Hi everyone, this week we have 2 TAM blog posts to highlight. I think that this is the first time that this has occurred and I hope not the last. Our TAM Blog and other social assets such as Twitter and Facebook are always the first places to find this information. If you have not subscribed to any of these please check out the information below.


We have also had a very large number of product updates this past few weeks. Please check out our TAM Products Update section below where you will find a link to this information detailing all of the updates which is well worth checking out.


This week we also have a VMUG news section. I hope to be able to bring an update each week on VMUG in general but it is always good to register and check on your own local VMUG for local happenings.


As usual the rest of the newsletter contains news and information related to VMware which I hope you will enjoy.


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Make the Most of Your VMware Support Experience

By Amy Chalifoux

VMware TAMs want to ensure their customers maximize their return on investment with VMware, so they strive to be in tight alignment with our Global Support Services (GSS) group. The short list below is aimed at helping customers have better support experiences. The slide deck linked at the bottom of this post will provide you with additional insight into the organization, support process, and how to make the most of your support experiences with VMware.


The Challenge of the Next Generation CIO

By Steve Tilkens

IT organizations have experienced a dramatic shift over the last 10 years with the widespread adoption of x86 server virtualization. Gone are the days of a server administrator procuring a physical server for a new application, then requesting the necessary network configuration from the network team, and finally requesting the appropriate storage from the storage team. Today’s reality requires a converged engineering skillset, because the Software-Defined Data Center spans all three pillars of the IT organization – compute, network and storage.



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Make the Most of Your VMware Support Experience

By Amy Chalifoux VMware TAMs want to ensure their customers maximize their return on investment with VMware, so they strive to be in tight alignment with our Global Support Services (GSS) group. The short list below is aimed at helping customers have better support experiences. The slide deck lin...

Mar 18, 2016 3:35:02 PM

Mobility Solution Strategy: Desktop Evolution to IoT Revolution

Introduction Mobility and End User Computing (EUC) are evolving at a very rapid pace. With the recent announcements made by VMware around Horizon 7 it becomes all the more important to recalibrate and map the emerging innovation trends to your existing enterprise EUC and application rationalizati...

Mar 17, 2016 6:38:45 PM

Maintenance Mode Improvements in vSphere 6.0 Update 2

vSphere 6.0 Update 2 has launched and with it comes a very simple change with the way that VMs and Templates are evacuated from hosts that enter Maintenance Mode. In all prior versions, when a host enters Maintenance Mode, DRS will evacuate the host by placing all the running VMs, powered off VMs...

Mar 17, 2016 5:17:18 PM

Systems of Intimacy- Science Fiction Made Real

I’m lucky enough to have one of those jobs where you are meant to be ‘intimate’ with the future. Someone once accused me of being a futurist! Of course prediction is risky as the future is unknowable, at least according to current science. So it’s always fun to explore predicting the future throu...

Mar 17, 2016 3:13:59 PM

The Challenge of the Next Generation CIO

By Steve Tilkens IT organizations have experienced a dramatic shift over the last 10 years with the widespread adoption of x86 server virtualization. Gone are the days of a server administrator procuring a physical server for a new application, then requesting the necessary network configuration ...

Mar 16, 2016 3:22:46 PM

VMware Host Client 1.0 is now GA

On behalf of the VMware Host Client team, I am pleased to announce that the VMware Host Client v1.0 is GA and shipping with vSphere update 6.0U2. VMware Host Client overview The VMware Host Client is an HTML5-based UI client that is used to connect to and manage single ESXi hosts. It can be used ...

Mar 16, 2016 1:23:47 PM

EMC, VMware Release ‘State of IT Transformation’ Report

The ‘State of IT Transformation’ report takes a look at more than 660 EMC and VMware enterprise customers across 18 industries, and identifies gaps, progress and goals in their current IT Transformation initiatives. By focusing on data provided by CIOs and their direct reports who participated in...

Mar 15, 2016 8:31:54 PM

4 New Courses Released: NSX, Virtual SAN, vRealize Operations Manager, & App Volumes

In the last month VMware Education Services released four new courses: Designed for experienced VMware vSphere® users, VMware vRealize Operations Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.2] teaches you how to use VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™ as a forensic and predictive tool, including adv...

Mar 15, 2016 3:43:49 PM

VMware Validated Design with VSAN and NSX running High Workload Oracle 12c

VMware Validated Design for an Al-Flash VSAN with NSX running high workload Oracle – A VMware, Intel and Quanta Project from Principled Technologies The rigorous process of following a VMware Validated Design (V2D) to build a Business Critical Applications (BCA) database architecture was made mor...

Mar 15, 2016 6:31:38 AM

Hybrid Cloud and Hybrid Cloud Manager

This is a repost from VMware Consulting Blog. Click here to view. By Michael Francis Disclaimer: This blog is not a technical deep dive on Hybrid Cloud Manager; it talks to the components of the product and the design decisions around the product. It assumes the reader has knowledge of the produc...

Mar 18, 2016 4:00:22 PM

The Catalog Service Menu Strategy for Cloud Providers — Part 2

By Guy Bartram In part one of our two-part series, we discussed how a service catalog can bring a cloud provider closer to its consumer. It discussed how VMware approaches catalogs for its platform services and how you, as a service provider, can leverage its approach for an ideal strategy. In pa...

Mar 17, 2016 4:00:06 PM

Network Troubleshooting in a 3-2-1 Hardware Stack

By: Chuck Petrie, Blue Medora Even as information technology trends work toward simplifying architecture, complexities within the hardware stack are still evident. IT teams are often faced with the daunting task of determining where the root cause of an issue resides and, more specifically, what ...

Mar 17, 2016 2:53:20 PM

Securing Access to and from your Jump Box and VDI with VMware NSX

Companies have struggled for years on how to allow third parties access to specific systems that they manage or support? These systems and access requirements range from HVAC and phones systems to full IT outsourcing or development. The problem has always been twofold; one, how to provide secure ...

Mar 17, 2016 12:00:59 PM

Monitoring vCenter Health Remotely with vRealize Operations – Part 1

By: Greg Hohertz, Blue Medora Over the years, vCenter has gained more and more importance. As a command center to central administration and a focal point for API access to your vSphere environment, vCenter is a cog in your virtualization environment that brings everything to a halt if it’s not p...

Mar 16, 2016 10:01:52 AM

Released Today: vRealize Suite 7 New Features

VMware vRealize Suite 7 (with new features) is available today! Check out the new features walkthrough, or get more information and resources here. vRealize Suite 7 (announced on February 10, 2016) is an enterprise-ready, cloud management platform (CMP) that delivers the industry’s most complete ...

Mar 15, 2016 10:30:35 PM

vTech Talk: Protecting and Extending Data Centers With vCloud Air (HIMSS16)

This week’s vTech Talk comes to you from Las Vegas, site of the 2016 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Conference (HIMSS16). In this episode of vTech Talk, our series highlighting tips, tricks and resources for all thing vCloud Air, Jenny Fong, Director of Technical Marketing at VMwar...

Mar 15, 2016 4:00:52 PM

VMware vRealize™ Code Stream™ v2.0 is now GA – What’s New?

We are excited to announce that vRealize Code Stream v2.0 is now GA and available for download. Here is an overview of the latest features in this release- Better platform – faster execution engine, smaller footprint Parallel execution of pipeline tasks New out-of-the-box reports v2.0 of vRealize...

Mar 15, 2016 4:00:34 PM

3 Reasons VMware Horizon 7 Will Make You Smile

By Michael Bradley The June 2014 release of VMware Horizon® 6 brought with it a long list of exciting new features. Cloud Pod Architecture (CPA), RDS hosted desktop and applications, and integration with VMware vSAN were just a few of the headlines that sent desktop administrators rushing to upgr...

Mar 15, 2016 3:24:11 PM

Multi-Cloud, Hybrid Cloud the New Normal

Recently VMware commissioned Dimensional Research, a market research firm, to investigate how companies were adopting both private and public clouds. The full report can be found here. Besides looking at adoption patterns the research also examined the benefits companies expected to receive from ...

Mar 15, 2016 10:01:58 AM

Rent-a-Center Manages Well with vRealize

Read it in Baseline. Sign up for a webinar to hear how Rent-a-center bases its business on VMware’s vRealize Suite. There is no higher reward for a software vendor than hearing it first-hand from a customer how they use the product, and how it helps them to run their business. Especially when the...

Mar 14, 2016 11:51:32 PM

Updated: Microsoft SQL Server on vSphere Best Practices Guide

Microsoft SQL server is the most virtualized enterprise mission critical application today. In recent years it has become a mainstream effort among VMware customers to virtualize critical databases to allow better agility and scale while increasing availability and operational efficiency. This gu...

Mar 14, 2016 7:33:10 PM

Sample Script to Create a VDC (and Deploy a Photon Docker Host) in vCloud Air

This blog is a repost from IT 2.0 , by Massimo Re Ferrè. Yesterday I bumped into a semi-draft of code I wrote a while back and that I have never checked in into GitHub. I spent a few hours to polish it, augmenting it with some Docker related stuff (so that it becomes “cool”) and test it a bit. Th...

Mar 14, 2016 3:55:26 PM



Top Mobile News This Week: Best MDM 2016, Race to Transform IT & IoT in Action

Choices, choices… PC Mag published a review of five enterprise mobility management (EMM) vendors. The reporter had a demo environment of each EMM and ranked VMware AirWatch the highest among all vendors, awarding AirWatch the “Editor’s Choice” award for Best MDM 2016. Read the full roundup of all...

Mar 18, 2016 2:52:23 PM

Using the VMware App Volumes snapvol.cfg File to Customize Writable Volumes

By Daniel Bakshi, Technical Account Manager, VMware In the previous blog post Why Upgrade to App Volumes 2.10: Experience from the Field , I explained what VMware App Volumes is and why you should upgrade to the latest version. In this blog post, I will focus on how you can customize writable vol...

Mar 17, 2016 10:23:45 PM

3 Reasons You Never Get Great Ideas out of Meetings

Disorganized, unproductive, long and often unnecessary, meetings have gotten way out of control. And here’s one more reason to stop having so many meetings: you never get great ideas out of them. Here are three reasons why: [Related: How 3 Billion Meetings Per Year Waste Time, Money and Productiv...

Mar 17, 2016 5:05:44 PM

AEC Firms Reap the Benefits of Cloud Desktops with NVIDIA GRID & VMware Horizon

Join us at this year’s NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference on April 4-7. See below for details! By Joanne Clark, Strategic Alliance Manager, Technology Partners, VMware AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) firms around the globe utilize VMware Horizon and NVIDIA GRID to improve collabora...

Mar 17, 2016 1:00:50 PM

In K-12 Learning, It’s the Experience, Not the Devices

Guest post by Leslie Oldenkamp, Principal Specialist, VMware End-User Computing With the inception of the Apple iPad in 2010 and the shift to tablet computing, students and teachers in K-12 classrooms were promised new frontiers for learning: Those bulky textbooks would be a thing of the past. Mo...

Mar 17, 2016 12:30:53 PM

AppConfig Panel: We Can Do Better on Mobile App Development

Just a year ago, the ACE (App Configuration for Enterprise) community launched at Mobile World Congress to promote an open-standards approach to mobile app development . Since then, more than 60 members of the independent software vendor (ISV) community have joined to simplify app development and...

Mar 16, 2016 4:35:40 PM

5 Examples of IoT in Business

It’s official: the Internet of Things (IoT) is beyond the hype phase. For about 43 percent of enterprises, IoT is now a strategic business initiative either already in place or in the works, according to a 2016 Gartner survey . Just how are huge organizations using connected “things” and the resu...

Mar 16, 2016 3:40:47 PM

Provisioning Office 365 with App Volumes AppStacks

Customers reap great benefits by using VMware App Volumes to provision and deliver applications. From lowering storage capacity with one-to-many provisioning to simplifying application upgrade and patching, App Volumes users ultimately reduce time spent managing apps inside their virtual desktop ...

Mar 15, 2016 2:42:27 PM

3 Trends to Watch in Enterprise Mobility from Nick McQuire

It’s an exciting time to be an enterprise mobile user, according to Nick McQuire , vice president of Enterprise Research at CCS Insight, a market research and analysis firm for the mobile and wireless industries. The expert on the mobile enterprise hosted the panel discussion on the AppConfig Com...

Mar 15, 2016 1:50:10 PM

Mobile World Congress Slideshow: Behind the Scenes with VMware & AirWatch

We’re still buzzing with excitement from what was the biggest Mobile World Congress yet. With nearly 101,000 attendees from 204 countries and territories, MWC 2016 was truly the largest mobility event in the world. VMware and AirWatch were there in full force, joining over 60 of our partners to t...

Mar 14, 2016 3:23:35 PM