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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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The change with VMUG you might have noticed and why it’s even cooler than you think…   If you go to any of the larger VMUG events (UserCon’s / SuperCon’s / etc.) this year you might have noticed a few changes. The VMware and sponsor content are still as engaging as ever but the community tracks have changed and in a very positive way. Community tracks are normally very popular but are often limited to where the community speaker is located. This means a community speaker in the mid-west often would only speak at a few events in the region due to travel costs. Years past this often-left great community sessions being silo’d to certain regions but this year ...
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VMware Wants To Share for June VMware upda tes 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. It's Time to Upgrade With the end of general support of vSphere 5.5 coming in September, VMware and VMUG urge VMware users to upgrade to vSpere 6.5 or above in order to drive their technology and cloud vision forward. VMware has partnered with VMUG to offer technical workshops in cities near you and also a webcast series for all. vSphere 6.7 is ...
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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. Life Lessons in Leadership Pat Gelsinger published a LinkedIn piece on leadership lessons and the foundation of a strong company culture. In the article, Pat discusses his thoughts on what it takes to be a good leader – with emphasis on listening and learning from your coworkers. Read More Health Care Innovation: Harnessing New Technologies To Benefit ...
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Duncan Epping on VMUG History, VMware, and Expectations for the June Virtual Event. VMUG interviews Duncan Epping, Chief Technologist for VMware’s Office of CTO of the Storage and Availability business unit and keynote speaker for the upcoming VMUG June Virtual event. Duncan shares with us his history with VMUG and what is unique about his upcoming keynote address during the Virtual Event. How long have you been a VMUG member? I have been a member of VMUG for the longest time, and to be honest I can't even recall when I first visited the VMUG in the Netherlands, but it must be roughly 10 years. The Netherlands already had a decent sized VMUG event ...
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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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