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Snow days, the real test for your workspace transformation progress!

01/02/2019 • Barry Coombs

For businesses that have truly embraced workspace transformation, a snow day should be business as usual for roles that don’t require a physical presence in a specific location.

Day 2 VLOG from IGEL #DISRUPT

25/01/2019 • Megan Warren

Today was our second and final day at IGEL DISRUPT. Today was focusing all around the industry, what challenges people are facing, what technology they are seeing enter the market and ultimately what technology they think will be leading and interesting in 2019.

Day 1 VLOG from IGEL #DISRUPT

24/01/2019 • Megan Warren

Barry and myself were lucky enough to be invited to attend IGEL’s annual EUC conference DISRUPT this year which is taking place in Munich, Germany. The conference is all focused around changing the way we work, ripping up the rule book and innovating in ways we have never done before when it comes to technology and in particular Workspace Transformation.

Horizon View 7.X - Branding the Logon page

15/01/2019 • Chris Tucker

I’ve blogged about this for previous versions of VMware Horizon and with version 7.6 now GA I thought I would put all of the information together and hopefully simplify the process by removing some peripheral information.

Backup and Restore Horizon View Configuration Data

07/01/2019 • Chris Tucker

I am currently studying for the VCAP-DTM deploy accreditation and as such am going through the exam blueprint, which is a kind of a gospel for these exams.

Zerto Update at VMworld 2018

08/11/2018 • Megan Warren

In this video I (Barry) catch-up with Steve Blow Technical Evangelist at Zerto to learn more about what is coming to Zerto 7.X.

In the forthcoming 7.X release Zerto are further building upon their IT Resilancy Platform to include backup alongside their ability to other replication and mobility on premises and to and from the cloud.

IoT thoughts and reflections from VMworld 2018 in Barcelona

08/11/2018 • Barry Coombs

One of my main focuses from VMworld 2018 in Barcelona was IoT, specifically I was looking to better understand use cases that are going into production, architectures for the ‘things’, gateways, edge computing, data storage and analytics and how to manage, maintain and secure the IoT environment.

You can see some of my thoughts from the sessions I attended in the Doodle below.

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Use Cases

IoT use cases are driven by a business or a personal need to analyse data for insight or to monitor something. There were fantastic examples given during VMworld specifically around how IoT was being used in healthcare to help give patients freedom whilst the healthcare workers are still able to ensure their safety and well being.

Infrastructure

The infrastructure for IoT is different depending on the specific use cases, the infrastructure starts with the ‘things’ or the senors. The specific requirement will dictate which sensors and the quantity however usually the sensors will interact with some form of a gateway due to the sensors either being propriety wired or using wireless using WiFi or more commonly a low energy form of wireless connectivity such as bluetooth low energy (BLE) or ZigBee. The gateway is able to aggregate the sensors from the differing forms of connectivity and forward on to the data storage and analytics location.

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Depending on the use case you may also require edge computing to provide an element of analytics and decision making at the edge. These edge computing infrastructures will differ depending on the task but VMware are currently working on delivering ESXi on ARM based platforms to allow smaller, affordable but highly available virtual environments for these use cases. >> https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/08/27/vmware_esxi_ar64/

Security

If you manage to figure out your use case, collect the data with the correct sensors and infrastructure and you are able to get the answers you require with the correct analytics your work still isn’t done. We all know that security in end user computing and IT in general is a major concern, however if you look at the nature of IoT being disparate, involving many connected components and also not being directly monitored (Used) by humans the attack vector for IoT is massive. This is where VMware Pulse comes into play, VMware Pulse aims to be your management plane for your IoT infrastructure, on each of yours sensors or gateways an SDK Python based agent is deployed allowing the Pulse infrastructure to monitor and maintain your ‘things’. Pulse is able to ensure the ‘Things’ are communicating, working within normal parameters and are up to date, think of Workspace UEM (AirWatch) but for IoT.

This is the very beginning of the IoT journey for myself, I would like to further understand the gateway and sensor technology as well as the management of the IoT infrastructure with Pulse. Watch this space as I learn more.

Megan's Day Three VLOG at VMWorld

08/11/2018 • Megan Warren

Today was my third and final day tat VMworld! I cannot believe how quick this week has gone and how much I have had! Take a look at my VLOG summarising my day!

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