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]

Weekly Update – Week of 10/7/2019

New and Noteworthy:
Grant Shipley, OpenShift boss, leaves Red Hat for VMware – This is great news for VMware and for our cloud-native strategy over the next couple of years, lending further legitimacy to the work that we’ve been doing in this space. This is a view shared outside of our circle of evangelists here at VMware – the CRN article linked above published the following quote from an industry executive:

“Look, VMware is going all in on Kubernetes. They acquired Heptio. They’re investing tons of money on containers and transforming really quickly into the modern developer leader and hybrid cloud leader. There’s endless potential for combining VMware and Pivotal,” said the CEO, who did not wish to be identified. “So if you see someone like [Shipley] leaving Red Hat and their new home at IBM to take over Kubernetes at VMware – that speaks volumes to where this market is heading.”

Updated KB Articles:
New KB articles published for the week ending 28th September, 2019

Upcoming Events:
vForum – Hartford, CT – 10/16/2019 – Register
vForum – Online – 10/16/2019 – Register
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:
New Workspace ONE Features and Training Options – 10/10/2019 – Register
Instructor Hour Covering Workspace ONE – 10/10/2019 – Register
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:
No new releases since last week

Weekly Update – Week of 9/30/2019

New and Noteworthy:
IP Subnets and Connectivity for your VMC on AWS SDDC – Our VMC on AWS customers often ask us how to best plan for hybrid connectivity between their on-premises and public cloud environments. This article will identify and explain the primary considerations for the selection of new networks to be used within the SDDC, as well as identifying existing networks that will interact with the SDDC.

Updated KB Articles:
New KB articles published for the week ending 21st September, 2019
New KB articles published for the week ending 28th September, 2019

Upcoming Events:
vForum – Hartford, CT – 10/16/2019 – Register
vForum – Online – 10/16/2019 – Register
VMworld 2019 Europe – Barcelona – 11/04/2019 to 11/07/2019 – Register

Upcoming Webinars:
New Workspace ONE Features and Training Options – 10/10/2019 – Register
Instructor Hour Covering Workspace ONE – 10/10/2019 – Register
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

[Full Live Event List]

New Releases:
2019-10-03
VMware vSphere Replication 8.2.0.2 [Download]
2019-09-24
VMware vSphere Integrated Containers 1.5.4 [Download]
2019-09-19
VMware Fusion 11.5.0 (for Intel-based Macs) [Download]
VMware Workstation 15.5.0 Pro for Windows [Download]
2019-09-17
VMware App Volumes 2.18.0 [Download]
VMware Dynamic Environment Manager 9.9.0 [Download]
2019-09-12
VMware ThinApp 5.2.6 [Download]
VMware vCenter Server 6.0U3j [Download]