Kubernetes is your future, because your suppliers want you there

IT News | September 11, 2019

At its VMworld conference two weeks ago, VMware’s big news was “Project Pacific”, a plan to fully integrate container and infrastructure orchestration tool Kubernetes with its core server virtualisation and hybrid cloud management suite vSphere.vSphere is a staple of enterprise IT so Project Pacific matters.But not just for the reason that VMware recited most often, namely that developers are all-but-defaulting to containers, software is critical to business today and nobody dares do anything that makes developers less productive. That all means you’ll need to manage Kubernetes sooner rather than later. VMware has built its business knocking down silos of tightly-coupled applications and hardware, so it’s natural the company is offering one tool to manage infrastructure for both containers and the virtual machines that you know, love, and won’t be able to toss out any time soon (but which totally aren’t legacy tech).

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Today the cloud is a proven delivery model, with a growing number of enterprises realizing impressive agility and efficiency benefits. As the technology matures, the trend is for organizations to extend cloud deployments to even more flexible private, hybrid, and public cloud models that promise exciting new ways to expand the scope of value-added business services, address top priorities like big data and Bring Your Own Device initiatives, and deliver enterprise applications as services

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Today the cloud is a proven delivery model, with a growing number of enterprises realizing impressive agility and efficiency benefits. As the technology matures, the trend is for organizations to extend cloud deployments to even more flexible private, hybrid, and public cloud models that promise exciting new ways to expand the scope of value-added business services, address top priorities like big data and Bring Your Own Device initiatives, and deliver enterprise applications as services

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Options Announces VMware Cloud Verified Status in Park Royal Data Center

Options | August 01, 2022

Options Technology, the leading Capital Markets services provider, today announced the achievement of VMware Cloud Verified status in their Park Royal Data Center. The accomplishment follows the VMware Cloud Provider Principal Partner Status awarded to the firm last year, along with Cloud Verified status at LHC, LD4 and NY5 sites. Cloud Verification assures that a partner is validated to expertly deliver cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service across VMware’s best-in-class network, storage, and compute solutions to meet individual client needs specifically. VMware Cloud Verified partner services enable customers to achieve unmatched levels of consistency, performance, and interoperability for traditional and containerised enterprise applications with the confidence the service received is based on the most advanced VMware cloud technologies. Options President and CEO Danny Moore said, “We are delighted to announce the addition of Park Royal to our growing portfolio of cloud solutions and Options’ third VMware Cloud Verified status in recent months. Today’s news not only validates the rapid expansion of services across our global backbone but Options’ unique position as the partner of choice in the delivery of holistic, flexible, and resilient cloud strategy for clients.” Today’s news comes as the latest in a series of strategic announcements for Options, including its seventh Microsoft Gold Partner status, hosting capabilities in Aruba IT3 Bergamo, and the launch of its Quantify and Data Store products. In 2019, Options received investment from Boston-based Private Equity Firm Abry Partners. This investment has enabled Options to accelerate its growth strategy and develop its technology platform while expanding its global reach in key financial centres. About Options Options Technology is the No. 1 provider of IT infrastructure to global Capital Markets firms, supporting their operations and ecosystems. Founded in 1993, the firm began life as a hedge fund technology services provider. Today, the company provides high-performance managed trading infrastructure and cloud-enabled managed services to over 550 firms globally, providing an agile, scalable platform in an Investment Bank-grade Cybersecurity wrapper. Options clients include the leading global investment banks, hedge funds, funds of funds, proprietary trading firms, market makers, broker/dealers, private equity houses, and exchanges. With offices in 8 key cities; New York, Toronto, Chicago, London, Belfast, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Auckland, Options are well placed to service its customers on-site and remotely. In 2019, Options secured a significant growth investment from Abry Partners, a Boston-based sector-focused private equity firm. This investment has enabled Options to considerably accelerate its growth strategy to invest further in its technology platform and expand its reach in key financial centres globally. Options has been named among the UK’s leading growth companies in the 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017 Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table. About Abry Partners Abry is one of the most experienced and successful sector-focused private equity investment firms in North America. Since its founding in 1989, the firm has completed over $82 billion of leveraged transactions and other private equity or preferred equity placements. Currently, the firm manages over $5.0 billion of capital across their active funds.

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Nerdio Launches Revamped MSP Partner Program

Nerdio | July 08, 2022

Nerdio, the premier solution for organizations of all sizes looking to deploy virtual desktops in Microsoft Azure, today announced significant changes, including new tier structures and benefits, to its Partnerd partner program to best support managed service providers (MSPs) and other IT organizations serving the SMB channel. “We are investing heavily to make transitioning to Microsoft Azure the obvious choice for MSPs and their clients, With the advancements Microsoft is making around cloud technologies and programs, it is an invigorating time to be part of the Microsoft ecosystem. We believe the new Partnerd program provides unparalleled benefits that are not available anywhere else in the channel. It will propel a whole new class of MSPs to grow alongside Azure and Microsoft and achieve success as a cloud partner.” Joseph Landes, Chief Revenue Officer and Co-founder, Nerdio Partnerd program tiers are calculated based on a partner’s level of investment with Nerdio, with the benefits, product discounts, marketing development funds (MDF), and event experiences offered increasing as partners move up in tier. Tiers available include Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum and partners sign up for a specific tier. As part of the new Partnerd program, enrolled MSP partners will receive: Discounts on Nerdio Manager for MSP licenses associated with each tier, ranging from 25%-75%. Dedicated Partner Success Managers to coordinate Azure Business Reviews, suggest Azure cost-optimization methods, and assist with quoting and sales. Go-Live Engineer support for Nerdio deployments and world-class support. New Partnerd Advantage advanced engineering support service at an extra monthly cost. Exclusive access to calls with Microsoft executives. Sales kickstart and accelerator packages which include travel vouchers for Nerdio events, and exclusive early access to event registration. Event marketing development funds (MDF). Expanded NerdioCon access with exclusive discounts for all Partnerds and VIP packages for Gold and Platinum tiers. “We have been providing innovative virtual desktop cloud solutions for nearly 20 years and believe Nerdio is unrivaled when it comes to providing MSPs the resources necessary to create and manage compelling and competitive Azure offerings,” said Paul O’Brien, CTO and Founder, Lucidity, a New Zealand-based MSP. “The changes to the Partnerd program reflect not only Nerdio's continued strong commitment to the partner community they’ve carefully cultivated, but also their savvy grasp of what partners must do to set themselves up for success with Microsoft’s partner program.” Partners can buy into a tier above their qualified tier by meeting the required spend limit to increase the amount of internal use licenses, license discounts, Go-Live Engineer deployments, and certifications. This allows partners to boost their investment with Nerdio to achieve greater ROI, sooner, while they are building and scaling their Azure practice. About Nerdio Nerdio empowers Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and enterprises to build successful cloud practices in Microsoft Azure with Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365. Nerdio Manager for Enterprise is a packaged Azure application that runs in users’ own tenant without compromising security and compliance by allowing third-party vendors access into the IT environment. Nerdio Manager for MSP empowers MSPs to deploy, manage, and optimize virtual desktop environments in Microsoft Azure through easy multi-tenant management.

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VMware Furthers Commitment to Public Sector, Achieves Expanded FedRAMP High Authorization

VMware | July 22, 2022

VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) today announced that it has achieved Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) High Authorization through the Joint Authorization Board (JAB) for VMware Government Services, which includes VMware Carbon Black Cloud and VMware SD-WAN on AWS GovCloud (US). These cloud services are designed to empower US government agencies and customers supporting the US government to migrate, manage, and operate sensitive workloads in the cloud. VMware Government Services is now available on the FedRAMP Marketplace. Across the public sector, agencies are laying the groundwork for multi-cloud-adoption. With expanded FedRAMP Authorized offerings at the High Impact Level, VMware can help agencies accelerate their digital transformation timelines. VMware Government Services provides software-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, and infrastructure-as-a-service capabilities, delivering modern applications at the speed that government agencies demand and enabling them to operate across data centers, the edge, and cloud. VMware Carbon Black Cloud, VMware SD-WAN and VMware Cloud on AWS GovCloud (US), are cost-effective, more secure and compliant offerings that government agencies can now seamlessly leverage to modernize their infrastructures and accelerate multi-cloud initiatives. “VMware continues to invest to help government agencies leverage the power of the cloud and evolve IT infrastructures, Achieving expanded FedRAMP authorizations enables us to meet our customers wherever they are on their digital transformation journeys to help them innovate faster and create resiliency while adhering to the highest security and compliance standards. These additional accreditations further our commitment to our public sector customers to help them better serve and meet mission demands.” Jennifer Chronis, vice president, public sector, VMware Empowering the Public Sector to See and Stop More Threats VMware Carbon Black Cloud on AWS GovCloud (US) has received FedRAMP High Authorization amid an increasing demand by federal agencies for cloud-delivered security. Public sector customers can now deploy the modern endpoint security and advanced workload protection required to stay one step ahead of adversaries as geopolitically fueled cyberattacks increase. This authorization underscores VMware Carbon Black Cloud’s ability to prevent, detect, and respond to threats on endpoints and server workloads from a single console for improved visibility and simplified operations. Powered by VMware Contexa, VMware Carbon Black Cloud delivers authoritative intelligence that enables federal customers to correlate threats across their environments. This designation solidifies VMware Carbon Black Cloud’s position as a trusted security platform helping the US government protect its most critical assets. As a founding member of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative, VMware is also a trusted national security partner participating in public-private sector collaboration, threat intelligence sharing and cyber defense planning. In addition, VMware Carbon Black Cloud is pursuing authorization to operate at Department of Defense (DoD) Impact Level (IL-4) to expand its federal footprint to U.S. DoD and Defense Industrial Base customers. Secure, Reliable Access to Cloud Apps & Services from Anywhere VMware SD-WAN is an industry-leading software-defined WAN solution, that connects users across distributed locations more safely, reliably, and efficiently to cloud-based applications, cloud services and agency data centers. The anywhere workforce has become the new normal for many government agencies. Modernizing agency networks with VMware SD-WAN on AWS GovCloud will improve remote employee productivity with more secure and optimized application access while simplifying operations and maximizing ROI. VMware SD-WAN is the only SD-WAN solution today to receive FedRAMP High Authorization that complements government agencies’ cloud-smart adoption with assured performance for mission-critical applications in the cloud. In addition, VMware SD-WAN is a key enabler for agencies to deliver on their vision of 5G and edge compute by eliminating IT complexity while delivering greater efficiency and faster deployment. Agencies can leverage VMware SD-WAN as a critical component of a multi-layered security strategy to help accelerate their journey towards a zero-trust architecture. Enabling Accelerated Multi-Cloud Adoption In April, VMware Cloud on AWS GovCloud (US) achieved FedRAMP High JAB authorization as well as DISA Impact Level 5 (IL5) provisional authorization. VMware Cloud on AWS GovCloud (US) supports critical public sector use cases, including data center extension, cloud migration, virtual desktops, disaster recovery, and application modernization. Now in its third year of operation, VMware Cloud on AWS GovCloud (US) is serving a wide range of mission owners with availability in both US-East and US-West. VMware is committed to achieving FedRAMP authorization for additional services. VMware Government Services will help fast-track authorizations enabling agencies to accelerate innovation and multi-cloud adoption on VMware’s trusted digital foundation. About VMware VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. 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