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KubeAcademy Pro

Source – KubeAcademy

So in my previous post, I shared a few links to start of some training to better understand Kubernetes. One of the links was to the Kubernetes Academy provided by VMware. There was a lot of entry level / beginners training to get you familiar with Kubernetes.  So VMware is now offering the advanced stack of training, done by instructors and subject matter experts. This is really awesome as we get to widen our knowledge and understand the platform as it will be part of our day to day activities.

“KubeAcademy Pro connects you with industry leaders for free so you can advance your skill set regardless of where you are on your Kubernetes journey. Whether you’re a systems administrator new to Kubernetes or an operator ready to manage clusters, KubeAcademy Pro includes a breadth of courses for a wide range of roles.

KubeAcademy Pro instructors are made up of VMware Kubernetes architects, field engineers, trainers, and developer advocates who bring their experience helping customers adopt Kubernetes, as well as their own experience learning Kubernetes.”

Read through the article below:

https://tanzu.vmware.com/content/blog/introducing-kubeacademy-pro-in-depth-kubernetes-training-totally-free

Sign Up for Access to great content for FREE!!!

https://kube.academy

Source – KubeAcademy – Courses Catalog

Carbon Black

VMware Carbon Black Cloud is a cloud-native endpoint protection platform, that combines the intelligent system hardening and behavioural prevention, all done with a  single lightweight agent and an easy to use console. VMware Carbon Black Cloud has various modules for an administrator to manage endpoints.

Meet Carbon Black

Source – YouTube – VMware Carbon Black

What products make up VMware Carbon Black Cloud?

VMware Carbon Black Cloud

https://www.carbonblack.com/products/vmware-carbon-black-cloud/

Endpoint Standard

https://www.carbonblack.com/products/endpoint-standard/

Enterprise Endpoint Detection and Response

https://www.carbonblack.com/products/enterprise-edr/

Audit and Remediation

https://www.carbonblack.com/products/audit-remediation/

Managed Detection

https://www.carbonblack.com/products/managed-detection/

VMware Carbon Black On-Premises Products

App Control

https://www.carbonblack.com/products/app-control/

Endpoint Detection and Response

https://www.carbonblack.com/products/edr/

Source – VMware

VMware Carbon Black Cloud Workload Essentials

“VMware Carbon Black Cloud Workload delivers agentless protection for vSphere workloads that is easy to operationalize, while reducing the attack surface and strengthening data center security posture. This cloud-native solution provides foundational workload inventory, hardening, and vulnerability management capabilities to protect workloads running in virtualized environments.

This solution helps teams protect their workloads by:

  • Integrating natively with vSphere to simplify operations with a more unified solution
  • Prioritizing vulnerabilities with risk scores based on real-life exploits
  • Providing the necessary lifecycle context
  • Enabling agentless protection to intrinsically build security into your core infrastructure

https://www.carbonblack.com/workload-free-trial/

Secure Your vSphere Workloads

Helping customers more effectively secure their virtual workloads is a critical objective for VMware. As part of that strategy, we are offering a free trial of VMware Carbon Black Cloud Workload Essentials to current vSphere customers through April 2021.”

Source – YouTube – VMware Carbon Black

Azure VMware Solution

Source: VMworld – Azure VMware Solution

This solution is really exciting, as this is designed built and supported by Microsoft and endorsed by VMware. We’re in tough times, and it is great to see that large vendors such as Microsoft and VMware come to the party to provide combined solutions that will benefit the customers, and now can seamlessly extend or completely migrate their existing on premises VMware workloads to Azure without the requirements for re architecting their applications. This will allow clients to then benefit workloads and services provided by Azure and consume directly on a VMware platform.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/azure-vmware/

The partnership between Microsoft and VMware allowing customers currently that have VMware on their private datacenters, to have the same experience in Azure. So how is this achieved, this allows VMware to utilize a solution known as VMware Cloud Foundation Which will run natively on Azure’s compute and storage. Azure VMware Solution is VMware Cloud Verified, basically it allows customers to have confidence to use VMware capabilities on that platform that has been vetted by VMware.

The technologies that will be used on Azure VMware Solutions are VMware vSphere, HCX, NSX-T & vSAN. These products are the foundation for a software defined datacenter for customers worldwide. For Azure VMware Solution it has limited availability to certain areas in the world. Availability in the US East and West Europe regions are live and hopefully we will get these services down in South Africa soon in the near future, as we do have the Azure datacenters locally. 

Use the link below to check out pricing and availability in your region.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/azure-vmware/

What is Azure VMware Solution by CloudSimple?

Source: Microsoft – Azure VMware Solution by CloudSimple

Azure VMware Solution by CloudSimple is a fully managed service that empowers you to run the VMware platform in Azure. This solution includes vSphere, vCenter, vSAN, NSX-T, and corresponding tools. Your VMware environment runs natively on Azure bare metal infrastructure in Azure cloud locations. The service includes all the features required to consume the VMware platforms efficiently and securely.

For more information…use the link below

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vmware-cloudsimple/cloudsimple-vmware-solutions-overview?WT.mc_id=thomasmaurer-blog-thmaure

How to run native VMware workloads in Azure 

VMware Skyline

“It would awesome to proactively monitor problems in my VMware environment.” Heard that before? Well, there is good news…. VMware Skyline. This is not a new product, mentioning of this product was made around 2017, yet many clients and partners are not aware of this and that they qualify for this product based on the SnS agreement that have with VMware. There is no license costs.

https://cloud.vmware.com/skyline

To get this going in your environment, you will need to deploy the Skyline appliance and start collecting product metadata to start learning your environment. There is a fair level of Machine Learning in this solution.Most products are support, unfortunately at the time of writing this post NSX-T is not supported, but I’m sure we will have it in the next few releases.

You can use Skyline log assist, that will assist with the timing consuming process for an Engineer to upload log bundles. This is an automated process and will reduce clients effort.

Above is the capabilities based on your support contract

Want to give a try and have a look and feel….There is a VMware Skyline, Hands on Lab available for you to try out before you implement. Just search for Skyline.

https://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/catalog/1212

It’s time to go Virtual Conferencing

Virtually Packed Conference Hall

Every year, most IT professionals plan and gear up for a pack year of IT conferences. There is a lot of really great conferences held globally. So there is a need to plan travel to these events is key. This year, everything has changed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All, if not most conferences has been cancelled from being hosted physically. This had to change the way vendors would host their annual conferences. Virtual Conferencing is the way forward.

There is a lot of pros and cons related to this. By going virtual there is larger audience that can be targeted, which will also allow individuals that don’t have budget for travel. The interaction with experts and networking and connecting with like minded individuals from around the world is limited to digital, which I will really miss and these conferences are places where I get to meet friends from abroad that I have met attending conferences since 2011.

This year, we have seen that most of these events have no charge associated to attending them, which is great, but I do understand that this also creates a huge financial impact for vendors, conference facilities etc. I’m grateful that many that will be able to attend will understand the value that these conferences bring to self development and helping your organisations grow and  be more relevant, sharing your experiences.

I had to request vouchers for my flights from the airlines as I had made my bookings in advance so that I could get my flights and accommodation at a better rate, Some of my friends globally have been unlucky, as they could not get a refund or vouchers. 

My upcoming trips that I was really looking forward to attend was VMware Empower, Dell Technologies World, Veeam ON & VMworld. This year I will be attending these conference from the comfort of my home.

Below are some of the vendors that have gone virtual and have no fees for registration.

  • VMware Empower 2020
  • VMworld 2020
  • Veeam ON 2020 
  • Carbon Black Connect 2020
  • vForum 2020
  • Dell Technologies World 2020
  • HPE Discover 2020

There are many more virtual conferences out there, so such online to discover more. This is a first for many vendors to convert their annual conferences to virtual.

Just get onto google and search for the events and register. And if you can’t attend there is always the on-demand content from these events to catch up!

Hope you meet you virtually at the upcoming events! 

VMware Education

As being part of the VMware Certified Instructor Community, I have a very committed to encourage individuals to attend VMware Training as this is a key part of gaining new skills and keep yourself relevant in todays ever changing IT landscape. The traditional training courses that was provide by VMware Education has always been informative.

The courses have been captivating for beginners as well as experienced individuals. VMware has acquired many organisations and thus meaning that the list of products in their stable has grown immensely, which mean VMware partners have let more to sell to the industry. Engineers will have to up-skill their selves as they will need to manage these new technologies.

With that said they way froward is get some good training and get your self familiar with these new and great products.

So VMware Education has a lot of ways to deliver training:

Classroom – Instructor-Led Training – This is my all time favourite as I get to meet the trainer in person and have a room of like-minded individuals. This allows for me to learn from others in the industry and get to network, as well as have an instructor at your finger tips to assist you.

Live Online – In this method, you will connect to a training session with an instructor and other delegates to have the course presented to you over the internet. No need to travel to the training venue, but rather jump online and continue with the training.

Self-Paced – These are pre-recorded training material that you watch at your own pace and get to cover the content and labs.

I guess that there are different ways to approach the training and there are several ways to consume the training. As always the benefit is that which ever way to get the training done, you are improving yourself as an individual.

So when you have a chance check out the link below:

https://www.vmware.com/education-services/training.html

Here’s to another 20 years VMware…Celebrations @ VMworld 2018

I know that this post is rather late…but I’m sure you have all the juicy information of what went down at both VMworld in the US & Europe. I’m just posting a high-level overview of my experiences and takeaways from the event.

As usual the VMworld event was held in Barcelona for the Europe conference. To be honest I have mixed feeling about the place. The good, most attendees are familiar with the city so logistics and navigating around the city is great, on the other hand change is good. Having a new venue for VMworld will give a breath of fresh air and new scenery for those traveling to the conference. That’s just my opinion.

So, let’s get into the key topics at VMworld 2018!

  • Heptio
  • vSphere Platinum
  • App Defense
  • Edge Computing
  • Kubernetes
  • VMware Blockchain
  • VMware Cloud on AWS
  • Project Dimension (Beta)

That’s a wrap – VMworld 2017 (10 Years Strong – Europe)

Long Overdue…. but here goes my mini wrap up of VMworld 2017. As usual there is a lot that we know from the US VMworld and quite excited about getting more information around the new releases.

What’s New – VMworld 2017.
 vCloud Suite 2017
 VMware Cloud on AWS
 vRealize Automation 7.3
 vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition
 Horizon Cloud
 vRealize Suite 2017
 VMware Cloud Foundation
 Workspace ONE
 VMware AppDefense
 Horizon 7.3
 VMware Pivotal Container
 VMware Cloud Services
 VMware vSphere Integrated Containers 1.2
 VMware Integrated OpenStack 4.0

So, this is a lot of new and old faithful products that have been released/updated. Below you will find a link that will take you to abundant information to give you a better understanding around the above mentioned.

https://www.vmware.com/products/whats-new.html

I extremely love the solutions exchange as you get to meet some amazing vendors with amazing technologies. You get time to mingle and understand their technologies and how it may benefit you in your organization.

Here is the link to the list of vendors:

https://my.vmworld.com/scripts/exhibitorlist/eusponsor.jsp

The social scene was great. Great networking opportunities, the best for me was attending the vExpert Party. Got to meet the program team and network with fellow VMware enthusiast.

Till VMworld 2018!!!

It’s that time of year again for….VMworld!

VMworld is one of the largest Virtualization & Datacentre conference that is held in USA and Europe by VMware. It is a fantastic opportunity to be part of great and new announcements made at the conference showcasing the future for VMware. Many vendors are sponsors and will be at the Solution Exchange centre showcasing their latest and greatest technology as being part of VMware’s Ecosystem.

Whilst this is a wonderful opportunity to attend as many sessions as you can, it’s important to choose wisely. Getting into sessions where are discussions and speaking to the experts are the best opposed to just attending a PowerPoint presentation. Try out the hands-on labs and visit the Solution Exchange centre, chat to the vendors and find out what’s new within their portfolio. Best part is the networking and growing your professional network with likeminded people and enjoy all the parties hosted by vendors and especially the VMworld Party.

The conference will fly by fast, so take a step back and enjoy the atmosphere and being part of such a wonderful event and enjoy every moment.

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