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Dell Technologies World 2019 ushered in a new era of partnership between VMware and Dell EMC. VMware used the size and scope of the event to make major announcements. During his keynote address, Pat Gelsinger said “this is like VMworld,” and I could not agree more. For those of you in the VMUG community who couldn’t make it out to Las Vegas, here are three things you need to know: VMware Cloud is on Microsoft Azure This was by far the biggest and most important announcement to come out of Las Vegas. Microsoft is joining the growing list of major tech players, such as AWS and Dell EMC, who are broadening their partnerships with VMware to give users ...
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Netherlands VMUG UserCon opened my eyes to how important it is for us in the VMUG community to take notice of how rapidly our industry is changing. Across many of the presentations I attended at UserCon, the necessity to evolve was a universal theme. Here are some of my insights from those sessions. The Keynote: VMware’s Transition to an aaS Model Kit Colbert, CTO, VMware Cloud Platform Business Unit, delivered the keynote presentation about VMware’s transition to an “as a Service” (aaS) model. This is a big change that is affecting VMware and its customers, and I appreciate their efforts to be more transparent about this restructuring.   With the ...
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​ Photo Credit: Kaz Igarashi Recently, I was honored to be the keynote speaker at the VMUG Japan UserCon. While in Tokyo, I experienced VMUG hospitality on a new level from both longtime friends and newcomers to the VMUG community. Japan UserCon had countless great moments and activities, two in particular stuck out: the lightning round presentations and the peer-to-peer mentorship within the community. Lightning Round Presentations This year I had the privilege of judging the annual Japan UserCon Lightning Rounds. Community leaders manage subcommittees, and each committee presents a 15-minute discussion on topics such as vSAN, VDI, and Hybrid ...
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The vAdmin's Future

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The vAdmin's Future Dell Technologies Forum is a one-day event featuring all seven of Dell’s technologies in one place.  The San Francisco Forum had Pat Gelsinger keynote.  Hearing Pat on stage, I couldn’t help but think about all the potential our members have. Listening to the future of VMware at events like this, announcements at VMworld, and articles from tech magazines tells me we, the vAdmin, are poised for great things. Even so, that future won't be realized without effort.   VMworld had vSphere getting main stage attention, which was awesome for us to reflect on.  There is a lot happening right now in the VMware world: ...
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ClearSky Data recently  announced support  for VMware Cloud on AWS. The move signals the availability of native, cloud-based backup and recovery for companies migrating to the cloud. As one of the first VMware partners to provide this solution, ClearSky gives VMware Cloud on AWS users the complete reliability and redundancy they know and trust from their on-prem environments with all of the benefits of cloud-based backup. It’s about simpler backup storage, improved recovery times and seamless onsite-and-offsite copies of data that are accessible wherever it's needed. VMware Cloud on AWS service runs in public cloud infrastructures and provides connectivity ...
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Call for Participation

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Dear VMUG Members, As we approach 2019, VMUG has new opportunities for the community to get involved. VMUG will restructure the Board committees and councils to increase efficiencies, involvement and communication with the VMUG community. Task Forces will be created as needed to bring a specific set of skills together in order to accomplish a short-term task. Committees and Councils will continue to operate towards the same set of goals and objectives. The new structure is as follows: Councils Councils are initiative-specific advisory groups established to provide feedback and guidance on specific strategic issues. Leader Advisory Council ...
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VMware Wants to Share – October 2018   The Next Step Forward: Capturing the Full Potential of Tech “Superpowers” VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger authors a LinkedIn article on the four technology “superpowers” he shared during VMworld 2018: Cloud, Mobile, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things. Gelsinger dives deeper and shares his thoughts on what the next step is for each superpower and where we need to innovate to capture their full potential.   Our Networking & Security Experts at the Virtual Cloud Network Deep Dive Do you have colleagues who are networking and security professionals?  Are they intrigued by what NSX can ...
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VMworld 2018 Announcements By Keith Townsend, VMUG Contributor, Principal at The CTO Advisor, Solutions Architect at VMware I’m sitting down the week after VMworld to write a recap of announcements for VMUG Voice. The question isn’t if any big announcements were made at VMworld. The right question? Which announcement will prove most significant? ESXi on ARM A bunch of our peers can’t stop talking about ESXi on ARM. Don’t get excited thinking you’ll take those benefits VMUG Advantage licenses and deploy vSphere on a bunch of Raspberry Pi’s. The solution is aimed at OEM partners. Even if you could get your hands on the ARM bits, the minimum requirement ...
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VMware Wants to Share for September Introducing VMware vSphere Platinum. VMware is excited to announce the latest edition of our vSphere platform, VMware vSphere Platinum. This new edition delivers advanced security capabilities powered by machine learning and fully integrated into the hypervisor. It combines the industry leading capabilities of vSphere with VMware AppDefense, to secure infrastructure and applications in an operationally simple manner with minimal overhead or performance impact. To learn more about this new offering, visit the vSphere product page . vSphere 6.7 Update 1 is here.   VMware is announcing vSphere 6.7 Update ...
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VMware Wants to Share for August    Get Certified at VMworld 2018 and Save 50%   Are you joining us at VMworld 2018? We’re extending a 50% discount off VMware Certified Professional (VCP) and VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification exams taken at VMworld. Not sure you’re ready? We’re offering certification prep classes the weekend before the event! You sign up through your VMworld registration.  VMware Education Services is also offering additional discounts for VMworld attendees: 25% off On Demand courses 25% off a VMware Learning Zone (our 24/7 training hub) Premium Subscription   Don’t miss this opportunity to save ...
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By Craig Mclellan, CEO, ThinkOn As an entrepreneur, I don’t get much time to reflect. ThinkOn recently celebrated its 5 th year of successful operations and I took a few moments to look back at everything that has happened over that period of time. It never ceases to amaze me how much hype technology vendors generate. It seems to me that at times this hype creates a frenzy that blinds people to the realities of running a business efficiently. At times it gets so bad that new concepts barely have time to take hold before the next marketing push starts directing people in yet another direction. Over the past 2 years the hyper-cloud providers (we know who ...
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VMware Wants To Share FOR JULY VMware updates to the VMUG Community Each month, VMware Business Units provide information important to the VMUG community. Visit this section each month to keep on top of VMware news, updates and opportunities. End of Support for VMware vSphere® 5.5 In less than 2 months (Sept) VMware vSphere® 5.5 will reach the end of general support. Read more #TechConfessions The premise behind Tech Confessions is to get different perspectives on where we’re headed as an industry. The most central question posed to guests is “what was your ...
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Security Starts With Visibility Seth Chromick, Lead Application Security Architect, Office of the CTO at vArmour vArmour is excited to announce its newest addition to the App Explorer visibility solution for critical applications - the Microsoft SQL Security Risk Report . This detailed report provides deeper insight into the configuration, deployment, and security of SQL Server - an application that is considered a “crown jewel” in many organizations, and the focus of many compliance/security concerns. The information in the SQL report can be useful alongside the existing Active Directory Security Risk report, which is already part of App Explorer.  ...
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It's Difficult to Ignore the Data Protection Market Data management enables data mobility. An advantage to data mobility is improved disaster recovery capability. Looking to the public cloud - an obvious temptation is to leverage public cloud as an on-demand disaster recovery site.   As administrators, we don’t talk about the economics of Silicon Valley startups often. However, it’s difficult to ignore the data protection market. Companies ranging from Rubrik and Cohesity to Druva Inc., have all had $90 million or more invested in each company over the past few months. It makes you sit up and wonder what’s so special about backup. Rubrik won Best of Show ...
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The change with VMUG you might have noticed and why it’s even cooler than you think…   If you go to any of the larger VMUG events (UserCon’s / SuperCon’s / etc.) this year you might have noticed a few changes. The VMware and sponsor content are still as engaging as ever but the community tracks have changed and in a very positive way. Community tracks are normally very popular but are often limited to where the community speaker is located. This means a community speaker in the mid-west often would only speak at a few events in the region due to travel costs. Years past this often-left great community sessions being silo’d to certain regions but this year ...
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VMware Wants To Share for June VMware upda tes to the VMUG Community Each month, VMware Business Units provide information important to the VMUG community. Visit this section each month to keep on top of VMware news, updates and opportunities. It's Time to Upgrade With the end of general support of vSphere 5.5 coming in September, VMware and VMUG urge VMware users to upgrade to vSpere 6.5 or above in order to drive their technology and cloud vision forward. VMware has partnered with VMUG to offer technical workshops in cities near you and also a webcast series for all. vSphere 6.7 is ...
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VMware Wants To Share ... VMware updates to the VMUG Community Each month, VMware Business Units provide information important to the VMUG community. Visit this section each month to keep on top of VMware news, updates and opportunities. Life Lessons in Leadership Pat Gelsinger published a LinkedIn piece on leadership lessons and the foundation of a strong company culture. In the article, Pat discusses his thoughts on what it takes to be a good leader – with emphasis on listening and learning from your coworkers. Read More Health Care Innovation: Harnessing New Technologies To Benefit ...
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Duncan Epping on VMUG History, VMware, and Expectations for the June Virtual Event. VMUG interviews Duncan Epping, Chief Technologist for VMware’s Office of CTO of the Storage and Availability business unit and keynote speaker for the upcoming VMUG June Virtual event. Duncan shares with us his history with VMUG and what is unique about his upcoming keynote address during the Virtual Event. How long have you been a VMUG member? I have been a member of VMUG for the longest time, and to be honest I can't even recall when I first visited the VMUG in the Netherlands, but it must be roughly 10 years. The Netherlands already had a decent sized VMUG event ...
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I’ve listened to no less than five presentations on data management and movement in the past week. There has been a ground swell of technology companies to enter the data protection market. All of which have an option for backing data up to the cloud. What may get lost in the noise is the capability these solutions bring to disaster recovery (DR). I spent several years running the DR operations for a global Fortune 200’s SAP infrastructure. I want to level-set. At any scale DR is hard. No matter of technology changes the fact that applications, people, and process are in constant change. It’s what makes DR hard. To this point, DR proved hard and expensive. ...
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Today we had a webcast to share updates on VMUG’s new event model and future plans. We were thrilled so many of you could join. As you heard from Brad Tompkins, VMUG CEO, and Steve Athanas, VMUG Leader/Board Member/Chair of the Events Committee, there are some exciting changes we are making to our VMUG events. When VMUG started over ten years ago, it was all about members getting together organically and sharing information about how they are solving problems and making things happen in their own environments to move forward in their careers.  At the core, it’s about how everyone in the community can get better - together.  And that’s what we’re going back ...
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