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Monthly Archives: August 2011

VMworld 2011 Announcements…Thus Far

There have been so many announcements in the last 24 hours, we wanted to do a quick recap of links so that our readers can be sure they're up to date with all the latest product announcements, releases and updates.  

VMworld Day 1 Announcements

VMworld Day 2 Announcements (so far) 

  • During Steve Herrod's keynote, new updates to VMware Horizon, to extend the benefits of its identity, policy and entitlement engine to virtualized Windows applications and connected mobile workspaces. 
  • Herrod also announced VMware View 5, which will simplify IT manageability and control, while providing a high fidelity desktop virtualization experience. 
  • A preview of VMware AppBlast was shared, which is a tool that can deliver applications of any sort, to any client that speaks HTML5. AppBlast is now available to check out in the VMworld Labs. 
  • Project Octopus was another interesting project introduced during Steve Herrod's keynote, and is a tool that can provide a DropBox service for the enterprise. 
  • Unified Service Broker was also alluded to during Herrod's keynote. You can read a little more about it, as well as all of the products mentioned during Steve Herrod's general session, on Scott Lowe's blog. 

More announcements are sure to come, so be sure to follow @vCloud and @VMwareSP and fan us on Facebook for to-the-minute updates!

Virtacore at VMworld – What to Expect

By: Matt Sarrel 

A few days ago I spoke with George Mitsopoulos of IKANO, the parent company of Virtacore, about what’s new at Virtacore.  The company is gearing up to unveil new control panel functionality at the upcoming VMworld.  

Virtacore has been out of beta for about 5 months and is growing.  The company listens to user feedback in order to prioritize new and innovative features.  Virtacore has an entire community interaction program where dedicated staff fields and interprets surveys and calls big customers to ask if they are happy with the service and what they’d like to see added.  In addition, Virtacore spends a fair amount of time looking at competing public cloud solutions to see how they stack up.

Being fully compliant with vCloud Director drives development at Virtacore. At VMworld, Virtacore will show their VCD 1.5 compliant next-generation management console that provides a single control panel to manage hybrid clouds – public and private clouds hosted by Virtacore.  Customers will be able to move and redeploy VM’s between the public and private cloud with ease.

Also in the works is a project to add more visibility into system performance using monitoring tools from Goliath Technologies

Virtacore is also developing a “template marketplace” which will provide more template options for creating VM’s with preloaded and configured software.  Companies and users will be able to create their own templates and share them to speed deployment.

As a Virtacore user, I’m happy to see the company continue to innovate as they continue developing their cloud service offering.

For future updates on exciting and new vCloud service provider offerings, be sure to follow @VMwareSP and @vCloud.

Matthew D. Sarrel (or Matt Sarrel) is executive director of Sarrel Group, a technology product testing, editorial services, and technical marketing consulting company.  He also holds editorial positions at pcmag.com, eweek, GigaOM, and Allbusiness.com, and blogs at TopTechDog.

David Davis’ Best Sessions at VMworld 2011

By: David Davis

With VMworld 2011 next week, one of the greatest challenges for those lucky enough to attend is to select the best sessions (and get registered for them). This year, there won’t be any standby lines to get into sessions – you have to pre-register or you don’t get in. Ouch! The pressure is on to register for the right sessions now, before VMworld.

Here are my picks for the “must-attend” sessions of VMworld 2011, broken down by category:

16 vCloud Sessions

  1. CIM1565 – Integrating with vCD using vCloud API by Prasad Pimplaskar – available Tuesday 4-5 or Wednesday 1230-130
  2. CIM1600 – vCloud Networking Finally Explained by Mike DiPetrillo – available Tuesday 1-2 or Wednesday 1230-130
    NOTE: I’ve seen Mike present a few times and I really love his speaking style. Mike’s fulltime job is to travel the world and work with cloud providers and customers so he is someone who sees vCloud in use, in the real-world, everyday. Make sure you plan to attend this one.
  3. CIM1644 – The Path From Lab Manager to vCloud Director, A Customer Journey Shawn Bertin – available Wednesday 930-1030
  4. CIM2140 – Sneak Preview of VMware's Next Generation Hybrid Cloud Solutions by Patrick Chang – Tuesday 1030-1130
  5. CIM2204 – Building a Multi-tenant Private Cloud: Dev/Test as a Service (DTaaS) Solutions from Federal Government by Joy Bell – Thursday 1030-1130
  6. CIM2231 – Making Sense of vShield and vCloud for the Average "VMware Sys-Admin Joe" by Massimo Re Ferre – Wednesday 8-900
    NOTE: Massimo is active on Twitter and is someone the community counts on for cloud advice. I know that he is passionate about the cloud and will have a lot to share. I really want to see this one!
  7. CIM2343 – Building A Real-Life High-Performance Financial Services Cloud: NYSE Technologies by Feargal O'Sullivan – Wednesday 930-1030
  8. CIM2363 – Building an Enterprise Hybrid Cloud for Dummies: 10 Steps (or Less) by Pang Chen – Monday 930-1030
    NOTE: Pang Chen is a VCDX defense panelist (which makes him a real guru) so I am going to try to make his session
  9. CIM2520 – IT as A Service: Leveraging Private, Public and Hybrid Clouds in Higher Education! By Link Alander – Monday 11-12
  10. CIM2561 – Stuck Between Stations: From Traditional Data Center to Internal Cloud by Chris Wolf – Monday 1230-130
    NOTE: Chris Wolf, besides being a nice guy, always gives an entertaining and interesting presentation – don’t miss this one!
  11. CIM2570 – Are All Clouds Commodity? Key Technical Considerations and Customer Experiences by Pat O'Day – Monday 11-12 and Wednesday 11-12
    NOTE: I talked with Pat O’ Day this week on the phone, being the CTO of Bluelock (a VMware vCloud Datacenter provider), he has some amazing insight into the state and future of Cloud Computing – I’ll make sure to attend his session and you should too!
  12. CIM2865 – Escaping the Chaos Monkey- Enterprise vs. Commodity Public Cloud by Matthew Lodge – Wednesday 1230-130
  13. CIM2916 – What's New in VMware vCloud Director by Dushyanth Nataraj – Tuesday 1130-1230 and Wednesday 330-430
  14. CIM2961 – Federating vCloud Services – How to Best Deploy Your Applications Amongst Multiple Cloud Service Providers by Greg Branch – Thursday 12-1
  15. CIM3177 – Cloud Architectures to deliver Healthcare As A Service (HaaS) by Steve Kaplan – Monday 2-3
    NOTE: Steve Kaplan is a vExpert and is well known as @roidude on Twitter (he also has published some very cool virtualization-based comic books). Steve’s presentations are fun to watch and he has tremendous insight. Don’t miss this one!
  16. CIM4813 – Real-world Cloud Experiences: Enterprise IT leaders discuss public and hybrid cloud deployments, a customer panel – Wednesday 2-3

My Schedule

What am I scheduled to attend? I am going to try to add some of the sessions above that I just recently found but the sessions that I originally selected a month or so ago, when the catalog initially became available are:

  • CAP1904 – Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Platform as a Service CloudFoundry.com Hosted by VMware by Dave McCrory – Monday 830-930
  • CIM2363 – Building an Enterprise Hybrid Cloud for Dummies: 10 Steps (or Less) by Pang Chen – Monday 930-1030
  • VSP1956 – The VMware ESXi Quiz Show with Pablo Roesch, Duncan Epping, and John Troyer – Monday 1-2
  • BCO3420 – Avoiding the 16 Biggest High-Availability and Distributed Resource Scheduler Configuration Mistakes by Greg Shield – Monday 2-3
  • VCP3307 – Deployment Considerations for ESXi 5.0 by David Day and Kyle Gleed – Tuesday 130-230
  • SPO3981 – Veeam Backup & Replication: A Look Under the Hood by Anton Gostev and Doug Hazelman – Tuesday 300-400
  • GD11 – Architecture Design with Mike DiPetrillo by Ford Donald and Mike DiPetrillo – Tuesday 4-5pm
  • VSP3067 – Mythbusters Goes Virtual by Eric Sloof and Mattias Sundling – Tuesday 1130-1230 and Wednesday 8-9
  • VSP1708 – VCDX Panel Defense Preparation by Ben Lin, Brian Rice, John Arrasjid, and Mahesh Rajani, and Mostafa Khalil – Wednesday 1130-1230

And finally, the session that I absolutely can’t miss is my own session on vSphere free tools, Wednesday from 4-5pm. In session CIM1940, Kendrick Coleman and I will be covering the 10 Best Free Tools for VMware vSphere Management in 2011. This was one of the top 5 sessions of VMworld 2010 and we have a lot of new tools to talk about this year! Additionally, we’ll be giving away copies of my new TrainSignal vSphere 5 video training course (also available in the VMworld bookstore).

I look forward to seeing everyone at VMworld 2011! Make sure to say HI if you see me and stay in contact via Twitter where I am @davidmdavis. The @vCloud and @VMwareSP teams will also be providing live coverage for some of the above sessions, so be sure to follow them for live updates from the event.

Happy VMworld!

David Davis is a VMware Evangelist and vSphere Video Training Author for Train Signal. He has achieved CCIE, VCP,CISSP, and vExpert level status over his 15+ years in the IT industry. David has authored hundreds of articles on the Internet and nine different video training courses for TrainSignal.com including the popular vSphere video training package. Learn more about David at his blog or on Twitter and check out a sample of his VMware vSphere video trainingcourse from TrainSignal.com.

VMworld 2011 – Reasons to Visit the VMware Booth

There are going to be a lot of great vendor booths and technology exhibits at VMworld this year, but one booth you’re definitely not going to want to miss is the VMware booth (#621). As you can see in the floor plan below, it will not be easy to miss from the entrance.

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There will be several activities, demos and workstations available for attendees to learn more about cloud computing solutions.

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Here’s a quick rundown of what you can expect to find at the VMware Booth:

  • Public/Hybrid Cloud Experts at the Genius bar, available to chat and answer all of your questions about moving to the public cloud.
  • A Public Cloud pod where you can find out more general information about VMware’s vCloud offering and the VMware-enabled public cloud services available through service providers.
  • A digital map of all of the vCloud Services Partners, so you can find a vCloud service provider who best meets your enterprise’s needs.
  • An activity area where you can participate in interactive, educational activities to further your knowledge on public cloud computing.
  • 10 Cloud Infrastructure & Management Demos, including demos for vCloud Connector, vCloud Director, vCenter Chargeback and more.

The VMware booth will also feature the Journey to the Public Cloud, where attendees can spend some time with VMware public cloud experts, test their public cloud expertise, learn more about vCloud and vCloud Connector 1.5 and conclude their journey with a free t-shirt.

Finally, if you’re attending the Hall Crawl Tuesday evening, stop by the VMware booth theater for our in-person #cloudtalk. Get the opportunity to meet VMware experts, and talk with other cloud enthusiasts about some of the big announcements and top sessions at VMworld. RSVP via the twtvite.

There will be a lot of exciting happenings at the VMware booth this year, so drop by the Solutions Exchange in-between sessions and learn more about VMware cloud computing solutions for your enterprise. And be sure to follow @vCloud and @VMwareSP for live coverage from VMworld. 

More Information on My VMworld 2011 Sessions

By: Chris Colotti, Consulting Architect with the VMware vCloud Delivery Services team

The vCloud team has asked me to detail out the VMworld Sessions I am involved in.  Below are all the sessions that I am presenting, co-presenting, or moderating throughout the week.  I can also be found in the VMware booth at the Public Cloud Pod on Thursday from 10:00-12:00.  Most sessions include a Twitter Hashtag as well for use before or after the sessions to continue the discussions online throughout the week @CColotti

CIM1264 Private VMware vCloud Architecture Technical Deep Dive (Twitter Hashtag #CIM1264)

Enterprises globally are enthusiastically embracing cloud computing as a way of both reducing costs and improving the quality of service IT provides to its end customers. To achieve this, enterprises are looking to VMware and its partners to help them deploy VMware vCloud™ Director-based private cloud environments. For a VMware vCloud Director-based private cloud to be successful and operationally sustainable, an absolutely critical first step is developing a solid vCloud architecture. This session will help partners and enterprises address this critical first step by exploring the proven, practical activities and considerations VMware has defined, based on experience, for developing a vCloud architecture.

I’ll be co-presenting this session with David Hill, also of VMware.

Register:
Tuesday, Aug 30, 10:00 am
Wednesday, Aug 31, 8:00 am
Thursday, Sept 1, 1:30 pm 

GD06 vCloud with Chris Colotti (Twitter Hashtag #GD06) 

This session is a multi-presenter session that should be available to sign up for the day of the session. It will be a small group session with 40 people per session based on 60 minutes of pre-established Q&A.  

Register:
Tuesday, Aug 30, 1:00 pm
Wednesday, Aug 31, 2:00 pm

EXPERTS-08 Knowledge Experts One-on-One – 08

Stop by the Knowledge Experts One-on-One area to book time with an expert. You will be able to schedule 10 minutes to talk one-on-one with any of our experts. Please reference their availability now and come by the reception desk in the Sands Foyer to book!

Other knowledge experts that will be involved include Vyenkatesh Deshpande (Sr. Technical Marketing Manager at VMware), Duncan Epping (Principal Architect at VMware), David Overbeek (Tech Marketing Mgr at VMware).

Register:
Wednesday, Aug 31, 11:00 am

VSP1682 VMware vSphere Clustering Q&A (Twitter Hashtag #VSP1682) 

In this session Frank Denneman and Duncan Epping will answer questions about VMware vSphere™ clustering. As an audience member, you will have the chance to validate your own environment and design decisions with subject matter experts on VMware High Availability, VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and VMware Storage DRS. Potential topics include misunderstandings around admission control policies, the impact of limits and reservations on your environment, the benefits of using resource pools, anti-affinity rules gotchas, VMware Distributed Power Management and anything regarding Storage DRS. This is your chance to ask what you’ve always wanted to know.

This session is actually owned by Frank Denneman and Duncan Epping, but I will be acting as their moderator. 

Register:
Monday, Aug 29, 8:00 am 

In-person #cloudtalk 

I will also be joining the in-person #cloudtalk on Tuesday, August 30, from 4-5pm during the VMworld Hall Crawl. Join me and other cloud experts in the theater inside the VMware booth (#621) where we will discuss show happenings, some of the big announcements and more. Check out the blog for more information. 

RSVP to the #cloudtalk twtvite.

There’s going to be a lot of great coverage for VMworld, so be sure to follow @vCloud and @VMwareSP for live updates from the event. 

Chris is a Consulting Architect with the VMware vCloud Delivery Services team with over 10 years of experience working with IT hardware and software solutions. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems from the Daniel Webster College. Prior to VMware he served a Fortune 1000 company in southern NH as a Systems Architect/Administrator, architecting VMware solutions to support new application deployments. At VMware, in the roles of a Consultant and now Consulting Architect, Chris has guided partners as well as customers in establishing a VMware practice and consulted on multiple customer projects ranging from datacenter migrations to long-term residency architecture support. Currently, Chris is working on the newest VMware vCloud solutions and architectures for enterprise-wide private cloud deployments.

Join Us For Our Next #cloudtalk, Live At VMworld: Las Vegas

Last month, we hosted our first #cloudtalk on security concerns surrounding public cloud adoption. For those who missed it, you can check out our recap blog highlighting some of the great ideas shared between #cloudtalk participants.

For our next #cloudtalk, we’ve decided to gather cloud influencers in-person during the Hall Crawl at VMworld, to discuss show happenings, and what announcements, sessions, or panels have been most interesting so far. The Hall Crawl features the latest products and services from over 250 exhibitors in the Solutions Exchange.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet VMware cloud tweeps in-person like @mreferre (Massimo Re’ Ferre), @sjin2008 (Steve Jin), @wattersjames (James Watters), @daviottenheimer (Davi Ottenheimer), @ccolotti (Chris Colotti) and many more! The in-person #cloudtalk will take place on Tuesday, August 30th from 4:30-5PM at the theater in the VMware Booth (#621) during the Hall Crawl. 

We encourage participants to drop by the booth early, check out our demos and other activities featured, while mingling with cloud enthusiasts.

Please RSVP to our #cloudtalk twtvite here – snacks and refreshments will be served! 

For those who are unable to join in-person, feel free to follow the #cloudtalk hashtag (via TweetChat, TweetDeck or another Twitter client) to catch real-time coverage, such as videos, photos and more from the event. @vCloud and @VMwareSP will be updating our virtual attendees.

In the meantime, feel free to tweet us with any questions or future topic suggestions. Look forward to seeing you all in-person at VMworld!

What is Supported in vCloud Director 1.0.1?

By: Chris Colotti, Consulting Architect with the VMware vCloud Delivery Services team

This is a repost from Chris' personal blog, ChrisColotti.us

There has been a lot of buzz about VMware vCloud Director for sure.  Folks are actively trying it out and finding it does what it says it can do.  However, as with any application there is a HUGE difference between what “Works” and what is actually SUPPORTED by VMware.  Below is pretty much the summary from the Install guides and KB articles about what is actually supported.  You really must read the documentation because if it is NOT listed as explicitly supported, then assume it is not.  You can find most of this in the vCloud Installation Guides and release notes.  I have tried to grab most of the pre-requisites, and I may have missed some so please don’t use this as gospel.  Again I am sorry for just cutting and pasting from the manuals, but really I am trying to drive the simple point home that we all need to read the manuals with any application install.  For reference here is where you can find all the vCloud Director Documentation including release notes.

Supported VMware Cloud Director Server Host Platform:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (64 bit), Update 4
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (64 bit), Update 5

Required Linux Packages:

alsa-lib, libgcc, libXtst, bash, libICE, module-init-tools, chkconfig, libSM, net-tools, compat-libcom_err, libstdc, pciutils, coreutils, libX11, procps, findutils, libXau, redhat-lsb, glibc, libXdmcp, sed, grep, libXext, tar, initscripts, libXi, which, krb5-libs, libXt

Supported VMware Cloud Director Database Platform:

Oracle 10g Standard Edition Release 2 (10.2.0.x)
Oracle 10g Enterprise Edition Release 2 (10.2.0.x)
Oracle 11g Standard Edition (11.1.0.x)
Oracle 11g Enterprise Edition (11.1.0.x)

Supported VMware vSphere vCenter Version For 1.0:

4.0 Update 2 Build #264050
4.1 Build # 259021
4.1 vSphere Client Build #258902
See 1.0.1 release notes for additional information about 4.1 Update 1

Supported VMware vSphere ESX/ESXi Version for 1.0:

4.0 Update 2 Build #261974
4.1 Build #260247
See 1.0.1 release notes for additional information about 4.1 Update 1

Supported VMware vShield Manager Version:

4.1 Build #287872 for use with 1.0
4.1 Update 1 Build #310451 for use with 1.0.1

Supported Browsers Versions:

This is easily found in This Knowledge Base Article.  It is easier than copying all the tables here.

Well Then, What is NOT Supported?

Well it is safe to say if it is not listed in the installation guides or a KB then it is not supported.  I can tell you for example that CentOS, Ubuntu, SUSE, or pretty much any other Linux distribution is not.  Although Oracle is listed, Oracle RAC with an active-active setup and ONS is not officially supported.  Oracle 11gR2 is also not supported, and we have been seeing folks use this version instead of 11gR1.  The bottom line is read the docs, do your research and be sure to install with the properly supported versions of supporting operating systems and applications.  Obviously some of this will change as new versions come out, just because it works does not mean it is supported.

Chris is a Consulting Architect with the VMware vCloud Delivery Services team with over 10 years of experience working with IT hardware and software solutions. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems from the Daniel Webster College. Prior to VMware he served a Fortune 1000 company in southern NH as a Systems Architect/Administrator, architecting VMware solutions to support new application deployments. At VMware, in the roles of a Consultant and now Consulting Architect, Chris has guided partners as well as customers in establishing a VMware practice and consulted on multiple customer projects ranging from datacenter migrations to long-term residency architecture support. Currently, Chris is working on the newest VMware vCloud solutions and architectures for enterprise-wide private cloud deployments.

First #cloudtalk Recap: Security and the Public Cloud

Last month, VMware hosted its first #cloudtalk on security and the public cloud, and we had a great turnout. The conversation was lively with 734 #cloudtalk mentions and over 170 chat contributors. We wanted to highlight some of the key themes and takeaways from the hour-long chat. 

We started out by asking participants if they thought that security is a deterrent to adopting public cloud. The vast majority of participants, including @roidude, @jasonboche, and @mreferre, thought so, with @millardjk saying that data security is one of the highest barriers to public cloud adoption. However, @ccolotti noted that all new technology has different risk at different levels, and that what stays the same is the fear of change. 

We went on to discuss the biggest challenges when it comes to security and public cloud, with @Liesje_Miesje responding that the biggest challenge is the process of changing public opinion and reassuring customers of the quality of the SLA. @reillyusa agreed, noting that a basic lack of understanding is the root cause of misplaced public cloud security concerns. @wholmes pointed out that there are security issues that are unique to public cloud, like in the event of the FBI seizing a whole rack of SP servers. @x86brandon then suggested that data loss should be planned as inevitable event, whether cloud or not, which @pcapr agreed with.

@lmacvittie later added that because there is almost no visibility in the cloud, it makes it security implementation and enforcement difficult if not impossible. VMware’s @mathewlodge agreed that transparency of cloud infrastructure security controls is essential, and though some big cloud names refuse to provide transparency, not all do. While on the topic of big cloud names, we then asked what types of questions you should ask cloud service providers. @maishsk offered the question, “How do I guarantee all security aspects,” while @technogator added that customers should ask providers to demonstrate how they provide meaningful/actionable data from security instrumentation. @reillyusa also recommended that as a potential customer, users have the power to educate public cloud service providers, as they are amazingly responsive to good security practices. 

@mathewlodge chimed in that all major data losses have been from on-premise infrastructure, to which @simoncrosby and @lmacvittie responded, saying that they were lost due to insecure clients or application vulnerabilities. Following this we posed the question, what apps are less prone to security concerns? @mreferre responded saying that moving data is more the problem than apps. @reillyusa noted to participants that whichever apps they start with in public cloud, to not ever use a public AMI, which @pcapr agreed with. He then added that using a public AMI is the equivalent of banking from an internet café, and that one might as well leave their credentials on a sticky note.

However, @cxi suggested that if users have data, which they cannot allow to be compromised, then they should not put it in a public cloud. @pcapr responded that internal data has the same problems but just different attack vendors. @ccolotti then asked how secure on premise data is in many organizations, because he has seen certain situations in which data would be more secure with public cloud – a point which many, including @wholmes and @daviottenheimer agreed.

@ccolotti elaborated, pointing out that people think their data security on premise is bullet proof, but providers go through much more to test vulnerabilities than what is done in a private cloud. @cxi noted most organizations expect the cloud to make all these investments in security, yet leave the doors unlocked in their own data centers. @mreferre concluded that in the end, absolute security doesn’t exist and that it comes down to an analysis of risks vs. benefits.

To wind down the chat, we asked if participants were more likely to trust a community cloud based on a particular vertical. @millardjk stated that he didn’t trust verticals to be more secure than any others and that he even trusted them less in some ways. @kurtmilne then responded that you don’t trust a cloud, you trust a cloud vendor.

We’ll be holding an in-person #cloudtalk at VMworld on Tuesday (8/30), at 4PM during the VMworld Hall Crawl, refreshments and snacks will be served! Stay tuned for a twtvite and more details on the topic, and feel free to tweet at @vCloud with any questions or feedback in the meantime. 

Don’t Miss VMware’s VSPP vmLIVE Training Sessions

By: Matt Sarrel

Earlier this month, VMware hosted the first of five VSPP vmLIVE Training sessions – a series on how service providers can best manage virtual and cloud infrastructures. The series will cover VMware Service Manager, VMware Usage Meter, what’s new in vCloud Director, a vCloud Powered Program Update, and an overview of VSPP and program update.

VMware’s next vmLIVE session is this Monday, August 15th: “Service Management for Service Providers – Flexible ITSM delivery and support” will train service providers on the best ways to use VMware Service Manager. The one hour session will teach you how to automate critical IT functions like change, incident and configuration management, while helping organizations adhere to governance and compliance initiatives.  In addition, VMware Service Manager can help IT guarantee the service levels required by the business. You’ll also learn how to build a virtual machine lifecycle workflow to speed up provisioning, use, and decommissioning of virtual machines.  
 
This is one vmLIVE that you do not want to miss. You’ll be getting tips straight from the horse’s mouth as Lisa Perri, product manager for VMware Service Manager, will be speaking.
 
VSPP Solution Track: Service Management for Service Providers – Flexible ITSM Delivery and Support
Monday, August 15, 2011 – 08:00am PT
Register: https://vmwarechannel.webex.com/vmwarechannel/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=929048048
Duration: 1 hour

In addition to Monday’s session, there are four more sessions in August and September as part of this series:

VSPP Solution Focus: vCloud Powered Program Update
Monday, August 22, 2011 – 08:00 PT
Register: https://vmwarechannel.webex.com/vmwarechannel/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=920222526
Duration: 1 hour

VSPP Solution Focus: What’s new in vCloud Director 1.5
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 – 08:00 PT
Register: https://vmwarechannel.webex.com/vmwarechannel/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=926863232
Duration: 1 hour

VSPP Solution Focus: VMware Service Provider Program Overview and Update
Monday, September 12, 2011 – 08:00 PT
Register: https://vmwarechannel.webex.com/vmwarechannel/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=929094167
Duration: 1 hour

VMware encourages feedback on all the sessions – so feel free to tweet @vCloud or @VMwareSP with your thoughts, comments or questions. 

Matthew D. Sarrel (or Matt Sarrel) is executive director of Sarrel Group, a technology product testing, editorial services, and technical marketing consulting company.  He also holds editorial positions at pcmag.com, eweek, GigaOM, and Allbusiness.com, and blogs at TopTechDog.

Top Resources to Learn about vCloud Director – UPDATE AUGUST 2011

By: David Davis

In September 2010 I published a very popular article, Top Resources to Learn about vCloud Director, here on the VMware vCloud blog. Since that article a major revision has been released to vCloud Director and copious resources have been released or updated.

On July 12, 2011 VMware introduced “the first comprehensive cloud infrastructure suite” with policy, reporting, and self-service provided by the newly announced (and soon to be available) vCloud Director 1.5.

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New with vSphere 5 and vCloud Director 1.5, you’ll find powerful new features like linked clones, third-party switch support, globalization, SQL server support, vShield Edge VPN integration, vCloud API enhancements, vSphere 5 support, and more.

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With this new release come great new resources – read more to find out.

The Latest Resources for vCloud Director version 1.5

I have broken this list of vCloud Director resources down into categories to help group similar resources together. Here you go:

VMware Official Resources

NOTE: vCloud Director 1.5 Documentation will soon be released and this link will be updated then.

vCloud Director Resources on the Web

vCloud Director Videos on the Web

Special Thank You to Haney Michael at Hypervizor.com for the following list of vCD Videos from VMware, on YouTube:

Upcoming vCloud Director Resources

Now that VMware vCloud Director is version 1.5, it is obvious that it is gaining acceptance with cloud providers, resources to learn about it are ever-expanding, and major new features have been added. Stay tuned to the vCloud Blog and this blog post for updated links to download vCloud Director 1.5 bits and documentation as soon as it becomes available! And be sure to follow the @vCloud handle for future updates!

David Davis is a VMware Evangelist and vSphere Video Training Author for Train Signal. He has achieved CCIE, VCP,CISSP, and vExpert level status over his 15+ years in the IT industry. David has authored hundreds of articles on the Internet and nine different video training courses for TrainSignal.com including the popular vSphere video training package. Learn more about David at his blog or on Twitter and check out a sample of his VMware vSphere video trainingcourse from TrainSignal.com.