Fling Labs: VCS to VCVA Converter

Source: Fling Labs

Summary

The VCS to VCVA Converter Appliance is the winning idea from the 2013 Fling Contest. It allows customers to migrate from Windows vCenter Server with an External Microsoft SQL Server Database to the vCenter Server Appliance with an embedded vPostgres database. The Fling migrates the vCenter database, roles, permissions, privileges, certificates and inventory service. The target appliance will run at the same IP address as the source vCenter.

Open source license

VMware-Migration_fling-0.9-ODP.tar.gz

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VDSPowerCli From Fling – Powershell for the Distributed Switch

Summary

Note: The functionality of this Fling has now been introduced into a release of PowerCLI. Whenever possible, use the latest supported version of PowerCLI, which can be downloaded here.

PowerShell is a scripting language Microsoft developed to help administrators manage the Windows environment. Third parties can write their own snap-ins (dynamic linked libraries) to implement new commands, which are called cmdlets. With VDSPowerCli, users can use the cmdlets provided by PowerCLI to manage vSphere Distributed Switch(VDS).

Features

VDSPowerCli gives you the ability to manage:

  • VMware vSphere Distributed Switch
  • Distributed Port Group
  • Distributed Port

Benefits of ESXi Host Local Flash storage

Count The Ways – Flash as Local Storage to an ESXi Host
Posted: 21 Jul 2014   By: Joel Grace

When performance trumps all other considerations, flash technology is a critical component to achieve the highest level of performance. By deploying Fusion ioMemory, a VM can achieve near-native performance results. This is known as pass-through (or direct) I/O.

The process of achieving direct I/O involves passing the PCIe device to the VM, where the guest OS sees the underlying hardware as its own physical device. The ioMemory device is then formatted with “file system” by the OS, rather than presented as a virtual machine file system (VMFS) datastore. This provides the lowest latency, highest IOPS and throughput. Multiple ioMemory devices can also be combined to scale to the demands of the application.

Another option is to use ioMemory as a local VMFS datatstore. This solution provides high VM performance, while maintaining its ability to utilize features like thin provisioning, snapshots, VM portability and storage vMotion. With this configuration, the ioMemory can be shared by VMs on the same ESXi host and specific virtual machine disks (VMDK) stored here for application acceleration.

Either of these options can be used for each of the following design examples.

Benefits of Direct I/O:

Raw hardware performance of flash within a VM with Direct I/OProvides the ability to use RAID across ioMemory cards to drive higher performance within the VMUse of any file system to manage the flash storage

Considerations of Direct I/O:

ESXi host may need to be rebooted and CPU VT flag enabledFusion-io VSL driver will need to be install in the guest VM to manage deviceOnce assigned to a VM the PCI device cannot be share with any other VMs

Benefits Local Datastore:

High performance of flash storage for VM VMDKsMaintain VMware functions like snapshots and storage vMotion

Considerations Local Datastore:

Not all VMDKs for a given VM have to reside on local flash use shared storage for OS and flash for application DATA VMDKsSQL/SIOS

Many enterprise applications reveal their own high availability (HA) features when deployed in bare metal environments. These elements can be used inside VMs to provide an additional layer of protection to an application, beyond that of VMware HA.

Two great SQL examples of this are Microsoft’s Database Availability Groups and SteelEye DataKeeper. Fusion-io customers leverage these technologies in bare metal environments to run all-flash databases without sacrificing high availability. The same is true for virtual environments.

By utilizing shared-nothing cluster aware application HA, VMs can still benefit from the flexibility provided by virtualization (hardware abstraction, mobility, etc.), but also take advantage of local flash storage resources for maximum performance.

Benefits:

Maximum application performanceMaximum application availabilityMaintains software defined datacenter

Operational Considerations:

100% virtualization is a main goal, but performance is critical.  Does virtualized application have additional HA features? SAN/NAS based datastore can be used for Storage vMotion if hosts needs to be taken offline for maintenance CITRIX

The Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp application suites also present interesting use cases for local flash in VMWare environments. Often times these applications are deployed in a stateless fashion via Citrix Provisioning Services, where several desktop clones or XenApp servers are booting from centralized read-only golden images. Citrix Provisioning Services stores all data changes during the users’ session in a user-defined write cache location.  When a user logs off or the XenApp server is rebooted, this data is flushed clean. The write cache location can be stored across the network on the PVS servers, or on local storage devices. By storing this data on a local Fusion-io datastore on the ESXi host, it drastically reduces access time to active user data making for a better Citrix user experience and higher VM density.

Benefits:

Maximum application performanceReduced network load between VM’s and Citrix PVS ServerAvoids slow performance when SAN under heavy IO pressureMore responsive applications for better user experience

Operational Considerations

Citrix Personal vDisks (persistent desktop data) should be directed to the PVS server storage for resiliency.PVS vDisk Images can also be stored on ioDrives in the PVS server further increasing performance while eliminating the dependence on SAN all together.ioDrive capacity determined by Citrix write cache sizing best practices, typically a 5GB .vmdk per XenDekstop instance.

70 desktops x 5GB write cache = 350GB total cache size (365GB ioDrive could be used in this case).

The Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp application suites also present interesting use cases for local flash in VMWare environments. Often times these applications are deployed in a stateless fashion via Citrix Provisioning Services, where several desktop clones or XenApp servers are booting from centralized read-only golden images. Citrix Provisioning Services stores all data changes during the users’ session in a user-defined write cache location.  When a user logs off or the XenApp server is rebooted, this data is flushed clean. The write cache location can be stored across the network on the PVS servers, or on local storage devices. By storing this data on a local Fusion-io datastore on the ESXi host, it drastically reduces access time to active user data making for a better Citrix user experience and higher VM density.

VMware users can boost their system to achieve maximum performance and acceleration using flash memory. Flash memory will maintain maximum application availability during heavy I/O pressure, and makes your applications more responsive, providing a better user experience. Flash can also reduce network load between VMs and Citrix PVS Server.Click here to learn more about how flash can boost performance in your VMware system.

Joel Grace Sales Engineer
Source: http://www.fusionio.com/blog/count-the-ways.

VMware KB article: BEST PRACTICES FOR USING AND TROUBLESHOOTING VMWARE CONVERTER (1004588)

Best practices for using and troubleshooting VMware Converter (1004588)

Symptoms

  • No keyboard or mouse in a converted virtual machine
  • You see one of these messages in an error dialog:
    • Unknown error returned by VMware Converter Agent
    • Out of disk space
  • You see one of these messages in a VMware Converter log file:
    • Failed to establish Vim connection
    • Import host not found
    • P2VError UFAD_SYSTEM_ERROR(Internal Error)
    • Pcopy_CloneTree failed with err=80
    • The file exists (80)
    • Failed to connect
    • Giving up trying to connect
    • Failed to take snapshot of the source volume
    • stcbasic.sys not installed or snapshot creation failed. err=2
    • Can't create undo folder
    • sysimage.fault.FileCreateError
    • sysimage.fault.ReconfigFault
    • sysimage.fault.PlatformError
    • Number of virtual devices exceeds maximum for a given controller
    • TooManyDevices
    • QueryDosDevice: ret=270 size=1024 err=0
    • Error opening disk device: Incorrect function (1)
    • Vsnap does not have admin rights
    • Specified key identifier already exists
    • vim.fault.NoDiskSpac

Purpose

This article describes various best practice techniques that can be followed to minimize potential problems when using the VMware Converter product.

Take note of the procedures outlined in this article. While not all steps may apply to your situation, if one of the steps in the article is different from what you had followed in your environment, attempt another conversion after changing your procedure to follow the recommendation in that step.

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These steps are not a recommendation against using certain features of VMware Converter in normal use, but are a guide to assist in troubleshooting general failures with Converter.If you encounter a specific failure, open the Converter log file, identify the failure message near the end of the log file and perform a search in the VMware Knowledge Base for more detailed assistance on the issue.

The best approach to converting a Windows operating system to a virtual machine is to perform a hot migration with VMware Converter installed locally in the operating system. If this is not possible, a remote hot migration is the next best choice.

Download Converter from the VMware Download Center.

Note: Currently, only VMware Converter 4.2 and later support physical to virtual machine conversion for Linux sources. For earlier versions of Converter, the support is experimental and some of the features, such as partition resizing, are not available.

Notes and preparation for conversion

To prepare for conversion:

  1. If the source is a domain controller, special considerations must be made. VMware does not recommend virtualizing an active domain controller with Converter. For more information, see Virtualizing existing domain controllers (1006996).
  2. If the source is Microsoft Exchange, SQL, or other database server, VMware recommends that the application (Microsoft Exchange/SQL) and database services be shut down prior to conversion. This minimizes any chance of corrupted database tables or stale data in the destination virtual machine.
  3. Disable the real-time antivirus scanning during the conversion.
  4. Read the VMware Converter Release Notes. The release notes review important limitations or issues that may affect the conversion process.
  5. Verify that you are using or have downloaded the latest version of VMware Converter.
    If you have previously installed or attempted a conversion with an earlier version of VMware Converter, a previous version may still be installed.

    1. Uninstall VMware Converter from the source computer:
      1. Click Start > Control Panel > Add / Remove Programs.
      2. Uninstall any version of VMware Converter, Converter agent, or Converter Enterprise.
    2. Restart the server.
    3. Install the latest version of VMware Converter using the local Administrator account. If you are going to use the remote hot clone feature you may choose a custom installation to only install the Converter Agent.
    4. If the server is running Windows 2000 or Windows NT, you must restart the server or Converter does not start.
  6. Install VMware Converter directly to the source operating system using the local Administrator account. If the source server is running Windows NT or Windows 2000, you must reboot it after installing VMware Converter or Converter does not start.Note: In some cases, a domain administrator account may be used depending on your environment, local and group policies, and account permissions.
  7. If the NIC on the source machine is compatible with TOE (TCP Offload Engine), you need to disable it by running this command in a command prompt on the source machine:netsh int tcp set global chimney=disabled

    For additional information, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 951037.

    Note: The preceding link was correct as of November 21, 2014. If you find the link is broken, provide feedback and a VMware employee will update the link.

  8. Confirm that the source has 200 MB of free disk space on its system volume. This space is required to operate the disk snapshot features in Converter. For more information, see Investigating operating system disk space (1004007).Note: It is possible to separate the source partitions in different destination volumes during the conversion.
  9. Run VMware Converter as a local administrator. Using a local administrator account removes any possible permissions issues. If you are performing a remote conversion, be sure to specify the login user as the Administrator account.Note: In some cases a domain administrator account may be used depending on your environment, local and group policies, and account permissions.
  10. Run the System Configuration Utility(msconfig) on the source server to reduce the number of services and applications running on startup, all software except for All Microsoft Services and VMware Converter Service. For more information, see Using the Windows System Configuration utility (1004010).
  11. If you have static IP addresses assigned, assign the interfaces DHCP addresses prior to conversion, if possible.
  12. If the source is a virtual machine created in Microsoft Virtual PC, remove the Virtual PC Additions, prior to conversion.
  13. If the destination is an ESX host:
    • Connect to the server using its IP address instead of DNS host name. Using the host name of the ESX host may expose issues with DNS name resolution that can prevent the Converter from connecting.
    • Confirm that the source server can access the destination ESX host directly using ports 443 and 902, even if using VirtualCenter. For more information, see Verifying and troubleshooting networking connections that may cause VMware Converter to fail (1006607).
    • Authenticate to the ESX host using the root account.
    • If the source server contains a hard drive or partition larger than 256GB, ensure that the destination datastore’s block size is 2MB, 4MB, or 8MB, and not the default 1MB size. The 1 MB default block size cannot accommodate a file larger than 256 GB.  The block size is no longer used on a VMFS 5 datastore connected to an ESXi 5.0 Host.
    • Confirm that you are providing a unique name for the target virtual machine. Use the Virtual Infrastructure (VI) client to confirm that the name is not already in use.

Optimizing the conversion for best success

To set up conversion for the best success:

If you are encountering failures with Converter, reduce the number of optional items in the Conversion Wizard:

  • Do not convert diagnostic partitions or unrecognized file systems.
  • If you are experiencing cloning phase failures, do not choose to resize the partitions.
  • If there are multiple volumes, attempt converting only the system volume.
  • If you are experiencing network or Ethernet issues, trying using a different network type. For more information, see Understanding networking types in hosted products (1006480).
  • Leave the default number of virtual network cards (NICs) unaltered. The number of virtual NICs can be changed after conversion has completed.
  • Deselect the option to install VMware Tools.
  • Deselect the option to perform Customization on the virtual machine.

Tasks to perform after conversion has completed

After conversion has completed:

  1. Review the virtual hardware settings:
    • Adjust the number of virtual NICs. If you need to customize the host name or IP address, leave all NICs disconnected but present.
    • Remove any unnecessary devices such as USB controllers (if running on ESX), COM ports or floppy drives
  2. Start the virtual machine in Safe Mode. For more information, see Booting a Windows guest operating system into Safe Mode (1004011).
  3. Click Start > Control Panel > Add / Remove Programs. Remove any unnecessary programs used to install or support device drivers, such a RAID management tools, network teaming or management software, wireless card management software, and video and sound drivers. Do not restart if prompted by an uninstall program.
  4. Restart the virtual machine into Normal mode.
  5. Remove any additional devices or device drivers that were used to support hardware on the physical server. Use either the Device Manager or Control Panel, depending on the version of Windows, to remove unnecessary devices. It may also be necessary to view the Event Log to clear any remaining device startup failure messages.Note: To remove the hidden devices from the Windows operating system, follow the instructions in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 315539.

    Note: The preceding link was correct as of November 21, 2014. If you find the link is broken, provide feedback and a VMware employee will update the link.

  6. VMware recommends changing the HAL in the virtual machine to uniprocessor if the source server is configured with multi-CPU hardware abstraction layer (HAL), and the destination virtual machine is configured to use a single CPU. For more information, seeModifying the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) for a Windows virtual machine (1003978).
  7. Install VMware Tools and restart if prompted.
  8. If required, customize the virtual machine’s identity. VMware recommends using the Microsoft Sysprep utility to accomplish this, however it can also be accomplished by manually changing its computer host name, IP address, and any other required unique identification. For more information, see Microsoft’s article How to Use Sysprep: An Introduction.Note: The preceding link was correct as of November 21, 2014. If you find the link is broken, provide feedback and a VMware employee will update the link.
  9. If the System Configuration Utility(msconfig) was used prior to conversion, select the Normal startup option to change switch back to a normal boot configuration. For more information, see Using the Windows System Configuration utility (1004010).
  10. Apply any previously removed static IP address settings, as required.
  11. Reconnect any disconnected virtual NICs, as required.

Additional Information

For additional detail and information on troubleshooting issues with VMware Converter, see Troubleshooting checklist for VMware Converter (1016330).

For further troubleshooting information, you can enable verbose logging in vCenter Converter. For more information, see Increasing the logging levels to verbose for vCenter Converter application components (2008019).

For the list of supported guest operating systems, see the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone Release Notes.

Note: VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.3 and later do not support Windows 2000 and Windows NT. For more information, see:

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converting-vm converting-vm-fails converter-windows-fails converter-log-files

See Also

Update History

07/14/2010 – Added link to VMware vCenter Converter Standalone Documentation page. 11/18/2011 – Indicated Windows 2000 is not supported in Converter 5.0. 10/17/2012 – Updated link to KB 1010633 “Collecting diagnostic information for VMware Converter”

VMware and Google announcement

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Today’s VMware and Google announcement

January 29, 2015 Mathew Lodge

By Mathew Lodge, Vice President, Cloud Services at VMware

Today Google and VMware announced we’ve reached an agreement to integrate selected Google Cloud Platform services into vCloud® Air™:

Google Cloud Storage– Distributed low-cost object storage serviceGoogle BigQuery – A real-time analytics service suitable for ad-hoc business intelligence queries across billions of rows of data in secondsGoogle Cloud Datastore– A schemaless NoSQL database serviceGoogle Cloud DNS– A globally-distributed low-latency DNS service

VMware vCloud® Air™ customers get access to more services on vCloud® Air™ that complement what VMware offers today. When we ran the VMworld 2014 application on vCloud Air we were able to rapidly scale to meet demand, and we also generated millions of data points on application usage. We needed a way to quickly analyze that and ask “what if?” questions. BigQuery is a great way to quickly store and analyze that data, but it’s tough to use if it isn’t integrated with vCloud Air.

That’s why integration is so important. The Google Cloud Platform services will be tightly integrated into vCloud Air and function just like any service from VMware on the vCloud Air platform. Existing vCloud Air customers will have access to the new services under their existing contracts and existing network interconnect with vCloud Air, and simply pay for what they use of the Google services. They’ll use their current vCloud Air credentials to access the service and be able to use the native Google Cloud Platform APIs.

We’re also directly connecting the VMware and Google networks together, so that all traffic between the services travels over a dedicated private connection. VMware customers can call Global Support Services (GSS) as they do today to get support on any part of vCloud Air, including the Google Cloud Platform services we now offer.

The integration between the two services is underway, and we expect to start offering the new services on vCloud Air during the first half of 2015. And we expect to add other services in the future. We’re really excited by the potential for enterprises using hybrid cloud – there’s nothing like the combination of VMware vCloud Air and Google Cloud Platform in the hybrid cloud market today.

This entry was posted in Company News, Hybrid Cloud, Partner News, vCloud Air and taggedGoogle BigQuery, Google Cloud Datastore,Google Cloud DNS, Google Cloud Platform services, Google Cloud Storage, object storageon January 29, 2015 by Mathew Lodge.

14 thoughts on “Today’s VMware and Google announcement”Hill ZhaoJanuary 29, 2015 at 6:08 am

Is Google Cloud Storage conflict with VMware vSAN solution?

Thanks,
–Hill

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Rob SteeleJanuary 29, 2015 at 10:39 am

Hi Hill, No conflict, vSAN is block based and Google is object based storage.

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BSNFebruary 1, 2015 at 11:35 pm

I would like more clarity on this. How does it work today? Can VMware customers not access Google Cloud Platform today? I’m struggling to understand what would the customers lose if this integration is not done.

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VMware End-User Computing 2014 Recap and 2015 Predictions

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January 28, 2015 Sanjay Poonen

By Sanjay Poonen, EVP and GM, End-User Computing, VMware

Looking back on my first full year leading the End-User Computer (EUC) team at VMware, I can’t help but echo Pat Gelsinger’s comments at VMworld: what a difference a year makes!

Since joining the team in August 2013, we have been working to fulfill our vision of delivering a virtual workspace to allow end-users to work at the speed of life. 2014 has proven to be a momentous year as we have shown the world our leap into leadership positions across desktop, mobile and content collaboration. As we jumpstart 2015, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the amazing accomplishments of 2014 and share some predictions on how I see VMware continuing to grow, excel and be the best for our customers in 2015. None of this would be possible without an incredible End-User Computing TEAM here at VMware that I am honored and grateful to lead.

Starting the Year Strong

At my first all-hands meeting, I told the organization that it didn’t matter where the bus was going and how the bus was going to get there, but what mattered was who was on the bus. This statement comes from the book by Jim Collins “Good to Great.” Those who have known me through my 20+ years in IT know that I am laser focused on grooming and recruiting the best team, and I have sought to do the same here at VMware. I sincerely believe we have the best EUC team in the industry – both internally groomed and externally culled. And they in turn are doing the same, cascading those values of people-centric management to all levels of the EUC team. “Culture eats strategy for breakfast,” as Peter Drucker said, so that continues to be my obsession at VMware.  So, if you’re a great talent, send me your resume!

We started off January 2014 with the VMware End-User Computing team hiring several industry veterans to strengthen the leadership bench, including Bob Schultz and Sumit Dhawan. In addition, VMware veteran Kit Colbert transitioned over to the group as CTO of the business. These individuals bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that has contributed to much of the group’s success this year.

Toward the end of January, we announced our acquisition of the leader in enterprise mobility management and security, AirWatch,for $1.54 billion. As the biggest purchase in VMware history, AirWatch rounds out our end-user computing suite with industry leading enterprise mobility management and content management solutions throughAirWatch Secure Content Locker®. The acquisition also brought with it a team of 1,500 energetic people from the company headed by the very talented John Marshall and Alan Dabberie, along with 10,000 customers. Today, AirWatch boasts more than 2,000 employees and is continuing an incredible growth trajectory under VMware with over 15,000 customers and all VMware partners having access to this great technology.

At VMware Partner Exchange 2014, we announced a partnership with F5 Networksand a collaboration with NVIDIA and Googleto deliver graphic-rich apps to enterprise cloud desktops.

In March at Mobile World Congress, AirWatchlaunched its next-generation enterprise mobility management platform, AirWatch 7.0, which included a complete UI/UX redesign. AirWatch also introduced Teacher Tools to bring the power of an IT administrator to teachers using mobile devices in the classroom. Later in the month, we debutedHorizon Daas®, the industry’s first hybrid DaaS solution that gives customers an affordable way to blend public cloud desktops and on-premise VMware Horizon View™ private cloud desktops for a seamless end-user experience.

Customer-Centric Innovations

One of my highest priorities has always been getting direct feedback from customers because I get to hear how our solutions are being used and I also get to learn about the capabilities customers want to see in our future products. While we received very positive feedback about the new additions and partnerships we made earlier in the year, one of the requests I consistently heard from customers is that they wanted VMware to offer Windows applications as a service.

So in April, VMware launched Horizon 6, a flagship update to our desktop virtualization client that delivers RDS-hosted applications alongside virtual desktops through a single platform. Horizon 6 redefines desktop virtualization for organizations by providing a cost-effective solution to support end users who may only need access to a few applications on a mobile device or from remote locations.

AirWatch also achieved a few customer-centric milestones in Q2, announcing partnerships with Verizon and BlackBerry and achieving a landmark STIG approval, which cleared the AirWatch EMM platform for use in Department of Defense networks.

Leading the Industry with New Products and Partnerships

The third quarter continued to demonstrate major momentum. VMware acquired Cloud Volumes, a leading provider of real-time application delivery technology that enables enterprises to easily deliver native applications to virtualized environments on-demand.

We also introduced VMware Workspace Suite™ at VMworld U.S., a solution that seamlessly combines VMware Horizon, AirWatch EMM and AirWatch Secure Content Locker into a single desktop, mobile and content management solution that works across all devices. Customers consistently tell us that they need help simplifying the management of their critical assets, and this solution leverages Workspace Services to help them with that goal. VMware also debuted the tech preview of high-performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics running on NVIDIA and Google Chromebooks, and Just in Time Desktops that will bring persistent desktop performance and capabilities to non-persistent desktops without any impact on the user experience.

Following the theme of this year’s AirWatch Connect conference – “driving mobile innovation” – AirWatch debuted two new products, AirWatch Chat and AirWatch Video, to bring enterprise-grade security and user-friendly UI to SMS and video sharing applications. The team also updatedAirWatch Secure Content Locker, AirWatch Inbox and AirWatch Browser on the console and on every OS.

Also, as the consumerization of IT became even more integrated, our customers needed solutions to enable BYO Mac environments, especially for temporary or contracted employees. VMware and AirWatch addressed this challenge through the launch of Horizon FLEX, a policy-based containerized desktop solution for Mac, and expanded capabilities for AirWatch Mac Management that extends the ease of use of MDM to Mac management, including the new OS® X Yosemite.

Adding To The Partner Ecosystem

Partnerships continued to prove the power of the integration and innovation between VMware and AirWatch. In July, we announcedAirWatch was available to VMware’s network of 75,000 partners, which meant that it would be easier than ever before for prospective customers to try AirWatch’s industry leading EMM platform.

We then leveraged our joint solutions and relationships to secure some of the industry’s most premiere, strategic mobile partnerships. VMware and AirWatch together announced partnerships with innovating companies, including SAP, HP, Capgemini and Box. AirWatch also debuted AirWatch AppShieldpartner program that culminates the broad ecosystem of application partners for AirWatch. As organizations move from simple MDM to broader EMM, application delivery is one of the primary goals to drive the next generation of mobile innovation. Some of the first AppShield partners include Adobe, Oracle, Salesforce and Xamarin. I think 2014 could easily be called the, “Year of the EUC Ecosystem!”

VMware and AirWatch had a major presence during October’s Internet of Things World Forum and took on a leadership role in setting new standards for the future of our industry. By joining the Industrial Internet Consortium and partnering with IoT innovator Jasper, we proved that we will be ready as the next wave of connected devices enters the workforce.

Continuing its growth trajectory, in Q4 AirWatch hit a landmark 15,000 customers globally, nearly doubling its closest competitor. Customers that are driving mobile innovation with AirWatch in 2014 includeDelta, Sprint, Merck, BGBCMaxazria andCoachella Valley Unified School District.

Industry leadership, a strong partner ecosystem, innovative products and happy customers were the clear themes of 2014. Culminating those efforts, VMware Horizon was recognized as the leading virtual desktop platform by Gigaom Research and AirWatch EMM was named a “Leader” or equivalent in every principal analyst report this year. We truly have the industry’s most flexible, complete and competitive EUC products and are excited to bring further innovation and integration into 2015. We aren’t just living in the Mobile Cloud era, we are leading it.

Looking Forward To Next Year

VMware made a lot of progress this year and customers believed in our vision because they could see the practical applications of our solutions for the problems they’re facing today, and the bold mission we plan to undertake for the future. Today, we representinnovation to our customers, while much of the alternatives in the market representlegacy.

As I look ahead to 2015, I believe a few trends will come together, so below are myTop 5 End- User Computing 2015 Predictions for the coming year.

Gone are the days of silos. I believe enterprises will begin to execute more holistic “Workspace“ strategies, encompassing both desktop and mobile transformations. The typical consumer of IT services will continue to access applications that span across Windows, web and mobile platforms. Rather than continue to treat each as separate silos, CIOs will help define core desktop/mobile architecture teams within their organizations. These teams will map out the technology landscape and decision criteria for the organization to implement a true mobile strategy that encompasses application and data delivery across Windows, web and mobile platforms. TCO savings and improved data security will be realized through more centralized management and governance via tools capable of managing applications and data in a highly heterogeneous endpoint landscape. In short, the equivalent of the software-defined data-center is the software-defined workspace that allows us to fulfill the vision we laid out this year of “bringing the virtual workspace that allows end-users to work at the speed of life.”I see Identity Management such as single sign on (SSO) taking center stage as organizations simplify access to the various cloud-based applications in the enterprise. Not only will there be a need for authentication tools such as biometrics (e.g. fingerprint and eye print verification), but IT will increasingly adopt a unified form ofidentity management to streamline adding or removing access to these applications.Hybrid Cloud Computing will be key. IT will increasingly adopt a unified approach to Desktop, Mobile, Social, Content, Identity Management and more, to enable seamless access to information and applications running on-premise, in the cloud or natively on a user device. By unifying the approach to identity, IT will be able to enable seamless access in a service-oriented fashion.In 2014 we made the first steps toward enabling a connected Internet of Things (IoT) enterprise with our partnership announcement with Jasper. In 2015, I see an adoption in practical enterprise IoT use cases. Network World recently shared a few use cases featured at the IoT World Forum, where AirWatch’s chairman Alan Dabbiere gave a keynote presentation. I predict these use cases will become more prevalent in 2015 and IoT will further help IT achieve complex business goals.In the world of Content Collaboration, organizations will realize that collaboration will no longer be a nice to have but a must have. Companies will demand social elements to content collaboration without vast integrations and investments.

If I were to sum up 2014, I would say that it was a year of rapid innovation. It was a team effort all around and I look forward to bringing the same level of excitement and innovation in 2015 so stay tuned!

This entry was posted in End User Computing,EUC, Leadership Perspectives, Predictions and tagged 2014, 2015 predictions, Sanjay Poonen,Year in Review on January 28, 2015 by Sanjay Poonen.

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