VMworld 2018 Announcements – Summary

To clarify whether products are announced or released, please read the following statement from this press release: “VMware vSphere Platinum Edition, VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1, VMware vSAN 6.7 Update 1, VMware vRealize Suite 2018, VMware vRealize Operations 7.0, VMware vRealize Automation 7.5, and vRealize Network Insight 3.9 are expected to become available by the end of VMware’s Q3 FY19 (November 2, 2018).”

Digital Foundation:

  • vSphere 6.7 Update 1 and vSphere Platinum Edition – 
    • vSphere Platinum Edition 
      • This is a new edition of vSphere, adding in AppDefense to go along with all current capabilities in the Enterprise Plus license. Also included in this edition is a vCenter plug-in that tightly integrates AppDefense and vCenter Services for ease of administration and enhanced visibility for vSphere administrators.
    • vSphere 6.7 Update 1 – 
      • Fully featured HTML5 client
      • Enhanced support for NVIDIA Quattro VMs
      • vCenter Server Convergence Tool
      • Enhanced content libraries
  • vSAN 6.7 Update 1 – 
    • Simplified operations and better support resolution
    • Driver and firmware updates using VUM
    • Better VROPS integration
    • TRIM/UNMAP support
    • Enhanced stretch cluster flexibilityimage
  • vRealize Suite 2018  The announcement of vRealize Suite 2018 is aimed at helping IT deliver developer- ready infrastructure, with batch of enhancements to our already-existing platforms.
  • VMware Cloud Foundation 3.0 – 
    • Now supports choice of any network switch for greater flexibility.
    • More vSAN ReadyNode partners.
    • Scalability improvements of up to 64 hosts per workload domain.
    • Improved and more responsive UX.
    • NSX Hybrid Connect to move workloads across clouds.
    • VMware Validated Design (VVD) support and guidance.
  • VMware Skyline – 
    • Global Availability – In addition to being included in VMware Premier Support Services contracts, Skyline is now available to Production Support customers.
    • Skyline Advisor – Skyline Advisor provides a self-service portal for customers to access real-time dashboards, proactive recommendations from VMware’s library of knowledge, and suggested upgrades to prevent potential issues.
    • Skyline Log Assist – Skyline Assist, available before the end of the year, automatically uploads desired log files to VMware Technical Support once an issue is identified to help resolve support requests more quickly.
    • Additional Product Support – Support for VMware vSAN
  • vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) 3.9 – 
    • Enhanced Security
    • Dashboard support for Cisco ASA firewall
    • Greater visibility into NSX-T Datacenter
  • NSX-T Datacenter 2.3 – 
    • Support for bare-metal hosts
    • extends advanced multi-cloud networking and security capabilities to AWS, in addition to Microsoft Azure and on-premises environments
    • Support for NSX-T Datacenter in VMC on AWS environments
    • Simplified installation workflow
  • Project Magna – 
    • Project Magna will make possible a self-driving data center based on machine learning. It is focused on applying reinforcement learning to a data center environment to drive greater performance and efficiencies.
  • Virtualization on 64-bit ARM for Edge – 
    • VMware demonstrated ESXi on 64-bit ARM running on a windmill farm at the Edge. VMware sees an opportunity to work with selected embedded OEMs to scope and explore opportunities for focused, ARM-enabled offering at the edge.
  • Project Concord – 
    • VMware demonstrated a highly scalable, energy-efficient decentralized trust infrastructure for digital consensus and smart contract execution. Project Concord may be used to power distributed trust infrastructures, including blockchains. It is available immediately as an open source project.
  • Pulse IoT Center 2.0 –
    • Scalability: Now supports up to 500m devices
    • SAAS Support: Customers will be able to consume Pulse IoT Center as an on premise or SaaS solution depending on their needs. SaaS services will be hosted by VMware and VCPP partners.
    • Low-touch Secure Enrollment: Minimal touch enrollment and configuration capabilities will be supported for select gateways.
    • Deeper Edge System Management: Ability to perform Gateway configuration through the action framework (sshd, turn on/off port, IP address table, etc.) as well as provide complete firmware and BIOS updates for selected gateways.
    • Richer Alerts and Notifications Capabilities: Alerts can now be set for individual managed object or a group of managed objects. Notifications for alerts can be received via email or SMS integration, and through an API into a third-party system.
    • Enhanced Over-the-air (OTA) Updates: Customers now have more granular control over OTA scheduling, activation, progress status, package type and failure handling
    • More Extensibility: RESTful APIs will be available for all functionalities for customer and partner integration, improving extensibility.
    • Additional Security Features: Customers will be able to leverage role-based user access and multi- tenancy restrict access for different organizations and use cases.

VMware Cloud Services:

  • VMware Cloud Operations Services  The initial availability of VMware Automation Services (formerly known as Project Tango) was announced to help tackle the challenge of managing and deploying workloads in multi-cloud environments. There is an excellent blog that was published on this page that delivers a high- level overview of the initial three components:
    • VMware Cloud Assembly:  With Cloud Assembly, IT and cloud operations teams can orchestrate and expedite infrastructure and application delivery in line with DevOps principles, improving the overall developer experience, developers get an experience equivalent to provisioning resources from native public clouds.
    • VMware Service Broker:  Service Broker provides simple, self-service access to multi-cloud infrastructure and application resources from a single catalog, without requiring disparate tools. With Service Broker, operations teams can more effectively govern resource access, and use and enforce security, deployment and business policies across multi-cloud environments.
    • VMware Code Stream Code Stream automates the code and application release process with a comprehensive set of capabilities for application deployment, testing, and troubleshooting.
    • VMware Secure State (public beta) – This is a tool focused on cloud configuration security and compliance.
  • VMware intends to acquire CloudHealth Technologies, a public cloud management platform.
    • This is a key acquisition that will bolster VMware’s multi-cloud management capabilities as we enter a time when that concept becomes more and more of a core operating requirement in enterprises. This platform delivers benefits to VMware customers in terms of public cloud cost management, resource optimization, granular visibility and reporting.
  • Wavefront Enhancements 
    • This release includes scalability and security enhancements, serverless instrumentation capabilities (AWS Lambda SDK and Delta Counters), and deeper integration with AWS services, and VMware Pivotal Container Services (PKS).
  • VMware Log Intelligence Enhancements – 
    • VMware Cloud on AWS audit logs can now be accessed through Log Intelligence as a core service.
    • Log Intelligence is now integrated with Wavefront for Dev-Ops end-to-end troubleshooting.
    • There is now deep native AWS support for logs from CloudWatch and CloudTrail.
  • Project Dimension
    • A VMware technology preview that will extend the VMware Cloud to the data center, branch offices and the edge. Project Dimension will combine VMware Cloud Foundation, in a hyperconverged form factor, with VMware Cloud managed service to deliver an SDDC infrastructure as an end-to-end service, operated by VMware. Project Dimension will dramatically simplify operational complexity and cost and offers built-in security and isolation, allowing customers to focus on innovating and differentiating their businesses.

VMware Cloud on AWS:

  • Expanding Global Reach  VMware Cloud (VMC) on AWS will growing to Asia Pacific, Canada, Europe and China in 2019 and has new enterprise capabilities.
    • VMC on AWS is now available in five regions worldwide.
      • US West (Oregon)
      • US East (N. Virginia)
      • Europe (London)
      • Europe (Frankfurt)
      • Asia (Sydney)
    • Advanced NSX  full integration with AWS Direct Connect, extension of micro-segmentation to individual VMs for follow-me security policies
      • Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS) integration
      • New minimum SDDC configuration – lowered to three nodes
      • 50% lower cost of entry pricing – now get three hosts for the price of two
      • Vendor license optimizations – new features for vendor license compliance
    • Relational Database Services (RDS) on VMware:
      • Amazon Web Services’ RDS service will soon be able to run on VMware in a private data center or in a public cloud, thus offering developers a familiar RDS functionality available to them.
    • VMware Hybrid Cloud Extensions 
      • Ability to seamlessly vMotion from on-premises to AWS via public internet, Amazon Direct Connect, or WAN.

 

Digital Workspace:

  • Workspace ONE Unified Endpoint Management enhancements – 
    • Predictive patching based on device CVE scores
    • Industry standard Center for Internet Security (CIS) policy templates
    • Over-the-Air configuration of Group Policies
    • GPO coverage beyond limited native MDM policies
    • Workspace ONE Sensors – a capability that allows admins to query using PowerShell scripts any asset attribute such as system information, custom hardware inventory, registry and app data and even custom WMI data, and perform actions to remediate the endpoint to a desired state.
    • MacOS and iOS management enhancements
    • Android and ChromeOS management enhancements
    • Peripherals and rugged device management enhancements
    • “Ready to Work” Dell partnership
      • Dell Provisioning for Workspace ONE on first boot of new Dell PCs
    • Workspace ONE AirLift – 
      • Connector for SCCM
      • Automatically migrate SCCM Collections and PCLM workloads to Workspace ONE
      • Accelerate transition to Windows 10 modern management
  • Workspace ONE Trust Network (Tech Preview) – 
    • Security policy enforcement across mobile, endpoint and cloud-access
    • Integrations with Carbon Black, Netskope and Lookout
  • Sneak Peek for upcoming Horizon enhancements – 
    • Horizon Cloud for Azure enhancements
      • Addition of new VM types to catalog
      • Azure Disk Encryption
  • Horizon 7 on VMware Cloud on AWS
    • Support for instant clones, App Volumes and UEM (Preview)
  • Other enhancements in VMware’s Digital Workspace Platform
    • Management consolidation of VDI with support for physical desktops as well as Persistent desktops
    • UEM templates
    • vMotion for nVidia GPUs
    • Intelligent Networking with support for QoS for Blast Extreme
    • Multi-media redirection for HTML live streaming
    • Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub (Beta)
      • Note: generally-available later this quarter
      • Seamless secure file editing with WS1 Send app and Content Locker
      • Seamless sharing between WS1 productivity apps, such as Boxer, and MS Office 365 mobile apps managed by Intune
      • Boxer improvements include NIAP, Common Criteria compliance, ENSv2 advancements including VIP notification, calendar attachments
    • WS1 SDK to accelerate enterprise app development
    • “1-Click integration” with Okta to ramp up delivery of SaaS apps for a better employee workspace catalog experience.

vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) 3.4 Now GA!!

vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) 3.4 Now GA!!

 

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

What’s New in vRealize Network Insight 3.4?

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

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

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

 

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

Missed The Latest VMware Announcements In The Past Month?

Check Out This Summary!

 

 

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

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

 

Product Announcements:

 

Acquisitions:

 

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

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

 

Security:

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

 

VMware Partnerships:  

 

VMware Partner Accreditation’s:

 

VMworld 2017:

 

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

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

 

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

What vSAN Does?

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

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

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

 

To get more information, check out the below links…

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

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

 

VMware’s Intent To Acquire Wavefront!

VMware’s Intent To Acquire Wavefront!

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Technical Sales 201 – What’s New in

vRealize Log Insight 4.3!

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

For more information on vRealize Log Insight 4.3…

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

For more information on vRealize Business for Cloud 7.2.1…

 

Technical Sales 201 – What’s New in vROPs 6.5 Enablement Video!

Technical Sales 201 – What’s New in vROPs 6.5 Enablement Video!

 

In this enablement session, I provide a Technical Sales 201 level overview of the recent release of vRealize Operations Manager (vROPs) 6.5. VMware vRealize Operations streamlines and automates IT operations management.  It delivers intelligent operations management from applications to infrastructure across physical, virtual and cloud environments with VMware vRealize Operations.

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

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

 

Technical Sales 201 – vRealize Operations Manager 6.5 (Enablement Video):   https://youtu.be/CWouchVZycU

 

For more information on vRealize Operations Manager 6.5…

 

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

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

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

vRealize Operations Manager 6.5:

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

vRealize Network Insight 3.3:

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

vRealize Business for Cloud 7.2.1: 

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

vRealize Log Insight 4.3:  

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

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

Looking For The Run Down on VMware’s New

Horizon Cloud Offerings?

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

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

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

Top Level Changes in Horizon Cloud:

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

Considering which offering:

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

Comparisons in Use Case Options:

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

Purchasing Process:

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

Deployment Options:

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

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

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

Virtual Desktop Purchase Options:

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

 

 

The New VMware 2017 vExperts Have Been Announced!

The New VMware 2017 vExperts Have Been Announced!

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

The Next Horizon! Introducing Horizon 7.1,…

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


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Introducing the NSX-T Platform – Technical Whitepaper

Introducing the NSX-T Platform – Technical Whitepaper

Introducing the NSX-T Platform – Technical…

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


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NSX 6.3: What’s New?

NSX 6.3: What’s New? – via Ather Beg’s Useful Thoughts

NSX 6.3: What’s New?

Finally! It’s time to talk about NSX 6.3. As you can tell from minor version jump, this version has a number of new capabilities and enhancements and most of them were highly-awaited too. If you were waiting for it too, there is a good chance that it contains what you wanted.


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VMware’s New NSX-T Product: 5 Things Partners Need To Know

VMware’s New NSX-T Product: 5 Things Partners Need To Know – via CRN

VMware’s New NSX-T Product: 5 Things Partners…

Here are five things partners need to know about VMware’s new NSX-T product, its target market, its competitors and VMware’s vision.


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Introducing VMware NSX for vSphere 6.3 & VMware NSX-T 1.1

Introducing VMware NSX for vSphere 6.3 & VMware NSX-T 1.1

Introducing VMware NSX for vSphere 6.3 & VMware…

This past week at VMware has been quite exciting! Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO, reported on the Q4 2016 earnings call that VMware NSX has more than 2,400 customers exiting 2016. Today, we continue that momentum by announcing new releases of our two different VMware NSX platforms – VMware NSX™ for vSphere® 6.3 and VMware NSX-T 1.1.


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VMware Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results

VMware Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results

VMware Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year…

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

New Report Names vSAN #1 in HCI Purchases or…

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


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

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

Forrester Intelligent Operations Total Economic…

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


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VMware Validated Design for SDDC 3.0 – Now Generally Available

VMware Validated Design for SDDC 3.0 Now Generally Available

VMware Validated Design for SDDC 3.0 Now…

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


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Unveiling Project Clarity

Unveiling Project Clarity

Unveiling Project Clarity

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


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

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

Hybrid Cloud Manager 2.0U1 is now GA – VMware…

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


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

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

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

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


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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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VMware Announces General Availability of vSphere Integrated Containers

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

VMware Announces General Availability of…

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


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

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

Check out VMware on the list for 25 best tech…

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


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vRealize Automation 7.2 Has Arrived

vRealize Automation 7.2 Has Arrived

vRealize Automation 7.2 Has Arrived

Download the latest version here Enhanced Ease of Use with Out-of-The-Box Support for ServiceNow®, Azure®, and Containers. As we announced last month, VMware vRealize Automation 7.2 brings new out-of-the box support for ServiceNow®, Microsoft Azure as well as new container management capabilities. ServiceNow Support Our new out-of-the-box integration with ServiceNow, will enable The post vRealize Automation 7.2 Has Arrived appeared first on VMware Cloud Management .


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Log Insight 4.0 Available Now! – SFlanders.net

Log Insight 4.0 Available Now! – SFlanders.net

Log Insight 4.0 Available Now! – SFlanders.net

I am happy to announce the release of Log Insight 4.0. As always, this release has a ton of new features. Read on to learn more!


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VMware Announces General Availability of vSphere 6.5!

VMware Announces General Availability of vSphere 6.5!

VMware Announces General Availability of…

Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of VMware vSphere 6.5 along with new releases of other SDDC components: VMware vSAN 6.5, VMware vRealize Automation 7.2, VMware vRealize Log Insight 4 and VMware vRealize Operations 6.4. Together, these products help IT more efficiently run, manage, and secure their applications both on- or off-premises.


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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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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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