VMware Fusion 11.5 Available Now!

VMware Fusion 11.5 Available Now!

VMware Fusion 11.5 Available Now!

It’s with great pleasure that we announce the immediate availability of VMware Fusion 11.5! Download here! Still on Fusion 10 or 8.5? Upgrade here! Release notes This release comes as a free upgrade to existing Fusion 11 users, with Fusion 8.5 and v10 customers being still eligible for discount upgrade pricing. This release also extends […] The post VMware Fusion 11.5 Available Now! appeared first on VMware Fusion Blog.


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Workstation 15.5 Pro and Player Available Now!

Workstation 15.5 Pro and Player Available Now!

Workstation 15.5 Pro and Player Available Now!

It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce the immediate availability of VMware Workstation 15.5 Pro and Player! Our major release this year comes as a free upgrade for existing version 15 customers, with upgrade discounts available for v12 and v14 customers. Release Notes Workstation Pro: Direct Windows download ::: Direct […] The post Workstation 15.5 Pro and Player Available Now! appeared first on VMware Workstation Zealot.


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Key Takeaways from VMworld US 2019 in San Francisco.

Looking back on this past week, all I can say is that it was pretty crazy. It was my first time to San Francisco, and I honestly left with mixed feelings on the City.

VMworld itself was pretty good! VMware cut back the general sessions to just two days (Monday and Tuesday), and I am honestly conflicted about the missing Thursday general session, as they usually showcase some non VMware related tech for this session.

If I could sum up VMworld in just one word this year, it would be: Kubernetes

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VMware debuted their cloud management solution VMware Tanzu with partnership with Pivital, and showcased the ability to manage multiple Kubernetes clusters across multiple clouds, all from one central management dashboard, and Project Pacific, VMware’s endeavor to embed Kubernetes into vSphere.

VMware also added the Odyssey competition this year just outside of the Hands on Labs area. This was in the HOL style, however this only gave attendees hints on what needed to be completed, and really allowed you to test your knowledge and skills in order to complete the task, without the hand holding that the typical HOL provides. Teams were able to compete against each other for the best times, and had some pretty decent prizes.

All in all, it was a decent VMworld, and they will be returning to San Francisco next year. I can’t say that I enjoyed the location, especially with the homeless problem San Francisco has, and I would much rather see VMworld bring it’s 20k+ attendees to a cleaner city, without the drugs, pan handlers, and human waste on the streets. You’d think that as someone who grew up on a farm, and is used to certain sights and smells, that it wouldn’t have bothered me so much, but this took me by surprise

This was also a special VMworld for me this year, as I was finally able to meet Pat Gelsinger. I can tell he really likes the community, and would love to stay longer and chat with everyone. I certainly would have loved the chance to talk with him longer, but I know he had other obligations that night.

The vExpert party was fun as always, and we were able to get a nice photo of the group.

The last session I attended this year was “If this then that for vSphere – the power of event-driven automation” with keynote speakers William Lam, and Michael Gasch. Several well known VMware employees and bloggers were in attendance, including Alan Renouf, who was two chairs down from me, and for this first time I felt this crippling awkwardness of wanting to take pictures with all of them, but was so star stuck that I couldn’t bring myself to it. I know these guys are just normal folks who just happen to be stars in the vCommunity, but I had to contain myself, and enjoy the keynote. Hopefully our paths will cross again, and I can personally meet them.

VMworld General Session, Day 2, Tuesday August 27th, 2019: VMware Tanzu demos, and new CTO announcement!

Day 3 of VMworld 2019 in San Francisco is underway, and it is the second day of General sessions. Clearly today’s theme is Kubernetes, and VMware’s Ray O’Farrell kicked off the keynote by talking about VMware Tanzu and Tanzu’s mission control.

The Keynote then included the integration of NSX-T with Tanzu. The ability to test changes, to see the impact on the environment before going live, was truly amazing

There was also an interesting demo with VMware Horizon and Workspace ONE, showcasing the usage deploying work spaces rapidly from the cloud, and creating zero-trust security policy withing workspace ONE with Carbon Black

Pat jumped up on stage to announce that Ray O’Ferrell (@ray_ofarrell) would be leading VMware’s cloud native apps division, and Greg Lavender (@GregL_VMware) was named the New CTO of VMware.

VMware also announced a limited edition t-shirt that would be given away later that day. VMware had roughly 1000 of these shirts made up, and luckily I was able to get a shirt before they ran out.

Plenty of people were upset about not getting a shirt due to the limited run. Gives a whole new meaning to nerd rage…. (sorry I couldn’t help myself).

VMworld General Session, Day 1, Monday August 26th, 2019: VMware Tanzu, and Project Pacific.

The start of VMworld 2019 in San Francisco is underway, and Pat kicked off the general session talking about his excitement for being back in San Francisco, while poking fun at us “Vegas lovers”. Pat also talked about technology, our digital lives, and technologies role being a force for good. He talked about charities, and cancer research foundations.

Pat Then talked about The Law of Unintended Consequences, and how technology has advanced, we as a society have given up certain aspects of Privacy, the need to combat disinformation at scale available widely on the social media platforms.

Surprisingly, according to Pat, Bitcoin is Bad and contributes to the climate crisis.

First Major Announcement with Kubernetes, as VMware has been focussing on containers

Pat then announced the creation of VMware Tanzu, which is the initiative to have a common platform that allows developers to build modern apps, run enterprise Kubernetes, and platform to manage Kubernetes for developers and IT..

Second Major Announcement, Project Pacific. An ambitious project to unite vSphere and Kubernetes for the future of modern IT

Interestingly, Project Pacific was announced to be 30% faster than a traditional Linux VM, and 8% faster than solutions running on bare metal.

Project Pacific brings Kubernetes to the VMware Community, and will be offered by 20K+ Partner resellers, 4K+ Service providers and 1,100+ technology partners.

Tanzu also comes with mission control, a centralized tool allowing IT Operations to manage Kubernetes for developers and IT.

From VMworld: Introducing Project Pacific!

Introducing Project Pacific

From VMworld: Introducing Project Pacific!

Today VMware announced Project Pacific, what I believe to be the biggest evolution of vSphere in easily the last decade. Simply put, we are rearchitecting vSphere to deeply integrate and embed Kubernetes. Project Pacific evolves vSphere to be a native Kubernetes platform. What’s driving this shift? Fundamentally it goes to what constitutes a modern application. The post Introducing Project Pacific appeared first on VMware vSphere Blog.


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Introducing Project Pacific

Introducing Project Pacific

Introducing Project Pacific

Today VMware announced Project Pacific, what I believe to be the biggest evolution of vSphere in easily the last decade. Simply put, we are rearchitecting vSphere to deeply integrate and embed Kubernetes. Project Pacific evolves vSphere to be a native Kubernetes platform. What’s driving this shift? Fundamentally it goes to what constitutes a modern application. The post Introducing Project Pacific appeared first on VMware vSphere Blog.


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VMworld 2019: Your Chance to Win Bose Headphones

VMworld 2019: Your Chance to Win Bose Headphones

VMworld 2019: Your Chance to Win Bose Headphones

Security Keynotes at VMworld 2019 About a month ago, we published a VMworld security guide, which shortlisted 100 to 300 level sessions that best illustrate VMware’s strategy and vision while providing a deeper understanding of our products. This time, we’ll be focusing on two security keynotes, with the first one highlighting how AppDefense can The post VMworld 2019: Your Chance to Win Bose Headphones appeared first on VMware Security.


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VMware vSAN 6.7 U3 is Generally Available

VMware vSAN 6.7 U3 is Generally Available

VMware vSAN 6.7 U3 is Generally Available

Download vSAN 6.7 U3 VMware vSAN 6.7 Update 3 (U3) is generally available to download! vSAN 6.7 U3 delivers container-ready infrastructure through Cloud Native Storage (CNS) to support agile, next-gen application development; enhancements to management for consistent operations across hybrid clouds; under-the-hood performance improvements; and a new vSAN Enterprise Plus edition, which includes vRealize Operations to enable self-driving operations, intelligent remediation, The post VMware vSAN…Read More


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