VMWare’s Project Pacific Integrates Kubernetes With vSphere

InfoQ | September 14, 2019

At the recently concluded VMWorld conference, VMWare announced Project Pacific, a re-architected version of vSphere, which embeds the Kubernetes control plane inside it. It aims to enable unified management of containers and virtual machines in vSphere installations. Developers can use Kubernetes declarative syntax to manage VMs, disks and networks. This can be useful for teams that have heterogeneous stacks spanning containers as well as VMs. However, this applies only if their existing apps are on vSphere managed VMs. Project Pacific adopts the Kubernetes Namespace model so that VM operations and policies can be applied to Kubernetes objects. These include resource allocation, encryption, HA and snapshots. Project Pacific is a "re-architecture of vSphere with Kubernetes as its control plane", says Jared Rosoff, Senior Director, Product Management for Workload Management in vSphere.

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Lightbits and Intel to Demonstrate Application Acceleration and Improved Resource Utilization Using an Intel IPU and Disaggregated NVMe Storage

Lightbits | September 29, 2022

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neXt Evolution of Tintri VMstore Breaks Out of the Data Center and Into the Cloud

Tintri | August 30, 2022

Tintri, a DDN subsidiary and the leading provider of auto adaptive, workload intelligent platforms, is celebrating its 10th anniversary of product availability with the "neXt" evolution of Tintri's VMstore® series. Expanding on its purpose-built, auto adaptive VMstore platform, Tintri's new Virtual Series incorporates 10 unique features that comprise the company's Platform as a Service (PaaS) approach. The Virtual Series offers autonomous QOS, predictive analytics, distributed data services, and ease-of-use in a robust and efficient virtual data workload management platform for hybrid cloud ecosystems. As businesses continue to adapt to the massive influx of data and mobile workforces, there is a critical need to implement a more flexible and interconnected IT ecosystem to manage the size and complexity of applications. IT departments must not only manage code updates and new features for these applications, but also the underlying infrastructure which affects workflows while protecting data from being compromised due to ransomware and other impacts. Tintri has seen the movement toward containerization in hybrid IT environments and has adapted its intelligent analytics to enhance locality, security and predictive failure and recovery capabilities. "We are in close collaboration with our customers and partners and understand the challenges they continue to face as data and application implementation becomes more distributed," said Phil Trickovic, SVP of Revenue, Tintri. "Because of our unique architecture meant specifically for virtual data sets, we are perfectly positioned to meet these new customer challenges and bring tremendous value by rapidly advancing the technology needed to address these new industry dynamics. By decoupling Tintri's AI-powered software from our hardware platform, VMstore customers can now deploy the efficient, transparent and easy-to-use data management platform they're accustomed to with Tintri." Businesses have consistently turned to Tintri for ease of use, predictable performance and stable service. Customers rely on Tintri to help reduce overhead costs and resources required to manage IT operations, particularly when integrating a cloud strategy. Tintri enables customers to focus on strengthening business operations, leveraging the platform's intelligence to stay ahead of the curve. Tintri VMstore is purpose-built for virtualized workloads and is now taking this same approach to develop the virtual version of VMstore technology, opening the door to new levels of infrastructure efficiency in hybrid cloud ecosystems. Tintri Virtual Series Features Tintri's neXt data management platform will consist of a new Virtual Series solution that enables 10 technology features to lower cost and complexity and gain backup and disaster recovery efficiencies, with the option to deploy and transfer within both on-prem and cloud environments. 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Both performance and data protection tie back to Tintri's Analytics platform allowing users to design the infrastructure, both cloud and on-prem to best serve the organization's entire application needs." Brock Mowry, Tintri's CTO Tintri Virtual Series Availability & Beta Program The 10 Virtual Series features will roll out over the next 15 months. Tintri Data Security Services and Tanzu Integration are both available today to existing VMstore customers.Tintri will also launch several beta programs as Tintri rolls out its neXt generation platform. About Tintri Tintri, a wholly owned subsidiary of DataDirect Networks (DDN), delivers purpose-built solutions to store and manage virtual machines in enterprise data centers. Thousands of customers have saved countless administrative hours using Tintri's innovative technologies.

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ControlUp Accelerates Adoption of DEX Management Platform With Ability to Monitor Zoom, MS Teams, and Other Unified Communications Tools

ControlUp | September 02, 2022

ControlUp, the industry leader in Digital Employee Experience (DEX) management, today announced that ControlUp Co-founder and Chief Product Officer Yoni Avital will host a bad user experience smackdown at VMware Explore 2022. ControlUp, a VMware Partner, is also breaking its Edge DX adoption records, a solution that allows IT teams to not only monitor productivity tools like Microsoft Teams (MS Teams) and Zoom but allows for advanced data analytics to proactively address issues. See a demo of Edge DX and more at ControlUp's booth in South Hall 1302. "With the new ability for IT teams to monitor Zoom and MS Teams, Edge DX is the fastest growing product in our portfolio to date. This is a testament to how important having real-time data analytics accessible to IT teams, The solution also allows for rapid deployment, which is crucial when it comes to the sales cycle. For example, one financial services client deployed 192,000+ seats in a matter of weeks." Asaf Ganot, Co-founder and CEO, ControlUp Recently recognized as a strong performer in end-user experience management by Forrester Research in The Forrester Wave™, ControlUp continues to bring data together in unique ways to optimize the digital employee experience while proactively addressing network latency issues, availability of SaaS apps and virtual desktops, and slow logons. With the ability to deploy Edge DX at scale in minutes, IT teams can virtually sit side-by-side with work from anywhere (WFA) employees to fix issues quickly on endpoint devices so team members can get back to work fast. Similar to our recent integration to monitor functionality with MS Teams, our new integration with Zoom provides IT teams usage insights across employee calls and meetings. Data analysis monitors the quality of calls for technical issues that may impact the digital experience of participants. Edge DX makes remediation actions available for addressing and preventing issues that impact productivity. By proactively identifying potential bottlenecks and failure points, IT teams can now provide resolutions before Help Desk tickets are filed. VMware Explore attendees have the opportunity to hear and see how ControlUp helps remove IT dark zones with real-time visibility that improves employees' productivity in two sessions: Tuesday, Aug. 30, 3:15-3:45 p.m., Joel Stocker, Director of Product Marketing, ControlUp, and Tom Fenton, Tech. Mrkt. Engr., ControlUp, will present "Improve Remote Work Experience with Last-Mile Monitoring From ControlUp" in The Expo Theater. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Yoni Avital, Co-founder & CPO, ControlUp, and Trentent Tye, Tech Marketing, ControlUp, will hammer things out in a "Bad User Experience Smackdown: Easy Horizon Troubleshooting with ControlUp" in a Breakout Session. "ControlUp is proud to be an established VMware Partner with deep integrations that help VMware users capture real-time data insights for on-the-fly troubleshooting," said Avital. "It is no secret that work-from-anywhere is here to stay, which solidifies the ongoing need for our DEX management platform to help IT teams monitor performance, availability, and productivity for networks, apps, and unified communications tools like Zoom and MS Teams." Microsoft, MS Teams are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. VMware, Horizon, and VMware Explore are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other jurisdictions. About ControlUp ControlUp powers the work-from-anywhere world by delivering a Digital Employee Experience (DEX) Management Platform built for IT teams to make remote work more flexible and reliable. Whether your desktops are physical or virtual, your applications are local or SaaS, IT can optimize remote work environments from the datacenter or from the cloud with rich, real-time visibility across the entire digital employee experience. Headquartered in Silicon Valley with R&D in Israel, ControlUp supports over 2,000 customers and counting.

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Exoprise Customers Achieve Significant ROI With SaaS and Digital Experience Monitoring

Exoprise | September 12, 2022

Exoprise, a leader in Digital Experience Monitoring (DEM) solutions, announced that its customers continue to realize significant Return on Investment (ROI) with Exoprise solutions and achieve positive ROI within six months of implementation. Troubleshooting remote worker issues using traditional tools creates visibility challenges, severely impacting business continuity and productivity. According to the latest Forrester future of work survey, 20% of employees contact the service desk support team weekly, and 10% contact them daily – far too often to remain consistently productive. In current economic conditions, companies have the potential to save thousands to millions in IT costs using features and capabilities offered by Exoprise DEM solutions. As one of the Exoprise customers, a global CRM head at a financial services company, told us, "Upon returning from a weekend, our employees could not access their Salesforce app in the morning. 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