VMware Horizon General Availability – Licensing and Promotions!

VMware Horizon Suite and all of the components that make up the suite were made Generally Available (GA) on Monday (March 4, 2013).  VMware Horizon View 5.2, VMware Horizon Mirage 4.0, and VMware Horizon Workspace 1.0 versions are available as stand-alone products or all bundled into the Horizon Suite.  This is an exciting set of releases from VMware.  I wrote a summary of the releases last week if you don't yet know what is included in the upgrades and new products. With GA came information on pricing and licensing for individual products and for the Horizon Suite, which includes all of … [Read more...]

VMware Press Review Team

I follow VMware Press on Facebook.  Their status update post this morning caught my attention.  VMware Press is starting the 'VMware Press Product Review Team' - a group of qualified book reviewers who will read and publish reviews of VMware Press titles (blogs, Amazon, BN.com).  Reviewers will be given up to three free eBooks from VMware Press in exchange for an honest review of the book.  The first book for review will be the forthcoming VMware View 5: Building a Successful Virtual Desktop by Paul O'Doherty. While there has been some noise lately around the number of paid reviews on sites … [Read more...]

VMworld Europe News and Announcements

I wanted to let you all know about some announcements that have come out at VMworld Europe over the past couple days.  These announcements help round out some of the new products and features announced at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco.  These new and updated features are a big deal for customers who want to take a wholistic approach to deploying and managing a hybrid cloud across different service providers.  If you're thinking about upgrading your vSphere license to a vCloud Suite license (you have until December 15th to claim the free upgrade to the vCloud Suite Standard Edition, along with … [Read more...]

Webcast: VMworld 2012 Recap: What’s New from VMware

Update: If you missed the webcast, you can watch the recorded session playback here: https://clearpathevents.webex.com/clearpathevents/lsr.php?AT=pb&SP=EC&rID=5836487&rKey=29a86bf8d53cdfc8 The presentation is available on Sliderocket if you want to skip through the presentation quickly without listening to my goofy voice: Webcast: VMworld 2012 Recap: What's New from VMware Tuesday, October 2, 10-11 am Eastern In keeping current with the latest news from VMware, Clearpath's team followed all of the breaking developments at VMworld 2012 to observe and report on all the … [Read more...]

New VMUG Advantage Benefit: Free VMworld Online Content Access!

The VMUG Advantage subscription is an awesome benefit for members of the VMware User Group, and just got more awesomer with the addition of a new benefit - full access to all of the VMworld content, including breakout session recordings and slide decks, labs, and general sessions.  Normally a VMworld.com subscription for online access to content is $699.  The VMUG Advantage subscription is only $200 (or less if you got the 15% discount codes from yesterday's Potomac Regional VMUG in Washington DC), and VMworld content is free with the VMUG Advantage subscription. The VMworld session benefit … [Read more...]

vCloud Suite Upgrade Notes

I live blogged at VMworld about VMware giving a free upgrade (technically a $1 upgrade, but what's a buck amongst friends) to the newly announced VMware vCloud Stuite Standard Edition for all current customers with VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus under active Support and Subscription (SnS).  This gives customers the basic building blocks for starting to shift their virtualized datacenters towards a software-defined datacenter with all the cloud automation needed to drive the next stage of datacenter efficiency, mobility, and consumption-based provisioning. VMware vCloud Suite is a … [Read more...]

You Get A Cloud, and You Get a Cloud, and You Get a Cloud

It's like Oprah has visited VMworld today, proclaiming "You Get a Cloud, and You Get a Cloud, and You Get a Cloud!" Look at your vSphere 5 box.  If it says 'Enterprise Plus Edition' you get a key -- to the cloud.  That's right - if you own VMware vSphere 5 Enterprise Plus edition, you now have VMware vCloud Director.  For free.  As I predicted in Reading the Tea Leaves Before VMworld 2012 Part 2, VMware has introduced a new pricing/packaging scheme called the vCloud Suite, which combines vSphere 5.1, vCloud 5.1, and vCloud Networking and Security into a new package called the vCloud … [Read more...]

Reading the Tea Leaves before VMworld 2012 – Part 2

In Part 1 of ‘Reading the Tea Leaves Before VMworld,’ I looked at some recent VMware acquisitions to make some predictions on what might be announced this week at VMworld.  In part 2, I’ll work through the VMworld Content Catalog and a few other sources to guess at what product specific features and upgrades we might expect.  So, without further ado, here’s What to Expect when you are vExpecting. vSphere 5.1 It’s no secret that an updated version of the flagship vSphere product will be announced this week.  If history repeats itself, the version announced this week will pick up version … [Read more...]