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VMware Explore 2022

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  VMware Explore, formerly VMworld, is happening next month and if you haven’t registered yet now’s the time. The future of multi-cloud is here, and VMware is at the center of innovation. I’m going to give you four reasons why VMware Explore is the event you don’t want to miss. IT IS IN-PERSON This is important because the connections made in person are powerful. We have been 2 years without the steady stream of in-person events. These lost connections are gone forever, so the sooner you can get back out there, the quicker we can start to make up for lost time. I wrote a blog on this concept back in April you can read  here . I have been fortunate enough to attend over a dozen in-person events this year and it has been great to be out and about seeing and making new friends. I am getting back to in-person events with a renewed appreciation of these events, the folks who put these events on, and the attendees who engage others at these events. MULTI-CLOUD IS EVERYTHING The industry is g

Dell Tech World Recap 2022

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This year Dell Tech World was back in person, and it didn’t disappoint. Here’s my take on the big announcements from the week. We’re back and in person! The biggest takeaway after two years of virtual events is, “We are back!” You simply cannot replace the connections made at an in-person event. Each connection may not be powerful by itself, but the collections of connections, and a few individual ones will be. The excitement was palpable in tweets and posts from the event: The power of events like this lies in the community. I was able to interact with so many people, some old friends I haven’t seen in a while, and new friends as well. I’ve missed meeting new friends over the past two years and recognize we have some ground to make up. Multi-Cloud The second biggest takeaway is AWS (Amazon Web Services) getting mainstage mention. Dell is an infrastructure company. It wants to sell you hardware. Yes, it has a robust services portfolio, but no one compares its business model to a hypers

Why the Broadcom Announcement Is Good for You

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Broadcom has announced it would buy VMware for $60+ billion, sending a shock wave through the vCommunity. After the news broke, based on my social feeds, there were a few positives, but most seemed to question the deal. As the initial reaction has calmed, it has become more balanced but, obviously, there are still a lot of questions. In speaking with VMUG members, it’s clear most are adopting a wait-and-see attitude, while some are bullish about the future. Broadcom, a traditional chipmaker, made the move into software starting with the purchase of CA Technologies (CA) in 2018, and Symantec in 2019. VMware will be Broadcom’s largest software move and continue the diversification of its revenue. This purchase would put Broadcom's hardware versus software revenue split to about 50/50. Some point to the history of the CA and Symantec acquisitions as an indication of what may happen with VMware, but VMware is a much bigger purchase, three times the size of CA ($19B) and six times that

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 Organi

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 enjoy c

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)