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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.

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No general session to report on today – if you even made it half way through my blog yesterday, you deserve an award!

What was announced, are the Best of VMworld 2013 winners.  TechTarget runs it – they are a really good resource on reviews, articles, etc.  Anyway – it’s always nice to see new winners and I like companies that win or place more than once.  That’s a sign of commitment to consistent innovation and development.  You can see the full list here:  http://searchservervirtualization.techtarget.com/photostory/2240204265/Best-of-VMworld-2013-Awards-And-the-winners-are/1/How-the-Best-of-VMworld-Awards-work

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

 

Desktop Virtualization and End-User Computing
Winner: Lakeside Software, SysTrack Resolve 6.1

What the judges said: SysTrack Resolve identifies problems within hours when it would otherwise take weeks. The product also demonstrates the value in fixing those problems.

Finalists:   Atlantis Computing, Atlantis ILIO Persistent VDI 4.0and GreenBytes, GreenBytes IO Offload Engine

 

Private Cloud Computing Technologies
Winner: Nutanix, NX-6270

What the judges said: Nutanix offers a private cloud in a box with this virtual storage appliance that comes with OpenStack or VMware's vCloud Suite.

Finalists:   Metacloud, Carbon|OS and Piston Cloud, Piston Enterprise OpenStack 2.0

 

Public and Hybrid Cloud Computing Technologies
Winner: Embotics, vCommander 5.0

What the judges said: Embotics can manage any cloud. Its ability to show the cost of running specific workloads helps users with chargeback and showback.

Finalists:    ElasticBox, ElasticBox 2.0 and HotLink, HotLink Hybrid Express 2.0

 

New Technology
Winner: Neverfail Group, Neverfail IT Continuity Architect

What the judges said: Neverfail checks configuration against service-level agreements to identify potential problems, and its dependency mappings provide great insight.

Finalists: Infinio, Infinio Accelerator and PernixData, PernixData FVP

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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.

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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: 

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vsphere/VMware-vSphere-Platform-Whats-New.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.

Stay tuned!  This will be a great week!
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I'm really excited about VMworld this year.  VMware has a [good] habit of disrupting the status quo - they did it with ESX/vSphere, vCloud, and now vCHS.  This year, I'm keeping my eyes out on three major fronts:  networking, storage, and vCloud Hybrid Service.


Last year, VMware announced the acquisition of Nicira, which almost immediately broadened their breadth and depth in the virtualized networking space.  I think we'll more announcements this year - VMware is now very, very well positioned to "be" a networking company too.  And why not?    They've been doing some aspects of software-based networking for a long time, starting with the classic vSwitch, then introduced the vSphere Distributed Switch, and developed vShield for comprehensive set of flexible and secure tools for securing a virtualized network.  They somewhat quietly launched VMware NSX earlier this year, which is like ESX but for networks.  VMware NSX.  Here's a good explanation of what/how/why on NSX:  http://blogs.vmware.com/vmware/2013/03/vmware-nsx-network-virtualization.html.  Definitely something to keep an eye on - most customer's network design and overall architecture hasn't really changed since the late 90's...


Then comes storage...  First of all, VMware is an independent company, with EMC as its majority shareholder.  There has been an incredible amount of information exchange between VMware and EMC.  EMC has some of the most robust, intelligent, and reliable storage on the planet.  Storage performance and availability is so critical to virtualization, which VMware really had to learn the ins and outs of storage to make vSphere as highly performing and reliable as it is.  Earlier this year, VMware acquired Virsto (again somewhat quietly).  Virsto is essentially a hypervisor for storage.  It's purpose built for "VM-centric workloads" and promises "to deliver superior performance, space efficiency, and agility.  [all] At the same time".  Similar to NSX, VMware now has the [true] capability of virtualizing storage.  http://virsto.com/products/virsto-architecture/.


vCloud Hybrid Service is VMware's public cloud.  Kelser participated in the Early Access Program and worked with the vCHS team to get DCE (Datacenter Extension) working properly.  The infrastructure was architected and designed by the company that essentially invented virtualization, as we know it today.  It employs vSphere, vCNS, (I'm assuming) NSX, and vCloud to deliver a cost-effective hybrid cloud offering, which lets customers consume cloud at their own pace without having to go all in if they aren't ready.  DCE also lets customers move existing workload from their virtual environment to the cloud, preserving IP addresses and network functionality, with a vCNS Edge VPN that has layer 2 capabilities.


So what now?  Does VMware hold THE trifecta of core infrastructure virtualization capabilities:  compute (vSphere), networking (Nicira / NSX), and storage (Virsto).  It's clear VMware knows how to "glue" it all together too, as evident with products like vCloud and Operations Management Suite(s).  They can also clearly roll it up into their own offering:  vCHS.


Stay tuned!  VMworld should be interesting this year!

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This morning, as folks stumbled in from a night of partying, we sat down to our final general session.  This time is actually had little to nothing to do with VMware and cloud ... it was a series of 3 really fascinating and entertaining speakers.  I highly recommend catching this one on replay.  You won't be bored and it's pretty eye opening.

 

I passed my VCP5-DT exam this afternoon too!  Nice accomplishment for myself and Kelser.  Fitting, since back home we are having the AMD/HP VDI event - we are offering free mini-assessments for VDI!

 

Hopefully the people enjoyed this blog - this will be the final post, as I'm flying back Friday.  I hope everyone has a safe and fun Labor Day weekend too!

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The VMworld 2012 party was pretty good.  Bon Jovi drew quite a crowd - I really liked the opening act:  Morning Parade.  They did a pretty good job with the laser lights, especially for the venue.  Bon Jovi's "encore" was a little lack-luster...  Here are some clips:

 

Morning Parade

VMworld 2012: Morning Parade from Matt Kozloski on Vimeo.

 

Jon Bon Jovi

VMworld 2012: Jon Bon Jovi from Matt Kozloski on Vimeo.

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In the lighter side of VMworld news, the show always has a rather whymsical side to it.  This year, the partners got in on it too.  Here are some of my favorite's:

 

Tintri:  "Stop the LUNacy"

Solarwinds:  "I have root and I'm not afraid to use it." and SPRAWL

Veeam:  "Veeam is for lovers"

VCE:  "BACK OFF!  My other computer is a Vblock"

VMware:  vRAM

 

This morning there was no keynote - just sessions that started early.  I spent a good part of the day in the partner area again - there is just so much to learn and see.

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There are so many partners at VMworld this year.  Not surprisingly, there is an abundance of flash-based storage vendors.  Sometimes I wonder if they are there to market product to customers or to other vendors.  I imagine some of them have no desire to actually have a company, but hope that their IP is bought by the likes of EMC or HP.  Flash-array's aside, here are some lesser known vendors, that I thought were really interesting (no particular order).  The fine print:  I'm not specifically recommending any of these, unless the product is noted as already available through Kelser.

 

Fortinet - I was turned onto Fortinet by our new network guy (Michael).  Fortinet makes some pretty advanced routers/firewalls that are ASIC-based, for high performance and top-notch security.  There are many major service providers and Fortune companies using Fortinet.

 

Vyatta - This company is historically known for making an open-source firewall/router.  They have a commercial offering and are using the IP from years of work in the community to "empower SDN" (SDN = software defined networking).  Something to keep an eye on, as VMware rolls Nicira into the mix.

 

Eaton - At Kelser, we already resell Eaton - they have a great line of UPS and power management kit.  They also have the best UPS integration software with VMware vSphere and even SRM.  Next time you're in the market for a UPS, rack or PDU, consider Eaton.

 

Tintri - Again something Michael turned me onto.  Tintri makes VM-aware NFS storage systems.  They include SSD drives and normal hard disks, with some nice tiering capability.  Another product to keep an eye on, especially as VMware (and EMC) push for vVols / VM-aware storage.

 

DynamicOps - These folks were recently acquired by VMware.  It's a great platform for cloud management - interesting to see how that folds into the very popular vCloud Director.  DynamicOps is also NOT just for managing vSphere clouds - perhaps this is VMware's way of getting into managing other vendor's cloud stacks (XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V / Server 2012).

 

Unitrends - Kelser also resells Unitrends products.  They have a really great platform for disk-based backup.  It's VM-aware, easy to use, and supports vaulting to the cloud.  Unitrends comes in a neat appliance, that you just rack and start using.  It has data de-duplication and other advanced features.  If a simplified appliance-based solution seems interesting to you, please contact us right away.  We are more than happy to talk about Unitrends with you.

 

Xangati - A very interesting product that monitors very small fluctuations in VM performance.  They collect and manipulate data in RAM, to track and alert on contention storms.  Really interesting product - demo was flawless.

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This morning's keynote is definitely worth watching on replay (www.vmworld.com).  In a relatively entertaining way, VMware demonstrated some really cool features of application management, desktop delivery and mobile access.

 

The theme was mostly focused on getting users connected to applications, from anywhere on any device.  There was a great demo of the acquisition:  Mirage.  Mirage can decompose a desktop into layers, allowing an administrator to manage the individuals layers and deploy to different devices.  It's also a fantastic tool to migrate Windows XP to Windows 7.  We learned a new acroymn in the BYOD game - Twitter was even wild with it:   SYOM (spend-your-own-money LOL).

 

Horizon Suite was formally annoucned today.  It's the first fully integrated suite for workforce mobility, taking applications, data, and desktops (VDI), bringing them to whatever device a user is working on (with policy management, of course).  VMware integrated their Project Octopus (think Dropbox), ThinApp management/deployment, SaaS apps, and now XenApp onto the same common interface.  Yes - XenApp.  There was a really great demo of Horizon Mobile and how it protects data on mobile phones, including iOS.  I was waiting to hear more about AppBlast - there was a subtle hint at HTML5 app delivery, but nothing concrete.

 

The keynote ended with a contest where the diamond sponsers had 4 minutes to pitch something - NetApp did an awesome job and won.  If you have a few moments, I'd recommend watching this one on replay.

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The announcement of vSphere 5.1 is a huge win for the SMB space.  I'm so excited about these, that I'm about 2 seconds away from calling some customers to share the news!  Considering the 3 hour difference, I'm not sure that's a great idea...  All joking aside, several key features, which have been the domain of large organizations, are now available and/or enhanced with vSphere 5.1.  VMware really understands that the complete cloud ecosystem includes many, many small and medium size businesses:

 

Here are the highlights:

 

-  VMware SRM (Site Recovery Manager) is now supported on Essentials+ packages!  Customer do not need to pay extra for vSphere Standard, just to get SRM capability.

-  vSphere Replication is now included with 5.1.  This is VMware's host-based replication technology that can easily replicate your VMs across the hall or across the country.  This will make it super easy for SMB's to have DR-to-the-cloud without paying for special arrays or licensing.

-  vSphere Data Protection (VDP) is the replacement for VDR.  It is EMC's very popular Avamar, built right into vSphere (including data de-deduplication).  Avamar is EMC's flagship VM backup solution that is easy to use, highly performing, and extremely efficient with storage utilization.

-  vShield End-point Protection is now included with vSphere.  This feature is the plumbing for anti-virus offload and other security features (like DLP).  This makes everyone's virtual environment more cloud-friendly and secure.

-  Licensing has been vastly simplified to a per-processor model.  No need to count vRAM and vRAM pools.

 

If anyone has any specific questions, feel free to shoot me an Email at:  mkozloski@kelsercorp.com.  I'm off to enjoy the evening with HP and take in San Francisco!

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VMworld 2012 started with movie-like introductions from partners like Cisco, EMC, and HP.  Approximately 20,000 attendees gathered to a very dramatic kick-off with drums, lights, smoke, and mirrors (well maybe not the smoke and mirrors).  Paul Maritz was up first and spoke about his journey with VMware, from 2008 to today.  He has the honor of watching over the company that developed the foundation for most virtual installations and clouds.  Paul spoke about business transforming from paper-centric to PC and now from PC to cloud.  His final vision, as CEO of VMware, spoke to the continued consumerization of data.  He posed the question:  How do we make IT more agile and efficient to deliver tomorrow, presenting a relevant user experience, wherever, whenever, and in-context?

Paul introduced Pat Gelsinger and handed over custodial responsibility for the VMware ecosystem.  Pat introduced Paul as a board member and spoke of their relationship.  As Paul stepped down, he received a moving standing ovation from the audience.  Pat spoke of the great disruption and spoke his vision of having 90% of the datacenter virtualized, including business critical applications, over the next 4 years.  The vision is elegantly simple:  build a completely software-defined-datacenter.  That was defined as:  All infrastructure is virtualized and delivered as a service, and the control of this datacenter is entirely automated by software.  While it's not complicated to do some of that today, it is complicated when you toss the word "all" in.

Then came the big announcements (what you've been waiting for):

-  vSphere 5.1, the 9th major release from VMware.  It supports a monster-monster VM - up to 64 vCPUs, 1TB of RAM and tested at more than 1 million IOPS (not per-host, but per-VM!).  Pat developed the tic-toc model at Intel, so I think we'll see that from VMware going forward.

-  vRAM is OUT!  VMware is simplifying licensing - it's priced per processor, with no RAM or core limitations.  This almost got as large of an ovation as Paul received.  I suspect there will be other subtle announcements through the week too, of particular interest to the SMB space with Essentials+ licensing.

-  Enhanced VMotion:  No shared storage requirements for VMotion!  This specifically addresses challenges in the SMB space and abstracting storage overall (expensive flash EFDs too).  VMware is looking to treat DASD as a "first-class citizen".  On the array front, VMware is working with storage vendors to develop vVols instead of LUNs; making storage more VM-aware.

-  vCloud Suite:  VMware vSphere (network/security functions, storage, availability), vCloud Director, vCenter and vFabric (purpose built for cloud-era computing).  It's the foundation for software automating software and includes federating pools with other pools (vCloud Connector), providing the most comprehensive, highest-performing could platform with proven reliability.  There was a very impressive demo of Project Serengeti for Hadoop(bid data).

-  SDN / vXLAN:  VMware just completed the acquisition of Nicira last week.  As expected, VMware had live demos and talked of how this is a critical piece of the overall cloud vision.  Nicira is unquestionably the leading SDN, integrated with OpenStack.  VMware reaffirmed commitment to theOpenStack community and OpenSource at large.  vXLAN is on display at several vendor booths, covering offloads, gateways, and management capabilities.

After major/specific product announcements, they demoed some really interesting analytics for cloud, based on tags and social media patterns/engines.  Imagine an automated Twitter feed, from your infrastructure, with the front-end of Facebook.  Really innovative for capturing problems and trending.

Overall it was an impressive introduction and the largest VMworld ever.  The attendee count of 20,000 is spread across the entire Moscone complex and exudes of excitement for making cloud computing a reality.
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Airplanes landing, taxis rushing to hotels, lines at the hotel check-in counter...  There are banners up everywhere and lots of folks walking around with VMware badges.  VMworld and its following has taken over SF.Symantec sponsored the welcome reception and we got a first look at the vendor area.  It looks like SDN (software-definted-networking) will be big this year - Brocade is talking it up and Vyatta has a sizeable booth.  There is A LOT going on in the vendor area - at least a day's worth of booths and sessions to pick through.Big announcements tomorrow morning!
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Having a background in very large scale VMware deployments, one of the pain points I encountered was "static" networking.  I have no complaints about reliability, just flexibility.  At some point, it became clear that to truly have a dynamic cloud (internal or external), you had to have a dynamic network too.  There is definitely going to be talk around the IETF spec for VXLAN, which (I believe) was actually introduced by VMware last year at VMworld.

 

There was a point, when virtualization was defined as the ability to run multiple operating systems on the same computer, at the same time.  That was an easy way of getting at the heart of the matter back in 2006/2007.  A mature definition would simply be abstraction - from the hardware layer to the application layer, and as the foundation for cloud computing.  Enter Nicira:  for most, a little known company ("Nic... who???").  Nicira does network virtualization, allowing virtual networks and services to be completely abstracted from the physical network.  The goal is to turn the physical network into a fabric and then layer services (applications) onto it.  VMware recently acquired Nicira to further expand their already comprehensive cloud offering.  It will allow VMware to fully virtualize the network, along with servers and applications.  VMware's vCloud Director can easily provide the orchestration.  It will be really interesting to hear what VMware has planned for Nicira and VXLAN.

 

An interesting side note - OpenStack uses the Nicira API for its network interface.  I wonder if this will change VMware's view/play on that platform.

 

http://nicira.com/

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The rumor mill is alive and well - reports on CRN and VMware's own blog report license model changes.  Is this setting the stage for a cloud battle royale between Microsoft and VMware?  Whose cloud platform reigns supreme?  Well, either way - I don't think the speculation is all that VMware will unveil.  I suspect other license twists and product turns are involved also.  In reality, I wonder how many people were actually impacted by the vRAM implications.  You needed to have a pretty memory intese application -or- doing heavy over-commit, for the vRAM to even come into play (in reality)...

 

Here's the word from VMware's "Rethink IT" blog:

 

http://blogs.vmware.com/rethinkit/2012/08/changes-to-pricing-model.html

 

"You may have heard the rumors and speculation that VMware is changing its pricing model with the introduction of a new version of VMware vSphere.  There’s only one way to find out the complete story – join us at VMworld San Francisco on August 27th to hear all the newsworthy announcements.

 

If you can’t join us in person next week, you can stay on top of the latest announcements about VMware’s cloud strategy and solutions by tuning into VMware NOW, the new online destination for breaking news, product announcements, videos and demos at: http://vmware.com/go/now"

 

CRN is also reporting ("Analysis: Did Licensing Changes Spur VMware Vs. Microsoft?"):

 

http://www.crn.com/news/virtualization/240005953/analysis-did-licensing-changes-spur-vmware-vs-microsoft.htm

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