New Solution Rewards Requirements for vCloud Suite / vRealize Suite

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Starting Jan. 1, 2017 Solution Reward eligible SKUs will reflect changes to align with Cloud Management Platform use cases. The new Solution Competency requirement to receive Solution Rewards for each of these products is as follows:

  • Management Operations Solution Competency will be required for vRealize Suite Standard and vCloud Suite Standard edition Solution Rewards.
  • Management Automation Solution Competency will now be required for vRealize Suite Advanced/Enterprise and vCloud Suite Advanced/Enterprise Solution Rewards.

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Getting Started with the New Image Builder GUI in vSphere 6.5

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In this post, I wanted to provide a quick introduction to the powerful new graphical interface for Image Builder, which is part of the new Auto Deploy GUI. There are many great enhancements in VMware vSphere 6.5, and for an excellent overview please be sure to look at the What&#rsquo;s New whitepaper.

Because the Image Builder and Auto Deploy features are tightly coupled, the UI is only visible when both of those services are running. So, if you&#rsquo;re wondering how to enable the GUI, take a look at Administration > System Configuration > Services in the vSphere Web Client. Start both of those services, and also set them to start automatically if desired. Then log out and back in to the Web Client to verify the Auto Deploy object is visible.

 

 

Alternatively, these services can be enabled via command line. Simply SSH into the VCSA and run the following commands:

/usr/lib/vmware-vmon/vmon-cli --update imagebuilder --starttype AUTOMATIC/usr/lib/vmware-vmon/vmon-cli --update rbd --starttype AUTOMATIC/usr/lib/vmware-vmon/vmon-cli --start rbd/usr/lib/vmware-vmon/vmon-cli --start imagebuilder

Regardless of whether Auto Deploy is in use in your environment, the Image Builder GUI is a convenient alternative to the PowerCLI cmdlets previously required for creating custom VMware ESXi images. Administrators can upload zip depots of images and drivers as well as create online depots that connect to VMware or OEM partner image repositories.

The full URL of the VMware public depot is:

https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml

In addition to being available to Auto Deploy for deploy rule creation, the UI also allows administrators to customize, compare, or export images to ISO or zip format for a variety of uses. The vSphere 6.5 product documentation describes the functionality in more detail.

Even though the PowerCLI Image Builder is still available, we hope this new Image Builder GUI helps those customers that prefer a more guided approach for these tasks. Let us know in the comments what you think about this new feature!

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From London to Las Vegas, Gartner and VMware Talk Data Center Modernization

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It should come as no surprise that earlier this week at the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Summit in the United Kingdom, a prime topic of conversation was data center modernization. As demands for innovation grows, and digital business evolves, making the public cloud a part of your IT infrastructure has become a business imperative. It should also come as no surprise that VMware vCloud® Air™, a leader in this conversation, helps you leverage the benefits of public cloud without sacrificing investments that you&#rsquo;ve already made in your data center.

Since it&#rsquo;s built on the solid foundation of VMware vSphere®, vCloud Air is the ready-to-run public cloud solution that allows you to seamlessly extend your data center to the cloud, yet still leverage the same infrastructure, network, security, management, and skills you already use with your onsite environment. By extending the same platform and operations model you use in your onsite data center to the cloud, you can deploy and run your applications onsite, offsite, or both—without compromise and with less risk.

Attendees in London had the chance to witness demos, talk to experts and understand firsthand how vCloud Air helps companies transform and stay competitive by extending their networks to the cloud.

And next week, the conversation continues here in the &#rsquo;the colonies&#rdquo;. Beginning December 5th and through December 7th, Gartner hosts the US version of the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference at The Venetian in Las Vegas. Once again, VMware will be onhand (see us at Booth #137) with technical sessions, more demos and more experts ready to answer questions about the public cloud journey and how you can be an enabler of transformation and data center modernization within your own organization. Hope to see you there!

If you&#rsquo;re ready to get started with the hybrid cloud, visitvCloud.VMware.com.

For future updates, follow us on Twitter and Facebook at@vCloudandFacebook.com/VMwarevCloud.

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New eBook! The 5 Next Big Things in Mobile Security

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Strike down new attacks before they happen. Get a free copy of the new eBook from VMware to discover what&#rsquo;s next in mobile security.

The state of cybersecurity is scary. Businesses have watched security breaches expose more than 851 million records in the last decade, and nearly 6.2 million records have been compromised since 2016 thanks to increasingly sophisticated attack methods. Even scarier, hackers appear to be getting even faster and better at accessing your corporate data.

Meanwhile, companies are expecting a slew of new devices [thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT) and augmented reality] to enter the workplace in the next several years. In fact, CIO.com just listed rising mobile and IoT points of entry among their top security predictions for 2017.

It&#rsquo;s a perfect storm for even bigger, more damaging attacks than perhaps businesses have ever seen before. Luckily, the mobile security industry has new innovations up its sleeve to help your company ward off the uninvited.

Find out what the five next big things in mobile security are by downloading this brand new eBook from VMware.

As VMware cybersecurity expert John Britton recently put it, &#rsquo;If you don&#rsquo;t want your name on the Financial Times or The Wall Street Journal, you&#rsquo;re now investing in security to ensure your reputation is solid.&#rdquo;

Download this free eBook right now to learn where to invest in the newest cybersecurity solutions so your company can always be steps ahead.

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Fusion 8.5.3 Released, addresses macOS 10.12 issues

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Using macOS 10.12 Sierra and VMware Fusion 8.5? It’s time to update!

And with the biggest sale of the year going on right now, there’s never been a better time to getup to date if you’re on Fusion 7 or older.

Today we’ve released an update to our favourite Mac virtualization product to address some critical stability issues on certain configurations of macOS 10.12. Users would get an ‘internal error’ message and Fusion would quit unexpectedly. This release fixes thatissue.

Users can download the update from within the product by clicking ‘Check for Updates’, or you can grab the raw bits right from vmware.com/go/getfusion

 

 

It’s also the perfect time to update to the latest supported version of ourmost popular products with our Cyber Monday sale going on all week.

There’s still a couple of days to get 35% off our already discounted Fusion 8.5 Pro and our flagship Windows and Linux virtualization product, VMware Workstation 12.5 Pro.

 

 

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Nov 302016
 

One of the key improvements to the VMware PowerCLI 6.5 R1 release is the absence of PowerShell snapins. All of the remaining snapins have been converted to modules!

Snapin History

If you don&#rsquo;t know why this is such a big deal, let me take a second to cover some history on snapins. Going back to the days of PowerShell version 1, snapins were the only way to extend the shell, or add additional features and functionalities. The issue with snapins begin due to how they can only be written in a .NET programming language and then have to be assembled before being handed off to the user. Then, once the user has them, the issues continue due to the snapins having to be installed and registered to each individual system a user wishes to use them on. Snapins also lack the ability to explicitly define dependencies, this causes issues for a product like PowerCLI which is comprised of several individual components.

PowerShell version 2 introduced modules, which resolved a majority of those issues. Modules can still be written in any .NET programming language, or can even be written in PowerShell itself! Modules are mobile and don&#rsquo;t require any registrations. Once the modules are in hand, they can be referenced automatically by placing them in one of the proper folders or by specifying the directory path to where they reside for each system requiring access.

Finding Snapins

This change in architecture introduces an issue for already created scripts which are trying to load the old VMware snapins. Instead of performing something that looks like:

Add-PSSnapin –Name VM*

We&#rsquo;re recommending a replacement from that command to this command:

Get-Module –ListAvailable VM* | Import-Module

We&#rsquo;re not going to leave the rest to you to handle. There&#rsquo;s some functions which have been added to the PowerCLI Community Repository which will point out which scripts contain that line. There&#rsquo;s also a function which can comment out that line and add the new recommended command. These functions are available within the Update_PowerCLI_Scripts.ps1 script.

The first function is &#rsquo;Get-PowerCLISnapinUse&#rdquo; and will show what scripts (.ps1 extensioned) include the string &#rsquo;Add-PSSnapin*VM*&#rdquo; and will display the file name, line where the string resides, path to the directory, and the full path of the file.

The second function is &#rsquo;Update-PowerCLISnapinUse&#rdquo; and is based around adding the new Import-Module command and commenting that string out.

Additionally, if you&#rsquo;ve already updated your version of PowerCLI, you may have noticed the installation directory has changed as well. If you have the &#rsquo;Initialize-PowerCLIEnvironment&#rdquo; script hardcoded into your scripts, there are also some functions to handle that as well. The functions for that are done by way of &#rsquo;Get-PowerCLIInitialization&#rdquo; and &#rsquo;Update-PowerCLIInitialization&#rdquo;. These functions work similarly to the above, however the &#rsquo;Update-PowerCLIInitialization&#rdquo; function just updates the directory path and does not comment anything out.

Conclusion

VMware PowerCLI moving over to be completely modules is a huge accomplishment in this newest release. As always, it&#rsquo;s backwards compatible and we recommend upgrading to the latest version.

You can find the PowerCLI 6.5 Release 1 download HERE.

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VASA Provider Considerations: Controller Embedded vs. Virtual Appliance

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With the release of vSphere 6.5, I have noticed a renewed interest in the adoption of Virtual Volumes. One of the top topics of discussion with customers has been the VASA Provider and the way in which storage vendors are providing it as part of their Virtual Volumes implementation. Well, I think it&#rsquo;s time for

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Virtual SAN Enterprise Networking with Brocade White Paper – Update

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Nov 302016
 

It&#rsquo;s time for a quick update on the VMware Virtual SAN routed network deployments with Brocade white paper! I published earlier this year. By request, the section on Multicast considerations has been expanded and clarified about protocol choices. The configuration example now includes commands to implement all Multicast functionality in the spine-leaf routed network. Also,

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30+ Videos Added to VMware Learning Zone this Month!

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Nov 302016
 

The VMware Learning Zone video library added over 30 new videos last month, including an extensive collection on vSAN Troubleshooting. These videos are now fully available to all Premium and Standard subscribers to the VMware Learning Zone.

VMware vSAN Troubleshooting Series

  • Introduction: Introduces the series of bite sized videos that cover troubleshooting, design, requirements, compatibility, and upgrades.
  • Summary

VMware vSAN Compatibility Series

  • Introduction: introduces VMware vSAN Compatibility and overviews how the customer can be sure that the VMware vSAN environment is supportive.
  • VMware vSAN Hardware & Software Requirements: talks about the Hardware and Software requirements for the VMware vSAN 6.2 requirements
  • VMware vSAN Architectural Best Practices: focuses on best practices, including a whiteboard discussion on architecture, and key hardware and software affecting VMware vSAN performance
  • Is My SSD Supported in VMware vSAN?: discusses the process to check if a customer&#rsquo;s SSD is supported in a VMware vSAN cluster
  • Is My RAID Controller Supported?: discusses the process to check if a customer&#rsquo;s storage controller is supported with VMware vSAN

Storage Policies Series

  • Introduction: introduces Storage Policies for VMware vSAN
  • VMware vSAN Storage Policies In-Depth: explains how VMware vSAN Storage Policies will influence how a VMware vSAN cluster will perform
  • What Are Witnesses?: explains witnesses for VMware vSAN Storage Policies and its importance
  • Component States: explains component states for VMware vSAN Storage Policies and how failures are handled
  • Policy & Object States: explains Policy and Object states and what this means for customers that are running a VMware vSAN environment
  • Component Layout FTT1 SW1: explains how to draw out a Storage policy so you can understand what policies look like under the covers
  • Component Layout FTT1 SW2: shows how to draw a VMDK that has failures to tolerate of 1 and Stripe Width of 2
  • Component Layout FTT1 SW1 VMDK 400: looks at VMDK of 400gb in size that has FTT1 and SW1
  • FTT2 SW2 VMDK100: draws a VMDK of 100gb in size that has FTT2 and SW2
  • Summary

VMware vSAN Common Issues Series

  • The Upgrade Process: talks about the importance of the VMware vSAN upgrade process
  • Upgrade Best Practices: talks about best practices when performing upgrades in a VMware vSAN environment
  • Inaccessible Objects: talks about inaccessible objects in a VMware vSAN environment and what this means for customers
  • Creation, Modification of Disk Groups: talks about creation and modification of disk groups and the process to follow before removing the disk/disk groups
  • Capacity: talks about Capacity and how much free space is recommended in a VMware vSAN disk group
  • Summary

VMware vSAN Troubleshooting Tools Series

  • Part 1: covers VMware’s most useful troubleshooting tools for VMware vSAN-vSphere web client, esxcli and more.
  • Part 2: covers Ruby vSphere Console (RVC) and the commands to run to get output using RVC and more.

VMworld 2016 Series

  • Advanced Troubleshooting for NSX: walks you through the NSX Infrastructure communication, NSX Central CLI, Validating and Populating NSX Controller Tables
  • VMware Identity Manager: Application Management and Business Use Cases: walks you through the process to identify and define iAM and iDaas, IT outcomes and complimentary solutions provided by VMware as part of Identity Manager, the Saas and on-premises offerings of Identity Manager and discusses business use cases.
  • vRealize Automation: Abstracting the vSphere Endpoint as a Cloud Resource: covers the Cloud layers and Roles in vRealize Automation and different types of Reservation and Business groups.
  • Automating your Network Services Deployments with VMware NSX and vRealize Automation: discusses building your vRealize Automation blueprints with automated network services deployments from VMware NSX.

Meeting a vStorage SLA Series

  • Introduction: learn about the different modules of storage that will be covered in the vStorage SLA series.
  • Storage Concepts: learn about the importance of storage concepts and shared storage. The video talks about connections to storage from VMware’s perspective with Fibre channel, iSCSi and NFS.
  • vToolkit – VAAI: learn about VTOOLKIT- VAAI and the (vStorage API for Array Integration) API from VMware that offloads or enhances processes to the storage array.

Deploying a Multi-Tenant vRealize Automation 7 Solution Series

  • Part 2 of 13 – Technical Introduction, Lab Environment: introduces the lab environment, and discusses the purpose and functionality of the various roles.

VMware vSAN Software Components

  • This video talks about the importance of the VMware vSAN software components and what happens under the covers in a VMware vSAN cluster.

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How to Use and Interpret the vCloud Availability for vCloud Director Business Calculator – Part 1

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Nov 302016
 

This post is Part 1 of a 2-part blog series on how to best use and interpret the vCloud Availability for vCloud Director Business Calculator. Part 1 provides a broad overview of the market and VMware vCloud Availability for vCloud Director. Part 2 takes a deeper dive on how to utilize the Business Calculator.

By Guy Bartram

Service Providers are keen to grow their bottom line revenues with existing customers and also seamlessly on-board net new customers. Attracting customers into their data center enables providers to upsell additional services and products to tenants and generate multiplier revenues.

The 2015 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey identified Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) as the largest opportunity area for providers (fig1), with the next most likely being Storage as a Service. This survey of enterprise customers shows that they are not only concerned about recovery ability, but also that traditional syndicated recovery services are not as financially viable as cloud storage and disaster recovery which (activated on demand) provides far more flexibility and costs saving over traditional approaches.

Figure 1

This market is clearly a growth market; Gartner predicts that by 2018 there will be more organizations using Cloud based Disaster Recovery Services than traditional methods (2015 Gartner MQ for DRaaS G00270861). The target customer base according to Gartner would be organizations with a typical infrastructure of less than 100 servers; the sweet spot for many vCloud Air Network (vCAN) providers. Disaster Recovery is a great on-ramp or first use case for enterprises who are unfamiliar with the cloud, and from there can lead to an upsell of additional managed services.

According to 451 &#rsquo;Cloud Enabling Technologies Market Monitor Overview,&#rdquo; VMware is still the predominant virtualization platform leveraged for infrastructure workloads; hence a vSphere-focused disaster recovery service is the best bet for providers to focus on in order to attract the largest organization customer base. VMware is classed as a maturity level, but not saturation, in virtualization adoption for majority of SMB and enterprise.

Data Application Protection services are set to rapidly catch up (fig 2) as more regularity compliance for disaster recovery and business continuity is introduced and pricing of cloud storage lowers, making protection a financially achievable prospect.

There are multiple vendors in the DR services environment (451 research indicate approximately 34 for Data & Application protection services), each has differing features and functions and naturally a price tag, so understanding the operational and capital expenditures for such a service can be complex. Equally given the multiple workload varieties within the customer base, the solution for DR is un-likely to be a &#lsquo;one horse race&#rsquo;, multiple best of breed vendors will be required to fulfil the features and functions necessary to support customers.

The new VMware vCloud Availability for vCloud Director, as announced at VMworld 2016, enables vCloud Air Network Service Providers to offer a simple, cost-effective cloud-based vSphere Disaster Recovery service that seamlessly supports your customers&#rsquo; vSphere environments. Service Providers wishing to provide a VMware-powered Disaster Recovery service should utilize the vCloud Architecture Toolkit (vCAT) Business Value Toolkit (BVT) to understand howVMware vCloud Availability for vCloud Director can add value to a disaster recovery and data protection portfolio.

TheVMware vCloud Availability for vCloud Director business case calculator is designedto assist Service Providers in modelling the value of providing a tiered portfolio of services across the data protection continuum; from high availability and disaster recovery services down to backup & restore. To achieve maximum revenues, providers need to service tenants with choice; choice about the features & functions of disaster recovery service and critically the recovery point objectives for their data. This means that a variety of vendor products is most likely to be used, as most provide best of breed in certain characteristics and commercial models.

In order to assist Service Providers in thinking through the value of a tiered portfolio, we have developed the model using three tiers of service: &#rsquo;Premium,&#rdquo; &#rsquo;Standard,&#rdquo; and &#rsquo;Basic.&#rdquo; However, to minimize complexity, providers may wish to simply focus on the top two tiers, &#rsquo;Premium&#rdquo; and &#rsquo;Standard,&#rdquo; and differentiate the &#rsquo;Basic&#rdquo; tier as a pure backup service.

  • Premium could be defined as a mission critical workload data protection service, designed to provide seconds or minutes RPO (Recovery Point Objective). This could be a multi-site high availability configuration for continual operation or could be fully automated, self-service, copy and failover solution with no IP re-addressing and full application recovery. High availability or RPOs of seconds both come at a price: the license costs for such as service are typically high, shared infrastructure costs are high as well due to lower contention ratios, and dedicated infrastructure would be still more expensive.
  • The Standard tier could be defined as a business critical data protection service, designed to provide a reasonable RPO objective of 15 minutes to hours, with an RTO of a few hours. Unlike the Premium service there may be costs associated with application reconfiguration. It is most logical and economical for this service to leverage a shared recovery environment, using a contention ratio of 2:1 (50%)for compute (note – RAM is not contented in any model)
  • Optional — Basic could be defined as a data protection service that simply replicates data, i.e. a backup. Any restoration of the data would be a manual task from the available backups. Hence this level of service will have a longer RPO, typically 24 to 48 hours, and a longer RTO of a 48 hours or more

Using multiple tiers of disaster recovery offerings can provide differing commercial results, based on VMware&#rsquo;s analysis typical:

  • &#lsquo;Premium&#rsquo; offerings (high availability or DRaaS for tier 1 workloads) provide premium capabilities, but are typically needed for only a sub-set of workloads. They typically entail higher infrastructure and licensing expenses.
  • &#lsquo;Standard&#rsquo; offerings (DRaaS for tier 2 and tier 3 workloads) provide greater functionality, cover a large set of potential workloads, and are offered at a medium price point to the end user. The cost to deliver the service is a bit lower than premium since the hardware contention may be higher while still meeting SLAs.
  • &#lsquo;Basic&#rsquo; offerings (often pure backup) are a high-volume service, with simpler functionality offered at a lower price point to the end user.

Utilizing these characteristics, a Premium only offering covering a 750 VM estate would need to drive a high price of around a $110 per VM reaching positive revenue at 25 months with a gross profit of $227k and a gross profit margin of 14%.

Vs

A tiered offering of 100VM in the Premium tier, 400VM in Standard and 250VM in Basic, with tiered pricing from $110 for Premium, $60 for standard and $35 for Basic will provide a gross profit of $518k and a gross profit margin of 33%.

Stay tuned to Part 2 of this blog, which will explain how to use the Business Calculator.

For the latest updates around the vCloud Air Network, be sure to follow us on Twitter at @VMwareSP, and &#lsquo;like&#rsquo; us on Facebook at Facebook.com/VMwareSP.

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Virtually Speaking Podcast Episode 32: VVols 2.0

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Nov 292016
 

The release of vSphere 6.5 introducesenhancements to several of VMware&#rsquo;s storage management capabilities, including enhancements to Storage Policy-Based Management (SPBM), Storage IO Control (SIOC), virtual disk management, and of course the highly anticipated 2.0 version ofvSphereVirtual Volumes. This week we continue our coverage of vSphere 6.5 and bring in VMware Product Manager Ben Meadowcroft to

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What You Should Know About Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

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Nov 292016
 

With the massive shift to hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), we cannot deny that the traditional SAN and NAS markets are declining very quickly. According to Wikibon, traditional storage markets are declining close to 20% annually and they predict that traditional storage will go from being the dominant player today to a niche solution in less than

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[Video] Good Apps vs. Great Mobile Apps: What’s the Difference?

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Nov 292016
 
What&#rsquo;s the difference between a good app and a great app? VMware Vice President of R&D for Applications Tony Kueh talks about this, the innovations happening at VMware and how his team designs apps across every platform. Watch the exclusive VMware TV interview here, and read his responses below. Q: What have you seen and […]]> What&#rsquo;s the difference between a good app and a great app?

VMware Vice President of R&D for Applications Tony Kueh talks about this, the innovations happening at VMware and how his team designs apps across every platform. Watch the exclusive VMware TV interview here, and read his responses below.

Q: What have you seen and who have you spoken to at Connect so far that really intrigues you?

Tony: I’ve been talking to lots of customers. What’s amazing is how they’re thinking about not just mobility but really trying to go cutting edge with virtual reality and augmented reality. They’re starting to think, &#lsquo;How do we take this technology and transform business processes?&#rsquo; The conversations have shifted from just management and security to, &#lsquo;How do I help the business run better?&#rsquo; That’s exciting for me, running the apps team, because I’m all about the user and the business and how we can transform that.

Q: We&#rsquo;d love to hear a quick roundup about the innovations that are happening around apps at VMware.

Tony: We have this concept of &#lsquo;micro-moments,&#rsquo; which is the core philosophy of everything that we do. We believe, as the world has shifted from PC to mobile, everyone talked about these mobile moments (e.g. I’ve got three minutes in line at Starbucks. What do I do with my mobile devices?).I love that line from Connect keynote speaker David Pogue, &#lsquo;If you don’t have ADD, it means you’re not paying attention.&#rsquo; So in the ADD economy, if you will, actions that typically would have taken three to five minutes to perform, we want them now, in an instant, in seconds. These micro-moments are things that we think can drive enhancements in productivity, things that you may not even realize that you’re spending a lot of time on. We can make it very simple, seamless and smart.That’s also where we think the future of machine learning will insert itself. Today we’re asking you to make decisions, and quickly. In the future, it’ll be your device telling you, &#lsquo;We’ve made thisdecision for you. If you think it’s incorrect, tell us. Otherwise, we’ll keep making those decisions.&#rsquo;

Q: What makes the difference between a good app and a great app?

Tony: It’s a great question. For me, the first thing is that functionally, it has to target a need. The user has to be able to say, &#lsquo;This is going to solve this problem for me, be reliable and always solve that problem.&#rsquo;Secondly, it should feel natural. You can&#rsquo;t change the user experience overnight. If you do that, despite how well it performs, people will just not adapt to it that quickly, and it takes time.We spend a lot of time in user experience research that walks that journey. If we say, &#lsquo;Well this is really the best way of delivering something,&#rsquo; but we’re not ready to do that yet, we will incrementally plan in our releases minor changes that eventually get the app there.To summarize, our number one criteria is functionality. Number two is that it has to be reliable (that&#rsquo;s just the quality of the product). The third is that you have to walk the user through the user experience (UX) journey.

Q: Do you find that the same design principles apply across all apps, or do some apps require a different approach?

Tony: Definitely, I think certain apps require different approaches.There are some consistencies, obviously. For example, there are three primary ways that people hold their devices. Based on that, that’s where we do button placement. That would be a common theme around our apps, where we put the buttons and layout.Visually, we take into consideration a lot of things, previous expectations. You would certainly design, for example, a calendar very differently than a CRM map or an email app just because the workflows are very different.Then, it depends on what platform those applications are being delivered on. We have this concept where we want to be platform agnostic but branding consistent. We want an iOS user or an Android user to feel, &#lsquo;Yes, this is a natural iOS design app for Android design app,&#rsquo; but someone who may be familiar with VMware Boxer would look at it and say, &#lsquo;Yes, this is clearly Boxer.&#rsquo; That’s a really fine line because what you’re basically saying is that the actual user interface (UI) components are more natural to the native operating system, but the semantics in the logical flow is something that’s more consistent with Boxer.

Watch the entire interview to find out what the tech startup founder thinks enterprises can learn from startups to cultivate innovation and which apps the R&D leader opens on his personal mobile devices.

Related:

  • 5 Mobile Apps I&#rsquo;m Thankful for This Year
  • Bring the Google Pixel to Work with VMware AirWatch
  • New Webinar! AirWatch 9.0: Transforming the Digital Workspace

Hacker gesucht! Spionage mit Zustimmung

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Nov 292016
 

Beitrag von Jörg Knippschild, Senior Manager Solution Architects, VMware

Ihr Beruf? Hacker! Was für viele nach Kriminalität klingt, ist in Wahrheit ein legaler Job in vielen IT-Sicherheitsfirmen. Aber warum brauchen Firmen, die für die Sicherheit großer, aber auch kleinerer Unternehmen und deren derart wichtigen und sensiblen Unternehmensdaten verantwortlich sind, Hacker in ihren Reihen?

Ganz einfach: Die legalen Hacker versetzen sich in die Rolle des Angreifers hinein, um in IT-Systeme einzudringen und Schwachstellen zu identifizieren. Dabei wenden sie die gleichen Methoden an wie ihre zwielichtigen Kollegen – tun es aber im Auftrag von Firmen, sodass diese anschließend die Lücken schließen können.

Die Lizenz zum Hacken

Die legalen Hacker werden im Szenario der Abwehrmaßnahmen immer wichtiger, um verborgene Sicherheitslücken aufzuspüren. Es handelt sich hierbei um hochbegehrte Fachleute, die inzwischen sogar eine eigene Berufsbezeichnung haben: Penetration-Tester.

Auf die Dienste der Penetration-Tester setzen vor allem Konzerne, bei denen Angreifer großen finanziellen Schaden anrichten können. Dazu gehören etwa Banken, Versicherungen oder Industriefirmen, die beispielsweise bei der Installation einer neuen Software wissen wollen, ob sie auch wirklich sicher ist oder ob eine Schadsoftware eingeschleust werden könnte, die auf Firmendaten zugreift.

Doch welche Fähigkeiten benötigen professionelle Hacker, für die es weder ein eindeutig formuliertes Berufsbild, noch einen Ausbildungsgang mit staatlichem Abschluss gibt?

Eins ist sicher: Hacker müssen eine Vielzahl verschiedenster Fähigkeiten mitbringen, um den Anforderungen gerecht zu werden. Dazu zählen:

  • Breites IT-, Netzwerk- und Programmierwissen: Wer nicht bereits tief in die digitalen Technologien eingetaucht ist, wird die Welt des Hackings kaum verstehen. Deshalb müssen die angehenden Hacker nicht nur Quellcodes lesen und sich in der Funktionsweise von Applikationen, Betriebssystemen, Datenbanken auskennen, vielmehr müssen sie auch Netzwerkprotokolle entschlüsseln können. Weiter ist es für einen guten Hacker unabdingbar, sich schnell in eine neue Programmiersprache einarbeiten zu können. Denn bei der Recherche in technischen Infrastrukturen ist es zeitweise notwendig, eigene Skripte oder Exploits zu schreiben, mit deren Hilfe sich ein spezifisches Systemverhalten entschlüsseln lässt.
  • Funktionsweise von Security-Tools verstehen: Während tiefgründiger technischer Sicherheitsuntersuchungen verwenden IT-Analysten spezielle Werkzeuge, die je nach Szenario unterschiedlich eingesetzt werden. Es ist wichtig, dass die angehenden Hacker dafür ein tiefes Verständnis mitbringen und vor allem in der Lage sind, die Werkzeuge intuitiv zu bedienen.
  • Hohe analytische Fähigkeiten: Ohne den gewissen Funken Talent und analytisches Denkvermögen bleiben die Erkenntnismöglichkeiten als Hacker sehr begrenzt. Denn oberstes Ziel beim Hacking ist, das Verhalten und die Reaktion von IT-Systemen auf verschiedene Ereignisse und komplexe Sachverhalte zu untersuchen. Es ist daher essentiell zu erkennen, wie ein System mit Daten umgeht, wie es sie verarbeitet und wie diese Datenverarbeitungsprozesse zusammenhängen.
  • Querdenken können und neugierig sein: Wessen Aufgabe es ist, kreativ nach Schwachstellen in den Sicherheitssystemen zu suchen, muss bewusst andere Perspektiven einnehmen und abseits von strukturierten Anleitungen über den Tellerrand schauen. Es gilt schließlich das zu finden, woran Unternehmen bei der Implementierung nicht gedacht haben.

Zwar ist auch für Penetration-Tester nicht jeder Tag das große Abenteuer, doch trotzdem werden sie jeden Tag aufs Neue gefordert, Wege zu suchen und auszuknobeln, wo die nächste Schwachstelle in einem System lauert und wie man sie durch einen Angriff ausnutzen könnte.

In Deutschland gibt es bisher viel zu wenig gut ausgebildete und erfahrene ethische Hacker. Dementsprechend begehrt sind diese auf dem Markt. In einem vergangenen Blogbeitrag habe ich mich mit den verschiedenen Möglichkeiten, IT-Sicherheit zu studieren befasst und rufe daher gerne noch einmal auf: „Traut euch! Die IT-Branche wartet nur auf euch.&#rsquo;

Looking to Go Big with Mobility? Join Us at #NRF17

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Nov 292016
 

As far as retail IT is concerned, 2016 is over. It&#rsquo;s time to start planning for 2017, and there is no better place to start than Retail&#rsquo;s Big Show on Jan. 15-17 in New York City.

Whether you are responsible for a single up-and-coming brand or a portfolio of traditional companies, mobility has the power to move you closer to your customers and employees. Think about it: Every customer you want to reach has a device. Every associate you want to employ has a device. What&#rsquo;s your business doing with mobility?

At the National Retail Federation&#rsquo;s Big Show (a.k.a. NRF17), VMware will showcase how top brands, such as The Home Depot, Coca-Cola, The Gap and Belk, mobilize and modernize operations using the VMware Secure Digital Workspace for Retail.

We will demonstrate how your business can:

  • Transform customer engagements with in-store line busting, digital signage, beacons, kiosk solutions and more.
  • Safeguard customer data and prevent security breaches across point-of-sale (POS) and endpoint devices.
  • Modernize retail environments with bring your own device (BYOD), digital workspaces and IT management solutions that enable secure 24/7 access to all apps from any device, while streamlining Windows 10 migrations.

The Secure Digital Workspace for Retail—powered byVMware Workspace ONE—is an ideal way to begin reimagining interactions and operations by unifying user, desktop, and mobile management.

If you haven&#rsquo;t seen it in action, schedule a meeting with us at NRF17 or visit our booth #3743. See why 19-of-the-top-20 U.S. retailers rely on VMware solutions.

We look forward to seeing you at the show.

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