SHI International Achieves VMware Master Services Competency in Cloud Management and Automation

SHI International, one of the largest IT solutions providers in the world, has achieved a Cloud Management and Automation VMware Master Services Competency. This competency demonstrates SHI’s commitment to helping organizations accelerate their digital transformations by leveraging their validated services delivery capabilities around advanced VMware technologies.

“This competency not only proves that SHI is VMware validated for our full capabilities around Cloud Management and Automation, but also confirms the quality of our service delivery and the caliber of talent on our team,” said Jon Palmer, VMware Solutions Engineering Manager at SHI International.

SHI’s VMware Master Services Competencies in Cloud Management and Automation designates expertise in delivery of VMware Cloud Management and Automation solutions and services with deep understanding and execution of cloud management design principles and methodologies.

“VMware is pleased to recognize SHI for achieving a Cloud Management and Automation Master Services Competency. This achievement shows customers that partners like SHI are dedicated, invested, and have validated expertise in advanced VMware technologies,” said Sandy Hogan, SVP of Worldwide Commercial and Partner Sales. “We value SHI as a VMware partner, and appreciate its efforts in achieving this VMware distinction as it works to increase its service delivery capabilities.”

In addition to cloud Management and Automation, SHI has also achieved VMware Master Services Competency in Digital Workspace and VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware Master Services Competencies are designed to help partners demonstrate customer-centric solutions and technical proficiency, with proven success and expertise in a specialized area of business. These competencies also allow partners to differentiate in six specific solution areas.

VMware partners can achieve VMware Master Services Competencies in:

  • Cloud Management and Automation – Designates expertise in delivery of VMware Cloud Management and Automation solutions and services with deep understanding and execution of cloud management design principles and methodologies.

  • Cloud Native

VMware 2020 discussion focuses on “Design Principles of Modern Apps”

On Tuesday, VMware kicked off its annual conference, VMworld. The first day of the virtual event featured a “Design Principles of Modern Apps” session with insights from IDEO and VMware representatives.

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On Tuesday, Sept. 29, VMware kicked off its annual conference VMworld virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. The first day of VMworld 2020 featured numerous announcements, including the company’s intent to acquire SaltStack. 

Tuesday’s kickoff was filled with virtual question-and-answer sessions, “Quick Talks,” fireside chats, and more. The afternoon schedule featured a session titled “Design Principles of Modern Apps” including a discussion with Iain Roberts, COO at IDEO, Andrew Nusca, digital editor at Fortune, and Edward Hieatt, SVP services and support at VMware. Below, we’ve detailed the highlights from this specific session.

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VMware 2020: Design Principles of Modern Apps

On Tuesday, VMware announced expansions to accelerate infrastructure and app modernization efforts for customers including a partnership with GitLab as well as Tanzu support updates spanning VMware Cloud on AWS, Azure VMware Solution, and Oracle Cloud VMware Solution. Tanzu is VMware’s Kubernetes platform. During the discussion, Hieatt detailed how Tanzu had enabled organizations to adapt to the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

As an example, Hieatt noted VMware’s work with retailer, Dick’s Sporting Goods. The adoption of Tanzu prior to the onset of COVID-19 enabled Dick’s to readily react as lockdown measures took hold and consumer retail shopping habits shifted, Hieatt said. In less than two weeks, Dick’s was able to offer a curbside pick-up app.

Roberts also detailed how the coronavirus pandemic is shifting the way organizations view legacy systems and operations. Roberts explained that a thorough understanding of the systems a company is built on has historically been part of the CTO’s role, however, it now needs

VMware to acquire automation software provider SaltStack

VMware said Tuesday that it plans to acquire SaltStack, makers of event-driven automation software, to bolster its cloud portfolio. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed. 

VMware announced the acquisition alongside a bevy of platform and product updates timed to the company’s virtual VMworld event this week.

SaltStack is the company behind the hugely popular Salt open-source software, which is used by IT admins to handle a range of remote execution tasks. By acquiring SaltStack, VMware said it will be able to extend its automation capabilities beyond infrastructure to the software and packages inside virtual machines and containers. 

The company also intends to use SaltStack to enhance its vRealize cloud management software suite with end-to-end automation and integrated configuration management.

“These software configuration management capabilities will help us address the full spectrum of customers’ automation needs and further strengthen customers’ ability to automate the deployment and configuration of infrastructure platforms both on-premises and in the cloud with VMware vRealize Automation,” said Ajay Singh, SVP and GM of VMware’s cloud management business unit. “Additionally, SaltStack offers robust configuration compliance and vulnerability management capabilities, which will enable VMware vRealize to help customers address their SecOps practices, after close.”

VMware said it’s committed to preserving SaltStack’s open source community after the deal closes, with Singh noting that VMware will fully support SaltStack’s work on open source projects. Beyond automation and configuration, SaltStack is also known for its SecOps suite, which aims to help IT and security teams to find and remediate compliance issues and vulnerabilities.

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VMWare Stock Up on Plan to Buy Infrastructure Software Firm



VMWare Stock Up on Plan to Buy Infrastructure Software Firm


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VMWare Stock Up on Plan to Buy Infrastructure Software Firm

Shares of VMware , the cloud-computing major controlled by Dell Technologies , said Tuesday it would buy SaltStack, the Lehi, Utah, maker of infrastructure automation software.

Terms weren’t disclosed.

VMware recently traded at $144.72, up 1.2%. The stock has eased 4% year to date.

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“So, why is SaltStack important to VMware’s customers?” Alex Wang, VMware’s vice president of corporate development, asked rhetorically in a statement.

“Because time is money and speed is the new currency for digital transformation, VMware works hard to give customers a fast and simple path to cloud for their VMware-based workloads.”

VMware’s customers “can automate infrastructure across clouds with VMware vRealize, and the next logical step was to enable more seamless onboarding and better cross-cloud orchestration with configuration management,” Wang said.

“This is what we are getting with SaltStack. [The company] will allow us to deliver full-stack automation from infrastructure to applications with the ability to do software configuration inside VMs and containers.”

SaltStack has a great open-source community, and VMware will continue to grow it, Wang said.

“While our strategy has been one of supporting best-in-class choice of supporting configuration management, we believe many customers will want something simple and integrated.”

In July Dell said it was “exploring” a spinoff of VMware. Dell owns an 81% stake in the company.

“Although this exploration is in an early stage, Dell Technologies believes a spinoff could benefit both Dell Technologies and VMware … by simplifying capital structures and creating additional long-term enterprise value,” the company wrote. “Any potential spinoff would not occur prior to September 2021.”

This article was originally published by TheStreet.

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