Sean Sweeney is a Staff Solution Engineer at VMware, supporting enterprise accounts in the New England region. Sean has been with VMware since March 2015, and is particularly focused on networking and security topics. He also enjoys skiing, hiking, and track days with whatever vintage European car he's currently spending too much of his time and money on.
New and Noteworthy: Following some changes to our team we took a bit of a hiatus from the weekly update component of the site, so apologies for the lack of news over that time. Since we last posted an update, there have been some major changes at VMware, most notably the completion of the acquisition of Pivotal. This acquisition is key to our mission of solving business problems through software, as Pivotal’s software stack combined with our Tanzu portfolio allow us to help developers accelerate deployment of new applications in the hybrid cloud. You can read more about the Pivotal acquisition here.
Additionally, we acquired a company called Nyansa, a producer of a highly-regarded AI-based network analytics platform. Nyansa will be tightly integrated with our VeloCloud offering, and will enable better end-to-end monitoring of the SD-WAN platform as well as the Virtual Cloud Network, enabling us to offer a truly self-healing network. Read more about VMware’s acquisition of Nyansa here.
Finally, our Workspace One offering was chosen as the leader by IDC in three separate End User Computing (EUC) vendor assessments: Unified Endpoint Management, Mobility Management, and IOT/Ruggedized Device Management. This likely isn’t a surprise to anyone who has used the software, as Workspace One is one of the most transformational platforms that I have ever been exposed to. It completely changed the way that I work (for the better) upon joining VMware, and really completes our mission of allowing users to securely access any application, running on any cloud, from any device, whenever they want it. Read more about our wins from IDC here.
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.
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.
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).
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 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.”
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]
As we put VMworld and its many exciting announcements in our rearview mirror, it’s time to focus on spreading the news for those who were unable to attend, and diving deeper into the technologies that were discussed during the big event. For many of you, your local account team will bring a lot of that messaging to you directly, but another way that VMware does this is through our local and online vForum events.
This year, these events will take place on October 16th. vForum is a great way to engage with technical experts and executives that you may not be able to meet with during your day-to-day dealings, network with other professionals in your geography, and gain additional insight into VMware’s strategy as we move into a container and cloud-centric world. Please read on to learn more about how you can participate both locally and online.
vForum Hartford – Wednesday, October 16, 2019
11:00 AM – 5:30 PM (ET) Thomas Hooker Brewery 140 Huyshope Avenue Hartford, CT 06106 REGISTER NOW
Join us for our free local vForum event that will be packed with technical deep dives, peer to peer networking, and fun. Reserve your spot today to join us on October 16th. You will have the opportunity to hear recaps of the key announcements from VMworld and engage 1:1 with VMware technical experts on the newest developments in NSX, vSAN, and Cloud.
Here’s why you should attend: Watch a livestream keynote with Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO, followed by an Office of the CTO Expert Panel Engage with technical experts on deep technical content Compete for limited edition prizes that include a VMware Lego Set and T-Shirt Access our latest Hands-on Labs with your own device to compete for a special VMware jacket Give Back to your community cancer mission while testing your basketball skills
Disruptive technologies are changing the way organizations are looking at cloud, networking, security, containers and the digital workspace to power their next wave of innovation. Join us at vForum Online, VMware’s largest virtual IT event for expert insight into: Accelerating your cloud journey with VMware Cloud on AWS, vSphere Platinum, vSAN, Kubernetes and cloud-native apps. Building the next generation network virtualization and security platform with NSX Data Center, SD-WAN by VeloCloud and App Defense. Helping your employees work more easily and securely from anywhere, at any time, and on any device with Workspace ONE and Horizon.
Here’s why you should attend: Exclusive thoughts and observations from theOffice of the CTO Expert Panel and guest customers. 38 technical breakouts on building, running, managing, and securing business-critical applications on any cloud; deploying network and security virtualization; and delivering seamless access to apps and services with a secure, integrated digital workspace. Live Q&A video chats with more than 130 VMware experts who are ready to answer your toughest questions on cloud migration, networking, security, storage and the digital workspace. 10 instructor-led Hands-On Labs where you can test drive vSphere, vSAN, VMware Cloud on AWS, NSX, and Workspace ONE.
New and Noteworthy: Oracle and VMware Partner to Support Hybrid Cloud – VMware and Oracle announced a partnership this week, which will run VMware’s Cloud Foundation software in their public cloud computing environment. This offering will be unique as Oracle will provide technical support for its software running on VMware, covering both Oracle-certified cloud environments and customers’ on-premises data centers.
This will allow companies to host their databases in Oracle’s cloud while still maintaining adjacency to their mission-critical workloads that depend on said databases, ensuring maximum performance.
The companies said the service is expected to go live in the first half of 2020.
Upcoming Events: CloudLive by CloudHealth – Boston – 09/24/2019 to 09/26/2019 – Register VMUG UserCon – Boston – 09/25/2019 – Register VMUG UserCon NY/NJ – Jersey City – 09/27/2019 – Register VMworld 2019 Europe – Barcelona – 11/04/2019 to 11/07/2019 – Register
Upcoming Webinars: VVD for the vSphere Admin – 09/19/2019 – Register NSX-V Upgrades and Best Practices – 09/24/2019 – Register New Workspace ONE Features and Training Options – 10/10/2019 – Register Instructor Hour Covering Workspace ONE – 10/10/2019 – Register
VMware announces intent to buy Pivotal, Intrinsic, Veriflow
It’s been a busy week here on the acquisition front. The biggest splash has been the intent to acquire a company that was incubated here, in Pivotal. Adding CloudFoundry and the excellent team working for Pivotal will be a huge win for VMware. Additionally, we have announced the acquisition of Veriflow, an advanced network monitoring platform, and Intrinsic, which is a serverless computing startup. There is likely more to come on the acquisitions and where they fit into our portfolio next week at VMworld.
The latest update to HCX introduces three key features to help enterprise customers streamline the process of connecting, populating, and continually optimizing application placement in modern cloud infrastructures: Non-vSphere to vSphere migration (KVM and Hyper-V), large-scale bulk migration, and advanced DR with Site Recovery Manager integration. Read on for more details…