As VMware is wont to do, it has released a new brand of products that users may already be familiar with. Though I witnessed a number of complaints from users during the small group discussions at VMWorld, the vRealize rebranding really does go beyond simple marketing. Until a couple of days ago, the products that now make up the vRealize Suite came from very different origins, and had been positioned for very different use cases, from simple monitoring to justifying ROI. However, these products were also unique in how they integrate with VMware’s cloud offerings, thus the logic behind the mirrored vRealize Air product line.
vRealize is a culmination of VMware’s strategy to transition their products to the cloud and to show that they continue to deliver value once the user has made that transition.
By now, many of you are probably aware of the most recent cloud breach where a large cache of celebrity nude photos was released on a forum board on 4chan. Though details are still emerging, the prevalent theory is that the hackers managed to gain access to the pictures by accessing the celebrity’s Apple iCloud accounts.
This is but the most recent security breach in a long string of security breaches, affecting major enterprises like; Sony, Twitter, Target, and even the Department of Homeland Security. It’s not your company data necessarily that these data thieves are interested in. Rather, it’s your contact data – the personal data you compile on each contact in your data base such as social security number, credit card number, and email address. This naturally raises the question; just how secure is your corporate data in the cloud? The hard truth is - “it depends”. Fact is, the only surefire way to guarantee your cloud data is 100% secure is to disconnect it from the cloud.
Monty Hall, the famous game show host and personality behind Let's Make a Deal would have felt right at home if he was an IT Manager having to deal with the prospects of moving his infrastructure to the cloud.
Imagine you're sitting in the studio audience, dressed in your best Game of Thrones or Batman costume. Monty Hall walks right up next to you and says, "I've got a deal for you!" Can you picture it?
As he does on every show, Monty points to two doors. They look identical. You can't see what's behind the doors, but the payoff is potentially great. He says, "Your transition to the cloud sits behind either door #1 or door #2. Which door do you choose?
vCloud Hybrid Service,
VMware has traditionally struggled in the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) space because while customers may use vSphere to support their VDI environment, the actual brokering software is almost always Citrix instead of VMware View.
Historically, administrators faced a challenge. Either they had to have a small footprint with View Linked Clones AND needed to re-provision applications (sometimes manually) at the end of all recompose operations. Or, they had to give everyone thick persistent desktops, which ate up storage costs and thereby decreased the ROI of VDI significantly. Enter CloudVolumes.
VMWorld 2014 is a wrap!
Feels good to finally get back to work and reflect on the great lineup of speakers, new trends, and general buzz from the conference.
Speaking of buzz, while it's still fresh on my mind, I'd like to share my top 10 buzz words from the 2014 conference.
We are all airheads now...
As a cloud consultant, it’s good to have my head in the clouds. Same is true for IT managers and directors who are responsible for hybrid cloud initiatives.
Greeting From #VMWorld
VMware kicked off their annual VMworld Conference with the usual showmanship, to more than 22,000 attendees, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. VMware’s focus remains unchanged and they will continue to be bringing their vision of the Software Defined Data Center, Hybrid Cloud (now called AIR) and End User Computing to fruition over the next year. For certain there have been many enhancements over the last 12 months to VMware’s offerings to further their goal of being the common platform for everything.
By Jake Roczniak and Eric Grueter, Senior Consultants
This year at EMC World 2014, EMC had a variety of different technologies available for us to get some hands-on time. Here are some of our favorites and ones that we think the industry will be seeing more and more of in the future.
By Jake Roczniak, Senior Consultant
Daymark attended the 2014 EMC World conference in Las Vegas earlier this month. Not everyone can attend so we like to take some time to share our impressions of the event and to highlight various note-worthy products and announcements.
The theme of this year’s conference was “Redefine.” This continued the large rollout of software defined data center (SDDC) products and solutions started over the past two years at EMC World.
Software Defined Data Center
By Peter Wright, Senior Consultant
Symantec Vision 2014 was recently held in Las Vegas. This showcase for Symantec customers and partners delivered content through breakout sessions and labs that highlighted new products and features. One key area of focus surrounded NetBackup's future plans including self-service, dynamic tuning, user experiences, and interfacing with the cloud. Below are a few noted highlights:
Symantec Vision 2014