Beyond IT Lifecycle Management in a Cloud Era
Lifecycle management is an area that all businesses need to think about and plan for, and knowing what you manage and who manages it, structuring your plans to assign responsibility and achieving continuous development and improvement is extremely important. But is it any different in the cloud era?For this podcast we are once again joined by Xtravirt Strategic Services Director Robin Gardner to discuss this wide reaching topic.
The New Business as Usual
In this very topical and timely podcast we are joined by Xtravirt Strategic Services Director, Robin Gardner. As an experienced CTO in change management and instrumental in a number of large scale infrastructure and virtualisation programmes, Robin was the obvious choice when it came to discussing the impact of the global pandemic on IT and organisational culture.We discuss the changes and challenges businesses have had to face over the past few months, how IT have had to respond and Robin provides us with his views on what these mean for how organisations operate and their employees.Listen the podcast to understand more about:The main challenges businesses have had to overcome to enable remote working and keep businesses runningCan the changes organisations have had to make be sustained in the longer term and the impact on compliance issues?What will be different in how organisations were working, are now working and where they need to get to?How do we support the changing profile of the workspace, the workforce and office culture?Is now the time to be thinking about IT planning, migrations and transformations and what tools and products can organisations utilise for this journey?Has the current situation brought to light more sustainable options for organisations?What should organisations be considering and doing now to support themselves over the next few months?For more information on Xtravirt's services go to xtravirt.com, to get in touch go to xtravirt.com/contact-us.
Supercharging VMware Cloud on AWS
For this episode of Cloud Insiders we are returning to the rich world of VMware Cloud on AWS but this time we are looking at this cloud solution from an Amazon Web Services (AWS) point of view. We are joined by Chris Porter, a Specialist Solutions Architect at AWS specialising in VMware technologies and Andy Hine, Technical Pre-Sales Consultant at Xtravirt.We look at how easy it is to get started with VMware Cloud on AWS, who is using it and how, and take a look at how you can use AWS’ catalogue of over 175 services to supercharge the already powerful VMware Cloud on AWS.Enter a pairing of endless possibilities and find out how utilising AWS’ services to boost VMware Cloud on AWS can enhance how you work today and improve productivity and processes in the future.2:29 – Amazon Web Services in a nutshell and how to get started3:52 – A quick run down of VMware Cloud on AWS and the AWS services that it uses5:57 – What are the real world applications of VMware Cloud on AWS?9:50 – The native AWS services Xtravirt have used to boost VMware Cloud on AWS10:26 – Which industries are using VMware Cloud on AWS and who were the first to adopt?11:36 – During a time of hugely increased remote working are businesses turning to VMware Cloud on AWS for business continuity and disaster recovery?14:29 – As companies are moving to remote working to combat the current global situation will remote working continue to grow in popularity once everything is back to normal?15:50 -What are the best ways to boost your organisations capabilities by harnessing native AWS services?18:55 – Can you use Amazon Serverless technologies such as Lambda with VMware Cloud on AWS and what are the applications of that?21:21 –What are the biggest questions that you hear customers/users asking?24:42 – How do businesses get started with VMware Cloud on AWS?Interested in using VMware Horizon on VMware Cloud on AWS? Find out more in Andy Hines blog –Horizon with VMware Cloud on AWS – solve remote working challenges & future-proof your businessDiscover more aboutVMware Cloud on AWSor find out more aboutXtarvirt’s cloud consulting servicesandspecial offer here, or by sending an email firstname.lastname@example.org
VMware Workspace ONE
Season 1, Ep. 9
Driving Innovative Employee Experiences - In this podcast from Cloud Insiders, VMware’s Workspace ONE is put under the spotlight.Digital workspace and EUC expert Curtis Brown provides answers to questions such as:What is VMware Workspace ONE?Why are applications so important to employee experience?What are some of the key considerations and planning steps to take if you’re about to embark on a journey to the digital workspace?What are the key business challenges that can be solved by a move to the digital workspace?What is VMware Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub and how is it supporting all use cases including bring your own device (BYOD) and corporate owned device?How is VMware addressing security needs in the digital workspace?
We are living in an age of increasing pressures on the environment and numerous social and economic challenges. Everyone is talking about sustainability, reducing emissions, recycling, re-using and becoming carbon neutral. But what does all this mean in the world of IT and the tech sector?We caught up with Joe Baguley, VMware CTO and Andy Gomarsall MBE, Director at N2S (and former England rugby international) to discuss the environmental impact and sustainability in IT.Listen to the podcast to find out more about:What sustainability means in the world of IT and from the point of view of software and hardwareThe impact of cloud computing and virtualisation on the environmentThe savings and environmental impact of re-using, recycling and re-purposing hardware and componentsHow to find efficiencies in data centresThe issues around re-use versus recycling for hardwareVMware’s commitment and sustainability initiativesWhy we should be celebrating sustainability and key tips for getting started on this journey
VMware Cloud on AWS
This podcast takes a closer look at VMware Cloud on AWS from a consultants point of view.Having rolled up his sleeves and got under the bonnet of VMware Cloud on AWS, Xtravirt consultant, James Kilby, explains how his own views and opinions of VMware Cloud on AWS have changed since it first emerged on the hybrid cloud scene.Take a listen if you are keen to:Learn more about possible use cases for VMware Cloud on AWS (from being a popular choice for businesses looking to meet temporary bursts in demand, to its more obscure disaster avoidance as-a-service capabilities)Understand the true cost of VMware Cloud on AWS and decide for yourself whether it’s expensive or a great investmentGet an independent point of view on the speed of deploying VMware Cloud on AWSKnow more about VMware Cloud on AWS pricing – the pricing options available and how to make them work for your businessLearn more about some of the native AWS services and benefits they can bring, e.g. Amazon Route 53, Amazon Elastic Beanstalk and AWS LambdaKnow what you need to consider before getting started with VMware Cloud on AWSTo find out more about VMware Cloud on AWS go to https://xtravirt.com/vmc-aws
Application transformation, containers, Docker, Kubernetes – how are these enabling busineses?In this episode, Elton Stoneman (Docker architect, Pluralsight author, Microsoft MVP) takes us on a journey of understanding on what application transformation and containers are, how Docker is enabling containerisation. the key use cases and tips on getting started.Special OfferWant to learn more about Docker? Elton is the author of ‘Learn Docker in a Month of Lunches’ published by Manning Publications under the Manning Early Access Program (MEAP). Cloud Insiders listeners can get a 40% on the book by using the discount code PODCLINS19. Click here to purchase the book.Handy resourcesBook: Learn Docker in a Month of LunchesPodcast: Tech Focus on DockerBlog: Introduction to ContainersBlog: Containers: The death of Virtual Machines?
VMware vRealize Automation 8
Season 1, Ep. 8
Automation has come a long way from the days of pen and paper, flowcharts, code and scripts, and now with the release of VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) 8 it’s moved to another level. Easy to deploy, streamlined, user friendly and faster – in this podcast, Xtravirt Cloud Automation consultant Sam Perrin discusses what vRA 8 is all aboutand why it’s re-ignited his excitement and passion for automation.
VMware Service-Defined Firewall
Season 1, Ep. 7
In February 2019 at the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco,VMware announced the launch of a new solutionbased on VMware’s NSX andAppDefenseproducts called“VMware Service-Defined Firewall”.We’re joined in this podcast by Xtravirt Lead Consultant, Steve Wood, to discuss Software-Defined Firewall and the challenges it is addressing. Steve also explains the 7 layers of networking and how Service-Defined Firewall is boosting the power of micro-segmentation and protecting the network.