Dell-EMC-VMware Event: Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Let The Transformation Begin

Dell-EMC-VMware Event:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

“Let The Transformation Begin”

 

 

Dell EMC and VMware invite you to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Watch our heroes transform and learn about the future of digital transformation with the Dell EMC VxRail/VxRack SDDC appliances powered by VMware vSphere 6.5, vSAN 6.6 and VMware Cloud Foundation. Transform your data center with a fully integrated, pre-configured, and pre-tested hyper-converged solution.

Whether your datacenter needs are large or small, Dell EMC VxRail and VxRack SDDC are the easiest and fastest hyper-converged options to stand up or extend a VMware environment while dramatically simplifying IT operations and lowering capital and operational costs.

Together, Dell EMC and VMware bring you highly configurable solutions to enable your digital transformation.

Be sure to register soon, limited availability in each city!


This exclusive early premiere will be in the following cities:

Denver, CO
Dublin/East Bay, CA
Orange County/San Diego, CA

Phoenix, AZ
Chicago, IL
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Indianapolis, IN
Pittsburgh, PA
Minneapolis, MN
Kansas City, MO
Louisville, KY
Charlotte, NC
Dallas, TX
Jacksonville, FL
Memphis, TN
Nashville, TN
Raleigh, NC
San Antonio, TX
Hartford, CT
Philadelphia/Oaks, PA
Long Island, NY
Rochester, NY
Silver Springs, MD
Jersey City, NJ

 

vSphere 6.5 U1 Added Benefit – vCenter Foundation Supports (4) Hosts Now!

vSphere 6.5 U1 Added Benefit – vCenter

Foundation Supports (4) Hosts Now!

VMware vCenter Server Foundation provides powerful management tools for smaller environments looking to rapidly provision, monitors, and control virtual machines. Previously, vCenter Server Foundation only support managing up to (3) hosts much like the vSphere Essentials Kits. With the release of vSphere 6.5 U1, VMware has changed the licensing to now support up to (4) hosts!

Key Features:

  • Analyze and remediate issues quickly with visibility into vSphere virtual infrastructure.
  • Deliver the security and availability of vSphere through automated proactive management features such as automated load balancing and out-of-the-box automation workflows.

Key Capabilities:

  • Management service
  • Database server
  • Inventory service
  • VMware vSphere Clients
  • VMware vCenter APIs and .NET
  • vCenter Single Sign-On

 

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…

 

Ready To Be A Top Gun? Top Gun SALES Tuesday’s Schedule Released For Q2!!

Ready To Be A Top Gun?

Top Gun SALES Tuesday’s Schedule Released For Q2!!

 

Join us for Top Gun Tuesdays to receive best in class partner sales training and best practices on demand generation!

 Step 1 – REGISTER NOW at: http://www.vmware.com/go/TGT

Step 2 – Join the WEEKLY TUESDAY 20-30 Min. Webex Training Starting @8:30AM PST / 11:30AM EST

 

Training Agenda:

DATE TOPIC
6/6 Digital Business Transformation
6/13 Modernizing the Datacenter: Automate IT
6/20 Modernizing the Datacenter: Modernize Infrastructure
6/27 Integrate Public Clouds
7/4 NO SESSION: July 4th Holiday
7/11 Empower Digital Workspaces
7/18 Transform Security: Solution Selling Part 1 / Overview
7/25

Transform Security: Solution Selling Part 2 / Secure Application Infrastructure

Step 3 – Watch your VMware Sales Increase!

The Training is every Tuesday from 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST starting on June 6, 2017!

 

 

Know What Features Limitations There Are With The “Free” Version Of ESXi/vSphere!

Know What Features Limitations There Are With The

“Free” Version Of ESXi/vSphere!

 

Have you ever wondered about the FREE version of vSphere and what limitations there are? I have created the below summary of limitations that are associated to the free version. For those using it for a home or test lab, the free version may do the trick for you. But even if using it for those situations, you still need to understand the limitations you have. One aspect to keep in mind especially is that the free version DOES NOT come with any type of technical support for it which is critical to understand!

Because of the below list of limitations and there not being any technical support for it, I highly recommend it not be used in corporate environments even in their Test/Dev labs! Instead, if you are trying to reduce the costs associated to vSphere licensing and have a limited budget, I would recommend that you look at the vSphere Essentials Kits which are very reasonably priced and offer two editions (Essentials & Essentials Plus). These offer you the ability to get support for them so if using in a production environment, you can be assured to get support from VMware to help keep your environment up and running at all times!

Essentials Kit – Edition Comparisons:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essentials Kits:  

FREE vSphere – Limitations Summary:

  • No vMotion
  • No Fault Tolerance (FT)
  • No vSAN
  • Maximum of (2) physical CPU’s allowed per host
  • No built-in monitoring
  • NO Microsoft Active Directory (AD) integration
  • CANNOT be managed by a vCenter Server

Removed Limitations in vSphere 6.x:

  • Starting in vSphere 6.x, they removed the 32GB RAM limitation, it is now unlimited physical RAM

Additional Info:

 

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 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!

 

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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Virtual Network Assessment (VNA) – Sales & Technical Overview for Partners

Virtual Network Assessment (VNA) – Sales & Technical Overview for Partners

 

VMware Virtual Network Assessment is a free assessment that analyzes network traffic patterns within your data center. In 24 to 72 hours the assessment delivers:

  • Insights into the security risk (amount of East-West traffic) present in your network
  • A preview of actionable NSX micro-segmentation recommendations for your network
  • Opportunities to optimize network performance with NSX

Request your free Virtual Network Assessment today.

Why should I care about East-West traffic?

Traditional approaches to securing a data center are focused on building a strong perimeter to keep threats outside the network. However, little is done to protect the network once a threat is inside the network. East-West (server-to-server) traffic accounts for more than 80% of overall data center traffic, but it’s largely unprotected, leaving you at risk. Virtual Network Assessment shows what percent of your data center traffic is “East-West” and not protected by your perimeter firewall.

How do I get started with micro-segmentation?

It can be a labor-intensive process to figure out what security policies to put in place, requiring time-consuming tasks such as identifying which servers are talking to each other and what ports are open. Virtual Network Assessment gives you a preview of how to micro-segment your network and recommends firewall rules to help you get started.

Virtual Network Assessment (VNA) Video:   Click Here!

VMware’s New “Hybrid Cloud Assessment (HCA)” Tool for VMware Partners!

VMware’s New “Hybrid Cloud Assessment (HCA)” Tool for VMware Partners!

 

In this session, I do an overview of VMware’s new Hybrid Cloud Assessment (HCA) for partners. I go through a slide presentation to go over the basics of it, then go into a demo showing the vRealize Business for Cloud interface, and finally I go through a sample report!

This assessment is extremely helpful when used in conjunction with our vSphere Optimization Assessment (VOA) to provide costing comparison for running your workloads either in your Private or in a Public Cloud. This tool will help you analyze which is the most cost effective place to run your workloads. The HCA uses vRealize Business for Cloud (vRBC) to provide the analysis and costing comparison information. In this video, I go through the vRBC interface to show you the cost comparison information along with going through a sample report from the assessment.

Hybrid Cloud Assessment Overview Video:  https://youtu.be/-6PmZiQBN0w

VMware’s Customers Strategic IT Priorities For 2017 & Digital Business Transformation

VMware’s Customers Strategic IT Priorities For 2017 & Digital Business Transformation

 

After polling VMware’s customers, according to them, there are (4) key Strategic IT Priorities for 2017. These priorities are the key to successfully accelerating their Digital Business Transformation! For most IT environments today, moving to a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) is crucial to their IT department keeping up with their ever changing business needs of today. If IT can’t keep up with the business, then the business is at risk of falling behind and becoming irrelevant!

Strategic IT Priorities Link:  https://youtu.be/-VfdPGtaVds

 

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

 

 

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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Join Us For Top Gun SALES Tuesday’s Partner Sales Training WebEx Series!

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Are you ready to be to a VMware Top Gun?

Join us for Top Gun Tuesdays to receive best in class partner sales training and best practices on demand generation!

 

Step 1REGISTER NOW at: http://www.vmware.com/go/TGT

Step 2 – Join the WEEKLY TUESDAY 20-30 Min. Webex Training Starting @ 8:30AM PST / 11:30AM EST

 

Training Agenda:

DATE TOPIC
31-Jan Partner Central Tips & Tricks
7-Feb Solution Selling SDDC:  Identifying use cases & business alignment
14-Feb vRealize: Automation, Optimization, Scale
21-Feb Blue Medora (vROps management packs, demo on SQL pack)
28-Feb Introducing New Mobile Sales Briefcases
7-Mar VOA (vSphere Optimization Assessment)
14-Mar  VSA (vSAN Assessment)
21-Mar VNA (VMware Network Assessment)
28-Mar Introducing HCA (Hybrid Cloud Assessment)
4-Apr High level Cloud overview (vCAN, AWS plays)
11-Apr NSX and AirWatch better together 
18-Apr Competitive Differentiators

 

Step 3 – Watch your VMware Sales Increase!

The Training is every Tuesday from 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST starting on January 31, 2017!

 

VMware vCloud Air Network Free Trial

[Video] VMware vCloud Air Network Free Trial

VMware vCloud Air Network Free Trial

Find your ideal partner in the cloud, Ease your journey with a vCloud Air Network free trial to ensure the services you select meet your expectations and business requirements. Go to vcloudairnetwork.com.


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New To AWS? Here Are AWS Terms In Plain English!

New To AWS? Here Are AWS Terms In Plain English!

 

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Are you new to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and need to learn their lingo? Click the below link and check out this great guide to all the AWS terms in simple English. You don’t need to be a technical person to understand these terms with this great resource.

AWS In Plain English:  https://www.expeditedssl.com/aws-in-plain-english

 

 

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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Glimmers of Hope for IoT Security – via VMware CIO Vantage

Glimmers of Hope for IoT Security – via VMware CIO Vantage

Glimmers of Hope for IoT Security

Amid reports of massive IoT hacks, the industry is ramping up initiatives to bolster the security of the IoT ecosystem.


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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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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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What’s Coming in 2017? Here’s What the VMware Magic 8 Ball Says

What’s Coming in 2017? Here’s What the VMware Magic 8 Ball Says

What’s Coming in 2017? Here’s What the VMware…

As 2016 wraps up, predictions are flying on what’s ahead for the coming year. What can we expect to see in security? How will networking look 12 months from now? What changes are on the horizon for the cloud? To help answer some of these questions, we asked VMware’s all-knowing magic 8 ball (i.e., […] The post What’s Coming in 2017? Here’s What the VMware Magic 8 Ball Says appeared first on VMware Education and Certification Blog .


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Sales 101 – VMware’s Cloud Foundation Overview: Enablement Video

Sales 101 – VMware’s Cloud Foundation Overview:

Enablement Video

 

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VMware Cloud Foundation is the unified SDDC platform that brings together VMware’s vSphere, vSAN and NSX into a natively integrated stack to deliver enterprise-ready cloud infrastructure for the private and public cloud.

What Cloud Foundation Delivers

Next Generation Hyper-Convergence:

Take hyper-converged infrastructure to the next level beyond compute and storage to include networking with VMware NSX for enhanced network security and even greater scalability.

Radically Simple Operations:

Use built-in automated lifecycle management of all day 0 and day 2 tasks with the VMware SDDC Manager.

Enterprise Class Capabilities:

Leverage VMware’s market leading SDDC solutions to deliver high scalability, improved performance and advanced storage and network management.

Public Cloud Extension:

Access VMware Cloud Foundation managed by public cloud providers for a unified and consistent operational experience across the private and public cloud.

Check out my Sales 101 enablement on VMware’s Cloud Foundation that covers what it is, the core components of it, add-on solutions, and the simplicity of existing customers to get to the core Cloud Foundation.

 

Sales 101 – VMware’s Cloud Foundation Overview: Click Here to Watch It!

 

VMware Partners – Promo Updates!

VMware Partners – Promo Updates!

 

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Upgrade to Enterprise Plus and Save 50%

Upgrade to vSphere or vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus edition to leverage the full set of vSphere and vSphere with Operations Management capabilities.

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For a limited time, get 50% off when you upgrade from vSphere or vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise to vSphere or vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus. You can also upgrade from vSphere Enterprise edition to vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus edition and get 50% off as well.

Why consider the upgrade?

The Enterprise Plus editions provide the full range of vSphere features, including Distributed Switch, Host Profiles and Auto Deploy. These new features can improve application availability and performance, helping transform your data centers into dramatically simplified cloud computing environments.

The vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus edition takes vSphere to the next level with intelligent operations and consistent management.

Compare vSphere and vSphere with Operations Management editions and learn more about how this promotion works.

Promotional Rules

The vSphere Enterprise to vSphere Enterprise Plus and vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise to vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus promotions are valid February 10, 2016 through July 29, 2017 at 11:59 pm PT (Pacific Time).

The vSphere Enterprise to vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus promotion is valid June 1, 2016 through July 29, 2017 at 11:59 pm PT (Pacific Time).

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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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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/

Celebrate Cyber Week with 25% Off Selected VMware Education Courses

Celebrate Cyber Week with 25% Off Selected VMware Education Courses

Celebrate Cyber Week with 25% Off Selected…

In this field, credibility is everything and certification sets you apart from your peers. From now until December 2nd 9pm Pacific time, you can purchase selected VMware training courses from the VMware online store and save 25%.


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Watch Connect Atlanta 2016 Keynote Presentations On Demand!

Watch Connect Atlanta 2016 Keynote Presentations On Demand!

 

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Connect Atlanta 2016 was our biggest business mobility event ever! And now you can watch all the keynote presentations on demand from the comfort of your desk.

Watch the mainstage keynotes here—for free!

Day One Connect Atlanta 2016 Keynote Presentations

  • Sanjay Poonen, VMware End-User Computing SVP and GM, delved into the digital workspace journey. Amazing speakers from Boeing, Dell Technologies, Samsung and SAP joined him on stage to talk about their unique perspectives and solutions.
  • Noah Wasmer, SVP and GM of mobile products, shared his highlights and insights in the new era of unified endpoint management.
  • Blake Brannon, VP of product marketing, and Sumit Dhawan, SVP and GM of desktop and Workspace ONE solutions, followed with exciting demos. Watch them announce new partnerships, VMware AirWatch 9.0, new wearables and smart glasses management technology and more.

Day Two Connect Atlanta 2016 Keynote Presentations

  • Noah takes the stage again to explore the future of mobility, digital workspace and computing. See how VMware is bring learnings from the consumer technology world into the enterprise, topping it off with next-gen security and identity management.
  • Blake is joined by VMware Microsoft expert Jason Roszak, and they dive into the power of Windows 10 for unifying endpoint management.
  • Marshall Anne Busbee, senior product manager, elicits huge oohs and ahhs when she showcases new innovations in VMware Boxer. See how the award-winning consumer app comes to the enterprise to enable mobile moments and productivity for workers.
  • Finally, VMware EUC director of product management Scott Kelley reveals new innovations for AirWatch business intelligence (BI) and analytics reporting.

Watch these incredible presentations today. Our creative team is working fast and furiously to share even more great content from the event. Favorite the webpage to see even more presentations and expert breakout sessions coming soon!

 

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4 No-Bull Insights Into the AWS/VMware Deal

4 No-Bull Insights Into the AWS/VMware Deal – InfoWorld

4 no-bull insights into the AWS/VMware deal -…

Amazon plus VMware equals a hybrid cloud that enterprises can’t resist. But here are four other things that could come of the partnership


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Get This Week's List of VMware's Solutions That Went GA!

Get This Week’s List of VMware’s Solutions That Went GA!

 

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The below are the list of VMware solutions that have been Generally Announced (GA) for this week Be sure to know about these and especially look at the details surrounding the vSphere/vSAN 6.5 announcement!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • PowerCLI 6.5 Release 1

Get This Week’s List of VMware’s Solutions That Went GA!

Get This Week’s List of VMware’s Solutions That Went GA!

 

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The below are the list of VMware solutions that have been Generally Announced (GA) for this week Be sure to know about these and especially look at the details surrounding the vSphere/vSAN 6.5 announcement!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • PowerCLI 6.5 Release 1

vSphere 6.5 & Virtual SAN (vSAN) 6.5 Now Generally Available (GA)!

vSphere 6.5 & Virtual SAN (vSAN) 6.5

Now Generally Available (GA)!

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vSphere 6.5:

There are 3 themes for vSphere 6.5:

  • Simplified Experience – 
    • simplified architecture (integrated vCenter Server Appliance, Update Manager included all-in-one), no Windows/SQL licensing
    • Native High Availability (HA) of vCenter for the appliance is built-in – Automatic failover (Web Client may require re-login)
    • Native Backup and Restore of vCenter appliance – Simplified backup and restore with a new native file-based solution. Restore the vCenter Server configuration to a fresh appliance and stream backups to external storage using HTTP, FTP, or SCP protocols.
    • New HTML5-based vSphere Client that is both responsive and easy to use (Based on our new Clarity UI)
  • Built-In Security – 
    • Encryption at rest and in motion – new VM-level encryption capability designed to protect against unauthorized data access. When used with vSphere vMotion, this capability safeguards both data at rest and data in motion
    • secure boot model to make sure images have not been tampered with and to prevent the loading of unauthorized vSphere component
    • secure access, vSphere 6.5 provides multi-factor authentication. You can now configure vCenter Server permissions to require 2-Factor authentication using both a password and a smartcard or RSA key. Plus, vSphere 6.5 offers enhanced audit-quality logging capabilities that provide more information about user actions. IT can now access auditable trails if an investigation into anomalies or security threats require it.
  • Universal App Platform – universal app platform that supports both traditional and next-generation apps (including 3D graphics, big data, machine learning environments, SAP Hana, and SaaS)… vSphere 6.5 expands its workload coverage model by focusing on both scale-up and scale-out next-gen apps that are increasingly built using evolving technology building blocks, such as containers.
    • VIC is extends vSphere capabilities to run container workloads and sits on top of vCenter, and integrates with the rest of the VMware stack like NSX and vSAN…
      • vSphere Integrated Containers where we are enabling the best of both worlds for contained based cloud native apps…
      • vSphere Integrated Containers is the easiest way for vSphere users to bring containers into an existing environment.
      • Integrated containers deliver an enterprise container infrastructure that provides the best of both worlds for the developer and vSphere operations team.
      • Containers are now just as easy to enable and manage as virtual machines.
      • For cloud native apps, there are two audiences we are trying to serve, one is the developers, they want to leverage native docker interface, using the tools that they are familiar with.
      • For IT, operations guys, they want to have control and visibility of these category of applications, they like to leverage tools and processes they have honed in over the years.
    • newly released VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Cloud Foundation Service are built on vSphere 6.5.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please be sure to check the vSphere 6.5 compatibility blog (see KB 2147548) before upgrading to vSphere 6.5 if you are currently using other VMware solutions.

 

     vSphere 6.5 Announcement:  https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2016/10/introducing-vsphere-6-5.html

     vSphere 6.5 Release Notes: http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vsphere/65/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-65-release-notes.html

     Download:  https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vsphere/6_5

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Virtual SAN (VSAN) 6.5:

  • Additional TCO Savings by…
    • Offering New Workload types such as Cloud-Native Apps and the ability for Physical workloads to point to the VSAN datastore via iSCSI
      • vSphere
        • Works off-the-shelf with Docker, Swarm, Kubernetes, …
        • Persistent Docker Volume Driver
      • vSphere Integrated Containers
        • Docker API Compatibility
        • Persistent Volume Driver
        • VM-like container isolation
      • Photon Platform
        • New VSAN for Photon Platform release available
      • Non-virtualized workloads can utilize VSAN for storage (using iSCSI initiators)
    • Support of All-Flash hardware in Virtual SAN (VSAN) STANDARD
    • While eliminating the cost of networking hardware for (2)-Node ROBO deployments.
      • Eliminate router/switch costs by connecting two nodes directly using crossover cables
      • Supports two cross over cables between the
        2-Nodes for higher availability of network
      • Separates VSAN data traffic from witness VM traffic
    • Then we can Accelerate Responsiveness of the business by…
      • Providing a Full-Featured PowerCLI tool to fully automate operational tasks.
      • And then separating witness and Virtual SAN (VSAN) traffic for Stretched Clusters.
    • We have accelerated the adoption of HCI with the support of Next-Gen Hardware
      • By increasing the Cache Sizing
      • As well as now support large capacity drives through the 512e drives.

 

     Virtual SAN (vSAN) Announcement:  https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/2016/10/18/vmware-virtual-san-6-5-whats-new/

     vSAN 6.5 Release Notes:  http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vsan/65/vmware-virtual-san-65-release-notes.html

     Download:  https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vsan/6_5

 

vSphere 6.5 & Virtual SAN (vSAN) 6.5 Now Generally Available (GA)!

vSphere 6.5 & Virtual SAN (vSAN) 6.5

Now Generally Available (GA)!

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vSphere 6.5:

There are 3 themes for vSphere 6.5:

  • Simplified Experience – 
    • simplified architecture (integrated vCenter Server Appliance, Update Manager included all-in-one), no Windows/SQL licensing
    • Native High Availability (HA) of vCenter for the appliance is built-in – Automatic failover (Web Client may require re-login)
    • Native Backup and Restore of vCenter appliance – Simplified backup and restore with a new native file-based solution. Restore the vCenter Server configuration to a fresh appliance and stream backups to external storage using HTTP, FTP, or SCP protocols.
    • New HTML5-based vSphere Client that is both responsive and easy to use (Based on our new Clarity UI)
  • Built-In Security – 
    • Encryption at rest and in motion – new VM-level encryption capability designed to protect against unauthorized data access. When used with vSphere vMotion, this capability safeguards both data at rest and data in motion
    • secure boot model to make sure images have not been tampered with and to prevent the loading of unauthorized vSphere component
    • secure access, vSphere 6.5 provides multi-factor authentication. You can now configure vCenter Server permissions to require 2-Factor authentication using both a password and a smartcard or RSA key. Plus, vSphere 6.5 offers enhanced audit-quality logging capabilities that provide more information about user actions. IT can now access auditable trails if an investigation into anomalies or security threats require it.
  • Universal App Platform – universal app platform that supports both traditional and next-generation apps (including 3D graphics, big data, machine learning environments, SAP Hana, and SaaS)… vSphere 6.5 expands its workload coverage model by focusing on both scale-up and scale-out next-gen apps that are increasingly built using evolving technology building blocks, such as containers.
    • VIC is extends vSphere capabilities to run container workloads and sits on top of vCenter, and integrates with the rest of the VMware stack like NSX and vSAN…
      • vSphere Integrated Containers where we are enabling the best of both worlds for contained based cloud native apps…
      • vSphere Integrated Containers is the easiest way for vSphere users to bring containers into an existing environment.
      • Integrated containers deliver an enterprise container infrastructure that provides the best of both worlds for the developer and vSphere operations team.
      • Containers are now just as easy to enable and manage as virtual machines.
      • For cloud native apps, there are two audiences we are trying to serve, one is the developers, they want to leverage native docker interface, using the tools that they are familiar with.
      • For IT, operations guys, they want to have control and visibility of these category of applications, they like to leverage tools and processes they have honed in over the years.
    • newly released VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Cloud Foundation Service are built on vSphere 6.5.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please be sure to check the vSphere 6.5 compatibility blog (see KB 2147548) before upgrading to vSphere 6.5 if you are currently using other VMware solutions.

 

     vSphere 6.5 Announcement:  https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2016/10/introducing-vsphere-6-5.html

     vSphere 6.5 Release Notes: http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vsphere/65/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-65-release-notes.html

     Download:  https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vsphere/6_5

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Virtual SAN (VSAN) 6.5:

  • Additional TCO Savings by…
    • Offering New Workload types such as Cloud-Native Apps and the ability for Physical workloads to point to the VSAN datastore via iSCSI
      • vSphere
        • Works off-the-shelf with Docker, Swarm, Kubernetes, …
        • Persistent Docker Volume Driver
      • vSphere Integrated Containers
        • Docker API Compatibility
        • Persistent Volume Driver
        • VM-like container isolation
      • Photon Platform
        • New VSAN for Photon Platform release available
      • Non-virtualized workloads can utilize VSAN for storage (using iSCSI initiators)
    • Support of All-Flash hardware in Virtual SAN (VSAN) STANDARD
    • While eliminating the cost of networking hardware for (2)-Node ROBO deployments.
      • Eliminate router/switch costs by connecting two nodes directly using crossover cables
      • Supports two cross over cables between the
        2-Nodes for higher availability of network
      • Separates VSAN data traffic from witness VM traffic
    • Then we can Accelerate Responsiveness of the business by…
      • Providing a Full-Featured PowerCLI tool to fully automate operational tasks.
      • And then separating witness and Virtual SAN (VSAN) traffic for Stretched Clusters.
    • We have accelerated the adoption of HCI with the support of Next-Gen Hardware
      • By increasing the Cache Sizing
      • As well as now support large capacity drives through the 512e drives.

 

     Virtual SAN (vSAN) Announcement:  https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/2016/10/18/vmware-virtual-san-6-5-whats-new/

     vSAN 6.5 Release Notes:  http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vsan/65/vmware-virtual-san-65-release-notes.html

     Download:  https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vsan/6_5

 

Twice as Nice: New IDC Marketscape Report Places VMware in Leaders Category

Twice as Nice: New IDC Marketscape Report Places VMware in Leaders Category – VMware EUC Blog

Twice as Nice: New IDC Marketscape Report…

This week, IDC announced that VMware Horizon was named to the leader’s category of the latest IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Virtual Client Computing (VCC) Software 2016 Vendor Assessment for the second year in a row!


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