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Mobility Partners – Don’t Miss these EUC Sessions at Partner Exchange @ VMworld 2017 US

Want to grow your VMware AirWatch license and services sales and keep up with the digital workspace trend? Curious about what&#rsquo;s new and what&#rsquo;s next? This year at Partner Exchange the EUC content is more robust than ever. You’ll also have the opportunity to hear the latest industry trends along with go-to-market best practices to take your business to the next level.

View this blog for a complete listing of the EUC sessions - including the new Business Growth Keynote on Embracing the Digital Transformation. Greg Verdino, our guest speaker, is a highly regarded authority on the digital future who helps leaders build thriving 21st century organizations. Add this keynote and other key EUC sessions to your conference schedule today, so that you don’t miss them.

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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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Driving Security Transformation: the Virtual Network Assessment

&#rsquo;A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step&#rdquo; – Lao Tzu

As a trusted partner, helping our customers to modernize their IT security infrastructure can feel like the proverbial journey of a thousand miles. Most traditional IT security architectures are ill equipped to handle the persistent and creative nature of today&#rsquo;s cyber security threats. The dynamic and very public nature of these threats have created a booming industry of new entrants into the security market. The result has been an expansion of opportunity for security-minded partners, but also a challenge in determining how to lead customers down a trusted path for security solutions. Some estimates have customers using an average of 70 or more security solutions in their current IT environments. At the same time, there is a growing need for a transformation in how we build, manage, and secure IT infrastructure. Traditional perimeter-based security models are ineffective, as proven by a steady stream of newsworthy hacks and data breaches.

In this expanding and complex cybersecurity landscape, where do we start? It can be overwhelming to keep up with the rapid pace of change in cybersecurity threats, and even more so in staying educated about the innovative solutions available to protect our customers. As Lao Tzu noted its starts with a single step. At VMware, we believe the first step is gaining visibility to the current state of traffic moving across our customers&#rsquo; virtual and physical infrastructure. Today, an average of 80% of security budgets are spent on data center perimeter security and monitoring tools such as firewalls. At the same time, 80% of network traffic actually takes place within the four walls of our customers&#rsquo; data centers. Fundamentally, this means our customers have visibility to 20% of what is taking place in their network at a given time. Before suggesting point products to patch against the latest threat, let us take time to gain visibility into our customers&#rsquo; networks, and make informed architectural recommendations.

Enter the Virtual Network Assessment (VNA) with VMware. A VNA utilizing a VMware tool called vRealize Network Insight helps our partners to provide their customers a holistic view of the traffic in their data center across the virtual and physical domains. Help your customers define how much traffic exists between VM&#rsquo;s, applications, VLANs, and VXLANs. Identify threat planes across physical networks, virtual domains, cloud, and mobile environments. Ultimately, a VNA will provide the intelligence and visibility necessary to map an executable journey to a more secure IT infrastructure. A VNA takes about one week, and installs remotely in under an hour.

The thousand-mile journey of transforming IT security architectures to combat the ever-expanding nature of cyber security threats can be daunting. Whether considering a mobile security strategy, securing next-generation cloud applications, or a micro-segmentation project, let VMware help you and your customers with a simple first step. Check out the Partner Virtual Network Assessment today and do not miss exciting sessions at Partner Exchange in Las Vegas including:

  • NSX Assessment-Led Selling
  • NSX Value Selling

Also make sure to stop by the SDDC Assessment Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel to learn how VMware assessments can help you win more business. The lounge is located in the Desert Willow Room on Sunday, August 27, 1PM – 5PM, and Monday and Tuesday, August 28 and 29, 11AM – 5PM.

 

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How digital workspaces are empowering employees

Every organisation wants to use technologies that show a demonstratable business outcome, and employee productivity is one of the key attributes they want to improve upon.

Achieving this requires a business to offer better end-user experiences, become more flexible in regards to working habits, and open up access of corporate systems to new devices.

VMware has been helping companies to achieve these goals by focusing on empowering the digital workspace with its Workspace ONE platform. This includes using VMware Horizon to provide the necessary infrastructure to securely deliver the apps and data employees need, accessible on any device, and VMware AirWatch to manage their apps and devices.

Lufthansa Cargo is one such business: it has managed to cut costs, increase efficiency and better manage applications as a result of VMware AirWatch.

The international cargo company has been striving for paperless operations, and is relying on strong mobile support to get there.

Sven Gartz, captain and electronic flight bag (EFB) administrator at Lufthansa Cargo, explained that switching from a desktop-based device to a mobile EFB brought two main advantages.

&#rsquo;The first was weight reduction; mobile devices enabled us to remove extensive built-in elements from the cockpit. This generated a five-figure sum of fuel efficiency per year,&#rdquo; he said.

&#rsquo;The second was that the mobile devices enabled us to quickly provide employees with updates, new apps and new approaches which saved the company money because there is a cost for every minute a pilot is on duty,&#rdquo; he added.

Using standardised tablets enabled the company to reduce its time-consuming approval cycles, while contracts with standardised product manufacturers trimmed down Lufthansa Cargo&#rsquo;s operating costs significantly.

The cargo company also used the AirWatch compliance engine to ensure that its mobile devices can stop applications from interfering with each other, as the company needs to make sure air traffic is operational and that applications don&#rsquo;t cause EFB outages.

No workplace is the same – and while organisations are attempting to produce modernised workplaces, they all have different requirements in order to get there.

For example, Koningin Elisabeth Institute (KEI), a rehabilitation hospital in Belgium, experienced downtime regularly. But as its reliance on technology grew, any downtime had an increasingly negative impact on the organisation.

Stefaan Dewulf, head of the organisation&#rsquo;s IT department, explained that its 150 devices were running on different operating system versions and that updates had to be done manually, device by device – a time-consuming process.

&#rsquo;We decided on VMware Horizon, a VDI solution. There is nothing on the local client anymore, everything is in the data center. A doctor taps their card into the device and gets a connection into the PC and the data center and can access the patient data they need,&#rdquo; he said.

But no solution is complete without thinking about security – and after seeing NSX at VMworld, Dewulf was convinced NSX was the best solution for the hospital to secure its data center.

Dewulf said: &#rsquo;Everything is more secure and faster than before so log on times have reduced,&#rdquo;.

Dewulf added that there were three key technology advantages of the VMware technology: &#rsquo;It&#rsquo;s very powerful, it&#rsquo;s easy to manage and it&#rsquo;s ready for the future,&#rdquo; he said.

It&#rsquo;s a great example that demonstrates how traditional ways of managing, securing and supporting users, apps, devices and data may no longer meet the needs of businesses. Businesses need to think out of the box to empower their digital workspace. Both Lufthansa Cargo and KEI are doing just that, and they&#rsquo;re reaping the rewards.

 

To learn more about how we have helped our customers adopta Cross-Cloud approach read our bloghere.

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Transforming Security: Addressing Customer Challenges

 

Your customers face security threats everywhere, every day. What can you do as a partner to help address the challenges customers face with transforming IT security?

Penton media recently sat down with Chris Campbell, Director of Product Marketing at VMware to talk about just this topic.

Listen to the FastChat and find out how you can help customers drive security transformation as Chris expands on:

  • The biggest customer challenges around security today
  • Why security interactions among silos is increasingly complex for customers
  • Simplifying security
  • What customers can expect by implementing a VMware security portfolio

VMware Partners – review our latest Transform Security campaign available via Partner Demand Center.

VMware is excited to further our partner&#rsquo;s success in driving security transformation for customers.

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Transforming Security in the Mobile Era: There’s never been a better time

As the digital economy continues to evolve, IT teams are scrambling to keep up with the changing requirements. From the demand for speed and accuracy to the need for agility and performance, it can be difficult to juggle it all and still maintain robust security.

Some of the top challenges IT is facing as the data center landscape evolves include:

  • The changing nature of applications, infrastructure, and security attacks. Application infrastructure is no longer confined to on-premises data centers but is now highly dynamic, and spread out between public and private multi-cloud environments. That makes security more complex, especially as threats become more sophisticated.
  • Increasingly strict requirements for regulatory compliance. From industry-specific requirements like PCI, FISMA, ECPA, and HIPAA, to differences in regulations from the cloud to on-premises, it&#rsquo;s not easy to get or stay in compliance.
  • The high cost of security breaches. Organisations of all sizes remain vulnerable to persistent, sophisticated threats—and the price of breaches just keeps rising. The annual cost of global cyber espionage is estimated to be around $500 billion.*

To protect applications, data, and users, organisations need to totally transform the way they view and enforce security. Download the new eBook: Transforming Security in the Mobile Cloud Era.

A three-part approach to better security

A security solution that&#rsquo;s built to tackle both current and future challenges can give you the ability to support your business and gain a competitive edge. VMware provides a ubiquitous software layer across application infrastructure and endpoints that is independent of the underlying physical infrastructure or location. This approach can help you:

  • Secure application infrastructure
  • Secure identity and endpoints
  • Streamline compliance

VMware solutions make it possible for your IT team to leverage the power of the cloud, and focus on innovation and strategic initiatives—instead of spending all your time trying to prevent costly attacks or compliance errors.

With more time and improved visibility, you can keep your organisation more secure, and help it succeed in the digital economy.

Learn more about how to achieve better security by downloading the eBook: Transforming Security in the Mobile Cloud Era.

Discover further:

  • Visit our website for more information about transforming security
  • Learn how you can build a secure application infrastructure with Hands-On Labs

You may also like our other blog articles:

  • Why a Modern Data Center is Essential for the Digital Economy
  • Empower the Digital Workspace
  • Network Virtualization For Dummies

*Source: Cost of Data Center Outages, Ponemon Institute, January 2016

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The Opportunity for VMware and our SI/SOs in 2017

Guest blog from Seb Fitzjohn – EMEA Director, Global System Integrators and System Outsourcers at VMware. Follow him on Twitter at @sfitz100 for more updates.

At VMware we will continue to invest and collaborate with our partners as we focus on turbo charging our four key solution areas in 2017: modernizing the data centre, multi-cloud management, mobility and security. A super example of this in action is our highly successful Global System Integrator & System Outsourcers (SI/SO) Programme.

This important programme includes 20 global partners, and is helping our joint customers accelerate their technology transformation, enabling them to exploit new and exciting market opportunities in the digital economy. By virtualising network and storage infrastructure as well as compute, our customers can position themselves as secure, mobile and cloud first digital enterprises.

Our partners are in a great position to advise, transform and manage these new software defined platforms, and the Global SI/SO Programme industrialises the solution design, go-to-market and delivery. This approach also enables joint field engagement where the enterprise, the partner and VMware align around business value.

I recently met with our Senior Vice President, Jean-Pierre Brulard, and we discussed why our SI/SO community is so important in helping our customers and partners alike in their digital transformation journey. Here&#rsquo;s a little more context from us both in the video below:

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The best of both worlds: integrating VMware & Dell EMC solutions will accelerate workforce transformation

While our customers are in the midst of a workforce transformation journey, we&#rsquo;ve been on our own voyage, in a bid to find ways to help them.

Organizations are going through digital transformation – both in their IT, but also in their workforce. The modern workforce requires the technology and processes in place to ensure they can work in any way, in any place and at any time they choose. But they also want to be able to do this in a way which doesn&#rsquo;t add a layer of complexity, or proves to be costly.

This is why, as part of our journey, we&#rsquo;re teaming up with Dell EMC to enhance VMware End-User Computingsolutions. We&#rsquo;ll be able to help customers realise the benefits of workplace transformation through mobile, desktop and cloud technologies. Together, we&#rsquo;ll be in a position to help businesses that are sick and tired of managing multiple vendor contracts, service level agreements and solution management consoles, all of which drive up the total cost of ownership (TCO).

So, what exactly are we doing?
Firstly, we&#rsquo;re integrating VMware AirWatch with Dell Client Command Suite. This will help IT administrators to proactively manage Dell commercial PCs directly with AirWatch – giving them the ability to query and retrieve critical system attributes, configure basic input/output systems (BIOS) settings, and take remediation actions from the same AirWatch console that is used to manage all Windows OS policies, apps and endpoints across an organisation.

Secondly, we wanted to provide an inexpensive, clear and easy way to implement client virtualization solutions. So, we&#rsquo;re using VMware Horizon to power Dell EMC VDI Complete, an end-to-end desktop and application virtualization solution. Why? So that organizations can benefit from a single, ready-to-deploy solution with all the components necessary to provision virtual desktops and applications in half of the time it would take to deploy individual solutions.

In both cases, we wanted to reduce costs; for the former we&#rsquo;re doing so by reducing the total cost of managing PCs, and for the latter, we&#rsquo;re reducing the cost of implementing VDI software. But it&#rsquo;s not just about costs – we&#rsquo;re keen to break down the barriers of managing client software and hardware, and in doing so, help organisations in their workforce transformation journeys.

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The best of both worlds: integrating VMware & Dell EMC solutions will accelerate workforce transformation

While our customers are in the midst of a workforce transformation journey, we&#rsquo;ve been on our own voyage, in a bid to find ways to help them.

Organizations are going through digital transformation – both in their IT, but also in their workforce. The modern workforce requires the technology and processes in place to ensure they can work in any way, in any place and at any time they choose. But they also want to be able to do this in a way which doesn&#rsquo;t add a layer of complexity, or proves to be costly.

This is why, as part of our journey, we&#rsquo;re teaming up with Dell EMC to enhance VMware End-User Computingsolutions. We&#rsquo;ll be able to help customers realise the benefits of workplace transformation through mobile, desktop and cloud technologies. Together, we&#rsquo;ll be in a position to help businesses that are sick and tired of managing multiple vendor contracts, service level agreements and solution management consoles, all of which drive up the total cost of ownership (TCO).

So, what exactly are we doing?
Firstly, we&#rsquo;re integrating VMware AirWatch with Dell Client Command Suite. This will help IT administrators to proactively manage Dell commercial PCs directly with AirWatch – giving them the ability to query and retrieve critical system attributes, configure basic input/output systems (BIOS) settings, and take remediation actions from the same AirWatch console that is used to manage all Windows OS policies, apps and endpoints across an organisation.

Secondly, we wanted to provide an inexpensive, clear and easy way to implement client virtualization solutions. So, we&#rsquo;re using VMware Horizon to power Dell EMC VDI Complete, an end-to-end desktop and application virtualization solution. Why? So that organizations can benefit from a single, ready-to-deploy solution with all the components necessary to provision virtual desktops and applications in half of the time it would take to deploy individual solutions.

In both cases, we wanted to reduce costs; for the former we&#rsquo;re doing so by reducing the total cost of managing PCs, and for the latter, we&#rsquo;re reducing the cost of implementing VDI software. But it&#rsquo;s not just about costs – we&#rsquo;re keen to break down the barriers of managing client software and hardware, and in doing so, help organisations in their workforce transformation journeys.

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The best of both worlds: integrating VMware & Dell EMC solutions will accelerate workforce transformation

While our customers are in the midst of a workforce transformation journey, we&#rsquo;ve been on our own voyage, in a bid to find ways to help them.

Organisations are going through digital transformation – both in their IT, but also in their workforce. The modern workforce requires the technology and processes in place to ensure they can work in any way, in any place and at any time they choose. But they also want to be able to do this in a way which doesn&#rsquo;t add a layer of complexity, or proves to be costly.

This is why, as part of our journey, we&#rsquo;re teaming up with Dell EMC to enhance VMware End-User Computing solutions. We&#rsquo;ll be able to help customers realise the benefits of workplace transformation through mobile, desktop and cloud technologies. Together, we&#rsquo;ll be in a position to help businesses that are sick and tired of managing multiple vendor contracts, service level agreements and solution management consoles, all of which drive up the total cost of ownership (TCO).

So, what exactly are we doing?

Firstly, we&#rsquo;re integrating VMware AirWatch with Dell Client Command Suite. This will help IT administrators to proactively manage Dell commercial PCs directly with AirWatch – giving them the ability to query and retrieve critical system attributes, configure basic input/output systems (BIOS) settings, and take remediation actions from the same AirWatch console that is used to manage all Windows OS policies, apps and endpoints across an organisation.

Secondly, we wanted to provide an inexpensive, clear and easy way to implement client virtualization solutions. So, we&#rsquo;re using VMware Horizon to power Dell EMC VDI Complete, an end-to-end desktop and application virtualization solution. Why? So that organizations can benefit from a single, ready-to-deploy solution with all the components necessary to provision virtual desktops and applications in half of the time it would take to deploy individual solutions.

In both cases, we wanted to reduce costs; for the former we&#rsquo;re doing so by reducing the total cost of managing PCs, and for the latter, we&#rsquo;re reducing the cost of implementing VDI software. But it&#rsquo;s not just about costs – we&#rsquo;re keen to break down the barriers of managing client software and hardware, and in doing so, help organisations in their workforce transformation journeys.

Keep an eye on our blog and follow @VMware_UK to keep up to date with the latest cloud and virtualization announcements.

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