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DATA PROTECTION CONTENT PREVIEW – DELL TECH WORLD EDITION!

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Hi everyone! I’m looking forward to attending Dell Tech World this year and I’m excited for it to be back in person! I’ve highlighted some sessions that will help you on your data protection journey. Remember, data protection and security are a journey, not a destination. You should always be thinking how to better secure and protect your data. With all sessions being LIVE and IN PERSON, be sure to engage with the speakers – ask questions, continue the conversations with the presenters and network with your peers. These are the reasons why we enjoy in person events! First up:  Cyber Recovery as-a-Service: Gain Recovery Confidence with the “Three I’s” . Why? You can’t do cyber security alone. Get with professionals! Go the aaS route. You can’t do all of it aaS, but where you can, do it! Second:  Performance, Security and Innovation at Scale with PowerProtect Appliances. Why? Appliances are simple and perform like your own aaS offering for your internal customers. Third: Fortify  Your Or

VMWARE HEADS TO DELL TECH WORLD!

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Hey VMUGers, who’s ready for Dell Tech World? I know I am. Why you ask? Well, the VMware and Dell relationship is very strong! Mr. Dell himself is the Chair of the VMware Board after all! With a tight relationship, it’s no wonder Dell Technologies is displaying that partnership to the hilt at this year’s IN PERSON Dell Tech World. So, let’s break this down. Here are the can’t miss for VMUG nation headed to DTW. Let’s go!   4 Ways to Make Your Hybrid Cloud More Agile, Intelligent and Secure with PowerEdge and VMware PowerEdge is running in most data centers. Getting to hybrid cloud doesn’t require a forklift solution. Take what you have, modernize it, and upgrade later. Be a modern data center with the compute you have, grow when you need to. Activate the Power of AI in Virtualized Environments NVIDIA is king of GPU, VMware is king of virtualization, and Dell is the king of infra…find out what they are working on for AI. Customer Spotlight: IT Evolution Journey with VxRail.  We all enjo

Security is a Priority for Everyone, Not Just IT!

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Dell Security Survey – VMUG Member Insights With the continued threat of cyberattacks and ransomware events, cyber-security is top of mind for most IT personnel. There has been an increase in cyber threats, with more sophisticated attacks, becoming an increasing concern for IT departments. Seventy-four percent of IT decision makers see a greater risk with the growing trend for remote work. Their top concerns are malware, ransomware and protecting cloud-native apps. (Source: Dell Technologies Global Data Protection Index ). Add to this, the average cost per company of data loss and downtime is approaching $1.5M, compounding the concerns for key stakeholders and decision makers. In some cases, the damage to the brand can’t be measured. September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center attack resulted in significant impacts to IT infrastructure. This taught organizations to focus on disaster recovery. We duplicated our infrastructure and replicated it to off-site facilities, miles (even regions)

MEMBER HCI INSIGHTS

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The Dell SDS (Software-Defined Storage)/HCI (Hyperconverged Infrastructure) Survey In today’s business climate, Information Technology (IT) is changing, shifting from a cost center to a business differentiator. For IT to embrace and accelerate this transformation, it’s necessary to move beyond virtual servers. To better understand the considerations behind this transition, Dell sponsored a survey among 520 IT professionals, who are members of the VMware User Group (VMUG). The survey was conducted in March 2021 by the Member Insights team at VMUG . Here are some key insights and takeaways. Trends Eighty-two percent of survey respondents use traditional 3-tier architecture, comprised of server, storage, network, while 47% use a hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI). On-premises technology is a major factor in IT, but public-cloud solutions will be a part of the equation. Twenty percent of those surveyed mentioned expanding their public-cloud infrastructure the most over the past year. Add

Why You Should Let Modern Cloud Infrastructure Change Your Job Description

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Getting the best value from your cloud services is the job of ITOps. Today’s IT requires instantaneous reaction to external and internal changes in technology offerings, particularly around cloud resources. Your company needs  you  to keep up with the speed of business that continually increases.     We know the vAdmin role is evolving. It’s no longer about VM level management but also managing Apps in a self-service automated environment that’s running on cloud resources that best fits the app.    The vAdmin is well poised to make this shift and move to a Platform Engineer role. The big question is: How do you do automate the day-to-day role while gaining visibility to the IT needs of the business unit and customer?    You Can Do It   First, realize you  can  do it. The vSphere and VMware environment are the foundation for the modern cloud infrastructure. You need to build off that skillset to give your company the flexibility a cloud operating model provides.    If you started with p

Dell Tech World 2021

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Dell Tech World 2021 was virtual again, and year two brought a better experience for the attendee. The production value, the non-Zoom feel, the session layouts, all made the event more enjoyable. Beyond the polish, there were some interesting announcements and updates VMUG members should pay attention to. Innovation First, a realization of what the collective IT community (including you, VMUG members!) have done during the pandemic. Michael Dell said, “Decades of work combined with a burst of innovation reengineered the world.” That burst of innovation was many nights and weekends figuring things out without a backup plan to resort to. Everyone went home to work and moved to the “do anything from anywhere” world and we had to figure out how to make that happen. Kudos to VMUG members everywhere for playing a big role in the innovation we experienced in 2020. Tech Makes or Breaks an Organization The second thing was the realization Tech is not IT, it is the entire organization. This is

Lost Connections

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VMUG Leader Summit Feb 2020 The recent pandemic has caused us to really examine our personal and work environments. Most of us have had to learn to be fluid and adjust accordingly to the constantly changing global situation. However, vaccines are starting to roll out and there is a sense that the end is in sight. I've spent many nights asking myself ,"what do face -to-face meetings and happenstance encounters we cannot predict look like now?" For over a year now those encounters have not taken place, and I predict we will continue to feel that 12+ month void of random connections for many years. We have all had the experience of meeting someone, face-to-face, that led to an important event in your life. Perhaps a friend or a business colleague, your spouse, or your next job. Those "random connections" have not taken place for a very long time. Our lives are often shaped by these connections, but for some, these connections are a necessity. It’s why we go to la