Updated e-learning modules on VMware Partner University.

Recently, VMware updated their e-learning modules in the Partner University.
Not only the new VSP and VTSP – SV (Server Virtualization 2017) accreditation came available but also the new VTSP – DaaS (Desktop as a Service 2016) accreditation was made available.

 

The following modules are new:

VSP – SV (Server Virtualization 2017) – vSphere with Operations Management can help your customers achieve their unique business needs by delivering virtualization with consistent management, purpose-built to get the best performance, availability and efficiency from their infrastructure and applications. This course shows you how to successfully sell VMware’s virtualization solution: vSphere with Operations Management.

VSP Server Virtualization 2017
VSP – SV (Server Virtualization 2017) – Test Out

VTSP – SV (Server Virtualization 2017) – Is the key next step for understanding and extending your virtualization and vSphere knowledge.
This program is designed for those who are technically selling and designing solutions focused on vSphere with Operations Management (vSOM) and includes tools and best practices for presenting highlights of vSphere to your customer.

VTSP-SV 2017: Introduction to Server Virtualization
VTSP-SV 2017: Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals
VTSP-SV 2017: Server Virtualization for Technical Sales Professionals
VTSP-SV 2017: Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals Test
VTSP-SV 2017: Server Virtualization for Technical Sales Professionals Test

VTSP-DaaS (Desktop as a Service 2016) – This program helps those in a technical selling role to understand and technically present VMware’s Desktop as a Service solution.

VTSP-DaaS 2016: Horizon Air Overview
VTSP-DaaS 2016: Horizon Air Selling Guide
VTSP-DaaS 2016: Horizon Air Architecture
VTSP-DaaS 2016: Horizon Air Administration
VTSP-DaaS 2016: Horizon Air Onboarding
VTSP-DaaS 2016: Accreditation Exam

The VSP – SV Accreditation is a current badge which holds 200 points towards the leaderboard, the VTSP – SV holds 400 points and finally the VTSP – DaaS holds also a 400 points. So all together 1000 points can be earned!

Make sure to subscribe to the training plan if you want to gain points towards the leaderboard and track your progress under “My Achievements” and “Transcripts”.

Happy training.

Arie-Jan Bodde

 

(*) Source : VMware Partner University

Introducing Cloud Foundry

ITQ Recently became Pivotal partner (link: http://itq.nl/itq-becomes-pivotal-partner/). Pivotal is a VMware spin-off which focuses on turning ideas into running software quicker.

They offer different products and services to help customers do that. But the product I want to focus on in this post is Pivotal Cloud foundry.

What is Cloud Foundry?

The Cloud Foundry website states: “Cloud Foundry is the industry standard cloud application platform that abstracts away infrastructure so you can focus on app innovation”

In other words: Cloud Foundry is a platform which enables developers to focus on code that adds actual business value and getting that code into production in the shortest time possible.

I give a bit more details on what the Cloud Foundry platform looks like on my personal blog (link: http://www.automate-it.today/what-is-cloud-foundry/).

For now I’d like to dig into the why a bit more.

Why Cloud Foundry?

As stated above, there are two main reasons to use Cloud Foundry:

  1. Let your developers focus on software that adds business value
  2. Get from idea to software in production in the shortest time possible

As for the first reason: We know from experience that in a lot of companies developers are spending loads of time building and maintaining docker containers

or even complete do-it-yourself application platforms. If you want to read first hand experiences from someone who did build a diy platform check out this blog: https://content.pivotal.io/blog/5-confessions-of-a-platform-builder

The point here is that when you start building a platform yourself you’re going to spent a lot of engineering effort on just the platform.

While I believe every company should focus is engineering efforts there where business value is created.

The difficulty is that developers love building their own stuff. After all that’s what they do. So as long as they not provided with a proper platform they’ll just go the diy route.

If your company employ developers you’ve probably seen this already. Developers don’t want to wait forever for new virtual machines to be deployed so they just order a few big ones, install docker and deploy their software that way.

That’s how it usually starts out: “let me run docker containers somewhere”. But just running containers is not enough. The containers have to be build, orchestrated, monitored and data needs to be stored somewhere.

So one day somebody writes a piece of code to orchestrate containers. The next day he writes some monitoring code and before you know it that one developer is doing nothing else that just developing a platform instead of delivering business software.

 

I think I made my point clear: Developers should focus on business value, not on building a platform, dealing with containers or requesting virtual machines.

Cloud Foundry can be installed in under a day and after that your developers can just type “cf push” and their code will be running on the platform.

 

Then the second reason: In the current highly digitized world it is key to be able to try out new ideas quickly.

So you want to be able to go from idea to running code in a very short time. The way Cloud Foundry achieves this is by offering code deployment and data services in a self service fashion.

The developers does not need the IT department to deploy new code. he Simply types “cf push” and the code is deployed for him, using the data services his application needs.

Of course the organization needs to support this way of working. I won’t go into the people and process side of the story here but you might ant to implement a DevOps way of working to optimize software delivery and operation.

 

Part of the DevOps way of working is CI/CD (Continuous integration/ Continuous Deployment).

CI/CD basically means that once a developers has pushed code into the code repository and automated process takes over. This process is called a pipeline.

A pipeline builds the software, runs units tests, integration tests and if everything is successful it deploys the code to production.

Pivotal created its own CI tool as part of the Cloud Foundry ecosystem. It is called Concourse. you can read a bit more about concourse here: (link: http://www.automate-it.today/what-is-concourse-ci/)

 

Conclusion

Cloud Foundry will help you focus on business value and at the same time help you being a more agile business.

From a technical perspective (I’m a techie after all): Cloud Foundry is pretty cool technology which not only offers a lot to developers but also to the operators of the platform.

As to why ITQ is involved in Cloud Foundry: We want to provide the best solutions to problems our customers are experiencing. And currently deploying code fast is one of the biggest challenges. We believe Cloud Foundry can help solve this.

Interview with Sjors Robroek on NSX and NEN7510 compliancy

Sjors RobroekThe year 2016 was great in many ways. Many awesome projects, new (happy) customers and some of our colleagues gained the highest certification available on VMware Technology: VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) on different focus areas (Data Center Virtualization, Desktop & Mobility and Network Virtualization). One of these colleagues is Sjors Robroek.

In a new item on our blog site, we are going to interview ITQ colleagues on their role, interesting projects or certification. This first edition it’s Sjors’ turn.

What is your role within ITQ?

As a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) consultant, my daily role consists of a mix of responsibilities on a variety of subjects in a variety of roles ranging from presales to a subject matter expert implementing or troubleshooting extremely technical in-depth systems. As a relatively small company niche player one does not have the luxury to focus on a single subject or role. As such – depending on the customer – I’ll be working with a large amount of products, both within as well as outside the VMware ecosystem. Earlier in my IT career I’ve done a lot of work on Cisco networking and security, and when VMware announced the acquisition of Nicira I’ve been following the development of both NSX for vSphere as well as NSX for Multi-Hypervisor (currently rebranded as NSX-T) and evangelising Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV). Having a head start in both networking and virtualisation helped me in getting the required experience to become a subject matter expert in NSX, culminating in becoming the first VCDX-NV in the Netherlands and the Benelux. With NSX maturing as a product, we have seen SDN and NFV technologies gain a significant amount of traction and VMware becoming a market leader in the field of networking and security.

You have been working on a project for a national hospital in the Netherlands. What was/were the driver(s) behind this project?

The main driving forces behind this project were two-fold: one was the simplified management and operations of their virtualised network, significantly reducing the lead time for changes and the amount of work required by multiple teams involved in IT operations, as well as allowing future automation projects for their SDDC infrastructure. The other main driving force was the desire to move towards a zero-trust security policy for systems containing sensitive data such as patient records and applications managing medical systems.

VMware NSX was one of the main components in the solution. Why did the customer choose NSX?
One of the main reasons to choose VMware NSX was due to the integration with their vSphere virtualisation platform. While the customer has Cisco ACI as their physical underlay, VMware NSX allows their virtualisation administrators to perform most of the day-to-day operations, changes and monitoring without requiring them to go through the network operations team. The distributed firewall functionality allows for on-demand policy enforcement based on a standardised security framework, while vRealize Log Insight allows for the auditing of traffic flows at the virtual machine level to comply with regulatory compliance.

What challenges did NSX solve for the customer?

As the customer was moving towards a Software-Defined Data Center, VMware NSX allows them to reduce the impact and complexity of network changes. In addition, the distributed firewalling significantly simplifies regulatory compliance for healthcare providers. NSX has significantly simplified the impact of the operational aspect of their virtualize infrastructure and reduced the amount of work for their network administrators.

Did you experience any problems along the way?

We did run into a few minor issues during the course of the project, though most were relatively minor and resolved quickly. As this project was the first experience with Cisco ACI as a physical underlay for the customer’s network operations team as well as the SDDC project team, this caused some delays during the implementation of the NSX solution due to knowledge and experience with classical network infrastructures not always being applicable to a Software-Defined Network infrastructure.

How did you migrate the workloads to the new infrastructure?

As the customer was open to multiple possibilities, depending on various factors such as cost, availability, rollback time and complexity of the procedure, we have proposed a number of scenarios, including lifting and shifting of physical hosts, migration through their Veeam backup solution and moving the virtual machines through vCenter registration. Ultimately we chose the method that unregisters the virtual machine from the source and registers it at the destination vCenter. This had the least impact on the virtual machine and was the easiest to manage. The actual migration was done overnight in only a few days, as the whole procedure had been automated with PowerCLI and PowerNSX, requiring operations teams to only fill out an excel sheet to manage the batch migration process from start to finish.

You have written a whitepaper about VMware NSX and the NEN 7510 security compliancy in healthcare. What are you hoping do you want to achieve with this whitepaper?

As Software-Defined Network is a relative newcomer in the field of networking and security, I believe that a significant amount of organizations are not fully aware of the added benefits compared to classical firewalling or might still be using methodologies designed for legacy security architectures. Through spreading knowledge on the added value and benefits of Software-Defined Network and Network Function Virtualization, I’m hoping to increase knowledge create awareness on the impact of SDN and NFV on existing network security frameworks, the way we think about network segmentation and the case for – previously unattainable – true Zero Trust security architectures.

More about Sjors can be found here or on his personal blog site.

The white paper about VMware NSX and the NEN7510 security compliancy can be downloaded here.

New e-learning modules on VMware Partner University.

Recently, VMware extended their e-learning modules in the Partner University.
Yesterday the new VTSP – DV (Desktop Virtualization 2016) accreditation was made available as well as the Sales and Technical e-learning modules
concerning Hybrid Cloud Assessment (HCA) as an achievement this very morning.

The VTSP-DV (Desktop Virtualization) program helps those in a technical selling role to understand
and technically present VMware’s Desktop Virtualization solution.

The following modules are new:

VTSP – DV (Desktop Virtualization 2016) eLearning

VTSP-DV (2016): Desktop and Application Virtualization Solutions Overview
VTSP-DV (2016): VMware Horizon 7 Essentials
VTSP-DV (2016): VMware App Volumes Essentials
VTSP-DV (2016): VMware User Environment Manager: Essentials
VTSP-DV (2016): Identity Manager
VTSP-DV (2016): VMware Workspace ONE Essentials
VTSP-DV (2016): Digital Workspace, Desktop, & Application Virtualization

Hybrid Cloud Assessment (HCA) Sales
Hybrid Cloud Assessment Sales
Hybrid Cloud Assessment – Sales Quiz

Hybrid Cloud Assessment (HCA) Technical
VMware Hybrid Cloud Assessment – How to Video
VMware vRealize Business for Cloud Standalone Installation Video
VMware Hybrid Cloud Assessment Report Video
Hybrid Cloud Assessment – Technical Quiz

The VTSP-DV Accreditation is a current badge which holds 300 points towards the leaderboard and the HCA Sales and
Technical training hold a 450 points al together.

Make sure to subscribe to the training plan if you want to gain points towards the leaderboard and track your progress
under “My Achievements” and “Transcripts”.

Happy training.

Arie-Jan Bodde

New IT Outcomes E-Learn Modules on VMware Partner University.

Recently, VMware extended their e-learn modules in the Partner University. In the “Partner Individual” section the following modules got added to the IT Outcomes module:

IT Outcomes – Digital Workspace
IT Outcomes – Data Center Virtualization and Hybrid Cloud Extensibility
IT Outcomes – Business Strategy

“Accelerating the journey to Brave New IT by delivering the IT Outcomes customers care about most”

Customers today require a new model of IT that’s fluid, instant and secure. IT Outcomes is a framework to address the business needs of customers. Make IT Outcomes part of your conversations with customers by learning how to:

– Map VMware products and technologies to the outcomes that address the business issues faced by your customers
– Conduct both high-level conversations with business buyers and in-depth technical discussions with technology gatekeepers
– Monetize the VMware opportunity faster

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So, the IT Outcomes training now holds the following modules:

Sales Training:

Business Strategy
– Business Module – Business Outcomes
– Business Outcomes Assessment
– Business Module – Customer Persona
– Customer Persona Assessment
DCV & Hybrid Cloud Extensibility
– IT Outcomes – Data Center Virtualization and Hybrid Cloud Extensibility
– IT Outcomes – Data Center Virtualization and Hybrid Cloud Extensibility – Knowledge Assessment
Streamlined & Automated DC Ops
– IT Outcomes – Streamlined & Automated Data Center Operations
– Software-Defined Data Center IT Outcomes – Streamlined & Automated Data Center Operations Assessment
App and Infra Delivery Automation
– IT Outcomes – App and Infrastructure Delivery Automation
– IT Outcomes – App and Infrastructure Delivery Automation Test
Security Controls Native to Infra
– IT Outcomes – Security Controls Native to Infrastructure
– Security Controls Native to Infrastructure Test
High Availability & Resilient Infra
– IT Outcome – High Availability and Resilient Infrastructure
– Software-Defined Data Center IT Outcomes – High Availability and Resilient Infrastructure Assessment
Digital Workspace
– IT Outcomes – Digital Workspace

Technical Training:

IT Outcomes – Technical Sales Training
– IT Outcomes – Data Center Virtualization and Standardization Demo Kit
– IT Outcomes – Data Center Virtualization and Standardization POC Kit
IT Outcomes – Technical Sales Training
– IT Outcomes – App and Infrastructure Delivery Automation
– IT Outcomes – App and Infrastructure Delivery Automation Demo Kit
– IT Outcomes – App and Infrastructure Delivery Automation POC Kit
IT Outcomes – Technical Sales Training
– IT Outcomes – Security Controls Native to Infrastructure
– IT Outcomes – Security Controls Native to Infrastructure Demo Kit
– IT Outcomes – Security Controls Native to Infrastructure POC Kit
– Security Controls Native to Infrastructure Test
IT Outcomes – Technical Sales Training
– IT Outcomes – High Availability and Resilient Infrastructure POC Kit
– IT Outcomes – High Availability and Resilient Infrastructure Demo Kit
– IT Outcome – High Availability and Resilient Infrastructure
– Software-Defined Data Center IT Outcomes – High Availability and Resilient Infrastructure Assessment

I have not seen the new modules under the “Accreditations – Achievements” tab yet, but something tells me they will be soon. Make sure to subscribe to the training plan if you want to gain points towards the leaderboard and track your progress under “My Achievements” and “Transcripts”.

Happy training.

Arie-Jan Bodde

(*) Source: VMware Partner University

 

vCloud Director: past, presence and future

Over the past few years, there have been quite some rumors about the future and availability of vCloud Director. Taking the recent announcements regarding vCloud Foundation and VMware Cloud on AWS into account, this is a good moment to summarize the past, the present and the near future of vCloud Director.  This blog will also show that there have been continuous improvements to the platform over the past few years and VMware has clearly stated that the product is definitely not end of life.

Past

In august 2010, VMware launched the first version of vCloud Director, being both available to Enterprise Customers as to Service Providers. Because of the multi tenancy possibilities of vCloud Director, the product was, and still is, mainly being used by Service Providers.

Starting from the first release, VMware introduced key functionalities which where groundbreaking. Some of the key features available from the beginning where:

  • Multi tenancy – making it possible to isolate organizations
  • Availability of central application catalogs and personalized templates
  • Option to create and deploy vApps from catalogs/templates
  • Controlling user resources using role based access, quotas and leases
  • Access through REST vCloud API
  • Abstraction of underlying infrastructure, granting the possibility to carve out pools of resources and make these available to organizations

With the release of version 1.5 in September 2011, new features where introduced:

  • Rapid provisioning using linked clones technology (which decreased provisioning time and decreased storage costs)
  • Blocking tasks and notifications (allowing for end-to-end system automation)
  • Microsoft SQL Server support (in previous releases only Oracle DB’s were supported)
  • vShield Edge VPN integration (for site-to-site IPSec-VPN tunnels)

One year later a big step was made to adulthood of vCloud Director with the release of version 5.1 in September 2012. Some of the features added in this release are:

  • Elastic vDCs (allocation pool model where resources from multiple clusters within a vCenter could be used, allowing more flexibility when using the infrastructure’s resources when tenants grew)
  • VXLAN
  • Storage classes (which made it possible for vCloud Director to utilize Storage DRS)
  • Tenant and Admin usability improvements (improvements included features like Web SSO for tenants, SSPI multi-factor authentication and snapshot support)

This was also the release where VMware announced to discontinue the development of the user interface, but would only add new features to the API.

The two following releases after version 5.1, respectively version 5.5 and version 5.6, contained less groundbreaking improvements. Still, some of them are worth mentioning:

  • Catalog improvements (for example limiting access to shared catalogs, publish catalogs to external vCD instances, automated versioning and uploading based on file types to a catalog
  • Support for hot-add and hot-remove of hard disks and network cards
  • vApp cloning support for running and suspended vApps allowing to include the memory states
  • Virtual machine disk level storage profiles (offering multiple storage tiers among other things; database server and email server workloads, which require different storage demands)

Present

With the release of version 8.0 in September 2015, support for NSX in backward compatibility was added. Meaning NSX is fully functional at a vCNS level. Other nice features include:

  • Various vApp improvements making it possible to modify a virtual machine’s individual configuration within a vApp and thus, removing the requirement to re-deploy the vApp
  • Tenant throttling (prevents a single tenant from consuming all of the resources for a single instance of vCloud Director and ensures fairness of execution and scheduling among tenants)

The current release of vCloud Director, version 8.10, has been release in May 2016. Again, a fair amount of good improvements were done:

  • Virtual machine affinity rules (allowing you to create and apply affinity and anti-affinity rules on virtual machines, so they can be grouped on a specific host or preventing them from running on the same host)
  • Object Extensibility (vCD Object Extensions are external application which participate in, influence or overrule vCD’s logic including the placement of vApps)
  • Unattended installation (It is now possible to perform an unattended installation of vCD using scripts)

Looking at the list of features above, it’s an easy conclusion that despite of rumors and tumult about the future of vCloud Director, a lot of development has been done on the platform.

Future?

The general expectation is that version 8.20 will be announced in Q1 2017 and we can assume even more improvements will become available. For example:

  • HTML5 interface (in line with other VMware products – some exciting announcements have been done this week at VMworld in Barcelona, for example VMware Cloud on AWS and the vCenter 6.5 appliance web interface)
  • The ability to deploy new tenants using templates. Simplifying and reducing time deploying a new tenant (No manual creation and deployment of vApps, Edges etcetera)
  • And more…

We are expecting to receive more vCloud Director roadmap information over the coming days/weeks. Once received we will provide more information in a separate blogpost.

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VMware announces vSphere 6.5 at VMworld Europe 2016

VMware announces vSphere 6.5 at VMworld Europe

Today, VMware announced vSphere 6.5 at VMworld Europe in Barcelona. This new version builds on the foundation of previous vSphere versions and contains some big enhancements to core vSphere features.

HTML5-based vSphere Client

Perhaps one of the most anticipated features is the new HTML5-based vSphere Client. This new client was previously released as a VMware Labs fling and now it is integrated in vSphere 6.5. The client is fast, responsive and has a modern look and feel. The new client also works without any external plugins. It is a native HTML5 client.

HTML5

vCenter Server Appliance

The Windows version of VMware vCenter Server was deprecated in previous versions of vSphere and vSphere 6.5 only provides the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). The VCSA is easy to deploy and manage an now contains a fully integrated vSphere Update Manager, a file-based backup and recovery and native VCSA high availability. This makes the VCSA the ideal building block for vSphere environments. And best of all, the migration from vCenter Server for Windows to the VCSA is fully supported through the vCenter Server Appliance Migration tool.

VCSA-HA

Security enhancements

vSphere 6.5 delivers security enhancements in three major areas: secure data, secure infrastructure and secure access. vSphere 6.5 has VM-level disk encryption. This means vSphere can encrypt any VM disk regardless of guest OS. Adding Encrypted vMotion, vSphere can now safeguard both data at-rest and data in-motion. Finally, audit-quality logging provides more forensic information about user actions.

Security

Universal Platform

vSphere 6.5 is targeted as a universal platform for all workloads. vSphere was already great in running traditional workloads and now VMware is integrating vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC) to make it a unified platform for next generation applications. VIC simply exposes the container APIs to the developers and the VMware admins can manage the environment as they were used to. Best of both worlds. vSphere 6.5 is also the foundation for VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Cloud on AWS. Both services are built on vSphere 6.5 and it is truly a unified platform for ANY workload.

Lots of detailed specifics on vSphere 6.5 are provided by VMware:
http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2016/10/whats-new-in-vsphere-6-5-vcenter-server.html
http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2016/10/whats-new-in-vsphere-6-5-security.html
http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2016/10/whats-new-in-vsphere-6-5-host-resource-management-and-operations.html

VMware going all-in on Hybrid Cloud with Cross-Cloud Architecture

Hybrid Cloud ambitions

Hybrid Cloud computing popularity is growing at enormous pace. Enterprises are reaping the benefits of hybrid cloud and all major cloud providers are aiming  to deliver a  unified, enterprise ready hybrid cloud experience to their customers. Microsoft is putting its money on Azure Stack, Amazon is focussing more and more on delivering enterprise ready hybrid cloud point solutions and VMware is looking to provide an ultimate architecture for Hybrid Cloud called Cross-Cloud Architecture.

VMware Cross-cloud Architecture

Cross-cloud Architecture is pitched as a ‘common operating environment across private and public clouds’. In VMware’s vision there should be no borders between cloud offerings. A workload should be simple to migrate between clouds, even when those clouds are running on different technology. In the private cloud space, VMware envisions a unified private cloud platform called Cloud Foundation. In the public cloud space Cross-Cloud Services  aim to provide cloud consumers complete freedom and control. VMware has aptly rephrased it’s One Cloud, Any app, Any device  into Any Cloud, Any app, Any device.

Vision

VMware Cloud Foundation

VMware has lots and lots of experience in the private cloud space with its renowned Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) approach. In the evolution of this approach VMware wants to standardise and integrate SDDCs into highly efficient building blocks that are easy and quick to deploy and manage. The VMware EVO family of products were the first ventures into this area and now VMware builds on that experience with VMware Cloud Foundation. Cloud Foundation is a fully functional SDDC building block: converging compute, storage, networking, the hypervisor and SDDC automation, management and provisioning into a single solution. Cloud Foundation can also be procured as a SaaS solution through a public cloud provider such as IBM. Cloud Foundation automatically provisions and manages the entire SDDC stack.

Cloud Foundation

Cross-Cloud Services

VMware was relatively late to the public cloud IaaS game. It has proven difficult for VMware to successfully run vCloud Air as a Public Cloud offering. Going head to head against public cloud moguls Microsoft, Amazon and Google was a steep challenge to say at the least. With Cross-Cloud Services, VMware is approaching the ‘problem’ of being/staying relevant in the public cloud industry from a completely different angle. And a revolutionary angle it is!

Cross-Cloud Services are a collection of SaaS products aiming to provide workload visibility, security, and governance to public cloud applications. This means VMware is aiming for the cloud management layer in a very sophisticated way. You can now manage, govern, and secure applications running in large public clouds, including Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure. Cross-Cloud Services obviously also supports vSphere based data centers so a single sophisticated solution can be used to manage workloads across the private- and public cloud space. Cross-Cloud Services for example allow live migrations of Virtual Machines to and from Azure and AWS. How about that for a cloud exit strategy!

Cross-cloud Services

In conclusion: a unified hybrid cloud environment

So, in the ideal world Cloud Foundation is running in your private cloud environment (either on-premises or as a virtual private cloud at a public cloud provider) providing private cloud capabilities for workloads not suitable for the hyperscale mega cloud environments such as Azure or AWS and Cross-Cloud Services manages it all. VMware NSX provides network management across clouds and private data centers and cross-cloud network and security operations. Cloud management across clouds is provides through a single solution providing dashboards, policy based workload placement, service brokerage, discovery, billing and accounting and workload migration. A truly unified Hybrid Cloud environment!

cross-cloud architecture

Great reasons why you should attend VMworld Europe 2016

vmworldtomorrow2016VMworld Europe 2016 will be held in Barcelona from 17th till 20th of October. ITQ will as usual attend the conference; this year with more than 25 consultants. If you want to meet us, please register and come to the VMware Benelux Party.

Paul Geerlings, ITQ’s founder and CTO explains the importance of VMworld and why IT professionals should not miss this event: “ITQ will travel to Barcelona with a large delegation in October. Most of our staff will join the industry’s top leaders in this yearly event to stay informed about the latest developments in IT and in particular virtualization. For ITQ’s consultants, project managers and architects is it crucial to attend and share interactive sessions and group discussion with their IT peers.”

VMworld 2016, organized by VMware but covering far more than this, is four full days of innovation and a discovery to the newest technology, trends and people who are shaping the future of digital business. ITQ is proud Gold sponsor of the VMWare Benelux event on Tuesday 18th of October.

“Everyone should come to VMworld in Barcelona”, Paul Geerlings points out. “As CTO, my experience is that this event has more impact on improving the knowledge and skills of my teams than any regular training. The combination of meeting face-to-face with vendors and organizations, customers and colleagues and at the same time discovering keynotes from the industry is unique.”

Do you want to discover the trends, technology and people who are shaping the future of IT at VMworld 2016? Please visit the website of the VMworld conference and register.

If you are attending VMworld ITQ would like to welcome you to the VMware Benelux Party on Tuesday 18th October, where you can meet the VMware Benelux community. This year the party is located at a secret venue located near the docks of Barcelona what is known as one of the best locations in the Western Mediterranean.

You still need three additional reasons to join us? Food, drinks and a lot of networking opportunities. We hope to see you. Please click here to register for this great event.

ITQ Roundtable SDDC – The journey called Automation

On Thursday 17th of November 2016 the Roundtable ‘The journey called Automation’ will be held at ITQ’s office in Wijk aan Zee. Join us for a lively networking and educational event. Gain new insights into ‘Software-Defined Data Center’ and ‘Automation’. Interested how this could immediately have an impact on your organization?

‘Software-Defined Data Center’ and ‘Automation’ are not new in the IT language. Are you however familiar how this could be a service that virtualizes, delivers and benefits your entire organization? Has your journey already started? Or are you taking the first steps? What kind of challenges do you face and will you during your journey.

During this Roundtable our most experienced consultants will inform you about the latest developments
regarding Software-Defined Data Center in relation to automation. We will share our journey with you. And will help you to schedule your road ahead. We would be pleased if you could join us and hopefully be active participants in our discussions.

Since space is limited, please confirm your attendance and register at events@itq.nl.

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