VMware vSAN 6.5 Licensing Guide

VMware vSAN 6.5 Licensing Guide

VMware vSAN 6.5 Licensing Guide

This guide explains the v SAN licensing editions, discusses some v SAN configuration options at a high level, and provides a number of examples to further illustrate potential licensing scenarios


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VMware Named Leader in Virtual Client Computing…

VMware Named Leader in Virtual Client Computing by IDC — Virtualization Review

VMware Named Leader in Virtual Client Computing…

The analyst firm also listed Citrix and Microsoft in its ‘Leaders’ category.


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Interested In Taking The New VCP7-DTM Beta Exam?

Interested In Taking The VMware Certified Professional 7 —

Desktop and Mobility (VCP7-DTM) Beta Exam?

 

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VCP7-DTM Beta Exam…Click Here!

 

 

Airwatch Connect Event Announcements Overview

Airwatch Connect Event Announcements Overview

 

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ATLANTA – October 4, 2016 – Today at Connect 2016, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, shared how businesses can embrace the future of mobility powered by its suite of End-User Computing solutions. The next-generation VMware AirWatch® Unified Endpoint Management™ and VMware Workspace™ ONE™ extends VMware AirWatch into cloud-based management for traditional desktops and new-age connected devices, while providing users with the apps and services they need to work digitally.

“Connect is a time to reflect on the mobility industry’s advancements in the last year, and also look into the future of how work can be reimagined,” said Noah Wasmer, senior vice president, mobile products, End-User Computing, VMware. “In the nearly 10 years since the launch of the iPhone, enterprise mobility management has transformed from simple wipe and lock commands to a unified endpoint management platform for all devices, including Windows 10 and the Internet of Things. No longer will IT run different systems for different devices; instead we built the single platform to manage all endpoints. With scalability, security, productivity and privacy at the core, VMware is uniquely positioned to deliver on this new digital work experience.”

Rethinking Legacy Desktop and Laptop Management
Industry analyst firm Gartner reports “the future of endpoint management lies in consolidation of management tools that manage traditional PCs and mobile devices as a common management framework evolves across the two.”[1] To address the industry shift from separate client management, EMM, cloud and on premise tools, VMware is bringing the two together with VMware AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management. VMware AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management provides a holistic and user-centric approach to managing all endpoints in an organization – from mobile and desktop to IoT.

VMware AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management, available as a standalone solution or as a part of VMware Workspace ONE, extends the VMware AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management™ capabilities into advanced cloud-based Windows 10 PC lifecycle management. This includes configuration management, operating system (OS) patch management, client health and security management. VMware AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management enables IT to deploy security patches and OS updates faster, install software more reliably and consolidate operational processes across all devices – on or off the domain. This extends the robust mobile device management technologies for Windows management already available in AirWatch to deliver the industry’s first comprehensive UEM solution that brings together desktop and mobile management under a single modern platform.

Collectively, VMware provides a comprehensive solution to help organizations migrate to Windows 10 by assessing their environment, determining the optimal path to migrate to Windows 10 (both physically and virtually) and take advantage of a modern approach for securing and managing all devices on or off the network. To learn more about VMware AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management, visit the AirWatch Blog and read about the new VMware SysTrack Desktop Assessment Service.

See the rest of the Airwatch Connect Announcements…Click Here!

 

News to Know: VMworld 2016 Europe, Part 2

News to Know: VMworld 2016 Europe, Part 2 -CIO Vantage

News to Know: VMworld 2016 Europe, Part 2

At VMworld 2016 Europe, VMware and partners discussed how to best meet the needs of users who want choice and IT teams who want control.


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News to Know: VMworld 2016 Europe, Part 1

News to Know: VMworld 2016 Europe, Part 1 -CIO Vantage

News to Know: VMworld 2016 Europe, Part 1

Tuesday at VMworld 2016 Europe revealed innovations that give organizations a competitive advantage in a multi-cloud, digital world.


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VMworld 2016 Europe – Day Two Keynote

VMworld 2016 Europe – Day Two Keynote

VMworld 2016 Europe – Day Two Keynote

With a different vibe to day one’s opening act, day two’s blues band provided a great introduction for Sanjay Poonen, VMware’s General Manager for End-User Computing. Sanjay kicked off his keynote by making it clear what he was going to focus on – the digital transformation of mobility.


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VMware and Amazon Web Services Announce…

VMware and Amazon Web Services Announce Strategic Partnership

VMware and Amazon Web Services Announce…

Today, VMware and AWS are announcing a strategic partnership that brings the two leaders in Enterprise IT together to deliver a vSphere-based cloud service running on AWS. This service will make it easier for customers to run any application, using a set of familiar software and tools, in a consistent hybrid cloud environment.


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10 Things We Learned Today at Connect Atlanta

10 Things We Learned Today at Connect Atlanta -AirWatch Blog

10 Things We Learned Today at Connect Atlanta

Gargantuan disruption on the way, new analytics technology, working with smart glasses—here are today’s top 10 takeaways from Connect Atlanta. 1. Swift, Sweeping Change Coming We are entering into the fourth industrial revolution, said Noah Wasmer today, head of mobile products at VMware AirWatch. Drones are following us, devices are becoming slimmer and more disposable […]


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Airwatch Package Changes as of OCT 1st!

Airwatch Package Changes as of OCT 1st!

 

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WHAT:  AirWatch packaging changes for Oct 1st, 2016.

CHANGES:  We are removing “PER-USER” pricing of AirWatch Blue & Yellow packes.

REASON:  To eliminate duplication between Workspace ONE Advanced (as it’s the same product).

ADDITIONAL INFO:

  • Airwatch Blue and Yellow will continue to be offered in “Per-Device” pricing and customers interested in buying AirWatch in “Per-User” pricing simply need to buy Workspace ONE Advanced.
  • AirWatch “Per-User” Licensed Color Suites Going End of Availability (EOA) on October 1st.
  • AirWatch Blue and Yellow “Per-User” Bundles will be given free entitlement to Workspace ONE.
  • Advanced (and Yellow customers will also maintain their entitlement to Telecom).
  • Green and Orange customers may continue to expand or renew their current deployment . (AirWatch per-Device Color Suites are unaffected.)

 

VMware Horizon 7.02 & User Environment Manager (UEM) 9.1 – WHAT'S NEW!!

VMware Horizon 7.02 & User Environment Manager (UEM) 9.1 – WHAT’S NEW!!

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EVMware Horizon 7.0.2 Provides the Following New Features & Enhancements

 

VMware Blast policy
View administrators can configure the H.264 Quality Blast policy settings to specify the image quality for the remote display configured to use H.264 encoding.

Client Drive Redirection
For Horizon Client 4.2 or Horizon 7 version 7.0.2 or later, if VMware Blast Extreme is enabled, files and folders are transferred across a virtual channel with encryption.

Global data collected by VMware
If you join the customer experience improvement program, VMware collects data aboutTrue SSO for the View environment.

Restrict remote desktop access outside the network
View administrators can allow access to specific entitled users and groups from an external network while restricting access to other entitled users and groups.

Smart Cards for multiple user accounts
In some environments, a user’s smart card certificate can map to multiple Active Directory domain user accounts. A user might have multiple accounts with administrator privileges and needs to specify which account to use in the Username hint field during smart card login. To make the Username hint field appear on the Horizon Client login dialog box, the administrator must enable the smart card user name hints feature for the Connection Server instance in View Administrator. The smart card user can then enter a user name or UPN in the Username hint field during smart card login.

Remote desktop operating systems
The following remote desktop operating systems are supported:
◦ Windows 10 64-bit and 32-bit Enterprise and Professional; Build 1511
◦ Windows 10 64-bit and 32-bit Enterprise Long Term Service Branch (LTSB); Fresh installation only; Build 1507
◦ Windows 10 64-bit and 32-bit Anniversary Update; Fresh installation only; Tech preview only; Build 1607. Upgrade is not supported.

Windows Media Multimedia Redirection (MMR) operating systems
The following Windows MMR operating systems are supported:
Windows 10
Windows Server 2016 is a tech preview feature

Windows registry keys for Flash Redirection
View administrators can set requireIECompatibility=true to enable Flash Redirection for Web sites that support HTML5 by default. This parameter is not required for the YouTube Web site. In certain situations, setting appMode=0 can improve performance, and setting appMode=1 can result in a better user experience.

Real-Time Audio-Video for session-based desktops and remote applications
The Real-Time Audio-Video feature is supported with session-based desktops and remote applications. This feature also requires Horizon Agent 7.0.2 or later. This feature is supported with Windows, Linux, Mac clients and HTML access.

Generic USB redirection for session-based desktops and remote applications
Customers can use generic USB redirection with Horizon RDS to redirect USB device peripherals to their session-based desktops and remote applications. By default, all device peripherals are excluded from using generic USB redirection. To enable USB redirection for USB peripherals, delete the following Windows registry key settings ExcludeAllDevices and IncludeFamily from the following path: HKLMSoftwarePoliciesVMware, IncVMware VDMAgentUSB.

This feature is only supported with Windows clients and with RDS desktops and applications running on Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2.
**Granular control of clipboard data formats

You can configure group policy settings to filter out specific data formats when users copy and paste data during PCoIP and VMware Blast sessions. For example, you can enable the Filter images out of incoming clipboard data setting to prevent users from copying images to their remote desktops. This feature provides added flexibility when you need to restrict copy and paste operations for security reasons.

Horizon 7 for Linux desktops enhancements

  • Automated full-clone desktop pool
  • SSO for SLED 11 SP3 and SP4
  • Horizon Client 4.2.0 for Android

Sharpen your Horizon Demo skills by referencing all of our Horizon QuickStart Guides and Walkthroughs here:  support.vmtestd…gory/26-horizon

 

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New User Environment Manager (UEM) Enhancements

 

Hash-based Application Blocking
Hash-based application blocking lets you control the applications that can be started based on the hash values of the applications.

NoAD
The NoAD mode is an alternative to configuring User Environment Manager with Active Directory Group Policy. In the NoAD mode, there is no dependency on Active Directory. You do not need to create a GPO, any logon and logoff scripts, or configure Windows Group Policy settings.

Extended Horizon Smart Policies
The Horizon Smart Policy “Bandwidth profile” setting (formerly known as “PCoIP profile”) now applies to both VMware Blast and PCoIP. The new “HTML Access file transfer” setting lets you control file transfer between agent and client.

Endpoint Platform Condition
The Endpoint Platform condition lets you target User Environment Manager actions to specific platforms like Android, iOS, Mac, or Windows.

Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 are not supported.
VMware User Environment Manager 9.1 does not support Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows Server 2008.

Sharpen your UEM Demo skills by referencing our QuickStart guide here:  support.vmtestd…ick-start-guide

VMware Horizon 7.02 & User Environment Manager (UEM) 9.1 – WHAT’S NEW!!

VMware Horizon 7.02 & User Environment Manager (UEM) 9.1 – WHAT’S NEW!!

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EVMware Horizon 7.0.2 Provides the Following New Features & Enhancements

 

VMware Blast policy
View administrators can configure the H.264 Quality Blast policy settings to specify the image quality for the remote display configured to use H.264 encoding.

Client Drive Redirection
For Horizon Client 4.2 or Horizon 7 version 7.0.2 or later, if VMware Blast Extreme is enabled, files and folders are transferred across a virtual channel with encryption.

Global data collected by VMware
If you join the customer experience improvement program, VMware collects data aboutTrue SSO for the View environment.

Restrict remote desktop access outside the network
View administrators can allow access to specific entitled users and groups from an external network while restricting access to other entitled users and groups.

Smart Cards for multiple user accounts
In some environments, a user’s smart card certificate can map to multiple Active Directory domain user accounts. A user might have multiple accounts with administrator privileges and needs to specify which account to use in the Username hint field during smart card login. To make the Username hint field appear on the Horizon Client login dialog box, the administrator must enable the smart card user name hints feature for the Connection Server instance in View Administrator. The smart card user can then enter a user name or UPN in the Username hint field during smart card login.

Remote desktop operating systems
The following remote desktop operating systems are supported:
◦ Windows 10 64-bit and 32-bit Enterprise and Professional; Build 1511
◦ Windows 10 64-bit and 32-bit Enterprise Long Term Service Branch (LTSB); Fresh installation only; Build 1507
◦ Windows 10 64-bit and 32-bit Anniversary Update; Fresh installation only; Tech preview only; Build 1607. Upgrade is not supported.

Windows Media Multimedia Redirection (MMR) operating systems
The following Windows MMR operating systems are supported:
Windows 10
Windows Server 2016 is a tech preview feature

Windows registry keys for Flash Redirection
View administrators can set requireIECompatibility=true to enable Flash Redirection for Web sites that support HTML5 by default. This parameter is not required for the YouTube Web site. In certain situations, setting appMode=0 can improve performance, and setting appMode=1 can result in a better user experience.

Real-Time Audio-Video for session-based desktops and remote applications
The Real-Time Audio-Video feature is supported with session-based desktops and remote applications. This feature also requires Horizon Agent 7.0.2 or later. This feature is supported with Windows, Linux, Mac clients and HTML access.

Generic USB redirection for session-based desktops and remote applications
Customers can use generic USB redirection with Horizon RDS to redirect USB device peripherals to their session-based desktops and remote applications. By default, all device peripherals are excluded from using generic USB redirection. To enable USB redirection for USB peripherals, delete the following Windows registry key settings ExcludeAllDevices and IncludeFamily from the following path: HKLM\Software\Policies\VMware, Inc\VMware VDM\Agent\USB.

This feature is only supported with Windows clients and with RDS desktops and applications running on Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2.
**Granular control of clipboard data formats

You can configure group policy settings to filter out specific data formats when users copy and paste data during PCoIP and VMware Blast sessions. For example, you can enable the Filter images out of incoming clipboard data setting to prevent users from copying images to their remote desktops. This feature provides added flexibility when you need to restrict copy and paste operations for security reasons.

Horizon 7 for Linux desktops enhancements

  • Automated full-clone desktop pool
  • SSO for SLED 11 SP3 and SP4
  • Horizon Client 4.2.0 for Android

Sharpen your Horizon Demo skills by referencing all of our Horizon QuickStart Guides and Walkthroughs here:  support.vmtestd…gory/26-horizon

 

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New User Environment Manager (UEM) Enhancements

 

Hash-based Application Blocking
Hash-based application blocking lets you control the applications that can be started based on the hash values of the applications.

NoAD
The NoAD mode is an alternative to configuring User Environment Manager with Active Directory Group Policy. In the NoAD mode, there is no dependency on Active Directory. You do not need to create a GPO, any logon and logoff scripts, or configure Windows Group Policy settings.

Extended Horizon Smart Policies
The Horizon Smart Policy “Bandwidth profile” setting (formerly known as “PCoIP profile”) now applies to both VMware Blast and PCoIP. The new “HTML Access file transfer” setting lets you control file transfer between agent and client.

Endpoint Platform Condition
The Endpoint Platform condition lets you target User Environment Manager actions to specific platforms like Android, iOS, Mac, or Windows.

Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 are not supported.
VMware User Environment Manager 9.1 does not support Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows Server 2008.

Sharpen your UEM Demo skills by referencing our QuickStart guide here:  support.vmtestd…ick-start-guide

Monumental AirWatch 9.0 & Workspace ONE Updates…

Monumental AirWatch 9.0 & Workspace ONE Updates Bring the Digital Workspace to Life -AirWatch Blog

Monumental AirWatch 9.0 & Workspace ONE Updates…

Connect Atlanta always serves as the launch pad for new innovations in the world of business mobility. 2016 is no different. In fact, this might be our most memorable Connect ever. Today at Connect Atlanta 2016, we revealed so many new updates and features that I’m floored by the work our R&D teams did in […]


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Monumental AirWatch 9.0 & Workspace ONE Updates…

Monumental AirWatch 9.0 & Workspace ONE Updates Bring the Digital Workspace to Life -AirWatch Blog

Monumental AirWatch 9.0 & Workspace ONE Updates…

Connect Atlanta always serves as the launch pad for new innovations in the world of business mobility. 2016 is no different. In fact, this might be our most memorable Connect ever. Today at Connect Atlanta 2016, we revealed so many new updates and features that I’m floored by the work our R&D teams did in […]


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AirWatch 9.0 Was Announced Today with a Number of New Features!

AirWatch 9.0 Was Announced Today with a Number of New Features!

 

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Press Release: http://www.air-watch.com/company/news-room/press-releases/2016/10/vmware-outlines-the-future-of-the-digital-workspace-at-connect-2016/

There are 3 major announcements:

     1.       VMware AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management

     2.       VMware Workspace ONE Mobile Productivity Enhancements

     3.       Safe Passage and Mobile Device Management (MDM) Migration Tools

1.     VMware AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management – AirWatch UEM is available as a stand-alone product or as a part of Workspace ONE.

With AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) we are able to provide a holistic and user-centric approach to manage all endpoints in an organization – mobile, desktop and IoT – in a modern cloud approach with a single platform.

·       Traditional  desktops and laptops

·       Mobile devices of all form factors, operating systems (OS) and manufacturers

·       Rugged and critical operations line of business endpoints

·       Next-gen connected wearables and things

 

Rethink Legacy Desktop & Laptop Management

Here’s a recap of these powerful features and a look into two brand new Windows Management capabilities:

·       Configuration Management: Operating system (OS) configuration can be orchestrated whether the device is on the domain, network or in cloud.

·       Software Distribution: Package and deliver any app (modern or Win32) to end users on or off the network. Consolidate apps into a unified self-service application catalog with single sign-on (SSO) authentication.

·       Tech Preview of App Stack Packaging (Project A2): Reduce packaging complexities and provide a more reliable and less intrusive way to deliver Win32 apps out to physical devices.

·       OS Patch Management: Flexible management of OS updates and patches from the cloud eliminate the need for traditional WSUS infrastructure, helping organizations adopt Windows-as-a-Service.

·       Client Health and Security: Complementing Windows Information Protection policies available in Windows 10, IT administrators can enhance security, designate trusted applications, configure enterprise-protected boundaries and enforce flexible data moving and/or sharing policies.

·       Windows 10 Migration Assessment Tool: New SysTrack Desktop Assessment Service provides a comprehensive analysis of your end-user computing (EUC) environment. The assessment makes recommendations on an optimal approach for deploying and managing Windows 10 across physical and virtual endpoints. Click here to dive into the powerful features and get started for free at assessment.vmware.com.

 

Scale & Manage IoT, Augmented Reality & Mixed Virtual Experiences

Leveraging our core strengths around device management, we:

·       Partnered with leading smart glasses manufacturers and AR app developers, like Atheer, APX, Intel, ODG and VUZIX Corp, to build Android and Windows 10 wearable management and app delivery at scale.

·       Expanded the same unified endpoint management platform you already use to include wearable management. Now, you can manage smart glasses alongside your current mobile, tablet and laptop deployments. The updates will bring IT a simplified onboarding experience to easily set up devices with networks and applications.

·       Announced support for Windows 10 IoT and Surface Hub devices.

Read Bhavesh Kumar’s blog to delve into these exciting new capabilities.

 

2.     Workspace ONE Mobile Productivity Enhancements

New innovations enable real-time security across apps without sacrificing end-user experience:

·       OS Mobile Application Management (MAM): Enables organizations to expand their MAM container on the device to any application but without having to do traditional MDM management.

·       Continuous Access Policy: Instantly block access to in-use applications if devices fail compliance, such as leaving a beacon-enabled area.

·       Password Form Fill: IT can now extend the single sign-on (SSO) experience to non-standards based web apps. Admins teach Workspace ONE where usernames and passwords are in specific web-based apps, and the new Workspace ONE Browser extension injects those credentials as needed.

·       Internal app distribution: Through the Workspace ONE app catalog, admins can now distribute internally developed apps to unmanaged devices without uploading into public app stores.

·       Device compliance-based conditional access: For VMware Horizon apps and desktops, IT can now extend VMware’s leading access policy engine for virtual apps and desktops.

·       Self-service password reset: Employees and contractors can now reset their passwords directly within Workspace ONE with no IT involvement – saving valuable IT time and resources.

Learn more about Workspace ONE at workspaceone.com.

 

3.     Mobile Device Management Migration Tool & Safe Passage

As this industry evolution continues, many organizations are finding themselves with multiple point management solutions for mobile, desktop, apps and even IoT. To help customers transition to a comprehensive Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) platform, AirWatch is offering several migration services from traditional MDM players to VMware AirWatch. Additionally, VMware has expanded its Safe Passage program to help BlackBerry customers who must now migrate from Good for Enterprise with the recent end-of-life announcement and launched a MDM migration tool. These services will streamline the process from transitioning to VMware AirWatch with minimal end-user impact.

 

To learn more about the MDM migration tool, read this great blog from Jeff McGrath.

Excerpts from: http://blogs.air-watch.com/2016/10/airwatch-9-workspace-one-news/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Know the Differences Between vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) and the vRealize Network Assessment (vNA) Tool?

Know the Differences Between vRealize Network Insight (vRNI)

and the vRealize Network Assessment (vNA)?

 

Formerly know as…

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Now VMware calls it…

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vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) is the paid full version of the product, vRealize Network Assessment (VNA) is only the report/preview portion of the product, which takes 30-minutes to install.  It takes more time to install the full-product.  VNA only needs to connect to the vCenter.  vRNI, in addition to the vCenter, you also need to connect it the hardware, firewalls, etc.

REQUIREMENTS:  Must have (vDS) Virtual Distributed Switches installed in your vSphere environment  (Available in – vSphere ENT+, vSOM ENT+, & NSX Licensing)

vRealize Network Insight:  Transforms operations for NSX based on SDDC across your virtual, physical, and cloud.

  • Model security groups and distributed firewall rules. 
    • Comprehensive net flow assessment and analysis to model security groups and firewall rules
    • Recommendations to make micro-segmentation easier to deploy
    • Continuously monitor and audit compliance postures over time
  • 360-degree visibility and analytics virtual & physical network
    • Virtual and physical network topology mapping.
    • Performance Optimization across Overlay and Underlay
    • Log Analytics (with vRealize Log Insight for NSX, included with all NSX licenses)
  • Natural language search capabilities and Offers Best Practices, Health and Availability of NSX Deployment
    • Intuitive UI, Natural language search to quickly pinpoint issues
    • Log Analytics for troubleshooting
    • Best practice compliance checking (such as configuration errors in mismatch segment ID, IPset definitions, etc.)

                VMware Product Page – vRealize Network Insight:  http://www.vmware.com/products/vrealize-network-insight.html

 

Virtual Network Assessment (VNA):  Is a free assessment that analyzes the traffic pattern in your data center.  In 24 hours it will provide a pdf report that summarizes.

  • Insights on your security risk (amount of East-West traffic) in your environment
  • A preview of actionable micro-segmentation recommendations
  • Opportunities to optimize your network

vRealize Network Assessment (Requires VMware Partner Central login):   www.vmware.com/go/NetworkInsight

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