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Citrix Named a Leader in Both Cloud and Hybrid EFSS Forrester Wave Reports

We are excited to announce that Citrix has been named a Leader in both The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise File Sync and Share Platforms -  Cloud Solutions, Q4 2017 report and The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise File Sync and Share Platforms -


  

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NetScaler MAS: Providing Clear Visibility into Hybrid Cloud Environments

This is the third post in a series that is exploring the ways hybrid cloud-based and SaaS applications are driving a new approach to application delivery.

In previous blog posts, we presented the overall challenges posed by hybrid cloud-based and


  

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Reliability is a “Must Have” for Delivering Apps from the Cloud

In the first blog post in our series on hybrid cloud world challenges for application delivery, we learned that there are three areas to address: reliable access & delivery, trusted security, and visibility through intelligent analytics. We will focus this


  

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I AM…all about integrating public clouds

The content catalog is live, so it’s time to start your preparations and to select some highly recommended sessions. Previously, we already suggested some tracks about transforming security, digitizing the workspace, and modernizing the data center. In this blog, you can discover some interesting tracks and sessions about the integration of public clouds.

Integration of public clouds is the future
More and more end users (including employees) find their way to the different public clouds. It is the task (and challenge) of the IT department to keep overview and control, and to find a way to centrally manage various public clouds. Are you looking for more information about the integration of public clouds? Be sure to schedule the following break-out sessions and workshops from the content catalog in your calendar.

Just click on the button ‘schedule’ and the session is in your agenda.

Break-out sessions:

  • Creating Your VMware Cloud on AWS Data Center: VMware Cloud on AWS Fundamentals [LHC1547BE]
  • Accelerate the Hybrid Cloud with VMware Cloud on AWS [LHC1403BE]
  • AWS Native Services Integration with VMware Cloud on AWS: Technical Deep Dive [LHC3376BES]
  • VMware Cloud on AWS: An Architectural and Operational Deep Dive [LHC3174BE]

Hands-on-Labs / Expert led workshop

  • VMware Cloud on AWS - Getting Started Workshop [ELW188701E]
  • VMware Cross Cloud Services - Getting Started [SPL188401E]
Register now and discover everything about modernizing data centers!
Book your ticket for VMworld 2017 Europe here!

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Use Our Updated Solution Enablement Toolkits (SETs)

Our SETs package VMware services, sales, and marketing IP that enable you to capitalize on SDDC, EUC, and Hybrid Cloud services opportunities. To learn more, access the SETs Program Overview Deck and review these FAQ resources: Accessing SETs | Foundation of SETs | Editing SETs. New/Emerging SETs are in development (contact your VMware Partner Manager if you have an active opportunity and need access).

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Use Our Updated Solution Enablement Toolkits (SETs)

Our SETs package VMware services, sales, and marketing IP that enable you to capitalize on SDDC, EUC, and Hybrid Cloud services opportunities. To learn more, access the SETs Program Overview Deck and review these FAQ resources: Accessing SETs | Foundation of SETs | Editing SETs. New/Emerging SETs are in development (contact your VMware Partner Manager if you have an active opportunity and need access).

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Foresee IT issues before they arise with vROps

IT failures and problems have been big news in recent weeks and while not all is revealed to the public eye as to how or why they occurred, it is safe to say no company wants it to happen to them.

Problems and failures can and will occur and there are many ways to mitigate and protect against it. One of these ways is effective monitoring of your IT Infrastructure. vRealize Operations Manager (vROps) is perfectly suited to being that single source or truth for your entire estate, whether it be Virtual or Physical. vRealize Operations Manager itself is built with resilience in mind, features such as High Availability help protect against an analytics cluster node failure.

Often when I have visited customers a reason they have opted for vROps is to consolidate multiple tools, to try and achieve that holy grail of monitoring which is the single source of truth, something vROps does very well. It offers tremendous extensibility by way of management packs, either provided by VMware, Blue Medora or the vendor of the product you want to monitor.

In addition, in this cloud hungry world, developments from VMware and Blue Medora also allow you to hook into your hybrid cloud estate. So, whether you have applications or workloads in Azure or AWS you centrally monitor and alert effectively.

There are many other reasons I have seen customers choose vROps as their go to monitoring tool.

  • Effective and concise alerting - using the ability to filter out all the back-ground noise and understand what is really going on in their estate.
  • Customisation - whether it be dashboards or reports, the customers could tailor vROps to suit their specific needs.
  • Capacity planning - with the projects feature you can present or change scenarios to vROps and it will give you instant feedback on the impact it would have.
  • Scalability - vROps can monitor a vast number of objects.
  • Strong user community offering guidance - tips and tricks to get the most from vROps

With the ever-increasing complexity of business IT, effective monitoring of your IT infrastructure is an absolute must. It is often neglected though due to budget constraints or lack of interest, but can very quickly become a priority when a serious issue occurs.

vROps helps forewarn you of a potential issue (disk growth, CPU/RAM/LAN usage) in the form of Risk based alerts. It can also troubleshoot and effectively determine the root cause of current or historical issues. The bottom line is you want to quickly know where the fire is and what caused it.

In an ideal world, you will be able to foresee issues that will arise and avoid them. In part vROps can help you achieve this or at the very least give you a firm handle on what is happening and why so you can address issues, problems and failures quickly and efficiently.

For those of you wanting to learn more about how VMWare solutions can help you automate and better manage IT operations, read our Dummies Guide to Cloud management.

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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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