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What’s New in vSphere 5.5 Update 3b

SSLv3 Protocol Disabled by Default Background Across the industry, enterprise software products and solutions are dropping use of and support for the SSLv3 protocol. The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) officially deprecated the SSLv3 protocol in RFC 7568 due to its obsolescence and inheren...

Dec 11, 2015 4:35:51 PM

SSLv3 Protocol Disabled by Default in vSphere 5.5 Update 3b

Background Why has the SSLv3 protocol been disabled by default in vSphere 5.5 Update 3b? Across the industry, enterprise software products and solutions are dropping use of and support for the SSLv3 protocol. The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) officially deprecated the SSLv3 protocol in R...

Dec 11, 2015 4:27:44 PM

Network Virtualization: Mainstream in 2015, Expanding Reach in 2016

Once again it’s time to look back on the last year, see what happened in our industry, and try to make some predictions for the coming year. Let’s start by seeing how last year’s predictions fared. One of my main points last year was that 2015 would be a year of operationalization and production ...

Dec 11, 2015 2:00:22 PM

VCIX6 Certification Announcement: Part 2 of 3 (Updates to Certification Structure and Paths)

Since we first started rolling out the first v6 certifications we’ve been asking a lot of questions about the new structure. Based upon the feedback that we have received from you we have decided to update the structure of our advanced credentials. These updates are as follows: We had originally ...

Dec 10, 2015 7:06:20 PM

Top 20 VMware Fusion and Workstation KBs for November 2015

Downloading and Installing VMware Fusion Installing VMware Tools in a Fusion virtual machine running Windows Installing Windows in a virtual machine using VMware Fusion Easy Install Upgrading to Windows 10 using Software Update in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 virtual machines fail with the error: ...

Dec 10, 2015 5:58:21 PM

VCIX6 Certification Announcement: Part 1 of 3 (New Certifications Coming Soon!)

Many of you have been awaiting the announcement of the availability of our advanced v6 certifications. Over the next few days we will have three posts (including this one) that will give you all of the information that you need to get started with your preparation and planning. We have been worki...

Dec 9, 2015 6:06:29 PM

Code Stream: Bridging the Gap Between Development and Operations

By Kelly Dare When our customers start automating their infrastructure, some of the first internal customers or users of their automation tools are almost always the software developers in their organization. Infrastructure-as-a-Service and software developers are a natural fit, since software de...

Dec 9, 2015 5:53:49 PM

Top Questions from Our Recent Horizon 6 View 6.2 Webinar

A few weeks ago we offered a free webinar on Horizon 6 View 6.2 Features and Basic Troubleshooting based on the very popular session VCI Linus Bourque delivered at VMworld US 2015. As always when we talk troubleshooting, there were lots of questions. We wanted to share a sample with you while you...

Dec 8, 2015 5:20:19 PM

What’s New in vSphere Big Data Extensions Version 2.3?

Big Data Extensions enables the rapid deployment of Hadoop clusters on a VMware vSphere virtual platform. This new BDE 2.3 release provides the following new features and enhancements. Enhancements for Large Scale Production Environments Optimized for Large Scale Deployment. Big Data Extensions p...

Dec 8, 2015 5:13:14 PM

Eight Myths about Virtualizing Hadoop Dispelled

This article takes eight common misperceptions about virtualizing Hadoop and explains why they are errors in people’s understanding. The short explanations given should serve to clear up the understanding about these important topics. Myth #1: Virtualization may add significant performance overhe...

Dec 7, 2015 11:26:30 PM

Some Tips for Recruiting Top Millennial Talent

By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware One of our biggest challenges in the tech industry goes beyond competition and technical breakthroughs. It is finding the right talent. Not just any talent – but the right talent for the right job. Talent has become a critical differentiator in IT. But how do you attract...

Dec 7, 2015 5:24:51 PM

Hybrid Networking is Available NOW: Why wait for (Windows) 2016 and a New (Azure) Stack?

As customers start moving to the cloud two of the first considerations – and the source of many questions – are networking and security. “How do I connect my data centers to the cloud?” “How do I connect various cloud data centers/zones/regions to each other?” “How do I secure applications in the...

Dec 11, 2015 5:00:00 PM

Oracle Real Application Clusters on VMware Virtual SAN

Oracle Real Application Clusters on VMware Virtual SAN VMware Virtual SAN VMware Virtual SAN is VMware’s software-defined storage solution for hyper-converged infrastructure, a software-driven architecture that delivers tightly integrated computing, networking, and shared storage from a single vi...

Dec 10, 2015 8:37:13 PM

Empowering Service Providers with vRealize Business Standard

Businesses deserve the ability to manage hybrid cloud environments – in this day and age, it’s not just a want, but also a need. Not only that, but maintaining transparency and control over the cost of IT services is a feature that more organizations are demanding. Have no fear, VMware vRealize B...

Dec 10, 2015 5:00:22 PM

How to Make a Super Useful Dashboard in vRealize Operations

By: Mike Langdon, Blue Medora vRealize Operations is phenomenally customizable. This customization can present a seemingly daunting learning curve. Once you start digging into the vRealize user interface, however, adding useful content becomes almost trivially easy. In this post I’ll walk you thr...

Dec 10, 2015 11:03:50 AM

How VMware Delivered for Me

By: Shawn Wiora, CIO, Creative Solutions in HealthCare When you work as a CIO, you face a lot of challenges. When you work as a CIO in the healthcare industry, you face even more. Working at Creative Solutions in HealthCare on an award-winning IT team is an amazing opportunity but with more than ...

Dec 9, 2015 5:06:30 PM

VMware vRealize Operations Python Adapter – A Hidden Treasure

By Jeremy Wheeler True power comes out of VMware vRealize Operations when enabling the vRealize Operations Python Adapter, turning a basic monitoring tool into an intelligent monitoring and action tool, much like the third-party tool VMTurbo. To do this, execute the following steps: Image 1: Sele...

Dec 9, 2015 4:43:27 PM

Learn how Object Storage Benefits Your IT Operation During a Webcast on Thursday, December 10th!

Object-based storage is gaining popularity with enterprises over traditional storage systems. Learn how your IT operation can quickly scale and secure this technology during a 30 minute webcast on December 10 th at 11 a.m. PST. Speakers, Roshni Pary, Product Line Manager at VMware, and Amita Potn...

Dec 8, 2015 6:00:27 PM

vCloud Air vTech Talk: Creating DMZs on the vCloud Air OnDemand Platform

“Can you create a DMZ in VMware vCloud® Air™?” This is a common question in the vCloud Air community, and the simple answer is YES! Why would you want to create a DMZ? A DMZ network is often used to add another layer of security between private data and the external Internet. This means that you ...

Dec 8, 2015 5:00:41 PM

Introducing vRealize™ Code Stream™ Management Pack for IT DevOps

VMware’s vision of the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) aims to define all Data Center constructs in software, such as Virtual Machines, Network configurations, Storage Policies, etc. The value of this approach is that it extends the power of virtualization from the Compute layer up into Netwo...

Dec 8, 2015 3:00:08 PM

vRealize Automation 7 – Installation & Configuration

One of the key features in vRealize Automation 7.0 is the simplified Installation – an interview-based wizard that, based on your feedback, automatically configures and deploys the entire solution. It will also allow you to validate your configuration before installation, as well as determine whi...

Dec 8, 2015 2:21:03 PM

Virtualizing Performance-Critical Database Applications in VMware vSphere 6.0

by Priti Mishra Performance studies have previously shown that there is no doubt virtualized servers can run a variety of applications near, or in some cases even above, that of software running natively (on bare metal). In a new white paper , we raise the bar higher and test “monster” vSphere vi...

Dec 7, 2015 8:35:21 PM

Announcing New Oracle Replication with VMware Continuent 5.0

By: Eero Teerikorpi, Sr. Director, Strategic Alliance, VMware Modern enterprises depend on an extensive fabric of databases and applications that have been built up over long periods of time. Relational databases based on Oracle are particularly a vital part of this infrastructure. It is critical...

Dec 7, 2015 1:00:17 PM

VMware NSX and vRealize Automation Overview – Part 1

VMware NSX network virtualization and vRealize Automation deliver a feature rich, dynamic integration that provides the capability to deploy applications along with network and security services at provisioning time while maintaining compliance with the required security and connectivity policies...

Dec 7, 2015 1:00:05 PM


Windows 10 Mobile & the Fate of Firefox Phone OS| Top Mobile News This Week

Want to get the top mobile news in your inbox every Friday? Sign up for free in the upper right of your screen. One small step for Microsoft, one giant leap for Windows 10 Phone. Earlier this week, Microsoft pushed its first Windows 10 Mobile update directly to Lumia 950 and 950XL phones—the firs...

Dec 11, 2015 1:00:42 PM

Right Here, Right Now: Infragistics Q&A on Mobile Collaboration

Real-time content collaboration is the most pressing issue for enterprises today, according to Phil Dinsmore, director of sales of Enterprise Mobility at Infragistics. In today’s feature for the AirWatch Blog Appy Holidays series, a mobile collaboration expert from our ACE partner community expla...

Dec 10, 2015 1:00:08 PM

Fusion’s Future

Hi everyone, As we’re winding down the year, planning is well underway for the next big releases of Fusion and Fusion Pro. With me being new to the role of being responsible for the entirety of the Fusion experience, all the way from initial awareness to buying, using and getting support, I’m wor...

Dec 9, 2015 10:35:50 PM

Real-time Analytics for the Entire Stack: vRealize Operations Now Supports Citrix XenApp / XenDesktop 7.6

By Brigitte Skakkebaek, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware Nearly 10 years ago, VMware launched products that provided data and analytics into the performance of the datacenter. This was productized as vCenter Operations Manager (which was renamed to vRealize Operations last year), and...

Dec 9, 2015 5:39:27 PM

“Appy Holidays” Spotlight with Unifyle, a Mobile Dashboard for All Your Enterprise Files

Our Appy Holidays series continues today with Srinivasa “Venky” Venkataraman, the founder and CEO of Primadesk—the creators of Unifyle, a secure virtual file management solution for enterprises. Unifyle is a member of the App Configuration for Enterprise (ACE) community, alongside companies like ...

Dec 9, 2015 3:38:05 PM

You’re a Mean One: 5 Signs You’re a Social Software Grinch

Here’s your reply to your team’s excellent project results: “Fantastic.” This is what you think you say on social software : “Hey guys, this is awesome! Great teamwork! :).” This is what you’re really saying on social: “Kudos for doing your job. I don’t really care.” Ever since enterprise communi...

Dec 9, 2015 2:21:17 PM

Accelerate Migration to Windows 10 with Mirage 5.6

By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware Microsoft’s Windows 10 release this past July represented a fundamental shift in how organizations manage endpoints. Managing Windows systems from the classic endpoint management model shifted to an Enterprise Mobile Management ( EMM...

Dec 8, 2015 9:08:41 PM

Fusion 8.1 is available now!

Today we’ve released an update to Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro with version 8.1. We’ve included a raft of bug fixes in the following areas: Fixes an issues with the Easy Install process misinterpreting Windows 10 Version 1511 ISO images as Windows server 2012 R2 images Resolved an issue where revers...

Dec 8, 2015 7:27:51 PM

7 Questions Answered about AirWatch & the Samsung KNOX Workspace

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Mireia Aguilera of Samsung Electronics and chat with her about AirWatch and the Samsung KNOX Workspace. She answered seven key questions about AirWatch Samsung KNOX Workspace capabilities, just in time for our upcoming webinar and virtual product de...

Dec 8, 2015 3:43:29 PM

VIDEO: Horizon FLEX 1.7 Now Shipping with Cool New Tricks up its Sleeve

by Andy Morris, Senior Product Line Marketing Manager, EUC at VMware Sometimes a product release is all about the flash, the sizzle and the pizzazz. Other times, the releases are a little more fundamental. This is such a release. Horizon FLEX 1.7 is a product focused on delivering a better experi...

Dec 8, 2015 1:30:06 PM

Q&A Spotlight with ServiceMax, Mobile Disruptors in Field Service

For today’s Appy Holidays feature, our month-long series of business mobility apps, we learned more about mobile field service management software company ServiceMax, a partner with AirWatch’s App Configuration for Enterprise (ACE). Below, Colby Lavin, director of product management at ServiceMax...

Dec 8, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Business Mobility App Spotlight: How to Simplify Employee Scheduling So “You Have Time to Be Amazing”

To kick-off the second week of our Appy Holidays series, we were excited to virtually sit down with Jason Walker, VP of Strategy and Operations for North America at Deputy, an App Configuration for Enterprise community members. Read our Q&A with Jason to learn more about Deputy, the enterprise mo...

Dec 7, 2015 4:43:46 PM

AirWatch Named a Leader in Independent Research Firm Report

AirWatch is among vendors who lead the pack for enterprise mobile management (EMM). Forrester Research evaluated 11 EMM providers and their products, including AirWatch 8.1, and ranked AirWatch an EMM leader. Scoring current offering, strategy and market presence, we believe this new report demon...

Dec 7, 2015 2:14:57 PM