Partner Perspectives: Winning with VMware

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Sep 302016
 

It has been said that:

Lucky people get opportunities.

Brave people create opportunities.

And winners are those who convert their problems into opportunities.

Partner Exchange at VMworld 2016 welcomed many partners who are winning with VMware and wanted to share their experience helping customers convert problems into opportunities.

First, Fujitsu sat down with us to discuss their “better together” strategy and how they are helping customers win with infrastructure solutions that include VMware. As an early Virtual SAN partner, Fujitsu has proven to customers the power of Virtual SAN and its scalability through pre-configured, pre-certified integrated systems. Watch as Fujitsu explains how they are delighting customers as they help them bring the SDDC to fruition.

Next up, our partner Connection spoke about how understanding VMware’s technical direction allows them to help customers implement mobility solutions. They are thrilled with close to 60% growth in their VMware business and attribute most of that growth to VMware EUC Solutions. They explained how being on the partner technical advisory board to better understand VMware technology direction empowers them to be a true customer advocate.

Finally, Sirius Computer Solutions explained how the robust technology that is NSX allows for creation of great designs that provide successful business outcomes. Sirius Computer Solutions proved that NSX really works for their customers. In turn, their creation of quality designs plus their strategy of Including services at the start of customer engagements has helped create outstanding outcomes credited to both Sirius and VMware. Truly a win-win!

Inspired by these partner success stories and want to share your own? If so, you now have two opportunities to highlight your organization’s outstanding performance:

  • Submit your success story/reference for a chance to be featured in an upcoming Power of Partnership blog or video.
  • Nominate your organization for a 2016 VMware Global Partner Innovation Award for a chance to be honored at the annual VMware Partner Leadership Summit in 2017.

Remember, submitting a success story/reference or a Global Partner Innovation Awards nomination helps you:

  • Amplify your value proposition through VMW and external channels
  • Successfully market your organization
  • Demonstrate subject matter expertise on VMW solutions

So don’t wait, submit your reference or your Partner Innovation Awards nomination today!

 

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Partner Perspectives: Winning with VMware

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Sep 302016
 

It has been said that:

Lucky people get opportunities.

Brave people create opportunities.

And winners are those who convert their problems into opportunities.

Partner Exchange at VMworld 2016 welcomed many partners who are winning with VMware and wanted to share their experience helping customers convert problems into opportunities.

First, Fujitsu sat down with us to discuss their “better together” strategy and how they are helping customers win with infrastructure solutions that include VMware. As an early Virtual SAN partner, Fujitsu has proven to customers the power of Virtual SAN and its scalability through pre-configured, pre-certified integrated systems. Watch as Fujitsu explains how they are delighting customers as they help them bring the SDDC to fruition.

Next up, our partner Connection spoke about how understanding VMware’s technical direction allows them to help customers implement mobility solutions. They are thrilled with close to 60% growth in their VMware business and attribute most of that growth to VMware EUC Solutions. They explained how being on the partner technical advisory board to better understand VMware technology direction empowers them to be a true customer advocate.

Finally, Sirius Computer Solutions explained how the robust technology that is NSX allows for creation of great designs that provide successful business outcomes. Sirius Computer Solutions proved that NSX really works for their customers. In turn, their creation of quality designs plus their strategy of Including services at the start of customer engagements has helped create outstanding outcomes credited to both Sirius and VMware. Truly a win-win!

Inspired by these partner success stories and want to share your own? If so, you now have two opportunities to highlight your organization’s outstanding performance:

  • Submit your success story/reference for a chance to be featured in an upcoming Power of Partnership blog or video.
  • Nominate your organization for a 2016 VMware Global Partner Innovation Award for a chance to be honored at the annual VMware Partner Leadership Summit in 2017.

Remember, submitting a success story/reference or a Global Partner Innovation Awards nomination helps you:

  • Amplify your value proposition through VMW and external channels
  • Successfully market your organization
  • Demonstrate subject matter expertise on VMW solutions

So don’t wait, submit your reference or your Partner Innovation Awards nomination today!

 

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Sep 302016
 

Navigate to the vSphere Optimization Assessment (VOA) Training on Partner University. The ‘How to Sell VOA Introduction’ course is a 45-minute, narrated, self-paced, online session that serves as preface to the certification path. You will learn to explain how the VOA can position the Intelligent Operations use case with your customers and expand into discussions about the SDDC journey; how to identify and qualify opportunities, and more.

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Sep 302016
 

Navigate to the vSphere Optimization Assessment (VOA) Training on Partner University. The ‘How to Sell VOA Introduction’ course is a 45-minute, narrated, self-paced, online session that serves as preface to the certification path. You will learn to explain how the VOA can position the Intelligent Operations use case with your customers and expand into discussions about the SDDC journey; how to identify and qualify opportunities, and more.

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Learn to Troubleshoot and Configure Syslogs for NSX

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Sep 302016
 

We recently added eight new NSX videos to the VMware Learning Zone:

  1. The final chapter in our popular seven-part VMware NSX Architecture and Troubleshooting series
  2. All seven parts of a new series called VMware NSX Logs:
  • Part #1: Overview of NSX Architecture and Logs
  • Part #2: NSX-Specific Syslog Areas
  • Part #3: Demo: NSX Manager
  • Part #4: NSX Controller Syslog
  • Part #5: Distributed Firewall Syslog
  • Part #6: NSX Edge Syslog
  • Part #7: Summary

Taught by top VMware experts, VMware Learning Zone can improve your abilities and your organization’s overall VMware proficiency, adoption rate, and ROI. These videos are available right now to anyone with an active VMware Learning Zone Standard or Premium subscription.

Be the first to know when new videos are released by following #NewInTheZone on Twitter.

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Migration Tip: Disaster Recovery is for More Than Disaster Recovery

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Sep 302016
 

Guest Post by Lilac Schoenbeck, VP of Marketing, iland

So you’ve decided to make the strategic move to cloud. As you’re likely aware, you’re not alone, as Gartner predicts the cloud infrastructure market is set to hit $22.4 billion this year. After all, cloud has come a very long way since its infancy.

While security is often discussed as the major final barrier, the majority of IT and security experts now agree that cloud is as or more secure than on-premise environments – assuming you choose a cloud with advanced security built in and verify its capabilities, of course.

So, as this final barrier becomes more of a bump, companies are looking for the most efficient way to migrate their workloads to cloud. For many, the solution lies in technology they’ve already invested in –modern Disaster Recovery tools. And for those who have not yet secured budget for these tools (which are actually hugely cost efficient), here’s another benefit you can relay to your CFOs: Aside from keeping business running when an IT outage looms, Disaster Recovery technology can also offset costs of cloud migration (and security testing, and quality assurance and others… but that’s for later posts).

There really are 2 ways to get into the public cloud. The first is with net-new workloads. So, you spin up a nice clean machine and start layering on applications and whatnot. The second is to move an existing workload from your on-prem environment into the cloud.

This second use case is more sticky. Workloads may be big. They typically have few quiet periods where downtime is welcomed. Data loss is a real concern – so you wouldn’t ever want to ship hard drives around. The travel time alone would take you down.

Enter modern disaster recovery tech from iland’s acclaimed strategic partners such as VMware. Think about it – you can use this technology to replicate your on-premise VM(s) into the iland cloud over the course of a day or two (depending on size), slowly sending all the data. And, it keeps that up-to-date shadow of your system in the cloud until it’s time to cut over.

Of course, in a migration, the cut-over is planned. This isn’t an urgent 4-alarm failover. It’s a planned “Thursday, 6pm” trigger – and BAM, 5 seconds later (or less – I’m not kidding), the workload is up and running in our cloud. Then you fiddle with DNS and .. well.. as they say somewhere, Bob’s your Uncle.

Typically, in a DRaaS situation, you’d be looking to fail-back at some point. But, this isn’t a DR situation. It’s a migration. So, you simply … stay … in the cloud. And by choosing a cloud provider that is based on VMware, you are able to closely mirror your current production environment to ease the transition even more. Don’t forget to evaluate the provider’s management tools either – an intuitive console that gives you all the transparency you’re accustomed to is also key.

Here’s to your smooth migration!

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The Ultimate Guide to What’s New in VMware End-User Computing

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Sep 302016
 

In case you’re still shaking sand out of your shoes, welcome back to work. Here is what you missed in summer’s biggest end-user computing (EUC) news from VMware.

What Changed in VMware Horizon and VMware Workspace ONE

  • SysTrack Desktop Assessment Service: Free quantitative analysis to accelerate Windows 10 migrations
  • VMware Horizon FLEX 1.9: Enhanced policies for MAC address assignment, virtual network card settings and virtual router isolation
  • VMware Access Point 2.7.2: Secure access to VMware Horizon 7, VMware Identity Manager and VMware AirWatch
  • Same-Day Support for macOS Sierra: Horizon, VMware Fusion and AirWatch support exciting new enterprise features
  • VMware Horizon 7.0.2 and Horizon Client 4.2: General availability for new capabilities with Blast Extreme, support for over 70 new thin and zero clients and more

  • VMware User Environment Manager 9.1: New policies, hash-based authorization and configuration options without GPO
  • New NVIDIA GRID vGPU Release: The next wave of enterprise-grade monitoring with NVIDIA GRID Vgpu AND Horizon 7
  • AirWatch Express: Simpler mobile device management with companies of all sizes
  • New Socialcast UX: Redesigned, chat-enabled, mobile-first social collaboration
  • VMware Identity Manager Updates: General availability of new features such as built-in, two-factor authentication
  • VMware Verify: Details on the new two-factor authentication tool
  • VMware Workspace ONE App 2.0: Standalone mobile application management capabilities and adaptive management

Breaking News out of VMworld

  • Breaking Digital Workspace News: All the details on VMware’s unified endpoint management architecture, what’s new in Horizon and Workspace ONE technologies that streamline Office 365 deployments

New EUC Resources

From updated diagrams to new whitepapers, here are the latest free resources from VMware:

  • (New Flipbook) Windows of Opportunity
  • (New Reviewer’s Guide) VMware App Volumes Reviewer’s Guide
  • (Free Analyst Whitepaper) The Digital Workspace Checklist
  • (New Whitepaper) VMware Workspace ONE Reference Architecture
  • (Updated) Network Ports Diagram for Horizon 7
  • (New Video) ANZ Bank Takes Mobile Banking to New Levels with VMware AirWatch
  • (Free Download) The Government Digital Workspace for Dummies
  • (New Whitepaper) VMware Horizon 7 Instant-Clone Desktops

  • (Updated) VMware Windows Operating System Optimization Tool Guide
  • (Updated) VMware App Volumes Technical FAQ
  • (New Infographic) Optimizing Secure Mobility in Retail
  • (New Infographic) Giving Contractors Laptops Is Expensive. VMware Horizon FLEX Fixes That.
  • (New Video) LCMC Health Delivers Modern Healthcare
  • (New Whitepaper) VMware Identity Manager On-Premises Deployment Considerations
  • (New Reference) Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition Reference Architecture: Validated Integration Design

Stay tuned for VMware’s next big EUC announcements at Connect Atlanta 2016, Oct. 2–6.

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What Happened in Top Mobile News in the Past 3 Months

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Sep 302016
 
Accelerating business mobility, supporting the mobile ecosystem, empowering end users to be more productive, revolutionizing the way you do business: as leaders in your industries, these are priorities to your mobile strategies. That’s why VMware AirWatch is committed to advancing these goals—even in as little as three months. Because technology continues to rapidly change, you […]]> Accelerating business mobility, supporting the mobile ecosystem, empowering end users to be more productive, revolutionizing the way you do business: as leaders in your industries, these are priorities to your mobile strategies. That’s why VMware AirWatch is committed to advancing these goals—even in as little as three months.

Because technology continues to rapidly change, you need a partner that helps you rapidly adopt with it. Here’s how we’ve delivered on these goals in the third quarter this year.

Accelerating Business Mobility

  • AirWatch Express Available: Why can’t mobile device setup be more like the “TurboTax” process—quick and easy? On Aug. 2, VMware launched a simple, affordable mobile device management solution for companies with limited technology resources. Step-by-step wizards and blueprints help companies of all sizes quickly deliver apps and email and configure Wi-Fi for employees.

The growth of mobile is being felt in companies of all sizes, and MDM solutions are becoming a necessary part of a strong mobile strategy.
—Conner Forrest, News Editor, TechRepublic

  • AirWatch & Samsung Bundles Available: To accelerate the deployment of Android at Work in the enterprise, AirWatch made a new bundle available on Sept. 8. For a limited time, Samsung Galaxy devices available through AT&T and Sprint included a free, one-year subscription of AirWatch.

Coming Soon!

During Connect Atlanta 2016 keynotes and sessions, Samsung and VMWare will present a full, end-to-end solution that combines the best-in-class device security of Samsung Knox with the manageability of AirWatch to support a full range of mobile devices. You can also stop by the Samsung Booth (#139) for more details.

Supporting the Mobile Ecosystem

  • Same-Day Support for Anniversary Update: The Windows 10 Anniversary Update on Aug. 2 introduced new features like Windows Information Protection, Windows Hello for apps and websites and Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection. AirWatch advanced capabilities for Windows 10 ensures corporate data is protected and user data is private.
  • Same-Day Support for Samsung Galaxy Note7: AirWatch support for Samsung’s powerful new device was available on Aug. 5. 256GB storage, an enhanced S pen and Samsung Knox defense-grade security make it enterprise-ready.
  • Same-Day Support for Android 7.0: The world got a little sweeter with the release of Google’s Android Nougat on Aug. 24. Enhanced data protection, improved management and increased control for employees makes work easier than ever to access and secure on Android devices.
  • Same-Day Support for iOS 10: On Sept. 13, iOS 10 introduced new management features for Apple and AirWatch customers. Plus, users got new productivity features, including raise to wake, rich notifications and messaging udpates.
  • Same-Day Support for macOS Sierra: Then on Sept. 20, Apple’s newest macOS made available new restrictions and additional device enrollment options.

Empowering End Users to Be More Productive

  • New User Experience on Socialcast: VMware announced a completely new experience for Socialcast users on July 21. The enterprise chat and social platform includes a redesigned user interface, new chat features and an enhanced mobile experience.
  • Social Software Leader: Socialcast, part of VMware Workspace ONE, was ranked a leader in The Aragon Research Globe for Social Software, 2016. We made the report available for free on Sept. 23, which details the robust capabilities for the collaborative enterprise.

Revolutionizing the Way Companies Do Business

  • Introducing Unified Endpoint Management: On Aug. 30 at VMworld, VMware introduced a new way to manage end-user computing environments: unified endpoint management (UEM). VMware’s UEM technologies advance Windows 10 management, transform software distribution and application packaging, add flexibility to operating system update and patch management and enhance client health and security.
  • Hybrid Cloud Trends Revealed: We released exclusive results on Sept. 7 of a VMware survey on cloud adoption. More than 1,000 enterprises responded, and the results reveal rising demands for hybrid computing and better user experiences.
  • Free Windows 10 Migration Assessment: On Sept. 26 at Microsoft Ignite, VMware made the SysTrack Desktop Assessment Service available for free to customers planning a Windows 10 migration. The quantitative analysis helps you plan an easier, faster Windows 10 migration and optimize Windows 10 for better end-user experiences and stronger security.

Expect bigger news from Connect Atlanta 2016. Register now to be there.

VMware-Partner Intel über die Sicherheitsvorteile von NSX

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Sep 302016
 

Regelmäßig unterhalten wir uns mit einigen unserer Partner über die sich ständig verändernde Risiko- und Sicherheitslandschaft. Oftmals geht es dabei um die Herausforderungen der Cyber-Sicherheit für Unternehmen. Richard Curran, Security Officer für EMEA bei Intel, erklärt, warum IT-Abteilungen ihren Sicherheitsansatz seiner Meinung nach dringend ändern müssen.

Die Perimeter-Verteidigung hat versagt – wir brauchen neue Sicherheitsvorkehrungen

In nur wenigen Jahren sind die Methoden der IT-Sicherheit überholt worden und scheitern daran, den erforderlichen Schutz der immer komplexer werdenden Unternehmen und ihrer zu schützenden Daten zu gewährleisten. Ich bin daher der Meinung, dass es hierfür einen neuen Ansatz benötigt.

Die IT-Sicherheitslandschaft ist einem stetigem Wandel unterworfen:

Während im Jahr 2005 gerade mal eine neue Cyber-Bedrohung pro Woche erwartet werden konnte, müssen Organisationen im Jahr 2015 laut Intel Global Threat Intelligence fünf neue Bedrohungen pro Sekunde abwehren!

Dabei treten Bedrohungen, die IT-Sicherheit eines Unternehmens gefährden, nicht nur häufiger auf, die Methoden, mit welchen die Cyberkriminellen vorgehen werden außerdem immer ausgefeilter. Die Perimeter-Verteidigung kann mit Leichtigkeit durchbrochen und folgend, durch den ungehinderten Zugang zu vertraulichen oder kritischen Unternehmensdaten und -anwendungen, für massive Unruhe innerhalb des Unternehmens sorgen.

Organisationen müssen deshalb schnell reagieren. Es gilt, IT-Sicherheit verstärkt in den Kern der Infrastruktur zu verschieben, um Angriffen adäquat entgegenzutreten. Sobald die Perimeter-Verteidigung nicht mehr genügt, müssen Organisationen neue Wege einschlagen.

VMware NSX – Die Sicherheit kommt aus der Software

Eine der neuen Lösungen auf dem Markt ist VMware NSX. Diese Sicherheitslösung kann den gesamten Technologie-Stack einer Organisation bis hin zur VM-Ebene sichern.

Bei Intel stellt VMware NSX, zusammen mit unserer Sicherheits-Suite, eine operative und zudem architektonische Technologie dar, die es Benutzern ermöglicht, beständig und effektiv eine wirksame Sicherheitsplattform zu implementieren. Wir schützen nicht mehr unsere Infrastruktur, sondern die Sicherheit kommt vielmehr von der Infrastruktur selbst.

Das bedeutet, es stellt sich nicht mehr die Frage, wie Organisationen ihre Rechenzentren schützen können. Stattdessen wird ein softwaredefinierter Ansatz, in welchem die IT-Sicherheit bereits integriert ist und optional bei Wachstum des Rechenzentrums angepasst werden kann, genutzt. Dies stellt einen wesentlich sichereren Lösungsansatz des Problems dar, welcher selbst die größte Bedrohung für die Sicherheit Ihres Unternehmens begrenzt.

Die Partnerschaft von VMware und Intel erstreckt sich auf mehrere Ebenen

Zum einen stellt sie aus der Sicht des Managements einen zentralen Punkt des Software-Defined Datacenters dar, von dem aus alle Sicherheitsleistungen und -vorgaben diktiert und schlussendlich umgesetzt werden können.

Zum anderen hat sie auch aus operativer Sicht eine Funktion inne: Intel Technologien und VMware NSX können Informationen über Auslastungen, Richtlinien und Netzwerk-Events miteinander teilen. Dadurch sind die Benutzer in der Lage, ihre IT-Sicherheit zu automatisieren. Ferner ist die Anpassungsfähigkeit gegen sich ständig wandelnde Bedrohungen gewährleistet.

Auch auf architektonischer Ebene bewirkt diese Kombination aus “gehärteten” Intel Technologien wie Intel TXT (Intel Trusted Execution Technologies) und VMware NSX Wunder. Intel TXT ist die Grundlage der Server-Infrastruktur zur bekannten Software-Umgebung und stellt somit sicher, dass die ausgeführte Software bei einer Bedrohung nicht beeinträchtigt wird.

Flexible IT-Security dank VMware NSX

Während VMware NSX eine grundlegende Absperrfunktion der Dienstleistungen durch die Mikrosegmentierung zur Verfügung stellt, kann die Sicherheitsinfrastruktur ihren Fokus auf stärker gefährdete Infrastrukturen legen – beispielsweise können extern exponierte Server in den Mittelpunkt der Aufmerksamkeit gerückt werden. Wie immer ist Anpassungsfähigkeit auch hier der Schlüssel zum optimalen Schutz: Denn dieser muss ausschließlich bei relevanten Workloads gewährleitet sein und kann entfernt werden, sobald diese außer Betrieb genommen werden.

Mit dem Fortschreiten des Cloud-Zeitalters werden weitere Cloud-Service-Provider (CSPs) in das dargestellte Sicherheitskonzept investieren, da dieses sich mit einer kritische Herausforderung innerhalb der Infrastruktur befasst – insbesondere dann, wenn es einem Hacker gelingt die äußere Verteidigungsschicht zu durchbrechen. Wird der traditionelle Perimeter Defense Ansatz angewandt, besteht das Risiko, dass Schadprogramme weltweit immensen Schaden an Servern und im Netzwerk anrichten und so unzählige Kunden von Cloud-Service-Providern stören.

Selbst wenn es potentielle Hacker durch den Perimeter schaffen, werden diese dank dem Einsatz von VMware NSX und Intel nicht in der Lage sein, sich weiter innerhalb des Unternehmensnetzwerks zu bewegen.


Was Unternehmen außerdem tun können, um die neuen Cyber-Angriffe effektiv zu bekämpfen, ohne der Produktivität des Unternehmens zu schaden, lesen Sie hier.Weitere Informationen über die VMware-Partner-Programme finden Sie unter:http://www.vmware.com/de/partners.html

VMware-Partner Intel über die Sicherheitsvorteile von NSX

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Sep 302016
 

Regelmäßig unterhalten wir uns mit einigen unserer Partner über die sich ständig verändernde Risiko- und Sicherheitslandschaft. Oftmals geht es dabei um die Herausforderungen der Cyber-Sicherheit für Unternehmen. Richard Curran, Security Officer für EMEA bei Intel, erklärt, warum IT-Abteilungen ihren Sicherheitsansatz seiner Meinung nach dringend ändern müssen.

Die Perimeter-Verteidigung hat versagt – wir brauchen neue Sicherheitsvorkehrungen

In nur wenigen Jahren sind die Methoden der IT-Sicherheit überholt worden und scheitern daran, den erforderlichen Schutz der immer komplexer werdenden Unternehmen und ihrer zu schützenden Daten zu gewährleisten. Ich bin daher der Meinung, dass es hierfür einen neuen Ansatz benötigt.

Die IT-Sicherheitslandschaft ist einem stetigem Wandel unterworfen:

Während im Jahr 2005 gerade mal eine neue Cyber-Bedrohung pro Woche erwartet werden konnte, müssen Organisationen im Jahr 2015 laut Intel Global Threat Intelligence fünf neue Bedrohungen pro Sekunde abwehren!

Dabei treten Bedrohungen, die IT-Sicherheit eines Unternehmens gefährden, nicht nur häufiger auf, die Methoden, mit welchen die Cyberkriminellen vorgehen werden außerdem immer ausgefeilter. Die Perimeter-Verteidigung kann mit Leichtigkeit durchbrochen und folgend, durch den ungehinderten Zugang zu vertraulichen oder kritischen Unternehmensdaten und -anwendungen, für massive Unruhe innerhalb des Unternehmens sorgen.

Organisationen müssen deshalb schnell reagieren. Es gilt, IT-Sicherheit verstärkt in den Kern der Infrastruktur zu verschieben, um Angriffen adäquat entgegenzutreten. Sobald die Perimeter-Verteidigung nicht mehr genügt, müssen Organisationen neue Wege einschlagen.

VMware NSX – Die Sicherheit kommt aus der Software

Eine der neuen Lösungen auf dem Markt ist VMware NSX. Diese Sicherheitslösung kann den gesamten Technologie-Stack einer Organisation bis hin zur VM-Ebene sichern.

Bei Intel stellt VMware NSX, zusammen mit unserer Sicherheits-Suite, eine operative und zudem architektonische Technologie dar, die es Benutzern ermöglicht, beständig und effektiv eine wirksame Sicherheitsplattform zu implementieren. Wir schützen nicht mehr unsere Infrastruktur, sondern die Sicherheit kommt vielmehr von der Infrastruktur selbst.

Das bedeutet, es stellt sich nicht mehr die Frage, wie Organisationen ihre Rechenzentren schützen können. Stattdessen wird ein softwaredefinierter Ansatz, in welchem die IT-Sicherheit bereits integriert ist und optional bei Wachstum des Rechenzentrums angepasst werden kann, genutzt. Dies stellt einen wesentlich sichereren Lösungsansatz des Problems dar, welcher selbst die größte Bedrohung für die Sicherheit Ihres Unternehmens begrenzt.

Die Partnerschaft von VMware und Intel erstreckt sich auf mehrere Ebenen

Zum einen stellt sie aus der Sicht des Managements einen zentralen Punkt des Software-Defined Datacenters dar, von dem aus alle Sicherheitsleistungen und -vorgaben diktiert und schlussendlich umgesetzt werden können.

Zum anderen hat sie auch aus operativer Sicht eine Funktion inne: Intel Technologien und VMware NSX können Informationen über Auslastungen, Richtlinien und Netzwerk-Events miteinander teilen. Dadurch sind die Benutzer in der Lage, ihre IT-Sicherheit zu automatisieren. Ferner ist die Anpassungsfähigkeit gegen sich ständig wandelnde Bedrohungen gewährleistet.

Auch auf architektonischer Ebene bewirkt diese Kombination aus “gehärteten” Intel Technologien wie Intel TXT (Intel Trusted Execution Technologies) und VMware NSX Wunder. Intel TXT ist die Grundlage der Server-Infrastruktur zur bekannten Software-Umgebung und stellt somit sicher, dass die ausgeführte Software bei einer Bedrohung nicht beeinträchtigt wird.

Flexible IT-Security dank VMware NSX

Während VMware NSX eine grundlegende Absperrfunktion der Dienstleistungen durch die Mikrosegmentierung zur Verfügung stellt, kann die Sicherheitsinfrastruktur ihren Fokus auf stärker gefährdete Infrastrukturen legen – beispielsweise können extern exponierte Server in den Mittelpunkt der Aufmerksamkeit gerückt werden. Wie immer ist Anpassungsfähigkeit auch hier der Schlüssel zum optimalen Schutz: Denn dieser muss ausschließlich bei relevanten Workloads gewährleitet sein und kann entfernt werden, sobald diese außer Betrieb genommen werden.

Mit dem Fortschreiten des Cloud-Zeitalters werden weitere Cloud-Service-Provider (CSPs) in das dargestellte Sicherheitskonzept investieren, da dieses sich mit einer kritische Herausforderung innerhalb der Infrastruktur befasst – insbesondere dann, wenn es einem Hacker gelingt die äußere Verteidigungsschicht zu durchbrechen. Wird der traditionelle Perimeter Defense Ansatz angewandt, besteht das Risiko, dass Schadprogramme weltweit immensen Schaden an Servern und im Netzwerk anrichten und so unzählige Kunden von Cloud-Service-Providern stören.

Selbst wenn es potentielle Hacker durch den Perimeter schaffen, werden diese dank dem Einsatz von VMware NSX und Intel nicht in der Lage sein, sich weiter innerhalb des Unternehmensnetzwerks zu bewegen.


Was Unternehmen außerdem tun können, um die neuen Cyber-Angriffe effektiv zu bekämpfen, ohne der Produktivität des Unternehmens zu schaden, lesen Sie hier. Weitere Informationen über die VMware-Partner-Programme finden Sie unter: http://www.vmware.com/de/partners.html
Sep 302016
 

This week, Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Server 2016. VMware has been testing technical preview releases and is preparing to support Windows Server 2016 on VMware vSphere.Once final validation is complete, VMware will publish support for Windows Server 2016. Please be sure to check the VMware Compatibility Guide for details.

Additionally, VMware will work with Microsoft to validate these ESXi releases with Microsoft as part of the Windows Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP). Microsoft recently announced its intent to add an Additional Qualification (AQ) option in the SVVP to validate third-party hypervisors as capable of supporting the new virtualization based security (VBS) features introduced in Windows Server 2016. VMware will provide further updates as our planning progresses.

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Sep 302016
 

This week, Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Server 2016. VMware has been testing technical preview releases and is preparing to support Windows Server 2016 on VMware vSphere.Once final validation is complete, VMware will publish support for Windows Server 2016. Please be sure to check the VMware Compatibility Guide for details.

Additionally, VMware will work with Microsoft to validate these ESXi releases with Microsoft as part of the Windows Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP). Microsoft recently announced its intent to add an Additional Qualification (AQ) option in the SVVP to validate third-party hypervisors as capable of supporting the new virtualization based security (VBS) features introduced in Windows Server 2016. VMware will provide further updates as our planning progresses.

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Sep 302016
 

  If you are using or looking at using vSphere Replication you may have concerns about managing and/or isolating your replication traffic. This post will walk through the available options and provide instructions for how to take advantage of them. Note that this configuration requires vSphere Replication version 6.0 or later. To understand how to

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Next Generation Security Services in OpenStack – Part 2

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Sep 292016
 

In a previous post, I described the high level steps a security admin would followto onboard NetX redirection services onto an existing OpenStack deployment. If your OpenStack implementation is based on Mitakaand you are running VMware NSX, it is possible to launch instances with no Neutron Security Group association, which under normal circumstances would either blackhole all traffic or allow all traffic, depending on the way youconfigured the default section of the NSX Distributed Firewall. Prior to Mitaka, the same operation is possible by attaching the instance to a pre-existing Neutron port, but this post focuses on the Mitaka capabilities.

The examplebelow assumes that the following conditions are met, which based on customer discussions, apply to aconsiderable amountof IT organizations looking at OpenStack:

  1. The security team has relinquished all security control from the Tenant.
  2. Tenants are not able to provision Neutron Security Groups or modify them (this is possible viapolicy.json manipulation, but outside of the scope of this article).
  3. All Firewall/security operations are owned by the security team.

The example below is based on Fortinet’s FortiGate-VMX Next Generation Firewall, a virtual firewall solution built from the ground-up that seamlessly integrates with VMware NSX vSphere.

Step 1: Integrate FortiGate-VMX with NSX vSphere

The instructions on how to do this can be found here. Once the solution is deployed and operational, you will see it under Service Definitions and in the NSX Service Deployments tab:

Step 2:Create an NSX Security Group and select a classification/membership criteria for the OpenStack VMs

Follow the standard process to create Security Groups in NSX. In this example, we created a Security Group called Virtual_DMZ and we are classifying VMs based on VM name which Contains the word Web:

It is important to notice that Security Groups created post-integration will appear on the FortiGate Services Management console, under Addresses and with the exact names defined in NSX. These Address Groups automatically capture the IP addresses of the corresponding VMs. Notice that OpenStack Security Groups are not populated in the Fortinet SVM:

This 2-way communication between the solutions makes it extremely convenient to keep naming conventions and visibility fully synchronized, leading to a consistent security policy.

Step 3:Create a Security Policy with the appropriate redirection rules and apply it to the NSX Security Group for the OpenStack VMs

An NSX Security Policy combines L3/L4 East-West firewall rules enforced by the NSX Firewall and Network Introspection Firewall rules controlled by Fortinet. In this example our redirection policy is redirecting everything to Fortinet’s VMX appliance. In a real life deployment you would see a combination of DFW rules and NGFW rules, where NSX handles the bulk of the traffic using in-kernel protection, while the partner solution would handle high-risk, “interesting” traffic to be inspected at L5-L7:

Step 4:Use the partner management console to manipulate your application-level security policies and deep traffic inspection

Fortinet’s SVM can be used to create and enforce rich security services for the redirected traffic (antivirus policy shown below):

Step 5: Launch the VIO/OpenStack instances without a Neutron Security Group

The OpenStack instances need to satisfy the membership criteria of the NSX Security Group (VM name contains “Web” in this example)and be launchedwith no Neutron Security Group attachments. This last step is crucial in maintaining integrity of your security posture:

 

Step 6:Verify your security policy is working as expected

Take some time to confirm that the redirection rules arepunting traffic correctly and that your deep traffic inspection is working as intended.

In a future post we will examine other partner solutions working in concert with NSX and VMware Integrated OpenStack.

Conclusion

Theaforementioned approachcombines the benefits of the OpenStack framework and its appealing API consumption model, with security services that provide more insight and visibility into the application traffic, using the advanced service integration in NSX. For all of this to work,the security team needs to own allcontrols of the application security policies, which is a very common Enterprise model.

For more information, you can watch arecorded version of this content (including a demo) was presented at VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas.

Marcos Hernandez – CCIE #8283, VCIX, VCP-NV

Twitter: @netvirt

 

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Boost your Bottom Line with DRaaS, Powered by VMware vCloud Availability

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Sep 292016
 

It’s clear that Managed Service Providers (MSPs) have a vital role in supporting IT strategy for both on-premises and cloud-based IT investments. Ensuring the security and protection of IT resources is at the top of many lists for MSPs and IT leaders. Disasters happen – there’s no way around that. Earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, fires – even human-driven attacks such as ransomware or information breaches always remain in the realm of possibility.

Regardless of what disaster happens, or how disaster happened – the impact of disasters on the enterprise is real. Independent research conducted from the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council found that 30% of companies have been unable to access key applications for hours or multiple days after outages.

A growing mutual interest has been shown by IT and MSP leaders in the area of disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS). In 2015, nearly 60% of enterprises already using cloud services said they were deploying or planning on deploying DRaaS. As IDG describes in a recent whitepaper, DRaaS is a great way for companies to get started with using cloud services – 50% of small companies and 33% of large organizations plan to enable business continuity in the cloud, primarily to take advantage of cost savings. DRaaS is the highest-ranking cloud service that enterprises are deploying in 2016.

With an easy on-ramp to the cloud for hundreds of thousands of enterprise customers using VMware technology, MSPs see real value in a VMware-based DRaaS offering. Enter VMware vCloud Availability for vCloud Director, which enables vCloud Air Network service providers to offer simple, cost-effective cloud based disaster recovery services that seamlessly support their customers’ vSphere environments. It is expressly designed for VMware service providers to enable further monetization of existing VMware vCloud Director multi-tenant cloud environments.

VMware vCloud Availability offers substantial value to MSPs and Enterprise customers alike:

  • Easy to Operate
    • vCloud Availability makes it easy for MSPs to configure and run a disaster recovery as a service offering that is natively compatible with their end customers’ vSphere environments
  • Designed for Easy Customer Adoption and Growth
    • vCloud Availability for vCloud Director leverages native vSphere replication to offer a seamless experience to end customers, while the vCloud Air Network program’s pay-as-you-go construct enables providers to cost-effectively grow consumption of software to meet customer demand
  • Built for VMware Service Providers
    • vCloud Availability enables vCloud Air Network Service Providers to continue to monetize their investment in VMware, leveraging their existing vCloud Air Network points and discount structures

NIFTY, one of the leading Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Japan, successfully released a new DRaaS offering based on VMware vCloud Availability for vCloud Director.

Upon launch, NIFTY saw several new customers signed up immediately for the service, generating a new DRaaS revenue stream in a short period of time. NIFTY has approximately 70 more customers in trial.

NIFTY could not develop our Disaster Recovery as a Service without the vCloud Availability module; it was well designed to be connected to our NIFTY Cloud management console. VMware provides the core module and technical support for cloud service providers to develop the new service, which is very helpful from a time-to-market perspective.”

Tomoharu Mukaidaira, Marketing Manager, NIFTY

Disasters do not have to be disastrous for IT. Now, MSPs are able to ensure that their customers have the tools and technology at their disposal to get the enterprise up and running quickly, keeping downtime at a minimum. This presents a unique chance to help reduce the impact of disasters by keeping apps and data safe, and operational, no matter what the recovery situation or outage condition.

To learn more about VMware vCloud Availability, visit us at VMware.com/availability or read the IDG White Paper here.

For more updates around the vCloud Air Network, be sure to follow us on Twitter @VMwareSP, and ‘like’ us on Facebook at Facebook.com/VMwareSP.

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