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Unforgettable Speakers – Add the Partner Exchange Keynote Series to Your Agenda Today!

We’re excited to announce the following NEW Business Growth Keynote series at Partner Exchange @ VMworld 2017 US on Sunday, August 27. But first, take a moment to check out this video.

1:30 - 2:30 PM –- Cloud Computing [PAR4418KU]
Featuring Special Guest Speaker:Bernard Golden- a long-time tech innovator and visionary. Wired.com named him one of the ten most influential people in cloud computing, and his blog has been listed in over a dozen &#rsquo;best of&#rdquo; lists. He is the author/co-author of five books, including Amazon Web Services for Dummies, the best selling cloud computing book ever.

2:45 - 3:45 PM — Embracing Digital Transformation [PAR4417KU]
Featuring Special Guest Speaker:Greg Verdino- a highly regarded authority on the digital future who helps leaders build thriving 21st century organizations. He is known for his uncanny ability to forecast trends, spot the difference between fads and the future, and apply his understanding of the rapidly changing global landscape to solve pressing client challenges.

4:00 - 5:00 PM — The Future of Cyber Security [PAR4419KU]
Featuring Special Guest Speaker:Keren Elazari- an internationally recognized researcher, author and speaker on all matters cyber security and hacker culture. Since 2000, Keren has worked with leading security firms, public organizations, Big 4 and Fortune 500 companies.

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NSX Pooling Manages Multiple Data Centers with Ease

It&#rsquo;s not out of the ordinary that a single company may have multiple data centers spread across the globe. Having several locations to store company data is often a necessary step in enterprise growth, ensuring redundancies in the event of disaster or outage. But moving workloads efficiently between data centers is the stuff of IT nightmares.

Fortunately, VMware&#rsquo;s NSX platform is able to extend easily across datacenters regardless of location or distance. Through multi data center pooling, NSX virtualization provides enterprises with a streamlined management solution providing easy workload migration, added redundancies, and ensured workload continuity.

Additionally, NSX provides users with several options to deploy multi data center pooling including: stretched cluster, separate clusters, cross-VC NSX, and Layer 2 VPN. The solution that is best for your enterprise will depend upon a number of factors such as the distance between data centers, workload characteristics, and latency requirements.

For details on which implementation strategy is best for your company, we encourage you to consult the whitepaper, &#rsquo;Multi Data Center Pooling With NSX.&#rdquo; There you can find details on the technical requirements of each deployment strategy and their respective capabilities.

With multi data center pooling from VMware&#rsquo;s NSX, service providers can easily build networking capabilities that span several data centers enhancing current offerings and ultimately grow revenue.

Interested in learning more about NSX platform multi data center pooling? Download the free whitepaper for details. Also, be sure to join in on the conversation by liking our Facebook page and following VMwareSP on Twitter.

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vCAT: Storage and Availability

We&#rsquo;re back with another installment of our monthly series: vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers(vCAT-SP). Each month we share a new article in our ongoing series detailing the numerous use cases of the VMware vCloud Solution. Together, this collection of posts will help you take full advantage of the superior cloud solutions found in the vCloud environment.

But before we dive into this month&#rsquo;s topic, take a look back at a few of our most recent vCAT-SP posts:

  • A Guide to Self-Service Deployment with vRealize Automation
  • Migration Strategies for the Hybrid Cloud: An Essential Hybridity Guide
  • How Horizon® 7 is Helping the Enterprise Scale Digital Workspaces
  • Leveraging VMware vSAN for Highly Available Management Clusters
  • Multitenant Use of VMware vRealize Operations as a Service

This time around we explore two of the most important features required in a successful cloud stack: storage and availability. Particularly, we dive into VMware solutions, vSAN for storage and vCloud Director for availability. The two services are detailed in the following whitepapers:

  • Identifying and Calculating the Operational Savings of a VMware vSAN™ Solution
  • Architecting a VMware vCloud® Availability for vCloud Director® Solution

Below, we provide a brief overview of the information found in the whitepapers. If interested, we encourage you to download the whitepapers and discover the power of vCloud solutions for yourself!

Simplifying Storage with VMware vSAN

The storage needs of today&#rsquo;s enterprise customers is reaching an unprecedented level. Between consumer and automated platforms, the amount of data being created on a daily basis has placed an increasing amount of pressure on service providers to provide robust, scalable storage solutions.

VMware&#rsquo;s vSAN is a software-defined storage solution for VMware vSphere® environments capable of providing the scalability, performance, and reliability users demand at a competitive price.

As detailed in the whitepaper, vSAN can reduce service providers TCO by up to 50 percent and lower CapEx and OpEx simultaneously through efficiencies found in the public cloud. Additionally, the vSAN storage solution enables service providers to automate many of the tedious manual storage tasks today.

vCloud Availability for vCloud Director®: Disaster Recovery and Migration

VMware&#rsquo;s vCloud Director (vCD) platform is a powerful tool for managing and implementing specialized hybrid cloud services to meet the demanding needs of enterprise customers. Specifically, vCloud Availability for vCD provides users with support for workload replication of VMware environments and migration between VMware services.

One of the benefits to using vCloud Availability supported by vCloud Director is minimal downtime. Service providers can provision DR solutions and migration strategies that require little to no downtime, keeping business critical workloads available throughout the deployment process.

To explore the technical requirements of vCloud Availability within vCloud Director, please consult the whitepaper. There, you will find steps for architecting and deploying vCloud Availability across cloud environments and data centers.

Interested in learning about other solutions and services offered by VMware? Stop by vcloudairnetwork.com for a complete list of service providers and offering available.

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Finland, Norway and Sweden Prove the Business Value of Cloud Maturity

Cloud-based services are a relatively new field for many businesses across the globe. Regardless, many organizations are rushing to adopt these solutions. There are some key reasons why. First, these cloud services help relieve internal expenses by offloading the need to adopt, upgrade and maintain the necessary IT infrastructure. Second, these solutions provide clients with affordable access to cutting-edge computetechnology. This enables businesses to remain competitive, even if they lack the same IT resources and budgets their competitors enjoy. Third, cloud-based services provide organizations with an agile and flexible infrastructure that easily scales with growth and provides access to global regions some businesses simply couldn&#rsquo;t access before.

Still, extracting the most value out of cloud services takes time, talent and experience. Organizations who were early cloud adopters have a head-start, and enjoy a level of cloud maturity their competitors do not. However, this maturity gap is closing. A recent report by IT research firm Radar, produced on behalf of VMware and Tieto, examines how this gap is closing amongst businesses in three Scandinavian countries — Finland, Norway and Sweden.

The report explores how cloud maturity has changed in these three countries within a two-year period from 2015 to 2017. The change over this short period has been remarkable. For example, strategic maturity across these countries grew by 33 percent while operative maturity grew by 13 percent. Businesses previously labeled as &#rsquo;immature&#rdquo; in cloud dropped by 15 percent. Only 11 percent of organizations surveyed remain in the &#rsquo;immature organizations&#rdquo; category.

What Makes for Maturity in the Cloud

But what makes for a &#rsquo;cloud mature&#rdquo; organization? There are no hard and fast definitions of a cloud mature organization, but there are indicators. For example, the survey found that proficient and mature organizations tend to have a well-defined cloud strategy, and acquire and use cloud services to buttress that strategy. Organizations also tend to deploy more than one cloud service within their organization, and have a keen understanding of what each service is capable of providing. Mature organizations, too, tend to procure solutions directly in line with their strategy and are driven by development, change and innovation within their respective industries.

In 2015, the share of organizations using cloud technologies in Finland, Norway and Sweden were 69, 46 and 60 percent, respectively. Those figures changed to 85, 75 and 83 percent, respectively, in early 2017. Other significant changes took place over the two-year period. Organizations in the three countries diversified their cloud services, readily blending private, public and hybrid clouds in complex and business-critical areas. One type of cloud, the public cloud, grew as the favored model amongst the three countries, and now make up 51 percent of total cloud spend in Finland, Norway and Sweden. Radar&#rsquo;s report suggests this trend will continue for the next few years.

Cloud&#rsquo;s Perfect Storm

Radar found there are number of factors contributing to this rapid growth in cloud use across the surveyed countries, each dynamically interacting with one-anther in the &#rsquo;perfect storm&#rdquo; of cloud adoption. The first is competition from the global market. The low cost of skilled labor in APAC countries puts pressure on countries, particularly those in Scandinavia, with high-cost economies. This pushed many Scandinavian businesses to find new ways to remain competitive, particularly by cutting cycle times through digital initiatives.

These digital initiatives, too, were pursued right as several digital breakthroughs made their way into the market. Cognitive platforms, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality and more innovations are enabling — or on the cusp of enabling — new means of discovering and communicating new business processes and models while perfecting old processes. This explosion of digital initiatives will likely continue for some time, encouraging competition and innovation in the global marketplace.

Finally, the market places in these three countries experienced a rapid industrialization of their respective IT industries. Again, the global marketplace was a significant factor as businesses like Google, IBM and Amazon were able to provide smaller businesses with virtual IT infrastructures that could scale with the business. While these global &#rsquo;cloud factories,&#rdquo; as Radar calls them, have an outsized impact on Scandinavian IT infrastructures, regional and local players are maturing and growing by filling in the advisory and location gaps these larger players miss.

The Benefits Realized

These factors have combined and catalyzed cloud adoption in each country. The effects have been tremendous. Cloud mature organizations, which constitute 14 percent of surveyed organizations, average 21 percent lower costs in IT operations, according to Radar&#rsquo;s findings. Responding organizations also say they have a 29 percent larger share of IT spend they can dedicate to pursuing innovative solutions. Mature organizations also rate their ability to support digitalization in the core of their business 19 percent higher than others. They also rate their ability to support innovation and increase business competitiveness as being 16 percent higher than others, as well.

The benefits of industrial cloud adoption across these three countries will compound as time wears on. Skilled workers will continue to emerge and experience in exploring, pursuing and deploying flexible, agile solutions will grow. But these benefits will take time to realize. Again, only 14 percent of responding organizations are rated as &#rsquo;cloud mature.&#rdquo; But those who are at the mature or proficient level will find themselves more prepared and capable of accommodating and adapting to the disruptive nature of today&#rsquo;s new digital technologies.

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Announcing Availability of VxRail by VMware and Dell EMC Through VMware vCloud® Air™ Network Program

Together, with Dell EMC, we&#rsquo;re excited to announce the availability of VxRail – the industry&#rsquo;s broadest HCI Appliance portfolio – through the VMware vCloud® Air™ Network program. This exclusive partnership brings to market the ultimate appliance delivering virtualization, compute, storage, and data protection in an agile, scalable, easy to manage SDDC building block. Luckily for existing customers, VxRail has deep integration with VMware virtualization – VMware vSAN is integrated at the kernel level and managed with vSphere. Ready for the best part yet, Service Providers? You can receive the VMware software titles on a monthly usage basis through the VMware vCloud® Air™ Network program.

Why choose VxRail? The primary value starts with CAPEX reduction – you can make a smaller initial investment as opposed to traditional infrastructure where you &#rsquo;build it yourself.&#rdquo; And with an accelerated time-to-value, you can have VMs up and running within minutes once the appliance is racked, cabled, and powered on. An appliance type experience delivers rapid deployment and expansion, as well as automated lifecycle management.

The VxRail Manager has automated over 200 of the configuration tasks and workflows and the appliance delivers high availability through vSphere resiliency and non-disruptive patch and upgrade processes that are automated by the VxRail Manager. VxRail appliances are also highly configurable and scalable, offering a broad set of options at a variety of price and scale points. Multiple configurations, single node scaling, and storage capacity expansion mean you can buy only what you need. That&#rsquo;s right, start small and scale on demand. It’s fully pre-configured and hyper-converged infrastructure allows you to easily simplify and extend your existing VMware environments with little downtime.Service Providers are already benefitting greatly from VxRail. In fact, we&#rsquo;ve seen great success across a wide range of use cases. The most common Service Provider use cases are leveraging VxRail to deploy managed, virtual private clouds, either on-premises or in the service provider data center to deliver managed services. Service Providers are also using VxRail for hosted disaster recovery, or as back-end infrastructure to support their public cloud services. Because VxRail is based on vSAN, it is also ideal for Tier-1 business critical applications.

VxRail is also certified for interoperability with VMware vCloud Director, allowing the VxRail appliance to be managed as part of a vCloud Director resource pool, either on-premises or in the service provider&#rsquo;s data center. Service Providers can deploy the VxRail appliance on-premises in a customer&#rsquo;s environment where the end-customer prefers locally hosted data for low latency applications and still manage those local resources using vCloud Director, while utilizing VxRail to dynamically move locally hosted workloads or to dynamically failover those locally hosted resources to the service provider&#rsquo;s data center.

To summarize, VxRail&#rsquo;s efficiency lies in its tight integration of vSAN and vSphere, and the capabilities vSAN brings. It offers broad flexibility with configurations for any use case, the ability to start small and grow, and includes data protection. Keep your VMware tools, keep your vSphere licenses, and leverage vCenter and the full VMware ecosystem.

Interested in learning more about VxRail and Hyper Converged Infrastructure? Visit https://cloudsolutions.vmware.com/solutions/hci today. And don&#rsquo;t forget to join in on the conversation atTwitterand like the VMware Service Provider page onFacebook.

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vCAN LIVE 2017: Equipping our partners to offer customers secure, agile clouds now and in the future

Market pressures to accelerate digital transformation and remain competitive have caused organizations to look for a cloud environment that will give them the freedom to innovate and also improve responsiveness to market conditions. Whether they need an environment that will give them additional resources to handle peak periods or they need a large, fully-flexible, multi-cloud, hybrid infrastructure year-round, that&#rsquo;s where vCAN – the VMware vCloud® Air™ Network of service providers – is so important. When we announced our Cross-Cloud architecture to power the multi-cloud approach, we always knew that the technology would be just a part in helping end user organisations achieve a fluid cloud approach. But it&#rsquo;s our service provider partners who are best placed to create a true hybrid solution thanks to their managed services, vertical market experiences and closeness to the customer&#rsquo;s business needs.

And so it was this discussion that formed the basis of our very successful vCAN LIVE event in Paris yesterday. Held at Radio France and broadcast online, we had more than 700 attendees representing 25 countries across EMEA.

A live panel including Ajay Patel, Senior Vice President Product Development, Cloud Services, VMware and local cloud experts addressed the need for organisations of all sizes to be free to choose any public cloud yet still maintain full control and visibility.

On the panel, Graham Crich, EMEA Director for Cloud and Service Provider Partners, flagged the growing opportunity for partners, with infrastructure as a service expected to reach a 23% 5-year growth rate in 2020. And Jay Workman, Senior Director, VMware vCloud Air Network Program Marketing, noted that, with the majority of VMware&#rsquo;s customers still running purely on-premise environments, that means untold opportunities for vCAN partners if we enable them with the right tools to bring solutions to market.

Ajay Patel acknowledged that a lot of customers struggle with the complexity of migrating existing workloads to public clouds. They want to take advantage of the benefits of using public cloud but without the high cost of migrations and operations. This is where vCAN partners come in. VMware-based clouds provide a seamless and safe landing pad for these enterprise workloads. vCloud Director provides service providers with the ability to offer value added networking services with fine grain control and self-service access by tenants while NSX provides the ability to securely connect and extend a customer&#rsquo;s data center to the cloud. Some customers are simply looking for disaster recovery solutions and VMware is helping partners commercialize that with vCloud Availability, which provides an easy on-ramp and cost-effective DR solution.

But how to integrate our technologies into their stacks? Laurie Clough, Sr. Director, vCloud Air Network Technical Services, urged partners to take a look at the content on the dedicated VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers (vCAT-SP) site and make use of self-service reference documents via solution enablement toolkits already available in multiple languages.

This event was driven to ensure our partners know exactly how we can work together to drive change and help customers on their digital transformation journeys and move fast in this ever-changing industry. A big message from the day for our partners was to keep letting us know what they need from VMware to help them succeed – whether that&#rsquo;s developing new solutions or even just different ways to provide support and training around their go to market.

If you are a vCAN partner looking for more information on VMware solutions, go here. Or, if you want to find a VMware vCloud Air Network partner that meets your business needs, go here. And don&#rsquo;t forget to join in on the conversation atTwitterand like the vCloud page onFacebook.

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Partner Exchange @ VMworld 2017 Updates

Once againPartner Exchange 2017 US(PEX)will be held in conjunction withVMworld 2017 USon Sunday, August 27, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. On Sunday morning, PEX will kick off with partner breakout sessions starting at 8:30 AMand at 9:45 AM. The PEX General Session will be from 11:15 AM- 12:30 PMpresented by VMware&#rsquo;s Executives as well as Channel and BU Leaders. Partners will be able to pick from over 50-partner specific breakouts.

PRICING

  • VMworld + Partner Exchange – Early Bird (ends on June 12) is$2,190and Regular Rate (after June 12) is$2,490
  • Partner Exchange Only -$795flat rate

PEX PASS INCLUDES

  • Partner General Sessionpresented by top VMware Executives and Channel Leaders
  • Regional Updates(in US) andRTM Updates(in Europe)
  • Technical Partner Breakout Sessions+ Partner Programs & Incentives Updates
  • Special TAP Only Content(further details will be made available shortly)
  • Exclusive Access to thePartner ExchangeLoungewith additional meeting rooms for partner meetings (open all week)
  • Special Invitation to thePartner Exchange Receptionon Sunday evening

REGISTRATION UPDATE

VMworld + PEX registration is now live! See theVMworld Registrationpage for more details.

PEX LOUNGE

Once again we will have a Partner Exchange Lounge that will open on Sunday and run all week during VMworld. Only those partners who purchase the PEX pass will have access to the PEX lounge. More details will be made available shortly.

IMPORTANT DATES

Early Bird Registration Ends for US – June 12 (June 20 for Europe)

Global Content Catalog Live – June 20

Schedule Builder Live for US – July 18 (July 27 for Europe)

 

If you have any additional questions, please reach out to the team at .

 

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How VMware vCloud Air Network Service Providers and ISVs Get the Most Out of VMware vCloud Director

Now is the time for ISVs and service providers to join the VMware vCloud Director® partner ecosystem. The opportunities have never been better.

New Training

ISVs get streamlined access and certification to vCloud Director. And because service providers get more pre-certified capabilities with new releases of vCloud Director, they can more rapidly monetize services for their customers.

VMware has also developed a new five-day course that focuses on designing, installing, configuring, and managing vCloud Director 8.10. We also offer VMware vCloud Director Fundamentals, an e-learning course that covers the basics of vCloud Director and its various components, architecture, and features.

Better Access, Better Knowledge

By joining the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program, partners can obtain early access to vCloud Director Beta releases. ISVs get more exposure to new business opportunities through the VMware vCloud® Air Network, and we&#rsquo;ve made it easier than ever for partners to have direct access to our product managers, product marketing managers, and engineers for questions, escalations, and road map discussions.

One partner who has already taken advantage of this program is Veeam Software, an independent Swiss software vendor that has built a self-service, multitenant portal that integrates with vCloud Director. The company&#rsquo;s customers can now configure and back up entire systems, control scheduling, recover whole virtual machines, accomplish file-level restores, and restore Oracle databases.

In the months ahead, look for further training and resources as we continue to strengthen our partner ecosystem.

Learn more about VMware vCloud Director 8.10

New online resources and VMware Education training make it easier than ever to upgrade to VMware vCloud Director 8.10. The vCloud Director products page offers a wealth of information for those new to the solution, including a vCloud Director 8.10 technical white paper and a selection of case studies showcasing some of our latest success stories.

Now available on the VMware Solution Exchange (VSX) portal, the VMware vCloud Director Compatibility Guide lists products that members of the VMware ISV program have built that are compatible with the vCloud Director 8.10 update, streamlining the vendor selection process. We have also launched the course VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage.

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