Broadcom’s Acquisition of VMWare – What it Means for Virtualization Customers

In November 2023, Broadcom completed its acquisition of VMware. Several changes for VMware were published, namely the end of perpetual licensing in favor of a per core subscription-based pricing model, a move which has left VMware customers and partners eager to understand Broadcom’s strategy for the virtualization pioneer.

The shift to an invitation-only Broadcom Advantage Partner Program, the advent of perpetual licensing for subscription-based pricing, and dramatic portfolio simplification have caused concerns for customers and partners alike.

In her video presentation, Laura Richardson, VSO’s Chief Technology Officer, dives into VSO’s research surrounding the acquisition and its implications for customers.

VSO works for customers’ outcomes through solutions that best meet each business’ needs, including VMware on-premises and in cloud, alternative hypervisors, and modernized container-based solutions. We work to consolidate, optimize, and modernize VMware environments from Core Count and Usage Pilot, to TCO-backed Initial Recommendations, to Solution Build/Migrate and Managed Services.

We invite you to watch Laura’s video presentation and download our white paper!

Reach out to us if you have questions about your VMware enterprise.

VSO Veterans Reflect on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time set aside to reflect with gratitude on the sacrifices made in defense of our great nation. Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. This year, members of VSO’s U.S. Military Veteran team shared their reflections on the significance of this day.  

Trenton Keen (Army National Guard Veteran) remembers the importance of each Memorial Day: 

“While celebrating the kick-off of summer, please also allow yourself to dwell in the discomfort caused by the reality of this holiday. It is our responsibility and privilege to keep our nation’s heroes in the forefront of our minds. Take the time this Memorial Day not only for remembrance but also to move your heart into a place of gratitude for the sacrifice of all the mothers and fathers, now childless; to the children growing up without a mother or father; to the widow or widower who now clutches our nations flag in place of the embrace of his or her spouse. Remember that for some people, every day is Memorial Day.  

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow sums up our responsibility as the beneficiaries of this selfless sacrifice at the end of his poem ‘Decoration Day.’ 

‘Your silent tents of green 

We deck with fragrant flowers 

Yours has the suffering been, 

The memory shall be ours.'”  

Erick Vertido (Marine Corps Veteran) reflects on our need to remember those who have died for our country: 

“Memorial Day for me has always been a chance to honor fallen military men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. On this day every year, we show how much we appreciate their bravery.” 

Rita Cardona-Fink (Air Force Veteran) writes of the self-sacrifice of those who have fallen: 

At a Memorial Day event when I was much younger, I heard a quote that both surprised and inspired me.  Albert Einstein said, “We must be prepared to make heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war. There is no task that is more important or closer to my heart.”

I respect those who gave their lives in support of peace; no one deserves it more.

Wayne Rippy (Army Veteran) reminds us of the freedoms that generations have fought to defend: 

Many pay tribute to graves, leaving flowers, and saying prayers in remembrance of family and friends whose last vision was war before leaving this earth. During this time, I  gather with friends and family in the same manner. I also remind people to let us not just think of those fallen, but why they were there in the first place and honor their service to our country. Remember not only why they were there, but also what they were fighting for.

Anthony Natale (Air Force Veteran) shares the importance of taking time to reflect: 

“On Memorial Day, I try to take a few moments to remember how we got here. Amidst all the craziness going on in the world (it’s always there), taking time to remember how lucky we are to live in this country is as simple as writing out some words, or thinking about relatives or friends who have served and not had the chance to ‘come home.’ I appreciate the opportunity we all have at this moment to spend time with family and friends and know that all who served signed their names to protect and defend this great nation of ours. Thank you to all the past, current, and future veterans out there. Let’s remember those who never came home and their families who must continue on without them.” 

Tyrone Berry (Army Veteran) shares ways to honor the fallen:  

“I honor the fallen by having a dinner with a meal set for the friends that I have lost during my experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan. Other ways to honor Memorial Day include attending events such as wreath-layings and parades, visiting cemeteries and memorials, educating yourself and others by learning history and sharing stories, participating in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 PM, and volunteering and donating to support veterans and their families. 

Fly the American flag at half-staff until noon, then raise it to full-staff for the remainder of the day. This tradition honors the deceased in the morning and living veterans in the afternoon.” 

By engaging in these activities, individuals and communities can collectively honor the memory of those who have given their lives in service to their country, ensuring their sacrifices are remembered and valued. Today and every day, VSO honors the brave men and women who have selflessly served our great nation. 

 

The Impact of Mentorship – Insights from Michael Curry

Supporting U.S. Military Veterans through their transition to the civilian workforce is at the heart of what we do at VSO. Every month on The 11th, we highlight a U.S. Military Veteran with unique insights and advice surrounding the topic of military-to-civilian career transition. This month, Michael Curry joins us from the Emerald City to share his insights from his transition from the United States Army to the field of technology.

From a young age, Michael felt drawn to serve in the U.S. Military due to his family’s legacy of military service. According to Michael, “Growing up as a kid, I didn’t really think you could make a living outside of the military.” Following in the footsteps of his father, an Air Force veteran, and his grandfather, a WWII Navy veteran, Michael enlisted in the Army.

Through his ten years of service in the Army, Michael affirms that he “became a different person, for the better.” He looks back on his military service with pride in his accomplishments and gratitude for the manifold opportunities that only a military career can provide.

When the time came to transition into a civilian career, finding an experienced and knowledgeable mentor was key to Michael’s success. Working with his mentor, Michael was able to translate his military experience to the civilian workforce and adapt to a career in technology. He encourages transitioning servicemembers to face challenges head-on, emphasizing the need to “out-hustle everybody else” to achieve success.

Looking back on his transition from the military, Michael urges employers to recognize and value the unique skills military veterans can bring to the table. By providing opportunities for hands-on experience, employers can give transitioning service members the chance to prove their unmatched determination, work ethic, and problem-solving skills.

Michael’s words echo the mission at the heart of VSO: to recruit, hire, and train military veterans in the technology industry. We encourage every company to learn how to unlock the potential of America’s most highly trained and deserving workforce by echoing Michael’s challenge to promote Military mentorship and internship programs.

Watch Michael’s video to learn the importance of mentorship during a transition from the military and share with a transitioning service member or employer who would benefit from Michael’s insights!

Navigating the Transition: A Veteran’s Journey to Achieving Success and Empowering Others on the Same Path

Transitioning from military to civilian life is a journey filled with uncertainties and challenges. Today, we are sharing a glimpse of the inspiring journey of Joshua Burke, whose transition serves as guidance for fellow veterans.

Josh’s roots are deeply intertwined with a family legacy of military service. His grandfather’s courageous missions in WWII, earning him a place in the “Lucky Bastard Club,” set the stage for Josh’s journey. Despite never envisioning a military career, Joshua felt the call to serve his country and sought the invaluable experience the military could offer.

From his service in Korea to his time at the Pentagon, Josh learned the profound lesson of respecting authority while also possessing the courage to stand up for what is right. These traits would later become pillars of his success in both military and civilian spheres.

His transition, which can often be overwhelming to navigate, proved remarkably smooth 17 years ago. However, even with the smooth transition, the period of transition still filled Josh with anxiety and nervousness. Drawing from his own experience and armed with a deep desire to support his fellow service members, Josh now dedicates his time to assisting active service members in navigating programs like the Department of Defense (DOD) SkillBridge program. Through his mentorship and guidance, Josh empowers veterans to utilize their military-honed skills and navigate the corporate landscape.

Today, Josh’s story serves as a beacon of hope for veterans transitioning into civilian life. Josh’s advocacy emphasizes that companies stand to benefit greatly from the unique perspectives and skills veterans bring to the table. By offering opportunities for growth and development, employers can unlock the full potential of these talented, disciplined, and resilient individuals.

Josh’s journey is a testament to the adaptability of veterans. Through determination, perseverance, and a commitment to service, he has not only navigated the transition to civilian life but thrived in it. His story reminds us that there is no challenge in the civilian workforce that a U.S. Military Veteran is not equipped to handle.

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We encourage you to share Joshua’s video with your networks in an effort to encourage veterans in the midst of career transitions and to educate employers who would benefit from tapping into America’s most deserving workforce.

From Marine Corps to Civilian Success: Darby Mee’s Inspiring Journey

VSO’s steadfast mission is to support U.S. Military Veterans throughout their transition from military to civilian life. Our Veteran Conversations Series, The Eleventh, is a cornerstone of this mission, offering monthly insights into the successful transitions of veterans into the IT industry.

This month, we’re highlighting Darby Mee, the current VP of Federal here at VSO. Darby is a 3rd generation Marine whose story is a powerful example of the resilience, adaptability,  and leadership that veterans bring to the civilian workforce.

Darby’s transition from a commander in the Marine Corps to his position at VSO illustrates the critical role of self-awareness and continuous improvement in the pursuit of success.

Darby found his path by leveraging resources like the Post 9/11 GI Bill to earn his MBA and transitioning into a pharmaceutical sales role before finding his path in the IT sector.

At VSO, we’re proud to support veterans, like Darby, by providing resources and opportunities to translate military experiences into civilian career success. Darby’s journey from the Marine Corps to the IT industry embodies the potential for all veterans to thrive in their post-military careers.

Take a moment to watch Darby’s story and discover more about Darby’s transition. Curious to learn more about how VSO is helping veterans navigate their new missions in the civilian world? .Check out VSO’s guide to hiring veterans over at hirevetsintech.com and see how veterans can transform your business.

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A Veteran’s Reflection on Military Holidays

By Duke Birch, Director of Veterans Programs / SDM

With Memorial Day approaching I wanted to reach out and bring up a few points about military holidays. Memorial DayVeterans Day, and Armed Forces Day are different holidays created for different reasons and for different people.

Memorial Day:

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings, and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

Veterans Day:

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

Armed Forces Day:

Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May.  Thanks to President Harry S. Truman, it’s a day to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces. President Truman led the effort to establish a holiday in order for citizens to unite and to honor our military heroes for their patriotic service in support of the United States of America.

On a personal note,

In the midst of BBQs, get-togethers, sales, and celebrations, please remember those who sacrificed all, who made conscious decisions to give their life for their brothers and sisters in arms and for their country, fully knowing that doing so they would never see their wife, husband, son, or daughter again. In all the commercialization, this is the forgotten part I believe around this day, sacred to so many who have lost their friends in combat, or who have lost that father, mother, brother or sister, is that they did so in this country for the most part as volunteers. So many made a conscious decision to go back for their brothers in arms, to keep engaging the enemy, to “Run to the sound of the guns”, to “Never leave a man behind” knowing that the decision they were making could very well be their last, but paying that price with honor, duty, loyalty, and dedication simply because that is what a Soldier/Marine/Airman/Sailor does, and sometimes because they had a little more intestinal fortitude in them than the rest of us. Those values are engrained in them, and they will meet up with their fellow heroes in Valhalla, Fiddlers Green, Heaven, or wherever the best of each generation meet to have a drink and be honored by those of us who did not pay the ultimate price.

So I ask that we all enjoy Memorial Day, see family and friends, and look around at the things we take for granted every day, full grocery stores, the right to speak our mind and act with conscience, the ability to travel where we want, and so many other freedoms we are blessed with, and wherever you celebrate Memorial day, raise a glass of beer, wine, or even iced tea to those who made it possible. Say “Thank you for your sacrifice” if you know someone who has lost that special person in service to our country, but please remember this day is about those no longer with us, real people who could be sitting at those same celebrations if not for their unusual bravery.

VSO Partners with SkillBridge to Assist Veterans Transitioning Into Civilian Work-life

It is well known at Virtual Service Operations (VSO) that our company’s founding principles are to utilize some of the most disciplined and deserving workforces that can be found: US military veterans.

Less known is that VSO is one of the 2800 companies that has partnered with SkillBridge– an effort from the Department of Defense (DoD) that helps connect soon-to-be-retired (or soon-to-be separated) military personnel to civilian jobs before they’ve officially separated. VSO began using the SkillBridge program to enhance its workforce and provide opportunities for military personnel to gain valuable experience. Since partnering with SkillBridge, seven veterans have taken advantage of the program at VSO with an eighth scheduled to start in May. To date, there has been 100% job placement for VSO’s SkillBridge fellows.  

Duke Birch, Director of Veteran Programs at VSO is a huge advocate of the SkillBridge program. “This program is beneficial to the service member and to VSO. It also lends itself to a diverse range of military ranks. At VSO, we’ve had ranks from corporate to colonel go through the program.”

VSO’s very first SkillBridge fellow, Trenton Keen came across a post on LinkedIn during his last year of service about an exciting opportunity for transitioning service members. After serving in the Army National Guard for eight years as a scout and three years as an artilleryman, Keen recalls being timid about entering into the civilian workforce.

“In the Guard, I was not technical at all and I was very nervous about coming into the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cohort with no background in IT. It was quite a culture shock,” says Keen. “But I owe VSO everything and SkillBridge for connecting us. The soft skills I gained through this program are second to none. Having other veterans as my mentors and VSO in my corner was invaluable,” says Keen, who credits VSO with making his transition into civilian work life so much easier than it might have been.

“We have three different paths you could take as a participant in the SkillBridge program: network training, senior leader, or project/program manager. On average, we have about five people per month applying for a position at VSO through SkillBridge. If VSO doesn’t have a fit for them, I try to help them find a fit,” says Birch, speaking of how successful the program has been at the company. “We have 100% mentorship participation. Everyone at VSO is very supportive of SkillBridge.”

After completing his apprenticeship and going through the rigorous 16-week AWS cohort in 2021, Keen was ready to enter the civilian workforce, and he was hired by VSO full-time as a Military Apprentice – Solution Architect Apprentice. Now, almost two years later, Keen reports that work-life at VSO is going well. “I have a great working relationship with everyone at VSO that I have had the opportunity to work with. I really enjoy the veteran culture here,” Keen says clearly thankful for the work he gets to do with the VSO team.

“We just want more people to know about the program,” says Birch. To join in with over 2800 companies partnering with SkillBridge to assist military personnel in transitioning to a civilian career, visit the website http://skillbridge.osd.mil for more information.    

 

A Veteran’s Reflection on Memorial Day

 

By Duke Birch, Director of Veterans Programs / SDM

In the midst of BBQ’s, get-togethers, sales, and celebrations it’s often common to forget the origins of Memorial Day. Observed on the last Monday of May and originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season, which can mean summer vacations can sometimes overshadow the significance of our long weekend.

So before you pack the car with towels and beach chairs, or purchase far too many hot dogs and burgers for reasonable consumption, please pause to remember those who sacrificed all, who made conscious decisions to give their life for their brothers and sisters in arms and for their country, fully knowing that doing so they would never see their wife, husband, son, or daughter again. In all of the commercialization this is the forgotten aspect.

Sacred to so many who have lost their friends in combat, or who have lost that father, mother, brother or sister, is that they did so in this country for the most part as volunteers. So many made a conscious decision to go back for their brothers in arms, to keep engaging the enemy, to “Run to the sound of the guns”, to “Never leave a man behind” knowing that the decision they were making could very well be their last, but paying that price with honor, duty, loyalty and dedication simply because that is what a Soldier/Marine/Airman/Sailor does. Sometimes, because they had a little more intestinal fortitude in them than the rest of us. Those values are ingrained in them and they will meet up with their fellow heroes in Valhalla, Fiddlers Green, Heaven or wherever the best of each generation meet to have a drink and be honored by those of us who did not pay the ultimate price.

So I ask that we all enjoy Memorial Day, see family and friends in whatever way possible, look around at the things we take for granted every day, full grocery stores, the right to speak our mind and act with conscience, the ability to travel where we want, and so many other freedoms we are blessed with, and, wherever you celebrate Memorial Day, raise a glass of beer, wine, or even iced tea to those who made it possible. Say “Thank you for your sacrifice” if you know someone who has lost that special person in service to our country, but please remember this day is about those no longer with us, real people who could be sitting at those same celebrations if not for their unusual bravery.

If you would like to honor our fallen warriors and observe Memorial Day, there are BBQ’s that families and old friends have and many national, state, and local events along with many organizations that sponsor events and support family and friend survivors.

Check with your local community. Many municipalities and organizations sponsor or hold events Memorial Day weekend. I live in Central Texas and every year participate in the “Field of Flags” event. I encourage everyone to find an event they can connect with the military community through and participate in supporting families remembering their lost.

There are many organizations that help with grievance assistance, like Gold Star Wives, Got Your Back Network, and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Your personal and financial support of their mission directly gives back to those families who need it most.

Finally, I encourage every Veteran to take the time to reach out to those old friends from your units. Pick up that phone, call your battle buddy you haven’t talked to in a long time, call the spouse of a fallen friend and remind them that they and their husband/wife/loved one are not forgotten.

The most important thing for any Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine is to know that their loved ones will be taken care of. I was assigned as a casualty assistance officer as an additional duty, and the loss of a loved one to combat or training is more than most can imagine. The DOD and VA will ensure their benefits are delivered promptly, but that vacuum and loss nothing can fill. Support from friends and organizations is crucial. The person left behind now has a finite amount of assets and time to take care of everything. They are quite often left as a single parent of several children. Not only having to cope with the loss, but also guiding their children through it as well. The voice of a friend who knew their beloved spouse, son, daughter, or friend cannot be replaced – share your stories with them. They want to be remembered, every day, and especially Memorial Day.

VSO Wins NASA’s AEGIS Contract With Leidos

VSO Wins NASA AEGIS Contract with Leidos

RELEASE DATE: March 3, 2022

 

VSO WINS NASA’S AEGIS CONTRACT WITH LEIDOS

A 10-year, $2.5 Billion Contract Providing Cloud, Data Center, and Telecommunications Services Across All NASA Centers and Facilities.

 

[NOKESVILLE, VA] – Virtual Service Operations (VSO) has been awarded a position with Leidos on NASA Advanced Enterprise Global Information Technology Solutions (AEGIS). NASA AEGIS is a 10-year, $2.5 billion contract providing cloud, data center, and telecommunications services across all NASA centers and facilities. 

The contract is designed to provide a seamless communications infrastructure that encompasses both wide-area and center local-area networks while supporting cybersecurity, collaboration tools, emergency and early warning systems, telephony, cabling, and radio systems.

“We’re very excited to serve the critical mission of NASA while continuing the growth of our strategic partnership with Leidos. This is a significant milestone for VSO and a great opportunity to fulfill our mission of providing best-in-class IT services to the U.S. Government with our award-winning Military Veteran-led team,” Stephen O’Keefe, VSO Chief Executive Officer. 

VSO brings industry-recognized expertise in cloud transformation, network, and data center managed services. Advancing NASA’s mission through AEGIS strongly aligns with VSO’s commitment to innovation and supporting public service.

 

Virtual Service Operations is a U.S.-based managed services and engineering firm for infrastructure, cloud, and hybrid environments. Our military veteran workforce provides reliable, secure, and cost-effective solutions for companies in need of a flexible, affordable approach to hybrid architecture and data management. 

 

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