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VMworld offers 350 technical and content-rich sessions and labs, the ability to review 250 solutions side-by-side with sponsors and exhibitors in our Solutions Exchange, and multiple opportunities to connect and network with other IT professionals, VMware and subject matter experts.
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After an absense of a year I will be able to come back. I hope to meet with some of my fellow CCIEs to discuss the network design issues we are facing. Just have to figgure out how to do that, hopefully VMWare will host some meeting.
If you have been waiting to register for VMworld 2014 Europe, the wait is over. Registration is now open and you can join your colleagues in Barcelona 14-16 October.
Registernow for VMworld 2014 Europe and connect with the people and partners who are transforming IT.
You’ll have access to more than 115 technical and content-rich sessions and labs covering the latest in virtualization innovations in the data center for storage, networking, security, management, workforce mobility and hybrid cloud services. You can view the VMworld agenda online via the Content Catalog, which gives you a comprehensive list of breakout sessions, labs, and group discussions.
You can search by fields such as track, session title, speaker names, or location; or you can filter with a variety of tags or key words. If you still need guidance in searching and using the Content Catalog, you can view our User's Guide for step by step instructions.
It’s time to take your first look at the VMworld agenda. The Content Catalog is now live, giving you a comprehensive list of breakout sessions, labs, and group discussions. Registered attendees and prospective attendees alike use the catalog to see what topics will be on the agenda, who is speaking, and to start noting their sessions of interest.
You can search by fields such as track, session title, speaker names, or location (US or Europe), or you can filter with a variety of tags or key words. Need guidance in searching and using the Content Catalog? Check out our User’s Guide for step by step instructions.
The Mobile-Cloud era has arrived—and it’s all about software. Software that empowers you to break down walls, demolish barriers, and reveal the virtually boundless opportunities ahead. The time to break through is now.
Time is running out to attend VMworld 2014 US in San Francisco on August 24-28, 2014 at a discounted rate. Register now and save $300 with Early Bird pricing. You can’t afford to miss this VMworld—showcasing the latest products and offering the practical sessions to improve your working knowledge base to help you and your business succeed.
• Access to over 350 technical and content-rich sessions and labs covering the latest in virtualization innovations in the data center for storage, networking, security, management, workforce mobility and hybrid cloud services.
• Opportunities to connect and network with other IT professionals, VMware and subject matter experts to share information about challenges and opportunities with like-minded professionals.
• The ability to review the latest competitive solutions side-by-side with sponsors and exhibitors in the VMworld Solutions Exchange and discuss your specific questions with technology partners who can provide advice and information.
It’s Time--VMworld 2014 US Registration is Now Open This is the year to be at VMworld. Join us in San Francisco, August 24 -28, and connect with the people and partners who are transforming IT. The wait is over—VMworld 2014 US registration is now open. From the data center to the device, VMworld 2014 will deliver the essential tools and training to provide real business value back to your organization.
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Here’s your opportunity to help influence the content at VMworld 2014. Public Session Voting opened this morning, and you can vote for your favorite session proposals. Session Voting is open May 5 – May 18 at 11:59 pm PDT. Voting is open to anyone-- you will be required to login to your vmworld.com account to participate. If you do not have a vmworld.com account, you can set one up for free.
If you already know of a specific session or track you want to vote for, once you login to the voting site you can select a Track, Sub-track, or do a Keyword Search (Session ID, title, speaker, etc.) to find specific session(s). To cast your vote, click on the “Thumbs Up” symbol next to the Session ID. You will receive confirmation that your vote has been counted. To remove a vote, you will need to click on the “Thumbs Up” symbol again and this will remove the vote.
Your vote, and the votes of others who participate in public Session Voting, will be reviewed by our VMware Content Team and will influence the final session selection.
Don’t let the deadline slip by you. The VMworld Call for Papers submission window closes on May 2, 2014, so it’s time to put the final touches on your abstract and mark your submissions complete. Late submissions will not be eligible, so don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this year’s conference, and to make an impact by leading a session at VMworld 2014.
You still have time to get your submission complete and into the system for consideration.
Below is a guide of the steps for you to follow to complete a winning abstract for this year’s VMworld Call for Papers.
Visit the VMworld website for all of the basic information about the submission process.
Read over the submission guidelines carefully. These guidelines will help you expertly craft your titles and abstracts, and avoid common reasons for rejection.
Review the suggested content areas for submission on the VMworld website. These areas will give you guidance for important topic areas for your abstracts.
As noted in the submission guidelines, have someone else carefully proofread your title and abstract before submission.
Finally, submit your title and abstract via the VMworld 2014 Call for Papers submission link.
Notification letters will go out by early June. Good luck to everyone submitting this year!
It’s official. It’s open. It’s time to finish those rough drafts for submission and get your abstract in the running for VMworld 2014. First, head on over to the VMworld website for all the important information about submitting an abstract.
We want to help you submit winning proposals. So take the time to review our Abstract Submission Guidelines. These helpful recommendations will guide you in preparing your titles and session descriptions and will assist you in avoiding the common pitfalls that lead to abstract rejections.
To get really inspired, check out the sessions that were accepted for the VMworld 2013 agenda. (Please note you will need a VMworld login to access this content).
Below is a listing of just a few of the topic areas* to consider for your content submissions:
Software-Defined Data Center
Public and Hybrid Cloud
Hybrid Cloud Network
vCloud Hybrid Service
Networking and Security
Storage and Business Continuity
Desktop and Desktop-as-a-Service
Social and Collaboration
Partner Track (VMware employee submissions only)
Technology Exchange for Alliance Partners
*In addition to the above topics to choose from, you will also find tags in the Call for Papers to further help you categorize your session proposal. These tags include Technical Level, Products/Topics, Market Segment, and Attendee Role.
We strongly encourage you to utilize these tags thoughtfully to better your chances of being accepted onto the agenda. The more we know about your session the better. Unless otherwise noted, we will assume your session is appropriate for the general audience. Please DO NOT check every tag, as it will not increase your chances of acceptance.
Finally, as you complete your abstract and are ready to submit, use the link below. Good luck and we look forward to reading your submissions.
We are already in preparation mode for VMworld 2014 and before you know it, we’ll all be gathering in San Francisco. What better way to make an impact at VMworld 2014 than by leading a session at this year’s conference. Do you have something new to offer in Software-Defined Data Center, End-User Computing, Hybrid Cloud or another area? Then, start putting your ideas together, and get ready to submit for the 2014 VMworld Call for Papers, opening on April 4th.
In the meantime, we would like to help you prepare to submit winning proposals. For inspiration, view previous sessions in full from the 2013 conference by clicking on the track areas below. You will need a subscription to use this feature. If you don’t have one, you will be prompted to sign up for an account once you click to view a session.
The official Call for Papers submission process will open on April 4th, and you will receive an email communication including links, directions for submission, contacts for questions, and additional information regarding the conference. As always, check the VMworld website for updates and information. Good luck in preparing, and we look forward to seeing your submissions this year!
We are getting close to the 1 year anniversary of moving to Fusion ioControl, formally known as NexGen Storage. I must say we haven't had any performance problems or complaints from end users since we installed it. My comments below and in other posts should help anyone looking for fast affordable storage decide which way to go.
The new version of ioControl 2.1.1 has proven to be a winner in my book. We aren't using the snapshot capabilities yet but we are growing volumes on a regular basis. Disk tier performance has increased by 70%. I am not a huge fan of the vSphere plug-in yet. For our environment the response time is just too slow compared to me manually creating a new volume and datastore. I think this might be due to their plug-in design and how it integrates with ESX. It does work well once you get it loaded and I think they will dial things in with future updates.
Their reporting features on performance are great as well. If you think you have an issue you can easily nail it down quickly. I would like to see a report for all volumes at once though.
Since the 2.1.1 update our Disk Storage tier (physical disk storage) has stayed below 0.1K IOPS. This tells us the Solid-state Tier is performing most of the work which is what we wanted. I have also as of yet not been able to tax the system for IOPS at all. I was concerned that the dashboard wasn't showing the correct numbers. So I decided to run a few iOMeter tests to see if it was. Turns out the dashboard was 100% correct. We are averaging 800-2000IOPS at any given time. This is hard to believe as we have over 100 Server Class VM’s running along with 65 volumes (45TB). I can only attribute this to my expertise in System Administration or just the raw performance FusionIO provides. All of the numbers for IOPS that Microsoft provides for their applications are far higher than what I am seeing. Around 10x higher to be exact. Likely this is due to spinning disk vs solid-state performance.
I continue to enjoy the relief that Fusion has given us. I suggest you look at Fusion for any IO intensive needs. They have a lot of great products that are inexpensive compared to what you could spend on a competitive solution.
VMware Cloud Management Solutions: Announced today, new capabilities and enhancements across the portfolio of cloud management solutions will simplify and automate management of IT services for multiple clouds and platforms. New product releases include VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.0, VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.8, VMware IT Business Management Suite, and VMware vCenter Log Insight 1.5.
VMware vCloud Hybrid Service: VMware is expanding the vCloud Hybrid Service to Europe and will roll out vCloud Hybrid Service in the United Kingdom with a new data center location in Slough. VMware vCloud Hybrid Service is expanding in the US and this new data center addresses UK and European data locality, privacy, security and sovereignty. Also announced was the availability of the new vCloud Hybrid Service Online Marketplace, providing a platform where customers can discover, download, test-drive and buy solutions for vCloud Hybrid Service with access to 3,800 pre-qualified applications and rich online resources. End-User Computing: VMware today announced the acquisition of Desktone, a pioneer and industry leader in the desktop-as-a-service space. End-user computing executive vice president and general manager Sanjay Poonen provides complete details in his blog post on the acquisition of Desktone. Additionally VMware is introducing new product offerings and capabilities across its end-user computing product portfolio to broaden IT support for the mobile workforce. New product releases include version updates to View and Mirage (Horizon View 5.3, Horizon Mirage, 4.3), ThinApp (version 5.0), new VMware Ready smartphones from Sony, the availability of the vSAN for Horizon View public beta and a new crowd sourcing feature in Socialcast. VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced: VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced delivers industry-leading storage-efficiency for backups, unique capabilities to accelerate recovery and unparalleled integration with VMware vSphere. Announced today, VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.5 Advanced will feature new capabilities including network-efficient backup data replication, integration with EMC Data Domain, a new Microsoft SharePoint agent, and automated backup verification.
Are you ready to PARTY! This is going to be a party you don't want to miss. We even have a 'Super Secret Celebrity Guest'..and it's going to be Dynamite! You're going to have to find out for yourself though. Join us tonight at 19:00-22:00 in Hall 6.0.
With all the sessions going on at any one time at VMworld Barcelona, how do you decide how to make the most of your most precious asset—your time? Read on for guidance on how to make the most out of your time. If you need help proactively managing virtualization or cloud performance, consider: Uncovering the Hidden Truth in Log Data With vCenter Log Insight.
Tuesday, 11:00-12:00 VCM7369-S Deep Dive into vSphere Log Management with vCenter Log Insight.
Tuesday, 12:30-1:30 VCM4445 Tips & Tricks with Log Insight (cool, new product for root cause analysis).
Tuesday, 5:00-6:00 VCM4528 How to Manage vSphere and Hybrid Cloud with vCenter Operations Management.
Wednesday, 2:00-3:00 VCM5811 How to Customize Your vCenter Operations Management Deployment for Your Business Needs.
Wednesday, 3:30-4:30 VCM5100 vCenter Operations and the Quest for the Missing Metrics.
Wednesday, 3:30-4:30 VCM5008 Practical Real World Reporting with vCenter Operations.
Wednesday, 5:00-6:00 VCM5009 What’s New and What's Next in vCenter Operations: A Tech Preview.
Thursday, 1:30-2:30 VCM5781 If you want to automate provisioning and provide your users with fast, on-demand access to applications, consider: Reigning in VM Sprawl - Automating the Reclamation of Unused Resources.
Tuesday, 11:00-12:00 VCM5048 Automating the Software Defined Data Center: How Do I Get Started?
Tuesday, 2:00-3:00 VCM5048 Getting Started with vCenter Orchestrator.
Tuesday, 3:30-4:30 VCM4875 From Virtualization to Cloud: How Automation Drives Agility.
Tuesday, 5:00-6:00 VCM5269 VMware & Puppet: How to Plan, Deploy & Manage Modern Apps (because you need to know how VMware & Puppet work together).
Wednesday, 12:30 – 1:30 VCM5271 The Transformative Power and Business Case for Cloud Automation.
Wednesday, 3:30 – 4:30 OPT5474 vCenter Orchestrator - Say Hi to Razor and Software Defined Storage.
Wednesday, 3:30 – 4:30 VCM5472 Provisioning and Managing a Heterogeneous Cloud with vCAC.
Wednesday, 2:00-3:00 and Thursday, 10:30-11:30 VCM5148 Best Practices for Application Lifecycle Management with vCloud Automation Center.
Thursday, 9:00-10:00 VCM5154 Cloud Service Automation with NSX and vCloud Automation Center.
Thursday, 10:30-11:30 VCM5477 If you want to learn how to get complete financial transparency around the cost of IT Services, consider: Business Management for Cloud.
Tuesday, 3:30-4:30 VCM4885 Leveraging IT Financial Transparency to Drive Transformation.
Wednesday, 3:30-4:30 OPT4732 For a full list of Cloud Management sessions (vCAC, vC Ops, Log Insight, ITBM) check out: Virtualization and Cloud Management Pre-register using the schedule builder as several of the sessions are nearly at capacity. You can also comment on your favorite picks and speakers. Also, be sure to read this latest Cloud Management blog with infographic: Reigning in the Cloud!
Immediately following the "Hawl Crawl" in the Solutions Exchange on Wednesday, is the VMworld Attendee Appreciation Party. The theme this year -- SUPER CLUB
This will be the ultimate in dance, sports, art, chill out and spectacular live performances... All under one roof. Indulge in the exotic oxygen bar, get creative with a digital graffiti wall, kick back in our eccentric member’s cocktail club or grab your friends and hit the roller disco. Plus a DJ set by Space Ibiza resident Mr. Doris, live show by female dance sensation High on Heels, AND an epic must see performance by our headline act! WHEN: Wednesday 16 October TIME: 19:00 – 22:00 WHERE: Hall 6, Fira Gran Via, Barcelona
Transportation Information A shuttle service is offered to attendees from the airport to VMworld 2013 and from the Europa Fira Metro station to VMworld 2013. Look out for the VMworld 2013 sign on arrival. There is no shuttle service offered from hotels.
Airport Shuttle Hours: Monday 10:00–20:00 Thursday 12:00–18:00 Shuttle drop off/pick up: Fira Gran Via North Entrance, Hall 8.0. Metro Passes We have metro passes available at the Information area which is across from Registration. They are good for 10 uses.
Address of the Fira Barcelona Fira Barcelona Carrer Foc Barcelona 08038 *** please use North Entrance Apps and Quicklinks:
VMware experts have created paths from our content offerings to help guide you. For each of the following select areas, we have identified sessions addressing both “getting started” and “advanced” curriculums in key areas of virtualization.
Recommendations include select, high-value sessions aligned with additional areas of our event program (labs, demos and group discussions). This further compliments your educational experience and provides you a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter. Create a schedule that supports your business needs.
Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) - The software-defined data center is a cloud architecture that extends the familiar virtualization principles of abstraction, pooling and automation to all data center resources, and governs them with policy-driven automation and management. Software-Defined Data Center technology from VMware helps you achieve groundbreaking business agility—reducing application provisioning time from months to minutes.
Hybrid Cloud - VMware cloud services enable organizations to run any workload, anywhere—onsite and offsite—and move workloads between private and public clouds as needed to meet business and user demands.
Storage - Virtualized environments require dynamic storage allocation. Software-defined storage meets the challenge by abstracting storage resources to enable pooling, replication, and on-demand distribution.
End User Computing - The scope of end-user computing is expanding, as the workforce increasingly adopts devices and platforms that provide mobility and productivity anywhere. For IT, the result is an increasingly complex and dynamic environment that’s hard to administer with rigid PC-centric tools and processes.
Management - VMware Cloud Management solutions help you better provision, manage, and demonstrate the value of the software-defined data center with policy-driven automation and management.Below are suggested sessions aligned with hands on labs, discussion groups and product demos to take you further on your journey.
Networking - To realize the full potential of the software-defined data center, IT must move networking and security into the twenty-first century with a software abstraction layer—network virtualization.
Architects - A new architecture is emerging for the datacenter, an architecture where compute, storage and networking resources are defined by software, freed from their hardware boundaries and intelligently automated and managed by software. VMware calls this the Software-Defined Data Center
Security - The VMware NSX platform for network and security virtualization is at the heart of the software-defined data center. The NSX platform will help customers accelerate operations, improve enterprise agility, and change the economics of networking and security in the cloud era.
VMworld 2013 Europe is gearing up for another exciting week of amazing networking, education, announcements and experiences. Social Media has become the best source of sharing this among attendees and the rest of the world watching via social networks.
For an overview of the Social Media and Community channels, offerings and activity available for the conference in Barcelona, visit the following page on vmworld.com:
It was last minute, and I had some other stuff on, but I just couldn't stay away. I missed it last year and really enjoyed Barcelona when I was there before so it was a must.
For me, I'm studying for VCAP-DCD and also at early prep stage for VCDX-DV, so I'm very focused on design. I'm trying to focus at VMworld on three of 4 core areas, so as not to get swamped. I'm pretty up to speed on (regular) storage and networking, but really need to focus on the following, from a design perspective:
VMware Horizon Suite (Design)
SRM and vSphere Replication
vCloud Automation Center
As a kind of a storage dude I also have a real interest in a lot of the flash tech, both inside VSAN but also things like pernixdata. I'm also very keen to hear more about Atlantis and Pivot3 regarding their VDI solutions. Atlantis in particular have a memory based platform to reduce notorious VDI SAN performance spikes.
But overall I'm really looking forward to being there and soaking it up. I'm going to attend VCDX bootcamp on the 13th as well so I'm really excited about that.
The General Session Thursday at VMworld is all about innovation and celebrating makers. The video for the session is not available, but you can check out some of the audience's reactions to this inspiring and amazing session via Twitter on @VMworld. Here are also some videos featuring our speakers today.
Jay Silver - Hack a Banana, Make a Keyboard
Keller Rinaudo: A mini robot -- powered by your phone
The “Makers and Shakers” keynote is probably my favorite keynote of the week.It’s always in the morning, after the [usually epic] VMworld Party (see my Twitter feed:@vMattK for pics/videos of that).Anyway, for this keynote VMware brings in different speakers who talk about their role in innovation and how they are making the world a better place for everyone.The theme was really around putting affordable, fun technology into the hands of kids, adults, the computer savvy and not-so-savvy, to embrace the world seen around them and see or experience it in a different way.
Jay Silver started with his really interesting take on shifting the way we see the world.What if we could “see” the pattern of wind or “hear” the resistance of electricity.He showcased the MaKey MaKey kit and what people around the world have done with it.The MaKey MaKey Invention Kit is an affordable ($50) kit which includes everything you need to create an electronic musical instrument out of the world around you (http://www.makeymakey.com).From kids to professional musicians, the MaKey MaKey was embraced with this sort of passion that you don’t usually see with technology.You can also take a look at his presentation on TED:http://www.ted.com/talks/jay_silver_hack_a_banana_make_a_keyboard.html.
Keller Rinuado was up next, with Romotive.It was such a new and refreshing look at robotics:simplify, make it affordable, make it fun, and make it for everyone.Romotive is making just the coolest robot that uses the brain of an iPhone for processing and programming, complete with a simple programming interface (visual programming on iPhone).Seeing kids programming a robot to do things was incredibly inspiring.The Romo is easy to use for amateurs but is also built with powerful APIs, so even more advanced programmers wouldn’t be bored and can do amazing things.Romo has this goofy, friendly face (when the app is up) and can be controlled by any other iOS device.It seems like such an amazing way to get kids interested in science.You can get a Romotive Romo robot for $149.00.Yep - a real, working robot for $150 (you supply an old iPhone).Video:http://vimeo.com/64614558 and Website:http://romotive.com/meet-romo.
Bre Pettis was the final speaker and talked about building the first affordable 3D printer.Bre has this super dynamic presentation that was engaging and moving.He talked about how they got started and his vision of having affordable 3D printers, so people can do be their own creator, manufacturer, and sharer:introducing the MakerBot – a desktop 3D printer.The most impactful story was of a person who lost his fingers.Two continents apart, two people in the MakerBot community exchanged CAD drawings of a relatively simple hand with 5 articulating fingers.Through refinement and rapid prototyping, they developed a hand that someone can print at home.Bre’s talked about kids, who have problems with their hands (maybe they had an accident or were born with a birth defect).He explained how expensive prosthetics are and how kids rapidly outgrow them.With a community contributed design and their own affordable 3D printer, a parent can print fingers.They can dramatically improve the life of their loved one through community contributions and home manufacturing.See: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/06/18/191279201/3-d-printer-brings-dexterity-to-children-with-no-fingers.MakeBot also has a “Thingiverse”, which is a community of contributed designs for the MakerBot.The MakerBot manufacturing facility is out of Brooklyn, NY and all are built and shipped with “Brooklyn Pride”.MakerBot just designed and released their first digitizer, which can 3D scan an object and digitize it into a file, which can be edited and printed on their 3D printers.Check out MakerBot:http://www.makerbot.com and hear Bre:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee_8IMx0uMo&list=PL71B138B45A841272.
We’re really proud to partner with award-winning Eaton, to deliver reliable, efficient, and intelligent power solutions. We’ve been partnering with them for a while and saw the potential in IPM from the get go. Well done Eaton!!!
Best of Show Winner: Eaton, Eaton Intelligent Power Manager 1.3
Storage and Backup for Virtualized Environments Winner: SimpliVity, OmniCube
What the judges said: OmniCube changes the data center for the better. It's simple to use, so IT professionals can be more strategic and spend less time on maintenance.
Finalists: Dell Software, Dell AppAssure 5.3.3 and HotLink, HotLink DR Express
Security/Compliance and Virtualization Winner: Afore Solutions, CloudLink Secure VSA
What the judges said: Afore's ability to move VMs into the cloud in an encrypted way has value for all organizations.
Finalist: Intigua, Virtual Containers
Virtualization Management Winner: Eaton, Eaton Intelligent Power Manager 1.3
What the judges said: Power is critical to every organization, and Eaton's predictive failover, load-shifting and VM-prioritization capabilities are invaluable when an outage strikes.
Finalists: CloudPhysics, CloudPhysics and Puppet Labs, Puppet Enterprise 3.0
Networking and Virtualization Winner: Plumgrid, Plumgrid Platform
What the judges said: Plumgrid offers software-defined networking for VMware and OpenStack infrastructures. It provisions virtual switches, L4 load balancers and security policies through an HTML5 interface.
Finalists: Anuta Networks, nCloudX 1.7 and Cumulus Networks, Cumulus Linux 1.5
Carl Eschenbach, VMware’s COO, lead today’s general session.He started by recapping the announcements of vSphere 5.5 and vCloud Suite 5.5 from yesterday.Carl then talked about VMware’s goal to virtualize 100%, reiterated the NSX announcements and the three imperatives Pat talked about yesterday (1.Virtualization must extend to ALL of IT, 2.IT Management gives way to automation, and 3.Compatible hybrid cloud(s) will be ubiquitous).
Carl introduced Kit Colbert (Principal Engineer, VMware).Together they took us, layer at a time, through the magic of vCloud Automation Center and all the underlying technology.They started with a very classic, well known video clip from “I Love Lucy” – the infamous chocolate factory scene (if you haven’t seen this – stop reading this and watch it now!).Think of Lucy and Ethel as today’s IT staff and the chocolates in need of wrapping like the requests and demands coming from application areas.Eventually at scale, without automation, they run out of hand power.It was a great analogy.Incidentally, VMware had a Lucile Ball look-alike handing out chocolates and taking photos in the lobby after!Carl and Kit then took us through a sample application – Carl called it Project Vulcan.The demo started with vCloud Automation Center (vCAC).With vCAC Carl initiated his request for the application, and vCAC gave him some deployment choices and costs associated with those choices.Carl also had the ability to auto-scale his Project Vulcan application.It showcased the freedom for the application area to choose, but the control the IT area can still keep.After the request was submitted, Kit took us a step deeper on how this all works.
Complimenting vCAC is vCloud Application Director.vCloud Application Director coordinates the deployment of applications, including multi-tier applications.You create a full end-to-end application definition with policies, dependencies and so on.What this does is abstract the application, in its entirety, from infrastructure.Once the application definition is created, vCloud Application Director takes care of coordinating the infrastructure components.This does three major things:streamline application provisioning, decouple applications and infrastructure, uses automation to reduce steps, cost, and errors.
As we peeled back the layers of what vCAC was doing during the deployment, VMware NSX was up next.Kit and Carl walked us through how NSX layers on top of an existing physical network, similar to how we virtualized compute.Services such as firewall, layer 2 switching, layer 3 routing, and load balancing can be tied to the application definition itself, using the existing network as a fabric.Logical switches, routers, and firewalls can be created immediately.The classic hairpin problem is gone.The hairpin problem is this:let’s say you have two guests on different segments but the same host.In a traditional networking model, even with vDS, that traffic must go out to a router and back.If you draw that pattern on paper it looks like a hairpin.So, when you move that layer 3 routing to the hypervisor, you eliminate the hairpin problem all together.Interesting note:they stated that up to 70% of a datacenter’s traffic is from VM to VM.That’s up to 70% of traffic which could fall into that inefficient traffic pattern in your datacenter.Also, Kit was talking about how the firewall capability at the host level, in the hypervisor, actually provides a more secure (zero trust) environment because policies and rules prevent certain types of traffic from ever going on a physical network link.
Carl and Kit played a video clip from West Jet out of Canada.They had a great use case for NSX in their environment.West Jet needed to keep their existing network investments but realized they had a problem.Their network did a great job with north/sound traffic – basically from client to server.The problem was that as their applications got more complex, there was more east/west traffic happening than north/south.They needed a new way of doing things.With their current physical network investment, they realized the benefits of software-defined networking when the east/west traffic was now efficient and optimized, accommodating both the north/south and east/west traffic patterns.
Great.So how does one get there?Well – Kit demonstrated a zero downtime migration to VMware NSX.Assuming it’s already setup on a host, it’s as simple as a vMotion for the guest.Simple.No downtime.Easy.
So, what about storage?Carl and Kit dug into VMware’s Virtual SAN (VSAN).Basically Virtual SAN keeps copies (you can control how many) of your VMDKs on local storage.It doesn’t seem to do anything fancy like network RAID.It was literally two clicks to turn Virtual SAN on, for the cluster and begin consuming that local storage as a datastore.It supports policies and intelligence such as SSD vs. non-SSD.You want to add capacity?Add another host and the VSAN datastore automatically grows.(It sounds really similar to how Exchange with DAGs work – for the Exchange people).Now people can further use local disk as production SAN.(VMware Virtual SAN is now available for Public Beta – I’ll be kicking the tires on it back at Kelser).
Carl and Kit effectively showed how vCAC and underlying infrastructure can deliver on the promise of automated and intelligent application delivery.Great – we have the application up; now let’s give people access to it.Enter vCloud Automation Center’s integration with Horizon (View) Workspace.Just as Carl requested an application with vCAC, a user can request a desktop or application access.This integration gives your users a “launch pad” for the software-defined datacenter.It all came back to I Love Lucy … Kit had a video for Carl.He played the scene from When Harry Met Sally, where Meg Ryan orders the most complicated chef salad and apple on Earth.“But I'd like the pie heated, and I don't want the ice cream on top, I want it on the side, and I'd like strawberry instead of vanilla, if you have it, if not, then no ice cream, just whipped cream, but only if it's real, if it's out of a can, then nothing.”It was the perfect juxtaposition to the chocolate wrapping scene.Business requests have more attributes, complexity, and come at us faster than ever before.The hands-on [wrapping] approach is not scalable and we need the tools to make IT happen.
Carl invited Joe Baguley up for a few minutes, to talk about IT Operations.Joe is intimately familiar with IT Operations and talked about how most companies still have silos in their Operations groups.Basically the network people have a network workflow, their own tools, and such for managing the environment.When something goes wrong enter the “War Room”.Now, I’m not sure how many people remember these – but I certainly do from my previous life in the enterprise space.There is literally a room or rooms reserved for the purpose of arguing and pointing fingers when something bad happens.Inevitably, the team would figure the major problem out and it was never usually just one component that caused a problem.As environments get faster and more complex, the “war room” model just doesn’t scale.Enter vCenter Operations that integrates with vCloud Application Center, to automatically determine the baseline and health of an application, taking acting when necessary to fix an issue or predict an issue might happen.Back to the Vulcan application, we could see that it dramatically took off and throughput was going way up.Because of the auto-scale we turned on, vCenter Operations and vCloud Application Center can respond, automatically, and scale the application out.Joe also talked about just the massive amount of log and performance data that must be collected to properly manage the environment.VMware actually recognized this as a big data play and developed the recently released VMware Log Insight.In the example, we saw Log Insight quickly sift through 65 million data points and pull out the 7 or so relevant issues related to the performance problem on the Vulcan application.Folks who attend VMworld and follow @vmloginsight on Twitter will get 5 free licenses!
That wrapped up general session day 2.It was a great presentation that really peeled back the layers of vCloud Automation Center and showcased the power of NSX, VSAN, and vCAC itself.It seems like VMware is very well positioned to move people and applications to the automated, software-defined datacenter.The cloud vision of a few years ago is really taking shape, and taking off.
It’s VMworld’s 10th birthday and this year it’s expected to draw 21,000 attendees. This morning, among other things, VMware announced vSphere 5.5!There are some very noteworthy enhancements and features, making this a worthy upgrade (more below).If you haven’t upgraded 5.1 yet, then it’s certainly a must-do.You can read more about it below, but Kelser is also featured on “Our Customers” on http://vcloud.vmware.com!
Most noteworthy (with vSphere 5.5) – the 2TB VMDK limit is finally GONE!You can see all the new features in this PDF:
In the general session, Pat Gelsinger (VMware CEO) really emphasized virtualizing ALL of IT.My impression:VMware is NOT messing around.They mean business and ALL of IT means storage, networking, and control/management/automation.Pat talked about the revolution/evolution from mainframe to client-server to what he called mobile-cloud.A video from Columbia Sportswear really framed the vision.A simple phrase summed it up:“[IT] not just the people you call when something breaks, the people you call to make things better”.
Specifically toward networking, Pat formally announced VMware NSX and the radical shift, already underway, to virtualize the network itself.Interesting data point - it turns out that in 2012, the number of virtual ports exceeded the number of physical network ports.The software-defined network is already here; whether people know it or not.Basically, VMware NSX is the hypervisor for the networking.It's going to allow cloning, template, snapshot, etc. - all the things you would expect from a virtualized compute, but for the network.Live representatives from eBay, GE, and Citi all touted the SDN (Software-defined network) as a true business enabler.
Outside of the network, VMware announced the exciting new storage virtualization initiatives and products.First - VMware's VSAN (Virtual SAN) will be available with Update 1 for vSphere 5.5 (1H2014).It's a way of intelligently using local-disk to create a SAN.The storage will be VM-aware and have tight policy integration and high performance.VMware is also extending the same hypervisor intelligence to traditional storage arrays via the v-vol (Virtual Volume) technology.They also announced the vSphere Flash read-cache for improved IO performance, again, built right into the hypervisor itself.Pat also mentioned Virsto and its IO conditioning/virtualization capability.There's a lot going on in this space - I think we'll see it develop even more over the next 6 months.
Pat also introduced the GA of vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) and revealed the opening of several datacenters and more vCHS offerings.Kelser was an active participant in the vCHS.You can check out our on-demand webinar on vCHS and we’re featured on http://vcloud.vmware.com.A big part of the announcement was related to exciting DR-as-a-service.Basically Site Recovery Manager (SRM) will "see" vCHS as a replication target!Combine that with the power of the virtualized network and I think any company is absolutely ripe for consuming this service.
As we embark upon another VMworld conference this week, VMworld TV is gearing up it's engine to provide you with quality coverage and entertainment throughout the week of VMworld 2013 San Francisco. Our team will be onsite and roaming the Moscone Center and surrounding San Francisco Venues to bring you the best announcements, interviews, demos, behind the scene footage and party coverage. Look for these videos to be shared on VMworld TV throughout the week and then again in October as we head to VMworld 2013 Barcelona!
It's also good to take a look back at sessions from years past as we prepare for the exciting new sessions ahead for 2013. There are several of the most popular sessions from 2012 and 2011 available to watch, including general sessions. Take a look at the 2012 sessions playlist and 2011 sessions playlist for these videos. There are also playlists for other interviews and tech talks from the past such at theCUBE 2012 and Community 2012. You can also view even olderVMworld Sessionsback to 2004 on vmworld.com (not on VMworld TV).
Look forward to more great VMworld TV coverage and video resources coming your way!
If you need help troubleshooting and proactively managing virtualization or cloud performance, consider:
THE SPOTLIGHT SESSION on Log Insight. Monday, 3:30-4:30
Troubleshooting at Cox with Log Insight and vC Ops. Tuesday, 11:30-12:30 VCM5034
Tips & Tricks with Log Insight (cool, new product for root cause analysis). Tuesday, 4:00-5:00 VCM4528
How to Troubleshoot VM Performance Issues Across Apps, Infra, & Storage. Wednesday, 2:30-3:30 VCM5169
If you want to automate provisioning and provide your users with fast, on-demand access to applications, consider:
From Virtualization to Cloud: How Automation Drives Agility (the state of the union on vCAC –from the head of product management). Monday, 12:30-1:30 VCM 5269
VMware & Puppet: How to Plan, Deploy & Manage Modern Apps (because you need to know how VMware & Puppet work together). Tuesday, 5:30 – 6:30 VCM5271
Getting Started with vCenter Orchestrator (free IT process automation, need I say more?). Monday, 5:00-6:00 VCM4875
Provisioning and Managing a Heterogeneous Cloud with vCAC (worth staying ‘til Thursday for). Thursday, 10:30-11:30 VCM5148
If you want help deploying and managing your self-service datacenter, consider:
Building the Management Stack for your SDDC. Bernd Harzog of the Virtualization Practices gives you his take (not VMware’s) on what you need to do. Monday, 5:00-6:00 VCM4869
If you simply can wait or want to plan wisely, consider attending these sessions for a tech preview:
What’s new in vC Ops with Jai Malkani – he’s the director of product management and a long time VMware employee who can tell you what to expect in Q4. Tuesday, 4:00-5:00 VCM5781
Tech Preview: Cloud Business Management – shhh, it’s a look at the newest way to cost cloud services and make smarter decisions on where to place services in the cloud. And, best of all – no spreadsheets! Tuesday, 2:00 -3:00 VCM4885
Practical Real World Reporting (deep dive into the new reporting capabilities in vC Ops). Wednesday 2:30-3:30 VCM5009
And, finally, don’t miss the lessons learned in the trenches. What are your peers doing?
FEDEX – How to customize vC Ops. Monday, 12:30-1:30 VCM5100
VMware IT – On vC Ops and vCAC. Monday, 2:00-3:00 VCM4952
Carefusion – Deploying Operations at Scale. Monday, 5:30-6:30 VCM5845
BOEING – How to Manage vSphere and Hybrid Cloud (vC Ops). Tuesday, 11:30-12:30 VCM5811
University of New Mexico—IaaS case study with vCAC. Tuesday, 5:30-6:30 VCM5114
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