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]

vForum 2019 Events

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

vForum Online – Wednesday, October 16, 2019

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM PDT
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
Agenda-at a Glance
Register Now!

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.

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]