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]

Weekly Update – Week of 9/9/2019

New and Noteworthy:

Introducing Project Pacific – At VMworld we announced Project Pacific. Project Pacific evolves vSphere to be a native Kubernetes platform.  Project Pacific fuses vSphere with Kubernetes to enable our customers to accelerate development and operation of modern apps on vSphere.  This new architecture fuses vSphere with Kubernetes to enable our customers to accelerate development and operation of modern apps on vSphere.  This platform provides a foundation that will allow developers and IT practitioners alike a secure, robust, and streamlined platform to run their modern applications.

VMware Project Pacific Architecture

New KB articles published for the week ending 31st August,2019Re-posting due to a broken link last week

Upcoming Events:

CloudLive by CloudHealth – Boston 09/24/2019 – 09/26/2019 Register
VMUG UserCon – Boston09/25/2019Register
VMUG UserCon – NY/NJ – Jersey City09/27/2019Register
VMworld 2019 Europe – Barcelona11/04/2019 – 11/07/2019Register

Upcoming Webinars:

VVD for the vSphere Admin09/19/2019Register
NSX-V Upgrades and Best Practices09/24/2019Register
New Workspace ONE Features and Training Options 10/10/2019Register
Instructor Hour Covering Workspace ONE10/10/2019Register

  [Full Live Event List]

New Releases:

2019-08-22
VMware Enterprise PKS Management Console [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]
2019-08-29
VMware Integrated OpenStack 5.1.0.3 [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Integrated OpenStack 4.1.2.3 [Release Notes] [Download]
2019-08-28
Lenovo Custom Image for ESXi 6.7 U3 Install CD [Download]
2019-08-26
DellEMC Custom Image for ESXi 6.7U3 Install CD [Download]
2019-08-22
VMware Enterprise PKS Management Console [Download]
2019-08-21
Hitachi Custom Image for ESXi 6.5U3 GA Install CD [Download]

Weekly Update – Week of 9/2/2019

VMworld 2019 has come and gone and there is much to recap. The announcements of Project Pacific and the VMware Tanzu Portfolio as well as the acquisitions of Pivotal and Carbon Black have added up to one of the largest VMworlds in terms of content. We have provided recaps of each day here with links to core content:

Day 1 Recap: Tech in the Age of Any
Day 2 Recap: Make Your Mark
Day 3 Recap: Your Discovery Powerhouse
Day 4 Recap: It’s All In Your Hands


VMworld US 2019 Breakout Sessions Playback & Download URLs – For those of you with VMworld logins, this page contains links to all of the recorded VMworld breakout sessions organized by topics and solutions sets (courtesy William Lam)

New KB articles published for the week ending 24th August,2019
New KB articles published for the week ending 31st August,2019

Upcoming Events

CloudLive by CloudHealth – Boston 09/24/2019 – 09/26/2019 Register
VMUG UserCon – Boston09/25/2019Register
VMUG UserCon – NY/NJ – Jersey City09/27/2019Register

Upcoming Webinars:

VMWorld Announcement Updates09/11/2019Register
vSAN as Object-Based Storage09/12/2019Register
Instructor Hour covering vSAN 6.709/12/2019Register
VVD for the vSphere Admin09/19/2019Register
NSX-V Upgrades and Best Practices09/24/2019Register
New Workspace ONE Features and Training Options 10/10/2019Register

  [Full Live Event List]

New Releases:

2019-08-20
VMware Open Virtualization Format Tool 4.3.0 Update 3 [Download]
VMware Virtual SAN Witness Appliance 6.7U3 [Download]
VMware vSAN Management SDK 6.7U3 [Download]
VMware vSphere Client SDK 6.7U3 [Download]
VMware vSphere Management SDK 6.7U3 [Download]
VMware vSphere Virtual Disk Development Kit 6.7U3 [Download]
VMware vCenter Server 6.7U3 [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.7U3 [Release Notes] [Download]
HPE Gen9 Plus Custom Image for ESXi 6.7 U3 Install CD [Download]
VMware vSAN Witness Appliance 6.5U3a [Download]
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.5U3a [Release Notes] [Download]
Fujitsu Custom Image for ESXi 6.5U3 GA Install CD [Download]

2019-08-21
Hitachi Custom Image for ESXi 6.5U3 GA Install CD [Download]

Weekly Update – Week of 8/19/2019

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.

New KB articles published for the week ending 17th August, 2019 – This contains all of the KB articles that were posted during this week.
Learn how VMware is transforming the customer support experience!

Upcoming Events

VMworld 2019 – San Francisco08/25/2019- 08/29/2019Register
CloudLive by CloudHealth – Boston 09/24/2019 – 09/26/2019 Register
VMUG UserCon – Boston09/25/2019Register
VMUG UserCon – NY/NJ – Jersey City09/27/2019Register

Upcoming Webinars:

GSS Webinar: vRealize Operations – Best Practices and Troubleshooting08/27/2019Register
VMWorld Announcement Updates09/11/2019Register
vSAN as Object-Based Storage09/12/2019Register
Instructor Hour covering vSAN 6.709/12/2019Register
VVD for the vSphere Admin09/19/2019Register
NSX-V Upgrades and Best Practices09/24/2019Register
New Workspace ONE Features and Training Options 10/10/2019Register

  [Full Live Event List]

New Releases:
2019-08-20
VMware vCenter Server 6.7U3 [Download]
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.7U3 [Download]
2019-08-13
VMware vSphere Replication 8.2.0.1 [Download]

Labs:
https://labs.hol.vmware.com/
Always free, always available

Weekly Update – Week of 8/12/2019

VMware announces major update to HCX Enterprise

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…

New KB articles published for the week ending 10th August, 2019 – This contains all of the KB articles that were posted during this week.
Learn how VMware is transforming the customer support experience!

Upcoming Events

VMworld 2019 – San Francisco08/25/2019- 08/29/2019Register
CloudLive by CloudHealth – Boston 09/24/2019 – 09/26/2019 Register
VMUG UserCon – Boston09/25/2019Register
VMUG UserCon – NY/NJ – Jersey City09/27/2019Register

Upcoming Webinars:

VMware Cloud Assembly Makes Multi-Cloud a Reality 08/20/2019Register
GSS Webinar: vRealize Operations – Best Practices and Troubleshooting08/27/2019Register
VMWorld Announcement Updates09/11/2019Register
vSAN as Object-Based Storage09/12/2019Register
Instructor Hour covering vSAN 6.709/12/2019Register
VVD for the vSphere Admin09/19/2019Register
NSX-V Upgrades and Best Practices09/24/2019Register

  [Full Live Event List]

New Releases:
2019-08-08 – VMware Fusion 11.1.1 (for Intel-based Macs) [Download]

Labs:

https://labs.hol.vmware.com/
Always free, always available