||Extreme Performance Series: Monster Virtual Machines
||Mission critical applications serving an entire organization represent the last hurdle to the organization looking to migrate its data center to a private cloud. Although IT administrators realize the benefits of virtualization, they may be hesitant to virtualize the mission critical applications because of the resource demands of these applications and an inexplicable fear about the underlying hypervisor preventing the infrastructure from meeting the SLAs of these applications. vSphere, industry’s leading hypervisor platform, has been pushing the boundaries of infrastructure resources it can manage over various releases. Through its superior resource management capabilities, vSphere can easily scale horizontally to support many virtual machines (VMs) or vertically to support large VMs. Recently, vSphere extended the resource management envelope to such a level that even extreme resource-hungry applications such as databases can be run in VMs. In this talk, the speakers will give an overview of key vSphere features such as CPU and NUMA schedulers, and memory managers that propel monster VMs. The speakers will share their experimental results, experience gained, and lessons learned. Finally, the speakers will provide best practices to the audience for undertaking such an exercise. This talk should alleviate any hesitation to migrate the resource hungry, mission critical applications to a private cloud.
||Disaster Recovery Solution with Oracle Data Guard and Site Recovery Manager
||This must attend session will address the Disaster Recovery solution with VMware Site Recovery Manager and Oracle Data Guard. It will cover the architecture involving SRM Host Based Replication and Storage based replication solutions using Oracle Data Guard. Also focus on how to avoid issues in configuring SRM and Oracle Data Guard by following best practices, and help you be successful by implementing this solution. We will wrap up with a demo on how this was setup along with DR scenarios and also show the usage of SRM Callout scripts.
||An EUC CoE Architect will deliver this breakout session detailing an advanced real world overview of Mirage Best practices and and Strategy.
||EUC Application Strategy Best Practices
||An EUC CoE Architect will deliver this breakout session detailing real world Best practices and EUC Application strategy for an enterprise.
||Demistifying VMware Mirage: Tips and Tricks for Success
||Wondering what Mirage really does, how it works, and how to successfully design and implement Mirage for your company or organization? VMware’s Global Professional Services team will present a technical walk-though of a real-world end-to-end design & implementation of VMware Mirage. Hear first-hand how VMware Architects address technical and operational challenges, such as server and storage sizing, networking, and other critical VMware Mirage design elements. The team will show real-world architecture examples and share their lessons learned and best practices enabling you to be successful in deploying VMware Mirage.
||PCoIP: Sizing For Success
||Baffled by the PCoIP sizing minefield that accompanies an Horizon View deployment? No idea where to start? Join Chuck and Simon as they give an introduction to PCoIP, helping you understand important characteristics of the protocol that need to be considered when sizing for PCoIP. The session will then guide you through the critical steps required to optimize, measure and calculate PCoIP bandwidth requirements tailored to your environment.
||Getting BYOD Right
||Today, over 60% of enterprise customers and 85% of SMB customers are trying to tackle BYOD initiatives. However they are finding that doing so in a physical compute environment is presenting significant challenges when it comes to securing data, managing end users and containing costs. As a result-many IT organizations are now turning to virtualization to address these challenges.VMware has recently announced the VMware View Mobile Secure Workplace solution that looks holistically at solving these challenges and ensuring that customers have fully tested and validated building blocks and services IP to manage desktops, apps and data within their environments.
In this session we will look at the VMware "mobile secure workplace" design. We’ll also delve into best practices learned from customers and solutions architects who have deployed BYOD in production environments over the past year.
||Getting Started with Horizon Workspace: Use Cases and Configuration
||VMware Horizon Workspace opens the door for a whole new set of use cases – from SSO (single sign on) to remote enterprise applications. Deployment of a Horizon Workspace environment requires careful planning and execution for proper configuration. In this session we will go over many of the new use cases, discuss configuration basics and deployment tips, as well as a few pointers that will help you avoid roadblocks when you deploy your first Horizon Workspace environment. The IT EUC landscape is changing everyday, and Horizon Workspace will help you solve many of the new issues you are experiencing.
||EUC Experts Panel – Successful Implementations
||Performance issues with virtual desktops? Experiencing issues with virtualized apps? Unsure how to scale your virtual desktop environment? What about Horizon Workspace and Mirage? Where do they fit into your desktop strategy? Come meet EUC Architects from Global Services Engineering as they answer your questions and explain their experience with designing and implementing some of the largest and most complex EUC environments to date. This helps customers realize the full potential of their EUC investment and is responsible for solving some of the thorniest problems and toughest design challenges. The panel includes experts in all of the Horizon Suite products, as well as critical infrastructure support elements for EUC such as Active Directory and anti-virus, storage solutions, networking, load balancing and many others. Come and ask the experts for help with some of the challenges you are facing and let them share their field experience and lessons learned to help you in all your EUC endeavors.
||How to Build a Hybrid Cloud in Less than a Day
||In this session we will discuss how you can build a hybrid cloud in less than a day. With multiple technologies available to enable the hybrid cloud, we will look at how you can turn your current vSphere infrastructure into a Hybrid. This will help businesses lower there total cost of ownership and operational costs.
||How To Build Your Hybrid Cloud and Consume the Public Cloud
||Are you a VMware vSphere Customer today that is on the verge of deciding to expand your current deployment or start considering vCloud Providers? Are you a start-up trying to decide how to consume the vCloud Provider public clouds as your Infrastructure as a Service, (Iaas)? These are two very common use cases for customers looking to move to a Hybrid Cloud solution with VMware vCloud Providers.This session will discuss the concepts for design of your Hybrid Cloud fully integrated into your existing vSphere and/or physical only infrastructure, or even your own private cloud. We will examine and explain some ideas in how you can better consume and expand your current datacenter capacity into one or more public cloud providers running VMware vCLoud Director. You will leave the session with a better understanding of how to go out and start consuming the vCloud providers to best suit your needs to grow your capacity and connect them to your existing infrastructure. This session is ultimately about understanding how to consume the vCloud public cloud providers not building your own private cloud.
What will make this session unique is it will leverage live white boarding for the majority of the session instead of just PowerPoint slides.
||vCloud Hybrid Service: Architecture and Consumption Principles
||This session will cover the architectural and consumption principles behind the new vCloud Hybrid Service. This session will not include the details of the service definition but it will rather describe how we use VMware products (such as vSphere, vCloud Director and vCloud Network and Security) in a non-conventional way to create a number of different end user experiences that maps to different requirements. Delivered as an on-line Enterprise class service. As a bonus we will not bore you with "why you should move to the cloud" and "what the cloud is". While this session is not going to be ultra-technical, it will discuss technical and architectural aspects of the new service that will help understand how it can be consumed optimally. It will also describe the nature of the various configurations that can be purchased in order to be better prepared to make an educated decision when approaching the service and selecting the configuration you need.This session should be considered a starting point in a virtual curriculum aimed at learning the new vCloud Hybrid Service. The audience for this session are vSphere administrators as well as cloud architects in general.
The presentation will contain few words and bullets but lots of diagrams and pictures.
|Massimo Re Ferre’
||A Parallel Between vCloud Hybrid Service and Amazon Web Services
||This session will briefly cover the vCloud Hybrid Service consumption principles and elements and will then focus on how these principles and elements compare to the Amazon Web Service counterparts.This is not by any means going to be a competitive session. This is intended to be a fast-track for those users that have been reading about, experimenting with or using the Amazon Web Services and are interested in warming up on vCHS coming from that background.
We will call out the different philosophies behind the two cloud services with a neutral approach.
While we may touch on some of the on-boarding processes difference and cost models between the two cloud services, this is intended to be a technical session.
Occasionally we may also mention other public cloud services if and when makes sense.
|Massimo Re Ferrè
||Just Because You Could, Doesn’t Mean You Should: Lessons Learned in Storage Best Practices (v2.0)
||This GSS Customer Support Day session will cover storage best practices using customer examples of how technologies can be misunderstood and misused—often resulting in downtime, data loss or worse. The second half of the session covers architecting to avoid these incidents. Now updated for another year!
||Software-Defined Storage: The VCDX Way
||Storage is one of the key pillars within every datacenter. Leveraging software-defined storage is key to unleashing the full benefits of the software-defined data-center. But as with any new technology, one must understand how software-defined storage fits into their current datacenter architecture.VMware Certified Design Experts utilize an architectural methodology that eases the adoption of new technology to meet your business needs. Join us to learn how to design, implement and integrate software-defined storage solutions, the VCDX way.
||The Hitchhiker’s Session to vCenter Orchestrator Integration
||vCenter Orchestrator is the main tool that allows you to integrate your IT systems and services with VMware’s vCloud Suite. For customers it allows provides a reliable workflow solution, for Partners it allows to build out-of-the box integrations with multiple VMware products.
This session will show you why and how you can integrate with vCenter Orchestrator. Hear use-cases for integration for real customer projects. Learn how to use vCO as virtualization layer for your product. Use the vCO APIs to call vCO workflows and create a plugin that allow workflows to automate your system, for instance triggered by vCloud Automation Center.
||Performance Management of Business Critical Applications using vCenter Operations Manager
||Virtualized multi-tier business critical applications have multiple levels of metrics that need to be collected and correlated to obtain a comprehensive overview of workload performance (which are typically bound to strict SLAs). This session will describe how vCenter Operations Manager can provide this functionality for the following applications: SAP; SQL Server; Oracle and Exchange
||Software-Defined Datacenter Design Panel for Monster VM’s: Taking the Technology to the Limits for High Utilisation, High Performance Workloads
||Designing and architecting an environment that will host many Monster VM’s requires a different approach and different considerations to smaller VM’s to ensure you get the best benefits from the platform. Mostafa Khalil (VCDX-002), Andrew Mitchell (VCDX-030), Mark Achtemichuk (VCDX-050) and Michael Webster (VCDX-066) will lead a panel discussion on the design and architecture best practices and design guidance that applies when you are virtualizing many high utilization, high performance Monster VM’s. The panel will answer your questions on topics such as host and cluster design and sizing, VM sizing, performance tuning, CPU scheduling, memory management, resource management, storage design and much more. Avoid the common traps that could derail your Monster VM virtualization project.
||Real-world Design Examples for Virtualized SAP Environments
||The session uses lessons learned in the field, regarding SAP virtualization to provide valuable guidelines relating to workload design & sizing, high availability, platform migration, SAP database design & Disaster recovery considerations. Examples from real customer designs will be used to highlight design techniques.
||Big Data: Virtualized SAP HANA Performance, Scalability and Practices
||Learn the in-depth best practices for how to run SAP’s in memory database HANA on vSphere and achieve performance similar to native. HANA is becoming a strategic component of SAP landscapes and will be increasing its footprint in the datacenter dramatically over the next few years. Understanding the key best practices of how to successfully run HANA as a VM on vSphere is key to a successful and high performance implementation.
||Three Big Data Building Blocks: Serengeti, Resource Management, and Virtualization Extensions
||Whether you are a CIO or a bioinformatics researcher, reading tech blogs or business publications, “big data” appears to be an inescapable phenomenon. In line with this trend, many enterprises are harnessing data more effectively in their businesses with the help of a new wave of big data technologies, with Hadoop being the most commonly used.
Early on, VMware recognized the need for such projects to mature and leverage the ease of management and superior price-performance virtualization provides. In this session, we describe VMware’s investments in big data and provide an overview of several initiatives:
• Serengeti, an open-source project to enable simple operation of virtual Hadoop clusters
• Virtual Hadoop Manager, an intelligent module that makes decisions on cluster elasticity
• Hadoop Virtualization Extensions that make Hadoop more virtualization-aware
We discuss how these components work in concert to enable elastic, multi-tenant, reliable Hadoop on demand, providing enterprises the ideal way to leverage Hadoop for numerous big data needs.
||vCenter Deep Dive
||The popular vCenter deep divers are back this time armed with all the questions customers have asked us since the release of vCenter 5.1. We will talk about everything you need about vCenter and its components.Upgrading to vSphere 5.x can be a challenging task. vCenter now consists of four moving parts (SSO, vCenter Server, Inventory Service, and the Web Client). This presentation will help administrators understand the various deployment models, issues to consider while upgrading and best practices for future-proofing your vSphere environment regardless of size
||Making the Most of Limited Resources – Virtualization Considerations From Closet to Datacenter for SMB and Branch Offices
||The focus of this session is solutions for small business and branch office considerations. With modern servers and VMware virtualization, businesses have a lot of power and flexibility available to them, but dealing with servers is rarely a “fire and forget” story. Given limited resources from personnel, to budget, to location restraints such as space and power limitations, the aim is present best practices on how to plan and implement a solid “datacenter”, even if it’s as humble as a server in a closet.
||ATT’s Migration to vSphere with AutoDeploy
||Listen to real life examples of AT&T’s implementation of AutoDeploy using Cisco UCS. Learn how to implement AutoDeploy leveraging the special AutoDeploy adaptations implemented specifically in the Cisco UCS bios. Learn real life pitfalls and opportunities that AutoDeploy can leverage.
||IO.OS: Because the Data Center Needs an Operating System
||What is a PC without an operating system? It’s a box of parts. The operating system gives you control, performance and management. It is intelligent and optimizes the components to perform as an integrated system. It allows you to optimize, drive efficiency and analyze. The data center needs an operating system. Join CIO and GM of IO Labs, Kevin Malik, to learn more about IO.OS, the world’s first data center operating system.
||Enabling Software Defined Datacenter Through HP and VMware Collaboration
||Cloud-enable an existing ESX virtualized datacenter with seamless integration with Openstack. This model exposes ESX Virtualized constructs like Cluster, Resource pools (exposed by vCenter) as Openstack Host constructs and provides Consistent, Portable cloud semantics. The intent is to expose vCenter value adds like DRS, HA enabled VM deployment, Template based provisioning, VDS constructs as Openstack extended / abstracted constructs and interfaces. This enables ease of consumption for a cloud user across cloud deployment models (Private / Public clouds). The key first set of realization that is aimed at Havana is as follows
1. Multi cluster support
2. Resource pool support
3. vCenter template based deployment
4. FC / iSCSI 3 PAR volume deployment (for a given cluster)
5. Health and monitoring for ESX
Adding these features to Openstack will form the building blocks for the next generation Converged Infrastructure products built using VMWare and HP products to enable Software defined Datacenter.