Prepare Now to Catch the Internet of Things Wave

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An extendedversion of this byline is available on VMware CIO Vantage.

We blinked and now we seem to be fully in the age of the Internet of Things (IoT). Just like cloud, IoT is disrupting and redefiningcustomer experiences, product development, service delivery, and of course, business models. All of this is happening today, thanks to connected “things.” And as technology leaders, if we’re not already thinking “IoT,” it’s time we did.

Bask Iyer, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, VMware

As a CIO, I realize I have a big part to play in IoT. As our employees and customers continue to enjoy sophisticated and immersive consumer experiences enabled by IoT, they’ll expect their workplace (if they’re our employees) and their strategic IT vendors (if they’re our customers) to offer the same. How can we develop strategies to help us adapt to these IoT disruptions?

Here are three things we CIOs need to do today:

  1. Catch this IoT wave. IoT is growing at an extraordinary rate. According to IDC, currently there are 13 billion connected “things.” IDC expects that number to nearly triple to 30 billion in 2020.[1] The IoT wave is upon us, and we need to get on top of it and not let these “things” sneak into the corporate environment without a plan.
  1. Make sure we have the infrastructure to support IoT. What infrastructure should be in place now in terms of platforms, people, and processes so we can surf this thing? In my case, as the CIO of a high-tech company I am thinking through the architecture needed to support IoT so that this decision is made by me—and not for me by end users or IoT vendors.
  1. Figure out security. IoT introduces numerous new security risks to IoT devices, their data, and the systems they’re connected to. How can we secure all of these sensors and protect the data they’re collecting? Old models of security are failing us, but IT budgets are remaining relatively flat. So it’s time to rethink security and figure out new approaches that will enable us to make the most of the myriad innovations out there on the market.

We need to think beyond basic block-and-tackle systems and reimagine a world enabled by IoT. We require more experimentation, a mindset of innovation, and a continuous delivery model. How exciting is it to be in IT at a time when things change at the blink of an eye!

What about you? How are you getting ready?

Read more from Bask Iyer on the topic at VMware’s CIO Vantage.

References

  1. IDC. “Worldwide Internet of Things Forecast, 2015–2020.” Carrie MacGillivray and Vernon Turner, Doc #256397, May 2015.

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Prepare Now to Catch the Internet of Things Wave

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An extendedversion of this byline is available on VMware CIO Vantage.

We blinked and now we seem to be fully in the age of the Internet of Things (IoT). Just like cloud, IoT is disrupting and redefiningcustomer experiences, product development, service delivery, and of course, business models. All of this is happening today, thanks to connected “things.” And as technology leaders, if we’re not already thinking “IoT,” it’s time we did.

Bask Iyer, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, VMware

As a CIO, I realize I have a big part to play in IoT. As our employees and customers continue to enjoy sophisticated and immersive consumer experiences enabled by IoT, they’ll expect their workplace (if they’re our employees) and their strategic IT vendors (if they’re our customers) to offer the same. How can we develop strategies to help us adapt to these IoT disruptions?

Here are three things we CIOs need to do today:

  1. Catch this IoT wave. IoT is growing at an extraordinary rate. According to IDC, currently there are 13 billion connected “things.” IDC expects that number to nearly triple to 30 billion in 2020.[1] The IoT wave is upon us, and we need to get on top of it and not let these “things” sneak into the corporate environment without a plan.
  1. Make sure we have the infrastructure to support IoT. What infrastructure should be in place now in terms of platforms, people, and processes so we can surf this thing? In my case, as the CIO of a high-tech company I am thinking through the architecture needed to support IoT so that this decision is made by me—and not for me by end users or IoT vendors.
  1. Figure out security. IoT introduces numerous new security risks to IoT devices, their data, and the systems they’re connected to. How can we secure all of these sensors and protect the data they’re collecting? Old models of security are failing us, but IT budgets are remaining relatively flat. So it’s time to rethink security and figure out new approaches that will enable us to make the most of the myriad innovations out there on the market.

We need to think beyond basic block-and-tackle systems and reimagine a world enabled by IoT. We require more experimentation, a mindset of innovation, and a continuous delivery model. How exciting is it to be in IT at a time when things change at the blink of an eye!

What about you? How are you getting ready?

Read more from Bask Iyer on the topic at VMware’s CIO Vantage.

References

  1. IDC. “Worldwide Internet of Things Forecast, 2015–2020.” Carrie MacGillivray and Vernon Turner, Doc #256397, May 2015.

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Check out the newest features and enhancements for the month of May* below:

1. WebEx Integration

We are excited to announce our newest integration with WebEx for online meetings and video conferencing. Communities will be able to take advantage of the Personal Room feature in WebEx and allow users to launch their Personal Room and start a WebEx meeting from any chat.

  • To enable this integration, Admins will need to go to Admin Settings > Integrations > External Applications > WebEx and add your corporate WebEx URL (e.g. http://acme.webex.com).

  • If LDAP is enabled in the community, then Socialcast will automatically generate the user’s WebEx Personal Room URL using the AD username and admin-defined corporate URL (see above.)
  • If LDAP is not enabled, or if the user tries to start a meeting without having their Personal Room URL set, the user will be prompted to enter it.

  • Users can edit their Personal Room URL through their Profiles. The Personal Room URL will appear on user’s profile page.
  • Once everything is properly configured, users will be able to click “Start WebEx” from the chat gear icon or by clicking the video icon in full conversation view. A “Join my WebEx Meeting” link will be sent in the chat so members can join on the web, or on mobile if you have the app installed.

2. Custom Privacy Policy and Terms of Service for External Contributors

With increased adoption around our External Contributor functionality, customers have requested the ability to define custom Privacy Policy and Terms of Service for External Contributors that differed from their employees, to meet legal and security requirements.

Communities that have External Contributors enabled will now see two new fields under Admin Settings > Legal > Settings. If populated, ECs will be will be required to accept the custom EC Privacy Policy and TOS when they sign on to the community for the first time.

3. OAuth 2.0 Implicit Grant

For those advanced customers using Socialcast to build custom apps who are using OAuth 2.0 Implicit Grant authentication, we’ve made an enhancement so that users no longer need to authorize access to the app every time. Admins can now allow implicit grant authorization on a per-app basis by going to Admin Settings > Integrations > Apps > Edit and click “Allow user authorization to be remembered so that users will not have to authorize the app every time.” Once complete, users will only be prompted to authorize the app the first time they use it.

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

Mai 312016
 

Check out the newest features and enhancements for the month of May* below:

1. WebEx Integration

We are excited to announce our newest integration with WebEx for online meetings and video conferencing. Communities will be able to take advantage of the Personal Room feature in WebEx and allow users to launch their Personal Room and start a WebEx meeting from any chat.

  • To enable this integration, Admins will need to go to Admin Settings > Integrations > External Applications > WebEx and add your corporate WebEx URL (e.g. http://acme.webex.com).

  • If LDAP is enabled in the community, then Socialcast will automatically generate the user’s WebEx Personal Room URL using the AD username and admin-defined corporate URL (see above.)
  • If LDAP is not enabled, or if the user tries to start a meeting without having their Personal Room URL set, the user will be prompted to enter it.

  • Users can edit their Personal Room URL through their Profiles. The Personal Room URL will appear on user’s profile page.
  • Once everything is properly configured, users will be able to click “Start WebEx” from the chat gear icon or by clicking the video icon in full conversation view. A “Join my WebEx Meeting” link will be sent in the chat so members can join on the web, or on mobile if you have the app installed.

2. Custom Privacy Policy and Terms of Service for External Contributors

With increased adoption around our External Contributor functionality, customers have requested the ability to define custom Privacy Policy and Terms of Service for External Contributors that differed from their employees, to meet legal and security requirements.

Communities that have External Contributors enabled will now see two new fields under Admin Settings > Legal > Settings. If populated, ECs will be will be required to accept the custom EC Privacy Policy and TOS when they sign on to the community for the first time.

3. OAuth 2.0 Implicit Grant

For those advanced customers using Socialcast to build custom apps who are using OAuth 2.0 Implicit Grant authentication, we’ve made an enhancement so that users no longer need to authorize access to the app every time. Admins can now allow implicit grant authorization on a per-app basis by going to Admin Settings > Integrations > Apps > Edit and click “Allow user authorization to be remembered so that users will not have to authorize the app every time.” Once complete, users will only be prompted to authorize the app the first time they use it.

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

How to Get Started With a Big Data Proof of Concept

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One of the biggest struggles businesses have when implementing a Big Data infrastructure is with the proof of concept (POC) phase. Initiating a Big Data POC can often seem intimidating: you know it can enable you to gain valuable business insights, but you’re not sure where to start. Getting started with Big Data doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process, though. Following these initial key steps will start you and your business in the right direction.

Step 1: Determine a Clear and Attainable Goal

Before you begin hiring employees and procuring hardware and software, think about the problem you are trying to solve with Big Data. Work cross-functionally (with lines of business, data scientists, IT administrators, etc.) to apply the SMART principles—specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound—to help you set a clear goal. Ask these questions:

  • Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?
  • What criteria will we use to measure our progress?
  • Is the goal achievable or realistic?
  • Is the goal relevant to the business?
  • When will this goal be accomplished?

For example, a retail company may have the goal of increasing the lifetime value of its customers. This is a common mistake businesses make when setting up a POC—setting a broad goal without a clear definition of time. As a result, many companies spend months in the POC phase because they are unclear about when their goal has been achieved.

It is important to ensure you set a measurable and attainable goal. One such goal for the retail company, then, could be to increase the lifetime value of its customers by 2 percent (realistic and achievable) within one year (time-bound) by increasing basket size both in stores and online.

Step 2: Perform a Data Assessment

Once you have defined your goal, perform a data assessment, which should look like this:

  • Determine what data you are currently collecting, such as purchasing history.
  • Decide what data you need to start collecting to answer the questions you want to address. Continuing with the retail example above, one of the ways to know if a company has successfully increased the basket size of its customers may be to match the in-store customers with their online accounts.
  • Understand the data quality to know the limitations. For example, assuming the retailer can’t match its in-store customers with their online accounts to determine the lifetime value of the customer, the company might consider changing its goal. It could, for example, break the original goal into two more realistic goals:

1) To increase the lifetime value of its known customers by 5 percent

2) To encourage 10 percent of the customers to self-identify by offering relevant deals

Step 3: Deploy Your Big Data Initiative

There are three main components, or layers, to a Big Data deployment: infrastructure, data management, and application. Many companies spend a lot of time—too much time—on the first two components. But the key to deploying a Big Data POC is to get through the infrastructure and data management as quickly as possible, by virtualizing, to get to the third and most important step: executing the application layer. After all, gaining valuable insight from your data is what you’re ultimately after.Infrastructure – This is a combination of hardware (compute, storage, networking) and virtualization software. It will be in your best interest to speak to your IT organization before investing in any hardware, as they may be able to provide you with virtual machines to run your Big Data workloads. Big Data, more than any other application, requires the cooperation of lines of business and IT. You may find it helpful to refer to the virtualize high-performance server guide for more information and before speaking with IT.

If in talking with IT you find that you need to procure hardware, work with them to procure hardware for you to virtualize, such as rack-mounted servers. These are popular for Big Data applications because they employ direct-attached storage (DAS), which, as many companies have already discovered, is an economical way to provide the data transfer bandwidth needed for Big Data workloads.

Data Management – With Big Data comes, of course, a wealth of data—both structured and unstructured—to manage and analyze. Hadoop is a platform that can handle both types of data; think of it as a distributed database for Big Data. There are currently a number of Hadoop distributions available, including Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR, IBM, and Pivotal.

Changing distributions is not a simple task, however, so doing some research beforehand will be beneficial. Some important factors to consider are performance, speed, ease of use, cost, training, and support. You may find that within your organization, different business units are already standardizing their data management on different distributions and different versions. This is ok, because virtualizing Big Data will allow you to run several vendors’ products and versions on the same group hardware. Refer to deploying virtualized Hadoop Systems for more information.

Application – Once you have your data management plan and infrastructure in place, and you have collected your data, it’s time to bring value to the business by analyzing the data. This is the time to bring your data scientist, analysts and engineers into the picture, to determine the proper algorithms to begin drawing insights from all of the data.

Get Started Today

Setting up a Big Data POC is within your reach. Set a SMART goal, collect the right data, and set up your distribution on virtualized infrastructure. Infrastructure performance during the POC phase is not as much of a concern as you go into production. The point is to get started as quickly as possible and to focus on gleaning insights to meet the needs of the business. And to glean those insights, you’ll need a data team. Create a center of excellence, a team of data analysts and scientists who can make sense of the data to help your business get the most out of it.

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How to Get Started With a Big Data Proof of Concept

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One of the biggest struggles businesses have when implementing a Big Data infrastructure is with the proof of concept (POC) phase. Initiating a Big Data POC can often seem intimidating: you know it can enable you to gain valuable business insights, but you’re not sure where to start. Getting started with Big Data doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process, though. Following these initial key steps will start you and your business in the right direction.

Step 1: Determine a Clear and Attainable Goal

Before you begin hiring employees and procuring hardware and software, think about the problem you are trying to solve with Big Data. Work cross-functionally (with lines of business, data scientists, IT administrators, etc.) to apply the SMART principles—specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound—to help you set a clear goal. Ask these questions:

  • Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?
  • What criteria will we use to measure our progress?
  • Is the goal achievable or realistic?
  • Is the goal relevant to the business?
  • When will this goal be accomplished?

For example, a retail company may have the goal of increasing the lifetime value of its customers. This is a common mistake businesses make when setting up a POC—setting a broad goal without a clear definition of time. As a result, many companies spend months in the POC phase because they are unclear about when their goal has been achieved.

It is important to ensure you set a measurable and attainable goal. One such goal for the retail company, then, could be to increase the lifetime value of its customers by 2 percent (realistic and achievable) within one year (time-bound) by increasing basket size both in stores and online.

Step 2: Perform a Data Assessment

Once you have defined your goal, perform a data assessment, which should look like this:

  • Determine what data you are currently collecting, such as purchasing history.
  • Decide what data you need to start collecting to answer the questions you want to address. Continuing with the retail example above, one of the ways to know if a company has successfully increased the basket size of its customers may be to match the in-store customers with their online accounts.
  • Understand the data quality to know the limitations. For example, assuming the retailer can’t match its in-store customers with their online accounts to determine the lifetime value of the customer, the company might consider changing its goal. It could, for example, break the original goal into two more realistic goals:

1) To increase the lifetime value of its known customers by 5 percent

2) To encourage 10 percent of the customers to self-identify by offering relevant deals

Step 3: Deploy Your Big Data Initiative

There are three main components, or layers, to a Big Data deployment: infrastructure, data management, and application. Many companies spend a lot of time—too much time—on the first two components. But the key to deploying a Big Data POC is to get through the infrastructure and data management as quickly as possible, by virtualizing, to get to the third and most important step: executing the application layer. After all, gaining valuable insight from your data is what you’re ultimately after.Infrastructure – This is a combination of hardware (compute, storage, networking) and virtualization software. It will be in your best interest to speak to your IT organization before investing in any hardware, as they may be able to provide you with virtual machines to run your Big Data workloads. Big Data, more than any other application, requires the cooperation of lines of business and IT. You may find it helpful to refer to the virtualize high-performance server guide for more information and before speaking with IT.

If in talking with IT you find that you need to procure hardware, work with them to procure hardware for you to virtualize, such as rack-mounted servers. These are popular for Big Data applications because they employ direct-attached storage (DAS), which, as many companies have already discovered, is an economical way to provide the data transfer bandwidth needed for Big Data workloads.

Data Management – With Big Data comes, of course, a wealth of data—both structured and unstructured—to manage and analyze. Hadoop is a platform that can handle both types of data; think of it as a distributed database for Big Data. There are currently a number of Hadoop distributions available, including Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR, IBM, and Pivotal.

Changing distributions is not a simple task, however, so doing some research beforehand will be beneficial. Some important factors to consider are performance, speed, ease of use, cost, training, and support. You may find that within your organization, different business units are already standardizing their data management on different distributions and different versions. This is ok, because virtualizing Big Data will allow you to run several vendors’ products and versions on the same group hardware. Refer to deploying virtualized Hadoop Systems for more information.

Application – Once you have your data management plan and infrastructure in place, and you have collected your data, it’s time to bring value to the business by analyzing the data. This is the time to bring your data scientist, analysts and engineers into the picture, to determine the proper algorithms to begin drawing insights from all of the data.

Get Started Today

Setting up a Big Data POC is within your reach. Set a SMART goal, collect the right data, and set up your distribution on virtualized infrastructure. Infrastructure performance during the POC phase is not as much of a concern as you go into production. The point is to get started as quickly as possible and to focus on gleaning insights to meet the needs of the business. And to glean those insights, you’ll need a data team. Create a center of excellence, a team of data analysts and scientists who can make sense of the data to help your business get the most out of it.

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The Business Case for IT Automation and the Practical Path to Success

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In business today, it’s no longer the big beating the small—it’s the fast beating the slow. So, how do you succeed? One of the key success factors is automation. Automation brings value back to the business quickly, securely, and efficiently. Combined with an automation suite like VMware vRealize® Automation™, VMware NSX® offers a practical path to the future of business networking and, ultimately, continuing business success.

Three Clear Paths for the Customer Journey

According to Milin Desai, VMware’s vice president, NSX Product Management, there are three clear paths that customers take to use NSX for IT automation:

  1. IT Automating IT. As Desai explains it, this path is one that customers take when they add automation to NSX to deliver an application faster, so that the business can derive value faster from that application. This could be to help onboard an acquisition faster; deliver a new application for a line of business; or deploy an enterprise application consistently through development, staging, and production. With NSX, IT can now deliver business value in minutes for the key projects and initiatives. VMware has seen this work for customers such as Rent-A-Center and Tribune Media.
  2. Developer Cloud. This path is all about the application, and increasingly it is about serving the developer community to enable them to deliver value. Through integration with frameworks like OpenStack and vRealize, developers can get network and security on demand, allowing them to test or build a new application, or deploy a hadoop service for analytics. Customers like eBay leverage NSX for this type of use case.
  3. Multi-tenant Infrastructure. This is the case of a service provider delivering services to customers, a large enterprise serving line of business on a shared infrastructure, or an organization building a community cloud to serve a specific vertical or region of the world. By delivering secure networks in software, this path allows multiple tenants to reside on a shared infrastructure delivered on demand while allowing the provider to get the benefits of asset utilization, automation, and lowered overall costs of infrastructure. Customers such as University of Laval and Armor are examples of customers that leverage NSX for this scenario.

Watch the video to see how a number of customers are using VMware’s IT automation solution to succeed. Then continue reading to learn how NSX with vRealize Automation delivers unique benefits to your business.

Integrating Two Technologies

According to Desai, “What makes all this possible is the integration of NSX into cloud management systems. One such system integration is with vRealize Automation.” The two technologies uniquely complement each other. When brought together, they are greater than the sum of their already considerable parts.

“NSX provides a faithful reproduction of network and security services in software,” says Desai. “It allows creation on demand, connectivity, and security that allows companies to set boundaries around applications.” This connectivity model, also known as overlay networks, can be placed over any previously existing network infrastructure, virtual or physical. What makes this solution even more unique is the delivery of a security model aligned to the application boundary, also known as micro-segmentation. This capability allows customers to deliver automation on demand. “vRealize Automation,” Desai explains, “completes the solution by providing a framework to deliver an application—compute, network, and storage.”

Once brought together, NSX with vRealize Automation allows you to create a blueprint app that can be replicated and copied to any number of additional sites with just the push of a button. “Prior to NSX,” Desai says, “delivering automation for networking and security required a lot of scripts, manual error–prone steps, long wait times, and massive inefficiencies. It was very painful.”

A Host of Business Benefits: Built in, Not Bolted On

NSX with vRealize Automation provides organizations with a host of benefits. “This solution,” Desai says, “allows you to deliver your products and services at the speed of business.” And because NSX is decoupled from the physical infrastructure, organizations can now take that policy and move it across data centers, simply by copying and pasting the policy. By providing what Desai calls, “an inherently secure infrastructure,” NSX provides an enhanced, even unprecedented level of security. Security that, Desai says, “is built in, not bolted on.”

NSX with vRealize Automation also provides greater efficiency. It empowers organizations to improve asset utilization by pooling compute across one or many data centers, without giving up the control and visibility organizations have into their own data center. The combined effect of agility, capacity pooling, and security lowers costs and results in significant CapEx and OpEx savings.

Freedom of Choice: Now and in the Future

A final, but by no means insignificant, benefit of NSX is that it offers organizations “a software solution,” says Desai, “that allows them freedom of choice in their data center.” Customers are now free to choose their vendor when it comes to their physical infrastructure. “This same freedom,” Desai concludes, “also means that as new technologies come into play—containers, cloud-native apps—NSX will help organizations make these transitions, safely and securely.” Simply put, VMware’s solution to IT automation offers companies the practical path to a successful future.

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The Business Case for IT Automation and the Practical Path to Success

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In business today, it’s no longer the big beating the small—it’s the fast beating the slow. So, how do you succeed? One of the key success factors is automation. Automation brings value back to the business quickly, securely, and efficiently. Combined with an automation suite like VMware vRealize® Automation™, VMware NSX® offers a practical path to the future of business networking and, ultimately, continuing business success.

Three Clear Paths for the Customer Journey

According to Milin Desai, VMware’s vice president, NSX Product Management, there are three clear paths that customers take to use NSX for IT automation:

  1. IT Automating IT. As Desai explains it, this path is one that customers take when they add automation to NSX to deliver an application faster, so that the business can derive value faster from that application. This could be to help onboard an acquisition faster; deliver a new application for a line of business; or deploy an enterprise application consistently through development, staging, and production. With NSX, IT can now deliver business value in minutes for the key projects and initiatives. VMware has seen this work for customers such as Rent-A-Center and Tribune Media.
  2. Developer Cloud. This path is all about the application, and increasingly it is about serving the developer community to enable them to deliver value. Through integration with frameworks like OpenStack and vRealize, developers can get network and security on demand, allowing them to test or build a new application, or deploy a hadoop service for analytics. Customers like eBay leverage NSX for this type of use case.
  3. Multi-tenant Infrastructure. This is the case of a service provider delivering services to customers, a large enterprise serving line of business on a shared infrastructure, or an organization building a community cloud to serve a specific vertical or region of the world. By delivering secure networks in software, this path allows multiple tenants to reside on a shared infrastructure delivered on demand while allowing the provider to get the benefits of asset utilization, automation, and lowered overall costs of infrastructure. Customers such as University of Laval and Armor are examples of customers that leverage NSX for this scenario.

Watch the video to see how a number of customers are using VMware’s IT automation solution to succeed. Then continue reading to learn how NSX with vRealize Automation delivers unique benefits to your business.

Integrating Two Technologies

According to Desai, “What makes all this possible is the integration of NSX into cloud management systems. One such system integration is with vRealize Automation.” The two technologies uniquely complement each other. When brought together, they are greater than the sum of their already considerable parts.

“NSX provides a faithful reproduction of network and security services in software,” says Desai. “It allows creation on demand, connectivity, and security that allows companies to set boundaries around applications.” This connectivity model, also known as overlay networks, can be placed over any previously existing network infrastructure, virtual or physical. What makes this solution even more unique is the delivery of a security model aligned to the application boundary, also known as micro-segmentation. This capability allows customers to deliver automation on demand. “vRealize Automation,” Desai explains, “completes the solution by providing a framework to deliver an application—compute, network, and storage.”

Once brought together, NSX with vRealize Automation allows you to create a blueprint app that can be replicated and copied to any number of additional sites with just the push of a button. “Prior to NSX,” Desai says, “delivering automation for networking and security required a lot of scripts, manual error–prone steps, long wait times, and massive inefficiencies. It was very painful.”

A Host of Business Benefits: Built in, Not Bolted On

NSX with vRealize Automation provides organizations with a host of benefits. “This solution,” Desai says, “allows you to deliver your products and services at the speed of business.” And because NSX is decoupled from the physical infrastructure, organizations can now take that policy and move it across data centers, simply by copying and pasting the policy. By providing what Desai calls, “an inherently secure infrastructure,” NSX provides an enhanced, even unprecedented level of security. Security that, Desai says, “is built in, not bolted on.”

NSX with vRealize Automation also provides greater efficiency. It empowers organizations to improve asset utilization by pooling compute across one or many data centers, without giving up the control and visibility organizations have into their own data center. The combined effect of agility, capacity pooling, and security lowers costs and results in significant CapEx and OpEx savings.

Freedom of Choice: Now and in the Future

A final, but by no means insignificant, benefit of NSX is that it offers organizations “a software solution,” says Desai, “that allows them freedom of choice in their data center.” Customers are now free to choose their vendor when it comes to their physical infrastructure. “This same freedom,” Desai concludes, “also means that as new technologies come into play—containers, cloud-native apps—NSX will help organizations make these transitions, safely and securely.” Simply put, VMware’s solution to IT automation offers companies the practical path to a successful future.

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New vRealize Log Insight 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 our new releases. This month, Steve Flanders continued his series on VMware vRealize Log Insight with several new videos: Using Dashboards – teaches you how to use dashboards and widgets, including a […]]> VMware Learning Zone subscribers get one year of unlimited access to our cloud-based video training library taught by top VMware experts, including all our new releases. This month, Steve Flanders continued his series on VMware vRealize Log Insight with several new videos:
    • Using Dashboards – teaches you how to use dashboards and widgets, including a look at the types of dashboards and what’s available in common content packs.
    • Finding and Using Content Packs – teaches you what content packs are, how to use them, and where to find them.
    • Building Content Packs – demonstrates how to build content packs.
    • Creating Alerts – shows you how to create alerts, including the various parameters you can configure such as type, naming, descriptions, email forwarding, threshold setting, etc.
    • Configuring vRealize Operations Manager Integration – shows you how to configure vRealize Operations Manager integration with vRealize Log Insight.
    • Configuring VMware vSphere Integration – demonstrates how to configure vSphere integration with vRealize Log Insight.
    • Using Event Types – walks you through event types: what they are, why they’re important to understand, and a live demonstration of how they are ingested, analyzed, and viewed.
    • Configuring Event Forwarding – demonstrates how to configure event forwarding, including the various reasons and scenarios in which you would forward events.
    • Benefits of vRealize Operations Manager Integration – reviews three key benefits you gain by integrating Log Insight with vRealize Operations Manager.
    • Configuring Log Insight Agent Parsers – shares how to extract useful information from your logs client-side and send them to Log Insight in a parsed form.
    • Troubleshooting an Issue in Log Insight – discusses approaches and techniques helpful to troubleshooting issues that might be encountered.

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

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    New vRealize Log Insight 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 our new releases. This month, Steve Flanders continued his series on VMware vRealize Log Insight with several new videos: Using Dashboards – teaches you how to use dashboards and widgets, including a […]]> VMware Learning Zone subscribers get one year of unlimited access to our cloud-based video training library taught by top VMware experts, including all our new releases. This month, Steve Flanders continued his series on VMware vRealize Log Insight with several new videos:
      • Using Dashboards – teaches you how to use dashboards and widgets, including a look at the types of dashboards and what’s available in common content packs.
      • Finding and Using Content Packs – teaches you what content packs are, how to use them, and where to find them.
      • Building Content Packs – demonstrates how to build content packs.
      • Creating Alerts – shows you how to create alerts, including the various parameters you can configure such as type, naming, descriptions, email forwarding, threshold setting, etc.
      • Configuring vRealize Operations Manager Integration – shows you how to configure vRealize Operations Manager integration with vRealize Log Insight.
      • Configuring VMware vSphere Integration – demonstrates how to configure vSphere integration with vRealize Log Insight.
      • Using Event Types – walks you through event types: what they are, why they’re important to understand, and a live demonstration of how they are ingested, analyzed, and viewed.
      • Configuring Event Forwarding – demonstrates how to configure event forwarding, including the various reasons and scenarios in which you would forward events.
      • Benefits of vRealize Operations Manager Integration – reviews three key benefits you gain by integrating Log Insight with vRealize Operations Manager.
      • Configuring Log Insight Agent Parsers – shares how to extract useful information from your logs client-side and send them to Log Insight in a parsed form.
      • Troubleshooting an Issue in Log Insight – discusses approaches and techniques helpful to troubleshooting issues that might be encountered.

      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.

      VMware and NVIDIA Brings GPU Acceleration Performance to VDI

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      Get in on this game changing revolution in VDI, virtualizing the GPU, unleashed by VMware and NVIDIA. You’ll find all campaign details and the sales enablement tools you’ll need at the Partner Demand Center.

      VMware and NVIDIA Brings GPU Acceleration Performance to VDI

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      Get in on this game changing revolution in VDI, virtualizing the GPU, unleashed by VMware and NVIDIA. You’ll find all campaign details and the sales enablement tools you’ll need at the Partner Demand Center.

      Blogger Talk Show–Pilot Episode on PowerCLI

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      Here at VMware we are always trying to make sure we give you the information you need in a way that you can best consume it. With this in mind, a little while ago I was asked to take part in a pilot for a new talk show VMware is looking to gain feedback on, […]]> Here at VMware we are always trying to make sure we give you the information you need in a way that you can best consume it.

      With this in mind, a little while ago I was asked to take part in a pilot for a new talk show VMware is looking to gain feedback on, this gives us the chance to give you more information in a less formal way and you to learn more about a given subject.

      The initial talk show is a little rough around the edges but please do take 30 minutes out of your busy schedule to check it out and perhaps learn a little more about PowerCLI and how to work with VMs in particular.

      Watch the video

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      Blogger Talk Show–Pilot Episode on PowerCLI

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      Here at VMware we are always trying to make sure we give you the information you need in a way that you can best consume it. With this in mind, a little while ago I was asked to take part in a pilot for a new talk show VMware is looking to gain feedback on, […]]> Here at VMware we are always trying to make sure we give you the information you need in a way that you can best consume it.

      With this in mind, a little while ago I was asked to take part in a pilot for a new talk show VMware is looking to gain feedback on, this gives us the chance to give you more information in a less formal way and you to learn more about a given subject.

      The initial talk show is a little rough around the edges but please do take 30 minutes out of your busy schedule to check it out and perhaps learn a little more about PowerCLI and how to work with VMs in particular.

      Watch the video

      Do you want to see more like this format on VMware wide products?

      Please do take the time to give us some short feedback on if you would like to see more like this by filling in the survey here.

      Free Listen: Smartphones, but Dumb Apps on the Echo ONE Podcast

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      Ever wonder: why do we have smartphones, but dumb apps? The hard truth that IT knows all too well is: If you build it, they may not come. Blake Brannon joins the Echo ONE technology podcast to delve into the current business app ecosystem, the consumerization of IT and why users continue to demand more […]]> Ever wonder: why do we have smartphones, but dumb apps?

      The hard truth that IT knows all too well is: If you build it, they may not come.

      Blake Brannon joins the Echo ONE technology podcast to delve into the current business app ecosystem, the consumerization of IT and why users continue to demand more from mobile experiences. We explore a new movement that brings the consumer experience into the way work gets done, without sacrificing the productivity and security needs of the enterprise.

      Subscribe and listen onSoundCloud,iTunesandGoogle Play Music.

      This episode’s highlights:

      • Exploring Windows 10 and Microsoft’s “universal apps” vision
      • Google’s best practices for Android app development
      • How technology is intersecting personal and professional to make what Blake calls “mobile moments”
      • The security needed to make it all work safely and protect corporate IP
      • If you build it, they won’t come: time to focus on end-user experience when developing corporate apps

      Have more questions about the tech that makes the digital workspace work? Connect with Blake on Twitter@blakebrannonor tweet the show using#EchoONE. We could even feature your tweet on an upcoming episode of this technology podcast.

      You can also get all the latest digital workspace, mobility, virtualization and tech news at workspacecentral.com.

      To learn more about this episode’s sponsor, VMware Identity Manager, an Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) offering that provides application provisioning, self-service catalog, conditional access controls and single sign-on, please visit vmware.com/products/identity-manager/.