Aug 292015
 

By Tristan Todd, Architect, End-User Computing, VMware
Jim Yanik, Architect, End-User Computing, VMware
Tony Foster, EMC
Michael Fox, EMC
Mark Orth, EMC

If you make it easy to implement, simple to administer, and deliver an exceptional user experience, then your “desktop of the future” project is more likely to be successful! We have made this statement at virtualization industry events for the last five years. Now an exciting new solution has arrived that helps enterprises achieve each of these three goals.

The Federation End-User-Computing Solution

The EMC Federation has made it easier for enterprises to deploy virtual desktops at scale, with the Federation End-User-Computing (Fed EUC) Solution. This is a holistic solution for delivering desktops and applications to any device. The Federation EUC Solution provides everything needed for secure, anytime, anywhere access to virtual desktops and applications. It includes all hardware, software, and services needed for end-user computing, including virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), support desk software, orchestration and automation tools, security, installation services, and one-call support.

End-user computing showcases the value of EMC Federation. We’re the only vendor that offers the dozens of hardware and software components that go into a complete virtual desktop solution. The Federation EUC Solution combines storage from EMC; servers and networking from VCE; orchestration, automation, and management tools from VMware; optional hypervisor-based security from RSA; and more optional components from other Federation companies. Enterprises can deploy the Federation EUC Solution as a standalone solution or integrate it with the EMC Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud. They can use our converged infrastructure or use their own infrastructure with EMC storage.

Three Challenges of Large-Scale VDI

The Federation EUC Solution overcomes the three major challenges of introducing virtual desktops at a large scale.

The first obstacle is complexity. Until now, most enterprises took the do-it-yourself (DIY) approach to virtual desktop solutions by integrating dozens of hardware and software components from multiple vendors. As a holistic solution, the Federation EUC Solution eliminates the headaches and risk of DIY. For example, deployment is quick because we have already ensured that everything works together, from the underlying infrastructure to the software stack. And, a huge relief to IT teams looking for accountability, we offer one-call support for any issue, whether it involves hardware or software.

The second problem we have tackled with the Federation EUC Solution is making sure that the user experience does not degrade as the deployment scales. The EMC XtremIO all-flash arrays in the solution scale linearly. Enterprises choose a pre-sized option for as few as 500 users or up to tens of thousands. Scaling to support more users is as simple as adding a modular upgrade. We have ensured that performance will not slow with growth.

Finally, we have simplified virtual desktop management by including advanced VMware tools that automate manual processes. Administrators can monitor performance end-to-end, from the desktop to the data center, all from one interface. Support-desk staff can quickly see if a performance issue has to do with the infrastructure, network, storage, display protocol, or virtual desktop itself. Provisioning is simpler: one click to spin up one, ten, or hundreds of desktops. Delivering and upgrading applications takes just seconds. And if the IT team activates the self-service option, users can order desktops and applications as a service, with no involvement from IT.

VMworld 2015

We would love to share more about the Federation EUC Solution with you in person. If you are attending VMworld 2015 in San Francisco:

  • Stop by Federation booths 1229 or 1405 to learn more
  • Attend breakout session EUC6643 where Tony Foster and Raj Dawar from EMC will deliver a comprehensive overview of the Federation EUC Solution

For More Information

To learn more, we invite you to read the executive and technical white papers on the Federation End-User Computing Solutions Web page.

The post End-User Computing Just Got Simpler appeared first on VMware End-User Computing Blog.

Aug 292015
 

By Tristan Todd, Architect, End-User Computing, VMware
Jim Yanik, Architect, End-User Computing, VMware
Tony Foster, EMC
Michael Fox, EMC
Mark Orth, EMC

If you make it easy to implement, simple to administer, and deliver an exceptional user experience, then your “desktop of the future” project is more likely to be successful! We have made this statement at virtualization industry events for the last five years. Now an exciting new solution has arrived that helps enterprises achieve each of these three goals.

The Federation End-User-Computing Solution

The EMC Federation has made it easier for enterprises to deploy virtual desktops at scale, with the Federation End-User-Computing (Fed EUC) Solution. This is a holistic solution for delivering desktops and applications to any device. The Federation EUC Solution provides everything needed for secure, anytime, anywhere access to virtual desktops and applications. It includes all hardware, software, and services needed for end-user computing, including virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), support desk software, orchestration and automation tools, security, installation services, and one-call support.

End-user computing showcases the value of EMC Federation. We’re the only vendor that offers the dozens of hardware and software components that go into a complete virtual desktop solution. The Federation EUC Solution combines storage from EMC; servers and networking from VCE; orchestration, automation, and management tools from VMware; optional hypervisor-based security from RSA; and more optional components from other Federation companies. Enterprises can deploy the Federation EUC Solution as a standalone solution or integrate it with the EMC Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud. They can use our converged infrastructure or use their own infrastructure with EMC storage.

Three Challenges of Large-Scale VDI

The Federation EUC Solution overcomes the three major challenges of introducing virtual desktops at a large scale.

The first obstacle is complexity. Until now, most enterprises took the do-it-yourself (DIY) approach to virtual desktop solutions by integrating dozens of hardware and software components from multiple vendors. As a holistic solution, the Federation EUC Solution eliminates the headaches and risk of DIY. For example, deployment is quick because we have already ensured that everything works together, from the underlying infrastructure to the software stack. And, a huge relief to IT teams looking for accountability, we offer one-call support for any issue, whether it involves hardware or software.

The second problem we have tackled with the Federation EUC Solution is making sure that the user experience does not degrade as the deployment scales. The EMC XtremIO all-flash arrays in the solution scale linearly. Enterprises choose a pre-sized option for as few as 500 users or up to tens of thousands. Scaling to support more users is as simple as adding a modular upgrade. We have ensured that performance will not slow with growth.

Finally, we have simplified virtual desktop management by including advanced VMware tools that automate manual processes. Administrators can monitor performance end-to-end, from the desktop to the data center, all from one interface. Support-desk staff can quickly see if a performance issue has to do with the infrastructure, network, storage, display protocol, or virtual desktop itself. Provisioning is simpler: one click to spin up one, ten, or hundreds of desktops. Delivering and upgrading applications takes just seconds. And if the IT team activates the self-service option, users can order desktops and applications as a service, with no involvement from IT.

VMworld 2015

We would love to share more about the Federation EUC Solution with you in person. If you are attending VMworld 2015 in San Francisco:

  • Stop by Federation booths 1229 or 1405 to learn more
  • Attend breakout session EUC6643 where Tony Foster and Raj Dawar from EMC will deliver a comprehensive overview of the Federation EUC Solution

For More Information

To learn more, we invite you to read the executive and technical white papers on the Federation End-User Computing Solutions Web page.

The post End-User Computing Just Got Simpler appeared first on VMware End-User Computing Blog.

Aug 282015
 
This year at AirWatch Connect, workshops will be hosted on Monday, September 21. During this time executives, sales account executives, sales engineers and product managers will gather for vertically focused programming. Programming for each industry workshop includes customer panels, opportunities to network with other industry peers and time to connect with AirWatch technical and industry […]]> http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/08/airwatch-connect-retail-workshop-preview/feed/ 0 AirWatch Connect: Government Workshop Preview http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/08/airwatch-connect-government-workshop-preview/ http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/08/airwatch-connect-government-workshop-preview/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:42:29 +0000
Aug 282015
 
This year at AirWatch Connect, workshops will be hosted on Monday, September 21. During this time executives, sales account executives, sales engineers and product managers will gather for vertically focused programming. Programming for each industry workshop includes customer panels, opportunities to network with other industry peers and time to connect with AirWatch technical and industry […]]> http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/08/airwatch-connect-retail-workshop-preview/feed/ 0 AirWatch Connect: Government Workshop Preview http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/08/airwatch-connect-government-workshop-preview/ http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/08/airwatch-connect-government-workshop-preview/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:42:29 +0000
Aug 282015
 

This month, we have a few enhancements around the Topics/hashtags feature and addressed some challenges for LDAP-integrated communities. We’ve also improved out mobile browser experience so that the entire Socialcast feature set (Projects, Challenges, Town Halls, etc.) can now be accessed from a mobile tablet or phone. Check it out below!*

1. Topics Included in Search Dropdown

You can now easily search and discover Topics/hashtags directly from the global search bar at the top of your community page. Type in your keyword or use a preceding # symbol, and a list of Matched Tags will appear. Clicking on the topic will send you directly to the Topic page.

2. Markdown Support in Topic Description

We now support markdown rendering in the Topic description field. Although a minor enhancement for Topics themselves, many of the integrations available in the Integration Store can leverage topics and the description field to surface more valuable information from that system into the Socialcast stream. Third-party developers or regular users can now simply add the supported github style of markdown to topic descriptions and have it rendered after save.

3. Ability to Bulk Send Activation Emails to Pending Users

We now support the ability to bulk resend activation emails to users in a Pending Activation status. Pending Activation users are those that have accepted an invitation to join the community, but have not fully completed the account activation process. This is especially beneficial for LDAP communities, where all provisioned users are initially put in a Pending Activation status until the individual clicks through their activation email. If that email is lost or deleted, an admin would have to resend the email on a per user basis. Now, admins can select multiple or all users to bulk send activation emails.

To bulk send activation emails to pending users, admins can follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Admin Settings > User Management > filter by Pending Activation
  2. Either select individual users or click the ‘Select All’ button to select all users
  3. Click the ‘Resend Selected Activations’

This will result in activation emails being resent to all selected users.

4. Preferred Name or Nickname Field

Many people go by something other than their given first name, whether that be their middle name or a nickname. Those companies that sync their users with Active Directory or have other LDAP integrations typically don’t have a preferred name field to map. As a result, users were being forced to use a name in Socialcast that was not known by their colleagues. This problem is now a thing of the past as we are providing support for “Preferred Names” or “Nicknames.”

Admins can now go under Admin Settings > Community Management > User Management > Actions > Edit and manually enter a ‘Preferred Name’ for that particular individual. Users can also Edit their Profile and enter a ‘Preferred Name’.

Once this is done, Socialcast will display the Preferred Name in all places where the user is referenced. Community members can @mention the user by their Preferred Name or their Given First Name, and the auto-suggest drop down will work across the web and mobile apps!

5. Desktop Mode for Mobile Browser

We have now enabled the desktop mode to be the default viewing experience for users who try to access Socialcast through their mobile browsers. This means that when you visit your Socialcast community through a mobile browser such as Safari or Chrome, you will have the same experience as the desktop browser version and full access to the entire Socialcast feature set.

In this new layout, we have moved all the navigation buttons to the top of the browser, extended the stream to be full width, and removed the web flyout functionality so that your memberships can be viewed on a static dashboard page.

This also means that we have retired the old mobile web solution. For the most optimal experience, download our native apps for iOS and Android today!

*Please note that On-Premise clients will receive these features in a future release.

Aug 282015
 

This month, we have a few enhancements around the Topics/hashtags feature and addressed some challenges for LDAP-integrated communities. We’ve also improved out mobile browser experience so that the entire Socialcast feature set (Projects, Challenges, Town Halls, etc.) can now be accessed from a mobile tablet or phone. Check it out below!*

1. Topics Included in Search Dropdown

You can now easily search and discover Topics/hashtags directly from the global search bar at the top of your community page. Type in your keyword or use a preceding # symbol, and a list of Matched Tags will appear. Clicking on the topic will send you directly to the Topic page.

2. Markdown Support in Topic Description

We now support markdown rendering in the Topic description field. Although a minor enhancement for Topics themselves, many of the integrations available in the Integration Store can leverage topics and the description field to surface more valuable information from that system into the Socialcast stream. Third-party developers or regular users can now simply add the supported github style of markdown to topic descriptions and have it rendered after save.

3. Ability to Bulk Send Activation Emails to Pending Users

We now support the ability to bulk resend activation emails to users in a Pending Activation status. Pending Activation users are those that have accepted an invitation to join the community, but have not fully completed the account activation process. This is especially beneficial for LDAP communities, where all provisioned users are initially put in a Pending Activation status until the individual clicks through their activation email. If that email is lost or deleted, an admin would have to resend the email on a per user basis. Now, admins can select multiple or all users to bulk send activation emails.

To bulk send activation emails to pending users, admins can follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Admin Settings > User Management > filter by Pending Activation
  2. Either select individual users or click the ‘Select All’ button to select all users
  3. Click the ‘Resend Selected Activations’

This will result in activation emails being resent to all selected users.

4. Preferred Name or Nickname Field

Many people go by something other than their given first name, whether that be their middle name or a nickname. Those companies that sync their users with Active Directory or have other LDAP integrations typically don’t have a preferred name field to map. As a result, users were being forced to use a name in Socialcast that was not known by their colleagues. This problem is now a thing of the past as we are providing support for “Preferred Names” or “Nicknames.”

Admins can now go under Admin Settings > Community Management > User Management > Actions > Edit and manually enter a ‘Preferred Name’ for that particular individual. Users can also Edit their Profile and enter a ‘Preferred Name’.

Once this is done, Socialcast will display the Preferred Name in all places where the user is referenced. Community members can @mention the user by their Preferred Name or their Given First Name, and the auto-suggest drop down will work across the web and mobile apps!

5. Desktop Mode for Mobile Browser

We have now enabled the desktop mode to be the default viewing experience for users who try to access Socialcast through their mobile browsers. This means that when you visit your Socialcast community through a mobile browser such as Safari or Chrome, you will have the same experience as the desktop browser version and full access to the entire Socialcast feature set.

In this new layout, we have moved all the navigation buttons to the top of the browser, extended the stream to be full width, and removed the web flyout functionality so that your memberships can be viewed on a static dashboard page.

This also means that we have retired the old mobile web solution. For the most optimal experience, download our native apps for iOS and Android today!

*Please note that On-Premise clients will receive these features in a future release.

Aug 282015
 

VMware Learning Zone has always offered24/7 access to cloud-based VMware Training on vSphere 6, Virtual SAN and VMware NSX delivered by VMware Certified Instructors (VCIs) and experts. But we’ve now added exclusiveCertification Exam Prep packages with detailed exam objective reviews and practice questions.

VMware Learning Zone Subscriptions

  • Just-in-time instruction to improve troubleshooting, configuration and deployment of VMware software solutions
  • Supplements traditional training such as classroom and On Demand courses
  • High-quality content based on VMware most common support issues and scenarios

Standard

  • Access to all single videos in the VMware Learning Zone library for one year

Premium

  • Access to all single videos in the VMware Learning Zone library for one year
  • PLUS Access to all Certification Exam Prep

Certification Exam Prep

Our new Certification Exam Prep helps you identify and close knowledge gaps by providing a comprehensive review of exam objectives covered on the exam. VCIs provide demos, study tips, and advice to help avoid common mistakes, along with sample questions.

  • VMware Certification Exam Prep: vSphere 6 Foundations Exam(2V0-620)
  • VMware Certification Exam Prep: VMware Certified Professional 6– Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV) Exam (2V0-621)
  • VMware Certification Exam Prep: VMware Certified Professional 6– Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV) Delta Exam (2V0-621D)

Special Limited Time Offer!

Purchase any Certification Exam Prep by November 30 and save 10% off the list price, PLUS you’ll also receive a 50% off certification exam voucher. Find complete details on how to claim your discounts here.

The post Cert Prep Now Available via VMware Learning Zone appeared first on VMware Education and Certification Blog.

Aug 282015
 

VMware Learning Zone has always offered24/7 access to cloud-based VMware Training on vSphere 6, Virtual SAN and VMware NSX delivered by VMware Certified Instructors (VCIs) and experts. But we’ve now added exclusiveCertification Exam Prep packages with detailed exam objective reviews and practice questions.

VMware Learning Zone Subscriptions

  • Just-in-time instruction to improve troubleshooting, configuration and deployment of VMware software solutions
  • Supplements traditional training such as classroom and On Demand courses
  • High-quality content based on VMware most common support issues and scenarios

Standard

  • Access to all single videos in the VMware Learning Zone library for one year

Premium

  • Access to all single videos in the VMware Learning Zone library for one year
  • PLUS Access to all Certification Exam Prep

Certification Exam Prep

Our new Certification Exam Prep helps you identify and close knowledge gaps by providing a comprehensive review of exam objectives covered on the exam. VCIs provide demos, study tips, and advice to help avoid common mistakes, along with sample questions.

  • VMware Certification Exam Prep: vSphere 6 Foundations Exam(2V0-620)
  • VMware Certification Exam Prep: VMware Certified Professional 6– Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV) Exam (2V0-621)
  • VMware Certification Exam Prep: VMware Certified Professional 6– Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV) Delta Exam (2V0-621D)

Special Limited Time Offer!

Purchase any Certification Exam Prep by November 30 and save 10% off the list price, PLUS you’ll also receive a 50% off certification exam voucher. Find complete details on how to claim your discounts here.

The post Cert Prep Now Available via VMware Learning Zone appeared first on VMware Education and Certification Blog.

Aug 282015
 

So, you’ve got your pass to this year’s VMworld? Cool! Now it’s time to make sure you’re ready for the event!

The vCloud Air team has curated a list of6things we’re sure you wouldn’t want to miss out on at VMworld. Think of it as your “vCloud Air VMworld Cheat Sheet.” Here’s a quick recap of what you need to know before you attend VMworld 2015:

1) Can’t-Miss Sessions

Looking to get the latest tips and tricks from the greatest cloud enthusiasts? Then be sure to check out as many vCloud Air sessions as you can! Our Five Starting Points Sessions provide a great overview of vCloud Air use cases and more. But hurry, sessions fill up fast!

Five Starting Points Sessions:

ID Number:Session:Date and Time:
HBC5008vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Technical Deep DiveMonday 2-3 pm
HBC5732Mobility as a Service: Better – Faster – Stronger Mobile App Backends in the CloudMonday 5-6 pm
HBC5784Extend Your Development and Testing Practices to vCloud AirTuesday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
HBC5356Technical Deep Dive: Microsoft SharePoint in vCloudAirWednesday 8-9 am
HBC5769Hybrid Devops Using vCloud Air: You Choose the ToolsWednesday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Visit the VMworld Schedule Builder to register today!

2) Become a vCloud Air Master by taking a Hands-on Lab!

Want to take VMware products for a spin? Hands-on Labs make it easy.

ID NumberSession Title
SPL-HBD-1681VMware vCloud® Air™ – Jump Start for vSphere Admins
SPL-HBD-1682VMware vCloud® Air™ – Networking & Security
SPL-HBD-1683VMware vCloud® Air™ – Manage Your Cloud
SPL-HBD-1684VMware vCloud® Air™ Disaster Recovery
SPL-HBD-1686VMware vCloud® Air™ Data Services

And, if you signup for vCloud Air OnDemand, you can continue your VMworld Hands-on Labs afterthe event.

3) Score Some VMware Swag

The vCloud Air team will be hosting contests at VMworld to give you a chance to win some sweet swag.

#vTrivia –Here’s how to play

  • Follow us on Twitter at@vCloudand keep an eye out for trivia questions posted with the #vTrivia hashtag.
  • #vTrivia questions will center around major VMworld announcements and key highlights from popular sessions and events.
  • Think you know the answer? Then tell us by replying to the@vCloudhandle and tagging the #vTrivia hashtag.
  • The first VMworld attendee to correctly answer the question will win a prize pack (pictured below)!

Claim Your Free Dilbert T-shirt in the Hang Space

Want a free Dilbert t-shirt? Last year our Dilbert t-shirts were such a hit, we had Scott Adams, creator of the popular Dilbert comic, return to create 3 new custom comic strips for vCloud Air! Visit our kiosk in the Hang Space, sign up for vCloud Air OnDemand and get one of 3 new Dilbert t-shirts – it’s that simple.

4) Show Off Your Skills at the DevOps Hackathon

The VMware DevOps team is hosting a live Hackathon on September 2nd! There will be a traditional open-ended development competition, as well as a series of skilled tasks to complete. You can participate in one or both of the following tracks:

  • Track 1: Complete a variety of infrastructure-focused tasks on the vCloud Air platform to achieve status and prizes. Since it’s an open competition, participants can freely utilize the vCloud Air platform in any way they choose. You’re also free to begin working on your project prior to VMworld.
  • Track 2: Compete in an open-judged competition where you’re free to build any application or service you choose leveraging the vCloud Air platform.

Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place.

  • First Place:The#vCloudAirRocksexperience. Includes 5 backstage passes to this year’s VMworld concert, access to a meet-and-greet with the bands, and a limo ride to and from the concert. If that isn’t enough to pique your interest, the winner will also receive an Epiphone electric guitar signed by members ofNeon TreesandAlabama Shakes. and a new Dell Laptop.
  • Second Place:iPad Air
  • Third Place:Go Pro Hero 3

Visit the registration page or the blog for more information or to sign up.

5) Cloud Seeker High Score Contest

During VMworld, the vCloud Air Network team will be hosting a Cloud Seeker High Score Contest! For those not in the know, Cloud Seeker is the game recently released on the App Store and Google Play, where you dodge security threats and collect power-ups on your way to finding your ideal cloud with the vCloud Air Network.

Here’s how to participate:

  • Download Cloud Seeker from the App Store or Google Play
  • Play the game!
  • Take a screenshot of your highest score
  • Submit that screenshot to @VMwareSP on Twitter, or post it to the VMware Service Provider Facebook page

Every high score submission will receive a Starbucks gift card. The highest score of the conference will receive the grand prize of a Parrot AR.Drone 2.0!

Additionally, one randomly drawn high score submission will also win a Parrot AR.Drone 2.0!

Are you ready to become a Cloud Seeker?

6) Mix & Mingle with Fellow Cloud Enthusiasts

We’re hosting our annual Tweetup at 111 Minna from 4:30-7:30 PM. Come eat, drink, and Tweet! Be sure to RSVP to reserve your spot today!

If you can’t make it to the party, you can always join virtually and get at little taste of the fun. We’ll be covering the event through the @vCloud Twitter handle – just follow the #Cloudtalk2015 hashtag!

We can’t wait to see you at VMworld!

Be sure to follow us on Twitter at @vCloud to get more of the latest updates that are sure to bubble up!

Also be sure to check out the vCloud Air Community, where you can join or start a discussion, watch our latest vTech Talk video, enter for a change to win swag in our monthly giveaways and more. Get started here!

For future updates, follow us on Twitter and Facebook at @vCloud and Facebook.com/VMwarevCloud.

The post What to Know Before You Go to VMworld 2015 appeared first on VMware vCloud Blog.

Aug 282015
 

So, you’ve got your pass to this year’s VMworld? Cool! Now it’s time to make sure you’re ready for the event!

The vCloud Air team has curated a list of6things we’re sure you wouldn’t want to miss out on at VMworld. Think of it as your “vCloud Air VMworld Cheat Sheet.” Here’s a quick recap of what you need to know before you attend VMworld 2015:

1) Can’t-Miss Sessions

Looking to get the latest tips and tricks from the greatest cloud enthusiasts? Then be sure to check out as many vCloud Air sessions as you can! Our Five Starting Points Sessions provide a great overview of vCloud Air use cases and more. But hurry, sessions fill up fast!

Five Starting Points Sessions:

ID Number:Session:Date and Time:
HBC5008vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Technical Deep DiveMonday 2-3 pm
HBC5732Mobility as a Service: Better – Faster – Stronger Mobile App Backends in the CloudMonday 5-6 pm
HBC5784Extend Your Development and Testing Practices to vCloud AirTuesday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
HBC5356Technical Deep Dive: Microsoft SharePoint in vCloudAirWednesday 8-9 am
HBC5769Hybrid Devops Using vCloud Air: You Choose the ToolsWednesday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Visit the VMworld Schedule Builder to register today!

2) Become a vCloud Air Master by taking a Hands-on Lab!

Want to take VMware products for a spin? Hands-on Labs make it easy.

ID NumberSession Title
SPL-HBD-1681VMware vCloud® Air™ – Jump Start for vSphere Admins
SPL-HBD-1682VMware vCloud® Air™ – Networking & Security
SPL-HBD-1683VMware vCloud® Air™ – Manage Your Cloud
SPL-HBD-1684VMware vCloud® Air™ Disaster Recovery
SPL-HBD-1686VMware vCloud® Air™ Data Services

And, if you signup for vCloud Air OnDemand, you can continue your VMworld Hands-on Labs afterthe event.

3) Score Some VMware Swag

The vCloud Air team will be hosting contests at VMworld to give you a chance to win some sweet swag.

#vTrivia –Here’s how to play

  • Follow us on Twitter at@vCloudand keep an eye out for trivia questions posted with the #vTrivia hashtag.
  • #vTrivia questions will center around major VMworld announcements and key highlights from popular sessions and events.
  • Think you know the answer? Then tell us by replying to the@vCloudhandle and tagging the #vTrivia hashtag.
  • The first VMworld attendee to correctly answer the question will win a prize pack (pictured below)!

Claim Your Free Dilbert T-shirt in the Hang Space

Want a free Dilbert t-shirt? Last year our Dilbert t-shirts were such a hit, we had Scott Adams, creator of the popular Dilbert comic, return to create 3 new custom comic strips for vCloud Air! Visit our kiosk in the Hang Space, sign up for vCloud Air OnDemand and get one of 3 new Dilbert t-shirts – it’s that simple.

4) Show Off Your Skills at the DevOps Hackathon

The VMware DevOps team is hosting a live Hackathon on September 2nd! There will be a traditional open-ended development competition, as well as a series of skilled tasks to complete. You can participate in one or both of the following tracks:

  • Track 1: Complete a variety of infrastructure-focused tasks on the vCloud Air platform to achieve status and prizes. Since it’s an open competition, participants can freely utilize the vCloud Air platform in any way they choose. You’re also free to begin working on your project prior to VMworld.
  • Track 2: Compete in an open-judged competition where you’re free to build any application or service you choose leveraging the vCloud Air platform.

Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place.

  • First Place:The#vCloudAirRocksexperience. Includes 5 backstage passes to this year’s VMworld concert, access to a meet-and-greet with the bands, and a limo ride to and from the concert. If that isn’t enough to pique your interest, the winner will also receive an Epiphone electric guitar signed by members ofNeon TreesandAlabama Shakes. and a new Dell Laptop.
  • Second Place:iPad Air
  • Third Place:Go Pro Hero 3

Visit the registration page or the blog for more information or to sign up.

5) Cloud Seeker High Score Contest

During VMworld, the vCloud Air Network team will be hosting a Cloud Seeker High Score Contest! For those not in the know, Cloud Seeker is the game recently released on the App Store and Google Play, where you dodge security threats and collect power-ups on your way to finding your ideal cloud with the vCloud Air Network.

Here’s how to participate:

  • Download Cloud Seeker from the App Store or Google Play
  • Play the game!
  • Take a screenshot of your highest score
  • Submit that screenshot to @VMwareSP on Twitter, or post it to the VMware Service Provider Facebook page

Every high score submission will receive a Starbucks gift card. The highest score of the conference will receive the grand prize of a Parrot AR.Drone 2.0!

Additionally, one randomly drawn high score submission will also win a Parrot AR.Drone 2.0!

Are you ready to become a Cloud Seeker?

6) Mix & Mingle with Fellow Cloud Enthusiasts

We’re hosting our annual Tweetup at 111 Minna from 4:30-7:30 PM. Come eat, drink, and Tweet! Be sure to RSVP to reserve your spot today!

If you can’t make it to the party, you can always join virtually and get at little taste of the fun. We’ll be covering the event through the @vCloud Twitter handle – just follow the #Cloudtalk2015 hashtag!

We can’t wait to see you at VMworld!

Be sure to follow us on Twitter at @vCloud to get more of the latest updates that are sure to bubble up!

Also be sure to check out the vCloud Air Community, where you can join or start a discussion, watch our latest vTech Talk video, enter for a change to win swag in our monthly giveaways and more. Get started here!

For future updates, follow us on Twitter and Facebook at @vCloud and Facebook.com/VMwarevCloud.

The post What to Know Before You Go to VMworld 2015 appeared first on VMware vCloud Blog.

Aug 282015
 

For businesses today, disastrous events don’t have to mean disaster.

That’s because today’s organizations can leverage the power of the cloud — public, private and hybrid — to keep their apps, data and more up and available when everything else is down and out. The best part: no cloud experience required.

The VMware vCloud Air Network offers a variety of disaster recovery solutions through service provider partners who offer VMware Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) Powered services. These services give your organization peace of mind and minimized downtime when disaster — from earthquakes, severe weather and power surges to coffee spills — strikes.

VMware DRaaS Powered services, offered by vCloud Air Network Service Providers, bring you a variety of benefits. The clearest benefit: keeping your services online and available even if your primary data center goes offline.

“DRaaS has been a fast growing offering inside of the Expedient Portfolio. In most cases, this is a company’s first exposure and use of cloud resources. Having the VMware DRaaSPoweredbadge provides validity to our solution and assures the customer that they are receiving best of breed technology to satisfy their Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity objective.”

-John White,Director, Product Strategy,Expedient

DRaaS Powered services also have a unique advantage: they are based on VMware vCenter™ Site Recovery Manager™. vCenter Site Recovery Manager is our industry-leading solution to application availability and mobility across sites in private and hybrid cloud environments. With our expert, validated partners, your organization can scale its DR plan as it grows. To find the best of breed DR solution, just look for the VMware DRaaS Powered badge.

At the core of VMware DRaaS Powered services are three elements:

  • Business Continuity
  • Cost Savings
  • Managed Services

Don’t want to invest in your own physical infrastructure and expertise? Don’t worry. Subscription-based services eliminate expensive capital investments. Worried about management? Disaster recovery solutions are fully managed by trained professionals with experience and expertise, giving your organization peace of mind. What happens if a major event disrupts your organization? Simple: business functions either quickly resume or are maintained in the event of a major disruption.

If you’re ready to find a service provider offering VMware DRaaS Powered services, visit us at vCloudProviders.VMware.com/services/draas-powered..

Be sure to subscribe to the vCloud blog, follow @VMwareSP on Twitter or ‘like’ us on Facebook for future updates.

The post Power Up Your Disaster Recovery Plan with VMware DRaaS Powered Services appeared first on VMware vCloud Blog.

Aug 282015
 

For businesses today, disastrous events don’t have to mean disaster.

That’s because today’s organizations can leverage the power of the cloud — public, private and hybrid — to keep their apps, data and more up and available when everything else is down and out. The best part: no cloud experience required.

The VMware vCloud Air Network offers a variety of disaster recovery solutions through service provider partners who offer VMware Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) Powered services. These services give your organization peace of mind and minimized downtime when disaster — from earthquakes, severe weather and power surges to coffee spills — strikes.

VMware DRaaS Powered services, offered by vCloud Air Network Service Providers, bring you a variety of benefits. The clearest benefit: keeping your services online and available even if your primary data center goes offline.

“DRaaS has been a fast growing offering inside of the Expedient Portfolio. In most cases, this is a company’s first exposure and use of cloud resources. Having the VMware DRaaSPoweredbadge provides validity to our solution and assures the customer that they are receiving best of breed technology to satisfy their Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity objective.”

-John White,Director, Product Strategy,Expedient

DRaaS Powered services also have a unique advantage: they are based on VMware vCenter™ Site Recovery Manager™. vCenter Site Recovery Manager is our industry-leading solution to application availability and mobility across sites in private and hybrid cloud environments. With our expert, validated partners, your organization can scale its DR plan as it grows. To find the best of breed DR solution, just look for the VMware DRaaS Powered badge.

At the core of VMware DRaaS Powered services are three elements:

  • Business Continuity
  • Cost Savings
  • Managed Services

Don’t want to invest in your own physical infrastructure and expertise? Don’t worry. Subscription-based services eliminate expensive capital investments. Worried about management? Disaster recovery solutions are fully managed by trained professionals with experience and expertise, giving your organization peace of mind. What happens if a major event disrupts your organization? Simple: business functions either quickly resume or are maintained in the event of a major disruption.

If you’re ready to find a service provider offering VMware DRaaS Powered services, visit us at vCloudProviders.VMware.com/services/draas-powered..

Be sure to subscribe to the vCloud blog, follow @VMwareSP on Twitter or ‘like’ us on Facebook for future updates.

The post Power Up Your Disaster Recovery Plan with VMware DRaaS Powered Services appeared first on VMware vCloud Blog.

Aug 282015
 

I dagens flytande värld blir företag utmanade att leverera högsta möjliga kvalitet till alla plattformar – allt utan att tappa takten. De åtgärder företag då tar till för att förbli smidiga, stärka sina anställda och skapa engagemang hos kunder kan bli avgörande. Den nya världen kräver en ny djärvare IT.

VMworld 2015 erbjuder chansen att upptäcka hur IT kan hjälpa företag att utvecklas och möta dagens utmaningar. Genom tekniska och innehållsrika sessioner kommer besökare kunna lära sig allt om hur verksamheter kan blir lättare, smidigare och mer kostnadseffektiva, en viktig investering för alla företag.

På söndag drar VMworld igång i San Fransisco och 12-15 oktober kommer VMworld till Barcelona. Om du vill ta reda på mer om vad som erbjuds där kan du titta på den här filmen. Du kan också ta en titt i denna katalog med innehåll för att läsa allt om sessionerna, labbarna och gruppdiskussionerna på plats.

Har du redan säkrat din biljett till VMworld i USA eller Europa?

Då kan du börja boka in dina sessioner i förväg med VMworlds schemaläggare.

Se också till att följa den officiella twitterströmmen för #VMworld för att få de senaste uppdateringarna.

Vill du även följa VMworld i USA under nästa vecka?

På sektionen för sociala medier på VMworlds hemsida kan du se den senaste informationen från både online- och offline-aktiviteter.

Hemsidan innehåller videoströmmar och inspelningar av keynotes och sessioner, en livefeed av samtalen som pågår kring VMworld på sociala medier samt blogginlägg och vExpert-artiklar. Sidan ger dig tillgång till alla de viktigaste händelserna på VMworld i San Fransisco och ger en bra överblick över hur ett företag kan utvecklas och möta dagens utmaningar.

Aug 282015
 

I dagens flytande värld blir företag utmanade att leverera högsta möjliga kvalitet till alla plattformar – allt utan att tappa takten. De åtgärder företag då tar till för att förbli smidiga, stärka sina anställda och skapa engagemang hos kunder kan bli avgörande. Den nya världen kräver en ny djärvare IT.

VMworld 2015 erbjuder chansen att upptäcka hur IT kan hjälpa företag att utvecklas och möta dagens utmaningar. Genom tekniska och innehållsrika sessioner kommer besökare kunna lära sig allt om hur verksamheter kan blir lättare, smidigare och mer kostnadseffektiva, en viktig investering för alla företag.

På söndag drar VMworld igång i San Fransisco och 12-15 oktober kommer VMworld till Barcelona. Om du vill ta reda på mer om vad som erbjuds där kan du titta på den här filmen. Du kan också ta en titt i denna katalog med innehåll för att läsa allt om sessionerna, labbarna och gruppdiskussionerna på plats.

Har du redan säkrat din biljett till VMworld i USA eller Europa?

Då kan du börja boka in dina sessioner i förväg med VMworlds schemaläggare.

Se också till att följa den officiella twitterströmmen för #VMworld för att få de senaste uppdateringarna.

Vill du även följa VMworld i USA under nästa vecka?

På sektionen för sociala medier på VMworlds hemsida kan du se den senaste informationen från både online- och offline-aktiviteter.

Hemsidan innehåller videoströmmar och inspelningar av keynotes och sessioner, en livefeed av samtalen som pågår kring VMworld på sociala medier samt blogginlägg och vExpert-artiklar. Sidan ger dig tillgång till alla de viktigaste händelserna på VMworld i San Fransisco och ger en bra överblick över hur ett företag kan utvecklas och möta dagens utmaningar.

Aug 282015
 

Von Ed Hoppitt, CTO Ambassador & Business Solution Architect, vExpert, VMware EMEA

Wir leben in einer Welt, in der das am schnellsten wachsende Fahrdienstleistungsunternehmen keine Autos besitzt (Uber), der gefragteste Anbieter von Unterkünften keine Unterkünfte besitzt (Air BnB) und das weltweit größte online TV Netzwerk nur einen kleinen Bruchteil seines Inhalts selbst produziert (Netflix). Jedes dieser Unternehmen ist ein Beweis dafür, dass die sich ständig wandelnde IT die Unternehmenslandschaft mehr als je zuvor gestaltet und beeinflusst. Uber und Co. gehören zu den am schnellsten wachsenden Unternehmen und sie verfügen statt eines großen Inventars über eine globale Plattform, die den Handel sowohl für Konsumenten als auch für Unternehmen auf einer internationalen Ebene ermöglicht.

Um heutzutage wettbewerbsfähig zu bleiben, muss sich Ihr Unternehmen den wandelnden Anforderungen der Konsumenten stellen. Erfolgreich waren früher diejenigen, die bestehende Infrastrukturen aufrechterhalten konnten – heute hingegen sind es diejenigen, die am wenigsten Angst davor haben, durch Innovationen neue Türen zu öffnen.

Applikationen, Plattformen und Software ändern die Regeln für den Erfolg von Unternehmen, sodass ein schneller Wechsel und die Fähigkeit zur Anpassung nicht länger nur Teil des Business Plans sind, sondern vielmehr eine essentielle Fähigkeit des Überlebens darstellen.

Vor diesem Hintergrund stelle ich hier die drei grundlegenden Punkte vor, die es Ihrem Unternehmen ermöglichen sich schnell der Anfrage anzupassen:

1. Seien Sie offen

Agile Start-Ups und Individuen machen sich die einzigartigen Möglichkeiten von offenen Plattformen, Crowd-Funding und Big Data Analyse zu Nutze. Die Geschwindigkeit des technologischen Wandels bedeutet, dass nicht jedes einzelne Unternehmen für alle einzelnen Prozesse verantwortlich ist – vielmehr wächst der Bedarf nach einer Open Source Struktur. Durch Open Source kann ein breites Ökosystem an Technologiepartnern aufgebaut werden, das eine engere Zusammenarbeit mit Entwicklern für die Erstellung allgemeiner Standards, Sicherheit und einer Interoperabilität innerhalb des cloudnativen Applikationsmarktes ermöglicht.

2. Entwickeln Sie schnelle Skalierbarkeit

Adrian Cockroft, einer der Netflix-Gründer und Vordenker des Software-defined Unternehmens hat einmal gesagt: „Skalierbarkeit schlägt Hardware, Geschwindigkeit schlägt Software und schnelle Skalierbarkeit schlägt alles.“ Adrian hat erkannt, dass für die Entwicklung schneller Skalierbarkeit traditionelle Mittel nicht ausreichen, sondern neue Methoden benötigt werden, um die Übertragbarkeit von Applikationen zu erhöhen und die Aufschlüsselung in kleinere Einheiten zu ermöglichen. Neue Herangehensweisen an die Security-Services ermöglichen zudem die Anwendung von Micro-Service Architekturen.

3. Schaffen Sie eine einheitliche Plattform

Offene Architekturen räumen Entwicklern mehr Freiheit für Innovationen und Experimente ein. Dies ist die Grundvoraussetzung dafür um in einer Welt des konstanten Wandels nicht auf der Strecke zu bleiben. Zugleich bergen sie jedoch das Risiko, dass Ihre IT-Infrastruktur zunehmend komplizierter und unübersichtlicher wird, da die Entwickler auf ihre eigene Art und Weise coden können. Hier kommt die einheitliche Plattform ins Spiel: Sie ist der Schlüssel für die Verwaltung, Compliance, Sicherheit und Steuerung derInfrastruktur und unterstützt gleichzeitig die Entwickler bei ihren Innovationen.

Stellen Sie sich folgende einfache Frage: Können Sie mit dem exponentiell wachsenden Wandel umgehen und sich anpassen? Falls die Antwort kein klares Ja ist, sollten Sie sich Gedanken darüber machen, wie Sie dorthin kommen können. Uber, AirBnB und Netflix sind der Beweis: Barrieren, die früher kleine Unternehmen davon abgehalten haben den Markt zu erobern, verschwinden zunehmend. Das Überleben in einer solchen disruptiven Umgebung ist nicht einfach, aber mit Verstand und Planung gelingt der Wandel.

Wenn Sie wissen möchten, wie Sie Ihr Unternehmen im Software-defined Zeitalter neu gestalten können, lesen Sie hier den Blogbeitrag von EMEA CTO Joe Baguely.