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VMware Wants to Share for July

By Lori Donaldson posted 07-18-2018 04:03 PM


VMware Wants To Share FOR JULY

Each month, VMware Business Units provide information important to the VMUG community. Visit this section each month to keep on top of VMware news, updates and opportunities.

End of Support for VMware vSphere® 5.5
In less than 2 months (Sept) VMware vSphere® 5.5 will reach the end of general support.
The premise behind Tech Confessions is to get different perspectives on where we’re headed as an industry. The most central question posed to guests is “what was your software-defined moment?" The goal is to frame software-centric thinking as the norm and to position VMware in a slightly different light than usually seen.
On July 6th, 2018, VMware launched an exciting, comprehensive refresh to its Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) Program. These program changes will enable technology partners to align with VMware on technical integrations and go-to-market to better serve you, our joint customers.
Here’s your chance to win a $500 Amazon e-gift card, two winners will be drawn monthly. Sign up for a free trial and get data flowing into your trial to be eligible. Wavefront is a cloud-native metrics monitoring and analytics platform that delivers visibility into modern cloud applications, particularly those deployed with microservices, containers, and CI/CD pipelines. It provides critical insight into the health of your applications, with custom dashboards and analytics-driven alerts.
Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) is a popular platform for building cloud-native applications. The PCF integration is full-featured implementation offering pre-defined dashboards and alert conditions and is fully configurable with Wavefront. The Pivotal Services Marketplace now features Wavefront. The Marketplace provides users with platform add-on services to secure, enhance and manage their applications.
As you know, registration is open for VMworld 2018. However, did you know about the Training and Certifications offers and discounts you can easily add to your VMworld registration?
  • Special certification prep classes offered the weekend before VMworld
  • 25% off On Demand courses
  • 25% off a VMware Learning Zone (our 24/7 training hub) Premium Subscription
  • 30% off VMware Certified Professional (VCP) and VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification exams taken at VMworld
  • 15% off special Livefire trainings (only available the week before VMworld 2018 Europe)
VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger authors a LinkedIn article on how leaders must skillfully manage the “software” and “hardware” of corporate culture and strategy. Values, skills and mindsets encompass the Leadership Code – a holistic approach to business that defines what we do, how we think and who we are. When we align our innovation with our Leadership Code, it’s a powerful equation that enables us to execute at scale – with clarity across the organization on what we do, how we think and who we are.
VMware COO Sanjay Poonen authors a Medium piece on seven key principles aimed at igniting global business innovation. He argues throughout the article that it’s the driving force that compels us to create, explore, question, overcome, and achieve what was once unimaginable and we must innovate to stay relevant. According to Poonen, innovation is almost always the result of active listening, fierce questioning and a willingness to continually adjust your strategy based on what you’re hearing from customers.
GovCloud Network CEO Kevin Jackson discusses his thoughts on how the past is shaping the future of the networking game. Companies now understand that their network must enable rapid change to support modern workforces. Today, the cloud is of utmost importance to the digital life of the end user.
Alaina Robertson, leader of VMware’s Pride POD, shares her story and experience as a leader influencing LGBTQ+ inclusion at VMware. She also discusses how VMware create an inclusive environment for the LGBTQ+ community – by allocating funding to run educational events on campus and supporting celebrations during Pride month.
Software has the power to unlock new possibilities for people, and for the planet. And yet, not everyone is benefiting equally from automation and operational efficiency. NTEN’s 10th Annual Nonprofit Technology Staffing & Investment report showed that the average technology budget of nonprofits is 5.7 percent of their total operation budget, with only 28 percent of organizations often or regularly using technology volunteers. Pro bono service learning can help enable nonprofits with technology, processes and people, giving it what it needs to thrive and ultimately bridging the growing digital divide.
Yanbing Li, VMware Senior Vice President and General Manager, Storage and Availability at VMware, became a Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame inductee in early June. Yi discusses her experiences as part of the women in tech movement, her success in a male-dominated engineering field, her leadership perspectives and advice for us all about nurturing a purpose-driven career.