Healthcare Security and Storage: Transformation Better Together

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In a recent EMC survey, Healthcare acknowledged significant gaps in IT Transformation potential as well as a strong desire to bridge those gaps.

Historically, bridging gaps has required significant investment, but as capabilities such as security and storage migrate up out of hardware solutions and into software, we can add those capabilities and lower the total cost per application at the same time, building a more secure, robust platform with a lower TCO per application.

Healthcare Infrastructure Needs

  • Security: Patient Information and Systems
  • Reliability: Consistently available, self-healing, continuous between sites
  • Performance: Delays reduce productivity and affect satisfaction
  • Value: Persistent pressure, flat budgets despite growth

Healthcare needs an application platform that addresses its most profound infrastructure challenges: security, reliability, continuity, and value. In order to deliver those outcomes, we need new capabilities that take full advantage of your virtual infrastructure as the hub of information in your environment and apply policies where they matter most: to the applications themselves.

VMware marshals your most sensitive Healthcare data all day long: on its way to and from storage and with other systems inside and outside of our environment. That makes VMware the most efficient place to implement security and storage policy, and in doing so, we can simultaneously reduce the risk of the modern breach, add reliability and performance to the storage on which all applications depend, and reduce the total cost per application. And as we look to a future where the boundaries of the datacenter become increasingly flexible, and we look to leverage compute from a variety of cloud providers, we need to apply the policies to the applications directly, to the VMs themselves, to ensure that wherever the applications and data move, the security and performance policies move with them.

Security and storage are the two critical infrastructure components most in need of overhaul, and the technologies necessary to address so many of the modern challenges are already available, delivering an application platform with better security, greater reliability and performance, and lower total cost on the order of 30-50%. It’s powerful, it’s simple, it’s affordable, and it’s in production right now.

Security

Recent headlines tell intimidating stories about ransomware holding patient data and critical systems hostage with encryption until a fee is paid to obtain the decryption key. Prior to that, stories of high profile health record breaches dominated. Breaches are an outcome of present architecture limitations, and what is missing from the headlines are recommendations that point to architectural solutions to reduce the attack surface of applications and systems that house PHI.

Breaches are most often effected by phishing and malware that then exploits the typically absent internal boundaries between systems in an environment. An important element of any modern security strategy requires that we draw purposeful lines around our applications and systems to control what traffic is permitted on a very granular scale, but that requires that we have a new security capability, a new place to effect policy. VMware is already in the path of that data and is the most logical place to implement that policy.

Traditional policies are based on IP and Port, and defining a complete list of permissible traffic in an environment using IPs and Ports is simply infeasible to build and manage. As a result, no one does it – that is why phishing and malware work.

Securing the internal environment requires policy be applied to applications directly. Since nearly all applications run inside VMware VMs, that is the best place to apply those policies. And because we manage the VMs, we can apply new kinds of security policy: we can apply sophisticated policy to groups of VMs by naming convention, group membership, tags, OS versions, etc. It’s an entirely new way to implement internal Zero Trust where traffic can only flow when specifically permitted. We can also apply policy to AD users and groups so that only traffic by authenticated users will flow.

This outcome of Zero Trust is the result of using NSX Distributed Firewall, a core feature of the VMware ESXi hypervisor that runs almost all of your critical applications, and this is a key component of a modern comprehensive security policy.

Reliability

Nearly all VMware infrastructure leverages shared storage, fibre channel.

Healthcare is one of the few industries that has lives at risk in the event of system failures, which makes the application platform absolutely critical to the delivery of care. With that in mind, we should focus on the elements of infrastructure most prone to issue and that can be simplified through innovation and transformation.

Almost all virtual infrastructure today leverages shared storage; it was an essential component of architecture that in itself has become a single point of failure whose risk requires significant capital to mitigate. The era of shared storage is rapidly coming to a close because it is complex and expensive: it accounts for roughly 50% of virtual infrastructure capital, and by its very nature, it is prone to failure with very high operating cost. The policies to manage storage are so distant from the applications themselves that when things go wrong, it takes three different skill-sets to fully surround the potential issues and resolve them.

With lives on the line, why would we allow that to continue if we have a better way?

By moving storage into the compute layer, we reduce complexity and cost.

VMware VSAN is the solution to the reliability and cost challenge. It’s a core capability of the VMware hypervisor, and by moving the storage into the compute layer and allowing VMware to manage it all directly, we gain new redundancy options, new business continuity options, reduced complexity, and we apply storage redundancy and QOS policies directly to the VMs. There is so much less to go wrong in this distributed storage model, and it is the way all virtual infrastructure will be built. Our customers who have transitioned to this design, some of whom have been operating this way for more than two years tell us they cannot imagine running their infrastructure any other way.

Performance

By moving the storage up into the compute, VMware can make critical decisions about how to cache it for rapid repeated retrieval. It still lands on the same spindles and flash as it would with a SAN, but by moving storage to the compute layer and giving VMware control, we get great performance benefits and gain scale benefits by distributing the Iops among the compute nodes.

A modern SAN is designed to scale, but the storage processors in a SAN become bottlenecks over time. Eventually, we reach a point where our applications are performing more transactions than our SAN can process, regardless of how much flash is present behind the processors. This creates significant growing pains as both capital spend and operating complexity.

Distributed storage, on the other hand, scales with you. A modern compute node using NVMe Flash as a cache drive can sustain ~120,000 Iops. As our applications grow and we add compute nodes, we are consistently adding additional Iops, up to 120,000 per node. This architecture by its very nature addresses the single greatest performance challenge of shared storage, and as flash become increasingly affordable, spindles are fading in favor of higher Iops infrastructure without the SAN bottlenecks that have plagued us for years, delivering three to ten times the Iops presently available in customer environments.

VMware VSAN alleviates so much of the performance challenges of storage architecture. The idea that there are no LUNs and no tiering is a radical concept for storage engineers, but it works so much better. My customers who run hybrid configurations using a combination of flash and spindles report no performance challenges for nearly two years.

Value and Cost Control

Did I mention this improvement in reliability and performance also costs less? By simplifying the entire stack, we eliminate capital infrastructure and commodity hardware markup. When we consider the total capital cost of virtual infrastructure, hosts with shared storage cost about 30-50% more per VM than using our distributed storage solution. This is leading to a rapid evolution of infrastructure architecture that began over two years ago but has accelerated dramatically in the last six months. With the ubiquity of commoditized compute and local storage that complies with Ready Nodes (from Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, Huawei, Inspur, Lenovo, Quanta, Sugon, and SuperMicro), and the launch of VxRail/VxRack HCI from VCE/EMC, there are so many excellent platform options to gain all of these benefits and realize substantial savings.

With these savings so very real and these benefits so very tangible, why would you build your infrastructure any other way?

The Solution: NSX and VSAN

VMware’s Security and Storage solutions are wonderful complements, addressing so many of the infrastructure challenges in Healthcare today. The savings versus your current model will fund the new capabilities, reduce the attack surface of applications, and resolve critical storage challenges all as part of a single transformation event. Healthcare applications have never had such a secure, reliable, performant, and cost effective platform.

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Successful Transformations Require Clarity in Strategy and Execution

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by Heman Smith

The recent “The State of IT Transformation” report by VMware and EMC is an up-to-the-minute overview of how companies across multiple industries are faring in their efforts to transform their IT organizations.

The report offers valuable insights into the pace and success of IT transformation over the last few years and outlines where companies feel they have the most to do. But two specific data points in the report – highlighting gaps between companies’ ambitions and their actual achievements – struck me in particular. Here they are:

  • 90% of companies surveyed felt it important to have a documented IT transformation strategy and road map, with executive and line of business support. Yet over 55% have nothing documented.
  • 95% of the same organizations thought it critical that an IT organization has no silos and works together to deliver business focused services at the lowest cost. And yet less than 4% percent of organizations report that they currently operate like this.

Both of these are very revealing, I think, and worth digging into a little deeper.

Taking the second point first, my immediate reaction here is: Could IT actually operate with no silos? Is that ever achievable?

To answer, you have to define what “silo” means. A silo can be a technology assignment (storage, networking, compute, etc..) and that’s usually what’s meant within IT by the word. Sometimes, though, it represents a team assignment, whether by expertise or a focus on delivering a particular service, that is in its own way a type of silo.

So when companies say they wish they could operate with no silos and be able to work together, I wonder if that’s really an expression of frustration with poor collaboration and poor execution? My guess is that what they’re really saying is: “we don’t know how to get our teams, our people, to collaborate effectively and execute well.”

If I’m right, what can they do about it? How can companies improve IT team collaboration, coordination, and execution?

Being clear about clarity

The answer takes us back to the first data point, that 90% of companies feel it’s important to have a documented IT transformation strategy and road map with executive and line of business support, yet over 55% have nothing documented. A majority of companies, in other words, lack strategic clarity.

Without strategic clarity, it’s very difficult for teams to operate and execute toward an outcome that is intentional and desired. Instead they focus on the daily whirlwind that surrounds them, doing whatever the squeakiest wheels dictate. I’m reminded of what Ann Latham, president of Uncommon Clarity, has said: “Over 90% of all conflict comes from a lack of clarity.”

Clarity, in my experience, has three different layers.

Clarity of intent.

This is what you want to accomplish (the vision); why you want to do it (the purpose); and when you want it done (the end point). You can also frame this as, “We want to go from X (capability) to Y (capability) by Z (date).”

Clarity of delivery.

As you move towards realizing your vision, you learn a lot more about your situation, which brings additional clarity.

Clarity of retrospect.

We joke about 20/20 hindsight, but it’s valuable because it lets us compare our original intentions with outcomes and learn from what happened in between.

Strategic clarity is really about that first layer. If companies are not clear upfront about what they want, it’s almost impossible for their teams and employees to understand what’s wanted from them and how they can do it – or to track their progress or review it once a project is complete. Announce a change without making it clear how team members can help make it a reality and you invite fear and inertia. While waiting for clarity, people disengage and everything slows down.

I’ve seen, for example, companies say they’re going to “implement a private cloud.” That’s an aspirational statement of desire, but not one of clear intent. A clear statement of intent would be: “We’re going to use private cloud technologies to shift our current virtual environment deployment pace of 4+ weeks into production to less than 24 hours by the end of June 2016.” Frame it like, and any person on the team can figure out how they can or cannot contribute toward that exact, clear goal. More importantly, the odds of them collectively achieving the outcome described by the goal are massively increased.

I suspect that the overwhelming majority of companies reporting that they’d like a strategic IT transformation document and road map but don’t yet have one, have for the most part failed to decide what exact capabilities they want, and by when.

This isn’t new. For the last 30 plus years, IT has traditionally focused on technologies themselves rather than the outcomes that those technologies can enable. Too many IT cultures do technology first and then “operationalize it.” But that’s fundamentally flawed and backwards, especially in today’s services-led environment.

Operating models and execution

Delivering on your strategic intent requires more than clarity in how you describe it, of course. Your operating model must also be as simple and as focused as possible on delivering the specific outcomes and capabilities outlined in your plan. Otherwise, you are placing people inside the model without knowing how they can deliver the outcomes it expects, because they don’t know what they’re trying to do.

Implementing an effective operating model means articulating the results you are looking for (drawn from your strategy), then designing a model that lets employees do that as directly and rapidly as possible. That’s true no matter what you’re building – an in-house private cloud, something from outside, or a hybrid. Everyone needs to know how they can make decisions – and make them quickly – in order to deliver the results that are needed.

That brings me to the my last observation. When companies have no documented strategy or road map (and remember that’s 55% of companies surveyed in the VMware/EMC report), they are setting themselves up for what I call “execution friction.” With no clear strategy, companies focus on technology first and “operationalize” later. They end up in the weeds of less-than-successful technology projects, and spend energy and resources on upgrading capacity, improving details, and basic IT pools, while failing to craft a technology model that supports delivering the capabilities written in their strategic model. It’s effort that uses up power while slowing you down instead of pushing you forward: execution friction. Again, it’s viewing IT as a purchase, when today more than ever it should be viewed as a strategic lever to accelerate a company’s ability to deliver.

In his book on strategic execution, Ram Charan says that to understand execution, you need to keep three key points in mind:

  • Execution is a discipline, and integral to strategy
  • Execution is the major job of the business (and IT) leader
  • Execution must be a core element of an organization’s culture

Charan’s observations underline what jumps out at me in the data reported by the VMware/EMC study: that you can’t execute effectively without strategic clarity.

Wise IT leaders, then, will make and take the time necessary to get strategically clear on their intended capability outcomes as soon as possible, then document that strategy, share it, and work from it with their teams in order to achieve excellent execution. If more companies do that, we’ll see silos disappearing in a meaningful way, too, because more will be executing on their strategy with success.

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Heman Smith is a Strategist with VMware Accelerate Advisory Services and is based in Utah.

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VMware and Intel Announce Centers of Excellence 

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Today at Intel Cloud Day in San Francisco, Intel and VMware announced a network of Centers of Excellence aimed at accelerating the deployment of secure enterprise cloud environments.

The Centers of Excellence will drive custom optimizations, facilitate proof of concept testing and integrate cyber security best practices in collaboration with The National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The first Cloud COE opens today in Santa Clara.

Read the Intel press release here.

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VMware and Intel Announce Centers of Excellence 

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Today at Intel Cloud Day in San Francisco, Intel and VMware announced a network of Centers of Excellence aimed at accelerating the deployment of secure enterprise cloud environments.

The Centers of Excellence will drive custom optimizations, facilitate proof of concept testing and integrate cyber security best practices in collaboration with The National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The first Cloud COE opens today in Santa Clara.

Read the Intel press release here.

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VMware and Intel Announce Centers of Excellence 

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Today at Intel Cloud Day in San Francisco, Intel and VMware announced a network of Centers of Excellence aimed at accelerating the deployment of secure enterprise cloud environments.

The Centers of Excellence will drive custom optimizations, facilitate proof of concept testing and integrate cyber security best practices in collaboration with The National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The first Cloud COE opens today in Santa Clara.

Read the Intel press release here.

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VMware an Inaugural Member of New Intel Storage Builders Partner Ecosystem – Intel Cloud Day Announcement

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The VMware Storage and Availability team is excited to be participating in this year’s Intel® Cloud Day event. Taking place today, March 31st, in San Francisco, Intel is hosting a day of news announcements, discussions and workshops on the industry leader momentum toward software-defined infrastructure solution delivery. At 9:00 AM PDT Diane Bryant, senior vice

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VMware an Inaugural Member of New Intel Storage Builders Partner Ecosystem – Intel Cloud Day Announcement

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The VMware Storage and Availability team is excited to be participating in this year’s Intel® Cloud Day event. Taking place today, March 31st, in San Francisco, Intel is hosting a day of news announcements, discussions and workshops on the industry leader momentum toward software-defined infrastructure solution delivery. At 9:00 AM PDT Diane Bryant, senior vice

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VMware an Inaugural Member of New Intel Storage Builders Partner Ecosystem – Intel Cloud Day Announcement

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The VMware Storage and Availability team is excited to be participating in this year’s Intel® Cloud Day event. Taking place today, March 31st, in San Francisco, Intel is hosting a day of news announcements, discussions and workshops on the industry leader momentum toward software-defined infrastructure solution delivery. At 9:00 AM PDT Diane Bryant, senior vice

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Understanding the Benefits of User Environment Manager

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by Andy Morris, senior product line marketing manager, End-User Computing, VMware

I’m sure you’ve been following VMware’s progress during 2016 and saw our many new and exciting innovations. One of those was VMware User Environment Manager 9.0 (UEM). Do you know what’s new in this product? Do you understand the huge impact a product like this could have on your virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and physical desktop estate?

Join us for a brief webinarto discuss these exciting new advancements and the business benefits you could experience.

  • VMware Horizon Cloud Manager Integration: Offers a single console for IT administrators to build policy to control application deployment via VMware App Volumes, desktop deployment via Horizon 7 and security and usability policy to control those via UEM.
  • Application Authorization/Application Blocking: Enables IT administrators to build black and white lists of applications to control application and license sprawl using simple configurations.
  • Horizon Smart Policy: Enables IT to reach into the depths of Horizon 7 and set triggers and actions to apply dynamic policies based on end-user context such as location, platform, device and disconnect/reconnect to provision secure and tuned desktops and applications.
  • VMware ThinApp Personalization: Simplifies packaging and target customizations based on content which will bring implementing application personalization and configuration across native and virtualized applications into one product (supports ThinApp and other application virtualization vendors). The result is a dynamically manageable package rather than forcing packagers to anticipate application configuration when creating the virtualized applications –a fundamental step toward simplifying application lifecycle management.
  • Personal Data Control: Traditional folder redirection is incorporated into the UEM management console for end-user data transport or IT administrators can use a modern approach such as App Volumes Writeable Volumes.

To help you learn more about this new offering, I invite you to join my upcoming webcast, where we’ll drill down into the details of UEM. Simply click here to register.

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New vSphere, NSX and vRealize Orchestrator Videos in the Learning Zone

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VMware Learning Zone subscribers get one year of unlimited access to our cloud-based video training library taught by top VMware experts. Including all the latest videos we release each month, like these:

  • In vSphere 6 – Virtual Volumes (Part 1 – Presentation), Andy Cary takes you through many of the concepts around Virtual Volumes, which were newly introduced in vSphere 6. Topics include a review of the advantages of using virtual volumes, using the Hypervisor to transform storage, LUNs – VMDKs managed as data, virtual volumes – VMDKs managed as native objects, array requirements, simplification of storage administration, virtual volumes high level architecture, and many others.
  • vRealize Orchestrator Automation with vSphere Client takes you through the process of integrating vRealize Orchestrator with the vSphere 6 web client. Alistair Sutherland provides a detailed look at both the vSphere 6 web client and vRealize Orchestrator client, registering vRO and launching workflows from the web client, and using and extending context menus in the web client to launch workflows.
  • Andy Cary walks you through the specifics of setting up Network IO Control (NIOC) v3 in vSphere 6 in vSphere 6 – NIOC Enhancements: Demonstration.
  • In VMware NSX Traceflow Joe Silvagi demonstrates NSX Traceflow – added in VMware NSX 6.2 – which now allows you to trace end-to-end traffic paths through your virtual network for trout, shooting and network planning.
  • VMware NSX Central CLI by Joe Silvagi, shares some helpful information on NSX Central CLI – added in NSX 6.2 – allowing that you can run commands on multiple points in NSX from a single location. Joe discusses features, sample commands, and resources helpful to using the NSX Central CLI.

These videos are available NOW to anyone with an active VMware Learning Zone Standard or Premium subscription.

Want to be the first to know when new videos are released? Follow our #NewintheZone hashtag on Twitter.

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Happy Spring, everyone! This month, it’s all about the integrations. We’ve added a bunch of new tools to help users collaborate and take team productivity to the next level. Read more about them, as well as our other feature enhancements, below.

INTEGRATIONS

We’re on a mission to build an ecosystem of integrations that really empowers users and teams to be more productive and make meaningful business decisions. This month, we’re adding a bunch of great apps to our portfolio: Google Hangouts and Join.me for video and screen sharing, OneDrive Personal for file management, and VMware Log Insight integration to deliver sophisticated and scalable log analytics alerts into Socialcast groups. We’ve also taken our integrations one step further by offering a generic incoming webhook that can be used to create messages and corresponding comments inside Socialcast.

1. Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts lets you communicate with individuals or groups through instant messaging, voice calls, and video calls. With this new integration, you can easily start a Hangout with members of a Socialcast chat.

When enabled for the community, users will be able to click “Start Hangout” from the chat gear icon or by clicking the video icon in full conversation view. A “Join my Hangout” link will be sent in the chat so members can join on the web, or on mobile if you have the app installed.

Community admins can enable/disable the Google Hangout integration under Admin Settings > Integrations > External Applications. Toggling this flag will enable/disable the Google Hangout integration in Chat for all community members.



2. Join.me

Join.me offers free, simple, fast online meetings. Now you can easily jump from a chat into a Join.me meeting, where you can share your screen, conduct a voice or video call, and more.

When enabled for the community, users will be able to click “Start a join.me meeting” from the chat gear icon. A link to the meeting will be sent in the chat so members can join on the web, or on mobile if you have the app installed.

Community admins can enable/disable the join.me integration under Admin Settings > Integrations > External Applications. Toggling this flag will enable/disable the join.me integration in chat for all community members.

A few things to note to improve the user experience:

  • Your IT department will need to whitelist the *.join.me domain for your company’s firewall
  • To configure your firewall to allow join.me video, see here
  • To configure your firewall to allow join.me VoIP, see here

3. OneDrive Personal

OneDrive is a cloud storage solution for files and photos. This integration allows users to upload personal OneDrive files into Socialcast.

When enabled for the community, members will see the option to attach files “From OneDrive” when drafting a message.

Community admins can enable/disable the OneDrive Personal integration under Admin Settings > Integrations > External Applications.

4. VMware vRealize Log Insight

VMware vRealize Log Insight delivers sophisticated and scalable log analytics and log management for meaningful, actionable insights across multiple tiers of a hybrid cloud environments. With the release of Log Insight 3.3, Socialcast is excited to announce the availability of an integration with Log Insight.

When enabled for the community, Group Admins can add and configure vRealize Log Insight alerts into their groups. The message will include: Alert Name, relevant information such as App Names and Hostnames, and the Log Insight alert URL.

Community admins can enable/disable the Log Insight integration under Admin Settings > Integrations > External Applications.

5. Incoming Webhook

As more and more apps begin to support exporting data and alerts via WebHooks, we wanted to allow our users to “pipe” that critical data from those external systems into Socialcast, making Socialcast a central hub for digesting and acting on important information. This is why we’re excited to introduce the generic Incoming Webhook integration – It is a different approach than other integrations because we are now letting app developers define and create their own custom integration – the possibilities here are endless!

ATTN App Developers: If you are interested in learning more about Incoming Webhooks and integrating with Socialcast, or want more details on how to configure the incoming message payload, please reach out to us at services@socialcast.com. We will continue to provide more documentation and highlight successful implementations as we receive feedback from early adopters of this feature. Stay tuned!

 

OTHER FEATURES

6. Reach API Now Available

With thousands of Reach extensions deployed across all our Socialcast communities, we understand how these valuable integrations can increase engagement and bring social collaboration to critical business systems. Customers have specifically expressed interest in extending our Reach platform programmatically into their applications. In order to provide an easy way to do this, we have published our Reach API for general use. You can learn more about it on our API documentation site.

The documentation includes the following Reach endpoints:

  • Index (get a list of reach_extensions)
  • Show (get a single reach_extension for the authenticated reach admin)
  • Create (create an reach_extension for the authenticated reach admin)
  • Update (update a reach_extension for the authenticated reach admin)

7. Mark Notifications as Read

This feature marks the first step in our planned Notifications upgrade. Today, Socialcast offers an in-app global notification center for alerts that require the user’s attention, such as @mentions, group invites, new assigned tasks, etc. Unfortunately, the moment you opened that dialog, it marked all the notifications as read.

As of this month, clicking on the notification icon will no longer clear out your unread notifications. Instead, we now will mark an item as ‘read’ only when a corresponding action takes place on the message (liking, commenting, etc), or if a user explicitly clicks on the new ‘Mark as Read’ button.

8. Ability to Convert Existing Groups into Externally-Facing Groups

Over the past several months we have seen a significant uptick in usage of external contributor groups. One of the most common scenarios we have heard from our customers involves a team that starts to work on a project or initiative inside an Socialcast group, but later finds the need to pull in contractors or consultants – people outside of the organization – for additional help. There is a natural progression and requirement in this use case to convert a group, either public or private, and all its content and members to one that supports external contributors.

If External Contributors have been enabled for the community, External Contributor Admins will be able to click on the gear from inside the group, Edit Settings, and then flip the group type to Externally-Facing. If your community allows all members to create Externally-Facing Groups, any Group admin will be able to click on the gear from inside the group, Edit Settings, and then flip the group type to Externally-Facing.

Please take note of the following before performing this action:

  • Once a group has been converted, all files, conversations, and members will be visible to external contributors who are invited to the join the group.
  • This change cannot be reversed. Externally-Facing groups cannot be converted back to Public/Private groups at this time.
  • External Groups have feature limitations, such as no access to Integrations, Projects, Challenges, etc. If the group is converted, these connections will be removed.

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

Öka säkerheten med rätt arkitektur

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För några veckor sedan deltog VMware i årets RSA-konferens, en av världens största säkerhetskonferenser som äger rum i San Fransisco. Pat Gelsinger, VD på VMware, öppnade upp konferensen med att berätta om hur VMware arbetar med och ser på säkerhet och berättade om en undersökning som VMware utfört tillsammans med The Economist Intelligence Unit, som visade tydliga resultat på hur säkerhetsproblematiken är just strukturell.

Bland annat har IT-säkerhetschefer cybersäkerhet som ett högt prioriterat område, medan endast 5 procent av övriga ledningsfunktioner delar denna prioritering. Företagsledningen tycker istället att strategiskt material som företagets anseende är viktigast att skydda, medan IT-chefer prioriterar data och applikationer.

Pat Gelsinger menar att ett gemensamt ramverk kan hjälpa företag att anpassa sina policys med innovativa säkerhetslösningar som kan utökas till datacentret och molnet och i sin tur hjälpa säkerhetsavdelningen att göra sitt jobb – att skydda data och applikationer. Virtualisering spelar därför en nyckelroll när det kommer till säkerhet.

Se hela presentationen här med mer information om hur VMware NSX nätverksvirtualisering enkelt, sömlöst och kraftfullt kan upptäcka och hindra riktiga cyberattacker:

Här hittar du mer information om undersökningen:
http://www.vmware.com/radius/gelsinger-rsa-2016-keynote-recap/
http://www.vmware.com/radius/cyber-security-in-the-corporate-boardroom/

Öka säkerheten med rätt arkitektur

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För några veckor sedan deltog VMware i årets RSA-konferens, en av världens största säkerhetskonferenser som äger rum i San Fransisco. Pat Gelsinger, VD på VMware, öppnade upp konferensen med att berätta om hur VMware arbetar med och ser på säkerhet och berättade om en undersökning som VMware utfört tillsammans med The Economist Intelligence Unit, som visade tydliga resultat på hur säkerhetsproblematiken är just strukturell.

Bland annat har IT-säkerhetschefer cybersäkerhet som ett högt prioriterat område, medan endast 5 procent av övriga ledningsfunktioner delar denna prioritering. Företagsledningen tycker istället att strategiskt material som företagets anseende är viktigast att skydda, medan IT-chefer prioriterar data och applikationer.

Pat Gelsinger menar att ett gemensamt ramverk kan hjälpa företag att anpassa sina policys med innovativa säkerhetslösningar som kan utökas till datacentret och molnet och i sin tur hjälpa säkerhetsavdelningen att göra sitt jobb – att skydda data och applikationer. Virtualisering spelar därför en nyckelroll när det kommer till säkerhet.

Se hela presentationen här med mer information om hur VMware NSX nätverksvirtualisering enkelt, sömlöst och kraftfullt kan upptäcka och hindra riktiga cyberattacker:

Här hittar du mer information om undersökningen:
http://www.vmware.com/radius/gelsinger-rsa-2016-keynote-recap/
http://www.vmware.com/radius/cyber-security-in-the-corporate-boardroom/

Öka säkerheten med rätt arkitektur

 Allgemein, Knowledge Base, Updates, VMware, VMware Partner, VMware Virtual Infrastructure, vSphere  Kommentare deaktiviert für Öka säkerheten med rätt arkitektur
Mrz 312016
 

För några veckor sedan deltog VMware i årets RSA-konferens, en av världens största säkerhetskonferenser som äger rum i San Fransisco. Pat Gelsinger, VD på VMware, öppnade upp konferensen med att berätta om hur VMware arbetar med och ser på säkerhet och berättade om en undersökning som VMware utfört tillsammans med The Economist Intelligence Unit, som visade tydliga resultat på hur säkerhetsproblematiken är just strukturell.

Bland annat har IT-säkerhetschefer cybersäkerhet som ett högt prioriterat område, medan endast 5 procent av övriga ledningsfunktioner delar denna prioritering. Företagsledningen tycker istället att strategiskt material som företagets anseende är viktigast att skydda, medan IT-chefer prioriterar data och applikationer.

Pat Gelsinger menar att ett gemensamt ramverk kan hjälpa företag att anpassa sina policys med innovativa säkerhetslösningar som kan utökas till datacentret och molnet och i sin tur hjälpa säkerhetsavdelningen att göra sitt jobb – att skydda data och applikationer. Virtualisering spelar därför en nyckelroll när det kommer till säkerhet.

Se hela presentationen här med mer information om hur VMware NSX nätverksvirtualisering enkelt, sömlöst och kraftfullt kan upptäcka och hindra riktiga cyberattacker:

Här hittar du mer information om undersökningen:
http://www.vmware.com/radius/gelsinger-rsa-2016-keynote-recap/
http://www.vmware.com/radius/cyber-security-in-the-corporate-boardroom/

TAP Quarterly Webinar Video and vSphere Plug-in Survey

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TAP Q1 Webinar Video

The video from our Q1 Webinar is now available for partners to view. Thank you to all of our partners who were able to attend the quarterlywebinar last month.

To access an online recording of the event: log into Partner Central, choose the TAP Events and Training option from the home page and select the Training tab. There you will find our TAP Quarterly Webinar Q1 2016 video, as well as previous TAP videos for your review.

TAP partners will need to ensure they are in good standing to access the recording in Partner Central. If you are an Access partner, you can renew here. Elite partners can renew their membership here.

TAP Quarterly WebinarSurvey

Did the Q1 Webinar need an expanded presentation on TAP support offerings? Is there a topic that our team has yet to cover that you need more information about?

Take this brief survey and provide valuable feedback to the team so we address and schedule relevant topics in upcoming webinars.

2016 vSphere Plug-inSurvey

vSphere Plug-ins can turbocharge partnerproductsby enabling partners to tap intoVMware’s enterprisecustomer base and accelerate productattachment to vSphere.

Those partners interested in developing vSphere Plug-ins, VMware will soon be launching a new vSphere Web Client Plug-in certification program for 2016. The new certification program is quick and simple self-certificationprocessthat takes 3 business days to obtain VMware Ready status.

To fine tune the certification program, the vSphere Plug-in team requests that partners fill out this brief vSphere Plug-in survey.

Please note, the first 100 partners to completethe entire survey will be entered into a sweepstakes to win one of three $50 gift cards.

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