Virtual Report – Technology enables progress

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Technology enables progress

 

At ITQ, we use innovative technology to help our customers win their competitive battles and stay ahead of the competition. But WHY are we doing this? We believe moving towards a fast-changing future means focusing on disruptive innovation and being an enabler for change. Technology enables progress. We love to peek into the future and explore innovative, creative and near-future technology.

But HOW do we do this? We implement the known and explore the unknown. Our knowledge is without any doubt our most important asset. Therefore, ITQ invests heavily in knowledge, making sure we are on the forefront of technological development. WHAT we do is deliver professional services for the VMware ecosystem virtualization technology and in the end, the digital revolution.

Digital revolution means you should keep pace with disruptive technologies. In the previous newsletters, I mentioned “speed is the new currency”. Therefore, we decided over a year ago to support our customers making their strategic IT choices and we created our IT Transformation Services. By now, this approach has proven itself with a large number of customers, because a change towards disruptive technology triggers the need for a plan. A plan which defines the WHY behind your need to transform, but also WHAT and HOW. A broadly, company-based plan is the foundation of all your future projects and changes.

Our goal is to complete projects successful. Sure enough. But we don’t want to leave you with ‘just another new technology in your Data Center’. We want our projects to be based on a solid IT strategy, while making sure this strategy is effectively translated to sustain your business goals.

Would you like to know my approach? Please contact me to make an appointment.

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Francisco Perez van der Oord

 


ITQ and Pivotal announce their official partnership

At the end of 2015, we decided to launch our Cloud-Native Applications team to focus in what we think is the next thing after the Virtual Machine and automation of processes. Today we are excited to announce that we will take that focus further and become official partners with Pivotal.

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Interview with Sjors Robroek about NSX and NEN7510

Sjors RobroekAll hospitals in the Netherlands are obliged to comply to NEN7510 regulatories. There are many ways to do this, but the one way that simplifies management, can be automated and is future-proof is to use NSX. In an interview with Sjors Robroek, he explains the Why and How on NSX and NEN7510 compliancy.

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VMware Partner Awards

On the 18th of January 2017, VMware Netherlands hosted the annual New Years Partner Event, to thank partners for their effort in helping VMware to become the best in class. VMware awarded a small selection of
partners that made a real difference. Because of our efforts in the past year, we were nominated for 3 awards: “Most Committed Partner of the Year”, “Best success story of the year” and “Champion of the Year” for Johan van Amersfoort. We took 2 awards to Wijk aan Zee!

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Download our Whitepapers

You might have noticed it on our social media channels, we have launched our white paper section on the website. In the past months we have created several white papers on different topics that might interest you. Read about how you can achieve NEN7510 health care compliancy by the use of VMware NSX or how a Digital Workspace enhances a student’s work environment. All white papers can be downloaded for free.

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Our latest blogs

Our consultants share their knowledge by writing blog posts. Find some of their blog posts here.

 


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Would you like more information about us or our expertise? Do you want to discuss challenges and solutions? Do you wish to work with us or join us? For these and other topics, please contact us. Let’s talk!

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Virtual Report – The journey continues

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The journey continues

 

Fifteen years ago Paul Geerlings and I decided to establish ITQ. We set out to gather a group of consultants with a shared passion for technology to proudly work on the best IT infrastructure projects, led by the philosophy: professional service for customers will be our biggest challenge while we try to keep up with the speed of new innovations.

The slogan “Dutch independent VMware knowledge partner” ensures ITQ has professional service knowledge throughout the entire VMware eco-system, concentrated on five business units:

  • End-User Computing
  • Software-Defined Data Center
  • HybridCloud
  • Cloud Native Apps
  • IT Transformation Services

ITQ is about knowledge and offers this expertise to clients. Enabling organizations to gain a competitive edge. The high level of expertise has resulted in 11 of ITQ’s employees becoming vExperts, 5 VCDX submissions, EUC and NSX champions. Two ITQ Consultants are in the top 5 Partner University Leaderboard; one of them even on the first position! Furthermore, ITQ is one of the three partners worldwide with all VMware Solution Competences, participating actively in the VMUG-NL (the largest VMUG worldwide organization) and is Pivotal partner and VMware PSO partner.

It has been a great journey the last 15 years! And there is more to come!

I strongly believe speed is the new currency; presenting major business challenges and gaining knowledge whilst staying on the right track with all kind of new impulses and opportunities.

Would you like to know my approach? Please contact me to make an appointment.

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Francisco Perez van der Oord

 


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Great reasons why you should attend VMworld Europe 2016

VMworld 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.

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Roundtable SDDC: ‘The journey called Automation’

roundtableOn 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?

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Where the industry used to talk about “Business and IT alignment”, to a greater extent organizations now expect IT to actually drive the business. Instead of just supporting it through alignment. That is a huge objective! ITQ can help you develop an IT strategy and vision to accomplish that goal.

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vmworldus2016-1Review of VMworld US 2016

Johan van Amersfoort, one of the ITQ consultants and team lead End User Computing, attended VMworld US. Together with more than 20,000 other IT followers Johan attended several of the hundreds of sessions. In this article Johan summarizes his favorite sessions.

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Would you like more information about us or our expertise? Do you want to discuss challenges and solutions? Do you wish to work with us or join us? For these and other topics, please contact us. Let’s talk!

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Virtual Report – Transformation – keeping the pace

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Transformation – keeping the pace

Is speed the new currency? A few weeks ago, I had an interesting conversation with Gartner and a few clients where we discussed this. Over the past weeks, I’ve read a lot of information about this new ‘currency’, talked to people and gave it some thinking. Sometimes, a topic gets hold of you and won’t let go, right? From documents by organizations such as Philips, Dell and Salesforce that I’ve been allowed to read, I gather this is a topical subject for others as well.

Speed is a key factor when executing any transformation project: how fast can you go from idea to production? Whether it’s functional, infrastructural, or offering new possibilities to end users: everybody wants their new technology yesterday. Here lies a danger: too much speed often results in cutting corners and the need for rework. In fact, I’m interested in controlled speed, to be able to deliver new technologies in a fast and efficient way while still respecting requirements. Furthermore, it’s important to realize how strongly speed and costs are connected; not only by the hours spent on a change, but also the Return On Investment (ROI). Nowadays, hardly anyone has the time or budget for a four-year business case with a transformation time of 1,5 years.

The key to keeping a high pace is having a clear vision on your organizational goals. Aligning your business and IT strategy allows you to make the right fundamental decisions. While some organizations need to plan for growth or downsizing at any moment, other organizations just require the enablement of growth. It’s essential to take small steps towards your goals, to keep the ability to make adjustments along the way. Nowadays, the variables are so many and diverse, it’s almost impossible to determine which developments will affect you 12 months from now, be it positively or negatively. In other words: design for change.

Elaborating on the subject of speed and transformation, ITQ is hosting a round table event on March 10, focusing on End User Computing/Business Mobility. We have invited Brian Gammage as a guest speaker to share his ideas. We will cover questions like: “How can we offer end users the tools needed to maximize their daily efforts delivered with the right user experience, flexibility and security?” and “How are you solving problems with legacy applications?”.

Due to current technology, I think it’s possible to answer such questions and implement solutions at a much higher (but still controlled!) speed than organizations were used to over the last decade. If you’re interested in attending this round table session, send an email to events@itq.nl.

 

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Francisco Perez van der Oord

 


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Digital Transformation Conference

The EMC Federation, a strategic alliance of technology organizations, including VMware, will host its first joint conference tomorrow. This event, focussing on digital transformation, will revolve around optimally making use of technological developments to allow businesses to grow and thrive. ITQ will be attending; hope to see you there!

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ITQ has been growing and traveling fast! So fast, we need some extra brains and hands. Our mission for the time to come is to be the number one. We already have lots of innovative and crazy ideas, but we can’t reach the stars without your talent and enthousiasm. Let’s make the extraordinary happen… We are ready to beam you up!

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Round Table End User Computing & Business Mobility

We love to get inspiration from events and partners, and we especially enjoy sharing this inspiration. That’s why we will be hosting an exclusive round table event on the 10th of March. We will discuss the evolution of IT operations and management, as well as some customer cases revolving around the optimization of Profile Management, User Experience and Application Delivery. Interested?

Let us know

 


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Today, VMware is making announcements about their digital workspace vision and technologies in an online Breaking News Event. For those of you who, like us, are interested in the latest news on VMware’s One Cloud, Any Application, Any Device architecture for IT: register here. As a strategic partner, we had the privilege of previewing some of the newest technologies. So starting tonight, don’t forget to:

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Latest Blogs:

Requesting Let’s encrypt SSL certificates for NSX – the automated way

How to differentiate in the highly competitive Service Provider Market – Part 3 (Final)

Horizon View best practices: multi VLAN network

HOWTO: speed up vRA template deployments

 

Virtual Report – From idea to production in one day

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From idea to production in one day

Gartner predicts that by 2020, 75% of application purchases supporting digital business will be ‘build’, not ‘buy’. The ability to deliver software is therefore no longer a differentiator, but instead a basic need for survival. I’ve shared my vision on this topic before: In the near future, success will depend upon making optimal use of IT. Successful organisations will be those who use innovation to be disruptive towards competitors.

Talking to Kit Colbert (CTO Cloud Native Apps VMware) during VMworld San Francisco reinforced my belief that VMware will be the platform to accommodate this disruptive approach. Their close collaboration with Pivotal and Docker will support ITQ’s strategy even further and help our clients to create opportunities and gain competitive advantage. That’s why we have put a lot of energy into our new Cloud Native Apps Team, that will enable our clients to go ‘from idea to production in one day’. You will find more on our Cloud Native Apps proposition later in this newsletter.

Next up on our itinerary is VMworld Europe. ITQ will be represented in Barcelona by over 20 consultants to gain knowledge, get in contact and be inspired. We hope to welcome a lot of you at the Benelux Party, of which we are Gold Sponsor this year. And if the party alone is not inviting enough, perhaps the chance to win a great prize is 🙂

Over the past few months, we have been able to strengthen team ITQ with several passionate consultants. We’re very pleased they have made the decision to join us. We’ve also recently issued a press release to announce the appointment of our Chief Commercial Officer. We feel this acquisition is a next step in the development of ITQ, which will allow me, personally, to play a more active role in current and future projects.

 

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Francisco Perez van der Oord

 


Cloud Native Apps

For companies to be able to compete in the near future, an approach is required that enables a fast time to market, while maintaining stability, availability and durability. That’s where Cloud Native Apps come in. The mission: From idea to production in one day.

 

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VMworld San Francisco

Over the past ten years, the VMworld US conference has turned into one of the largest in the IT industry. The size of the current event reflects how disruptive the x86 virtualization technology has been. In recent years, most of the conferences were an evolution of the x86 virtualization revolution; only very rarely a new technology emerges that pushes the established order.

This was one of those years.

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VMworld Barcelona

We’re very much looking forward to the conference next week. Based on the US conference, we’re expecting a lot of interesting sessions on Mobility, NSX, Horizon, and a lot more. There will even be a Cloud Native track this year! And of course, ITQ will be blogging in full force.

 

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Party toastLet’s party!

This year, we thought it would be nice to give back a little during VMworld Barcelona. So we decided to be a Gold Sponsor for the Benelux party. We hope to meet you there for a toast! Also.. we’re giving away a rather cool prize to one of the attendees… 🙂

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Latest Blogs:

VMworld US 2015: Beyond Virtualization

vCloud Air enhancements: HC Manager, networking and vMotion

Ravello as a service – Ravello and vRealize Automation

My first experience in the UAE

Virtual Report – How to adjust to disruption

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How to adjust to disruption

I’ve stated this before: in this disruptive world, with its tsunami of new technology rolling our way, it’s very important to adjust our choices and business models in a much shorter period of time than we’re used to. This presents us with two major challenges: keeping the knowledge of our consultants at a consistently high level and determining which market innovations are suited for solutions we can present to our clients.

Knowlegde

Keeping knowledge at a high peak and up to date starts with making clear choices: what to do and what NOT to do. This focus gives us the drive to become the best-in-class. Besides focus, we invest in knowledge of all our employees. We encourage them to be active in the community, have them working on practices, organize consultant vs. client meetings, invite them to go to seminars and offer them the right trainings. But first and foremost: we offer them time to do so. A consultant nowadays cannot keep up with current developments by putting in a few weeks of training and investing private time at night. Besides challenging and innovative projects, they need time to gain knowledge, write blogs and do a lot of hands-on experience; we accommodate this on an individual level.

Solutions

The other challenge involves our clients: not all new ‘tsunami technology’ is suited for them, but what is? To determine whether and how new technologies can benefit our clients, we established an Innovation Board. The Innovation Board is a selected group of consultants supported by project managers, board members and sales & marketing to discuss our practices, lessons learned, future technical possibilities and the road ahead. They also learn and adopt new technologies and develop new approaches. Additionally, they train our colleagues and communicate to assure the best knowledge and solutions are brought to our customers. People and processes play an important role in this.

Where to start

The challenges we’re facing at ITQ often also exist among our clients. Certain solutions will result in more revenue, but time, knowledge and experience to investigate and implement them are sometimes lacking. To offer clients a fast and low profile way to get acquainted with new innovations, we’ve developed accelerators. An accelerator encompasses a pre-production environment which shows the potential of new technology and is set up by a combined effort between ITQ and a client(-team). The environment can be on- or offsite and is completed within an agreed period of time. Managers, end users and administrators can experience the new technology hands-on in this environment and receive an early on-the-job training, thus determining whether it can be beneficial to their business needs. Want to read more about our accelerators? A number of them can be found online. If your solution/product isn’t there, feel free to contact us.

If you’re a frequent reader of this newsletter, you will hopefully have noticed by now I’m very interested in how technology can benefit our clients. If you want to exchange ideas with me (non commercial!), don’t hesitate to send me an email: these talks give me energy and I will gladly pay you a visit.

 

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Francisco Perez van der Oord

 


Accelerate

You want to get your infrastructure to the next level, but you or your organization are cautious to invest in new solutions. And rightly so. Get started in a fast and low profile way to get acqainted with the potential of a new technology in a pre-production environment and let your organization experience it hands-on, gaining an on-the-job training. Use an accelerator and let ITQ work with you to discuss, deploy and assess a solution.

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Advisory Board

To challenge the CxO’s on a strategic and tactical level, we organize regular meetings with selected advisors with expertise on a range of disciplines, such as Sales, Finance, Technology and Company Leadership. This past month, we’ve been able to proudly welcome an impressive selection of advisors. We’re in good company!

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The right time for a vSphere 6 upgrade!

In march of this year, VMware released vSphere 6. Our experience allows us to say that now, after a few minor releases of this version, is a good moment to start planning your “Production” upgrade. The main reason? Its so-called Hybrid Cloud readiness: a lot of new features are there to create a Virtual-Machine-Centric infrastructure.
Read about the technical features of this latest vSphere version, or:

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TUS 2015

A month ago, we hosted our annual Technical Update Session, with sessions on Disaster Recovery to the Cloud (vCloud Air), Next-Gen Apps and End User Computing; beyond the virtual desktop. For those of you who missed it (and the smart watches) and those looking for more information: the slide decks and blogs are online.
Hope to see you all next year!

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Latest Blogs:

VMware’s EUC acquisitions; does it still make sense? Yes it does!

Getting started with Lattice

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change

Disaster Recovery to the Cloud blog series – Part 3: vSphere Replication

 

Virtual Report – Dependably independent

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Dependably independent.

We previously introduced you to our renewed focus and corresponding slogan:
the Dutch independent VMware knowledge partner.
Since then, we received a lot of feedback on our vision and where we are headed; mainly positive and all much appreciated. I think it’s crucial to keep discussing, questioning and developing our view and roadmap.
That’s why I’m also grateful for your questions about our new slogan. This might mean we triggered something and created some food for thought. The question that came up most, is: “How can you put together ‘independent’ and ‘VMware’ in one slogan?”. This slogan, which seems like a contradiction, actually reflects our vision perfectly. So if you were wondering about it, I invite you to read my blog.

 

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Francisco Perez van der Oord

 


Technical Update session

On June 24th, the annual ITQ Technical Update Session will be held: an event organized and presented by the ITQ consultants. During this event, we will take you through the latest trends and share our vision and ideas about where the virtualization and cloud market is going. This edition will focus on vCloud Air, Next-Gen Apps and End User Computing.

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Health Check (+)

To stay on top of innovation and the latest technology, we founded the ITQ Innovation Board. With regular meetings to discuss our practice, future technological possibilities and the road ahead, we challenge and develop our expertise, service and solutions to make sure you get the best.

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On March 19th, Dennis and Chris held a session at the Dutch VMware UserGroup Conference about the power of automation. Are you interested in automation in general and how to optimize for it and looking for some awesome interactive demo’s, then you can still register for the VMUG conference in Belgium on the 11th of June.

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Last weekend, the 24th edition of the Roparun was held. ITQ is proud to be a small part of this by supporting one of the teams and contributing to a great cause. The proceeds thus far are over €2M, but of course any donation is still very welcome. Read about Roparun here, or

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Latest Blogs:

vRealize Operations, part 1: network connectivity

Cloud native applications: a primer

Automating vRA IaaS blueprint creation with vRO

NLVMUG UserCon 2015

 

Virtual Report – The only constant is change

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The only constant is change.

And we’ve made a few changes lately. First, you’ll notice our newsletter is in English. This was a big step for a Dutch company with lots of Dutch customers. But the world of IT has little boundaries and we want to be able to connect to all of our relations and likeminded friends. Which brings me to my next point: our new slogan:
the Dutch independent VMware knowledge partner.
We’ve shared the VMware vision for some time now and believe it opens the door to empowering businesses through their IT infrastructure. Simplifying, it all comes down to leveraging applications to users: one cloud, any application, any device. That’s why we will focus on how to get there: through the Software Defined Data Center, End User Computing and the Hybrid Cloud. So what exactly is our expertise and how do we turn it into business value for our customers? We hope our new website will answer those questions.
So, a lot of changes, which is how we like it. We hope you’ll like it too.

 

 

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Francisco Perez van der Oord

 


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vSphere 6

Last week, VMware released version 6 of their flagship hypervisor product vSphere. The most impressive enhancement is that of vMotion letting go of the vCenter management server boundary. Apart from impressive, this can also be seen as a high risk enhancement. It will, however, add to the flexibility and scalability of the vSphere product and take us one full step closer to the (hybrid) cloud.

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To stay on top of innovation and the latest technology, we founded the ITQ Innovation Board. With regular meetings to discuss our practice, future technological possibilities and the road ahead, we challenge and develop our expertise, service and solutions to make sure you get the best.

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On March 19th, the Dutch VMware UserGroup Conference will be held. With a solid expected visitor count and an impressive agenda, it promises to be an inspiring day. ITQ will be well represented both on and off stage.

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VMware Certified Design Expert Workshop

Down the rabbit hole: JIT Cache

Horizon 6.1 announced

Automating vRA using vRO – Split brain