BizTech Brief Season: 2 - Episode: 1

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I am back!! Whilst I have been very busy recently with VMUG, planning events for ComputerWorld and more. Whilst I have been keeping up with industry news, my blogging has taken a back seat, but what better time to pick this back up than in the lead up to the busiest time of year, kicking off with VMworld 2018 in Vegas?!

VMworld 2018 Vegas Summary 


One of the main features of VMworld is the announcements made within the keynote sessions, and once again this year did not disappoint. The biggest and best announcement had to be from Pat Gelsinger and his new VMware tattoo to celebrate 20 years of VMworld! 

Introducing vSphere Platinum

One of the major announcements this year in Vegas was that VMware released a new edition of vSphere, vSphere Platinum.  This edition delivers advanced security capabilities fully integrated into the hypervisor. This new release combines the industry leading capabilities of vSphere with VMware AppDefense, delivering purpose-built VMs to secure applications. vSphere Platinum allows the vSphere Admin to deliver secure infrastructure and applications by enabling virtual machines to run in a “known good” state.

vSphere 6.7 Update 1

VMware also announced the first update to vSphere 6.7 during the first keynote of VMworld. VMware have stated that vSphere 6.7 U1 is an important release that not only signifies enterprise readiness but also brings in some important new features and enhancements. It also provides an upgrade path from vSphere 6.5 U2 to vSphere 6.7 U1.

The highlights of the update are:

  • Fully Featured HTML5-based vSphere Client
  • Enhanced support for NVIDIA Quadro vGPU powered VMs; and Support for Intel FPGA
  • New vCenter Server Convergence Tool
  • Enhancements for HCI and vSAN
  • Enhanced vSphere Content Library

Check out the full details of both announcements here!

Microsoft says it has delivered on its plan to bring Skype for Business features to Teams


After adopting Teams recently within my role, I have adapted to the platform very easily and now use it in my daily routine and personally feel it is a much better and collaborative platform than Skype for business.

In July at its annual partner conference, Microsoft told attendees that its Teams group-chat platform had reached "feature parity" with Skype for Business Online. On 24th August, Microsoft announced that it has now delivered on its roadmap for bringing Skype for Business Online features to Teams.

Teams now offers users the following online features:

  • Boss and delegate support
  • Call queues
  • Auto-attendant
  • Consultative transfer
  • Do-not-disturb breakthrough
  • The ability to forward a call to a group
  • Out-of-office support
  • Direct Routing for bringing a user's own telephone service to Teams

For more details, take a look at the full article. 

Dyson gears up for electric car testing

Dyson has unveiled plans for a 10-mile test track in Wiltshire where its new electric cars will be put through their paces. The track and other facilities are part of a plan to start selling a "radical" electric car from 2021.

That redevelopment has cost £84m and the next phase of the airfield's development would take Dyson's total investment to £200m. About 400 automotive staff are now based at Hullavington and a further three buildings will open in the coming months, offering an additional 15,000 sq m of testing space.

Take a look at the full details of the article here. 

Microsoft removes device install limits for Office 365 subscribers

Microsoft is removing limits on the number of devices on which some Office 365 subscribers can install the apps. From October 2nd, Home users will no longer be restricted to 10 devices across five users nor will Personal subscribers have a limit of one computer and one tablet. However, you can only stay signed in on five devices at once.

For more details, read the full article. 


Superdrug's online customers targeted by criminals

On 21st August Superdrug claimed they had stolen details of 20,000 customers, but it had only seen evidence so far that 386 customers had been affected. Although there was 'no evidence' that their systems had been compromised, Superdrug stated that Names and addresses and in some cases, DOB and phone numbers may have been accessed. 

For more information on this story, read the full article.