Hi everyone and welcome to this weeks newsletter. First I would like to mention that as next week is the 4th of July and a holiday weekend that there will be no newsletter as I take a break with some time off.

We are always trying to tweak the newsletter format as much as possible. I hope that the small changes that we make on a fiarly regular basis bake the newsletter easier and clearer to read. We always appreciate your feedback.

If you are a TAM customer please dont forget to discuss VMworld and TAM Day with your TAM and ensure that you are aware of the activities taking place specifically for our TAM customers this year.

I would like to wish everyone a happy 4th of July. See you again in 2 weeks.


Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Staff Technical Account Manager, Team Lead

San Francisco, CA




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vSphere Business Continuity Webcast

Next up in the vSphere 6 Webcast Series is the very important topic of business continuity. For many, business continuity equals business productivity and application downtime needs to be minimized or eliminated. Learn how vSphere 6 reduces downtime for applications and maximizes productivity for...

Jun 26, 2015 8:34:38 PM

Tuning ESXi for NFV Workloads

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) enables the efficiency and agility benefits that come from untethering network functions from proprietary appliances and moving them to a virtualized infrastructure running over hypervisors and COTS hardware. Enterprise IT departments have been realizing suc...

Jun 26, 2015 7:37:37 PM

3 Simple Steps for Benefits Realization throughout Your IT Transformation Program

By Keng Leong Choong An IT Transformation initiative to build a Software Defined Data Center or cloud does not end with the completion of technical delivery (i.e. deployment and migration to the new infrastructure and automation tools). Many organizations have invested huge sums on their IT trans...

Jun 25, 2015 10:27:43 PM

vSphere 6 Troubleshooting Questions Answered

The ViewPoint Webinar Series connects you directly with VMware’s own expert training team of VMware Certified Instructors (VCIs), making it easier to take full advantage of VMware products, from data center virtualization and hybrid cloud to software-defined data center. Our most recent webinar o...

Jun 25, 2015 4:07:31 PM

Updated version of the vMSC white paper for vSphere 6.0 available now!

One of the most popular white papers of the last couple of year has definitely been the vSphere Metro Storage Cluster best practices white paper (vMSC). Over the past 12 months we have received many emails asking if there were changes that needed to be taken in to account for vSphere 5.5. More re...

Jun 25, 2015 2:05:56 PM

Why All Levels of Managers SHOULD Go to VMworld – and Why You Should Want Your Manager There

    By Joe DePasquale “Too busy.” “More pressing matters.” “The engineers and admins will update me when they return.” We’ve all heard these reasons before. But this conference is not just for the techies. Yes, there is plenty to dive into, and if you are a techie you can go as deep as you want, ...

Jun 24, 2015 2:13:08 PM

Beyond BYOD: The Inevitability of Business Mobility

Beyond BYOD: The Inevitability of Business Mobility By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware Two news stories from the last year come to mind whenever I think of the ever-rising tide of business mobility. In the first one, an emergency physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, faced a critica...

Jun 24, 2015 1:12:27 PM

The "One Cloud, Any App, Any Device" Vision: An Interview with VMware’s Robin Matlock

Last month at EMC World 2015 in Las Vegas, SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier and Dave Vellante sat down with Robin Matlock, CMO of VMware, for a discussion about the state of the cloud, VMware’s latest initiatives (including Projects Photon and Lightwave), and how the “One Cloud, Any App, Any Device” v...

Jun 23, 2015 4:28:30 PM

AirWatch Training Class added to VMworld 2015 US Schedule

The schedule of training courses available the week before VMworld has expanded. The new course is an exclusive, partner-only offering of an AirWatch Boot Camp for a discounted price of just $2,500. This course comprises the three AirWatch technical training modules and prepares you to take the t...

Jun 23, 2015 3:36:56 PM

Introduction to the VMware Research Group

Dahlia Malkhi is a Principal Researcher with the newly formed VMware Research Group. She is an applied and foundational researcher in broad aspects of reliability and security in distributed systems. She joined VMware Research as a founding member in December 2014. Prior to that she worked at Mic...

Jun 23, 2015 3:25:39 PM

VMware on List of Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT - Again!

I was delighted to learn that VMware's IT organization has again been selected to the Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT 2015. This i s the second year VMware has been recognized by Computerworld for this distinction, and we moved up to an impressive #17 (from #26 last year in the large ...

Jun 23, 2015 5:35:32 AM

VMware Again on List of Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT!

By Bask Iyer, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, VMware I'm delighted to announce that VMware's IT organization has again been selected to the Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT 2015. Congratulations to all of the organizations that made this prestigious list! This is t...

Jun 22, 2015 4:27:38 PM

Congratulations to our 10 New VCDXs - Now there are 200+

VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) is the highest level of certification offered by VMware. VCDXs are part of an elite group of architects leading virtualization solution design and implementation around the world, and last week we welcomed ten new ones: Kevin Barrass, VCDX-NV #191 Larus Hjart...

Jun 22, 2015 3:34:39 PM

What a Motherboard Can Tell Us About the Future of Data Center Infrastructure

What's the correct answer to this question? Where did Intel decide to put the memory sockets on its latest motherboard - the 4-socket S4600LH2? If you're curious, you can see where the memory sockets are located here , but that's not the correct answer. The right answer is: Who Cares?!!! Long ago...

Jun 22, 2015 3:01:57 PM

ALERT: Support for Leap Seconds in VMware Products

The world’s next leap second adjustment is scheduled for 30th of June 2015 at 23:59:60 UTC. System administrators need to be aware that this may cause issues on NTP synchronized devices and operating systems. For information on Leap Second and its impact on VMware products, please review the KB a...

Jun 22, 2015 12:38:51 PM

KBTV Webinars - SSL certificate handling in VMware vSphere 6

Continuing on with our current series of KBTV Webinars, here we have the tenth webinar titled SSL certificate handling in VMware vSphere 6 and it goes through what has changed since the vSphere 5.5 product release and what is new in vSphere 6.

Jun 22, 2015 12:14:25 PM

Extending the Data Center with VMware AppCatalyst and Project Bonneville

By Kit Colbert, VP & CTO, Cloud-Native Apps at VMware The Cloud-Native Apps team at VMware is excited to announce two new tech previews today: VMware AppCatalyst and Project Bonneville. VMware AppCatalyst is an API- and CLI-driven hypervisor purpose-built for developer Project Bonneville is an ex...

Jun 22, 2015 12:00:30 PM

Capacity Management in SDDC – Part 9

If you land into this Part 9 directly, I'd recommend that you at least review from Part 5 first. If you want to review from the conceptual stage, then go to Part 1. This is a series of blog post on Capacity Management in SDDC. Network (all tiers) To recap, we need to create the […]

Jun 26, 2015 1:00:32 PM

Complex Apps

By Jeremy Wheeler From time to time we all come across that extremely complicated application that an organization needs packaged – and of course, it has a lot of moving parts. In this blog entry I will walk through a proven process that has worked successfully, unlike the typical packaging style...

Jun 25, 2015 2:23:27 PM

VMware CP&C releases PCI DSS 3.1 Compliance toolkit in VCM for VMware vSphere 6.0 and other platforms!

The VMware Center for Policy & Compliance (CP&C) team is pleased to announce the release of PCI DSS 3.1 compliance toolkits for VMware vSphere 6.0 and other platforms – Windows, *NIX, and VMware vSphere 5.5, 5.1 and 5.0 in VMware vCenter Configuration Manager ( VCM ). The toolkits consists of aut...

Jun 25, 2015 5:59:34 AM

DISA Certifies Level 2 DoD Mission Data on VMware vCloud Government Service

By: Angelos Kottas, Director of Product Marketing, Cloud, VMware Building on the foundation of the FedRAMP P-ATO certification, VMware and Carpathia announced that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), a combat support agency for the US government, has granted a Department of Defense (Do...

Jun 24, 2015 11:17:40 PM

Help is Here: Streamlining Cloud Deployments with the VMware vCloud Air Network

About 46 percent of IT executives say that cloud computing is most likely to increase IT’s reliance on outsourcers and managed service providers. The same number of executives also say that cloud computing is more likely to require restructuring departments than any other technology or trend. But...

Jun 24, 2015 4:00:26 PM

For IT Executives, Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery is Looking More and More Appealing

Businesses can’t afford downtime in the global market. It’s not just about lost productivity and revenue, it’s also about losing partner and customer trust. To keep downtime to a minimum and to preserve brand trust, IT executives are eyeing the power of cloud-based Disaster Recovery (DR). That’s ...

Jun 23, 2015 4:34:07 PM

A Stronger Case For Virtualizing Exchange Server 2013 - Think "Performance"

VMware is glad to see that the Microsoft Exchange Server (and Performance) teams appear to have identified the prevalent cause of performance-related issues in an Exchange Server 2013 infrastructure. We have been aware for several years that Microsoft's sizing recommendation for Exchange Server 2...

Jun 22, 2015 10:46:15 PM

VMware and Docker Deliver Greater Speeds through the Right Controls

This post was co-authored by Guido Appenzeller, CTSO of Networking and Security ( @appenz ), and Scott Lowe, Engineering Architect, Networking and Security Business Unit (@scott_lowe ) In today’s business environment, companies are being asked to go faster than ever before: faster time to market,...

Jun 22, 2015 5:00:37 PM

TOSCA Blueprints at vCloud Air

By: Paco Gómez This is a repost from Paco Gómez's personal blog. The VMware vCloud® Air™ Command Line Interface is a traditional solution for interactive, text-based operations, which allows scripting and lightweight automation. In this post I'm going to talk about another approach to automation ...

Jun 22, 2015 4:00:08 PM



Video: Enterprise mobility news recap: June 22-26

Thanks for tuning in today on the Weekly Recap of the AirWatch Blog. Today we will review recent announcements made at the VMware Business Mobility event, cover a possible $500 million e-commerce investment and highlight enterprise features from the announcements made at the Apple WWDC event. To ...

Jun 26, 2015 7:44:02 PM

What the enterprise needs to know about iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan

For the first time in iOS and OS X history, Apple announced at WWDC 2015 that it is launching a public beta of its newest platforms. Available in July, the public beta will provide users a sneak-peek of the updated software. At the “What’s New in Managing Apple Devices” session during WWDC, Todd ...

Jun 26, 2015 7:14:25 PM

Video: Recap of the Business Mobility Summit

By Morgan O’Leary and Maddie Cook At the Business Mobility Summit last week, VMware’s Pat Gelsinger, Sanjay Poonen, Noah Wasmer and Robin Matlock described the current mobility challenges, the most important technologies to the future of IT and VMware’s value in enabling business transformation t...

Jun 24, 2015 10:42:33 PM

Everything You Need to Get Up and Running with Mirage

By Alexander West, Technical Writer, End-User Computing, VMware Deployment and Design Considerations for VMware Mirage is hot off the presses. Written with a single goal in mind—to help you get up and running with Mirage—this brand-new white paper boils down a complex deployment process into two ...

Jun 24, 2015 10:03:28 PM

Need More VDI? Look to the Cloud.

by Josue Fontanez, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon Air If yours is one of many companies with virtual desktop deployments, I probably don’t have to sing its praises. You already know how easy it is to manage virtual desktops from a central location, and the money that can be saved by ...

Jun 24, 2015 4:00:55 PM

Estimating Value in End-User Computing

By Brian Gammage, Chief Market Technologist, End-User Computing, VMware The last few years have seen a major shift in the way organizations plan, select and deploy technology capabilities to their workers. The range of choice has expanded at every level; in devices, applications, ways of working,...

Jun 24, 2015 3:00:29 PM

Horizon FLEX 1.5 now shipping!

By Andy Morris, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon FLEX, End-User Computing, VMware Andy here again. I'm delighted to announce that Horizon FLEX 1.5 is now shipping. This update is huge. We've got server side improvements, client side improvements, probably even improvements in the bit t...

Jun 24, 2015 1:00:10 PM

Need More VDI? Look to the Cloud. New Blog from the Horizon Air Team

If yours is one of many companies with virtual desktop deployments, I probably don’t have to sing its praises. You already know how easy it is to manage virtual desktops from a central location, and the money that can be saved by extending the life of aging PCs by using them to access corporate a...

Jun 24, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Video: Wandera brings granular security to enterprise

To keep mobile devices safe, AirWatch and Wandera agree that granular control is paramount. Wandera is a mobile security platform that provides malware threat control and cellular data management for enterprises. At AirWatch Connect Barcelona 2015, Will Fisher, enterprise sales manager at Wandera...

Jun 23, 2015 7:57:50 PM

VMware App Volumes and Microsoft Office, Part 1: Choosing the Correct Office Version

By Denis Gundarev, Application Solutions Architect, App Volumes R&D, VMware This article is the first in a series of blog posts about using Microsoft Office with VMware App Volumes . Microsoft Office is one of the most popular application suites deployed on Windows enterprise desktops. Microsoft ...

Jun 23, 2015 7:15:32 PM

Horizon FLEX 1.5 now shipping

Horizon FLEX 1.5 Andy here again. I'm delighted to announce that Horizon FLEX 1.5 is now shipping. This update is huge. We've got server side improvements, client side improvements, probably even improvements in the bit that connects the two! Sorry, I'll try and be serious, this is after all a ve...

Jun 23, 2015 2:00:38 PM

Faster performance, new platform support, and more in VMware Mirage 5.4 – now available!

By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware I’m delighted to announce the general availability of VMware Mirage 5.4! This is the second release of Mirage this year and includes many enhancements that our customers have been asking for. Feel free to download the latest bits fro...

Jun 23, 2015 2:00:06 PM

Making NSX for Horizon 6 More Approachable

By Tristan Todd, Architect, End-User Computing, VMware I love riding bikes! For years I have served as my own bike mechanic. And for about the last 10 years I have hand-built my own bicycle wheels. I do this because I like to choose my parts, I like the quality of the finished product, and I like...

Jun 23, 2015 12:55:23 AM

AirWatch and Saaswedo team up for real time enterprise telecom expense management

Saaswedo is a telecom expense management software that specialises in the tracking, mediation and collection of telecom expenses for enterprise mobility clients. With access to 27 international carriers, the SaaS-based company monitors telecom and mobile data usage for 10,000 international enterp...

Jun 22, 2015 9:01:09 PM


SV Competency Updated with vSphere & vSphere with Operations Management V6

Update or obtain your accreditation today. The Server Virtualization (SV) Solution Competency has been updated to the latest product release (V6) to enable and rewards partners for their demonstrated ability in virtualizing server environments and providing insight into IT capacity and performance.

Jun 26, 2015 4:36:26 PM

Creating a Hybrid Infrastructure with VMware and HP

Your customers are challenged to deliver the responsive services their customers and employees demand. VMware and HP hybrid infrastructures help them modernize, converge, hyper-converge, and even reach for the cloud when they are ready. This new solution brief explains the steps on the journey an...

Jun 25, 2015 11:04:16 PM

Learn About Emerging Demand Creation Technologies for Direct/Indirect Models - July 14th

Register now and join us on July 14 at 9:30AM PDT for a Marketing vmLIVE. SiriusDecisions, a leading research and advisory firm, will present real-life examples of how companies are employing new technologies that offer better insights into data, greater capabilities to drive buyer engagement, an...

Jun 24, 2015 4:49:08 PM

The VMworld 2015 Content Catalog Is At Your Service

Consider the VMworld 2015 Content Catalog your sneak peek into the event that is sure to blow your technical socks off. Browse through the site and decide which breakout sessions, labs, boot camps, group discussions, quick talks and expert speakers you would like to add to your conference agenda....

Jun 24, 2015 3:08:04 PM

New Social Marketing Offerings via Partner Demand Center - Marketing Services Store

The Partner Demand Center now offers new social marketing offerings from Channel Maven Consulting in the North America Marketing Services Store - see below. Semi-custom social marketing: Get expert help in mastering content creation to create blogs, case studies, or video scripts using pre-define...

Jun 24, 2015 1:10:15 AM

Several VMware Certified Associate (VCA) 6 Accreditations - Now Available

• VCA 6 – Cloud Management and Automation • VCA 6 – Hybrid Cloud • VCA 6 – Network Virtualization • VCA 6 – Data Center Virtualization • VCA 6 – Desktop and Mobility

Jun 22, 2015 1:00:59 PM



NSX Firewall Demo

Default firewall settings apply to traffic that does not match any of the user-defined firewall rules. The default Edge firewall policy blocks all incoming traffic. You can change the default action and logging settings. You can add an NSX Edge firewall rule for traffic flowing from or to an NSX ...

Jun 28, 2015 9:49:00 AM

Ansible Up & Running – A Book Review

Just over a month ago, I purchased a paperback copy of Lorin Hochstein’s Ansible Up & Running book from O’Reilly. Encouragement from Matt Oswalt’s Network Automation With Ansible and Python workshop is to blame, as it gave me the bug to go deeper with Ansible. While Matt was able to provide an ex...

Jun 27, 2015 2:20:41 PM

My VMworld 2015 (#STO4572, #STO6228, #HOL1608)

Is it just me, or does VMworld seem to come around quicker these days? Anyway, it great to have a couple of sessions in again this year, and yes – you guessed it, these are VSAN sessions once again. STO4572 – Successful Virtual SAN Evaluation/Proof-Of-Concepts This is an update on last year’s VSA...

Jun 26, 2015 1:00:42 PM

EVO:RAIL – Under The Covers – What happens when EVO:RAIL Configures (Part 1)

One of the things EVO:RAIL excels at is automating stuff. As you might know EVO:RAIL automates the deployment of VMware ESXi, vCenter, Log Insight as well as carrying out many countless configuration steps that allow for a VMware High Availability (HA), Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and VS...

Jun 26, 2015 9:56:43 AM

Free e-learning course - EVO:RAIL Fundamentals

This free eLearning course on EVO:RAIL provides an overview on EVO:RAIL and explains its features and benefits. The course will also describe the deployment, configuration, and management of EVO:RAIL in a software-defined data center (SDDC). Objectives, at the end of this course, you should be ab...

Jun 26, 2015 9:39:00 AM

Quick Tip - Determining the vCenter Server OS platform (Windows or VCSA) using vSphere API

The vSphere API is an extensively rich interface for being able to extract all sorts of useful information about your vSphere infrastructure. One useful trick that may come in handy for those requiring to perform operations directly against the vCenter Server guestOS itself is to figure out wheth...

Jun 25, 2015 5:17:52 PM

VLAN Trunking with Cumulus Linux

Following up on my earlier post on Cumulus Linux networking concepts , I wanted to build on that information with a guide on configuring VLAN trunking. This would be useful in a number of different scenarios: supporting multiple (VLAN-backed) port groups on vSphere hosts, or connecting an Open vS...

Jun 25, 2015 4:55:00 PM

Changes in the Wind, Startup Edition

One thing I really love about working in the field of technology is the rapid amount of change . This term covers a wide canvas – changes in how businesses consume technology, the solutions that vendors and manufacturers bring to market, and the skills needed to drive an organization forward. The...

Jun 25, 2015 2:35:54 PM

Virtual SAN enabling PeaSoup to simplify cloud

Advertise here with BSA This week I had the pleasure of talking to fellow dutchy Harold Buter . Harold is the CTO for Peasoup and we had a lively discussion about Virtual SAN and why Peasoup decided to incorporate Virtual SAN in their architecture , w hat struck me was the fact that Peasoup Hosti...

Jun 25, 2015 12:02:46 PM

PernixData announcements at #VFD5

Advertise here with BSA Today PernixData presented at Virtualization Field Day 5 . Excellent presentation by Satyam once again. This week I was fortunate to catch up with Frank Denneman to discuss what was going to be announced and what can be expected in the near future. I want to make it clear ...

Jun 24, 2015 10:34:17 PM

vRealize Operations for Horizon Technical Overview

Jim Yanik, End-User Computing Architect at VMware, presents a technical overview of VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon.

Jun 24, 2015 6:16:00 PM

DockerCon Vendor Briefings

At DockerCon 2015 in San Francisco, I had the opportunity to meet with a few vendors in the Docker ecosystem. Here are some notes from my vendor briefings. StackEngine StackEngine describes themselves as enterprise-grade container application management. They tout features like being able to comp...

Jun 24, 2015 5:15:00 PM

Video - vSphere Network I/O Control Version 3

vSphere network I/O control version 3, available in vSphere 6.0, offers granular network resource reservation and allocation across the entire switch.

Jun 24, 2015 10:25:00 AM

VMware Virtual SAN 6.0 Proof of Concept Guide

VMware customers love the simplicity, performance, and integration of VMware Virtual SAN since its launch. Most customers choose to evaluate Virtual SAN before using it for production – always a good idea. VMware has made a list of issues occasionally encountered as people go through this process...

Jun 24, 2015 8:06:00 AM

Quickly getting started with VMware AppCatalyst & AppCatalyst Vagrant Plugin

At Dockercon this week, the Cloud-Native Apps team at VMware introduced two new Tech Previews: VMware AppCatalyst and Project Bonneville. In addition, I also found out today that Fabio Rapposelli who works over in the CNA team has also released a Vagrant Plugin for VMware Catalyst as well. Having...

Jun 24, 2015 3:06:55 AM

Liveblog: Scaling New Services

This is a liveblog for the DockerCon 2015 session titled “Scaling New Services: From Container Creation to Automated Deployments”. This session is being led by the Disney Systems Engineering team and will feature a discussion/demo involving Docker, Mesos, Chef, Consul, and HAProxy. The session st...

Jun 23, 2015 11:25:00 PM

Liveblog: DockerCon 2015 Day 2 General Session

This is a liveblog from the day 2 general session at DockerCon 2015. I was running late from some early morning meetings (sorry folks), so I wasn’t able to catch the first part of the general session (about the first 15 minutes or so). Here’s what I was able to capture. Chris Buckley, Director of...

Jun 23, 2015 6:45:00 PM

Hope to see you at VMworld 2015

The VMworld 2015 Content Catalog just went live this morning and I am please to announce that I have two sessions that were accepted at both VMworld US and Europe. The first session will be a Technical Deep Dive on our new Content Library feature which was introduced in vSphere 6.0 and I will be […]

Jun 23, 2015 5:46:10 PM

Say Howdy at VMworld 2015 in These Upcoming Sessions

It’s that time of year again – VMworld approaches! Once again, I’ll be making the hike out west to get my geek on. If you’re out there, make sure to say howdy (because I live in Austin) and snag a sticker from me. I’ll also be presenting in the sessions listed below, and I hear that Pluralsight w...

Jun 23, 2015 1:55:17 PM

New Book - vRealize Operations 6 Administrator's Companion: Performance Monitoring Capacity Planning Right-Sizing

vRealize Operations is the ultrasound of your datacenter. Without proactive monitoring tools, we can only analyze what is on the surface, which means we typically respond to IT system issues only after there is a major incident. When we have vRealize Operations, it gives us a set of tools that he...

Jun 23, 2015 1:16:00 PM

Container Persistence Part 3: Can I have the “easy button please”?

DockerCon is going on monday/tuesday – and no better time to put out some new great tools for people using Containers. This will be a 3 part post – and timed intentionally with DockerCon.  Why?    Well – containers are indeed the buzz du jour, and while the ecosystem is still very vibrant (far fr...

Jun 23, 2015 11:08:15 AM

Container Persistence Part 2: State of the Art of Transactional Systems

DockerCon is going on today and tomorrow – and no better time to put out some new great tools for people using Containers. This will be a 3 part post – and timed intentionally with DockerCon.  Why?    Well – containers are indeed the buzz du jour, and while the ecosystem is still very vibrant (fa...

Jun 23, 2015 8:46:12 AM

Liveblog: Docker Networking

This is a liveblog of the Docker Networking breakout session. This session is led by Madhu Venugopal and Jana Radhakrishnan, both formerly of Socketplane (and now with Docker following the acquisition). They are introduced by John Willis, also formerly of Socketplane and well-known within the Dev...

Jun 22, 2015 11:30:00 PM

Liveblog: Secret Session (Docker Plugins)

This is the “Top Secret Docker Session led by Gordon the Turtle,” which is really a session on Docker Plugins. However, since Docker Plugins were only announced this morning during the general session, the title for this session had to be obscured. On stage are ClusterHQ (Luke Marsden), Glider La...

Jun 22, 2015 11:20:00 PM

Liveblog: Resilient Routing and Discovery

This is a liveblog of the DockerCon 2015 session on resilient routing and discovery, part of the “Advanced Tech” track. Simon Eskilden ( @Sirupsen on Twitter) from Shopify is the speaker for this session. Not surprisingly (you’d understand this if you walked Eskilden’s presentation from DockerCon...

Jun 22, 2015 11:00:00 PM

Liveblog: DockerCon 2015 Day 1 General Session

This is a liveblog for the day 1 general session at DockerCon 2015, taking place this week (today and tomorrow, anyway) at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, CA. This is my first DockerCon, and I’m looking forward to picking up lots of new knowledge. The general session starts with a video (c...

Jun 22, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Using latest PowerActions 1.5.0 to issue VMFS UNMAP API in vSphere 6.0 Web Client

Last week, the popular PowerActions Fling was updated to version 1.5.0 which now finally adds support for vSphere 6.0. PowerActions is a vSphere Web Client Plugin that allows administrators to easily execute PowerCLI scripts against inventory objects within the vSphere Web Client. This is a very ...

Jun 22, 2015 6:11:18 PM

EVO:RAIL Introduces support for Enhanced vMotion Compatibility

It’s my pleasure to say that EVO:RAIL 1.2 has been released with a number of enhancements. In case you don’t know there have been a number of maintenance releases (1.0.1 and 1.0.2 and 1.1) that shipped at the end of last year, and beginning of this. The 1.1 release rolls up all the changes previo...

Jun 22, 2015 4:29:51 PM

A Plethora of Customer Interaction at Nutanix .NEXT 2015

That rowdy hyperconverged startup, Nutanix, recently held .NEXT Conference , their inaugural customer event in Miami. I’ve been watching this space for a number of years, having first witnessed Nutanix at Tech Field Day 8 back in 2011. More recently, I gave a presentation at Interop entitled A No...

Jun 22, 2015 2:20:06 PM

VMware NSX Brownfield Deployment Guide

VMware NSX-v network virtualization solution addresses current challenges with physical network infrastructure and brings flexibility, agility and scale through VXLAN-based logical networks. Along with the ability to create on-demand logical networks using VXLAN, the NSX Edge Services Gateway hel...

Jun 22, 2015 9:18:00 AM

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.0 available for dowload

vCenter Converter supports many source physical machines, including Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Server and Linux. It also supports third-party disk images from Microsoft Hyper-V, Virtual Server and Virtual PC; Parallels Desktop; Symantec System Recovery; Norton Ghost; Acronis and StorageCra...

Jun 22, 2015 8:42:00 AM

Container Persistence Part 1: State of the Art of Object Stores

[updated June 24th, 11:10am ET – minor typo fixes, one technical catch, fixed links] DockerCon is going on today and tomorrow – and no better time to put out some new great tools for people using Containers. This will be a 3 part post – and timed intentionally with DockerCon.  Why?    Well – cont...

Jun 22, 2015 8:17:43 AM


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  • On-Demand: vCenter Server (vSphere 6)
  • On-Demand: vSphere Security (vSphere 6)
  • On-Demand: Examining your Security Posture in the Software-Defined Data Center
  • On-Demand: What’s New with vSphere and Operations Management 6
  • On-Demand: New Video from HP Discover: VMware and HP’s Global Innovation Center
  • On-Demand: VMware vForum Online Spring 2015
  • On-Demand: The Software-Defined Data Center: the Future of IT
  • On-Demand: A Practical Roadmap to Moving Beyond Server Virtualization
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    • On-Demand: Using vRealize Automation and NSX to Deploy and Secure Multi-tiered Applications
    • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Cloud Business Management (vRealize Business)
    • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Integrate with Anything
    • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: Introduction to Customization and Extending
    • On-Demand: Getting More Out of vRealize Automation: 6.2 Installation and Configuration
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    • On-Demand: Four Ways to Maximize the Value of VMware vRealize Operations Manager
    • On-Demand: Take Virtualization to the Next Level with vSphere with Operations Management
    • On-Demand: Take control of your vSphere environment with Operations Management
    • VIDEOS: 50 new vRealize Operations 6 videos available on the vR Ops product website (on the Resources tab), covering Key Concepts, Use Cases, Installation, Analytics Badges, and How To & Tech Tips.
      • NEW: VMware Center for Policy & Compliance released PCI DSS 3.1 for VMware vSphere 6 compliance toolkit.  It’s announced here.
      • NEW: Learn how to generate Log Insight agent configurations with liagentify here.
      • NEW: Log Insight: From stand-alone to cluster can be found here.
      • There is a new Health Monitoring tool for vRealize Suite deployments called vRealize Production Test.  This is an add-on component to the vRealize Suite that ensures the operational status of vRealize Suite deployments from their initial deployment stages to ongoing Production Testing.  Emphasis was placed on vRA and vR Ops.  Get latest version 1.1 here. Read more about it here
    • On-Demand: 5 Ways Cloud Automation Drives Greater Cost and Operational Transparency – Led by Kevin Lees, VMware Principal Architect and Lead Architect for Global IT Operations Transformation.
      • This infographic shows how automating private cloud infrastructure management can improve the efficiency of cloud operations, resource management, accelerated virtualization, and deliver enormous CapEx and OpEx savings.
    • On-Demand: Using vRealize Automation and NSX to Deploy and Secure Multi-tiered Applications
    • On-Demand: VMware NSX for Horizon (video series)
    • On-Demand: Learn how NSX delivers a comprehensive security approach for Horizon environments
    • On-Demand: Introduction to NSX
    • On-Demand: VMware NSX – Technical Overview
    • On-Demand: Listen to Martin Casado explain NSX and Microsegmentation
    • On-Demand: A 3-minute summary of NSX and Microsegmentation
    • On-Demand: NSX Distributed Firewall Deep Dive
    • Every other Tuesday, 1pm EST: VMware NSX. Learn how VMware has applied the industry’s leading virtualization operating model to the network through this bi-weekly webinar.
      • Product walk-through demo on NSX can be found here.
      • There are security threats imminent for customers who will not migrate off of Windows 2003 by mid-July, when support ends.  Read more here.  You can use NSX help you through this transition.
    • On-Demand: vSphere 6.0: All Things Storage! (led by Cormac Hogan)
    • On-Demand: Lower Storage Costs with VMware Virtual SAN
    • On-Demand: VMware Virtual Volumes and their Impact on the Datacenter
    • On-Demand: Managing Storage Policies with VMware Virtual SAN
    • On-Demand: What’s All the Buzz about Software-Defined Storage? (Learn about Virtual SAN 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes)
    • On-Demand: What’s New in Virtual SAN v6.0 – Seeing What’s New in Storage
    • On-Demand: Overcoming Performance Limitations with Dell Flash Storage
      • Try out Virtual SAN 6 for free here.
      • Hands On Lab: "What’s New in Virtual SAN 6?"  Click here!
      • Learn about Virtual Volumes here, from Rawlinson Rivera, Principal Architect.
    Disaster Recovery:
    • On-Demand: Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery in Action
    • On-Demand: Technical Demo: What’s New with vCloud Air Disaster Recovery
    • On-Demand: Not Your Grandfather’s Data Protection
      • New Disaster Recovery Tutorial Series that covers various areas of how you might set up VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery here.
      • 60% of businesses don’t have a DR plan in place.  Learn why industry adoption is on the rise here.
      • The VMware Feature Walk-Through site has content covering the vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Service.  Watch it here.  (Read more about this new vCloud Air DRaaS offering here.)
    • On-Demand: IT Security does not have to End where the Public Cloud Begins
    • On-Demand: Check out VMware and Fujitsu joint solutions that bring a “Hybrid IT” model to optimize the cloud and support innovation and growth.
    • On-Demand: Build Development and Testing Environments on VMware vCloud Air
    • On-Demand: Set Your Cloud Agenda with VMware vCloud Air
    • On-Demand: Scale Your Mobile App Development on vCloud Air
      • Learn about VMware’s “One Cloud. Any Application. Any Device” value proposition here.
    • NEW: On-Demand: Tips and Tricks for Building a Mobile Secure Workspace with VMware Horizon
    • On-Demand: Business Mobility: Enabling Business Process Innovation with Mobile-First Strategies (hosted by CEO Pat Gelsinger and EVP Sanjay Poonen).  In this announcement, these were highlighted:
      • Further commitment to Apple and iOS support
      • VMware Identity Manager - one–touch access to apps from any device.
      • Growing industry support for ACE (App Configuration for Enterprise)
      • Split-Billing solution with AT&T
      • AirWatch integrated with NSX
    • On-Demand: VMware NSX for Horizon (video series)
    • On-Demand: Deliver High-Performance Graphically-Accelerated VDI
    • On-Demand: Extend the Benefits of Workspace Environment Management to Virtual Desktops and Apps Using VMware App Volumes, UEM, vRealize Ops and More
    • On-Demand: Learn how NSX delivers a comprehensive security approach for Horizon environments
    • On-Demand: VMware Horizon: Transforming Desktop and Application Delivery and Management
    • On-Demand: Accelerate Your Desktop Transformation Strategy: Six New Additions to Horizon 6
      • Visit The Bridge by VMware here for the latest Business Mobility thought leadership content, including new interactive vertical story graphs showcasing Business Mobility Transformation in Education, Healthcare, Finance, Government, and Retail.
      • Have you heard about the new VMware User Environment Manager (UEM), which offers personalization and dynamic policy configuration across any virtual, physical, and cloud-based environment?  Read more about it here.
    • On-Demand: Webinar on Troubleshooting  VMware vSphere [V5.5], covering SSL certificates, networking, storage, VMware vCenter SSO, and more.  Read more about it here.
      • Learn about how a TAM views Troubleshooting 101 for Server Ops here.
    Scheduled Webinar Events:Jun 29: Cloud Security Best Practices with the SANS Institute: Securely Transition to the Cloud – Increase Agility & Reduce RiskJun 30: Business Continuity  (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jul 7: PowerCLI  (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jul 8: vRealize Operations v6.0: Installation, Sizing, and Migration (Getting More out of vRealize Operations 6.0 Webinar Series)Jul 14: Web Client  (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jul 21: vSphere 6 Performance  (vSphere 6 Webcast)Jul 23: 5 Ways Cloud Automation Drives Greater Cost and Operational Transparency  (TAM Customer Webcast Series)  (Link forthcoming)Jul 28: Virtual Volumes and Storage Policy-Based Management (vSphere 6 Webcast)Aug 11: vCenter Server Availability (vSphere 6 Webcast) Aug 30-Sep 3: VMworld 2015
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      • Training Discount: You can maximize savings on training classes by signing up for pre-conference training courses or discounted self-paced courses during VMworld registration. Get more details here.  View more on PearsonVue’s site here.
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    • FREE VMware Integrated OpenStack training is here.
    • Here’s an online tool to help you simulate what would happen with HA during a host failure situation.
    • VMware is streamlining cloud-native application development and deployment with two new technology previews of AppCatalyst and Project Bonneville (a solution for running Docker containers).  Read more here.
    • VMworld: Learn here why all levels of management should go to VMworld, and why you should want your own manager there.
    • New Book: Mastering VMware vSphere 6 – click here
    • Learn about using the latest PowerActions 1.5 to issue VMFS UNMAP using the vSphere APIhere.
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