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Hi everyone, after a short lull in sending our newsletter for the past several weeks we are back. I hope that you are all well and enjoying all of the new updates and other exciting news we have had over the past while. As you might be aware VMware also had a news day at the end of March and I have the information on that for you below. We have also made some changes to the newsletter to focus on what we think you will enjoy the most right up front so please send me any feedback on this new format as we are working to improve things all the time.

There is a lot of news today so please take some time to check it all out, send me any suggestions for future editions, and as always check any potential SR/KB articles at the end of the newsletter that may affect you, and discuss these with your trusted advisor.

Have a great week ahead.

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Introducing VMware Cloud Universal
The VMware Flexible Subscription for Multi-Cloud
Embracing cloud technologies in the planning of future-state architectures is critical to help organizations deliver and capture the benefits of digital transformation. Cloud technology allows companies to accelerate innovation, rapidly scale, increase business agility, modernize operations, and reduce costs.
Today we are excited to share two announcements!

  • VMware Cloud™ (the “Service Offering” or “VMC”)  is a distributed, multi-cloud platform that enables organizations to accelerate application modernization across the data center, edge, and any cloud. It provides distinctive advantages to both developers and IT operators who are often forced to make tradeoffs. VMware Cloud boosts developer productivity by enabling them to build and deploy to any cloud. The platform enables IT to modernize infrastructure and operations with better economics and less risk. With the launch of VMware Cloud, VMware is announcing new offerings that bring a more integrated experience to customers. Learn more.
  • VMware Cloud Universal™ – a new flexible subscription offering that delivers enterprise-class multi-cloud infrastructure and operations by combining compute, storage, networking, management, and modern application services with customer entitlements to flexibly deploy VMware Cloud infrastructure across private cloud, local cloud, and public cloud.

VMware CIO Jason Conyard Shares Insights
In this IT Insights interview, VMware SVP and CIO Jason Conyard shares his thoughts on the role IT plays in delivering a hybrid work model. Watch the interview.
During a fireside chat with Robert Ruelas, Vice President, Head of Worldwide End User Computing, Jason Conyard, SVP and CIO, discussed what the future of work will look like for our more than 30,000 global workers. With more than 60 percent of VMware staff expected to continue working from home, Jason revealed strategies for building a connected and collaborative workforce. Watch the video.
VMware on VMware Webinars 
How VMware IT Deployed Application Load Balancing With VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer
April 20 | 9 – 10 a.m. IST | Link to: Register
Trusting Zero Trust—How VMware IT Reimagined Security and Resiliency
April 29 | 9 – 10 a.m. PDT | Link to: Register
Using VMware Carbon Black Cloud to Simplify Security Operations
May 6 | 9 – 10 a.m. IST | Link to: Register
Using VMware NSX Service-Defined Firewall for Micro-Segmentation Planning and Troubleshooting 
May 13 | 9 – 10 a.m. IST | Link to: Register

New On-Demand Webinar Recordings
How VMware IT Transitioned from Monolith to Microservices
Understanding Cloud-Native Architecture Patterns
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Tanzu TV - Between Chair and Keyboard - The one with Jonathan Johnson
# TGIK 151 - Cluster Diagnotics with Crashd

Creating a Culture of DevSecOps
Security is hard to get right in a world of continuous delivery and containers. The increasingly diverse technology landscape and relentless speed of innovation afford us no time to step back and take stock of our risks, and even less time to perform remediation. In the past, we could perform point-in-time security audits, which was OK when our systems were mostly static, save a quarterly release. But that’s not the world we live in today. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, for example, there are now more than 149,000 CVE vulnerabilities, a 20 percent increase since 2019. 

Massively Parallel Automated Model Building for Deep Learning
Artificial neural networks are seeing increased adoption in the enterprise as they can be used to create accurate models in diverse domains, such as natural language processing and image recognition. However, training deep neural networks is expensive, since many trials are typically needed to select the best model architecture and associated hyperparameters. (Hyperparameters are variables that are set manually, as opposed to parameters like weights, which are computed automatically during training.) Automated machine learning, or AutoML, automates the time-consuming, iterative task of model development in order to make data science workflows more efficient and, in the process, minimize the amount of resources consumed. 

Caching 101, Illustrated with Tanzu GemFire
Caching is an overloaded term, with two working definitions. One definition describes a cache as a place to stash data. In this way, a cache is the implementation of a datastore that serves as the system of record. The second definition describes a cache as a datastore that increases the performance of an app's data requests by holding copies of needed data. The retrieval of those copies from the cache is fast, while the original data remains in a slower datastore, typically a disk-based storage system. 

Why Modernizing the Data Layer Requires More than New Tools
While architectures and platforms like Kubernetes get a lot of attention in discussions about application modernization, we ignore the data layer at our own risk. How applications and users access data is a concern that gets more important by the day. It’s a trend we’ve seen playing out for a while, as technological concerns around latency and scalability have ceded ground to business-level concerns around compliance, security, and data privacy.

Fasten Your Seatbelts with Tanzu Kubernetes Grid 1.3
In this post, I am going to take Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, VMware’s Cluster-API based Kubernetes solution for on-prem and multi-cloud environments, for a test drive. 
Tanzu Kubernetes Grid has come a long way since its first release in April 2020. The latest version, 1.3, adds a lot of new features and improvements, many of which I will discuss in detail.

Join the Cloud Native Runtimes for VMware Tanzu Public Beta
Today at our Cloud Launch Event, we highlighted how VMware is helping enterprises undertake three critical transformations: cloud native infrastructure, DevSecOps, and modern cloud native applications. That third transformation to modern applications, which is centered on creating the best experience for developers on Kubernetes, is going to be a big focus for the Tanzu team going forward. That is why we are very excited to announce that Cloud Native Runtimes for VMware Tanzu is now in public beta*. You can download the Cloud Native Runtimes for Tanzu bits from Tanzu Network and try out new serverless capabilities for Tanzu today.

This Month in Spring - March 2021
Hi, Spring fans! Look, I know it's only been a month since we last spoke, but it feels like a decade! What a quantum leap forward this new Spring Native stuff is. Have you seen it? It supports converting Spring Boot applications into GraalVM native images. GraalVM native images are a great way to improve start up (take your application from 1 or 1.5 seconds down to 50 milliseconds (or, 0.050s)), and if that's what you care about, then you're well served here. To me, however, the most valuable implication of GraalVM native images is that the resulting binary takes much less memory at runtime. MUCH less. I've had applications that fit in 256MB of RAM take up 25MB of RAM after conversion. That's a 10x difference! And we're just getting started - there are further optimizations underway, and we'll be debuting those soon.

App Modernization: If You Want to Succeed, Don't Ignore Culture
A lot resonated with us when we read this recent post on the VMware Tanzu blog, “Three Transformations Powering App Modernization.” At a high level, it captures the trends we’re seeing in our respective day-to-day experiences working within a large enterprise and working with clients that are trying to modernize their IT organizations. It is absolutely true that shifts in infrastructure, application architecture (largely microservices), and roles and responsibilities (DevSecOps, for example) have made application modernization in 2021 a more real—and more compelling—proposition than at any point in decades.


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