Weekly Update – Week of 2/3/2020

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.

Updated KB Articles:
New KB articles published for the week ending 2 February, 2020
New KB articles published for the week ending 26 January, 2020
New KB articles published for the week ending 19 January, 2020
New KB articles published for the week ending 12 January, 2020
New KB articles published for the week ending 5 January, 2020

Upcoming Events:
Dell Technologies Word 2020 – Las Vegas – 05/04/2020 to 05/07/2020 – Register

Upcoming Webinars:
Go Beyond Break/Fix with Skyline – 13 Feb, 2020 – Register
3 Strategies to Advance your Career with Training – 19 Feb, 2020 – Register
Implementing VM Storage Policies with vSAN – 20 Feb, 2020 – Register
Go Beyond Break/Fix with Skyline – 27 Feb, 2020 – Register
Multi-Cloud Load Balancing 101 – 18 March, 2020 – Register
[Full Live Event List]

New Releases:

2020-01-30
VMware Workspace ONE Access 20.01 [Release Notes] [Download]

2020-01-14
VMware vRealize Network Insight 5.1.0 [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Tools 11.0.5 [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware App Volumes 4.0 [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware vCloud Director 10.0.0.1 for Service Providers [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Cloud Foundation 3.9.1 Downloads [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware App Volumes 4 [Release Notes] [Download]

2019-12-20
VMware Horizon 7.10.1 Standard (ESB Release) [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Horizon 7.10.1 Advanced (ESB Release) [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Horizon 7.10.1 Enterprise (ESB Release) [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Horizon 7.10.1 Enterprise Add-On [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Horizon 7.5.4 Standard (ESB Release) [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Horizon 7.5.4 Advanced (ESB Release) [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Horizon 7.5.4 Enterprise (ESB Release) [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Horizon 7.5.4 Enterprise Add-On [Release Notes] [Download]

2019-12-19
VMware vRealize Orchestrator Appliance 8.0.1 [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.0.1 [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware vRealize Operations 8.0.1 [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware vRealize Automation 8.0.1 [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware vCenter Server 6.5U3f [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware NSX-T Data Center 2.5.1 [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware NSX Intelligence 1.0.1 [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware NSX Cloud 2.5.1 [Download]

2019-12-12
VMware Dynamic Environment Manager 9.10.0 [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Horizon 7.11.0 Enterprise [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Horizon Apps Advanced 7.11.0 [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Horizon 7.11.0 Subscription [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Horizon Apps 7.11.0 Subscription [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Unified Access Gateway 3.8 [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Horizon 7.11.0 Standard [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Horizon 7.11.0 Advanced [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Horizon 7.11.0 Enterprise Add-On [Release Notes] [Download]

2019-12-10
VMware Unified Access Gateway 3.7.2 [Release Notes] [Download]

2019-12-05
VMware vCenter Server 6.7U3b [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.7U3b [Release Notes] [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.

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]

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]

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]

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]

Weekly Update – Week of 9/16/2019

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.

Updated KB Articles:
New KB articles published for the week ending 14th September, 2019
New KB articles published for the week ending 7th September, 2019

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

[Full Live Event List]

New Releases:
2019-09-12
VMware ThinApp 5.2.6 [Download]

2019-09-05
VMware Pulse IoT Center 2.0.0 [Release Notes] [Download]

2019-09-03
VMware Integrated OpenStack 6.0.0 [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Smart Assurance SMARTS 10.1.0 [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Smart Assurance NCM 10.1.0 [Release Notes] [Download]