FROM THE EDITORS "VIRTUAL NEWS" DESK
Hi everyone, before we begin todays newsletter and some of the changes, I wanted to share a great way that you can help researchers find treatments for diseases such as Coronavirus, Cancer, Alzheimer’s, and more via the folding@home project.

- A Force for Good: VMware Appliance for Folding@Home Blog Post
- VMware Appliance for Folding@Home

This Fling is a vSphere Appliance that contains the Folding@Home client software. Upon deploying the VMware Appliance for Folding@Home, the user will be prompted to enter information to configure the Folding@Home software. Once the appliance is deployed, the Folding@Home client is running and ready for Working Units. The Fling is also pre-configured to allow remote management of the Folding@Home client. For more information on the Folding@Home Project and how we can be a Force for Good against diseases like the Coronavirus, visit the website www.foldingathome.org.
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Our newsletter that has been around in various forms for the past 11+ years has a new name, Virtual News. So will we be adding or changing anything? Cloud Native will be given a larger focus in our newsletter each edition. We will still have all of the standard topics covered but from this edition onwards an extra section specifically focused on Cloud Native Applications and the related items that from this technology. I hope you find this useful, as we begin we will start slowly but I suspect that our news in this area will grow exponentially over the next few editions.

I hope that this newsletter finds everyone well during this time, and that I can continue to provide some quality reading for you on a regular basis. Please feel free to reach out anytime to our new email address vmwnews@vmware.com.

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CLOUD NATIVE APPS @ VMWARE
Managing Kubernetes at enterprise scale: A closer look at Tanzu Mission Control
As Kubernetes continues to mature—rounding the corner toward its 6th birthday—we’ve started to see a shift in terms of the challenges our customers need to solve. Initially, Kubernetes installation was complex. As multiple solutions for installation and lifecycle management sprang up, companies seeking to adopt Kubernetes had to figure out the right approach. With the open source community standardizing on technologies like Cluster API for installation and declarative lifecycle management of multiple clusters, we’re now seeing a path toward consistency in this respect across clouds....[continue reading!]

FEATURED
Kubernetes without Microservices
First, let's see what Kubernetes brings to the table: The biggest benefit of running Kubernetes as the basis of your infrastructure is removing "snowflakes". In a non-Kubernetes infrastructure, servers or VM turn into snowflakes: they are all the same but also different. Servers that run your MySQL are different from those running your Redis and those running your Java API are different from those running your frontend Node.js web application. There are ways to make those snowflakes easier to manage for sure: Chef, Puppet, Ansible, and all other configuration management systems are parts of that toolset, but they just make building snowflakes easier, they don't turn them into identical servers.
Kubernetes, on the other hand, takes in your servers and turns them into uniform "nodes". You can take a node out and replace it with another one while the workload sitting on top of them can be your API, frontend or database, completely oblivious to the type of node they are running on. This has huge implications on many aspects of your operations: It makes applying security patches easier and more standard, leading your infrastructure to be more secure. It also increases your high availability by allowing you to swap faulty nodes with new ones or resizing small ones with bigger ones without the downtime and little impact.
Another major benefit of using Kubernetes is that it mostly forces any infrastructure change to be performed through configuration files that enforce and standardize the documentation of infrastrcuture. On top of that, using Kubernetes means running applications in containers which in turn means using files like Dockerfile to define the application's operational requirements.
None of these great benefits above have anything to do with Microservices or exclusively benefit large organizations.
They work to benefit both small and large teams with or without DevOps personnel. They don't require breaking up monoliths into Microservices and having to deal with the challenges that it brings about.
Microservices, like any other technology, can be beneficial for certain circumstances, depending on your requirements. Kubernetes is also the same: not all teams need to run on a Kubernetes cluster. But coupling these two together limits the scope of their usefulness and reduces the size of the applicable audience they can benefit enormously.

PODCAST
- Don’t Break the Bank, Run IT and Change IT
Introducing a new podcast from VMware for curious minds in the financial services industry.
Working in IT in the banking sector, it is easy to focus on keeping the lights on. In this new podcast series, host and Financial Services Industry Managing Director in the Office of the CTO at VMware, Matthew O’Neill along with fellow VMware colleagues explore the challenges and different facets of life in banking keeping CIOs and their teams awake at night. The goal is to transform the way banks and other financial service providers work and to provide the hose to put out the fires!

- VMware Community Podcast #504 - vSphere 7 Core Features w/ Bob Plankers

WEBINARS
- VMware on VMware Webinar: Save the Date

Our next VMware on VMware webinar "How VMware IT Solved Load Balancer Challenges Using Avi Networks" will be held April 28 from 9-10am PST. Planning, implementation, and lessons learned will be covered. Register here.

- Join us on March 24 for a free NSX-T vHoL live webcast
Would you like to get more immersive with using VMware NSX-T v2.4 without leaving home?  Please join our NSX-T experts on March 24 at 10:00am Pacific time for a free virtual hands-on-labs telecast.
This is a 90-minute session that will go beyond the surface of NSX-T.   In this hands-on lab environment, we demonstrate the logical switching, logical routing, and distributed firewall capabilities that NSX-T brings to your fingertips. Then, take the Hands-on-Labs Odyssey challenge to test your skills and abilities as a network architect. You’ll compete against other lab attendees to complete a set of NSX-T tasks and reach the top of the leaderboard. 
Showcase your knowledge, sharpen your skills, and share your achievements as you tackle each task.  By the end of the session, you will feel more comfortable in unleashing the capabilities of NSX-T v2.4.
Learn more and register for this exciting learning opportunity.

Empowering your Remote Workforce with VMware Solutions – Brian Madden
March 2020 – Empowering your Remote Workforce with VMware Solutions
Date: Thursday, April 9th
Time: 11:00am EST/ 10:00am CST/ 8:00am PST
Duration: 1.5 Hour
Synopsis:
Brian Madden will discuss how VMware EUC solutions like Workspace ONE and Horizon can enable users to work from home, or anywhere else they need. This is something that everyone knows in theory, but now with increased demand for remote working, we’ll dig into the specific scenarios with concrete steps that can be taken today. Topics discussed will include:
- How real is stretching an on-prem Horizon environment to the cloud?
- How quickly can you stand up a new Horizon cloud-based environment, and what’s really required?
- Is it possible to manage BYO / employee-owned laptops from anywhere, possibly negating the need for VDI or RDS?
- How real are VMware’s Zero Trust capabilities which ensure you can trust workers’ devices regardless of where they are or who owns them?
Guest speaker:
Our presenter will be Brian Madden, from VMware’s EUC Office of the CTO. Brian has been focusing on EUC for 25 years. Prior to joining VMware in 2018, he was the creator of BrianMadden.com and the BriForum conference, as well as author of thousands of blog posts and six books.
Registration Link:
https://VMware.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_F0PMszqmQTymWWR65p7TWw

EDUCATION
Earn your 2020 VMware Certifications Online, Get Free Exam Vouchers

VMware Education Services is pleased to offer a special “Certification on Demand” promotion that will help you earn your desired VCP 2020 designation.  It’s easy to participate.  Enroll in any 2020 certification eligible On Demand course, receive two complementary exam vouchers valued at $375.  With more prerequisite courses for certification available On Demand, you can access our best-in-class instructional courses - all without leaving your desk. Virtual Hands-on-Labs also available as an optional module. 
VMware Certification paths for the year 2020 are now available across these functional disciplines:

  • Data Center Virtualization
  • Network Virutalization and Security
  • Cloud Management and Automation
  • Desktop and Mobility
  • Digital Workspace

You will receive both exam vouchers shortly after you complete your course registration. Act now because this offer expires on May 1, 2020.  Applies only to customers based in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, Central and Latin America. Learn more by sending us an e-mail or contacting your designated Americas Learning Specialist by scrolling down this page.

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