Nov 302015
 

The Software Defined Data Center offers IT organizations significant benefits, including dramatic increase in efficiency and reduction in cost, ability to provision new applications in minutes, the right availability and security for every application and the ability to deliver applications anywhere.With EVO:RAIL, these benefits can be realized faster than ever. In this Tech-Target webinar, Brien

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Ready to Build a Cloud Practice?

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Nov 302015
 

Register now and join us for this special vmLIVE with SiriusDecisions on Dec. 10th at 9:30PDT to hear how you can grow your cloud practice. Moving your business to the cloud does not require a forklift upgrade, but there are some fundamental differences in this model that need to be considered when building your strategy.

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VMware Virtual SAN 6.1 Stretched Cluster: Bandwidth Sizing Guidance

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Nov 302015
 

Hot off the press!! We just released a VMware Virtual SAN 6.1 Stretched Cluster Bandwidth Sizing Guidance document. This document explains how to size bandwidth requirements for Virtual SAN in Stretched Cluster configurations. Virtual SAN Stretched Cluster configurations can be spread across distances, provided bandwidth and latency requirements are met. Note: This document only covers

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Significant Performance Improvements Come to the vSphere Web Client 5.5 Update 3

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Nov 302015
 

Over the course of the previous few years we’ve seen a steady improvement in the vSphere Web Client. VMware has been listening to the feedback coming in from our field, partners, and customers. And the feedback is that the vSphere Web Client in vCenter Server 6.0 and 6.0 Update 1 has been a really great step forward in terms of User Experience (UX). With that in mind, many of the improvements of the 6.0 vSphere Web Client have been “backported” to the vSphere Web Client in vCenter Server 5.5 Update 3. The primary scope of the backported functionality was to greatly improve performance while maintaining the consistency of the 5.5 User Interface (UI). So, while vSphere Web Client performance has drastically improved with 5.5 U3, the UI elements have stayed the same which makes it easier for Administrators to continue using the 5.5 Web Client.

Throughout this blog post I’ll highlight some of the enhancements that have been brought to the vSphere Web Client in 5.5 Update 3. This is especially important as we see customers continue to leverage the legacy vSphere Client (also referred to as the legacy C# client). Our goal is to make the Web Client everyone’s primary management tool for vCenter Server & vSphere and continuing to improve performance has been an essential requirement in doing that.

vSphere Web Client – Areas of Improvement

There are several key areas where we’ve seen a significant improvement in performance over previous versions of the 5.5 Web Client:

  • Action menu as well as the right-click menu
  • Related Objects, Summary, and Settings pages
  • Wizards
  • Login
  • Performance charts

These improvements were accomplished by a number of optimizations behind the scenes which includes the streamlining of pre-loaded data and reducing the number of queries required to build a view, page, or menu. The team also felt it was important to consider the impact of the size of both the inventory and vCenter Server instance. Two testbed environments that were used to test these new optimizations were:

  • Small – vCenter Server (4 vCPU / 16 GB RAM), 2 hosts, 4 VMs
  • Large – vCenter Server (32 vCPU / 64 GB RAM), 1000 hosts, 15000 VMs

By using this wide range of environments the team was able to show marked improvements in the user experience regardless of the size of environments you may be managing.

Performance Comparison

In the charts that follow we’ll see the normalized performance data of the vSphere Web Client prior to the optimizations included in 5.5 Update 3 compared to the performance after the inclusion of those optimizations. The improvement is quite significant in many areas, not limited to what’s shown below. In fact, the vSphere Web Client included in vCenter Server 5.5 U3 is on par with the performance in 6.0 Update 1 in some areas.

Another pain point was the Action Menu (which is also the Right-Click Menu). Depending on the object we’re interacting with we see slightly different performance characteristics. This is due to the context of the object and the types of actions that need to be loaded. For example, a VM object has very different actions available to it than a Cluster or Data Center object. Here’s a chart that shows the normalized response times of some of the different object types.

As you can see, there is significant improvement across the board for the Action Menu. Administrators will definitely notice these optimizations in their day to day activities. An additional area where administrators identified as an area for improvement was the Performance Charts. Clicking, resizing, refreshing, and changing objects & metrics were all operations that caused delays in the vSphere Web Client. The chart below shows the nearly 60% improvement, on average, of the 5.5 U3 Web Client!

Finally, the Related Objects view in the vSphere Web Client has also seen improvements in response times in 5.5 U3. The Related Objects view is where we can see objects related to the object we’re currently viewing. For example, if we’re viewing the configuration of an ESXi Host, we can click on the Related Objects tab of that host and see all the VMs, VM templates, datastores, and networks that are registered to that host. As you might imagine, this area of the vSphere Web Client is a commonly used view and any performance increase is very welcome. In the chart below we can see a large reduction in the time it takes to generate the Related Objects view for a Data Center, Cluster, Host, VM, and Distributed Switch object. In other words, when I look at all the VMs that are running under a Cluster, there is a better than 40% reduction in the time it takes to generate that view. The chart below shows normalized averages across our test environments.

Conclusion

In summary, while vCenter Server 5.5 Update 3 was mostly a bugfix and compatibility update release there was significant effort put into enhancing the User Experience of vSphere Administrators using the vSphere Web Client. There has definitely been a substantial improvement surpassing prior versions of the 5.5 Web Client and in many areas it is on par with version 6.0! Our goal is to have as many people as possible transitioning from the C# client to the Web Client and with recent releases of vCenter Server VMware has put in great efforts to enable that transition.

For more information you can also take a look at the VMworld US 2015 break out session entitled, “vSphere Web Client – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” and presented by Dennis Lu, Product Manager, and Yavor Boychev, Manager R&D.

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The Healthcare Security Conundrum

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Nov 302015
 

It seems like ages ago the HIPAA guidelines were adopted. It got a bit more complex as the HITECH requirements and financial implications increased. Following that, Meaningful Use Stage 2, encryption and the like is creating some additional technical challenges. Protecting patient data and secure it using best practices that your organization can muster has been the goal. Fast-forward to today, all of the rules still apply, but the game has changed, hacking and breaches from unidentified and even foreign organizations and their intent is even murkier has raised the ante. They know the value of healthcare records and they have had some success at capturing them.

There was a Dustin Hoffman movie from the 1976, ‘Marathon Man’ (yes I am exposing my vintage); the simple question by the antagonist was ‘is it safe’? Poor Dustin Hoffman did not know what, where, how, why and when. He, as well as the audience was the receiver of the pain and fear. We find ourselves a similar situation; instead of diamonds it is our health records at risk. There is financial value in our health records, but the bad actors may not be out for only financial gain, it also affects brand value and reputation. The risks and stakes are high and the intruders may already be in our systems just looking around for something interesting.

So the ‘fear, uncertainty and doubt’ routine has reached our executives and they want to know ‘What can we do to prevent this from happening to us?’ Our teams are doing their best to train our consumers of IT services not to ‘click on that link’. The intrigue and creativeness of the hackers are sometimes unbelievable.

There are many examples both inside healthcare and other industries; however, healthcare is a target since the value of a health record is more than just a credit card number. In case you are interested: (HHS Breach Report). The net result is the top ten breaches for the last about 3 years is responsible for 136 million records. At a value of $ 150 per record has a potential street value of $20 billion.

Hence the fact that healthcare is a target.

How does VMware approach this area:

First, it is not a product; it is an approach, a layered approach that involves different organizations. Not one company can solve this complex area alone.

Our approach starts with an assessment to help to understand your security risks. We also work with several organizations that can help you assess your risk. We provide free tools to provide some immediate feedback. We follow that with a ‘Hardening Guide’, which is a step-by-step approach to remediating the risks to your virtual environments. One of the capabilities allows for workloads be better isolated through distributed firewall. This approach may include hardware, software and or services.

We have just completed a white paper for you to explore the VMware concept of Security and Network Virtualization for Healthcare (VMware Healthcare Security Whitepaper) and although we may not be able to catch the villain of this story, but we can ‘protect our house.’

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New vSphere & Horizon Videos added to VMware Learning Zone

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Nov 302015
 

VMware Learning Zone offersone year of unlimited access to our cloud-based video training library taught by top VMware experts, with two subscription options available: Standard or Premiumsubscription.

We are constantly releasingnew videos to the library, with four new ones added in the last month:

  • Horizon Flex Containerized Policy-Based Desktop: Certificate and Mirage Configuration – In this video, Peter Schraml shows you how to create and use a Microsoft CA generated certificate, how to set up and configure Horizon Mirage as a policy engine, and how to create a FLEX image (template) for delivery to multiple devices with the FLEX Player.
  • vSphere Distributed Switch – Overview and Demo– In this video, Undeleeb Din introduces you to vSphere distributed switch (VDS): what it is, its benefits compared to a standard switch, and architecture. Hethen demonstrates how to create a distributed switch and how migrate a configuration from a standard switch via web client and using host profiles.
  • vSphere 6 Fault Tolerance: Part 1 – Introduction and Overview In this video, Andy Cary introduces the enhancements in vSphere 6, with a particular focus on fault tolerance.
  • vSphere 6 Fault Tolerance: Part 2 – Demonstration– In this video, Andy Cary demonstrates fault tolerance in vSphere 6.

You can see the complete list of available titles here, as well as sample videos.

Any specific topics you’d like to see us cover? Let us know in the comments below.

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Taking the Lead to Grow at Grace Hopper India

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Nov 302015
 

At VMware, we empower our people with the resources and tools to own their future. Connect with VMware Member of Technical Staff, Shwetha Lakshman Rao, and learn how she is taking the lead to grow in her career while inspiring others along the way at the Grace Hopper Celebration in India.

Name: Shwetha Lakshman Rao

Role: Member of Technical Staff

Office Location: Bangalore, India

Years at VMware: 6

 

Share what a typical day is like for you at VMware.

My day starts by coffee with colleagues, followed by checking emails so that I can prioritize my tasks for the day. As a Java API tester, I repro and verify the bugs related to vCenter Server, identify use cases that have not been covered, and write the code for those use cases. I work on scripts as per customer requirements to help solve their issues or automate manual efforts, and I help team members resolve their technical issues. The best part of VMware is there is no boundary to work on research of one’s interest, and I enjoy this opportunity. VMware empowers me to enhance my technical and soft skills by attending conferences within and outside of India. I also work in the “Internet of Things” research group and am involved in many other initiatives such as Borathon (VMware’s employee-led hackathon), giving back with the VMware Foundation, and innovations around improvising the testing strategy and patents at VMware. Each year, VMware employees are given 40 paid hours to give back to the causes closet to their hearts. I spend my Service Learning time going to government schools twice a week to teach English for the students of grade 4.

 

What inspired you to pursue a career in Information Technology?

Information Technology impacts everything. You name a career and one can map IT implementations with it. Because of this, there are endless opportunities to learn and grow in an IT career that personally interests you. A career in IT requires continuous learning. It is about problem solving which requires analytical skills, and I love solving issues by building different algorithms. Information Technology is not just about technical skills; it is about how one can manage time while working on multiple tasks. There is nothing that can describe the amount of satisfaction that I feel once I’ve finished a task that involves developing a code that solves a complex problem.

 

You are participating in the Hands-on Lab session and have a poster on IOT transaction security at Grace Hopper (#GHCI15) India. Can you share more about what you will be discussing during these two sessions?

It is a pleasure to present our poster “IoT Transaction Security” at the Grace Hopper conference. IoT or “Internet of things,” is an emerging technology that is buzzing in the IT industry. The focus of the poster session project is to provide confidentiality and integrity of data originated from an IoT device that is sent over a network to the cloud environment. The paper proposes the below two ideas:

  • Direct HTTPS connection between IoT devices and cloud: targets to remove intermediary devices like mobiles that are currently used for the transfer of data generated by IoT devices using HTTPS.
  • Bitcoin block chain ledger principles to achieve decentralization in IoT network: proposes solution to prioritization of transactions.

The Hands-on Lab is an exciting opportunity to share an overview of some of the latest VMware and AirWatch products by demoing the products in real-time with the audience. Below are a few of the products we’re planning to share with the GHC India community:

  • NSX: Network Virtualization
  • vSAN: Storage virtualization
  • vCloud Air
  • Photon: OS for containers
  • Proj Bonneville and AppCatalyst
  • VVD: VMware validate design
  • Helix: VMware IoT platform
  • AirWatch Moblie Device Management

The 2015 theme for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India is Our Time to Lead. What does this theme mean to you?

The 2015 theme for the Grace Hopper Celebration “Our Time to Lead” motivates women to start owning and leading tasks without waiting for someone to come and ask them do it. It is all about having the right attitude of initiating and owning things.

 

 

 

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Cyber Monday Mobile Deals Alert!

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Nov 302015
 
It’s the biggest online shopping day of the year With such great mobile deals We’ll spend $3 billion on Cyber Monday It’s the most wonderful time of the year   It’s the tech-techiest season of all Nearly 60 percent of sales are electronics Of all holiday buys It’s the hap-happiest season for all   Cyber […]]> http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/11/cyber-monday-mobile-deals-alert-2/feed/ 0 This Week’s Top Mobile News | Black Friday Edition http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/11/mobile-news-black-friday-edition/ http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/11/mobile-news-black-friday-edition/#comments Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:19:17 +0000

New KB articles published for week ending 11/28/15

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Nov 302015
 

VMware App Volumes
Active Directory specified in App Volumes Manager is no longer available (2135839)
Date Published: 11/24/2015

VMware ESXi
Using Non-PCI storage adapters in Vmware vSphere 6.0 and later can cause heap exhaustion (2137341)
Date Published: 11/23/2015
VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch Release ESXi600-201511001 (2137545)
Date Published: 11/25/2015
VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch ESXi600-201511401-BG: Updates esx-base (2137546)
Date Published: 11/25/2015
Restoring the backup of a thin-provisioned disk created on an NFS volume results in disk type change from thin to thick-provisioned, eager-zeroed (2137818)
Date Published: 11/24/2015
ESXi 5.5 Windows virtual machines BSOD randomly with the error: PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA (50) Invalid system memory was referenced: vmmemctl.sys (2138677)
Date Published: 11/25/2015
VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch ESXi-6.0.0-20151104001-standard (2137547)
Date Published: 11/25/2015
VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch ESXi-6.0.0-20151104001-no-tools (2137548)
Date Published: 11/25/2015

VMware NSX for vSphere
NSX L2 VPN server configuration fails with the error: Invalid Certificate or Private Key when using a self-signed/CA certificate in VMware NSX for vSphere 6.1.x (2127411)
Date Published: 11/23/2015
Modifying an NSX Transport zone through the vSphere Web Client (add/edit/delete/connect/disconnect) fails with the error: Internal server error has occurred in VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x (2134811)
Date Published: 11/27/2015
Downloading logs from multiple NSX Controllers simultaneously fails with the error: 404 Not Found in VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x (2135653)
Date Published: 11/26/2015
Installing the SSL VPN-Plus client on a MAC OSX Yosemite or higher fails with the error: Install failed: The Installer encountered an error that caused the installation to fail in VMware vCloud Networking and Security 5.5 and NSX for vSphere 6.x (2135829)
Date Published: 11/25/2015
NSX Management Service fails with the error: Error creating bean with name in VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x (2135379)
Date Published: 11/27/2015

VMware vCenter Orchestrator Appliance
After importing the REST configuration into VMware vRealize Orchestrator you see the error: Error in Plug-in (2133883)
Date Published: 11/25/2015

VMware vCloud Director
Required datastore capacity is incorrectly calculated when the vCloud Director placement engine attempts to add or grow a virtual machine disk which resides in a Datastore cluster (2135047)
Date Published: 11/24/2015
Deploying a template virtual machine to a vApp fails with the error: The requested operation will exceed the VDC’s storage quota (2133505)
Date Published: 11/23/2015
VMware vCloud Director for Service Provider
After upgrading to VMware vCloud Director for Service Provider 5.6.4 the cell logs stop updating and the JMX log file fills up the disk space (2134206)
Date Published: 11/26/2015
VMware vCloud Government Service provided by Carpathia Dedicated Cloud
Internal API calls from a virtual machine within VMware vCloud Government Services are delayed (2135464)
Date Published: 11/24/2015

VMware vRealize Automation
Unable to select published Application Services requests after upgrading to VMware vRealize Automation 6.2.x from 6.1.x (2132224)
Date Published: 11/26/2015
Reconfiguring a virtual machine VMware vRealize Automation fails with the error: Exception during request callback (2133024)
Date Published: 11/23/2015
VMware vRealize Automation Appliance is running out of disk space (2133183)
Date Published: 11/23/2015
Supportability details for multiple private network configurations for VMware vRealize Automation 6.2.x (2138774)
Date Published: 11/26/2015
VMware vRealize Automation 6.2.3 build 1499677 Hot Patch (2138947)
Date Published: 11/26/2015
Upgrading VMware vRealize Automation 6.x fails with the error: Error uninstalling DEM DEM-W (2133832)
Date Published: 11/23/2015

VMware vRealize Business Enterprise
Opening Favorite Reports in VMware vRealize Business Advanced or Enterprise fails with the error: An unexpected error occurred (2134397)
Date Published: 11/26/2015

VMware vRealize Log Insight
The /storage/core file system is always nearly full on one or more VMware vRealize Log Insight nodes (2134152)
Date Published: 11/24/2015

VMware vRealize Operations Manager
Certificate errors and failed adpater instances in VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.1 (2133272)
Date Published: 11/23/2015
Configuring an End Point Operations Management Agent silent configuration script to populate the required fields automatically (2133288)
Date Published: 11/23/2015
Prevent default dashboards from being displayed in VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.x (2133879)
Date Published: 11/24/2015
Switching VMware vRealize Operations Manager network addressing between IPV4 and IPV6 is unsupported (2134149)
Date Published: 11/24/2015
The configuration wizard is displayed after upgrading VMware vRealize Operations Manager to version 6.1. (2134163)
Date Published: 11/24/2015
Configuration file customizations are not migrated from vCenter Operations Manager 5.8 to vRealize Operations Manager 6.0 via the Data Import wizard (2134165)
Date Published: 11/24/2015
In VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.1 the HIS XDB|HIS Function Calls related metrics are excessively high (2137820)
Date Published: 11/24/2015
Pairing vRealize Operations Manager 6.x with a VMware vSphere vCenter that has a weak certificate fails with the error: Certificates does not conform to algorithm constraints (2138644)
Date Published: 11/25/2015
Pairing VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.x with a VMware vSphere vCenter fails with the error: Certificates does not conform to algorithm constraints (2138646)
Date Published: 11/25/2015
Metric data misinterpreted by VMware vRealize Operations Manager as having a higher or lower value than expected (2133715)
Date Published: 11/23/2015
vSphere objects are not properly marked as Not Existing in VMware vRealize Operations Manager (2133868)
Date Published: 11/24/2015
A heatmap widget using a tag-based filter might display no data in VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.1 (2133886)
Date Published: 11/24/2015
Email alerts not sending when an alert is generated in VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.1 (2138946)
Date Published: 11/26/2015

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Security for the New Battlefield

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Nov 302015
 

What will be our security challenge in the coming decade? Running trusted services even on untrusted infrastructure. That means protecting the confidentiality and integrity of data as it moves through the network. One possible solution – distributed network encryption – a new approach made possible by network virtualization and the software-defined data center that addresses some of the current challenges of widespread encryption usage inside the data center.

VMware’s head of security products Tom Corn recently spoke on the topic at VMworld 2015 U.S., noting, “Network encryption is a great example of taking something that was once a point product, and turning it into a distributed service—or what you might call an infinite service. It’s everywhere; and maybe more importantly it changes how you implement policy. From thinking about it through the physical infrastructure—how you route data, etcetera—to through the lens of the application, which is ultimately what you’re trying to protect. It eventually becomes really a check box on an application.”

VMware NSX holds the promise of simplifying encryption, incorporating it directly so that it becomes a fundamental attribute of the application. That means so as long as it has that attribute, any packet will be encrypted. Distributed network encryption will be able to help protect the confidentiality and the integrity of all data flowing through the network. Once again, network virtualization has changed the game.

Watch the video below to discover more about how network virtualization is improving security across the board.

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VMware at Gartner Data Center 2015

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Nov 302015
 

Whether you’re in the office, at home or lucky enough to be attending this week’s Gartner Data Center, make sure you don’t miss out on any VMware action. This year’s event takes place at the Park Plaza Westminster Hotel in the heart of London, on the East side of Westminster Bridge.

At the event this year, we have many of our experts ready to answer your questions and discuss all you need to know about our One Cloud, Any Application, Any Device model for IT, as well as a Speaker Session with VMware CTO Joe Baguley, a Wok Station in the evening, and, if that’s not enough, a magician who you may remember from Gartner Symposium earlier this month.

Joe’s session at 13:45 GMT on Monday delves into Apps, the Data Center, discussing the Public Cloud and overcoming the impossible. Joe will be joined on stage by Tom Stockwell of Vodafone Cloud and Hosting Services to give the audience an insight into how VMware can benefit your business. If you’re at Gartner Data Center, make sure you visit ‘Westminster A’, as this is a session not to be missed. If you’re not attending, check in with @VMware_UK on Twitter where you will be able to follow the session live and catch all the action.

We are at the event both days and look forward to chatting to you at our booth on Plaza Level -1. If you would like to ask one of our experts a question and you’re not at the event, then tweet us @VMware_UK and we’ll answer ASAP.

Get Inspired at Autodesk University with VMware, NVIDIA and Dell

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Nov 302015
 

This week we kick off Autodesk University in Las Vegas, where thought leaders and innovators involved in design share their perspectives, insights and vision. This year, VMware and NVIDIA are especially excited to be central to those discussions, in partnership with Dell. Together, we’re redefining how organizations transform mission-critical workflows in manufacturing, product design, architecture, engineering, construction and more into a truly agile enterprise—one without borders or limits to productivity.

Your Graphics Workstation—Liberated!

Central to what you’ll hear from VMware and NVIDIA is how we’re delivering productivity from the confines of physical workstation and location. This is the mobile cloud era, and it’s all about how Autodesk users can leverage the power of VMware Horizon with NVIDIA GRID vGPU to deliver unprecedented collaboration, efficiency, performance and scale, without sacrificing the security of your designs and intellectual property.

Autodesk AutoCAD, Revit and 3ds Max are great proof points of design solutions that can be readily virtualized and remoted to a wide array of client devices, with stunning performance and faithful rendering of the physical graphics workstation experience—just without all that hardware pinning you down to one place! Check out our AutoCAD Deployment Guide; it will quickly walk you through the most typical questions when considering virtualization, including recommended config, sizing for vCPU, RAM and storage, and how various GRID profiles held up under benchmark testing, including the frame rate and impact on user experience.

As you’re heading to AU2015 Vegas (or not), check out the AutoCAD Deployment Guide which you can find here. Similarly, we have a Revit Deployment Guide that’s also worth checking out!

If you want to hear some great perspectives on how VMware Horizon with NVIDIA GRID vGPU transformed one company’s workflow, productivity and security, check out the Populous story. Populous is a global design firm that builds iconic venue— Wembley Stadium in London, the new Yankee Stadium in New York and Soccer City in South Africa, to name a few. I just found out they’re working on the new SunTrust stadium here in Atlanta! Common to all these marquee venues is the need to engage clients and deliver projects with greater efficiency and business agility. So when Populous chose VMware Horizon 6 with NVIDIA GRID vGPU to virtualize Autodesk Revit, they saw the opportunity to transform workflows and:

  • Enable their architects work from anywhere.
  • Embrace an any-device workstyle, including use of tablets to review designs at client sites.
  • Strengthen security with designs centrally hosted in the datacenter.
  • Improve their disaster recovery plan, ensuring business continuity.

Now you’re ready to plan your time this week. Here’s where you can dive in with us to learn more about virtualizing your favorite Autodesk apps at AU2015.

NVIDIA/VMware Demos—Booth 821

Stop by our booth, and you’ll get to see some of your favorite Autodesk apps, like AutoCAD and Revit running on a GRID-enabled infrastructure.

Dell Virtualization Lab

Our partner, Dell, has a great environment set up for you to test drive NVIDIA GRID vGPU with VMware Horizon, hosted on Dell infrastructure, including their Dell Precision Rack 7910 appliance that’s purpose built for your demanding workflow needs.

Breakout Session with Dell, VMware, and NVIDIA

Check out XI13837—“Virtualizing Autodesk Applications: Considerations for Successful Deployment.” In this session, Dell, VMware and NVIDIA presenters will guide you through the steps of how to embrace virtualization and how to succeed in your deployment.

Learning Graphics Virtualization Has its Rewards…

Clearly there’s a lot going on at AU2015, but here’s something extra to get you inspired to spend time with VMware and NVIDIA.

1. Best tweets win a $25 Amazon gift card!

It’s the holiday season, so what better reward for your best tweet than a $25 gift card daily prize. Tell us about how much you love your Autodesk app virtualized with @VMwareHorizon and @NVIDIAGRID! (Must include #AU2015 and #vGPU4ADSK)

2. “The most powerful streaming TV set-top box ever made” can be yours!

Just for entering our daily raffle, one winner will be selected each day to win an NVIDIA Shield.

Lastly, if you’re ready to kick the tires using your very own GRID-powered virtual desktop running on VMware Horizon, please visit Try GRID to get started!

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Cogliere l’attimo nella nuova era del Software-Defined

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Nov 302015
 

Il mercato della virtualizzazione si appresta ad affrontare una seconda fase evolutiva.

Matteo Uva, Channel Manager di VMware Italia, si sofferma su come le tecnologie di virtualizzazione e il Software-Defined Networking offrano oggi ai rivenditori un’occasione unica, capace di superare in termini di valore tutte le opportunità che si sono presentate
loro fino a oggi

La virtualizzazione è una storia di successo incontestabile: accettata come elemento essenziale di qualsiasi soluzione per il data center o lo storage, ora sta evolvendo verso una fase successiva di maturità, quella in cui entra in gioco ogni parte dell’infrastruttura IT – storage, rete, mobilità e persino le applicazioni.

I modelli di IT che i clienti enterprise desiderano adottare oggi sono ibridi e molto più fluidi che in passato. Si è affermata la consapevolezza che i data center, la rete, la sicurezza e le altre funzioni IT, devono poter lavorare tutti insieme come un unico motore agile, reattivo e convergente, piuttosto che rappresentare singoli ingranaggi hardware-driven della macchina.

Questo è il motivo principale del crescente interesse per le soluzioni di Software-Defined Networking (SDN), come la piattaforma NSX di VMware, leader di mercato, che stanno portando la virtualizzazione oltre il data center. Il potenziale è enorme perché il mercato SDN, come dichiara Gartner, è destinato a crescere nel mondo anno su anno dell’89 per cento, da 960 milioni di dollari nel 2014 fino a 8 miliardi di dollari nel 2018.

Grazie a queste infrastrutture ibride complesse, possiamo offrire un accesso sicuro e totalmente flessibile alle applicazioni e ai servizi, in qualsiasi luogo e momento, con una mobilità senza confini, una scalabilità dinamica e una gestione efficiente con bassi costi di esercizio.
Per fare questo abbiamo bisogno di virtualizzare ogni elemento dell’infrastruttura: dai server ai client mobile, fino alle componenti di rete.

Implementare queste nuove soluzioni Software-Defined totalmente virtualizzate rappresenta, quindi, una sfida enorme per i system integrator e i rivenditori che le proporranno ai clienti, e non tutti saranno in grado di affrontarla da soli. Richiederà, infatti, l’adozione di una strategia chiara e di un impegno concreto nel promuovere e sviluppare un livello ancora più elevato di competenze e capacità; ma in termini di ritorno degli investimenti ne varrà la pena!

VMware stima, infatti, che il potenziale di questo mercato potrebbe essere di un ordine di grandezza superiore a quello che le innovazioni del data center hanno comportato fino a oggi. Si tratta sicuramente di una grande opportunità che crediamo ogni rivenditore con ambizioni a lungo termine debba vagliare per veder crescere il proprio business. È importante, però, capire che il percorso da seguire per affrontare questa nuova fase non può essere improvvisato, non è possibile imparare a conoscerlo e coglierne le potenzialità mano a mano che la storia si sviluppa; il successo richiederà un impegno mirato e sostenuto fin da subito.

Il secondo atto della storia della virtualizzazione è il Software-Defined, uno scenario che comporta una capacità di adattamento costante. Per questo motivo VMware NSX integra al proprio interno l’agilità necessaria per abilitare un provisioning rapido e un deployment estremamente flessibile dei servizi di rete e di sicurezza multi-tier. NSX consente alle reti virtuali di essere create e utilizzate – e disattivate altrettanto velocemente – senza alcuna riconfigurazione della rete fisica.

In questo contesto, i rivenditori dovranno essere in grado di svolgere compiti sempre più diversificati. Dovranno essere convincenti, autorevoli e sicuri come i consulenti aziendali e i tecnici, i managed services provider e gli esperti nei servizi cloud.

Il vantaggio per i Partner VMware è che la maggior parte, se non la totalità, dei loro clienti utilizza già la virtualizzazione; si trovano quindi in una posizione ideale per costruire a partire da questa base l’evoluzione dell’infrastruttura e diventare i Partner di riferimento dei propri clienti in un vero processo di trasformazione.

In VMware cerchiamo Partner con cui condividere obiettivi e visione, che siano desiderosi di acquisire le capacità necessarie per offrire nuove infrastrutture iper-virtualizzate, convergenti e fluide. Il networking e lo storage Software-Defined sono destinati a una crescita esponenziale, un’opportunità enorme per i rivenditori che vogliono realmente cogliere l’attimo e avere un ruolo importante nel prossimo atto della storia della virtualizzazione.

VMware の VSAN 担当SEが語る: 1/4 〜 従来のストレージと VSAN の違い〜

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Nov 302015
 

みなさまこんにちは!
VMware で VSAN を担当しているSEの小佐野 舞(Osano Mai)です。
先日vForumというイベントが開催されましたが、そこで VMware Virtual SAN (以下 VSAN)のセッションは立ち見がでるほど多くの方に興味を持っていただきました。そこでもっと多くのみなさまに私の VSAN 愛を伝えたく、この場をお借りして VSAN についてわかりやすくご紹介いたしますね。

VMware の VSAN 担当SEが語る:
1/4 〜 従来のストレージと VSAN の違い 〜
2/4 〜 VSAN のアーキテクチャその1 信頼性と性能編 〜
3/4 〜 VSAN のアーキテクチャその2 運用管理/バックアップ編 〜
4/4 〜 VSAN オンラインハンズオンラボをやってみよう 〜

ストレージの復習

では、まず製品について語り始める前にストレージの復習をしていきたいと思います。

ストレージというとデータをためる大きな箱、ディスクが何本も入っている箱、サーバのデータの保管場所であり、仮想化環境では仮想マシンの格納スペースとするためには欠かせないものです。

ストレージベンダーさんが提供する様々なストレージ機器は、見た目はもちろん異なりますが、組み込まれているハードウェアコンポーネント、内部のストレージ専用ソフトウェア(OS)の動き、操作方法、可用性の実現方法、パフォーマンスも製品によって異なります。
サーバのように汎用的ではなくストレージは専門性が高い機器、と言うことができると考えます。

vSphere 仮想化環境では複数のホストから同一の領域へアクセスすることにより仮想マシンの可搬性や可用性をより高めることができますので、共有ストレージをFC(ファイバチャネル)、iSCSI、NFS等の接続方式でホストに提供します。

従来のストレージはディスクをグループ化して可用性や耐障害性を高めるRAIDが主流で、例えばRAID5の場合、最低3本以上のディスクを1つのグループとしてデータとパリティから構成し、LUNを切り出します。ESXi サーバが使用する領域を切り出すストレージ作業フローを図にまとめてみました。

あらかじめRAIDグループを作成し、容量を決めてLUNを切り出し、サーバに見せるためのスイッチの設定をして、どのサーバに見せるかを決めて、LUN の数だけこれら作業をくりかえし、ようやく!ハイパーバイザからデバイスとして見えてきます。ここからさらにどのLUNがどれだっけと迷いながらもデータストアの追加をして、仮想マシン用のストレージプールができあがります。

ちょっと物理ストレージから仮想化に話をもどして。
最近、Software Defined 〜〜〜 という言葉をよく耳にされているのではないでしょうか。
サーバの仮想化はすでに一般化され、多くのお客様は物理からの仮想化への移行、またはどちらも並行して使用している環境が多いのでは、と思います。サーバ仮想化、ネットワーク仮想化が数年前から先行し、そしてストレージ仮想化です!

サーバ仮想化により日々進化する高性能なCPU、集積率の高いメモリを効率的に使用することができるようになりました。

ネットワークもサーバ仮想化が進む中、物理的な変更を最小限にして仮想化環境に最適な仮想ネットワークサービスのプロビジョニングを実現しています。

ストレージの仮想化技術は古くから様々な種類がありRAIDもそのひとつです。
現在、Software Defined Storage(SDS)というと、従来のような専用機器ではなく汎用的なサーバのディスクを使用したものがふえています。

VSAN は多くのお客様に使われはじめています!

そろそろ VSAN のことを話したくなってきたので、VMware のストレージ仮想化製品である VMware Virtual SAN はどのような製品であるか、説明していきます。

一言で表すと、『サーバ内蔵ディスクを共有ストレージとする、vSphere に完全に統合された機能』です。

機能と書いている理由はカーネルに組み込まれている = ストレージ機能はハイパーバイザの一部だからです。

これは他社ストレージ仮想化製品にはなく、VMware Virtual SAN だけ!
サーバ仮想化はCPUやメモリを抽象化してプールとし仮想マシンそれぞれに割り当てますが、VSAN のストレージ仮想化は内蔵ディスクの抽象化を行いストレージプール=共有データストアを提供します。

2014年3月、vSphere 5.5u1 のリリース時に新機能として Virtual SAN が初めて登場しました。2015年3月、4年ぶりのメジャーアップデートとなる vSphere 6.0 と共に VSAN 6.0 を発表、ベースイメージの大幅な改良や様々な機能追加があり、9月には vSphere 6.0u1 / VSAN 6.1 が リリースされ、現在2500社以上のお客様にお使いいただいています。VSAN も日々進化しており、バージョンを重ねるたびに、さらに使いやすくなってます。

実際 VSAN はSaaSの基盤で使われたり、VDIで使われたり、小規模な環境で使われたり、と多岐にわたりますが、vSphere で仮想化された環境であればどんな仮想マシンでもだいじょうぶです!

VSAN には次のような特長があります。

フラッシュデバイスをフロントに配置することで高速化 — 内蔵ディスクが持つ “性能” を活用
サーバだけで完結します — 内蔵ディスクの “共有” と “データ保護” を実現
仮想マシン目線のストレージ運用管理 — RAID , LUN の概念が存在しないので “とてもシンプル
簡単導入—VSAN 用ネットワークを作って、VSAN の有効化、ポリシーで定義グループを作って、仮想マシンを作るだけの”4ステップ

従来のストレージと大きく違うのは、専用のストレージ機器いらず、専門的なストレージの知識いらず、で共有データストアが手に入ります。
実際に VSAN を体感したお客様に本当にこれだけでいいの?サーバ管理者にもできる!と驚かれることが多いです。

汎用的なハードウェアで VSAN を構成

VSAN はハイパーバイザの一部なので、まずサーバ本体、そしてキャッシュとして使用されるフラッシュデバイス、データ格納用に使用される磁気ディスクまたはフラッシュデバイスから構成されます。性能の異なるデバイスを2層式にすることでフラッシュデバイスの性能を活かしつつ、データは単価の安いデバイスへ保管、と両方の良いとこ取りをします。

フラッシュデバイスと磁気ディスクを組み合わせたハイブリッドモデル、フラッシュデバイスのみで構成するオールフラッシュモデルの2種類があります。最近流行のオールフラッシュストレージとしてもお使いいただけますよ。

ここまで VSAN の特長とハードウェア構成の概要をお話ししてきましたが、第2回はより詳細な VSAN のアーキテクチャに踏み込んでいきたいと思います!

vForum 2015 では実際に VSAN をお使いいただいたお客様の事例講演も複数あり、Solution Showcase VSAN ブースも大変にぎわい、いろいろな方とお話できて楽しい時間を過ごしました。お越しいただいた皆様には重ねてお礼申し上げます。ありがとうございます。

ではまた第2回でお会いしましょう!!

VMware VSAN 担当SE Osano Mai

VMware の VSAN 担当SEが語る:
1/4 〜 従来のストレージと VSAN の違い 〜
2/4 〜 VSAN のアーキテクチャその1 信頼性と性能編 〜
3/4 〜 VSAN のアーキテクチャその2 運用管理/バックアップ編 〜
4/4 〜 VSAN オンラインハンズオンラボをやってみよう 〜

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New White Paper: Agile and Reliable SAP HANA on VMware vSphere and Hitachi UCP

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Nov 272015
 

SAP HANA customers can significantly increase agility and performance by virtualizing SAP HANA on VMware vSphere with Hitachi Data Systems UCP in an SAP-certified tailored data center integration deployment. Read the new VMware white paper and be sure share it with prospects—especially those who are unsure about an appliance model for SAP HANA hardware.

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