BizTech Brief #8

Week commencing 29th August 2016. 

With one of the biggest events in the industry, VMworld US taking place last week, there was lots of buzz around the latest announcements and updates. Alongside the excitement around VMworld, there was once again a data breach within a well-known company. 

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VMware announces the Cloud Foundation at VMworld US

Despite having a broken foot, VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger  took to the stage to update us on VMware's vision for the future. The message this year was focused on connecting any cloud, simplifying management, automation, deployment and more. 

The first big announcement VMware made was the 'VMware Cloud Foundation' available for your infrastructure or in the cloud through IBM delivering vSphere, VSAN, NSX and SDDC manager. For more information on Cloud foundation, click here.  

We also saw a preview of VMware Cross-Cloud Services, a SaaS application allowing you to connect AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform. For more information on VMware Cross-Cloud Services, click here. 

Micheal Dell joined Pat on stage to discuss the upcoming Dell EMC merger and the Dell Technologies within this. Micheal stated hat 'The VMware ecosystem is of critical importance and that VMware must and will remain open'. 


Below you will find Barry Coombs' doodle highlighting some of the key information from the keynote. 

For the full article, highlighting all the announcements, updates and statistics from the first VMworld Keynote, click here. 

VMworld US 2016 Keynote Day 2

the second keynote presentation was hosted by VMware General Manager of EUC, Sanjay Poonen. Sanjay discussed the VMware vision of Any Cloud, Any Application, Any Device. We heard about how VMware WorkSpace One was able to bridge the gap between the employees need of choice and simplicity whilst allowing IT to maintain control. 

VMware's Cloud Native App CTO, Kit Colbert the took the stage discussing the enhancements to cShpeere Integrated Containers, allowing developers to interact with their applications in the way they are used through the Open Stack Management tools, whilst still allowing IT to use the tools they know to manage, maintain and secure applications. 

Whilst moving onto SDDC, we heard that VMware are planning on covering vSphere updates and announcements at VMworld Europe in Barcelona this October. VMware explained that VMware Cloud Foundation is much more than a bundle of products but it a unified and integrated solution. 

See below Barry Coombs' doodle highlighting the key messages from the keynote presentation

For the full article, click here.

To watch the recordings of the VMworld keynote or any of the breakout sessions, click here.

The South west's largest business tech conference to return to Bristol with Vmware CTO

With VMworld taking place this week, we at ComputerWorld are excited to announce the launch of our upcoming Define Tomorrow event. The event will be held in the centre of Bristol on November 16th and will focus on the biggest updates and announcements from VMworld US and Europe 2016.

Leading this year's keynote speech is Vmware's CTO, Jo Baguley. Joe is considered one of the top 50 most influential leaders within the UK IT industry and will present his unique insight into the industry and will focus on the future of enterprise technology.

We will also discuss the latest trends and updates within the technology industry and from our key partners through presentations, demonstrations and specialised roundtables with industry leaders.

For more information on the event, click here.

To register for the event, click here.

Dell EMC set to complete merger on September 7th in biggest tech deal.

Dell Inc. and EMC Corp. are set to complete the biggest technology merger in history next week, a deal that will bring together two leading providers of data-center and corporate computing equipment as they chase faster growth.

The transaction, announced in October 2015 will complete and close on September 7th, 2016 and the combined company will operate under the new name Dell Technologies. Michael Dell joined Vmware's CEO, Pat Gelsinger on stage at VMworld last week to discuss the merger and what it means for both the companies.

To read the full article, click here.

Lessons from the DropBox Breach

Although 4 years old, DropBox have admitted to having a data breach within their cloud-based services. Dropbox explained that the email addresses and passwords of 68,680,741 accounts were exposed in the attack they suffered.

The company advised potentially affected users to reset their passwords after learning about the cache of user credentials believed to have been harvested in the hack four years ago.

There are a number of lessons business can learn from this breach to prevent your business being the next big news article.

Changing passwords regularly. This breach can still affect DropBox users that have not updated their password for over 4 years.

Take responsibility for data protection. Breaches such as this highlight the major focus businesses should have on protecting their businesses and their data. If your business is a target of a cyber-attack it is your customer information that could compromise.

Monitor for anomalous activity. Businesses are advised to monitor their IT systems for any unusual activity to ensure if reused passwords are leaked, any attack can be spotted and stopped.

For more lessons that the DropBox breach has taught us, click here.