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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 ...
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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

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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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Call for Participation

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Dear VMUG Members, As we approach 2019, VMUG has new opportunities for the community to get involved. VMUG will restructure the Board committees and councils to increase efficiencies, involvement and communication with the VMUG community. Task Forces will be created as needed to bring a specific set of skills together in order to accomplish a short-term task. Committees and Councils will continue to operate towards the same set of goals and objectives. The new structure is as follows: Councils Councils are initiative-specific advisory groups established to provide feedback and guidance on specific strategic issues. Leader Advisory Council ...
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VMware Wants to Share – October 2018   The Next Step Forward: Capturing the Full Potential of Tech “Superpowers” VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger authors a LinkedIn article on the four technology “superpowers” he shared during VMworld 2018: Cloud, Mobile, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things. Gelsinger dives deeper and shares his thoughts on what the next step is for each superpower and where we need to innovate to capture their full potential.   Our Networking & Security Experts at the Virtual Cloud Network Deep Dive Do you have colleagues who are networking and security professionals?  Are they intrigued by what NSX can ...
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VMworld 2018 Announcements By Keith Townsend, VMUG Contributor, Principal at The CTO Advisor, Solutions Architect at VMware I’m sitting down the week after VMworld to write a recap of announcements for VMUG Voice. The question isn’t if any big announcements were made at VMworld. The right question? Which announcement will prove most significant? ESXi on ARM A bunch of our peers can’t stop talking about ESXi on ARM. Don’t get excited thinking you’ll take those benefits VMUG Advantage licenses and deploy vSphere on a bunch of Raspberry Pi’s. The solution is aimed at OEM partners. Even if you could get your hands on the ARM bits, the minimum requirement ...
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VMware Wants to Share for September Introducing VMware vSphere Platinum. VMware is excited to announce the latest edition of our vSphere platform, VMware vSphere Platinum. This new edition delivers advanced security capabilities powered by machine learning and fully integrated into the hypervisor. It combines the industry leading capabilities of vSphere with VMware AppDefense, to secure infrastructure and applications in an operationally simple manner with minimal overhead or performance impact. To learn more about this new offering, visit the vSphere product page . vSphere 6.7 Update 1 is here.   VMware is announcing vSphere 6.7 Update ...
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VMware Wants to Share for August    Get Certified at VMworld 2018 and Save 50%   Are you joining us at VMworld 2018? We’re extending a 50% discount off VMware Certified Professional (VCP) and VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification exams taken at VMworld. Not sure you’re ready? We’re offering certification prep classes the weekend before the event! You sign up through your VMworld registration.  VMware Education Services is also offering additional discounts for VMworld attendees: 25% off On Demand courses 25% off a VMware Learning Zone (our 24/7 training hub) Premium Subscription   Don’t miss this opportunity to save ...
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By Craig Mclellan, CEO, ThinkOn As an entrepreneur, I don’t get much time to reflect. ThinkOn recently celebrated its 5 th year of successful operations and I took a few moments to look back at everything that has happened over that period of time. It never ceases to amaze me how much hype technology vendors generate. It seems to me that at times this hype creates a frenzy that blinds people to the realities of running a business efficiently. At times it gets so bad that new concepts barely have time to take hold before the next marketing push starts directing people in yet another direction. Over the past 2 years the hyper-cloud providers (we know who ...
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VMware Wants To Share FOR JULY VMware updates to the VMUG Community 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. Read more #TechConfessions 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 ...
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Security Starts With Visibility Seth Chromick, Lead Application Security Architect, Office of the CTO at vArmour vArmour is excited to announce its newest addition to the App Explorer visibility solution for critical applications - the Microsoft SQL Security Risk Report . This detailed report provides deeper insight into the configuration, deployment, and security of SQL Server - an application that is considered a “crown jewel” in many organizations, and the focus of many compliance/security concerns. The information in the SQL report can be useful alongside the existing Active Directory Security Risk report, which is already part of App Explorer.  ...
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It's Difficult to Ignore the Data Protection Market Data management enables data mobility. An advantage to data mobility is improved disaster recovery capability. Looking to the public cloud - an obvious temptation is to leverage public cloud as an on-demand disaster recovery site.   As administrators, we don’t talk about the economics of Silicon Valley startups often. However, it’s difficult to ignore the data protection market. Companies ranging from Rubrik and Cohesity to Druva Inc., have all had $90 million or more invested in each company over the past few months. It makes you sit up and wonder what’s so special about backup. Rubrik won Best of Show ...
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