter Operations™ and the introduction of new VMware vFabric Application Management™ and VMware IT Business Management suites.

If you want to follow all of our announcements, you can do so at vmware.com/company/news/

On Facebook, the vCloud team has linked to a new fling published by VMware Labs, which assists with vCloud automation. Find it and more cool links at facebook.com/vmwarevcloud

Also, VMware Fusion team has shared some handy tips and tricks on their Facebook page. It appears that they have started a weekly series for Tips and Tricks, so you may want to keep an eye on that. Go to facebook.com/vmwarefusion to check it out.

VMware View is inviting you to join the ThinApp bootcamp beginning next Monday, the 31st of October. After the great success of the View Bootcamp, we decided to offer another one, and here it is. Head on over to facebook.com/vmwareview to find out more and to register.

We have thirteen cool new webinars listed on the webcasts page, covering topics from introductory to advanced, and a range of technologies from your plain Jane virtualization (if there is such a thing) to roaming desktops and Java environments. Go to webcasts.vmware.com to register.

As you know, the VMware Forum is concluded for the United States area, but you can still register for on-demand delivery. The Forum will be making stops in Mumbai, Tokyo, Singapore, and Halifax in November, and in Vancouver in December. Find the dates for your region and register by going to vmware.com and clicking on the big grey box that says VMware Forum 2011.

The following VMUGs are going to be meeting over the next week: Suisse Romande, Santa Barbara, Raleigh, Iowa, Las Vegas, Sacramento, Buffalo, Greensboro, Chicago, and Birmingham. There’s also the VMUG conference on the 31st in Chicago. Cincinnati and Ontario are having their user conferences on the 2nd of November, while UK will have its full-day event on the 3rd.

By the way, the UK event on the 3rd will be the first ever national user conference of this scale. It will be held on 3rd November at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.

If you can’t wait until the 3rd November, a pre-event networking reception sponsored by Veeam software will be held at the Museum from 7pm the night before.

Virtualisation ‘rock stars’ including Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman, Cormac Hogan, Mike Laverick, Alan Renouf, Tom Howarth, Simon Gallagher and Julian Wood will be hosting technical sessions, Q&A workshops and generally offering their expertise to attendees throughout the day. For more dates and locations, head on over to myvmug.org


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