Eye on VMware 04/10/2017


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Last week I was out in Boston, MA and New Jersey enabling our partners on a multitude of solutions mostly focusing on: NSX, vSAN/HCI. We also had our local NSX Enterprise SE from New York City, Steve Sacchi joined us in delivering a NSX session to a security team.

This past week VMware announced the End of Availability of vSphere Data Protection. In response to customer feedback, VMware is helping consolidate backup and recovery solution, a major pain point for many today. Moving forward after vSphere 6.5, our focus will be on Storage APIs – Data Protection to further strengthen the vSphere backup partner ecosystem providing you with a choice of solution providers. More details here.

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Now for a Summary of VMware News Update from this past week.

Sales News:

  • VMware Cloud Foundation Overviewdownload (14)VMware Cloud Foundation is the unified SDDC platform that brings together vSphere, vSAN and NSX into a natively integrated stack to deliver enterprise-ready cloud infrastructure for the private and public cloud.
  • Cisco’s reported move to sell OS software appears to be a pragmatic response to big threats [thestreet.com] – As hard as Cisco Systems (CSCO) is trying to become less dependent on its mainstay switching and routing franchises and grow its software/services exposure, these businesses still accounted for 60% of the company’s products (hardware and software) revenue last quarter. “Enterprise white-box adoption is still in its early stages, but the trend could pick up thanks to the adoption of third-party SDN platforms such as VMware’s (VMW) NSX. NSX moves much of a network’s intelligence to controller software, thus making it easier for a company lacking the technical resources of a Google or Amazon to use commodity switches. VMware reported in January NSX is now on a $1 billion annual bookings run rate. And on the carrier side, Google recently announced it will help mobile carriers adopt SDN and other networking technologies it has deployed in its data centers.”
  • After using both NSX and ACI, engineer says VMware wins his vote [searchsdn.techtarget.com] – Sugar Creek Packing Co. sidestepped the NSX vs. ACI debate and deployed both. Now, a senior network engineer shares which technology he would recommend to enterprises.
  • Software-Defined Networking Pioneer Martin Casado Looks Back, Forwarddownload (13)
    [www.eweek.com] – Nicira founder Martin Casado talks about where software-defined networking is going and how far the Open Networking Summit has come.
  • American Red Cross Portal Simplifies Access & Management for VDI, RDS, Legacy & Cloud Appsdownload (12)Learn how your business can simplify app and access management at http://www.vmware.com/it-priorities/empower-digital-workspace.html American Red Cross workers and volunteers are constantly on the go, and traditional computer systems couldn’t adapt to the needs of a modern workforce. IT staff developed the American Red Cross Virtual Workplace, a digital workspace solution that delivers a consumer-simple experience with enterprise-class security. Volunteers and employees now can use the devices of their choice to easily access apps and data from anywhere at any time. Read More
  • Cap and Gown: VMware NSX and the University of New Hampshire download (11)[vmware.com/radius] – The University of New Hampshire (UNH), founded in 1866, is the flagship of the university system in New Hampshire. With more than 15,000 students spread across 11 colleges and three campuses, it is also the largest university in the state. In 2015, faced with rising maintenance and operating costs, UNH decided to modernize its data centers by virtualizing its network with VMware NSX®. As Matt Connors, the university’s VMware systems engineer, explains, “Technology is an ever-expanding role for us at UNH. The software-defined data center was the next logical step.”
  • Missed IBM InterConnect? Here are 3 key VMware highlights from Las Vegas [blogs.vmware.com/vcloud] – This year, VMware sponsored IBM InterConnect in Las Vegas as a Gold Sponsor. From the showroom floor to breakout sessions, the VMware presence throughout the week was strong. If you weren’t able to attend, here are a few key highlights from the event.
  • VMware’s Chief Research Officer Believes Explainable AI Will Be the Future [aibusiness.com] – We had the opportunity to talk to VMware’s chief research officer, David Tennenhouse, about his views on artificial intelligence, how it is being used within VMware and how the new technology is helping customers engaged in digital transformation.
  • Connected Vehicles: the Internet of Things from the Car to the Cloud – The future of connected vehicles and enhanced driving experiences is here today. With millions of connected vehicles on the road, a new method is needed to monitor the vehicles remotely and provide a way for vehicle manufacturers to deploy software updates over-the-air. VMware provides an end-to-end solution for monitoring, managing and securing IoT systems – from car to the cloud.
  • Smart Cities: Better Places to Live – A smart city uses information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance its livability, workability, security and sustainability. The variety of connected devices in a smart city will be very difficult to manage using multiple proprietary solutions. VMware provides an end-to-end solution for managing, monitoring and securing all the connected devices in a smart city, from sensors and IoT edge systems to the cloud.
  • Sorry Windows, Android is now the most popular end-user operating system [zdnet.com] – For decades, the answer to the question “What’s the most popular operating system?” was Windows. You may not have liked it, but macOS, OS/2, Linux, you name it, couldn’t knock it off its pedestal. But, then along came smartphones and tablets, and PCs started their long sales decline. In March 2017, by web-analytics company StatCounter’s reckoning, Android became more popular than Windows.

Technical News:

  • Developer-Ready Infrastructure with Pivotal Cloud Foundry and VMware NSX download (17)[content.pivotal.io] – Pivotal Cloud Foundry and VMware are powering a resurgence of the enterprise data center. Here’s a look at how PCF and VMware NSX combine to deliver “developer-ready infrastructure.”
  • Identifying controllers and drivers for vSAN [justait.net] – One of the critical components on a vSAN environment is it’s I/O controller’s and flash drivers and firmwares, VMware provides two sets of guidelines, one for general purpose and one specific for vSAN purpose, and they are NOT mandatorily the same.
  • Project USB to SDDC – Part 1 [virtuallyghetto.com] – download (15)A couple of weeks back, Alan Renouf and I co-presented at the Sydney and Melbourne VMUG UserCon, here are some great write-ups about the events here and here. We were very honored to have been invited out and to also deliever the closing keynote. Having traveled halfway around the world, we thought it was only fitting to share something really special.
  • VMFS vs. RDM – Fight! [vsphere-land.com] – download (10)The question often comes up, when should I use Raw Device Mappings (RDMs) instead of traditional VMFS/VMDK virtual disks. The answer for this usually is, always use VMFS unless you fit into specific use cases. An RDM is raw LUN that is presented directly to a VM instead of creating a traditional virtual disk on a VMFS datastore. Because a VM is directly accessing a LUN there is a natural tendency to think that a RDM would provide better performance as a VM is reading/writing directly to a LUN and not having to deal with the overhead of the VMFS file system. While you might think that, it’s not the case.. Read More
  • vCNS to NSX Upgrade Guide [vwud.net] -I have put together a short guide on how to upgrade from vCNS to NSX please find inks to each section below. Pre-Upgrade Tasks vCNS Manager to NSX Manager Upgrade Host Preparation Tasks vShield Edges to NSX Edges Upgrade Tasks vShield Endpoints to NSX Guest Introspection Upgrade Tasks Post Upgrade Tasks
  • MicroSegmentation of Applications using Application Rule Manager [blogs.vmware.com/networkvirtualization] – “Micro-Segmentation provides a way to build a zero-trust network – where all networks, perimeters and application are inherently untrusted.” – declared Forrester Consulting in 2015 with their white paper Leveraging Micro-Segmentation to build zero-trust model. The last mile in creating a truly zero-trust network implies not trusting each application and also tiers within an application (Figure 1). To complete the last mile, network, security and risk professionals are increasingly looking for tools to understand application communication patterns and providing access controls to them. With version 6.3.0, NSX has unveiled 2 new tools, namely, Application Rule Manager (ARM) and Endpoint Monitoring (EM), to help professionals understand…Read More
  • download (16)VMware Horizon 7.1 Technical Overview
    As an introduction to the technical advancements in Horizon 7.1, this video will review the technical and logical architecture of Horizon, as well as the main components.

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