VMware Bakes Kubernetes into vSphere 7, Fleshes Out Tanzu

Data Center Knowledge | March 10, 2020

The grafting of the data center’s most pervasive software infrastructure manager with hypervisor-based virtualization is now officially complete. Containerized orchestration is no longer the “alternative” software infrastructure. In what may have been an accelerated product deployment, VMware today announced vSphere 7, its first virtualized applications and services platform to instill Kubernetes in two separate, critical layers of its architecture: workload staging and execution. Kubernetes is the open source workload orchestrator born from the Docker movement of 2015. “With vSphere 7, what we’re doing is fundamentally modernizing vSphere itself,” Kit Colbert, VMware’s VP and CTO for cloud platforms, said during a recent press conference. “We’ve re-architected it to integrate with Kubernetes, so this is a pretty foundational change.”

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Docker Announces Docker Extensions and Docker Desktop for Linux at DockerCon 2022

Docker | May 11, 2022

At DockerCon 2022, Docker, Inc.®, a leading provider of cloud-native application development tools, content, and services for developers, announced new features and partnerships to increase developer productivity. Specifically, the company announced Docker Extensions which allow developers to discover and add complementary development tools to Docker Desktop. Docker announced that 14 launch partners have published Docker Extensions, including JFrog, Red Hat, Snyk and VMware. In addition, the company announced the generally available release of Docker Desktop for Linux, which brings the productivity benefits of Docker Desktop - before today available only to developers using Mac and Windows workstations - to developers using Linux workstations as well. “The large, complex cloud-native tools landscape presents a challenge for developers, who need the right tool for the right job, right now. Docker Extensions enables developers to quickly discover and start using the tools they need for their apps and not waste time searching, downloading, configuring, evaluating, and managing tools.” Docker CEO Scott Johnston Today's announcements are the most recent result of Docker's increased investment in product development for application developers. Using Docker, development teams release 13X more frequently, ramp productivity with new technologies in 65% less time, and compress the mean-time-to-remediation (MTTR) of security vulnerabilities by 62%. Docker not only underpins today’s initiatives focused on app modernization and microservices, but it also enables tomorrow’s with its support for serverless, WebAssembly, Web3, and more. Docker Extensions Docker Extensions offer a breadth of familiar experiences that integrate with Docker Desktop so developers can speed up innovation without having to learn new patterns. Docker Extensions are built with the developer experience in mind and include official tools built by Docker and our trusted ecosystem partners, giving you the convenience and flexibility to create workflows that meet individual development needs. And with the Docker Extensions SDK individual developers and partners can unleash their creativity to build entirely new integrations. About Docker Docker helps millions of developers efficiently and collaboratively build, share and run applications. The Docker application development platform provides developers with an unmatched experience for an integrated, reliable and secure workflow that accelerates app delivery from code to the cloud. Through a combination of the world’s largest marketplace of trusted content and integrations with leading tools, Docker allows teams to rapidly create modern applications.

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C3 Complete to Provide IT and Managed Services Across iM Critical’s Expanding Data Center Footprint

C3 Complete | June 23, 2022

C3 Complete, an award-winning technology service provider, and iM Critical, a data center and IT services company shaping the future of IT infrastructure, are pleased to announce the formation of a strategic partnership. Customers of iM Critical’s data centers will immediately gain access to C3’s extensive suite of technology services, and customers of C3 will benefit from the ultra-modern capabilities of iM Critical’s facilities. The combined services of these two companies will enable agile, turnkey solutions and provide next-generation IT results. Available initially in Miami and Pittsburgh, this partnership will expand to additional high-value markets in 2023. C3’s hybrid cloud services, available in all iM Critical facilities, includes Infrastructure, Desktop, Backup, Storage, and Disaster Recovery as a Service. Each iM Critical facility will also feature C3 Complete’s low-latency, high-speed, cloud on-ramp, data center interconnects, and premium multi-carrier Internet access solutions. For those organizations seeking a turn-key IT experience, iM Critical clients can select from a full suite of Managed Services, Network Engineering, Voice and Collaboration, and Information Security solutions provided by C3 experts. iM Critical recently acquired a premier hyper-connected data center in Miami, FL, with over 100,000 square feet of configurable colocation space and disaster recovery office suites and is repositioning the facility with a number of upgrades, all backed by sustainable advantages like on-site renewable power and unconstrained space and power. Strategically located outside of the 100-year floodplain and hurricane evacuation zones, iM’s Miami facility features a gated campus, 24x7 security, multiple independent utility power feeds and a Category 5 hurricane rating. Another iM Critical facility, an HPC-capable campus located in Pittsburgh, PA, offering the same extensive range of advantages, is slated to open in Q3 of 2022. As part of the Miami facility upgrades, C3 and iM Critical are deploying a highly secure, purpose built, Network Operations Center (NOC) / Security Operations Center (SOC). The state-of-the-art NOC/SOC will be staffed 24x7 and will offer deep monitoring, early detection and mitigation, and incident management and response services. “The iM Critical team brings an incredible amount of experience and strategic vision to the evolving data center market, and we could not be more excited about our partnership with them, We believe that the union of their modern facilities and our services capabilities will make C3 and iM Critical the go-to choice for customers and partners looking to achieve digital transformations with ease, efficiency and security.” Rick Mancinelli, CEO of C3 Complete “We are so pleased with our Miami acquisition, and with the improvements we are making, and are looking forward to providing a new level of security, reliability and interconnection to the Miami colocation market. We continually strive to look beyond those table stakes to understand where the market is going and how we can meet those needs for customers,” commented Michael Roark, CEO of iM Critical. “Partnering with C3 further enables our ability to become the premier single-source provider of end-to-end IT infrastructure solutions in the markets we serve, keeping iM, C3 and our customers ahead of a challenging, changing technology landscape.” About C3 Complete C3 is an award-winning technology consultancy headquartered in Delray Beach, Florida. Since 2009, we’ve delivered in-house, relationship-focused, outcome-driven solutions to hundreds of happy clients nationwide. C3 currently owns and operates a geo-diverse VMware Cloud Verified infrastructure that provides high-performance, secure, and compliant Infrastructure, Virtual Desktops, Backup, and Disaster recovery solutions. C3 also operates a state-of-the-art Cisco BroadWorks powered Hosted PBX, UCaaS and CCaaS platform as well as a nationwide SD-WAN network based on VMware’s industry-leading technologies. C3 maintains an extensive list of wholesale carrier relationships for connectivity and has a broad portfolio of technology-related authorizations and certifications. C3’s expert team of certified network engineers design and implement complex solutions and its bilingual service center is available for support 24×7. About iM Critical iM Critical is shaping the future of data centers, providing colocation with deep insight into IT managed service offerings and a specialization in High-Performance Computing (HPC). iM’s service platforms include Colocation, HPC, Cloud, Storage aaS, Network, 24/7 IT NOC Services with premier DR aaS, Cloud Connect, Data Security and IT Transformation aaS solutions. iM Critical provides access to strategic carrier-neutral networks and cloud onramps, risk mitigation, continuous uptime, and data security to deliver quality and sustainable innovation, saving customers time, money and resources.

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Tintri Continues Exponential Growth with 2H 2021 Earnings

Tintri | February 21, 2022

Tintri, a DDN subsidiary and the leading provider of auto adaptive, workload intelligent platforms, announced 42% global revenue growth from 1H2021 to 2H2021, including a double-digit revenue increase from net new logos. This expansion is fuelled by Tintri's enhanced global executive sales team and continued VMstore innovation, driving the company's mission to deliver hands-off, cutting-edge and highly adaptive technology to help enterprises manage complex infrastructures. Tintri has had exponential growth in the second half of 2021, driven by the upswell in demand from our customers due to the popularity of containerized applications in virtualized environments. The containerization movement is making serious headway into enterprise data processes and platforms, and Tintri is perfectly positioned to service these emerging markets. We've put together an outstanding global sales team to ensure that customers know our technology was architected for these types of workloads from day one." Phil Trickovic, senior vice president of Revenue, Tintri Enhanced Global Executive Sales Team Following the appointment of a new executive team in Q4 2021, Tintri's latest investment to operate under strong management comes with the newly structured global executive sales team. Comprised of Tintri veterans with invaluable experience, this team best understands the unique challenges of data-centric enterprise customers and the ways in which Tintri's technology can help overcome specialized pain points and evolve to continue to meet enterprise's changing needs. The new global executive sales team is comprised of: Zachary Bertamini, vice president of Sales, Americas, whose strategic vision has been a catalyst to fuel Tintri's growth in the Americas over the past year. Josh Marlar, vice president of Global Business Development, who is responsible for building a multimillion-dollar net new pipeline quarter over quarter and brings over a decade of experience in IT business developments. Mark Walsh, vice president of Sales, EMEA, who brings over 30 years of experience in the IT storage sector and re-joins Tintri from IBM. Norimasa Ono, general manager of Sales, Japan, who led start up efforts in the Japanese market and brings strong relationships with local resellers and enterprise customers, as well as the ability to open new markets for Tintri. Continued VMstore Innovation Tintri continues to innovate, constantly enhancing, updating and advancing capabilities for its customers. This dedication is underscored by VMstore's double-digit revenue growth YoY. The latest releases to VMstore, the world's most intelligent virtual data management system, include: vSphere Tag Support – VMstore now recognizes and reports vCenter tags and can be used for filtering objects in the Tintri Global Center (TGC) user interface (UI). vSphere tags can also be used in service groups to ensure protection policies, snapshots, replication. vSphere tags also carry across the Tintri ecosystem and are available for use with Tintri Analytics. Additional Hardware and Software Validation – 2TB, 4TB or 8TB drives are configurable with all VMstore T7000 systems, allowing customers to tailor the configuration to meet specific business needs. The T7000 systems are also now certified for DAC connections, joining MPO-12 configurations. In addition, VMstore is CitrixReady certified with Hypervisor 8.2. Improved Visibility with UI Enhancements – System admins now can configure and filter alerts with notifications and additional parameters, including Engine ID, which can be configured with Single Network Management Protocol (SNMP). A new "Task Manager" in the UI allows customers to track long running activities and monitor status, as well as reporting on advanced battery backup health to provide fortified data protection in the event of a T7000 series system power loss. NFS 4.1 Beta – VMstore T7000 models now support NFS v4.1 for VMware vSphere, which will be made generally available later this year. About Tintri Tintri, a wholly owned subsidiary of DataDirect Networks (DDN) delivers unique outcomes in Enterprise data centers. Tintri's AI-enabled intelligent infrastructure learns your environment to drive automation. Analytical insights help you simplify and accelerate your operations and empower data-driven business insights. Thousands of Tintri customers have saved millions of management hours using Tintri.

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Lightbits Labs Announces Availability of Lightbits Cloud Data Platform on VMware Marketplace

Lightbits | April 06, 2022

Lightbits®, the first software-defined NVMe® data platform for any cloud, today announced that the Lightbits Cloud Data Platform is available on VMware Marketplace. In addition to high performance and increased flexibility, Lightbits offers rich data services that result in highly resilient storage that extends across the entire virtualized platform. VMware Marketplace is a one-stop shop for VMware validated and certified ecosystem solutions that enable customers to discover, try, purchase, and deploy directly to VMware environments. Partners can easily publish their solutions for VMware customers across platforms such as VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Tanzu, and more. Customers will be able to access and purchase these third-party partner solutions directly from their cloud environments, while also experiencing the convenience of features such as notifications, reporting, and analytics. Lightbits provides a unified, consistent, high-performance data platform for any cloud that delivers efficiency, simplicity, and agility for container-based applications in a Kubernetes environment, as well as virtualized applications in a VMware environment. The innovative Lightbits Cloud Data Platform is architected to leverage the performance and latency benefits of NVMe/TCP and Intelligent Flash Management™ (IFM), solving the complexity and high-cost problems of high-performance storage for any cloud. Lightbits provides efficiency and flexibility of disaggregation at performance that is similar to local flash. A single Lightbits cluster can deliver over 40M IOPS (random Read) and 10PB user capacity, with less than 200μs latency. Organizations previously utilizing iSCSI can instead use NVMe/TCP on the same network infrastructure and realize much higher performance. The Lightbits Cloud Data Platform is certified with VMware vSphere® 7 Update 3 and is available on the VMware Marketplace. “Lightbits is an efficient, disaggregated software-defined architecture that combines the advantages of NVMe/TCP data fabric, IFM, and enterprise data services that is easy to consume on the VMware Marketplace. IFM dramatically improves flash storage efficiency and delivers the highest performance with the lowest latencies at scale for VMware environments,” said Eran Kirzner, CEO at Lightbits. “Many Cloud Service Providers and VCPP customers are already realizing how simple it is to provision storage, control volume policies such as availability, protection, data reduction, and QoS.” We are pleased to see the Lightbits Cloud Data Platform on VMware Marketplace. Compatible technologies, such as the Lightbits Cloud Data Platform, enable our customers to build, run, manage and better secure their applications effectively and efficiently using VMware products and services. We’re excited to work with partners such as Lightbits Labs to empower customers to derive the most value from their technology investments.” Ramya Sarangarajan, Director, Product Marketing and Strategy, VMware About Lightbits Labs Lightbits Labs® (Lightbits), is a cloud data platform company that delivers ease of use and efficiency while unlocking agility for modern businesses. Creators of the NVMe® over TCP (NVMe/TCP) protocol, Lightbits is leading the digital data center transformation by making software-defined storage that is easy to deploy at scale and delivers performance equivalent to local flash to accelerate cloud-native applications in bare metal, virtual, or containerized environments. Backed by leading enterprise investors including Cisco Investments, Dell Technologies Capital, Intel Capital, and Micron, Lightbits is on a mission to make high-performance elastic block storage simple, scalable, and cost-efficient for any cloud.

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