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]

VMworld 2019 – Day 2 Recap

Day 2 Keynote

In the general session we had some nuts and bolts discussions and demos of the topics that Pat covered yesterday. We discussed the cloud infrastructure required to deliver our modern applications and how VMware delivers that infrastructure at all levels. We wrapped up with some light Q&A by Olympic medal winning skier Lindsay Vaughn and hall of fame quarterback Steve Young, delivered by VMware COO Sanjay Poonen.

The general session was hosted by Ray O’Farrell, VMware’s recently former CTO and now EVP leading VMware’s expanded Cloud-Native Apps business unit. Ray broke down in depth how we manage this new complex, multi-cloud infrastructure that is the future of the digital, connected word.

He broke it down into four categories:

  • Build and Run
  • Connect and Protect
  • Manage
  • Experience

You’ll have to watch the general session to get the details on each of these steps to properly manage a multi-cloud, fully digital, app driven infrastructure!

Key Product Announcements:

You can watch the General Session replay of today’s and yesterday’s sessions here. In addition, VMworld breakout session playbacks have been posted. If you missed a breakout session or couldn’t attend VMworld this year, you can still listen to the experts.

Kubernetes at VMware

What is the Strategy?

So many exciting announcements this year at VMworld have been around the cloud strategy of build, run, and manage. This strategy is outlined perfectly by Paul Fazzone here.

At the heart of these announcements is the integration of Kubernetes(K8s) into all things vSphere. With Project Pacific, Kubernetes will be embedded into vSphere to provide native K8s functionality within ESXi, as well as pure, open-source K8s clusters on-demand for developers.

With Tanzu Mission Control, VMware is enabling companies to manage their K8s clusters from a single location, bringing together operations and developers, and creating a single point of management to apply policies and governance to clusters deployed across a variety of environments on-premise and in public clouds.

Free Open-Source Kubernetes Training

With the increasing importance of Kubernetes to all IT professionals, it is important to provide the resources to enable people to master this new skillset. In that vein, another amazing announcement was the providing of free, vendor agnostic training for open-source Kubernetes by VMware. Available at kubernetes.academy. These courses provide a fantastic overview of containers and Kubernetes led by highly experienced instructors who have been deep in this ecosystem since the beginning.

Sign up today and start up-leveling your skills!

VMworld 2019 – Day 1 Recap

Day 1 Keynote

The day one general session was hosted by Pat Gelsinger, VMware’s CEO. He started with a quick mention of it being his seventh year as CEO of VMware, and then moved onto the theme for the day: “Tech in the Age of Any”. He spoke about the tremendous amount of variety that defines technology today, and how overwhelming all this choice can be if not managed properly.

The big news that everyone expected Pat to talk about was the acquisition of Pivotal and Carbon Black. He officially welcomed the two new companies into the “VMware family” and talked about the synergies that they will bring to the VMware portfolio.

Key Product Announcements:

  • VMware Tanzu, a portfolio of products and services to transform how enterprises build software for Kubernetes.
  • Project Pacific, which will re-architect Kubernetes into vSphere to create one platform to unite developers and operators to one platform.
  • CloudHealth Hybrid, which will take CloudHealth’s capabilities across both public and private clouds to optimize cost, usage, and performance.
  • Secure State, to help manage the security challenges and governance issues across multiple clouds.
  • Azure VMware Solutions is expanding its global reach with three areas currently available, five planned for 2019 and two planned for Q1 2020.
  • VMware Cloud on Dell EMC, a co-engineered Datacenter-as-a-Service solution between VMware and Dell built on VMware Cloud Foundation and Dell vxRail.
  • New versions of vRealize Operations, vRealize Automation, and vRealize Lifecycle Manager.

Key EUC Product Announcements:

  • “Consumer simple and enterprise secure” is VMware’s digital workspace philosophy.
  • Workspace ONE Virtual Assistant powered by Watson AI
  • Workspace ONE “Digital Employee Experience Management” to proactively identify and automatically remediate potential performance issues before they impact the computing experience.
  • New Trust Network integrations are GA for Lookout, Carbon Black and Netskope to incorporate third party risk information into Workspace ONE Intelligence.
  • Details on each of these new technologies can be found on VMware’s EUC Blog.

The day one general session can be watched here.

VMware to Acquire Carbon Black

VMware announced yesterday (22 August) that it intends to acquire the endpoint security provider Carbon Black. Per the VMware press release:

Carbon Black has created an innovative cloud-native security platform with a smart, lightweight agent, and an AI/ML-based Data Lake in the Cloud that provides comprehensive protection of endpoints and defense against a variety of threats. 

The acquisition of Carbon Black represents the evolution of VMware’s intrinsic security strategy, where security features are built into the infrastructure and across workloads, clients and applications.”

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.
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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