The top 5 announcements made at VMworld and what they mean for you

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VMware just made some major announcements at this week’s VMworld. We want to make sure you not only have the latest information, but also understand what the announcements mean for you, and how we can help you make the most of the new technology.

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Here are the five biggest announcements from VMworld:

1. VMware rebranded its Cloud Management platform to VMware vRealize. As the software-defined data center becomes a reality, the need for a comprehensive management platform has never been greater. The vRealize rebranding reflects this vision.

What this means for you: There are many choices to factor in as you prepare to establish a next-generation IT platform on which your business will run. SHI’s Solution Architects are certified and experienced in supporting the entire new suite of products and can help answer any questions you may have.

2. VMware vCloud Hybrid Service is now VMware vCloud Air. There are public clouds, private clouds, on-premises clouds, off-premises clouds, and hybrid clouds. Regardless of which variation of cloud you choose to leverage as you evolve your data center, VMware is offering the platform of Air: a place where all clouds co-exist and interoperate. The Air is everywhere, all at once and seemingly unlimited.

What this means for you: For existing vCHS customers, no action is required. For customers that already built their current infrastructure leveraging VMware , vCloud Air allows you to finally leverage an off-premises solution without having to rewrite your applications or learn new skills. vCloud Air provides a natural extension to your existing virtual environment.

3. VMware revealed vSphere Remote Office Branch Office (ROBO). ROBO lets customers with remote offices establish a standardized set of infrastructure configurations that are repeatable, without the need for additional on-site IT staff or regional data centers. It’s designed to meet the growing needs of customers with remote locations that want to provide full IT support and access to corporate assets.

What this means for you: If you have trouble meeting remote IT requests because of a lack of sufficient local IT staff, ROBO solves this challenge. Depending on your business needs and your current environment, this new technology could meet the unique needs of your remote office workers.

4. Horizon DaaS and Horizon Workspace Suite gained new features. VMware has integrated the device management features of AirWatch and other enterprise-class services. The new Horizon Suite of products can finally provide an enterprise-class solution to the growing conflict between IT’s need for security and content control and the needs of a growing mobile workforce that demands the functionality offered by consumer solutions.

What this means for you: The new features help you ensure the delivery of applications and data to all users, from the datacenter to the device.

5. EVO: RAIL, a new hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA) debuts. Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, and others are partnering with the VMware network of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), original design manufacturers (ODMs), and independent software vendors (ISVs) to deliver a 100 percent VMware-powered HCIA.

What this means for you: A more modular converged IT infrastructure designed to scale out. Organizations will still be able to leverage multiple hardware OEMs with a common platform, but can now buy, deploy, and manage infrastructure through a predictable software-defined building block. SHI’s strategic relationship with VMware’s OEM partner networks allows us to provide a truly agnostic view of these offerings and help you understand how to leverage them.

For more details on the announcements made at VMworld, visit VMware’s newsroom.

Want to make sure you get the most out of your investment and properly plan for a vCloud Air implementation? Contact your SHI Account Executive, or email me at Joshua_Dunsky@SHI.com, to learn how SHI can help you maximize your current VMware investment and take advantage of these new announcements.

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