Nov 212014
 
When AirWatch launched the AppShield program at Connect Atlanta earlier this fall, Xamarin‘s director of enterprise mobility Steve Hall joined AirWatch TV to discuss the implications of the partnership for enterprises.Xamarin, a mobile application development platform, joined AirWatch AppShield to make it easy for developers to include AirWatch security and management features in apps built […]]> http://blogs.air-watch.com/2014/11/xamarin-airwatch-partner-simplify-mobile-app-delivery/feed/ 0 AirWatch participates in the 4th Annual Mobile Technology Summit http://blogs.air-watch.com/2014/11/airwatch-participates-4th-annual-mobile-technology-summit/ http://blogs.air-watch.com/2014/11/airwatch-participates-4th-annual-mobile-technology-summit/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:00:57 +0000
Nov 212014
 

VMware and HP have been working together for a long time to give your customers a better way to virtualize. This new video presentation provides a quick overview of what makes virtualizing with VMware and HP a simpler, more affordable way to virtualize.

Nov 212014
 
VMware News This week in VMware News, VMware Virtual SAN was included in recent Gartner research. The report, &#rsquo;Predicts 2015: Midmarket CIOs Must Shed IT Debt to Invest in Strategic IT Initiatives,&#rdquo; identifies opportunities for CIOs to simplify IT operations so they can spend more time improving business outcomes. On Tuesday, the VMware Education and […]]> http://blogs.vmware.com/tribalknowledge/2014/11/vmware-weekly-news-recap-nov-21-2014.html/feed 0 VMware Virtual SAN Covered in Gartner 2015 Predictions Report for Midmarket http://blogs.vmware.com/tribalknowledge/2014/11/gartner-vsan.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gartner-vsan http://blogs.vmware.com/tribalknowledge/2014/11/gartner-vsan.html#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:01:54 +0000
Nov 212014
 

IT users increasingly expect a more consumer-type of enterprise technology experience. A user friendly, cloud-based experience will increase productivity, efficiency, and customer satisfaction.

This infographic reveals why the consumerization of IT is a key development that organizations can leverage to ensure that IT is successful.

 

Nov 212014
 

This week&#rsquo;s question comes from the vCloud Air video series.

 

A) Test & Dev
B) Mission Critical App
C) Disaster Recovery
D) All of the above


Click through to thecommentsfor the answer.

Follow@VMwareEducationon Instagram to see more #TechTrivia every Friday andvisual updates from the VMware Education and Certification community.

Nov 212014
 

Erst vor wenigen Wochen ging in Barcelona die VMworld Europe mit mehr als 8.000 Besuchern über die Bühne. Doch zum Zurücklehnen bleibt keine Zeit – auf den spannenden Hausmessen unserer Partner wie Fujitsu oder NetApp gibt es jede Menge zu entdecken. Erst letzte Woche veranstaltete SAP in Berlin die TechEd && d-code 2014 – das Event speziell für alle Programmierer, Entwickler und Technik-Begeisterte. VMware war mittendrin und zeigte in zahlreichen Demos am Stand sowie in den Networking Sessions, wie Sie Ihre SAP-Lösungen in einer sicheren virtuellen Umgebung betreiben. Wir haben die besten Impressionen in einem Storify für Sie zusammengefasst:


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Nov 212014
 

La nube híbrida ha sido uno de los temas candentes este año y seguirá estando a la cabeza de las prioridades para los CIOs. Como comentó nuestro CEO Pat Gelsinger en el VMworld, no se trata de O sino del poder del Y. Las organizaciones no deberían tener que elegir entre las aplicaciones tradicionales o aplicaciones cloud, IT o desarrolladores, local o externo. Seguro, confiable, compatible o instantáneo, flexible, autoservicio. La nube híbrida debería permitir la entrega de cargas continuada entre nubes públicas Y entornos locales con solo un click del ratón, dando libertad completa, seguridad y control.

Pero, con todo lo que se habla en torno a la nube híbrida, puede ser difícil diferenciar el mito de la realidad. Esto lleva a la pregunta sobre qué es una nube híbrida verdadera, un tema crucial cuando se trata de conseguir un beneficio real de los entornos de nube híbrida. Además, aunque el beneficio de la híbrida sea ampliamente conocido, hacer un negocio de servicios para nube híbrida es totalmente diferente.

Para llegar al fondo de la cuestión, únete a Richard Munro, Jefe de Tecnología y Director Técnico de vCloud Air EMEA de VMware, el próximos 25 de noviembre a las 3:30pm en un Google Hangout. Junto a Richard, participarán clientes que hablarán de su experiencia con la nube híbrida y los beneficios que han observado al usar la solución de nube híbrida de VMware, vCloud Air.

También tomará parte en el debate el vExpert y bloguero de virtualización Ed Grigson, que hablará de su experiencia con la nube híbrida.

Puedes ver el Hangout en directo el día 25 haciendo click aquí. Después subiremos una grabación del hangout en nuestro canal de YouTube, así como videos con lo más interesante. No olvides visitar nuestro Twitter @VMware_ES y usar el hashtag #vCloudAir para unirte a la conversación.

Nov 212014
 
by Rich Bourdeau Regardless if you&#rsquo;re actually charging for the specific resources consumed or just providing a view into each business&#rsquo;s resource consumption to feed next year&#rsquo;s funding allocation, showback reports provide valuable data to the business. Although it is important to show each business a summary of how much they have consumed, it is […]]> http://blogs.vmware.com/management/2014/11/cloud-chargeback-part-6-provide-reports-business.html/feed 0 vRealize Operations Tech Tips #2 – Smart Alerts – Part 2 of 4 http://blogs.vmware.com/management/2014/11/vrealize-operations-tech-tips-2-smart-alerts-part-2-4.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vrealize-operations-tech-tips-2-smart-alerts-part-2-4 http://blogs.vmware.com/management/2014/11/vrealize-operations-tech-tips-2-smart-alerts-part-2-4.html#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:00:55 +0000
Nov 212014
 
VMware Ecosystem & Solution Engineering (EASE) group has organized an onsite vSphere Web Client Solution Development Boot Camp in Palo Alto for TAP members. When- Dec 1 – 5, 2014, 9 AM – 5 PM Each Day Where -VMware Palo Alto Campus Cost -$5,000/participant Questions?partnerservices@vmware.com The objective of this boot camp course is to provide […]]> VMware Ecosystem & Solution Engineering (EASE) group has organized an onsite vSphere Web Client Solution Development Boot Camp in Palo Alto for TAP members.

When- Dec 1 – 5, 2014, 9 AM – 5 PM Each Day
Where -VMware Palo Alto Campus
Cost -$5,000/participant
Questions?partnerservices@vmware.com

The objective of this boot camp course is to provide VMware Engineering Ecosystem Partners’ Engineers with the skills and knowledge needed to add their management content into the vSphere management environment. This will enable their customers to manage the partner&#rsquo;s solutions via VMware’s vSphere Web Client.

This course is delivered in an instructor-led format in five (5) days in the classroom, including theory and hands-on labs.

Benefits
Increase flexibility in software development lifecycle.
Leverage SMEs for quick resolution of development & certification issues.
Maximize the investment in VMware developer tools and technologies.

Prerequisites
Students must have Developer-level skills working with Windows, Mac, or Linux operating system.
Students must know how to use supported browsers and development tools

Learn more about the Boot Camp

To RegisterCONTACT PARTNER SERVICES

Nov 212014
 
By Tony Huynh, Product Line Manager, End-User Computing, VMware For the past several months, VMware has been working closely with XYZMO to enable SIGNificant—a cutting-edge e-signature solution—to work seamlessly with VMware Horizon with View virtual desktops. Now, we are pleased to announce our hard work has finally paid off: The latest SIGNificant solution from XYZMO […]]> By Tony Huynh, Product Line Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

For the past several months, VMware has been working closely with XYZMO to enable SIGNificant—a cutting-edge e-signature solution—to work seamlessly with VMware Horizon with View virtual desktops.

Now, we are pleased to announce our hard work has finally paid off: The latest SIGNificant solution from XYZMO now supports VMware Horizon with View virtual desktops. This exciting development enables new use cases and deployment scenarios, especially for organizations with remote branch offices. Simply put, you can now use the SIGNificant solution with a variety of signature tablets remotely connected to View virtual desktops.

SIGNificant Solution from XYZMO

With more than 10 years of digital-signature expertise, XYZMO has processed millions of electronic signatures via their SIGNificant e-signature solution.

At its core, SIGNificant allows you to perform real-time signature verification and mobile e-signing quickly and confidently. But before we get into how SIGNificant works with Horizon with View, let us first take a look at how it operates in non-VDI environments.

SIGNificant in Non-VDI Environments

In a non-VDI deployment, the signature tablet is connected to the client computer via a USB connection. On the client computer, a SIGNnificant Web Signing Interface (WSI) Java applet fetches the biometric data (x-coordinate, y-coordinate, pressure, time stamp) from the signature tablet and relays this information back to the SIGNificant Server platform for processing. All in all, the process is fairly simple:

Figure 1: A Non-VDI SIGNificant Deployment

However, in a VDI environment, things get a little trickier.

Challenges of Using Signature Tablets with Virtual Desktops

In the past, organizations have had to use USB redirection on the client computer to redirect the signature tablet to the virtual desktop for use. The performance of redirected USB devices tends to vary greatly over a wide area network (WAN), depending on network latency and packet loss.

In the case of latency or lost packets, the generated signature picture and the corresponding signature data may not accurately reflect the signature of the original signing party, making a forensic examination of the signature and real-time signature verification much more difficult or even impossible.

Luckily, we found a better way.

New Solution: SIGNificant Thin Client Add-On

Now, thanks to our new solution, SIGNificant components are installed on both the client computer and the View virtual desktop.

On the client computer, you install the SIGNificant Thin Client add-on. The Thin Client add-on then leverages the PCoIP virtual channel to manage communications between the signature tablet and the WSI Java Applet running on the virtual desktop. Essentially, this eliminates the need to use USB redirection to connect the signature tablet to the virtual desktop.

The result is a solution that is more resilient, provides better performance over the WAN, and utilizes less bandwidth.

Figure 2: The New SIGNificant Thin Client Add-On Solution

Want More?

For more information on the SIGNificant solution, see XYZMO.

Nov 212014
 

VMware and HP have been working together for a long time to give your customers a better way to virtualize. This new video presentation provides a quick overview of what makes virtualizing with VMware and HP a simpler, more affordable way to virtualize.

Nov 202014
 
At VMware, ourEPIC2values(Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customers, Community) reflect who we are and why we are here, to disrupt information technology while shaping the course of what&#rsquo;s next for our community. Our inaugural EPIC2Achievement Award recognizes people who exemplify all of our shared values in an extraordinary way. Recipients are chosen by our Executive team once […]]> At VMware, ourEPIC2values(Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customers, Community) reflect who we are and why we are here, to disrupt information technology while shaping the course of what&#rsquo;s next for our community. Our inaugural EPIC2Achievement Award recognizes people who exemplify all of our shared values in an extraordinary way. Recipients are chosen by our Executive team once a year and celebrated at our company all hands meeting.

Connect with Gregory Johnston, Field Financial Officer, and one of four employee recipients of VMware&#rsquo;s EPIC2 Achievement Awards ashe shares how VMware’s EPIC2 values bring true meaning to life in our community.

Name: Gregory Johnston

Role: Field Financial Officer

Office Location: Palo Alto, California

Years at VMware:8

 

How did you feel when you found out you were the first recipient of VMware&#rsquo;s firstEPIC2Achievement Award?

Truly honored! It is such a privilege to even be considered for the award, given the breath and scope of the recognition.

Can you share with us your most memorable moment at VMware?

I would say one of my most memorable moments at VMware was several years back, where we took a half-day with the team in Austin, Texas and spent the afternoon giving back at the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. First, it was an amazing event from a team bonding perspective. Secondly, it is so easy at times to become fully engulfed in all that we have to accomplish at VMware, and pausing to focus on our community and giving back truly puts things into perspective. The afternoon was one of the most rewarding team building events I’ve ever been a part of.

Can you share your perspective on how you bring your values to life at work?

I focus on highlighting each of the values in activities throughout the day. I tend to be a very passionate individual, so this easily flows into life at work. For the other values, I’ve found that highlighting them within conversations, team meetings, planning events, helps share these values broadly within my organization and my business partners. At times it is so easy to get mired in the weeds, we lose sight of the big picture and what we are trying to accomplish in information technology, and how this benefits not just ourselves, or our company, but our customers and the community.

How do VMware&#rsquo;s EPIC2values connect with your own personal values?

VMware’s values align extremely well with my personal values. I would go so far and state, that VMware’s values helped me review and inspect my own personal values. The inclusion of Community in VMware’s value truly helped me, personally, review am I doing enough in my life outside of work around my community to give back. I feel the continued focus onEPIC2 from VMware leadershiphelps me personally ensure that I maintain this focus outside of work.

Why do you think values matter at work?

Bluntly, because otherwise this is just a job. If we don’t focus on something greater (which is how I would view a value based approach such as EPIC2) it may be difficult to find reward and meaning in what we do daily. The heightened focus on values at VMware is something that I’m grateful for.

 

 

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Nov 202014
 
By Gina Daly, Technical Writer for Technical Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware Are you making the most of the available online resources to find information about VMware End-User Computing products? Knowledge is power, as they say, and we are committed to bringing you knowledge. Whether you are new to VMware or a seasoned veteran, we hope […]]> By Gina Daly, Technical Writer for Technical Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

Are you making the most of the available online resources to find information about VMware End-User Computing products? Knowledge is power, as they say, and we are committed to bringing you knowledge. Whether you are new to VMware or a seasoned veteran, we hope this blog will be helpful.

Figure 1: VMware Knowledge Base

Self-Help 101

The VMware Knowledge Base is at the very core of VMware Knowledge Management. It is a centralized repository of KB articles with known product issues, error messages, troubleshooting tips, best practices, and solutions. If you have not already done so, make sure to bookmark the KB home page.

The Knowledge Base allows you to search by product, error message, or article ID. The following Knowledge Base articles (KBs) contain more detail for using and searching the Knowledge Base: Using the VMware Knowledge Base and Searching the VMware Knowledge Base.

The Knowledge Base is just one of the self-help resources available. Our Knowledge Experience (KX) Team has been working diligently to produce and update a variety of technical content to ensure you can resolve your issues, without having to create a service request. Easily accessible content equals higher chance of issue resolution. More issues resolved equals fewer service requests, and this equals more time for you to get back to business! We are continually testing new ways to make this vital information accessible to our EUC community as quickly as possible.

The results?

Self-Help on Social Media

After researching the top call problems in support, our KX team produced a list of top 20 KBs to resolve these issues. Now, every month, a list of the top 20 KBs are posted on the Support Insider blog. For example, check out this top 20 KB list for VMware Horizon with View. A list you will definitely want to keep handy!

The good news is that you can subscribe to the Support Insider blog and receive support tips and KB-related discussions directly to your inbox.

Figure 2: Subscribe to the Support Insider Blog

Another great resource is the KB Digest. This is a weekly compilation of all new KB articles created the previous week. And you can also subscribe to the KB Digest and get weekly emails with this useful content.

Figure 3: VMware KB Digest

Help Us to Help You!

Giving you the information you need is an evolving process, and we appreciate your feedback and comments. We need your help to deliver relevant technical content and self-help resources to your doorstep, as quickly as possible. Get in touch!

Follow the Knowledge Experience team on Twitter.

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Nov 202014
 
By: Mathew Lodge How do you build an application that can handle 2,000 requests/second in less than 6 weeks that has to integrate on-premises systems, native mobile and SaaS services? It has to pass a strict security audit, be managed as a single application, and absolutely cannot fail during one of the tech industry&#rsquo;s largest […]]> By: Mathew Lodge

How do you build an application that can handle 2,000 requests/second in less than 6 weeks that has to integrate on-premises systems, native mobile and SaaS services? It has to pass a strict security audit, be managed as a single application, and absolutely cannot fail during one of the tech industry&#rsquo;s largest events in San Francisco and Barcelona? Using a hybrid cloud, of course! If you&#rsquo;ve ever wondered what a &#rsquo;hybrid cloud application&#rdquo; looks like, then the VMworld 2014 mobile application is a great example.

The VMworld application represents a new generation of hybrid applications: those that span on-premises, off-premises and SaaS services. The &#rsquo;backend&#rdquo; of the mobile application, containing the data layer and the core logic, ran on vCloud Air and integrated with all the other systems. We engaged mobile solutions provider raw engineering to build the application for VMware, who deployed their built.io app development platform on vCloud Air. The VMworld mobile application was designed and developed in 6 weeks using agile methodology with regular demonstrations and testing by the VMworld team. The rest of the project schedule was spent on scale testing, security and privacy audits, bug fixes and legal review before submitting to the Google Play Store and Apple App Store about a month before VMworld San Francisco.

VMware&#rsquo;s identity management systems were the on-premises component, ensuring that customer data was secured while allowing single sign-on. VMware partner Crittercism provided mobile app performance management for a real-time view of key application performance diagnostics including uptime, responsiveness, and transactions. The Lanyon Event product was the system of record for sessions, attendance management and the survey engine — another SaaS service.

Many cloud adopters have written about the advantages of not having to do accurate forecasting of demand with horizontally-scaling web applications. While this sounds good, with an event where downtime would be hugely problematic and a brand new application, scale testing was going to be very important. We talked to organizations running large scale consumer mobile apps with millions of users to get an idea of peak loading, and arrived at 400 requests per second for an audience of about 20,000 conference-goers. Boy, were we wrong!

In the event, the backend demand peaked at 2,100 requests/second right after the Day 1 VMworld keynote at 10.30 am on Monday August 25th. Roughly 12,000 attendees left the keynote hall and opened the app to review and plan the rest of their day – all at the same time. This illustrates a key advantage to a hybrid application architecture where the mobile portion of the application could be rapidly scaled to cope with demand. The built.io platform scales horizontally along with the underlying Redis key-value store and MongoDB database. We learned that conference apps are far more demanding than general mobile consumer apps due to the synchronizing nature of conference events, where app users all end up doing the same thing at once.

Management

Cloud automation and analytics were essential to monitor the environment as well as capturing attendee behavior and preferences. Using vRealize Operations, we were also able to keep a close eye on the cloud infrastructure behavior, and that helped us understand how the application behaved on vCloud Air and where the bottlenecks were. That helped us make important decisions about what we needed to do to keep the app delivering a great experience, and squash any API performance issues.

With built.io on vCloud Air, it was easy for us to monitor load on our systems and map it back to what was happening on the show floor. The below graph shows the number of API calls from the mobile app to the backend on the first day of the conference. Note the spike in API calls around 10.30 am.

From an analytics perspective, the system was monitored by vCOps running in our on-prem vSphere environment pulling data from our vCloud Air tenant, and showed us our infrastructure&#rsquo;s resource consumption. It allowed us to have a quick and accurate trending analysis for metrics like network traffic and CPU load, while the analytics provided by built.io gave us insight into actual usage of the mobile app. Together, the systems were tracking several hundred million data points including things like buttons pressed, resources consumed, surveys submitted, network throughput, storage performance, latency, and more.

Customers liked the new application

Customer feedback on the new mobile application was overwhelmingly positive, with many taking to Twitter to voice their approval of the clearer, simpler layout and easier navigation. We also had time to add in a few fun features like the &#rsquo;Tweet a selfie&#rdquo; option.

Here&#rsquo;s an interview with vCloud Air core platform VP Scott Collison summarizing the app&#rsquo;s highlights:

Mobile apps are hybrid cloud applications

The official VMworld 2014 conference app provided an exciting large-scale enterprise mobile application that was brought to market in just a few months and achieved significant customer enthusiasm and adoption. It also illustrates how today&#rsquo;s enterprise mobile apps are native hybrid cloud applications, bringing together core on-premises systems, dynamic public cloud-based mobile apps and SaaS services to solve business and IT requirements.

Nov 202014
 

This week&#rsquo;s question comes from the vCloud Air video series.

 

A) Test & Dev
B) Mission Critical App
C) Disaster Recovery
D) All of the above


Click through to thecommentsfor the answer.

Follow@VMwareEducationon Instagram to see more #TechTrivia every Friday andvisual updates from the VMware Education and Certification community.