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VMworld Sneak-Peak with vSAN and Western Digital

We are pleased to offer a guest post from one of our valued partners on a number of initiatives, including vSAN: Western Digital.This post previews some of the joint work of our companies and what you can find at VMworld 2017. By Patric Chang, Sr. Director of Strategic Partner Ecosystems, Western Digital If I were

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Key Storage and Availability Activities at VMworld 2017

Hyper-converged Infrastructure is HOT HOT HOT, and we&#rsquo;ve got the only vSphere-native HCI solution available. Over 8,000 customers have taken the plunge with vSAN, and VMworld is the perfect place to investigate how vSAN can help you too! From the Storage & Availability team at VMware - Welcome to VMworld! It is the perfect time

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HCI Zone – Discover the Possibilities

VMworld US is around the corner and the VMware vSAN team couldn&#rsquo;t be more excited to welcome you to Las Vegas. The conference will be running fromAugust 27 – August 31, 2017 and you will definitely want to explore more about vSAN offerings at VMworld. One of the experiences to look forward to this year

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Transforming IT Security in Three Key Steps

Several years ago, the CEO of a Fortune 100 company remarked: &#rsquo;If you went to bed last night as an industrial company, you&#rsquo;re going to wake up this morning as a software and analytics company.&#rdquo;

Today, these words are more true than ever—but so is the reality that the digital transformation in business has also given rise to significant changes across the IT landscape and, in turn, significant new challenges for IT security.

As people, devices, and objects become more connected, protecting all these connections and environments has become a top priority for many IT organizations. At the same time, it&#rsquo;s also become one of their biggest challenges. Securing each and every interaction between users, applications, and data is no easy feat—especially when you consider that securing these interactions needs to be done across environments that are constantly changing and increasingly dynamic.

So how do you mitigate risk in a world where IT complexity and &#rsquo;anytime, anywhere&#rdquo; digital interactions are growing exponentially? For organizations that are embracing cloud and virtualized environments, three common-sense steps—enabled by a ubiquitous software layer across the application infrastructure and endpoints that exists independently of the underlying physical infrastructure—are proving to be key for providing the visibility and control needed to maximize security across modern IT environments.

  • Secure the application infrastructure

While traditional data center security can provide adequate protection at the perimeter, it is not designed to provide sufficient visibility and control inside the data center. Virtualizing the application infrastructure, and compartmentalizing applications via network micro-segmentation, can help provide the protection needed against today&#rsquo;s increasingly sophisticated attacks.

  • Secure identity and endpoints

As mobility, BYOD, and IoT initiatives proliferate, so too does the complexity of managing an ever-widening variety of devices. Virtualization can help verify user identity and device posture, providing true visibility and control that extend into the data center or cloud, where the application infrastructure resides.

  • Streamline compliance

Managing risk and maintaining compliance are major challenges, made even more difficult as organizations make the transition from on-premises data centers to cloud. Virtualization helps enable a more holistic approach to meeting compliance demands by providing an ideal location to implement controls and gain visibility.

Of course, this is just a brief overview of how a purposeful software layer that spans from infrastructure to endpoint can help transform IT security for today&#rsquo;s organizations. For a more detailed discussion, please read the VMware solution overview entitled, &#rsquo;Three Key Steps to Transforming IT Security.&#rdquo;

Learn more about Transform Security here.

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VMware vSAN 6.6 Licensing Guide

VMware vSAN powers market-leading Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) solutions through native integration with the industry-standard VMware vSphere hypervisor and the VMware vCenter Server unified management solution. vSAN is quite capable of running nearly any virtual server and desktop workload. These workloads run in an ever-increasing number of environments: primary data centers, disaster recovery sites, remote offices,

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The NSX Mindset

The NSX Mindset: one&#rsquo;s mental capability to be a determined leader and catalyst for change in the way a company designs, implements, manages, and operates networking and security.

Change isn&#rsquo;t easy. Especially when it involves something personal. Unfortunately, though, it happens whether we like it or not. In the world of information technology change is upon us. IT Automation, micro-segmentation, application availability, and cross cloud services are no longer buzz words in marketing materials and executive meetings. These are realities designed and deployed in some of the world&#rsquo;s largest IT environments. The common thread among these concepts is the new capabilities in networking and security brought to life by VMware NSX.

VMware NSX is a platform for the next generation data center architecture. The capabilities are transforming the way enterprises approach traditional business problems and it is solving new business problems brought about by a company&#rsquo;s digital transformation.

As an IT professional your long term success hinges on your ability to adapt to new technologies and solutions. While VMware NSX is disruptive to the status quo, it is at the same time an opportunity for admins, engineers, and architects to become leaders in a new paradigm of networking and security. This requires two things: 1) a mindset focused on finding opportunities to grow and 2) education.

The NSX Mindset is up to you.

The education is on us.

VMware and VMUG have come together to create an exciting new community as a means of helping educate the IT professionals on VMware NSX. We launched the community 1 month ago today and have seen it grow to over 23,000 members and over 300 unique discussions. Over the last 30 days we have rewarded active community members with stickers, shirts, hats, VMUG Advantage memberships, and a VMUG NSX Training package worth more than $4,200.

Today we launch the next phase of our community in order to reach our goals of broadening the audience of people that are trained and certified on VMware NSX. To do this we are announcing the sale of theVMUG NSX Training package for the deeply discounted price of $1,995. By joining the VMUG NSX Community and enrolling in the VMUG Advantage program you will have the opportunity to buy this training package for less than $2,000. This product will be available at this price for the next 60 days and will include:

  • VMware NSX Install, Configure, Manage On-Demand E-Learning
  • Two VCP exam vouchers, 1 for vSphere Foundations exam and 1 for VCP-NV
  • Two certification exam preparation courses, 1 for vSphere Foundations exam and 1 for VCP-NV
  • A detailed training plan to help you through the course and certification

In addition to making this package available to anyone we are going to be providing incentives for you to not just buy the program but to complete the program and earn your VCP-NV. Over the next few months we want you to post your results to the community. We want those who are VCP-NV certified to share their experience and their results with the community. We are going to be giving away VCIX-NV exam vouchers and additional FREE training courses so that you can continue down the path of becoming a VMware NSX expert.

Become a catalyst for change.

Embrace the #NSXMindset.

Train and certify on NSX.

Change your life.

 

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Bootstrap the VCSA onto vSAN 6.6 with Easy Install

If vSAN is configured by vCenter, how do you deploy vCenter on top of vSAN? Sounds a bit like a chicken and egg scenario, huh? vSAN is part of acluster configuration in vSphere. To create a cluster, a datacenter must first be present, and that must be part of a vCenter instance. At least that’s

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401k, ROTH IRA, and NSX, Wait What?

Today is &#rsquo;tax day&#rdquo; here in the United States where the deadline to file your personal income taxes is due and many of us are looking at our tax burden, investments, and how to deal with the 4 million words in the U.S. tax code. So why not take this day to compare the complexity of taxes with the complexity of traditional data center networking and security. If legacy networking is the 1040-long form then NSX is the 1040-EZ form. Akin to the questions I have for my tax advisor, I sometimes get questions from customers about NSX asking: &#rsquo;We don&#rsquo;t need micro-segmentation, we have VLANs and Firewalls&#rdquo;, or &#rsquo;We don&#rsquo;t need network virtualization, we can do that today with routers and switches…If have to have network hardware anyways, why do I need network software as well?&#rdquo;

So, in the spirit of Tax Day here in the US, let&#rsquo;s compare hardware and software to what they really are…investments. And yes, different investments are taxed differently. Let&#rsquo;s think of traditional networking as a 401K and NSX as a ROTH IRA. Both are investments, and both get taxed.

  • Traditional networking investments are &#rsquo;tax-free&#rdquo; UNTIL you retire (or refresh every 3-5 years), when at that time, you must pay the taxes again at future more expensive rates.
  • Traditional networking also locks you in and you are penalized if you try to remove the investment and put it into another vehicle (vendor A vs. vendor B) prior to it maturing.
  • You are typically limited on choices for traditional networking. Lifecycle is 3-5 years, so if today&#rsquo;s rates are 10G/40G, but 50G/100G becomes vogue, it is not easy to change since you are tied to previous investments.

OR

  • NSX&#rsquo;s ROTH investment is paid for with &#rsquo;after-tax&#rdquo; dollars, but is TAX FREE upon refresh. Since network virtualization and security now runs in the compute platform, host lifecycles for servers allows for increase in capacity (Moore&#rsquo;s law) without any additional &#rsquo;tax&#rdquo; as the per-socket perpetual NSX licensing model allows for &#rsquo;tax-free&#rdquo; upgrades. More future compute power per CPU at the cost of today&#rsquo;s dollar.
  • NSX does not lock you into any hardware and there is no penalty for changing your data center make up (Dell, Cisco, HP, Arista, Juniper, whomever) as we run over top of any IP fabric.
  • You are not limited in choice as we have a large ecosystem of portfolio choices that integrates with NSX. If you need to switch out the underlay to 50G/100G, choose a whitebox switch, add best-of-breed security or automate multiple solutions together, NSX allows for that at any time during the life of the vehicle – investment protection.

So, as Benjamin Franklin once opined that nothing in this world is as certain as death and taxes, NSX investment protection is certain to provide modern software-defined data centers the needed tax cut they deserve.


If you would like to learn more about building the business case for network virtualization and security with VMware NSX in your environment, check out these resources:

  • Read The Network Virtualization Platform White Paper
  • Watch a webinar onManage Risk + Avoid Costs: What West Bend Gained with NSX
  • Request a NSX TCO Calculator demo with your rep to see Forrester certified CAPEX and OPEX savings for your projects and workloads

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401k, ROTH IRA, and NSX, Wait What?

Today is &#rsquo;tax day&#rdquo; here in the United States where the deadline to file your personal income taxes is due and many of us are looking at our tax burden, investments, and how to deal with the 4 million words in the U.S. tax code. So why not take this day to compare the complexity of taxes with the complexity of traditional data center networking and security. If legacy networking is the 1040-long form then NSX is the 1040-EZ form. Akin to the questions I have for my tax advisor, I sometimes get questions from customers about NSX asking: &#rsquo;We don&#rsquo;t need micro-segmentation, we have VLANs and Firewalls&#rdquo;, or &#rsquo;We don&#rsquo;t need network virtualization, we can do that today with routers and switches…If have to have network hardware anyways, why do I need network software as well?&#rdquo;

So, in the spirit of Tax Day here in the US, let&#rsquo;s compare hardware and software to what they really are…investments. And yes, different investments are taxed differently. Let&#rsquo;s think of traditional networking as a 401K and NSX as a ROTH IRA. Both are investments, and both get taxed.

  • Traditional networking investments are &#rsquo;tax-free&#rdquo; UNTIL you retire (or refresh every 3-5 years), when at that time, you must pay the taxes again at future more expensive rates.
  • Traditional networking also locks you in and you are penalized if you try to remove the investment and put it into another vehicle (vendor A vs. vendor B) prior to it maturing.
  • You are typically limited on choices for traditional networking. Lifecycle is 3-5 years, so if today&#rsquo;s rates are 10G/40G, but 50G/100G becomes vogue, it is not easy to change since you are tied to previous investments.

OR

  • NSX&#rsquo;s ROTH investment is paid for with &#rsquo;after-tax&#rdquo; dollars, but is TAX FREE upon refresh. Since network virtualization and security now runs in the compute platform, host lifecycles for servers allows for increase in capacity (Moore&#rsquo;s law) without any additional &#rsquo;tax&#rdquo; as the per-socket perpetual NSX licensing model allows for &#rsquo;tax-free&#rdquo; upgrades. More future compute power per CPU at the cost of today&#rsquo;s dollar.
  • NSX does not lock you into any hardware and there is no penalty for changing your data center make up (Dell, Cisco, HP, Arista, Juniper, whomever) as we run over top of any IP fabric.
  • You are not limited in choice as we have a large ecosystem of portfolio choices that integrates with NSX. If you need to switch out the underlay to 50G/100G, choose a whitebox switch, add best-of-breed security or automate multiple solutions together, NSX allows for that at any time during the life of the vehicle – investment protection.

So, as Benjamin Franklin once opined that nothing in this world is as certain as death and taxes, NSX investment protection is certain to provide modern software-defined data centers the needed tax cut they deserve.


If you would like to learn more about building the business case for network virtualization and security with VMware NSX in your environment, check out these resources:

  • Read The Network Virtualization Platform White Paper
  • Watch a webinar onManage Risk + Avoid Costs: What West Bend Gained with NSX
  • Request a NSX TCO Calculator demo with your rep to see Forrester certified CAPEX and OPEX savings for your projects and workloads

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VMware Announces General Availability of vSAN 6.6

vSAN 6.6 is here! Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of vSAN 6.6.vSAN 6.6 accelerates the modernization of data center infrastructure with improved security, lower cost, and faster performance. vSAN 6.6 provides native software-based vSAN Encryption, local failure protectionwith stretched clusters, cost savings with ease of management and up to 50% higher

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