Weekly Update – Week of 12/09/2019

New and Noteworthy:
VMware named “Leader” in 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure, WAN Edge Infrastructure. – Building upon the success outlined in previous years of the Gartner report, VMware was named a “LEADER” in two key categories the newest report issued in November. Cloud Foundation continues to establish its position as the premier solution in a crowded HCI marketplace, being the only solution to move “up and to the right” year over year. VMware also fared well in the WAN Edge Infrastructure comparison, positioned furthest in Completeness of Vision and highest in Ability to Execute

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Updated KB Articles:
New KB articles published for the week ending 1 December, 2019

Upcoming Events:
Gartner IOCS – Las Vegas – 12/09/2019 to 12/12/2019 – Register
Dell Technologies Word 2020 – Las Vegas – 05/04/2020 to 05/07/2020 – Register

Upcoming Webinars:
vSAN View and Dashboard Development in vROps – 12/12/2019 – Register
vCenter Upgrades, What’s in it for You? – 12/17/2019 – Register
[Full Live Event List]

New Releases:
2019-11-22
VMware Horizon Cloud Connector [Download]

Weekly Update – Week of 12/2/2019

New and Noteworthy:
VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts Enters Beta – At AWS re:Invent 2019, VMware is announcing the VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts Beta program. We are begining the process for Beta nominations, so if you have an interest in expanding your AWS capabilities to your on-premises datacenter, definitely reach out to your solutions engineer ASAP. For those unfamiliar with the solution, VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts is a jointly engineered on-premises as-a-service offering, powered by VMware Cloud Foundation. It integrates our Software-Defined Data Center software that runs on next-generation, dedicated, elastic Amazon EC2 bare-metal infrastructure, delivered on-premises with optimized access to local and remote AWS cloud services.

Gartner promotes VMware to HCI magic quadrant ‘visionary’ leader – VMware continues to move up and to the right on the Gartner HCI Magic Quadrant, now ranked as having the most complete vision in the HCI space.

Updated KB Articles:
New KB articles published for the week ending 1 December, 2019

Upcoming Events:
Gartner IOCS – Las Vegas – 12/09/2019 to 12/12/2019 – Register
Dell Technologies Word 2020 – Las Vegas – 05/04/2020 to 05/07/2020 – Register

Upcoming Webinars:
vSAN View and Dashboard Development in vROps – 12/12/2019 – Register
vCenter Upgrades, What’s in it for You? – 12/17/2019 – Register
[Full Live Event List]

New Releases:
2019-11-22
VMware Horizon Cloud Connector [Download]

Weekly Update – Week of 11/25/2019

New and Noteworthy:
Google buys CloudSimple – Google recently announced that they have completed their acquisition of CloudSimple, the leading VMware MaaS (Metal-as-a-Service) provider in Azure and Google’s Cloud Platform. “We believe in a multi-cloud world and will continue to provide choice for our customers to use the best technology in their journey to the cloud,” Rich Sanzi, a vice president of engineering at Google, wrote in a blog post on Monday. This appears to cement Google’s belief in the demand for VMware’s Cloud Foundation platform in the public cloud, but it will be interesting to see how Microsoft responds to the move.

VMware Reports Earnings on Tuesday, 11/26 – VMware will report earnings on 11/26, with analysts including RBC Capital expecting another quarter of strong results. VMware’s stock is up 14% since our last earnings call on 8/22.

Updated KB Articles:
New KB articles published for the week ending 17 November, 2019

Upcoming Events:
Gartner IOCS – Las Vegas – 12/09/2019 to 12/12/2019 – Register
Dell Technologies Word 2020 – Las Vegas – 05/04/2020 to 05/07/2020 – Register

Upcoming Webinars:
vSAN View and Dashboard Development in vROps – 12/12/2019 – Register
[Full Live Event List]

New Releases:
2019-11-22
VMware Horizon Cloud Connector [Download]

KubeCon 2019 – VMware Recap

VMware was very busy this year at KubeCon with the announcement of three new open source projects, a new podcast with rockstar hosts, and presenting lots of sessions.  These new open source projects are in addition to the already very popular and widely adopted Velero, Contour, Sonobuoy and Octant.  The commitment and number of employees at VMware working in the cloud native and open source space is truly impressive.

The first announcement was on Project Antrea, which is an open source CNI for Kubernetes based on Open vSwitch (OVS).  This project aims to deliver a simple and secure Kubernetes networking CNI.  One fantastic feature is it’s plugin for Octant, which is another developer-focused, open source project that gives a very powerful GUI for visibility and management of Kubernetes applications.  With Project Antrea and Octant, you can get even more visibility into your microservices and connectivity.

The next project announced was Project Hamlet, which is a joint effort between VMware, Google Anthos, HashiCorp and Pivotal, is an effort to create an interoperable API for the federation of service meshes.  The end goal being an API that allows for interconnectivity of service meshes across heterogeneous cloud environments.

The third project is Crash Diagnostics for Kubernetes, which is way to automate the investigation of unhealthy or unresponsive Kubernetes clusters.  It does this by automating the collection of diagnostics from all of the nodes within a cluster and bundling that into a TAR file for further analysis.

If that wasn’t enough, a new podcast, ‘The Podlets” was announced: https://blogs.vmware.com/cloudnative/2019/11/20/introducing-podlets-podcast-audio-guide-to-cloud-native-concepts/

The hosts include an impressive list of experts in cloud native and distributed system topics and great all around people.  This will be a great resource for keeping up on the latest news in the fast paced ecosystem.  Direct link to “The Podlets” is at thepodlets.io .  It will be available on the normal podcast distribution platforms, as well as the Cloud Native Applications YouTube Channel here.

Weekly Update – Week of 11/18/2019

New and Noteworthy:
Announcing Project Antrea – Open Source Kubernetes Networking – We are excited to announce Project Antrea – an open source networking and security project for Kubernetes clusters. Antrea uses Kubernetes extension mechanisms and the Open vSwitch (OVS) data plane to provide pod networking and help enforce network policies for Kubernetes clusters.

Security Advisory VMSA-2019-0020 – VMware has released Hypervisor-Specific Mitigations for two speculative-execution vulnerabilities impacting Intel processors known as Machine Check Error on Page Size Change (MCEPSC) and TSX Asynchronous Abort (TAA) identified by CVE-2018-12207 and CVE-2019-11135 respectively. Please see this page for details

Updated KB Articles:
New KB articles published for the week ending 9 November 2019
New KB articles published for the week ending 2 November 2019

Upcoming Events:
Gartner IOCS – Las Vegas – 12/09/2019 to 12/12/2019 – Register
Dell Technologies Word 2020 – Las Vegas – 05/04/2020 to 05/07/2020 – Register

Upcoming Webinars:
vSAN Encryption: Tales from the Field – 11/19/2019 – Register
Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 8.2: What’s New – 11/20/2019 – Register
What’s New with VMware Cloud Services – 11/21/2019 – Register
Instructor Hour covering ‘What’s New with VMware Cloud Services’ – 11/21/2019 – Register
vSAN View and Dashboard Development in vROps – 12/12/2019 – Register
[Full Live Event List]

New Releases:
2019-11-12
VMware Workstation 14.1.8 Pro for Windows [Download]
VMware Fusion 11.5.1 (for Intel-based Macs) [Download]
VMware Workstation 15.5.1 Pro for Windows [Download]
VMware Workstation 15.5.1 Pro for Linux [Download]

VMworld 2019 Europe Recap

Happy Sunday everyone, lets discuss some new announcements from our 2019 VMworld Europe conference.

Recap & Announcements:


– VMware Tanzu Progress and Design Principles: At VMworld US in San Francisco in August, Pat Gelsinger and Joe Beda were on stage to announce VMware Tanzu as a portfolio of products and services for customers that want to build, run and manage their applications on Kubernetes. Now here we are at VMworld Europe in Barcelona having made rapid progress toward our VMware Tanzu vision.

Please follow the link to our official blog for more details:
https://blogs.vmware.com/cloudnative/2019/11/05/vmware-tanzu-progress-design-principles/

Announcing VMware NSX Disributed IDS/IPS: Six years ago, VMware pioneered the concept of micro-segmentation to stop the internal, lateral spread of malware. We then launched the NSX Service-defined Firewall, an internal firewall that’s built into the hypervisor, distributed, and application aware. Shortly thereafter we introduced NSX Intelligence to automate security rule recommendations, streamlining the deployment of micro-segmentation. Now we are announcing that we will be taking internal security to the next level by introducing optional Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDS/IPS) for our Service-defined Firewall. Built on the same philosophy, the new NSX Distributed IDS/IPS will allow enterprises to fortify applications across private and public clouds.

Please follow the link to our official blog for more details:
https://blogs.vmware.com/networkvirtualization/2019/11/extending-intrinsic-security.html/

– Interested in the Project Pacfic beta? Ever since we announced the technology preview of Project Pacific at VMworld 2019 back in August, customers and partners have been excited to hear more. It’s easy to see why. Leveraging vSphere to deploy and manage containers and Kubernetes infrastructure is a win-win for both vSphere administrators and application developers alike.

Please follow the link to our official blog for more details:
https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2019/11/interested-in-the-project-pacific-beta.html

– VMware Introduces “Workspace ONE for Microsoft Endpoint Manager” to Enable Modern Management for Windows 10: VMware and Microsoft are working together to enable customers’ rapid move to modern management solutions that are built on cloud intelligence; and automate Windows 10 management tasks to help IT spend their precious time in the most impactful ways.

Please follow the link to our official blog for more details:
https://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2019/11/workspace-one-microsoft-endpoint-manager.html

– Announcing vRealize Network Insight 5.1: VMware is announcing the upcoming release of version 5.1 of both vRealize Network Insight and vRealize Network Insight Cloud. This next version of vRealize Network Insight will build on the momentum of the 5.0 release and include additional capabilities to help you discover, optimize and troubleshoot application security and network connectivity, no matter where the application livesdata center, cloud or even the branch.

Please follow the link to our official blog for more details:
https://blogs.vmware.com/management/2019/11/announcing-vrealize-network-insight-5-1.html

– Introducing Project Maestro: Today at VMworld Barcelona, VMware announced as a technology preview its new solution for telco cloud orchestration and automation: Project Maestro. This announcement heralds a critical milestone in VMware’s ongoing advancements in supporting the CSPs telco cloud transformation journey. This new purpose-built solution complements our growing Telco Cloud portfolio, providing capabilities that streamline network service orchestration and automation for any 4G and 5G networks.

Please follow the link to our official blog for more details:
https://blogs.vmware.com/telco/introducing-project-maestro/

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VMworld Day 1 General Session Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHlo7aS_8Mc

VMworld Day 2 General Session Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3wWF-vTrzw

Weekly Update – Week of 10/28/2019

New and Noteworthy:
Dirk Hohndel, Chief Open Source Officer at VMware led an interview with Linus Torvalds at the Open Source Summit in France last week. They spent some time discussing how far the Linux kernel has come lately. Read about it here.

New Patches for vCenter, ESXi Released:
Those of you running any current version of vSphere (6.0, 6.5, 6.7) as well as Fusion and Workstation will want to get the new patches here:
* vCenter Server (an information disclosure bug)
* ESXi/Fusion/Workstation (denial of service flaw).

Updated KB Articles:
New KB articles published for the week ending 26 October 2019

Upcoming Events:
VMworld 2019 Europe – Barcelona – 11/04/2019 to 11/07/2019 – Register
KubeCon + CloudNativeCon – San Diego – 11/18/2019 to 11/21/2019 – Register
Gartner IOCS – Las Vegas – 12/09/2019 to 12/12/2019 – Register
Dell Technologies Word 2020 – Las Vegas – 05/04/2020 to 05/07/2020 – Register

Upcoming Webinars:
Tanzu: Any App, Any Cloud, Any Cluster – 11/13/2019 – Register
Troubleshooting vSphere HA and DRS Clusters – 11/14/2019 – Register
vSAN Encryption: Tales from the Field – 11/19/2019 – Register
Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 8.2: What’s New – 11/20/2019 – Register
What’s New with VMware Cloud Services – 11/21/2019 – Register
Instructor Hour covering ‘What’s New with VMware Cloud Services’ – 11/21/2019 – Register
vSAN View and Dashboard Development in vROps – 12/12/2019 – Register
[Full Live Event List]

New Releases:
2019-10-29
VMware Horizon 7.5.3 Standard (ESB Release) [Download]
VMware Horizon 7.5.3 Advanced (ESB Release) [Download]
VMware Horizon 7.5.3 Enterprise (ESB Release) [Download]
VMware App Volumes 2.14.8 (ESB Release) [Download]
VMware Horizon 7.5.3 Enterprise Add-On [Download]

Weekly Update – Week of 10/21/2019

New and Noteworthy:
Introducing vRealize Suite 2019 – VMware vRealize Suite 2019, vCloud Suite 2019, and vCloud Suite 2019 Platinum, the industry leading cloud management platforms are now available for download.   Modern Hybrid Cloud Management Platform VMware vRealize Suite, vCloud Suite, and vCloud Suite Platinum are part of VMware’s hybrid cloud management platform offerings. We will also look further into two of the vRealize Suite Components in the articles below.

VMware vRealize Automation 8.0 goes GA – We announced vRealize Automation 8.0 at VMworld US 2019 in San Francisco. Sharing the same modern container-based architecture with the SaaS-based VMware vRealize Automation Cloud, this release of vRealize Automation also includes the latest versions of VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.0 and VMware vRealize Orchestrator 8.0.

vRealize Operations 8.0 goes GA – As part of the vRealize Suite 2019 release, vROps has been given an update as well. This entry covers several new features ans explroes what’s new in 8.0

Updated KB Articles:
New KB articles published for the week ending 12 October 2019

Upcoming Events:
VMworld 2019 Europe – Barcelona – 11/04/2019 to 11/07/2019 – Register
KubeCon + CloudNativeCon – San Diego – 11/18/2019 to 11/21/2019 – Register


Upcoming Webinars:
GSS Webinar: vSAN Best Practices from the Field – 10/29/2019 – Register
The Latest on Containers – 10/31/2019 – Register
Instructor Hour Covering Containers – 10/31/2019 – Register
Tanzu: Any App, Any Cloud, Any Cluster – 11/13/2019 – Register
What’s New with VMware Cloud Services – 11/21/2019 – Register
Instructor Hour covering ‘What’s New with VMware Cloud Services’ – 11/21/2019 – Register
[Full Live Event List]

New Releases:
2019-10-24
VMware vCenter Server 6.5U3d [Download]
VMware vCenter Server 6.7U3a [Download]
2019-10-17
VMware AppDefense Plugin 2.3.0 for Platinum Edition [Download]
VMware vRealize Operations 8.0 [Download]
VMware vRealize Orchestrator Appliance 8.0.0 [Download]
VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon 6.7.0 [Download]
2019-10-14
NEC Custom Image for ESXi 6.7 U3 Install CD [Download]
2019-10-10
Hitachi Custom Image for ESXi 6.7U3 Install CD [Download]
VMware NSX for vSphere Standalone Edge – Client 6.4.6 [Download]
VMware NSX for vSphere 6.4.6 [Release Notes] [Download]

Weekly Update – Week of 10/14/2019

Thoughts on Clouds:
Recent conversations with a number of my customers have taken on a similar tone as of late: “how can we get to the cloud?”

Many a marketing dollar has been spent over the last five years on planting this question into the minds of organizations around the world. From “Next Gen Stats” ads running during NFL games, to “Digital Transformation” spots running just before showtime at the local cinema, the cloud is waiting, ready to transform your business.

And it is… if approached correctly. I work every day with organizations that are heavily invested in on-premises data centers, that have departments and teams with years of experience and proficiency with well-established toolsets. Many of these teams know that there are products and services offered by various public cloud providers that can enhance their business, but often struggle with where to start. It may just be the old english major in me, but in these situations I find myself asking the same questions to customers, a journalism outline of sorts, to help IT departments and application teams find their footing.

WHAT – What are they key applications or workloads within your organization that are driving meaningful value? This doesn’t necessarily mean driving revenue, but what applications are essential for your organization to function? How can those applications be modernized, improved, or better implemented if migrated to, or re-written for, a public cloud model? Would leveraging services provided by a public cloud provider lead to additional revenue for your organization? Which workloads or applications are worth the investment, in both time and money, to be migrated and tuned for operation in a public cloud model?

WHY – Can these targeted applications and workloads be modernized, but still run in your on-premises (and likely less costly) data centers? Why are the services offered by public cloud providers a better fit than tools or services that can be run on-prem? To what degree? Is public cloud a good fit, or the best fit?

WHERE – Not all public cloud providers are created equal, and the success or failure of a modern application initiative can often hinge upon choosing the provider that will enable your application or workload to drive the most added value. Organizations that have successfully moved to the public cloud understand the differences between the major providers, and also understand that the best choice for “application a” may not be the best choice for “application b”. This multi-cloud approach enables IT departments and application teams to make value-based judgements on a workload-by-workload basis, which in turn maximizes the value delivered back to the organization.

Leaving the friendly confines of an on-prem data center can be an intimidating thought, but doing so in a deliberate and structured fashion can really drive meaningful business outcomes for your organization. Do your research, explore the offerings that are available to your organization, and most importantly, align your initiatives with meaningful business outcomes. Don’t do “IT for IT’s sake”.

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Upcoming Events:
VMworld 2019 Europe – Barcelona – 11/04/2019 to 11/07/2019 – Register
KubeCon + CloudNativeCon – San Diego – 11/18/2019 to 11/21/2019 – Register
Gartner IOCS – Las Vegas – 12/09/2019 to 12/12/2019 – Register

Upcoming Webinars:
GSS Webinar: vSAN Best Practices from the Field – 10/29/2019 – Register
The Latest on Containers – 10/31/2019 – Register
Instructor Hour Covering Containers – 10/31/2019 – Register
Tanzu: Any App, Any Cloud, Any Cluster – 11/13/2019 – Register
What’s New with VMware Cloud Services – 11/21/2019 – Register
Instructor Hour covering ‘What’s New with VMware Cloud Services’ – 11/21/2019 – Register
[Full Live Event List]

New Releases:
2019-10-16
Amazon RDS on VMWare [Details]