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I’ve listened to no less than five presentations on data management and movement in the past week. There has been a ground swell of technology companies to enter the data protection market. All of which have an option for backing data up to the cloud. What may get lost in the noise is the capability these solutions bring to disaster recovery (DR). I spent several years running the DR operations for a global Fortune 200’s SAP infrastructure. I want to level-set. At any scale DR is hard. No matter of technology changes the fact that applications, people, and process are in constant change. It’s what makes DR hard. To this point, DR proved hard and expensive. ...
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Today we had a webcast to share updates on VMUG’s new event model and future plans. We were thrilled so many of you could join. As you heard from Brad Tompkins, VMUG CEO, and Steve Athanas, VMUG Leader/Board Member/Chair of the Events Committee, there are some exciting changes we are making to our VMUG events. When VMUG started over ten years ago, it was all about members getting together organically and sharing information about how they are solving problems and making things happen in their own environments to move forward in their careers.  At the core, it’s about how everyone in the community can get better - together.  And that’s what we’re going back ...
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Three Hidden Backup Solution Costs Joe Noonan, VP Product Management at Unitrends Every few years, you get the joy of reviewing your backup and disaster recovery strategy. Sure you could just renew your current contract, or try to pit another vendor against the incumbent, but when is the last time you took a hard look at the true cost of your backup solution? This blog will identify and describe your hidden costs, and give you access to a simple calculator that will quantify them for you. Hidden Cost: Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen In many cases, you either have – or are evaluating – a Windows-based backup solution.  It’s the traditional way ...
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  VMware Wants To Share ... 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.   Power Your Data Center for the Digital Economy  Move beyond the barriers of mixed technologies and complex environments. In this eBook , explore two initiatives to help you build a more agile data center that will position your business for the digital economy and that’s ready for tomorrow’s new priorities.   A Roadmap for the Digital Workspace: Chart Your Journey with Real Stories from Real ...
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VMware Wants To Share ... 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.   VMware Blog on Preparing for vSphere 5.5 End of Life To learn more about the EOGS for vSphere 5.5 and vSAN 5.5, get details on available options, services, and technical guidance on upgrading, check out this EOGS Reminder Blog Post from VMware  https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2018/02/vsphere-5-5-vsan-5-5-end-general-support-reminder.html VMware IT Releases its First Performance Annual Report VMware ...
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Security Starts With Visibility Mousumi Bose, Director of Product Management at vArmour   Enterprise applications are becoming increasingly complex and distributed with the adoption of cloud computing and hybrid cloud environments. Traditional perimeter security solutions lack context and visibility to workloads and applications in these environments. Understanding real application behaviors is critical for developing policies to reduce exposed attack surfaces while not impacting the operation of the application. The first step towards increased security for your organization is greater visibility into your application-level traffic and understanding ...
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VMUG Member,   It’s the start of the New Year and I noticed that many of my resolutions centered around self-improvement. From a career standpoint no organization has been more beneficial to my development than VMUG. Throughout the years the people I've met and the skills I've learned at VMUG have helped me keep up to date on Virtualization technologies ever since I saw my first vMotion. I've had a successful run as a virtualization technologist, but looking at my goals for 2018, I realized it's time to evolve. Silos are breaking down and companies want to do more with less. The public cloud is changing the way companies bring products to market.    ...
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re:Invent Recap by Keith Townsend, VMUG Contributor I’m writing this fresh off of AWS re:Invent. There was a lot of VMware at AWS re:Invent. I ran into our own Ben Clayton in addition to VMware’s CTO of Field and Industry Chris Wolf, Chief Operating Officer Sanjay Poonen and Cloud Platform BU CTO KitColbert. While the conference was AWS in focus, there were plenty things VMware to highlight.   The obvious thing to highlight is VMware Cloud (VMC) on AWS. VMware came out with an impressive number of announcements that directly impact customers considering VMC on AWS. Here’s a slide of the announcements. As a former large VMware customer, there ...
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The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts by Ramesh Chitor | Senior Director, Business Development   In early 2017 the UK government released a new Data Protection Bill to replace the Data Protection Act of 1998 (“DPA”) and “bring data protection laws in the UK up to date.” The bill’s primary function will be to bring the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) into domestic law. As governments, communities, organizations, and individuals aggressively strive to focus on making data more secure. Data protection, backup, and archiving have now become a bigger story and a bigger challenge.   IT departments now need to create systems, processes, ...
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VMware Wants To Share … VMware updates to the VMUG Community   Why Tech has Failed on Cyber Security Pat Gelsinger, CEO VMware Learn More Read VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger’s perspectives piece on why the tech industry has failed customers in terms of cyber security and data protection. Gelsinger says that although the industry is constantly innovating, its foundation is falling apart. Instead of rushing to catch up to competitors, we should be focusing on “ensuring good” – that is, striking the right balance between security and the need for fast, flexible service delivery. In order for this to occur, we must leverage a secure infrastructure, ...
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Welcome to the 2018 VMUG Call for Content! We’re looking for seasoned professionals—folks who are not only experienced with VMware applications, but who are also engaging, top-notch storytellers and speakers—to provide case study and topic-based presentations, and participate in panel discussions. The high quality of our presenters, panelists, and workshop instructors helps to differentiate VMUG User Conferences from other events. Our conferences are highly-focused, well-respected, intimate, educational events designed to help attendees learn about the topics, standards, methods and technologies utilized today to enable cloud infrastructure solutions. ...
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Lindy Grady is one of our female leaders from Indianapolis.  She attended VMworld in Las Vegas and participated in the annual Leader Lunch, a time where leaders get to recognize peers, spend time with VMware executives and talk about progressing VMUG.  Lindy took this opportunity to address the lack of women involved in VMUG.  This discussion got me thinking.  This is something we can all work on to improve; diversifying VMUG. If we put a bit of effort throughout the year to encourage our female co-workers to participate with us, I bet we could see a noticeable change at next year’s VMworld.  It starts at a local level.  Ask your attendees to invite females ...
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Goodbye vCenter Server for Windows   VMware plans to deprecate vCenter Server for Windows in the next numbered release. Do you have questions on how to migrate from vCenter Server for Windows 5.5 or 6.0 to the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5? Learn more in this video .    More Deprecation Announcements VMware plans to deprecate vmkLinux APIs along with the associated driver ecosystem in the next numbered release. Learn more about it in this blog . Flash based vSphere Web Client is also being deprecated. The next version of vSphere will the terminal release supporting availability of vSphere Web Client. Find out what this means to your partners ...
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Previously available only in hard copy, this downloadable e-book is brought to you by VMUG and Rubrik and is exclusively available to a limited audience including VMUG members. The VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive is a guide to building consistent high-performing ESXi hosts. Written for administrators, architects, consultants, aspiring VCDX-es and people eager to learn more about the elements that control the behavior of CPU, memory, storage and network resources. This book shows that you can fundamentally and materially improve the systems you’re building, making them run consistently faster by deeply understanding and optimizing them. ...
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Working at the VMware User Group is a very interesting job. You are not employed by VMware, but you are very close to the company and have a vested interest in their success. The success of the company has an impact on the user group. This is the case for any OEM/user group relationship. I have no extra insight or information on VMware. I watch them closely and read what others are saying about the company. There is plenty of press out there discussing VMware, and my opinion of VMware is bullish. What I like the most is the message that VMware believes in partnership. Former foes are now partnering with VMware. That doesn’t mean they don’t compete in some ...
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Our worlds are filled with content. In my household, we have cable delivering channels I have never watched, and I’d guess I’m not alone. We have multiple streaming providers delivering hundreds of hours of content, the vast majority of which we will never consume. We have endless timeline updates on social media delivered to our TV, computers, and phones. If that isn’t enough, we can ask our AI devices to give us more content. Content isn’t the problem; valuable content is. With all of this content, I find myself making a quick value judgement . I prefer written content over video content. I like to scan the article and pull out the bits I find interesting. ...
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It seems to me that members are very interested in learning about the cloud – hybrid, on-premises, public, private – the options go on.  What’s exciting is that members are now deploying their cloud strategy and carefully moving to a new compute platform.  If you’re not that far along, there’s no need to be concerned.  Making this move is something businesses need to evaluate on an individual basis.  Here are some thoughts to consider as you move to the cloud.   For this blog, I am defining the cloud as utilizing someone’s else compute.  I’ll assume we’ve all deployed on-premises cloud with your own equipment utilizing VMware, regardless of whether that’s ...
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Matt Heldstab is one of VMUG’s most active leaders. He has been instrumental in many VMUG projects such as EUC Explore, leading the v0dgeball team to a bronze medal in the 2017 VMworld tournament, and now Blogtober . So when Matt asked me to participate, I couldn’t say no. Many VMUG members blog, and it is a fantastic way to share your thoughts and ideas with the community. The community responds and produces conversation which leads to ideas which leads to action. This is tapping into the community. If you have heard me speak, you know I encourage everyone to tap into the community. You get out what you put in, and blogging is one way to give back. ...
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VMware Wants To Share … VMware updates to the VMUG Community   Each month, VMware Business Units provide information important to the VMUG community.       Please tell us where you are today with your vSphere client usage in this quick 2-question survey !   Hear how 3 companies are Growing Business with a Modernized Data Center: To meet today’s business demand for faster delivery of IT services, IT needs to evolve to a modern data center that is virtualized, software defined , and automated, with a consistent operational model for infrastructure and application delivery. Learn how three companies are approaching ...
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Cogratulations to all 2017 VMUG Service Awards winners!   PRESIDENT’S AWARD: Awarded to an individual who not only serves and supports their local VMUG community, but also supports the larger mission of the global VMUG organization, providing constructive feedback and helping to connect his/her local group  with the global community   2017 Winners: NORAM Brandon Seymour (Rochester, Syracuse, Capital District) Brandon wrote a blog about VMUG that brought a lot of exposure to the community. He’s applied best practices from the Rochester community to other area communities. Brandon is very active on social media ...
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