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Google & Citrix Extend Alliance to Support Secure Cloud Transformation for the Enterprise

Today, Citrix is pleased to announce a broader strategic collaboration with Google to help deliver secure, cloud-based applications to enterprise customers. Since 2010, we have worked together to deliver applications to Chrome devices and manage their Android deployments - but


  

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Moving to the Cloud? Rethink Your Security Efficacy – Join Us for an Exclusive Webinar

In today’s world of apps everywhere and users anywhere, companies need security that protects across their hybrid cloud deployments.

With the rise in security threats, the need for multi-vector security protection becomes even more important as companies adopt cloud and …


  

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A New Security Architecture for the Cloud Era

What does it mean for security when virtually every device in the enterprise connects to the cloud and people access apps and data on multiple devices and platforms? It’s one of the most urgent questions facing IT, and one reason


  

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The Real Value of Machine Learning: Beyond the Buzzwords

There’s a lot of hype over machine learning and data science these days. It’s time to go beyond the buzzwords, and find out how we, as a security community, can actually reap the benefits of machine learning like fine-tuning staffing


  

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High Performance NetScaler in the Cloud

As the enterprise begins its shift to the cloud and architects begin mapping and sizing infrastructure to support their application requirements, they’re presented with the limitless of capacity of the cloud. Since the cloud is highly elastic and can easily …


  

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Статус Premium Service Provider: история успеха DataLine и VMware в России

Один из ведущих партнеров VMware в России — компания DataLine — рассказывает о достижении статуса Premier и о ключевых направлениях совместной работы.

DataLine и VMware связывает долгое и плодотворное сотрудничество. Совместная работа стартовала в 2011 году, когда мы запустили свое облачное направление. VMware выгодно выделялся на фоне других вендоров наличием готовой и стабильной платформы для предоставления услуги Infrastructure As a Service (IaaS), благодаря которой нам удалось быстро запустить свое первое облако CloudLine. Чуть позже к ней добавилась услуга VDI. В 2013 году было запущено катастрофоустойчивое облако с синхронной репликацией на географически разнесенные площадки. В 2015 году стало доступно специализированное решение Cloud-152 для размещения в облаке персональных данных, заработал интернет-магазин облачных ресурсов для малого и среднего бизнеса CloudLITE.

Таким образом, сейчас мы используем всю линейку решений VMware для построения публичных и частных облаков: vSphere, vCloud Director, VSAN, Horizon.

Сегодня мы крайне заинтересованы в vCloud Air — в первую очередь, как в инструменте для бесшовной миграции инфраструктуры заказчиков в наше облако, а также в контексте Software-Defined Data Centre. Мы уже тестировали этот продукт и очень ждем его полноценного запуска.

С момента запуска облака стали самым быстрорастущим направлением бизнеса компании. Демонстрируя ежегодный рост более 50%, доля облаков в выручке компании увеличилась до 18% в 2016 году.

Эта положительная динамика сказалась и на партнерстве с VMware: DataLine постепенно выросла в крупнейшего партнера в Восточной Европе и в 2013 году стала первым в России обладателем статуса Premier Service Provider по программе vCloud Air Network (ранее VMware Service Provider Program, VSPP).

Облачные решения, построенные на базе ПО VMware, выбирают российские и зарубежные розничные сети, банки из ТОП-100, медиа- и интернет-проекты, интеграторы.

Удерживать высокие позиции помогает техническая, маркетинговая и образовательная поддержка вендора. На правах крупнейшего сервис-провайдера мы получаем возможность опробовать новинки вендора и предложить их своим клиентам раньше всех.

Наши специалисты регулярно проходят обучение и повышают свою квалификацию. Так, в команде виртуализации DataLine работают специалисты с сертификатами VMware Certified Professionals (VCP), VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP).

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SMBs: A Massive, Cloud-shaped Opportunity for CSPs

Most people don’t realize it, but more than 99% of all businesses in the US are small- to medium-sized. It’s easy to underestimate this segment. Conventional business wisdom says that big businesses eat small businesses for lunch.

Well, cloud


  

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Gartner: VMware Scores Highest in 3 Use Cases

This blog was updated on May 22,2017, with the latest information about the Device Enrollment Program from Apple. Join the conversation on Twitter using #iOSinBusiness.

What is the Device Enrollment Program from Apple?

The Device Enrollment Program provides a fast, streamlined way to deploy your corporate-owned Mac, iOS or tvOS devices. With a mobile device management (MDM) and unified endpoint management solution like VMware AirWatch, IT can:

  • Customize device settings;
  • Activate and supervise devices over the air; and
  • Enable users to setup their own devices out of the box.

[Related: 27 Questions Answered about AirWatch & the Device Enrollment Program from Apple]

What IT challenges does the Device Enrollment Program help address?

The Device Enrollment Program solves several critical requirements for corporate-owned devices. First, organizations save time and money by eliminating high-touch processes for IT. DEP takes configuration time to zero. Deployment of corporate-owned devices with DEP means zero-touch configuration for IT, eliminates staging and automates device configuration.

Second, onboarding iOS or macOS devices is streamlined for users. Based on the settings IT configured, users are prompted through Setup Assistant (skipping through any unnecessary screens). Users only need to authenticate and don&#rsquo;t need to be tech savvy to get the content, apps and email they need on their smartphones.

Finally, supervising iOS devices over the air is possible with the DEP. With supervision, administrators have more control over the device and can disable features like AirDrop, the App Store and account modification. They can also enable features like password protection. Also, the MDM profile cannot be removed, which eliminates the possibility of un-enrollment to protect data and investments in devices and provides the best user experience possible.

What role does AirWatch play in Apple&#rsquo;s Device Enrollment Program?

To utilize the Device Enrollment Program, MDM capabilities like those part of VMware AirWatch are required. AirWatch integrates with the Device Enrollment Program, enabling organizations to automatically import devices in the console based on order history. Then, administrators can easily configure settings, apply profiles, assign applications and set restrictions that will apply automatically when users unbox devices.

[Related: iOS 10.3, tvOS 10.2 & macOS 10.12.4 Are Live! VMware AirWatch Has Your Mobile Business Covered]

How can I join the Device Enrollment Program from Apple?

First, enroll with Apple and register your organization&#rsquo;s information to create an account and designate your administrators. Next, configure your device settings and Setup Assistant steps in the AirWatch console. You then can ship devices directly to your users.

For more information, check out Apple&#rsquo;s Device Enrollment Program Guide.

What are the device requirements for the Apple Device Enrollment Program?

The devices must be corporate-owned and purchased directly from Apple or through participating Apple Authorized Resellers.*

*The Device Enrollment Program may not be supported by all Apple Authorized Resellers and carriers.

Where is the Device Enrollment Program available?

The Device Enrollment Program is available in 34 countries: Australia,Austria,Belgium,Brazil,Canada,Czech Republic,Denmark,Finland,France,Germany, Greece,Hong Kong,Hungary,India,Ireland,Italy,Japan,Luxembourg,Mexico,Netherlands, NewZealand,Norway,Poland,Portugal,Singapore,South Africa,Spain,Sweden,Switzerland, Taiwan,Turkey,United Arab Emirates,United Kingdom andUnitedStates.

What’s available for education with the Device Enrollment Program from Apple?

Both Apple and AirWatch give special consideration to unique education use cases. With Apple School Manager (ASM), Apple has delivered a central place for account creation, role definitions and content purchases. To support ASM, AirWatch designed a console section for education to setup mobile deployments and streamline management of teachers, students, classes, apps and more—whether you have a 1:1 or shared device deployment. After importing data from Apple School Manager, use AirWatch to:

  • Match devices with students or classes;
  • Assign applications (to users or devices); and
  • Configure the new Classroom application, allowing teachers to guide learning on iPads.

Students quickly choose the device with their photo displayed once their teacher has started the class.

Visit apple.com/business/dep/ and apple.com/education/it/ to learn more about the Device Enrollment Program.

 

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Transformar la seguridad: nunca había sido tan fácil

Mientras la economía digital sigue evolucionando, los equipos de TI se esfuerzan por mantenerse informados de los últimos cambios en requisitos de seguridad. Combinar la demanda de velocidad yprecisión con la necesidad de agilidad y rendimiento mientras se intentan mantener unos niveles de seguridad excelentes, puede suponer un verdadero reto.

Algunos de los principales desafíos a los que se enfrentan los equipos de TI durante esta fase de evolución de los centros de datos, son:

  • La naturaleza cambiante de los ataques a las aplicaciones, la infraestructura y la seguridad. La infraestructura de aplicaciones ya no se limita a los centros de datos que se encuentran en las instalaciones de la empresa, sino que ha evolucionado hacia entornos multicloud públicos y privados muy dinámicos. En consecuencia, la gestión de la seguridad se vuelve más compleja a medida que las amenazas son cada vez más sofisticadas.
  • A su vez, los requisitos para el cumplimiento normativo son cada vez más estrictos. Noesfácil cumplir los requisitos específicos del sector como PCI, FISMA, ECPA y HIPAA, ylasdiferencias entre normativas de la cloud y normativas locales, como tampoco lo es mantenerlos.
  • El elevado coste de las vulneraciones de seguridad. Con independencia de su tamaño, las organizaciones siguen siendo vulnerables ante unas amenazas persistentes y sofisticadas, yel coste de las vulneraciones no deja de aumentar. Se calcula que el coste anual del ciberespionaje a escala global está en torno al medio billón de dólares.

Para proteger tanto a los usuarios como a las aplicaciones y los datos, las organizaciones deben transformar totalmente la manera en que conciben y aplican la seguridad. Descargue el nuevo libro electrónico: Transformar la seguridad en la era de la cloud y la movilidad.

Un triple enfoque para mejorar la seguridad
Una solución de seguridad diseñada para afrontar desafíos actuales y futuros puede darle la capacidad de respaldar a su empresa y obtener una ventaja competitiva. VMware proporciona una capa de software presente en toda la infraestructura de aplicaciones y puntos de acceso que es independiente de la infraestructura física subyacente o de la ubicación. Este enfoque puede ayudarle a:

  • Proteger la infraestructura de aplicaciones.
  • Proteger la identidad y los terminales.
  • Optimizar el cumplimiento normativo.

Las soluciones de VMware permiten que su equipo de TI aproveche al máximo las posibilidades de lacloud, y pueda centrarse en iniciativas innovadoras y estratégicas, en lugar de dedicar tiempo aintentar evitar costosos ataques o errores en el cumplimiento normativo.

Con más tiempo y una mayor visibilidad, usted puede aumentar la protección de su organización yayudar a que alcance sus objetivos en la economía digital.

Obtenga más información sobre cómo mejorar la seguridad descargando este libro electrónico: Transformar la seguridad en la era de la cloud y la movilidad.

Más información:

  • Visite nuestro sitio web para obtener más información sobre la transformación de laseguridad.
  • Descubra cómo configurar una infraestructura de aplicaciones segura con laboratorio prácticos.

También pueden interesarle otras entradas de nuestro blog:

  • Por qué es fundamental un centro de datos moderno para la economía digital.
  • Impulsar el área de trabajo digital.
  • Virtualización de red para Dummies.

 

*Fuente: Cost of Data Center Outages, Ponemon Institute, enero de 2016

 

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Networking Challenges in OpenStack Clouds

Did you decided that is time to implement OpenStack to build your Cloud? Have you tested in the lab? Evaluated many distributions available and hired specialized OpenStack resources? However, when the environment goes into production, Neutron is not integrating with the physical network?

If the above story closely resembles what you have faced, this post will unconceal the many challenges of Networking with any OpenStack distribution and how VMware NSX is the missing piece for your Cloud.

Networking and Security Challenges with OpenStack

Since its creation, the biggest challenges of OpenStack Clouds implementations are automation, integration and orchestration of the required networking and security components at the physical infrastructure layer. The main difficulty is that these environments are extremely heterogeneous and most of the devices do not have an open and programmable interface for configuration and, thus, the initial way of running OpenStack was to pre-provisioning the network manually and only use basics functionalities when implementing security services.

With the rise of Network Virtualization solutions and evolution of Open vSwitch, some of these challenges were solved, making it possible to create an abstraction layer from the physical elements of infrastructure and automate the virtual network through the programmable interface of Network Virtualization solutions.

However, the Neutron project (responsible for managing all OpenStack Cloud Security and Network services) has been undergoing constant modifications, especially regarding the need for more advanced functionalities, such as dynamic routing, VPN , firewall functionality and others. With those constant changes, maturity, consistency and resilience were eventually undermined.

If you are interested in how VMware is currently contributing to OpenStack community, please read Scott Lowe‘s post - Making OpenStack Neutron Better for Everyone - on our VMware OpenStack Blog.

The table below, extracted from the 2017 OpenStack Foundation User Survey, exemplifies which features of Neutron that are being used the most or currently required in the majority of OpenStack Clouds.

Growth without planning has brought major challenges to the Neutron project. What is most debated today is whether the architecture of this project needs to be reworked, in order to simplify its use and improve its integration with Network Virtualization Solutions.

VMware NSX Integration with OpenStack

Few companies today are using OpenStack in production without a networkvirtualization platform, and those that are not, usually face major challenges like the ones mentioned above.

The benefits that VMware NSX brings to Neutron can be listed below:

  • Agility: Create Networks at the same speed as the applications;
  • Mobility: Provision and mobility of instances;
  • Security: Micro-segmentation and chaining of partner services for advanced features;
  • Multi-tenant: Possibility of using shared infrastructure among multiple tenants;
  • Simplified Operations: Centralized control and single monitoring;

As mentioned, the challenges with Neutron can be addressed with NSX as follows:

  • Simplified implementation of Neutron services;
  • Stability, scalability and high availability;
  • Continuous development of new functionalities;
  • Higher performance due to distributed NSX architecture;
  • Management, Day 2 Operations, and native Troubleshooting Tools in NSX;

To perform integration with Neutron, VMware NSX has an open plugin available on the GitHub page that can be used by any OpenStack distribution or implementation.

This plugin translates the Neutron APIs calls into NSX APIs calls at the NSX Manager and thus builds the network and security services. The figure below exemplifies and shows an example of what can be deployed using this approach:

VMware NSX supports OpenStack environments regardless of the underlying hypervisors and has plug-ins available for any OpenStack distribution to use its benefits.

Meet some of our customers who are benefiting not only from NSX, but also from VMware Integrated OpenStack at the links below:

  • HedgeServ - https://youtu.be/NFcIa314X5k
  • Rakuten - https://youtu.be/11ew7zEPOso
  • Charter - https://youtu.be/mw6fdkpvzoY
  • Amadeus - https://youtu.be/HmdqPDK-cLY
  • IBM - https://youtu.be/4a3EeROQTxI

On the Road

If you would like to understand more about this topic, I will be delivering sessions regarding Networking and Security Challenges in the following events:

VMworld’17 - Las Vegas - USA

August 27 - 31, 2017

Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV - 89119 - USA

My session will be Tuesday, 29th August at 4pm.

To know more about VMworld’17 click here.

OpenStack Day 2017 - São Paulo - Brazil

Saturday, July 15, 2017, 08:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Gamaro Theater
Doctor Almeida Lima, 1176 - Mooca
São Paulo, SP - 03164-000 - Brazil

My session will be at 2:40pm at the main stage.

To know more about OpenStack Day São Paulo click here.

If you have the opportunity to be in any of these events, don’t hesitate to reach me!

I hope you have enjoyed this post and contact me if you have any questions.

 

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