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]

AWS re:Invent 2019 Recap

Amazon AWS introduced almost eighty new services or service enhancements this year at re:Invent. Let’s go over a few of the more important ones.

Serverless

Serverless was one of the main focuses of re:Invent 2019. The big announcement was the launch of ‘provisioned concurrency’ for Lambda. Currently, there is some latency the first time Lambda is invoked because of ‘cold starts’, when containers need to initialize in the background to do processing for your functions. Provisioned concurrency mitigates this by allocating a pool of pre-initialized Lambda containers in the background. This should allow for better latency when a Lambda function is initialized for the first time.

Link to announcement: https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/aws-lambda-announces-provisioned-concurrency/

A few other major announcements in the serverless compute space:

Security

IAM Access Analyzer was the biggest security announcement from re:Invent. This new feature continuously monitors your IAM policies for changes and alerts if anything has changed. When an IAM policy violates your security and access standards, it can be remediated faster.

Link to announcement: https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/introducing-aws-identity-and-access-management-access-analyzer/

Other major releases and announcements in the security space:

Compute

ARM based compute is the coolest thing that came out of the major compute announcements. Graviton processors, custom ARM based CPUs designed by Amazon, can perform almost as well as x86 CPUs at a fraction of the cost.

Link to announcement: https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/announcing-new-amazon-ec2-m6g-c6g-and-r6g-instances-powered-by-next-generation-arm-based-aws-graviton2-processors/

Other major releases and announcements in the AWS compute space:

Networking

The big announcement here seems to be AWS Wavelength, AWS services embedded into the datacenters of telecommunications providers. This will provide very low latency for sensitive applications.

Link to Announcement: https://aws.amazon.com/wavelength/

Other major networking releases and announcements:

Database

Enterprise

AWS Outpost was announced in 2018, but is now generally available. This allows for true hybrid functionality for the cloud with AWS services on-prem and in the public cloud. VMware also offers VMware Cloud on AWS Outpost for customers that want to bring the strengths of AWS and VMware together in their datacenters.

Link to Outposts GA announcement: https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/12/announcing-general-availability-of-aws-outposts/

AWS re:Invent 2019 Keynotes & Further Announcements

If you’re interested in watching any of the keynotes, the re:Invent 2019 YouTube channel has them all here:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhr1KZpdzukcAXSVwQ3L9cWD4QgKPCQ5S

Announcements for the dozens of other new technologies we didn’t cover here can be found on the 2019 re:Invent announcement page:
https://aws.amazon.com/new/reinvent/

That’s about everything we’re going to cover. There was so much more announced this year, but these are what I think they key highlights are for. Thanks for reading!

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 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]