Aug 16

Understanding VMware AppDefense: A Tom Corn Perspective

How VMware AppDefense Enhances Security Across Clouds

Building on VMware’s foundational approach to cloud infrastructure and security, VMware AppDefense is a new solution that leverages the unique properties of virtualization to protect applications running on top of it. This new solution creates a least-privilege compute environment by capturing intended state of applications, and monitoring running machines against their intended state. AppDefense can detect and automate response to attacks that attempt to manipulate those applications, addressing a key challenges security organizations face from a constantly evolving and complex threat landscape.

Leveraging the Network Infrastructure

VMware AppDefense takes advantage of the application visibility the virtualization layer provides to enable what Tom Corn, VMware’s senior vice president for security products calls “an intent-based security model.” That model focuses on what the applications should do—the known good—rather than what the attackers do—the known bad. “We believe it will do for compute, what VMware NSX and micro-segmentation did for the network; shrink the attack surface and create a more actionable security model.”

The automation made possible by the virtualized, software-defined infrastructure allows AppDefense to automate every phase of this process, including threat detection and response.

Detect and Respond

The capabilities of VMware AppDefense open up new ways to shrink the attack surface and create a new security model that Corn says is “much more aligned to applications.” Now security organizations have the tools they need to leverage the power of the software-defined infrastructure to detect threats, and create “a much more actionable, orchestrated, and automated response” to attacks.

“With AppDefense,” Corn says, organizations have a simple but powerful mechanism to ‘ensure good’ rather than just ‘chase bad.’ This changes the current approach to security that Corns describes as “constantly chasing the evolving threat landscape.”

Watch Tom Corn’s light board presentation to see how VMware AppDefense improves security for applications running on virtualized and cloud environments.

VMware AppDefense is a new security solution that allows organizations to create least privilege environments around their applications running in virtualized or cloud systems, a key feature according to VMware’s senior vice president for security products, Tom Corn. Watch VMware’s Tom Corn illustrate how VMware AppDefense significantly enhances application security when working across clouds in this light board presentation.
NOTE: This video is roughly 13 minutes in length so it would be worth blocking out some time to watch it!

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Jul 26

NSX – How do I know if I need it or not?

Not all data centers are created equal. Oh sure we believe NSX is the greatest thing since cornbread and chicken. The reality is any product that goes into your data center must be able to increase your efficiency while decreasing your overhead. Join Jimmy Ray Purser as he explains how the NSX Pre-Assessment tool works and how you can justify the need or not for moving towards a Software Defined Data Center. All without having to purchase a single thing! Free is good right?

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Jul 12

VMware NSX and the Data Center Network Evolution

Watch this short video from Gustavo Santana (author, VCIX-NV, triple-CCIE, and NSX SE Manager for Latin America) to understand how VMware NSX can positively influence on the architecture of physical data center networks. Here are some of the topics addressed by Santana:

* The evolution of data center networks from the 1990s to the 2010s
* Benefits and challenges of each evolution phase (STP-based, Multi-chassis, fabrics)
* An architectural perspective of VMware NSX
* A new proposed architecture for data center networks

The network virtualization revolution continues!

Rating: 5/5

May 30

Whats new vSphere 6.5 vCenter Server High Availability

This video covers Whats new vSphere 6.5 High Availability.

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May 30

What’s New in vSphere 6.5 Migration

This video covers what’s new in vSphere 6.5 migrating from a windows vCenter server to the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.

Rating: 5/5

May 30

Introduction to the vSphere Client 6.5

This video is an introduction to some new features in the vSphere Client 6.5.

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May 30

What’s New in vSphere 6.5 vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 File-Based Backup and Restore

This video covers What’s New in vSphere 6.5 vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 File-Based Backup and Restore.

Rating: 5/5

May 25

vRealize Automation 7.1 What’s New

VMware vRealize Automation 7.1 continues to improve the speed and ease of automating delivery of your IT services with the introduction of a new Integration Framework for IPAM, out of the box support for Active Directory policies along with Application/Deployment Scale Out/In.

Rating: 5/5

May 25

VMware vRealize Automation 7.3 is now available for download

VMware vRealize Automation 7.0 is now available for download

VMware vRealize Automation 7 sets a new standard in cloud automation by radically changing how fast and easy it is to automate the delivery of IT services and thereby accelerating your time to value. This major update has a simplified architecture and includes an installation wizard, the unified blueprint model, and enhanced NSX support.

vRealize Automation will radically streamline your entire infrastructure to application implementation strategy while improving IT agility and greatly reducing your deployment times.

Time to value is key to any organization, to assist you with this, VMware is developing a series of vRealize Automation 7 blueprints that you can immediately use to build on or as patterns. These are available through a link on the product download page below and we will be adding more over the coming months.


VMware vRealize Automation 7.3.0 Download.
VMware vRealize Automation 7.2.0 Download.
VMware vRealize Automation 7.1.0 Download.
VMware vRealize Automation 7.0.1 Download.
VMware vRealize Automation 6.2.5 Download.

VMware vRealize Automation Documentation Page.

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May 24

Dell EMC World 2017 Keynote – Cross-Cloud Architecture with VMware on AWS

Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO, delivers a keynote at Dell EMC World 2017 on VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture with a demo of VMware on AWS.

NOTE: This video is roughly 5 minutes in length so it would be worth blocking out some time to watch it!

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