At VMworld 2013 in San Francisco, we launched the VMware NSX network virtualization platform to the world. During the keynote, our CEO Pat Gelsinger was joined by representatives from CITI, GE and eBay to discuss the promise of network virtualization and VMware NSX, and more than 20 partners announced support for the platform.
But perhaps the most successful part of our launch were the VMware NSX Hands-On Labs. These labs were by far the most successful at the show. Attendees consumed more than 2,000 sessions, totaling 124,000 lab minutes during the four days of VMworld. That is roughly equivalent to locking yourself in a room with your laptop and doing nothing but take this lab 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for three months straight.
And now, we are bringing the labs to you online. Remember to participate in the HOL Community page at http://hol.vmware.com/, take labs at http://labs.hol.vmware.com/.
HOL-SDC-1303 – VMware NSX: The Network Virtualization Platform
A Tech Preview of the exciting new VMware NSX for vSphere product announced at VMworld. Learn how VMware NSX virtualizes your network and simplifies your datacenter operations. This lab is currently based on a beta version of code and you may encounter some user interface issues during the lab exercises. The lab will be improved with newer code as the product moves closer to release. For now, brave the rapids, jump in with both feet and have a go at at VMware NSX, the network virtualization platform.
Enroll in HOL-SDC-1303
HOL-SDC-1319 - VMware NSX for Multi-Hypervisor Environments
Also a Tech Preview, this lab focuses on the multi-hypervisor version of VMware NSX. This is a great opportunity to see how Vmware NSX can support non-vSphere portions of your datacenter.
Enroll in HOL-SDC-1319
Like many of you out there, I am a Network Engineer. We have spent much of our professional lives learning about networking technologies. We’ve invested countless hours studying for certification exams, designing customer networks, learning about product capabilities, network scalability, network management and operations. Oh, network operations…dare we count the number of sleepless nights spent in maintenance windows, supporting P1 cases, escalations and performing complex troubleshooting.
I’m proud to be a network engineer, and I can safely say that dedication to the networking craft has paid off. So, how am I supposed to feel when I hear people say that networks are “holding us back?” That application deployment and speed of provisioning are compromised by “archaic and complex network processes?” What are they getting at? This is the world that we have come to know and love.
If I stop for a minute and try to understand these complaints, I quickly discover I have experienced all of them, in one form or another, throughout my career. You know what I am talking about my fellow net-heads: Continue reading