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VMworld 2012 - Day One Recap

28 Aug 2012

The 9th annual VMworld launched with at literal bang during the VMworld 2012 opening General Session on Monday morning. Many announcements were made and here is a recap of the announcements, releases and updates.

But first…


The first day of the inaugural VMworld 2012 TAM Customer Central which I’m a part of was a resounding success. This new and exclusive TAM Customer-Only room was designed to ensure that TAM Customers have the best possible experience during the conference. On Monday customers had exclusive access to VMware product managers and experts for in-depth technical deep dives and discussions, product road maps, technical previews, demos and more.

Some of the topics that were covered included: Trusted Cloud ControlsVMware vSphere 5.1 Technical Deepdive and a Cloud Infrastructure Roundtable.

Today we continue with, as one customer said, the “The Shadows Sessions of Awesomeness” that include:

Now, on to the announcements…


Perhaps one of the more exciting announcements made today at VMworld, Paul Maritz, Pat Gelsinger and Steve Herrod unveiled the VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 – the first solution to deliver the software-defined datacenter. The VMware vCloud suite integrates virtualization, cloud infrastructure and management portfolio into a single SKU, in order to simplify the adoption of cloud era technologies.

The VMware vCloud Suite to simplify IT operations and deliver the best SLAs for all of your applications. Now, you can build a complete infrastructure-as-a-service cloud and operationalize your VMware environment, becoming more responsive to business.

vCloud Suite is part of the complete VMware cloud solution, a comprehensive set of technology, services intellectual property, and skills enhancements based on real-world deployment experience. The integrated offering includes everything you need to build (technology and architecture), operate (processes and control) and staff (people and organization) a cloud environment while measuring the improvements (IT business management) of cloud computing.

Paul Maritz shared during VMworld, “VMware and its partners are taking a bold step toward simplifying IT, offering customers everything they need to build, operate and manage their cloud environments. The VMware vCloud Suite delivers the software-defined datacenter – the architecture for implementing cloud computing.”

As Steve Herrod mentioned, available in three flavors of Standard, Advanced and Enterprise editions, the vCloud Suite includes:

During the Day One VMworld 2012 General Session, several notable blogs posts from the Office of the CTO and new Technical Whitepapers for the VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 were released:

VMware Office of the CTO

Technical Whitepapers on VMware vCloud Suite 5.1


VMware announced 8 new certifications, a new Cloud Certification Solution Track,  and a complete update to VMware’s Certification Program that aligns with the practitioner roles required for an IT organization’s success in the cloud era.  The VMware certifications are shifting to a role-based framework to align with both a)  the roles that companies need to effectively design, operate, and evolve their cloud environment, and b) the key technology solution areas that support the evolution to the cloud.

New Certification Solution Track

In addition, the VMware training curriculum is shifting to a role based approach, with courses aligned to roles and technology tracks, and learning paths to help practitioners identify what courses will prepare them both to be successful in their real-world roles and to achieve VMware certification status.

Check out the VMware Learning Paths and work with your Technical Account Manager to help you plan your organizations education roadmap.


VMware vSphere 5.1 for SMBs

VMware has also announced vSphere 5.1 solutions to help SMBs simplify and protect IT – with industry-leading virtualization, business continuity and automated management. With the release of vSphere 5.1, VMware will also significantly extend the capabilities of vSphere Essentials Plus to include:

New Cloud Ops Education, Transformation and Advisory Services 

The new Cloud Ops Intellectual Property (IP) and advisory, transformation and education services was designed to help transition IT to a new operating model for cloud computing – to accelerate the delivery of new business value and innovation. Cloud Ops and the Cloud Ops Forum (also announced today) address how to build, operate, staff and measure a cloud environment to maximize business innovation and efficiency.

EMC and VMware Partner to Deliver vSphere Data Protection

Built on EMC Avamar deduplication backup software technology, the new VMware vSphere Data Protection solution is now available in place of vSphere Data Recovery – providing a more cost-effective, reliable and easy-to-use solution to protect VMware environments.

T-Systems Becomes the Latest VMware vCloud Datacenter Partner

T-Systems has joined forces with VMware to provide customers with easier, quicker and more manageable access to the cloud, with AutoScout24 and Actum/G2 already reaping the benefits of this strategic partnership.

According to Mathew Lodge, “T-Systems will broaden its VMware expertise by adding this cloud service offering to its existing and highly capable VMware consulting and integration practice, giving customers outstanding options for their cloud deployments.”

Now… back to Day Two…

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