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.
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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.
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 Wavefrontwho 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.
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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.
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.
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!
VMware Releases (4) Updated Solutions From The vRealize Family On March 2, 2017!
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:
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
New FIPS-140-2 compliance
New silent auto-update of deployed agents
Enhanced timestamp parser that supports single-digit representation of days and months