FROM THE EDITORS VIRTUAL DESK

Hi everyone, welcome to March 2016 and our ninth newsletter for the year. Yes we have again already had a newsletter each week and just like years gone by we will try our best to provide you with a newsletter with the best VMware news each week. This week I was reading a new blog post by William Lam on the future of the ESXi Embedded Client (The future of the ESXi Embedded Host Client). While this is interesting in it's own right and worth reading it reminded me of why I love working for VMware, there are just so many people at VMware always pushing the boundaries of what we think we can do and surprising us and our customers each and every day.

 

Speaking of which our TAM blog has become very popular. Last weeks blog post on "How to prepare for your VCP6" was very well received and we had over 20,000 views on or TAM Facebook Page (FB TAM Page) and this week we have another excellent blog post for you "How to Operationalize vRealize Operations Manager (A Case Study)" so go check it out and make sure you sign up to our Twitter, Facebook and other social media assets to keep up with the VMware TAM program.

 

I wish you all a very successful week.

 

Virtually Yours
Neil Isserow
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San Francisco, CA
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TAM BLOG (Editor: Kelly Dare)

How to Operationalize vRealize Operations Manager (A Case Study)

By Joe DePasquale

It is not uncommon for organizations to end up with “shelfware” – software that was purchased with good intentions, but never fully utilized, maybe never even deployed. One of the responsibilities of the VMware technical account manager (TAM), is to help customers prevent software from becoming shelfware. (continue reading...)

 

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NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM VMWARE

GENERAL NEWS

3 Common Mistakes when Breaking Organizational Silos for Cloud and DevOps

By Pierre Moncassin Every customer’s journey to Cloud, DevOps or other transformative initiatives is unique to an extent. Yet all those journeys will come across a similar set of challenges. With the exception of truly green-field projects, each transformation to Cloud/DevOps involves dealing wit...

Mar 3, 2016 11:41:31 PM

GPGPU Computing with the nVidia K80 on VMware vSphere 6

As customer interest in running HPC workloads on vSphere continues to increase, I’ve been receiving more questions about whether compute accelerators like the nVidia K80 or Intel Xeon Phi can be used with vSphere VMs.   The answer is that while VMware supports the VM Direct Path I/O feature (i.e....

Mar 3, 2016 7:28:44 PM

How to Operationalize vRealize Operations Manager (A Case Study)

By Joe DePasquale It is not uncommon for organizations to end up with “shelfware” – software that was purchased with good intentions, but never fully utilized, maybe never even deployed. One of the responsibilities of the VMware technical account manager (TAM), is to help customers prevent softwa...

Mar 3, 2016 4:29:58 PM

Top 20 vRealize Operations Manager articles for February 2016

Here is our Top 20 vRealize Operations Manager articles list for February 2016. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article. Resetting the Administrator password in VMware vRealize Operations Manager...

Mar 2, 2016 1:30:39 PM

Six Methods for Keeping VM Tools Up to Date

When it comes to keeping VM Tools up to date, there are six different approaches that vSphere administrators can use. That may sound like a lot, but after seeing each of the various options, it is clear that the intention is to accommodate nearly any workflow customers require for flexible datace...

Mar 2, 2016 1:15:05 PM

Top 20 vRealize Automation articles for February 2016

Here is our Top 20 vRealize Automation (vRA) articles list for February 2016. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article. Update sequence for vSphere 6.0 and its compatible VMware products Repairing...

Mar 2, 2016 1:00:24 PM

Top 20 vSAN articles for February 2016

Here is our Top 20 vSAN articles list for February 2016. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article. Following maintenance, hosts in a Virtual SAN cluster may erroneously report the error: Host cann...

Mar 1, 2016 7:36:49 PM

Top 20 NSX articles for February 2016

Here is our Top 20 NSX articles list for February 2016. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article. Downloading and enabling VMware vShield Endpoint 5.x on supported VMware vSphere platforms Update ...

Mar 1, 2016 3:17:43 PM

Top 20 vCenter articles for February 2016

Here is our Top 20 vCenter articles list for February 2016. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article. After upgrading an ESXi host to 5.5 Update 3b and later, the host is no longer manageable by v...

Mar 1, 2016 3:05:36 PM

Top 20 ESXi articles for February 2016

Here is our Top 20 ESXi articles list for February 2016. This list is ranked by the number of times a VMware Support Request was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledge Base article. After upgrading an ESXi host to 5.5 Update 3b and later, the host is no longer manageable by vCen...

Mar 1, 2016 2:57:38 PM

Newest Additions to the Learning Zone Video Library

VMware Learning Zone subscribers get one year of unlimited access to our cloud-based video training library taught by top VMware experts. Including all the latest videos we release each month, like these: In vRealize Operations: An Introduction and Overview , Ellis Paul guides you through an over...

Feb 29, 2016 5:10:45 PM

Understanding the Three Types of VM Tools

Three different types of VM Tools are available, intended to accommodate the range of workflows required in heterogeneous datacenters. This article provides an overview of these types and the next covers available options for keeping VM Tools up to date . The Classic VM Tools ISOs for all Support...

Feb 29, 2016 1:15:47 PM

vCloud Air: The Past Week in Review

We’ve been busy this week building partnerships and educating people on the latest cloud technology. See everything that happened on the vCloud Air Blog. Here’s the past week in review. WEBCAST: Protect Your Environment with Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Creating a durable disaster recovery plan ...

Mar 5, 2016 5:00:59 PM

Questions to Ask When Evaluating Public Cloud

By: Penny Collen , Financial Solutions Architect, Thought Leader, Blogger, and Speaker If you are feeling pressure on your latest IT budget because demand for services keeps climbing, you are not alone. Not only are the requests for more services growing, but the time to deliver those services is...

Mar 4, 2016 5:26:50 PM

F5 Content pack for vRealize Log Insight

F5 Application Delivery Controllers are crucial to ensuring applications are fast, available and secure. As appliance typically sitting in front of application servers and databases the F5 BIG-IP generates tremendous amounts of valuable unstructured data in crucial to diagnose and resolve potenti...

Mar 4, 2016 9:57:06 AM

vCloud Air Network Service Provider Spotlight: OVH

Digital enterprises derive business value by squeezing the most value out of their IT infrastructure. Increasingly, that means turning to a cloud infrastructure. This month’s vCloud Air Network Service Provider Spotlight is on OVH . OVH has combined the best of the distributed cloud with the best...

Mar 3, 2016 5:00:40 PM

The Link between Digitalization and IT Service Delivery

A friend of mine recently sent me a link to an article from last summer in the MIT Sloan Management Review. Published summer of 2015, the article “Thriving in an Increasingly Digital Ecosystem”, includes some great stats that help illustrate how enterprises succeed (or fail) in a rapidly changing...

Mar 3, 2016 11:01:43 AM

Using vROps to Understand Your HP Server Landscapes

By: Troy Bailey, Blue Medora When you begin your out-of-the-box deployment of VMware’s vRealize Operations Manager (vROps), you might find that getting detailed hardware and health information about your server compute environment is more difficult than you expected. Today, I would like to share ...

Mar 3, 2016 1:01:04 AM

EMC-XtremIO content pack for vRealize Log Insight

XtremIO’s all-flash array design was created for maximum performance and consistent low latency response times, and with enterprise grade high availability features, real-time Inline Data Reduction that dramatically lowers costs, and advanced functions such as thin provisioning and a tight integr...

Mar 2, 2016 6:56:18 PM

Another VMware Cloud in Action — ESC Lab Sciences Turns to VMware for Durable Disaster Recovery

When your high tech business is based in a tornado-prone area, you don’t run away from the problem — you innovate your way to a solution. As one of the largest and busiest environmental testing labs in the country, ESC Lab Sciences needed a disaster recovery plan that would minimize the impact of...

Mar 2, 2016 5:00:31 PM

vTech Talk: Backing up VMs on vCloud Air OnDemand Virtual Private Cloud

Backing up Virtual Machines (VMs) to cloud-based products can be a complex, time-consuming problem. However, that problem will soon be easier for users leveraging VMware vCloud Air vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand thanks to an upcoming white paper. In this episode of vTech Talk, our seri...

Mar 1, 2016 5:00:14 PM

See vCloud Air at HIMSS

The vCloud Air team is excited to be participating in the 2016 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition starting today through Friday in Las Vegas, Nevada. HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to ...

Feb 29, 2016 11:34:01 PM

3 Reasons a Centralized Monitoring Platform is Important

By: Jon Lake, Blue Medora How many different hardware and software systems do you use in your IT environment? NetApp storage, Dell servers, Cisco Nexus switches, VMware VMs & datastores, and Microsoft SQL databases just start to scratch the surface of what’s available to build out your IT infrast...

Feb 29, 2016 5:27:51 PM

WEBCAST: Protect Your Environment with Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery

Nobody wants to find out that their disaster recovery plan is inadequate when they’re in the middle of a crisis but all too often, that’s exactly what happens. The complexity and high cost of traditional disaster recovery (DR) solutions causes many companies to protect only mission-critical appli...

Feb 29, 2016 5:00:03 PM

 

END USER COMPUTING

Top Mobile News at HIMSS 2016, the Best in Cyber Security and MDM

Healthcare IT’s getting a wizard. VMware AirWatch announced the arrival of wizard-like, healthcare industry templates for iOS at the 2016 HIMSS conference. The templates help healthcare IT accelerate mobile deployments with smart recommendations on apps, policies and more. Get your first look at ...

Mar 4, 2016 7:11:48 PM

Taking a Closer Look at Horizon 7: Desktop & App Virtualization Reimagined

Last month, we launched VMware Horizon 7 amidst the groundbreaking backdrop of the digital workspace and VMware Workspace ONE. These announcements signal an important evolution in how leading enterprises build, deliver, manage and consume workspace services from cloud, on-premises and hybrid depl...

Mar 4, 2016 2:33:53 PM

Get Up to Speed on End-User Computing at VMware vForum in Atlanta on 3/8

VMware vForum is upon us once again! If you’re an IT professional who has yet to attend one of our free, one-day events, then head to Atlanta on March 8 for this unique opportunity to interface with experts, win prizes and stay up to date on cutting-edge IT for your business. We’ll kick off the d...

Mar 3, 2016 2:53:05 PM

How Do We Secure Mobility at the Speed of Innovation?

Business mobility: it’s an item on the minds of every CIO in every enterprise. IT organizations everywhere are looking for ways to mobilize and streamline their existing business processes. The manager time sheet or vacation approval process no longer involves a cumbersome web application on a la...

Mar 3, 2016 2:47:24 PM

VMware + GNS3: The Great Topology Challenge!

Our good friends at GNS3 are running a really awesome contest for the month of March! “Build the biggest, boldest topology in GNS3 that you can. With the new release of v1.4.x, the ability to build big and bold topologies has never been easier. Leverage the new Local GNS3 VM to help build your to...

Mar 3, 2016 1:56:52 AM

What’s Really Behind the Deceleration of Enterprise Innovation?

The biggest business brains agree: enterprise innovation is the secret sauce for longevity and sustainability, and technology is the key mechanism for enabling radical change in the digital landscape. Through 2016, growth remains a top business priority, and CEOs believe technology-enabled change...

Mar 2, 2016 7:18:19 PM

3 Big Takeaways from Sanjay Poonen at MWC 2016

Mobile World Congress 2016 was a record-setting year for the mobile industry’s premier event, with more than 100,000 in attendance. That growing interest and excitement surrounding mobility is fueling the next evolution in end-user computing (EUC), according to Sanjay Poonen , VMware’s general ma...

Mar 2, 2016 5:44:12 PM

See the New Industry Templates for iOS at HIMSS

The VMware AirWatch team is excited to be at the 2016 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition this week in Las Vegas! HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care ...

Mar 2, 2016 1:00:45 PM

4 Leading Colleges & Universities Transform Engineering Programs with VMware Horizon & NVIDIA GRID

Mobile, Immersive & Flexible 3D Graphics Applications on Any Device, Anywhere by Claude Robinson, director of enterprise software application and healthcare technology partners, End-User Computing, VMware Gone are the days where college students lugged around heavy backpacks full of books. Now, b...

Mar 1, 2016 8:00:22 PM

Need a Windows 10 Provisioning & Disaster Recovery Strategy? Introducing VMware Mirage 5.7

By Sachin Sharma, Product Line Marketing Manager, End-User Computing, VMware Can you believe it’s been nearly three months since we released VMware Mirage 5.6 ? That release signaled the first wave of support for Windows 10 using Mirage, with operating system (OS) migration to Windows 10 being th...

Mar 1, 2016 5:00:07 PM

Securing Your Enterprise Perimeter with AirWatch Tunnel

Organizations today are seeing an increasingly large number of their employees work remote and on the go. These employees often need access to corporate apps, data and systems whether they are at home, a hotel lobby, an airplane or any other place that supports Internet access. Providing end user...

Feb 29, 2016 10:29:56 PM

 

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