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VMworld US 2018 VMUG Leader Lunch Photo Credit:  Brandon Seymour of vmwarevelocity.com  It’s that time of year again when the UserCons slow down and we start to prepare for both VMworlds.  First, we’ll be in San Francisco from August 25th to 29th. The annual VMworld August show never disappoints, and VMUG will be there with a large presence. We will have a booth in the Solutions Exchange as well as a lounge in Moscone West.  Festivities start with our Annual VMUG Member Party. Historically, this party sells out, so make sure you register early so you can join us. We will be hosting the party at SPiN, a ping pong establishment across the street from the ...
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Hey VMUG!  My name is Shanna Cleveland and I’m  your new Market Research  Senior  Coordinator  specializ ing  in  customer insights and analytics.  Previously I worked for  Nielsen  where I designed, implemented, and analyzed  consumer  research for  several Fortune 500 companies.  After years of working in the industry,  I can  attest to the  value of  building and listening to the collective voice of  a  community .  My goal is to  help revolutionize comm unity engagement  by asking fun and relevant questions that can positively impact  VMUG .     As you all know, t he re are several invaluable  benefits of being  ...
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  vSphere Tags & Categories: Tips to Use Them the Right Way! By Rick Vanover, Senior Director of Product Strategy for Veeam Software Editor's note: this blogpost was provided by our partners at Veeam Software Like many vSphere users, we have known about vSphere tags for a long time. I believe they were first introduced in vSphere 5.5 and I love what can be done with them. This year at the VMUG UserCon series of events; the Veeam team provided content built around automation for the best backup experience for your VMware workloads. vSphere tags are an important part of that presentation. Consider a tag like a birth certificate ...
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Highlights from VMware: July 2019 Explore Kubernetes at VMworld 2019 VMworld US is fast approaching—the agenda is taking shape and this year’s event offers a great opportunity to explore Kubernetes. The Cloud Native Apps team at VMware recognizes that attendees are at different points in their Kubernetes journey, so here are a few highlights for different profiles: For the vSphere Admin or individual new to Kubernetes: Workshop—Intro to Containers and Kubernetes. This pre-event half-day workshop covers cloud native fundamentals; attendees will deploy their first cluster in our lab environment. Demo stations. We’ll be unveiling new Kubernetes ...
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Highlights from VMware: June 2019 Featured in VMUG Voice: 4 Ways to Save on Training and Certification at VMworld 2019 US Are you joining us at VMworld 2019 US? VMware Education Services is offering discounts for VMworld attendees.  As you register for VMworld, simply add any of these VMware Training and Certification offers to your cart. 25% off select On Demand courses 50% off a VMware Learning Zone (our 24/7 training hub) Premium Subscription 50% off VMware Certified Professional (VCP) and VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification exams as well as practice tests taken at VMworld 20% off Live Online courses (Coming ...
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Editor's note: the following blog post has been provided by our partners at phoenixNAP . Critical Considerations for Moving to Private Cloud-as-a-Service By William Bell, Executive Vice President of Products at phoenixNAP Private Cloud-as-a-Service is not an entirely new concept to the business world. However, its significance has greatly increased over the past few years. This trend is a result of a growing demand for scalable yet robust IT environment that can provide optimum performance for business-critical workloads. According to the latest analyst reports, the companies of different sizes are turning to the cloud for more than ...
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As a VMware Empower ambassador, I had the privilege of attending all three of this year’s   VMware Empower  events. VMware invited its robust partner network to Atlanta, Singapore, and Lisbon as a way for partners to receive direct technical training and content. In turn, the partners can then better serve VMware’s 500,000+ customers. Here are the two most important takeaways I learned from these events: 1. VMware, Their Partners, and Users Are All Learning Together Next-gen IT is ever evolving, meaning VMware and their more than 5,000 partners are always learning and adapting to deliver the best solutions to users. VMware provides technical support ...
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Editor's Note: The following blog post is from our partners at GreenPages Begin Your Digital Journey: Sound Strategy Starts with the Right Data and Goals By  Joshua Dinneen , GreenPages President of Strategic Services **Before you begin the blog, be sure to check out a webinar we recently hosted with a panel of tech experts who detail how to kickstart a successful digital transformation program. Watch now! ** When it comes to digital transformation, every organization’s needs are different; a variety of macro issues and external forces will impact your company’s strategy and plan for executing that strategy. To develop a strategy ...
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Highlights from VMware: May 2019 Thought Leadership Employee Experience – Bridging HR and IT        We’re excited to announce the launch a new Employee Experience report “Understanding the Value of Digital Employee Experience.” This new global survey combines the input of 6,400 employees, HR and IT respondents across 19 countries to connect digital employee experience to business performance and its influence in attracting and retaining talent. Check it out for yourself and learn new ways IT and HR can partner to create better employee experiences that drive competitive advantage. Download the Report here .                                    ...
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Dell Technologies World 2019 ushered in a new era of partnership between VMware and Dell EMC. VMware used the size and scope of the event to make major announcements. During his keynote address, Pat Gelsinger said “this is like VMworld,” and I could not agree more. For those of you in the VMUG community who couldn’t make it out to Las Vegas, here are three things you need to know: VMware Cloud is on Microsoft Azure This was by far the biggest and most important announcement to come out of Las Vegas. Microsoft is joining the growing list of major tech players, such as AWS and Dell EMC, who are broadening their partnerships with VMware to give users ...
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Highlights from VMware: April 2019 Thought Leadership The Three Phases of Enterprise Cloud Adoption Explaining the three phases of enterprise cloud adoption—pollyanna, paranoia, pragmatism—VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and CloudHealth CEO Tom Axbey discuss their vision for the enterprise multi-cloud future.            How Will CloudHealth and VMware Cloud Fit Together?            VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger shares that VMware will incorporate multiple cloud services into CloudHealth to create the ultimate multi-cloud solution for customers. For Multi-Cloud Management, the Partner Ecosystem Is Invaluable In this video , VMware CEO ...
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Netherlands VMUG UserCon opened my eyes to how important it is for us in the VMUG community to take notice of how rapidly our industry is changing. Across many of the presentations I attended at UserCon, the necessity to evolve was a universal theme. Here are some of my insights from those sessions. The Keynote: VMware’s Transition to an aaS Model Kit Colbert, CTO, VMware Cloud Platform Business Unit, delivered the keynote presentation about VMware’s transition to an “as a Service” (aaS) model. This is a big change that is affecting VMware and its customers, and I appreciate their efforts to be more transparent about this restructuring.   With the ...
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Highlights from VMware: March 2019   VMware News and Updates: The Power of Giving Through Customer Feedback  How do we improve the experiences we deliver at VMware? By listening to your feedback and taking action on what we learn. We take your feedback seriously and we value your time. Our Customer Relationship Survey is now live! As a thank you for taking just three minutes to share your thoughts using this link, we will donate to a cause* of your choice or by planting a tree in your honor – the choice is yours! *Causes include: Education, Environment, Technology, or Women & Girls. See more at Global Giving.   The VMware ...
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Highlights from VMware: February 2019 Leverage Training to Maximize Ongoing IT Performance Competition is increasing, causing organizations to transform and respond to customers and competitors. This often requires leveraging technology to improve agility. Current and ongoing research reveals that initial training improves technology utilization generally, and virtualization project specifically, and that continued training improves ongoing performance. Find out how in this blog from Cushing Anderson, Program Vice President, Business Consulting and IT Education at IDC. IDC interviewed organizations that have invested in VMware Education and Training ...
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​ Photo Credit: Kaz Igarashi Recently, I was honored to be the keynote speaker at the VMUG Japan UserCon. While in Tokyo, I experienced VMUG hospitality on a new level from both longtime friends and newcomers to the VMUG community. Japan UserCon had countless great moments and activities, two in particular stuck out: the lightning round presentations and the peer-to-peer mentorship within the community. Lightning Round Presentations This year I had the privilege of judging the annual Japan UserCon Lightning Rounds. Community leaders manage subcommittees, and each committee presents a 15-minute discussion on topics such as vSAN, VDI, and Hybrid ...
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The vAdmin's Future Dell Technologies Forum is a one-day event featuring all seven of Dell’s technologies in one place.  The San Francisco Forum had Pat Gelsinger keynote.  Hearing Pat on stage, I couldn’t help but think about all the potential our members have. Listening to the future of VMware at events like this, announcements at VMworld, and articles from tech magazines tells me we, the vAdmin, are poised for great things. Even so, that future won't be realized without effort.   VMworld had vSphere getting main stage attention, which was awesome for us to reflect on.  There is a lot happening right now in the VMware world: ...
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ClearSky Data recently  announced support  for VMware Cloud on AWS. The move signals the availability of native, cloud-based backup and recovery for companies migrating to the cloud. As one of the first VMware partners to provide this solution, ClearSky gives VMware Cloud on AWS users the complete reliability and redundancy they know and trust from their on-prem environments with all of the benefits of cloud-based backup. It’s about simpler backup storage, improved recovery times and seamless onsite-and-offsite copies of data that are accessible wherever it's needed. VMware Cloud on AWS service runs in public cloud infrastructures and provides connectivity ...
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VMware Updates to the VMUG Community VMware vSAN Once Again a Leader in the Forrester Wave VMware was once again named a Leader in the 2018 revision of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI), improving on both the Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute axes. VMware believes this is a validation not only of our strategy, but also our ability to execute on our vision and deliver real value to our customers. Get your Hands on Cloud Foundation With so many updates and enhancements, we couldn't wait: the Cloud Foundation HOL is all-new, freshly updated ...
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The “Next Big Thing” for Database Performance   I spend most of my weeks talking to VMware customers about applications that they want to  perform better. It’s probably not a surprise that the majority of these conversations revolve around databases: ERP, CRM, EMR, BI, and an assortment of other fun acronyms. What’s interesting is that even the organizations who are already using high-end hardware -- including all-flash arrays -- wonder where they can find the “next big thing” to aid them in IT’s ongoing saga to deliver greater business value and help their users be more productive.   The primary bottleneck that these administrators and engineers are ...
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Trend Micro Helps Secure New VMware Cloud on AWS VMware® Cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS) makes it easy to run production applications across VMware vSphere™-based private, public, and hybrid cloud environments. Trend Micro knows this well, as the cybersecurity giant has been using the integrated cloud offering within their own IT data center and cloud infrastructure. VMware Cloud on AWS delivers enterprise-class SDDC (software-defined data center) software to the cloud, so organizations can skip the hassle of learning new skills and managing new tools, while enjoying the benefits of the cloud. Not only does Trend Micro use VMware Cloud on AWS to flex ...
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