Feb 272017
 

Are you VCP-DCV certified?Here&#rsquo;s how you can fast track to Network Virtualization.

Take advantage of your data center knowledge and gain another critical certification in the industry.Be at the forefront of the technology race.

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  • Take advantage of your existing DCV certification
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  • Get digital recognition

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The post Attention VCP-DCVs in APJ: Learn how You can Advance Your Career appeared first on VMware Education & Certification.

Feb 262017
 

The world&#rsquo;s largest gathering for the mobile industry, Mobile World Congress, kicks off on the 27th of February – will you be attending?

At the renowned 4-day event in Barcelona City, you&#rsquo;ll be able to discover the VMware technology that can enable you to succeed on your own unique digital transformation journey. From the infrastructure to the device to the application, we&#rsquo;ll be discussing the VMware solutions that can accelerate your digital transformation:

  • Digital workspace – Hear how the Digital Workspace can help end users access all their virtual desktops, applications, and online services through a single digital workspace
  • IoT – Learn how to manage millions of &#lsquo;Internet of Things&#rsquo; devices as easily as one with complete end-to-end control
  • Network Function Virtualization – See how to transform network service delivery with unprecedented agility, scalability and improved economics

Visit us at Hall 3, Stand 3K10 to connect with your peers and network with our vast partner network. if you&#rsquo;d like to discuss your digital transformation journey, request a one-to-one meeting with our VMware experts.

And for those of you who want to hear how mobile technology plays a pivotal role in famous events worldwide, such as the Tokyo Olympic Games, don&#rsquo;t miss VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger&#rsquo;s joint keynote with Atos and Dell from 12:30pm on Wednesday, March 1st. You&#rsquo;ll hear about:

  • How the three companies are collaborating to make 5G a reality at the Tokyo Olympic Games
  • Enabling a new kind of 3D virtual reality experience for sports viewers around the world
  • Addressing the complex cyber security landscape with 5G deployments
  • Maximising security on the ground through new innovations in identity management and IoT
Feb 262017
 

The world&#rsquo;s largest gathering for the mobile industry, Mobile World Congress, kicks off on the 27th of February – will you be attending?

At the renowned 4-day event in Barcelona City, you&#rsquo;ll be able to discover the VMware technology that can enable you to succeed on your own unique digital transformation journey. From the infrastructure to the device to the application, we&#rsquo;ll be discussing the VMware solutions that can accelerate your digital transformation:

  • Digital workspace – Hear how the Digital Workspace can help end users access all their virtual desktops, applications, and online services through a single digital workspace
  • IoT – Learn how to manage millions of &#lsquo;Internet of Things&#rsquo; devices as easily as one with complete end-to-end control
  • Network Function Virtualization – See how to transform network service delivery with unprecedented agility, scalability and improved economics

Visit us at Hall 3, Stand 3K10 to connect with your peers and network with our vast partner network. if you&#rsquo;d like to discuss your digital transformation journey, request a one-to-one meeting with our VMware experts.

And for those of you who want to hear how mobile technology plays a pivotal role in famous events worldwide, such as the Tokyo Olympic Games, don&#rsquo;t miss VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger&#rsquo;s joint keynote with Atos and Dell from 12:30pm on Wednesday, March 1st. You&#rsquo;ll hear about:

  • How the three companies are collaborating to make 5G a reality at the Tokyo Olympic Games
  • Enabling a new kind of 3D virtual reality experience for sports viewers around the world
  • Addressing the complex cyber security landscape with 5G deployments
  • Maximising security on the ground through new innovations in identity management and IoT
Feb 262017
 

In the run up to Mobile World Congress, we spoke with Honoré Labourdette, VP Global Market Development, Telco Business Group, VMware, to get the latest on the state of the global telecoms industry and how it is currently benefiting from virtualized environments.

It&#rsquo;s no longer a question of if the telecoms industry will shift to virtualized environments but a question of how and when. After all, there are many unique ways that telecoms operators can benefit from it in the future – including with the Internet of Things (IoT), ultra-high definition 4K video and 5G.

But what about the here and now? That is something I would like to like to explore in this post, after all, there are certainly plenty examples of best practice when it comes to deploying VMware NFV today. For example:

  • North American operator MetTel which has placed virtualization technology in its core network. It enables MetTel to provide a stable/trusted bandwidth to its customers as well as greater flexibility by allowing the operator to utilise different transport mechanisms, configured on-demand.
  • Ooredoo Kuwait, which has worked with VNF and cloud partners to seamlessly transfer its production IT environment and conduct its first VoLTE call.
  • Manx Telecom, which deployed a virtualized fixed-line IMS solution to deliver its entire suite of multimedia residential and business communications.

What is needed for NFV to succeed?
While operators are transforming now, full virtualization of an operators&#rsquo; entire infrastructure remains at least several years away, and we are entering a period in which virtualized and traditional infrastructure will exist side-by-side.

Early deployments have to be undertaken with a longer-term picture in mind; investments in NFV made today must integrate with future virtualization efforts. This presents significant challenges far greater than operating exclusively virtual or entirely physical networks.

“To succeed, operators need a top down approach that sees full engagement
with virtualization from the chief executive down through the organisation, encompassing each of its functions.”

The enablers of this vision are management and network operations systems (MANO) backed by real-time analytics. The analytics are critical because they give real-time insight into what capacity and support infrastructure is available where and when – such as those delivered by 5G – enabling the firm to deliver them efficiently. Combined with automated healing, analytics can also provide the operator with the visibility it needs to run and control the network.

The operator must be able to tap into a range of specialists from a large ecosystem of technology providers; virtualization requires NFV solutions from various vendors to interoperate smoothly. Therefore, NFV requires a horizontally scalable platform that is open, extensible and can support multiple VNFs.

NFV provides a crucial platform for an operator&#rsquo;s transition to being software-defined but it&#rsquo;s crucial that they apply what they have learnt in their initial deployments to their business-wide strategies for complete virtualization. Then, and only then will they be able to react swiftly to new market opportunities and increase their value in the eyes of the customer. Then and only then will they be able to compete and deliver the same quality, speed, scale and choice of competing digital disruptors.

VMware will be at MWC in Hall 3 Stand 3K10. Visit us to hear more on our digital workspace, IoT and NFV solutions, and how these can you on your digital transformation journey.

Feb 242017
 

See VMware Take on the Internet of Things (IoT) at Mobile World Congress 2017

With the IoT wave crashing down on the enterprise, it is not surprising that IoT will loom large when Mobile World Congress opens in Barcelona on 28 February. There will be a zone dedicated just to IoT in the exhibition, and many of the conference presentations will be devoted to IoT.

VMware unveiled its IoT strategy at VMworld in Las Vegas in August last year. Over the past six months, we&#rsquo;ve been developing that strategy, working with the IoT partners we announced in August last year, and others, and we’ll be taking the wraps off our latest initiatives at Mobile World Congress in a series of group discussions and talks with some of those partners.

IoT Theatre Sessions

Attendtheatre sessionsto understand the challenges with implementing IoT in the enterprise. We&#rsquo;ll also discuss how VMware&#rsquo;s IoT strategy helps organizations like yours overcome these challenges.

VMware Internet of Things Strategy & Roadmap; Unveiled

  • Mimi Spier—VP, Business Development, Marketing, and GTM Strategy, IoT, VMware
  • 27 February, 10–10:30 a.m.
  • Hall 3, VMware Stand 3K10

Build For Tomorrow—Smart Facilities of the Future

  • Mimi Spier—VP, Business Development, Marketing and GTM strategy, Internet of Things, VMware
  • Andrew Till—VP, Technologies and Partnerships, Harman Connected Services
  • 28 February, 3–3:30 p.m.
  • Hall 3, VMware Stand 3K10

Build For Tomorrow—Smart Facilities of the Future

  • Matthias Schorer—Lead Business Development Manager, IoT, VMware
  • 1 March, 1:30–2 p.m.
  • Hall 3, VMware Stand 3K10

Don&#rsquo;t Get Left Behind … Get Started with IoT in Your Enterprise: Industry Leader&#rsquo;s Panel Discussion

  • Mimi Spier—VP, Business Development, Marketing and GTM strategy, Internet of Things, VMware
  • Sandip Ranjhan—SVP & GM, Mobile & Communication Services, Harman Connected Services
  • Brent Hodges—IoT Product Strategy, Dell
  • Kevin O’Brien—VP, IOT WW Partner Sales and Alliances, ThingWorx
  • Chrisoph Inauen—VP, Partnerships and Solution Portfolio, IoT, SAP
  • 1 March, 10:30–11 a.m.
  • Hall 3, VMware Stand 3K10

Experience IoT

Stop by the extremely popularIoT Zoneat the VMware Stand 3K10 in Hall 3. Learn how VMware helps drive innovation in four different industries: government, manufacturing, transportation and retail. We will even have some innovative augmented reality experiences to give you a real taste of IoT in action to help you realize use cases and applications in your business.

Here&#rsquo;s a quick description of each:

We’ll see you there! Learn more about what’s happening with VMware at Mobile World Congress here.

The post Are You Equipped to Handle the IoT Wave? appeared first on VMware End-User Computing Blog.

Feb 242017
 

With contributions from:

Jim Yanik, Senior Manager, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware

Pim Van De Vis, Product Engineer, User Environment Manager, Research & Development, VMware

Stephane Asselin, Lead Architect, App Volumes, VMware

Successful management of applications across physical, virtual, and cloud devices is becoming increasingly important. Whether your organization fits neatly in to one of those silos, or spans all three, the challenge is finding tools designed to work well for any one platform, and seamlessly across them all. VMware User Environment Manager is one of those tools. With a little savvy, you can provide a superior experience for your end users while simplifying profile management.

Introduction

Personalization, or management of user-specific application settings, is one of many features included with VMware User Environment Manager. This feature enables end users to roam between disparate devices, while preserving custom application settings. IT benefits from simplified application installations, while delivering necessary configuration settings based on any number of environmental conditions.

If you are new to User Environment Manager, I encourage you to visit the VMware User Environment Manager Product Page for an overview, and the VMware User Environment Manager video series on YouTube for more detail. You will learn about a variety of features and benefits such as dynamic policy configuration across physical, virtual, and cloud desktops. An overview of User Environment Manager is outside the scope of this blog post, but there is a fundamental concept which is sometimes overlooked or misunderstood. VMware User Environment Manager takes a whitelist approach to managing the user profile. Given this design approach, IT must specify which applications and settings will be managed. Although it does mean a little more work up front, this solution prevents excessive profile growth and profile corruption, enables user settings to roam across Windows versions, and provides IT granular control to manage as much or as little of the user experience as needed.

Preserving user-specific application settings and applying or enforcing specific default application settings are key features of User Environment Manager. Both of these concepts are illustrated in a recent blog post titled VMware User Environment Manager, Part 2: Complementing Mandatory Profiles with VMware User Environment Manager which demonstrates the power and flexibility of combining User Environment Manager with Microsoft Mandatory Profiles. VMware provides application management templates for commonly-used software packages, and the VMware User Environment Manager Community Forum contains many more templates created with an included tool called Application Profiler.

Application Profiler is a standalone tool that helps you determine where in the file system or registry an application is storing its user settings. The output from Application Profiler is a configuration file which can be used to preserve and roam application settings for your end users. Optionally, you can record a default set of application settings, and apply and/or enforce these defaults for your users based on a variety of conditions.

For more information or to get started with the Application Profiler tool, see the VMware User Environment Manager Application Profiler Administration Guide.

The Pareto Principle

The Pareto Principle, commonly referred to as the 80/20 rule, states that 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. I have been using application management software in some form or another for nearly two decades. In that time, I have found the Pareto Principle to be particularly applicable in that a small number of applications tend to cause the vast majority of challenges for IT.

While the Application Profiler tool is easy to use, and most applications can be profiled with little more effort than a simple installation, there are exceptions. The aforementioned Community Forum is a great place to look when you are having trouble profiling an application, but what if you cannot find the particular application template you need?

Know Thine App

A friend once gave me a t-shirt with this expression on it. Over the years, I have found it to be invaluable advice, though it is sometimes easier said than done.

Because Windows is an open platform, application developers have a great deal of flexibility in the way applications they design behave. While guidelines and best practices have been established over the years, we still occasionally find and application which writes a log file to C:\Temp!

Understanding the behavior of an application, not just during installation, but as the application is opened, modified, updated, and so on, is critical to successfully managing the application lifecycle. There are a number of tools available, such as the Sysinternals Suite, to help you understand how an application behaves. These are powerful tools, but as you can see they are plentiful, and can be time-consuming and cumbersome to use.

The VMware User Environment Manager Application Profiler tool is purpose-built to help you easily understand how an application behaves. With real-time application analysis capabilities, Application Profiler automatically generates configuration files which enable application management.

What to Expect from This Blog Series

The purpose of this blog series is to enable you, the IT Administrator, to successfully profile and manage any applications you choose. In each subsequent blog post we will explore a new application.

Going back to the Pareto Principle, most applications are simple to profile using the steps detailed in the VMware User Environment Manager Application Profiler Administration Guide. Because of this, applications known to require some troubleshooting will be chosen for this series. You will get a chance to see the symptoms of applications that do not initially profile correctly, and the process used to resolve the problem. You can then take these practices and apply them to applications in your environment.

This series is designed for a User Environment Manager administrator with at least a basic understanding of the Application Profiler tool. If you are new to Application Profiler, review the guide listed previously before continuing to the rest of the series.

Summary

Managing applications with User Environment Manager improves the experience for end users and simplifies application lifecycle management for IT. Profiling applications is a simple process, and most applications will work out of the box. For problematic applications, you can find configuration templates on the Community Forum. If you cannot find what you are looking for, the skills you learn in this blog series should help you to create your own templates. Have you already created a configuration template? Be sure to share!

The post Profiling Applications with VMware User Environment Manager, Part 1: Introduction to Application Profiler appeared first on VMware End-User Computing Blog.

Feb 242017
 

Join industry leaders onstage atVMworld 2017!

We&#rsquo;re looking for speakers who will inspire the VMware community. Have you integrated VMware solutions and technologies in an innovative way? Do you have a best practice or individual technical tips and tricks to recommend? Can you tell us about an amazing app that leverages VMware solutions to improve your business? If so, please join us at VMworld 2017. The VMworld 2017 Call for Papers is now open!

VMworld speakers are renowned in the industry and are key to the success of the conference. Attendees tell us that speaker insights on technology tips, trends and case studies are extremely valuable and have a long-lasting impact after the conference when applied to projects. If you want to share your expertise and perspectives on subjects like business mobility, software-defined data centers, cloud management, hyper-converged infrastructure, security, storage and networking, submit your ideas to the VMworld 2017 Call for Papers.

Remember to include practical advice, key success factors, proven examples, an in-depth explanation of the challenges you’ve resolved and lessons learned on topics related to IT infrastructure, cloud operations, applications and end-user computing.

Submissionswill be accepted from now untilMarch 14, 2017.

Makean Impact: Be a Speaker at VMworld 2017! And be sure to check back on April 4, when registration officially opens for VMworld 2017.

More Information

  • Submission Guidelines
  • Call for Papers FAQs
  • VMworld Speaker Policy
  • Key Content Dates

Submit your abstract today.

The post Now Open – VMworld 2017 Call for Papers appeared first on VMware Tech Alliances (TAP) Blog.

Feb 242017
 
Introducing the Redmond Video Series. Want to know how to best deploy Windows 10 and the newest security capabilities in the operating system? Determining how to deploy applications in the new environment? Then follow the new Redmond Video Series on the AirWatch Blog where our experts cover it all. Watch Episode 1: Exploring How Windows […]]> Introducing the Redmond Video Series.

Want to know how to best deploy Windows 10 and the newest security capabilities in the operating system? Determining how to deploy applications in the new environment? Then follow the new Redmond Video Series on the AirWatch Blog where our experts cover it all. Watch Episode 1: Exploring How Windows 10 Affects Your Business.

+Learn how to modernize Windows 10 management—and much more—at our free online event, EUC Insights 2017:

  • AMER: On Demand
  • APJ: 2 March
  • EMEA: 7 March

A second major Windows 10 update is on the way.

Microsoft recently reminded everyone that a second Windows 10 update will be released in 2017, following the Creators Update. More details are likely to come at the Microsoft Build Developer Conference in May, reports The Verge.

Follow the cookie crumbs.

Last week, Google officially ended support for Gingerbread, Android 2.3. This week, the company&#rsquo;s senior vice president hinted at the next version of Android to be released, Oreo. Read the clues on Mashable.

Cue the Jurassic Park theme song.

There&#rsquo;s a new theme park opening in April: Apple Park. Well, it&#rsquo;s not so much a theme park as a 175-acre campus and curved, glass-enclosed structure for employees, but hey, there is a visitor&#rsquo;s center with a store and café.

The move gives Apple time to settle before the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June—where many are speculating the next versions of iOS and macOS will be announced.

One more reason to watch Mobile World Congress 2017.

As if you needed another reason to see the Super Bowl of mobile tech conferences, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger will deliver a unique, joint keynote on how mobile technology shapes major, live sporting events across the world. Get the details at VMware Radius.

Got an itch you can&#rsquo;t scratch?

In a TechTarget survey, about 2-in-5 IT pros said they&#rsquo;ve got an itch to deploy enterprise mobility management (EMM) in 2017.

Are you one of them? Then come explore the VMware AirWatch EMM platform at these upcoming events.

Tweet of the Week

In case you missed it, check out the surgical virtual reality (VR) goggles VMware put on HIMSS 2017 attendees, managed by AirWatch!

 



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Feb 242017
 

Having multiple accounts within the VMware myLearn system could result in incomplete records of your exam, training, and certification history. For example, if you attended a training course on one account, but took your VCP exams on a different account, you may not receive proper credit for meeting certification requirements.

Luckily, this situation is easily fixed. You simply need to email our support team and request a merge. Include the following information in your email to speed the processing:

  • any possible email addresses you may have used
  • which email/account you would like to keep as your Master account

Note: If you currently work for a VMware Partner company, we highly recommend that you use the account associated with your Partner email as your Master so you don&#rsquo;t lose any Partner privileges (like discounted training).

The post Certification Insights: Multiple Accounts appeared first on VMware Education & Certification.

Feb 242017
 

We recently visited Gary Lamb, CEO, and Kevin Paige, CITO of Manx Telecom, the primary provider of a broad array of data centre, hosting, broadband, fixed line and mobile communications services to the Isle of Man. We wanted to find out how it is benefiting from Network Function Virtualization (NFV).

Take a look at the video below where Gary and Kevin talk through how they embarked on a strategy to virtualize multiple telecom and broadband services onto an NFV platform. From accelerated time to market including a 4G roaming service, to improved agility, Gary and Kevin explain the technical and operational reasons for investing in NFV.

The annual Isle of Man TT motorcycle racing festival dramatically expands the island&#rsquo;s population. Going forward, NFV offers Manx Telecom the potential to handle such dramatic changes in peak loads by reallocating infrastructure capacity between services, on demand.

Watch the video to learn more about how NFV is helping transform Manx Telecom, and make sure you visit us at Mobile World Congress in Hall 3, Stand 3K10 to find out about the VMware solutions that can help accelerate your digital transformation.

Stay up to date on the latest news and announcements from the event, using the hashtag #MWC17, and make sure you&#rsquo;re following us over on @VMware_UK.

Find out more here.

Feb 242017
 

The concept of &#rsquo;work&#rdquo; has dramatically evolved over the past five years. Shifting away from a physical location, employees want to be able to work anytime, anywhere – whether it be at home, or in a cafe. Today, businesses need to support users&#rsquo; access to services, applications and data on any device and in any location, and this poses many challenges.

Our mission is to solve these challenges and work with our partners to help transform their customers&#rsquo; End User Computing (EUC) environments. With 2016 marking an important year for VMware&#rsquo;s strategy with the final integration of Airwatch into VMware, we spoke to Phil Croxford, VMware&#rsquo;s Director of EUC Alliances and Channels for EMEA, about the opportunities for VMware EUC partners in bringing their customers&#rsquo; digital workspace vision to life.

What is the state of the market right now?

We&#rsquo;re going through a transformation in the way we interface with applications at work – driven by employees&#rsquo; experience of consumer applications. Being able to book a taxi or access boarding passes all through a mobile device is creating high expectations among employees to see the same thing in the workplace.

It&#rsquo;s these employee expectations that are challenging employers, who in turn are challenging vendors, to deliver a consumer simple workspace, but with the levels of security that enterprise customers need. They expect to be able to dispense with a raft of different passwords and access their apps with fingerprint or facial recognition, which can be more convenient and more secure. The GDPR, the EU&#rsquo;s General Data Protection, active from 2018, will up this ante for strengthening and enforcing security.

But that&#rsquo;s only part of the story. As end point devices multiply in terms of number and diversity, it becomes another access point for hackers. The complexity and breadth of multiple attack points makes it difficult to fight this threat. Unsurprisingly, the pressure on achieving a true business mobility is mounting on IT leaders. Our recent research revealed that 47% of IT leaders are risking the security of business data to deliver business mobility.

What can partners be doing to make the most of these opportunities?

Partners need to be able to paint a vision of the digital workspace, and then draw their customers a map of how to get there. All customers are at different stages in this journey, so as a partner you need to be able to identify what you can do for them and provide the right advice and consultancy. For example, while virtual desktops (VDI) is a mature market, partners can use solutions like VMware App Volumes to help customers on the way to the digital workspace if the customer isn&#rsquo;t yet ready to fully adopt Workspace ONE. This can even go on in the background whilst the longer-term strategic transformation happens.

What&#rsquo;s more, our partners need to consider all aspects of the digital workspace holistically, rather than taking a traditional siloed approach. Partners should identify how they can shift away from communicating with customers in functional silos – discussing mobility with the mobile teams – to creating a unified vision for mobility in the business. They need to be business transformation partners, identifying productivity gains for their customers and building the business case for investment. Ultimately, they can help customers reap the benefits of business mobility, giving them an edge in today&#rsquo;s competitive business environment.

What do you want VMware&#rsquo;s partners to take with them into 2017?

For partners in 2017, it is crucial that they understand the digital workspace vision and how they&#rsquo;re going to compellingly explain it to their customers. Partners themselves need to work hard to break down the silo mentality in order to make the digital workspace a reality for customers. This also offers a fantastic opportunity to cross sell solutions – there&#rsquo;s a lot more to the digital workspace than a single product. As part of this, mobility offers a chance to speak to senior decision makers beyond the IT department, as mobility is high up the corporate agenda.

Partners also need to think about the security side of things around mobility. We&#rsquo;re living in a world where there are more connected devices than people and every end point device is a security vulnerability that needs to be protected and managed. The number of connected devices creates challenges for partners in giving users the consumer experience they want, whilst guaranteeing security.

VMware is the only single vendor who can deliver against these imperatives and help customers achieve a secure digital workspace, so we want partners to grab these opportunities with both hands,

Find out more about being a VMware partner and our award-winning partner network here. Keep an eye on our blog and follow us on @VMware_UK to keep up to date with the latest partner news and announcements.

For partners attending Mobile World Congress next week – why not pop by for a chat? You&#rsquo;ll find us in Hall 3, Stand 3K10.

Feb 242017
 

Les lignes de métier prennent le leadership sur l&#rsquo;innovation technologique en entreprise. C&#rsquo;est en effet l&#rsquo;opinion de deux tiers (66%) des 1200 responsables informatiques et cadres dirigeants dans huit pays dans le cadre d&#rsquo;une nouvelle enquête réalisée par Vanson Bourne pour VMware.

  • 66% des cadres français interrogés constatent que la gestion des nouvelles technologies est en train de changer de main
  • Les lignes de métier s&#rsquo;emparent des technologies pour gagner en rapidité, en innovation et en réactivité
  • Défis à relever: cautériser les coûts tout en gardant le contrôle

Cette étude révèle que la décentralisation* de l&#rsquo;informatique permet aux organisations françaises de lancer plus rapidement de nouveaux produits et services (58%), favorise l&#rsquo;innovation (63%) et les aide à s&#rsquo;adapter plus efficacement aux conditions du marché (57%). Cette passation de pouvoir a en outre des effets positifs sur la satisfaction du personnel (56%) et la capacité des entreprises à attirer des recrues plus qualifiées (56%).

Mais cette évolution apporte également son lot de défis, notamment: une augmentation des dépenses en informatique (45%), des problèmes de contrôle et de responsabilisation vis-à-vis des technologies introduites (51%), et l&#rsquo;achat de solutions non sécurisées (40%). En outre, cette décentralisation se produit sans le consentement des équipes informatiques, la majorité (54%) d&#rsquo;entre elles souhaitant d&#rsquo;ailleurs voir les choses évoluer dans le sens inverse. Les responsables informatiques estiment en effet qu&#rsquo;ils devraient garder le contrôle des fonctions essentielles telles que la sécurité et la conformité des réseaux (45%), le stockage (36%) et les services en cloud privé (40%).

«Compte tenu de l&#rsquo;instabilité du contexte économique actuel et de l&#rsquo;évolution radicale d&#rsquo;une concurrence qui bouleverse leurs modes de fonctionnement, beaucoup d&#rsquo;entreprises vont devoir &#rsquo;se transformer ou mourir&#rdquo;», déclare Sylvain Cazard, Vice-Président de VMware France. . «Le grand défi consiste à gérer ce changement. De par sa simplicité d&#rsquo;accès et ses modèles de coûts séduisants, l&#rsquo;émergence du Cloud a entraîné une utilisation massive et généralisée de l&#rsquo;IT. Il n&#rsquo;y a donc rien de surprenant à ce que les métiers aient saisi cette opportunité. Cependant, cette tendance s&#rsquo;accompagne trop rarement des contrôles et de la gouvernance informatique adéquats. L&#rsquo;une des conséquences est que, dans leur quête d&#rsquo;évolution, les entreprises augmentent leurs coûts, compromettent leur sécurité et brouillent les cartes quant aux autorisations et prérogatives de chacun.»

La responsabilité de l&#rsquo;innovation ne fait pas vraiment débat parmi les cadres interrogés: près de deux tiers d&#rsquo;entre eux (63%) estiment qu&#rsquo;elle devrait être partagée avec les lignes de métier, mais que les équipes informatiques doivent définir une orientation stratégique et être responsable de la sécurité. Un équilibre doit donc être trouvé pour que ces départements conservent le contrôle des systèmes, tout en favorisant l&#rsquo;innovation aux autres niveaux de l&#rsquo;entreprise.

«Il ne s&#rsquo;agit plus de «Shadow IT» mais de &#rsquo;Mainstream IT&#rdquo;» (informatique intégrée), poursuit-il. «La décentralisation à laquelle nous assistons répond à l&#rsquo;impératif de rapidité du monde professionnel d&#rsquo;aujourd&#rsquo;hui. Le besoin d&#rsquo;applications, services et modes de travail novateurs et accessibles instantanément n&#rsquo;a jamais été aussi fort. En prenant conscience de ces changements et en s&#rsquo;y adaptant, les équipes informatiques ont un véritable rôle à jouer. Les technologies ou applications de demain ne favoriseront réellement les transformations numériques que lorsqu&#rsquo;elles seront disponibles sur n&#rsquo;importe quel Cloud, avec rapidité et simplicité, et au sein d&#rsquo;un environnement sécurisé.»

Définition de décentralisation

*La décentralisation de l&#rsquo;informatique est un phénomène que l&#rsquo;on observe lorsqu&#rsquo;un employé d&#rsquo;un service autre que le département informatique achète des produits ou services informatiques, ou assure l&#rsquo;installation ou la maintenance de logiciels. Il peut s&#rsquo;agir d&#rsquo;employés utilisant des logiciels tels que Dropbox sans l&#rsquo;approbation et à l&#rsquo;insu de leur département informatique.

À propos de l&#rsquo;enquête

Le cabinet d&#rsquo;études de marché Vanson Bourne a interrogé par téléphone et en ligne 1200 responsables informatiques et de lignes de métier d&#rsquo;entreprises de plus de 1000 employés au Royaume-Uni, en France, en Allemagne, en Italie, aux Pays-Bas, en Suède**, au Moyen-Orient**, aux États-Unis, au Mexique**, au Brésil**, en Chine, au Japon**, en Inde, en Australie**, en Corée du Sud, à Singapour**, en Indonésie**, en Malaisie** et en Thaïlande** au mois de septembre2016.

** Entreprises de plus de 500 employés

Feb 242017
 

The concept of &#rsquo;work&#rdquo; has dramatically evolved over the past five years. Shifting away from a physical location, employees want to be able to work anytime, anywhere – whether it be at home, or in a cafe. Today, businesses need to support users&#rsquo; access to services, applications and data on any device and in any location, and this poses many challenges.

Our mission is to solve these challenges and work with our partners to help transform their customers&#rsquo; End User Computing (EUC) environments. With 2016 marking an important year for VMware&#rsquo;s strategy with the final integration of Airwatch into VMware, we spoke to Phil Croxford, VMware&#rsquo;s Director of EUC Alliances and Channels for EMEA, about the opportunities for VMware EUC partners in bringing their customers&#rsquo; digital workspace vision to life.

What is the state of the market right now?

We&#rsquo;re going through a transformation in the way we interface with applications at work – driven by employees&#rsquo; experience of consumer applications. Being able to book a taxi or access boarding passes all through a mobile device is creating high expectations among employees to see the same thing in the workplace.

It&#rsquo;s these employee expectations that are challenging employers, who in turn are challenging vendors, to deliver a consumer simple workspace, but with the levels of security that enterprise customers need. They expect to be able to dispense with a raft of different passwords and access their apps with fingerprint or facial recognition, which can be more convenient and more secure. The GDPR, the EU&#rsquo;s General Data Protection, active from 2018, will up this ante for strengthening and enforcing security.

But that&#rsquo;s only part of the story. As end point devices multiply in terms of number and diversity, it becomes another access point for hackers. The complexity and breadth of multiple attack points makes it difficult to fight this threat. Unsurprisingly, the pressure on achieving a true business mobility is mounting on IT leaders. Our recent research revealed that 47% of IT leaders are risking the security of business data to deliver business mobility.

What can partners be doing to make the most of these opportunities?

Partners need to be able to paint a vision of the digital workspace, and then draw their customers a map of how to get there. All customers are at different stages in this journey, so as a partner you need to be able to identify what you can do for them and provide the right advice and consultancy. For example, while virtual desktops (VDI) is a mature market, partners can use solutions like VMware App Volumes to help customers on the way to the digital workspace if the customer isn&#rsquo;t yet ready to fully adopt Workspace ONE. This can even go on in the background whilst the longer-term strategic transformation happens.

What&#rsquo;s more, our partners need to consider all aspects of the digital workspace holistically, rather than taking a traditional siloed approach. Partners should identify how they can shift away from communicating with customers in functional silos – discussing mobility with the mobile teams – to creating a unified vision for mobility in the business. They need to be business transformation partners, identifying productivity gains for their customers and building the business case for investment. Ultimately, they can help customers reap the benefits of business mobility, giving them an edge in today&#rsquo;s competitive business environment.

What do you want VMware&#rsquo;s partners to take with them into 2017?

For partners in 2017, it is crucial that they understand the digital workspace vision and how they&#rsquo;re going to compellingly explain it to their customers. Partners themselves need to work hard to break down the silo mentality in order to make the digital workspace a reality for customers. This also offers a fantastic opportunity to cross sell solutions – there&#rsquo;s a lot more to the digital workspace than a single product. As part of this, mobility offers a chance to speak to senior decision makers beyond the IT department, as mobility is high up the corporate agenda.

Partners also need to think about the security side of things around mobility. We&#rsquo;re living in a world where there are more connected devices than people and every end point device is a security vulnerability that needs to be protected and managed. The number of connected devices creates challenges for partners in giving users the consumer experience they want, whilst guaranteeing security.

VMware is the only single vendor who can deliver against these imperatives and help customers achieve a secure digital workspace, so we want partners to grab these opportunities with both hands,

Find out more about being a VMware partner and our award-winning partner network here. Keep an eye on our blog and follow us on @VMware_UK to keep up to date with the latest partner news and announcements.

For partners attending Mobile World Congress next week – why not pop by for a chat? You&#rsquo;ll find us in Hall 3, Stand 3K10.

Feb 242017
 

In the run up to Mobile World Congress, we spoke with Honoré Labourdette, VP Global Market Development, Telco Business Group, VMware, to get the latest on the state of the global telecoms industry and how it is currently benefiting from virtualized environments.

It&#rsquo;s no longer a question of if the telecoms industry will shift to virtualized environments but a question of how and when. After all, there are many unique ways that telecoms operators can benefit from it in the future – including with the Internet of Things (IoT), ultra-high definition 4K video and 5G.

But what about the here and now? That is something I would like to like to explore in this post, after all, there are certainly plenty examples of best practice when it comes to deploying NFV today. For example:

  • North American operator MetTel which has placed virtualization technology in its core network. It enables MetTel to provide a stable/trusted bandwidth to its customers as well as greater flexibility by allowing the operator to utilise different transport mechanisms, configured on-demand.
  • Ooredoo Kuwait, which has worked with VNF and cloud partners to seamlessly transfer its production IT environment and conduct its first VoLTE call.
  • Manx Telecom, which deployed a virtualized fixed-line IMS solution to deliver its entire suite of multimedia residential and business communications.

What is needed for NFV to succeed?

While operators are transforming now, full virtualization of an operators&#rsquo; entire infrastructure remains at least several years away, and we are entering a period in which virtualized and traditional infrastructure will exist side-by-side.

Early deployments have to be undertaken with a longer-term picture in mind; investments in NFV made today must integrate with future virtualization efforts. This presents significant challenges far greater than operating exclusively virtual or entirely physical networks.

To succeed, operators need a top down approach that sees full engagement with virtualization from the chief executive down through the organisation, encompassing each of its functions.

The enablers of this vision are management and network operations systems (MANO) backed by real-time analytics. The analytics are critical because they give real-time insight into what capacity and support infrastructure is available where and when – such as those delivered by 5G – enabling the firm to deliver them efficiently. Combined with automated healing, analytics can also provide the operator with the visibility it needs to run and control the network.

The operator must be able to tap into a range of specialists from a large ecosystem of technology providers; virtualization requires NFV solutions from various vendors to interoperate smoothly. Therefore, NFV requires a horizontally scalable platform that is open, extensible and can support multiple VNFs.

NFV provides a crucial platform for an operator&#rsquo;s transition to being software-defined but it&#rsquo;s crucial that they apply what they have learnt in their initial deployments to their business-wide strategies for complete virtualization. Then, and only then will they be able to react swiftly to new market opportunities and increase their value in the eyes of the customer. Then and only then will they be able to compete and deliver the same quality, speed, scale and choice of competing digital disruptors.

VMware will be at MWC in Hall 3 Stand 3K10. Visit us to hear more on our digital workspace, IoT and NFV solutions, and how these can you on your digital transformation journey.

Feb 242017
 

Recently Jean Philippe Barleaza, VMware&#rsquo;s Vice President for Channel, Alliances and General Business in EMEA, took some timeto reflect on the successes in 2016 and the prospects for VMware&#rsquo;s partner base in EMEA in the year ahead.

From the launch of Cross-Cloud to the momentum around solution areas including NSX and vSAN, there is no doubt that 2016 was been a great year for our partner ecosystem. In our video interview Jean Philippe explores how the completion of the AirWatch integration, the Dell EMC deal and the Cross-Cloud announcement have represented more choice for customers and increased the opportunities for our partners.

What&#rsquo;s more, Jean Phillippe also took the time to reveal what should be the four main priorities for VMware partners in 2017 as they create opportunities for their customers and ultimately drive their digital transformation journey.

Hear from Jean Philippe Barleaza:

We&#rsquo;ve also been running an ongoing series of partner blog posts, providing deeper insights into our partner community and why our solutions are a crucial to their customers&#rsquo; business transformation. Take a look at the series here.

Also take a look at the VMware Partner Network portalhere.