VMworld US 2017 – Hands On Labs

VMworld US 2017 – Hands On Labs

Hands On Labs

 

From August 27 – 31st, 2017 , VMware will be the hosting its infamous VMworld US 2017 conference that everyone waits all year long for! It is an incredible opportunity for VMware’s customers to find out about upcoming and newly released versions of our software. Many of our customers come to listen and learn from all the great presentations from VMware’s own as well as guest speakers to absorb all the information they can while at VMworld. If you would like to register for VMworld US 2017, CLICK HERE!

Another major reason for our customers and partners to come to the VMworld conferences is the Hands On Labs (HOL)! The VMware Hands-On Labs demonstrate the real value of VMware solutions in real time. As a VMworld attendee, you’ll gain special access to the latest VMware technologies without being required to purchase equipment, software or licenses. You’ll explore a wide range of today’s most exciting topics with a VMware-provided machine or your own device, all with product experts on hand to provide one-on-one guidance. Earn CloudCred points for taking labs, visiting HOL Connect and interacting with product experts, and win prizes for each level of achievement. And the best part is that anyone can register for an account and access the labs from anywhere with an internet connection! 

NOTE: The newly updated versions of the labs at the VMworld Conference are usually released to the public facing HOL site for customers within a month or two after the VMworld conferences are over. 

Register for a Hands On Labs Account: Click Here!

I have been working for VMware for just under (4) years now and have participated as a Hands On Labs staff member the entire time. Because of being a staff member, I have attended all the Partner Exchange (PEX) and VMworld US conferences during that time. This year I get the honor of going to VMworld Europe (Barcelona, Spain) for the first time as a lab captain!

Without a doubt, I can say that it has been an incredible experience working in the HOL! The entire staff except a very small amount of the staff work the labs as volunteers. Everyone of us dedicate our spare time to work on creating the numerous labs or supporting them in one way or another. We do this because we are honored to be a part of a great team and we love what we do. Working with this team is an honor for me as well as the others I am sure. The knowledge and experience of the staff can be overwhelming to me at times, just an incredible group of individuals. But everyone brings something to the table and contributes to make it an incredible event that our customers and partners want to come to on an annual basis.

Another aspect we love related to supporting the HOL is the privileged of meeting our customers and partners that come into the labs. It is a learning experience as much for us as it is them! We also offer Expert Led Workshops where you get one-on-one time with us as we run through our labs and the associated technical information on the product. But sign up for them NOW, because the slots are usually filled before VMworld starts. You do have the option to sign up on the waiting list for a workshop in the event someone does not show up for a particular workshop.

So I highly recommend that if you are attending either one of the VMworld 2017 conferences, that you come into the HOL and take at least one of our labs or workshops!

While you are there, say hello to me, I will be there supporting my labs! 

 

VMworld US 2017 – Content Catalog:  https://my.vmworld.com/scripts/catalog/uscatalog.jsp

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VMworld EUROPE 2017 (SEP 11 – 14th):  https://www.vmworld.com/en/europe/index.html

vRealize Log Insight 4.5 is Now Live!

vRealize Log Insight 4.5 is Now Live!

 

On June 13th, 2017, VMware released vRealize Log Insight 4.5! vRealize Log lnsight delivers heterogeneous and highly scalable log management with intuitive, actionable dashboards, sophisticated analytics and broad third-party extensibility. It provides deep operational visibility and faster troubleshooting across physical, virtual and cloud environments. Below, you can fins a list of what’s new in this release of vRealize Log Insight 4.5!

Whats New?
This release of VMware vRealize Log Insight delivers product improvements and updates to the previous release, including these features:

Server Features

  • Added API to query alert execution and notification history
  • Added ability to specify basic authentication for webhooks
  • New product configuration APIs added
  • The source field is maintained when forwarding from vRealize Log Insight forwarder to a vRealize Log Insight server
  • Hosts on the /admin/hosts page can now be exported
  • Support for external load balancers has been deprecated
  • VMware Identity Manager (vIDM) is recommended for vRealize Log Insight. Native AD support is now deprecated. See the following Knowledge Base article for migration information: https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2148976

General User Interface Items

  • Dashboard legend mouse-over in one widget now highlights corresponding chart items across widgets
  • Added ability to show a given time across all dashboard chart widgets simultaneously
  • Separate options are available for descriptions and recommendations for user alerts.
  • User alert history for aggregation queries now includes count

Agent Items

  • Added ability to send unaltered raw syslog to destination server
  • Added ability for agent syslog parser to parse structured data (SD), PRI, PROCID, and MSGID syslog fields
  • Added auto-update checkbox option on MSI user interface
  • Added support for sending logs to multiple destinations
  • Added directory wildcard support
  • Added support for Photon OS
  • Support for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS has been deprecated

Content Packs

  • Updated General and vSphere content packs
  • VSAN and vROps content packs included out of the box

 

vRealize Operations Manager 6.6 Now Live!

vRealize Operations Manager 6.6 Now Live!

 

On June 13th, 2017, VMware released its updated vRealize Operation Manager 6.6 solution! VMware vRealize Operations integrated with vRealize Log Insight and vRealize Business for Cloud helps plan, manage and scale SDDC and multi-cloud environments with unified monitoring, automated performance management, cloud planning and capacity optimization. Check out the below list of enhancements that have been made to the vRealize Operations Manager solution!

Whats New?

vRealize Operations Manager 6.6 focuses on enhancing product usability, accelerating time to value and improving troubleshooting capabilities.

  • Simplified usability and faster time to value capabilities:
    • New HTML5 user interface provides an easier and consistent experience.
    • The Getting Started dashboard allows for quick navigation.
    • Persona based dashboards provides for answers in one place. Dashboards are separated into categories such as Operations, Capacity and Utilization, Performance Troubleshooting, Workload Balance, and Configuration and Compliance.
    • Out of the box integration with vSAN and vRealize Automation provides quick time to value.
  • Watch videos related to the new dashboards that are introduced with vRealize Operations Manager 6.6 here.
  • Added Native vSAN management capabilities:
    • Allows for centralized management across stretched clusters.
    • Ability for complete vSAN management, which includes administering performance, capacity, logs, and configuration and health.
  • Fully Automated Workload Balancing:
    • Ensures performance across the datacenter’s with fully automated workload balancing, across clusters and across data stores.
    • Ensures DRS Configurations and provides the option to set DRSautomation level for individual objects.
    • Predictive DRS takes action to preempt resource contention.
    • Utilizes operations analytics to optimize initial placement of workloads through vRealize Automation.
  • Watch this video for a demo about automatic workload placement.
  • Additional out-of-the-box compliance capabilities: 
    • Ability to tackle compliance problems through the new vSphere hardening dashboard
    • Extends compliance through PCI & HIPAA compliance for vSphere.
    • Ensures business configurations through new cluster, host, and VM configuration dashboards
Documentation and Links:

vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3 Now Live!

vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3 Now Live!

 

On June 13, 2017, VMware released an updated version of its vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3 solution. VMware vRealize Business for Cloud automates cloud costing analysis, consumption metering, cloud comparison and planning, delivering the cost visibility and business insights you need to run your cloud more efficiently. Below is a summary of what’s new in this release of vRealize Business for Cloud.

Whats New?

Private Cloud

  • Partial vCenter Server support. You can select a set of virtual machines or clusters to add into vRealize Business for Cloud, instead of adding the complete vCenter Server.

Public Cloud

  • Enhancements to Azure.
    • Azure is considered as a first class citizen in vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3, which provides the detailed costing, pricing mechanism, showback information, and VM Statistics for Non-EA accounts.
    • You can now define pricing policies for Azure virtual machines that are deployed directly on Azure and are deployed by vRealize Automation.
    • vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3 can provide upfront price for Azure blueprint and if a Azure machine is deployed from vRealze Automation, vRealize Business for Cloud can compute cost-to-date.
  • Enhancements to AWS.
  • Support import from blueprint for cloud comparison.

Cloud Comparison

  • Procurement Planning support. 
  • Support for VMware Cloud on AWS. Procurement planning (What-If Analysis) in vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3 supports cost comparison with VMware Cloud on AWS and enables you to assess placement of new or existing workloads across private cloud and public clouds, including VMware Cloud on AWS.
  • Import from Blueprint in for cloud comparison.

Pricing

  • Calculate expense-to-date value for virtual machines. 
  • Calculate price of deployment constructs. 
  • Enable utilization based pricing. 
  • Configure pricing method for resources. 
  • Configure Pricing Update Strategy. 
  • Configure network pricing. 
  • Track daily change in utilization for price calculation. 
  • Compute pricing at Organization Virtual Data Center (Org VDC) level.

Licenses and Roles

  • Support multiple license keys. You can now enter multiple license keys as part of license administration.
  • Additional access for vRealize Suite Standard license key.
  • Support Business Controller Role for Standalone vRealize Business for Cloud.

Reports

  • Schedule a Report. You can now schedule and email a custom report or the out-of-the-box reports to a set of recipients on daily, weekly or monthly basis.
  • Updates to the Daily Price Report. vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3 calculates the virtual machine price accurately based on its CPU, storage and memory resource utilization or allocation and its change within a day.
  • New Reports. Additional reports are added in vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3:
    • Azure Instances
    • Azure Resources
    • Several out-of-the-box reports (that provides operational and cost visibility)
  • Enhanced Public APIs of Reports. You can now use the Public APIs to generate reports in the VMware Identity Manager integrated vRealize Business for Cloud setup.

Integration

Documentation and Links:

vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) 3.4 Now GA!!

vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) 3.4 Now GA!!

 

On June 1st, 2017, VMware released a new version of their vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) solution, version 3.4! VMware vRealize Network Insight delivers intelligent operations for software-defined networking and security. It helps to optimize network performance and availability with visibility and analytics across virtual and physical networks. It provides planning and recommendations for implementing micro-segmentation security, plus operational views to quickly and confidently manage and scale VMware NSX deployment.

What’s New in vRealize Network Insight 3.4?

The new and enhanced features in this release are as follows:

  • AWS Public Cloud Support – vRealize Network Insight now provides visibility into native AWS constructs such as VPC, VM, Security Group, and Firewall rules. Traffic flows are also analyzed to provide security and micro-segmentation view of cloud workloads (Enterprise edition only).
  • Configurable Data Retention – vRealize Network Insight provides ability to modify the data retention periods for problem events, configuration changes, and metrics (Enterprise edition only).
  • Support for Physical Devices in Application Modeling  – vRealize Network Insight now allows the inclusion of physical servers in application tier definition and micro-segmentation planning.
  • New NSX Operation Events – Additional NSX operations alerts have been introduced in this release.
  • Customization of Alerts  – The customization is done through global macro settings as well as at individual alerts level.
  • Support of vCenter Tags and Annotations  – It is an additional way to group virtual machines into security and application groups.
  • Visibility of Physical Layer-2 Network  – From this release onwards, the layer-2 networks are visible in the VM-to-VM path dashboard.
  • Addition of Syslog Messages – vRealize Network Insight supports syslog messages for sending the events generated by the system to external log management products (including Log Insight).

For more information on vRealize Network Insight 3.4, see the below links…

 

Missed The Latest VMware Announcements In The Past Month? Check Out This Summary!

Missed The Latest VMware Announcements In The Past Month?

Check Out This Summary!

 

 

Have you been busy lately and haven’t keep up to date with the latest VMware announcements over the last month or two? If so, you have missed quite a bit! So I thought I would make it easy on you and pull together all the recent announcements related to product updates, acquisitions, promotions, partnerships, VMworld, Wanna Cry Ransomeware, etc. This summary has a lot of great information that you want to be aware. I highly recommend that you read through the full list of announcements to be sure you are aware of them.

One link I would like to draw your attention to specifically is under “Security” which takes you to a VMware blog about the “WannaCry Ransomeware” attack that swept the world on May 12th, 2017 in over 150+ countries worldwide. The article discusses how VMware’s NSX solution and its “Zero Trust” model could have helped those that were attacked mitigate this attack. This just proves how important it is that businesses consider using VMware’s NSX solution to help protect their environments from attacks in ways that other solutions can’t.

 

Product Announcements:

 

Acquisitions:

 

Latest Promotions/Discounts:   http://www.vmware.com/promotions.html

  • New Promotion – User Environment Manager (UEM) 9.2
  • Updated Promotion- vRealize 25% Upgrade Promotions Extended to July 29, 2017

 

Security:

  • WannaCry Ransomware attack that attacks Microsoft operating systems swept the world on May 12th in over 150+ countries. Below is VMware’s response on how the NSX Zero-Trust model could have helped mitigate this attack using NSX. This is a great opportunity for you to drive how critical it is to use NSX and where other solutions couldn’t provide the same protection that we can from these types of attacks.

 

VMware Partnerships:  

 

VMware Partner Accreditation’s:

 

VMworld 2017:

 

VMware’s Virtual SAN (vSAN) 6.6 Went GA Today!

VMware’s Virtual SAN (vSAN) 6.6 Went GA Today!

 

Today, April 18th, 2017, VMware announced that Virtual SAN (vSAN) 6.6 is now Generally Available (GA)! VMware vSAN (formerly Virtual SAN), is the industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions. vSAN is a core building block for the Software-Defined Data Center.

What vSAN Does?

Enables You To Evolve Without Risk – As the only native-vSphere storage, vSAN enables you to seamlessly extend virtualization to storage, creating a hyper-converged solution that simply works with your existing tools, skill sets, software solutions and hardware platforms. vSAN now further reduces risk with the first native HCI security solution, protecting data-at-rest while offering simple management and a hardware-agnostic solution. vSAN continues to offer the broadest set of deployment choices supported by the large, proven vSAN ReadyNode ecosystem of leading server vendors.

Reduces TCO – Faced with tight IT budgets, customers are turning to HCI powered by vSAN to lower total cost of ownership up to 50%. vSAN can dramatically reduce costs due to hardware choice, server-side economics, and affordable flash. Your operations become easier with fewer tasks and intelligent automation that can be managed through one tool and a unified team. The simplicity allows you to respond to business demands faster and more intelligently. New enhanced stretch clusters deliver site and local protection at half the cost of leading traditional solutions.

Scales To Tomorrow – As your businesses continue to evolve, the agility of vSAN helps you prepare for tomorrow’s IT demands—whether that requires expanding into the public cloud or rapidly deploying the latest flash and server technologies to gain a competitive advantage. vSAN also supports a wide range of applications, from current business critical applications to next-gen applications and containers. When combined with NSX, a vSAN powered SDDC stack can extend on-premises storage and management services across different public clouds ensuring a consistent experience.

 

To get more information, check out the below links…

Virtual SAN (vSAN) 6.6 Release Notes:   http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vsan/66/vmware-virtual-san-66-release-notes.html

Virtual SAN (vSAN) 6.6 Documentation:   https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/virtual-san-pubs.html

 

VMware’s Intent To Acquire Wavefront!

VMware’s Intent To Acquire Wavefront!

 

As no surprise to me, VMware continues to look for ways to make VMware and its solutions better and keep up with the ever changing IT and business requirements of this brave new world. So VMware has announced its intent to acquire Wavefront who is a leading vendor in metric monitoring service born in the cloud.

It is clear to me that customers are responding enthusiastically to our Cross-Cloud strategy and our Cloud Management Business Unit (CMBU) team has a central role to play as we deliver a consistent operating environment across clouds. Our team is rapidly innovating for on-premises products while we also building out our Cross-Cloud management services including costing, discovery, monitoring, root cause analysis, and visualization. To accelerate our delivery for the cloud, today I’m excited to announce our intent to acquire Wavefront, the leading metrics monitoring service for companies born in the cloud era.

Wavefront already has an impressive list of customers, and their technology allows us to leapfrog into application management of next-generation modern applications. Together with vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight, we will now be able to analyze data and offer customers end-to-end operations management for both virtual and multi-cloud infrastructures.

Continue reading the rest of the blog announcement – Click Here!

 

Intel Optane the new benchmark SSD to beat

Intel Optane the new benchmark SSD to beat [michaelryom.dk]

Intel Optane the new benchmark SSD to beat

For a very long time Intel 3700 series of SSDs has held the crown as the best all round SSD for the enterprise market. Intel did something special with this line of SSDs. They stop talking IOPS and latency at least as the main focus and started focusing on where it really would hurt mainstream storage vendors. What was new was QoS or consistency and power loss protection. These features are enterprise graded. Many vendors will claim that they have power loss protection, but non-like Intel did and even today, you have to understand the vendor’s power loss protection in order to validate if it is any good for your needs. This of course was not what hit most medias covering the SSD market. What Intel really changed here was the QoS you…Read More


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VMware Updates Workspace ONE to Include AirWatch

VMware Updates Workspace ONE to Include AirWatch [eweek.com]

VMware Updates Workspace ONE to Include AirWatch

Adding lots of new functionality enables enterprises to connect previously siloed data stores, cloud services and mobile management platforms.


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VMware vSAN First HCI To Support Intel Optane

VMware vSAN First HCI To Support Intel Optane [storagereview.com]

VMware vSAN First HCI To Support Intel Optane

​Intel launched its first Optane-based product for the enterprise last week, the Optane SSD DC P4800X series. Summarizing of the technical details, the P4800X in its first incarnation is a 375GB SSD in an add-in-card form factor. Software defined solutions like VMware vSAN are uniquely qualified to take full advantage of this new technology, as they’re already architected to leverage advancements in hardware. VMware has done just that, offering launch support in both ESXi 6.5 and vSAN 6.5.


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vROps Webinar 2017 – Announcing Part 1 : What’s…

vROps Webinar 2017 – Announcing Part 1 : What’s New with vROps 6.5 [vxpresss.blogspot.com]

vROps Webinar 2017 – Announcing Part 1 : What’s…

Welcome to the vRealize Operations Manager Webinar Series 2017. With the huge success of the series back in 2016, we wanted to take a break, enjoy the success and come back with full rigor for this series in 2017. We are here and we are charged up to give you some more dope on vRealize Operations manager in the year 2017.


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vSAN Got a 2.5x Performance Increase: Thank You…

vSAN Got a 2.5x Performance Increase: Thank You Intel Optane! [blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks]

vSAN Got a 2.5x Performance Increase: Thank You…

Today, March 19th Intel announced the Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X—the first flash device built on the much-anticipated 3D XPoint technology. This is exciting news for vSAN customers, since—as a result of Intel and VMware’s active collaboration—we are pleased to offer day 1 support of vSAN 6.5 and ESXi 6.5 with the Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X. This is the first Intel Optane NVMe drive (375GB) to be made available with more coming soon (750GB and 1.5TB).


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Technical Sales 201 – What’s New in vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) 3.3 – Video!

Technical Sales 201 – What’s New in vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) 3.3 – Video!

In this session, I provide a Technical Sales 201 overview of the newly released vRealize Network Insight 3.3. In the overview I talk about the numerous technical enhancements that were made in version 3.3. Below is a summary of the overall enhancements made…

  • NSX Events & Support enhancements.                                       
  • Enhanced Event Management.
  • General User Interface changes.
  • Network Address Translation (NAT) Improvements.
  • NSX Firewall enhancements.
  • And Palo Alto Support.

 

VMware vRealize Network Insight delivers intelligent operations for software-defined networking and security. It helps optimize network performance and availability with visibility and analytics across virtual and physical networks. It provides planning and recommendations for implementing micro-segmentation security, plus operational views to quickly and confidently manage and scale VMware NSX deployment.

 

Technical Sales 201 – What’s New in vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) 3.3 (link):   https://youtu.be/KxxOrtB5pyw

 

For more information on vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) 3.3…

Technical Sales 201 – What’s New in vRealize Log Insight 4.3!

Technical Sales 201 – What’s New in

vRealize Log Insight 4.3!

 

In this enablement session, I provide a Technical Sales 201 level overview of the recent release of vRealize Log Insight 4.3. vRealize Log lnsight delivers heterogeneous and highly scalable log management with intuitive, actionable dashboards, sophisticated analytics and broad third-party extensibility. It provides deep operational visibility and faster troubleshooting across physical, virtual and cloud environments.

In vRealize Log Insight 4.3, we can sum up the improvements into the following areas…

  • Integration between vRealize Log Insight & vRealize Operations Manager.
  • VMware Identity Manager Single-Sign-On (SSO) support.
  • Automated Agent Upgrades.
  • Several chart enhancements.
  • New Agent features.
  • And Expanded Operating System support.

 

Technical Sales 201 – What’s New in vRealize Log Insight 4.3:   https://youtu.be/sh6IfnfdTkc

 

For more information on vRealize Log Insight 4.3…

Technical Sales 201 – What’s New in vRealize Business for Cloud (vRBC) 7.2.1

Technical Sales 201 – What’s New in vRealize Business for Cloud (vRBC) 7.2.1

 

In this enablement session, I provide a Technical Sales 201 level overview of the recent release of vRealize Business for Cloud 7.2.1. It provides automated management for cloud costing, consumption, comparison, and planning. VMware vRealize Business for Cloud automates cloud delivers the insight you need to efficiently deploy and manage cloud environments.

The enhancements in this version relate to the below (3) main categories…

  • Enhanced Scale, Performance & Deployment Options
  • Faster Time-to-Value with Integrations & Improvements
  • Expanded Collaboration & Integration

 

Technical Sales 201 – What’s New in vRealize Business for Cloud (vRBC) 7.2.1:  https://youtu.be/Vl0UiKw_rr4

 

For more information on vRealize Business for Cloud 7.2.1…

 

VMware Releases (4) Updated Solutions From The vRealize Family On March 2, 2017!

VMware Releases (4) Updated Solutions From The vRealize Family On March 2, 2017!

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On March 2nd, 2017, VMware released (4) newly updated solutions from their vRealize family of solutions! You can go to my “What’s New” tab on this site to get to the links to the release notes and documentation for all four updated solutions. Below is a bullet list of the updated solutions as well as a little bit of information on what’s new in these versions. For more detailed information, go out to the the Release Notes and Documentation links I have provided on the What’s New page.

vRealize Operations Manager 6.5:

  • Additional monitoring capabilities of larger environments with same size deployment
  • Automatic upgrade of Endpoint Operations Agents
  • Enhanced troubleshooting capabilities by correlating logs and metrics between itself and vRealize Log Insight
  • Improved collaboration by simplifying exporting and importing
  • Update processes have been optimized (40% faster)

vRealize Network Insight 3.3:

  • Enhanced event management experience
  • New set of NSX best practice and troubleshooting events
  • Deeper visibility for micro-segmentation planning
  • Compatibility with the most current NSX for vSphere (6.3) and vSphere (6.5) releases
  • Deeper security analytics which include Palo Alto Networks
  • Support for new hardware: Dell switches (S-4048, S-6010, Z9100)
  • Addressing gaps in NSX firewall support
  • Enhancements to LDAP support

vRealize Business for Cloud 7.2.1: 

  • vRBC 7.2.1 release sets a new milestone for vRBC in the endeavor of more tightly-coupled integration with vRBC being available within vROPS as one of the menu options providing operational and cost visibility to the end user in a single pane of glass!!!
  • vRBC 7.2.1 also re-brands cloud business analysis report as Hybrid Cloud Assessment.
  • With new look and appeal it includes a concise and precise summary page describing Inventory, Total cost of ownership of infrastructure, Comparison of private cloud cost with that of public cloud, a glimpse into how well the private cloud infrastructure is utilized and subsequent reclamation opportunities.
  • This release also addresses the annoying waiting time customer goes through while downloading an OVA file by reducing its size by more than 50%.

vRealize Log Insight 4.3:  

  • Server Features
    • Now supports VMware Identity Manager Single-Sign-On (vIDM SSO)
    • Host table entries now expire three months idle (the last ingestion event)
    • New upgraded APIs
  • User Interface Features
    • New alert history for individual alerts
    • New percent labels on pie charts
    • New trend-line overlay on line charts
    • Enhanced dashboard list selection
  • Agent Features
    • New FIPS-140-2 compliance
    • New silent auto-update of deployed agents
    • Enhanced timestamp parser that supports single-digit representation of days and months
    • Now supports Windows Server 2016

Looking For The Run Down on VMware’s New Horizon Cloud Offerings?

Looking For The Run Down on VMware’s New

Horizon Cloud Offerings?

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On February 7th, 2017, VMware announced their new generally available offering “Horizon Cloud“. VMware Horizon Cloud enables the delivery of cloud-hosted or on-premises virtual desktops and apps to any device, anywhere, from a single cloud control plane. The Horizon Cloud delivers Cross-Cloud Architecture, a Clear Path to the Future, Digital Workspace Experience, and Redefines Cost and Complexity.

Below you will find a brief bullet list of information on Horizon Cloud to include top level changes compared to Horizon Air offering, purchasing process, deployment options, virtual desktop options, and considerations for each option, etc.

Horizon Cloud Public Page:  http://www.vmware.com/cloud-services/desktop.html

Top Level Changes in Horizon Cloud:

  • Horizon Air currently does not offer App Volumes, vGPU-enabled desktops, and standard pricing model
  • Current Horizon Air customers will continue to run in vCloud Air (vCA) data centers
  • SoftLayer Data Centers for Horizon Cloud Hosted
  • Desktop Disaster Recovery (DR) no longer offered with Horizon Cloud Hosted
  • Horizon Cloud Services offers App Volumes (Private Beta), vGPU-enabled desktops (Private Beta), vIDM support, and Instant Clones

Considering which offering:

  • Cloud Hosted VDI
    • Seasonal Businesses
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Contract/Temp employees
    • No existing VDI environment or expertise
    • Wants a managed solution
    • Prefers a predictable OPEX payment model
    • Needs to scal up/down quickly
  • On-Premise VDI (Horizon 7) –
    • BYOD
    • Branch Offices
    • Security
    • Leverage existing VDI environment and expertise
    • Has strict security or compliance mandates
    • Needs onm-premises infrastructure for performance
    • Wants strict IT control, including management on-premises
    • Wants to utilize a perpetual license
  • Hybrid VDI –
    • BYOD
    • Branch Offices
    • Desktop Replacements
    • Is interested in the cloud but not ready to commit
    • Has strict security or compliance mandates
    • Needs on-premises infrastructure for performance
    • Simplicity and speed of deployment is a priority
    • Requires flexibility in desktop configurations

Comparisons in Use Case Options:

  • Kiosk Mode – Horizon 7 (On-Premise) ONLY
  • Smart Card Authentication – Horizon 7 (On-Premise) ONLY
  • RDSH Desktops & Apps – Horizon Cloud-Hosted & Horizon 7 (On-Premise)
  • NVIDIA vGPU – Horizon Cloud-Hosted (Private Beta) & Horizon 7 (On-Premise)

Purchasing Process:

  1. Step 1:  Choose User licensing
    1. Named User (NU) – (1) dedicated user per license
    2. Concurrent User (CCU) – Shared licenses (one user logged in at a time)
  2. Step 2:  Choose your Infrastructure
    1. Buy Hosted Infrastructure from VMware – Cloud-based infrastructure
    2. Buy On-Premises Infrastructure from partner – vSAN Ready Nodes or HCI Appliance
  3. Step 3:  Horizon Cloud Add-Ons
    1. Direct Connect (1/10 Gps)
    2. Additional IP Addresses
    3. 1TB Hard Disk Storage (can be used for AppStacks, Writable Volumes, UEM, and Utility server (E:/Drive)
    4. With more to come

Deployment Options:

  • Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure
    • Meant for…
      • OPEX model of utility based pricing
      • Scalability on demand
      • Minimal internal expertise required
      • Remote locations where building data center capacity is impossible
    • Offering comes with
      • Production Support
      • Services that include Corp. Network Services setup (via VPN)
      • Administrative training
      • REST API access for programmatic pool management
      • Desktop capacity based on what you purchased
      • (10) images that are fully customizable
      • Free software endpoint clients
      • Supports 2-Factor authentication –
        • Radius
        • RSA SecurID
        • VMware Verify with vIDM
        • DOES NOT provide 2FA for Horizon Amin console
      • Utility Server for free – to use as AD/DNS/DHCP, UEM, File Server, etc. (CANT be used as application or database server)
        • Tenant accessible
        • Uses the Professional Desktop Specification (2vCPU & 4GB vRAM) – can be upgraded
        • Transactional based applications are not allowed and customers should use IaaS
        • Encrypted hard disks not allowed
    • End Customer or Service Provider Provides
      • Desktop Management
      • Access devices (end-point)
      • Applications
      • Image creation, deployment, and maintenance
      • OS licenses
    • Benefits:
      • Cloud Simplicity –
        • Fully hosted & managed infrastructure
        • Enterprise security with dedicated infrastructure
        • (3) global locations and counting
      • Fast Time-to-Value –
        • Add capacity in days, not months
        • Configure and deploy desktops in minutes
      • Most Comprehensive DaaS Solution –
        • Persistent, Floating, Apps, and vGPU-enabled desktop options
        • Blast Extreme & PCOIP connection protocols
        • Configure your own capacity
      • Predictable Economics –
        • Consumption-based pricing let you pay “as-you-grow”
        • No capital expenditure
  • Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure
    • Meant for…
      • Hybris OPEX/CAPEX model
      • Management infrastructure in the cloud
      • On-Premises virtual desktops & apps on (HCI) Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (e.g. VxRail)
      • Minimal internal expertise required and easily scalable
    • Benefits:
      • Bridge to the Cloud –
        • Cloud adoption at your own pace
        • Sensitive data resides on premises
        • Proximity reduces latency issues
      • Backed by ecosystem of partners –
        • Growing ecosystem of certified partners
        • Dell, EMC, QCT, Hitachi, and more
      • Radically simple on-premises VDI –
        • Easy to deploy HCI appliances
        • Automated updates & no more management infrastructure
        • Turnkey solution yields faster time-to-value
      • Linear scalability –
        • No CAPEX for service
        • Centralized cloud management
        • Right-sized HCI appliances
  • On Premises (Horizon 7):
    • Meant for…
      • CAPEX model
      • Greater flexibility in desktop options
      • Scalable to customer requirements
      • Feature rich management

On-Premises Infrastructure Options: (more certified servers coming in the future)

  • Dell
    • R730
    • R730xd
  • EMC
    • EMC VxRail160 Hybrid
    • EMC VxRail200 Hybrid
    • EMC VxRail160 All-Flash
    • EMC VxRail200 All-Flash
    • EMC VxRail240 All-Flash
    • EMC VxRail280 All-Flash
  • Quanta Cloud Technology (certification pending)
    • QuantaGrid D51B-1U
    • QuantaPlex T41S-2U (4-Node)
  • Hitachi Data Systems (certification pending)
    • V210
    • V210-F

Virtual Desktop Purchase Options:

  • STANDARD Capacity (everyday use)
    • (1) UNIT = (1) vCPU / 2GB vRAM / 30GB Storage
    • Desktop Options
      • Value = (1) Unit
      • Professional = (2) Units
      • Premium  = (4) units
      • Performance = 8) units
      • Hosted Apps Server = (8) units
  • WORKSTATION Capacity (High Performance/GPU-enabled)
    • (1) UNIT = (4) vCPU / 16GB vRAM / 120GB Storage / 2GB NVIDIA Video Memory
    • Desktop Options
      • ProfessionalWS = (1) unit
      • PremiumWS = (2) units
      • PerformanceWS = (4) units

 

 

The New VMware 2017 vExperts Have Been Announced!

The New VMware 2017 vExperts Have Been Announced!

 

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Virtualization news from VMware and the community of virtualization users, including the VMware Communities and VMTN, the VMware Technology Network.

 

Are you a previous vExpert and applied for 2017, or are did you apply to be a vExpert for the first time? Then check out the vExpert 2017 Announcement at the below link to see if you made the cut or not!

2017 vExpert Announcement:  https://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2017/02/vexpert-2017-award-announcement.html

 

 

Save 20% off VCP Exams at Dell EMC World 2017

Save 20% off VCP Exams at Dell EMC World 2017 — via VMware Education & Certification Blog

Save 20% off VCP Exams at Dell EMC World 2017

Making plans to attend Dell EMC World in Las Vegas this May? Include time to earn or renew your VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification while you’re there.


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A Cloud Alliance Between VMware and AWS Takes Shape

A Cloud Alliance Between VMware and AWS Takes Shape – via VMware vSphere Blog

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Last October, when VMware unveiled a strategic partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS), many in the tech industry were surprised. The two companies, once spirited competitors, announced they were collaborating on a new hybrid cloud solution called VMware Cloud on AWS.


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VMware Horizon Cloud: Virtual Desktops & Apps

VMware Horizon Cloud: Virtual Desktops & Apps

VMware Horizon Cloud: Virtual Desktops & Apps

Horizon Cloud delivers feature-rich virtual desktops and applications using a purpose-built cloud platform that is scalable across multiple deployment options, including on-premises infrastructure or fully managed infrastructure from VMware. Learn more at http://vmware.com/go/horizoncloud.


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The Next Horizon! Introducing Horizon 7.1 Horizon Apps & Horizon Cloud

The Next Horizon! Introducing Horizon 7.1, Horizon Apps & Horizon Cloud

The Next Horizon! Introducing Horizon 7.1,…

Today, we are excited to announce new technologies and offerings that drive the cost and complexity out of getting started and allow you to address more use cases than ever before.


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Introducing the NSX-T Platform – Technical Whitepaper

Introducing the NSX-T Platform – Technical Whitepaper

Introducing the NSX-T Platform – Technical…

You may have seen the recent release announcement for VMware NSX for vSphere 6.3 and NSX-T 1.1. This technical white paper is focused on the VMware NSX-T architecture, components, and capabilities. We also explain the technical advantages and benefits of the NSX-T architecture.


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VMware Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results

VMware Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results

VMware Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year…

Record Annual Revenue Exceeds $7 Billion; Q4 Revenue $2.03 billion, up 9% y-y; Additional $1.2B in Stock Repurchases Authorized through February 2018


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VMware Reports 4Q & Full-Year Earnings & vSAN Hits 7K Customers

VMware Reports 4Q & Full-Year Earnings & vSAN Hits 7K Customers – StorageReview.com

VMware Reports 4Q & Full-Year Earnings & vSAN…

Not only is VMware reporting some terrific earnings numbers, they are also announcing 7,000 customers for the Hyper-Converged, software powered infrastructure solution vSAN.


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VMware Named One of the Best Workplaces in Technology by Great Place to Work and Fortune

VMware Named One of the Best Workplaces in Technology by Great Place to Work and Fortune

VMware Named One of the Best Workplaces in…

VMware ranks no. 11 on the list of Best Workplaces in Technology. The ranking was based on employees’ assessment of multiple categories.


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New Report Names vSAN #1 in HCI Purchases or Evaluations – via VMware Radius

New Report Names vSAN #1 in HCI Purchases or Evaluations – via VMware Radius

New Report Names vSAN #1 in HCI Purchases or…

A recent report from technology research and advisory firm Evaluator Group notes that HCI solutions continue to gain traction in the market.


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Forrester Intelligent Operations Total Economic Impact (TEI) Study for VMware

Forrester Intelligent Operations Total Economic Impact (TEI) Study for VMware

Forrester Intelligent Operations Total Economic…

Some good Friday the 13th News – the results are Scary Good


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VMware Validated Design for SDDC 3.0 – Now Generally Available

VMware Validated Design for SDDC 3.0 Now Generally Available

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In the last year since VMware announced the VMware Validated Designs at VMworld 2015, we’ve delivered on two iterations of the VMware Validated Design for SDDC. The first release, VMware Validated Design for SDDC 1.0, became available as a special offering through VMware Professional services in the spring of 2015. That was then followed by the first generally available release, VMware Validated Designs for SDDC 2.0, which was available in mid-Summer.


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Unveiling Project Clarity

Unveiling Project Clarity

Unveiling Project Clarity

Today we’re ecstatic to announce Project Clarity, a design system that combines UX guidelines, patterns, and front-end code in one solution. Clarity is for the designer and developer in each of us.


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Hybrid Cloud Manager 2.0 U1 is Now GA – VMware News and Updates

Hybrid Cloud Manager 2.0 U1 is Now GA – VMware News and Updates

Hybrid Cloud Manager 2.0U1 is now GA – VMware…

Hybrid Cloud Manager 2.0 U1 is now GA. HCM 2.0 U1 provides feature improvements, fixes and enables the vCloud Air Hybrid DR on Dedicated service. This is the technology that enables Cross-Cloud vMotion to VMware vCloud Air. It does not require NSX, but if you are using NSX on-premises it can migrate the security policies…Read More


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Eye on VMware Update 12/16/2016 – VMware News and Updates

Eye on VMware Update 12/16/2016 – VMware News and Updates

Eye on VMware Update 12/16/2016 – VMware News…

This week I was out in Los Angeles, CA for a Partner conference and got to meet a few customers. There were quite a bit of interest with VMware’s Containers strategy. I also met a customer that still has not virtualized yet. VMware has over 500,000 enterprise customers with more than 50-60 million VMs across…Read More


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VMware Digital Badges … an innovation in…

VMware Digital Badges … an innovation in show-and-tell

VMware Digital Badges … an innovation in…

VMware credentials will be represented by a digital image that contains verified metadata uniquely linked to you. The data displays your qualifications and confirms the rigorous process you undertook to earn them.


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VMware vSphere Integrated Containers Now Generally Available (GA)

VMware vSphere Integrated Containers Now Generally Available – VMware Radius

VMware vSphere Integrated Containers Now…

vSphere Integrated Containers enable IT ops teams to provide a Docker compatible interface to developers, running on their existing vSphere infrastructure.


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Checkout VMware’s Latest EUC Product Releases

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Checkout VMware’s Latest EUC Product Releases -…

This week VMware released some EUC focused product updates thatI think you will be interested in. I’ve gone through and picked my top 3 features for each release. All three product updates should now be available via the VMware Downloadsportal. Horizon 7.0.3 My top 3 release highlights: Horizon PowerCLI – Now you can use PowerCLI […] Related posts: VMware Blast Extreme Blast Extreme Polices VMware Horizon View v2.0 Clients: Released VMware Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack 1: Released How Can I…Read More


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Check Out This Week's Generally Available (GA) Announcements From VMware!

Check Out This Week’s Generally Available (GA)

Announcements From VMware!

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The Virtually Connected “What’s New” Tab:  https://thevirtuallyconnected.net/whats-new/

Check Out This Week’s Generally Available (GA) Announcements From VMware!

Check Out This Week’s Generally Available (GA)

Announcements From VMware!

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The Virtually Connected “What’s New” Tab:  https://thevirtuallyconnected.net/whats-new/

VMware Announces General Availability of vSphere Integrated Containers

VMware Announces General Availability of vSphere Integrated Containers – VMware vSphere Blog

VMware Announces General Availability of…

For nearly two decades, we at VMware have been working on helping our customers address the challenge of supporting traditional business critical applications as well as next-generation application. Today, with the General Availability of vSphere Integrated Containers, we are proud to announce that our customers can count on vSphere to also natively run containerized workloads. The post VMware Announces General Availability of vSphere Integrated Containers appeared first on VMware vSphere Blog .


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Check Out VMware on the List for 25 Best Tech Companies to Work for in 2016!

Check Out VMware on the List for 25 Best Tech Companies to Work for in 2016!

Check out VMware on the list for 25 best tech…

Job hunting site Glassdoor has peered into it’s massive database of employee reviews to determine the best tech companies to work for in 2016.


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