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VMware's Newest Announcement from VMworld 2016 Europe: The Introduction of vSphere 6.5

By Jeremiah Megie October 18, 2016 at 03 14 PM

Last month, the VMworld conference took over Las Vegas with more than 23,000 attendees. I look forward to this enormous conference every year, not only for the fantastic content, but because of all of the networking opportunities with customers, companies, partners, friends, and the great minds behind the technology. Whether it's the intent or not, you'll leave this conference enriched with experience and knowledge.

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Event Announcement: Connecting Clouds Coming to Detroit on November 1!

By AHEAD October 13, 2016 at 10 47 AM

AHEAD is pleased to announce a new event coming to Detroit, Michigan, on November 1: Connecting Clouds! Hosted at the trendy Madison Theater and Office Building in downtown Detroit, this event will welcome Michigan-based IT experts interested in learning more about getting their enterprise up and running in the cloud! Best of all, this event is totally free! 

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Topics: Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Computing, Public Cloud, Events, Cloud, Connecting Clouds

An American Tourist in London: AHEAD's Newest Amazon WorkSpaces Client Story

By Derek Wise October 12, 2016 at 10 27 AM

This past Labor Day, I had just finished up a day of yard work and was preparing some burgers while hanging out with my family. I checked my phone between flipping patties on the grill and that’s when I saw a new email message from Eric Kaplan, AHEAD’s CTO, that read, “Customer engagement closed in London. Start date: September 20.” I thought to myself, "Welp! Here goes nothing!" I knew exactly what this meant; two weeks from today I'd need to be in London with my team, ready to design a new Amazon WorkSpaces environment. 

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Topics: Amazon WorkSpaces, Virtual Desktops, End-User Computing, EUC, AWS, DaaS, VDI, Mobility

An Introduction to the AHEAD Cloud Delivery Platform Part 3: Cloud Management and Automation

By AHEAD October 06, 2016 at 01 03 PM

In part 1 and part 2 of this series (respectively), AHEAD's CTO, Eric Kaplan, guided us through the basics of the Cloud Delivery Platform (CDP), and Director of Cloud & ESM Solutions, Tim Currie, introduced the first component of the platform, Enterprise Service Management. In this edition of the CDP series, we're diving even deeper to show you how the next layer works in conjunction with other major practice areas to enable the success of IT in the enterprise. In the video below, you'll hear from Nick Colyer, Practice Manager of Cloud Management and Automation, as he discusses the Cloud Management and Automation layer of the platform. 

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Topics: Automation & Orchestration, Cloud Management and Automation, CDP, Cloud Delivery Platform

Cloud Field Day 1: A Review of Druva Software

By Jason Nash September 30, 2016 at 01 41 PM

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to participate as a delegate for Gestalt IT's Cloud Field Day 1. While I was there, I had the opportunity to meet with representatives from Druva Software, as they were sponsoring the event (check out Druva’s presentation videos from Cloud Field Day 1 here). The timing couldn’t have been better as Druva was on my list of companies to investigate as part of an ongoing initiative at AHEAD to help clients leverage AWS storage services. Beginning with Druva in this post, I’ll be doing a blog series on each of the four event sponsors (others include Cisco, Scality, and Docker), introducing readers to their product lines and initial thoughts I have about these solutions.

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Topics: AWS, Public Cloud, Azure, Backup, Events, Cloud, Druva

Announcing AHEADStart for Orchestration – vRealize Orchestrator Edition

By AHEAD September 27, 2016 at 03 00 PM

IT organizations are increasingly adopting automated processes to meet the demands from the business and deliver services quickly. The orchestration layer is the glue that holds the cloud-based or traditional IT infrastructure together, helping to automate, orchestrate, and eliminate manual process error.

AHEADStart for Orchestration vRealize Orchestrator Edition, AHEAD’s newest service offering, allows for the rapid deployment of VMware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) to standardize tasks and processes in order to improve efficiency, reduce delivery time, and enhance the quality of services.

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Topics: VMware, Services, vRealize Orchestrator, AHEAD, vRO, Orchestration

Inside the AHEAD Lab: Avere Systems's FXT Edge Filers

By Jason Nash September 19, 2016 at 01 16 PM

AHEAD's engineers have been working on several projects aimed at helping clients leverage services and capabilities within Amazon’s AWS portfolio. One of these projects is focused on AWS’s storage offerings, primarily S3 and Glacier. There are many organizations looking for ways to properly utilize these storage offerings within their own environments.

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Topics: S3, AHEAD Lab, AWS, AHEAD Lab and Briefing Center, FXT Edge filers, Avere Systems

Accelerate the Adoption of Your Cloud-Based Service Management Platform with the AHEADStart for ServiceNow Express

By AHEAD September 15, 2016 at 03 49 PM

One of the key layers that makes up AHEAD’s Cloud Delivery Platform is Enterprise Service Management (ESM). In order for AHEAD's ESM practice to be successful, we leverage the power of ServiceNow to serve as the foundational platform of our practice and as a true cornerstone of cloud transformation. 

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Topics: Enterprise Service Management, ServiceNow, ESM, Cloud

VMworld 2016 Recap: Sessions You Might've Missed

By Tim Carr September 13, 2016 at 11 21 AM

VMworld is a monstrous IT conference. With tens of thousands of folks in attendance, it’s difficult to logically map out your time to make the most of the show. Luckily, this year’s conference creators made it easier on everyone by making recordings of key sessions available online. This is fantastic for the community and for those looking to advance their VMware skills who weren’t able to attend. And for these individuals who didn’t have the advantage of attending like I did, I’d like to share some of the gems that truly shined.

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Topics: VMware, NSX, VMworld, Mobility, automation

An Epic Announcement for VMware Horizon

By Sean Massey September 08, 2016 at 12 20 PM

Last week, I attended the 2016 VMworld conference in Las Vegas along with several of my fellow AHEADians (you can read more about what we were doing there in a recent blog post). And although the entire conference is filled with new, trending updates, information, and demonstrations from users around the world, VMware traditionally saves huge announcements for the second day keynote session (the most heavily-attended session of the whole show). However, there was one “epic” item that was quietly released under the radar in a blog post by VMware: the announcement of Epic 2015 support for Horizon RDS-hosted applications.

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Topics: VMware, VMware Horizon Suite, EPIC, Horizon, VMworld

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