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A week in virtualization

Last week, TechTarget has picked our CEO Paul Maritz as one of the top ten cloud computing leaders in 2012. Visit searchcloudcomputing.techtarget.com for the full list of this year’s winners of the title.

A few days ago, we have announced that all the major extensions to the Spring Framework are now compatible with Spring 3.1, the latest version of the popular open source Java development framework.  Spring Integration, Spring Security, Spring Batch, Spring Data, Spring Mobile and Spring for Android all now support Spring 3.1, making it easier and faster for enterprise developers to build the next generation of enterprise applications.

As its popularity among developers grows, average monthly Spring downloads via Maven Central have grown 40% year to date and all community participation metrics for Spring are at the highest levels ever recorded. Last year’s “Spring usage study” shows that

  • Spring is the framework of choice among expert Java developers.
  • Spring developers report productivity and speed of deployment as the top two reasons they use Spring:  70 percent of Spring users report at least a 50 percent productivity gain by using Spring and 73 percent report that Spring allows them to deliver projects twice as fast.
  • More than two thirds of Java developers are either using Spring today or plan to do so within the next two years.
  • More than half of Spring users expect to grow or significantly grow their use of Spring.
  • Spring users are more cloud ready; The Evans Data results show heavy Spring adopters are more likely to have already deployed applications to the cloud
  • More than half of all Spring developers report that they plan to move Java applications to a lightweight server such as Apache Tomcat within one year.

Spring community members are invited to attend the SpringOne On the Road event in Europe in April and May to learn about the newest innovations for the framework. These special developer-focused one-day events will be co-hosted with the Cloud Foundry Open Tour

Speaking of tours, the first events of the VMware Forum 2012 will be happening next month.

If you attend in person, you’ll be able to participate in the hands-on labs and network with more than 1,000 local colleagues and our top partners who’ll be sharing best practice advice.

We also have a VMware Forum online scheduled for April 12th where you can view a live video broadcast with VMware leadership team, chat with experts who’ll answer your questions live, and navigate a 3D show floor staffed by our industry-leading partners.

Visit forum.vmware.com to register for the online event, or go to vmware.com and click on the green and blue box with “VMware Forum 2012” in it for a list of all VMware Forum events around the world.

This Friday, March the 30th at 10am Pacific time we will premiere the fourth episode of the weekly VROOM virtualization performance show on livestream.com/vmwarecommunitytv This week’s episode will focus on NFS.

We have a fifth episode scheduled in the series, dedicated to vMotion, which will air on Friday April 6th. All the episodes are hosted by Todd Muirhead of the Vroom performance blog with a little help from John and me.

There is no need to register, simply go to livestream.com/vmwarecommunitytv at 10am Pacific Daylight Saving Time this Friday. See you there!

In closing, I wanted to mention that the vExpert applications have closed and the judging of the applicants is currently ongoing. We will have the final results announced on April 15th. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for all my awesome vExpert friends who have applied again this year, and for the new friends who are applying for their first time.

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #180 – Automation: William Lam & Cody Bunch

Hosts
John Troyer, @jtroyer

Guests
William Lam @lamw Blog
Cody Bunch @cody_bunch Blog

Link to Audio Recording
Automation: William Lam & Cody Bunch

Virtualization News (VMTN Blog)
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vCenter Orchestrator 4.2 Update 1
vShield Products 1.0 Update 2
vCenter Configuration Manager 5.5
vFabric App Insight 1.1.0
vFabric Applicaton Director 1.0 
VMware Service Manager 9.1 Patch 1
VMware View 5.0.1, 4.6.1
vFabric Hyperic 4.6.5
VMware View Clients 5.0 Windows,1.4 ipad, ubuntu & android
vSphere 5.0 Update 1
VMware vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1
VMware ESXi 5.0 Update 1 
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.0.1
VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat 6.4 Update 1
VMware vShield 5.0.1
VMware vCloud Director 1.5.1
vSphere Update Manager Update 5.0 Update 1

vFabric Application Director – welcome to the VMware portfolio!
VMware vFabric Application Director is Now Available to Simplify and Automate Releasing Applications to the Cloud

Download a trial TodayVMware vFabric Application Director

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William Lam Role @ VMware – Part of technical marketing team – covering vsphere, vcloud, API, SDK, CLI & automation – Focus on user awareness

VMware vSphere Blog – VMware Automation

VMware vSphere PowerCLI – vSphere PowerCLI: Windows Powershell Interface for Managing vSphere

VMware vSphere Web Services SDK Documentation

vCloud API Programming Guide

VI Java – Steve Jin (VMware Labs – Flings)

VMware VI (vSphere) Java API

JCLOUDS Overview

Always a need for scripting and automation

VMware vCenter Orchestrator - Drag and Drop automation and Orchestration for the virtual environment

vSphere SDK for Perl Documentation

Getting up to speed on VMware vCenter Orchestrator: Cody Bunch book just released!

How much java script do you need to know for VMware Orchestrator:  a whole lot of not much, unless you are a big fan of coloring outside the lines

Onyx - VMware labs Fling

vBrownBags - vBrownBags are a series of online webinars held using GotoMeeting and covering various Virtualization & VMware Certification topics. 

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Congratulations to Chris Greer for Winning Automating vSphere with vCenter Orchestrator 

Orchestrator – Install the vCO vApp

 

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #179 – Workstation and Fusion Technology Previews

Hosts
John Troyer, @jtroyer
Alex Maier, @vmwarecommunity

Guests
Simon Bennett, VMware
Thor Juell, VMware
Jason Joel, VMware
Christian Hammond, VMware - @chipx86 Blog

Link to Audio Recording
Workstation and Fusion Technology Previews

Virtualization News (VMTN Blog)
Technology previews have launched: VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation
VMware Forum 2012 – When will it arrive in your town?
VMware Forum 2012 ONLINE event scheduled for April 12 – live video broadcast with VMware leadership team
VROOM virtualization performance show is BACK this Friday March 16 10AM PST/1PM EST – Topic "One Million IOPS"
VMware VROOM! Blog - catch past shows and read interesting topics
vExpert 2012 Title – March 15, last day to resigter
vSphere Technical Marketing Twitter list
Technical Marketing Update 2012 – Week 10
Silicon Valley VMUG User Confernece – VMware CTO Steve Herrod and Mike Laverick will be speaking 

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Why a technology preview and not a beta? with the release of Windows 8, Mountain Lion, Ubuntu Preview versions, this was the right time for customers to try fusion and workstation running that latest platforms out today.

Virtual Hardware version has been upgraded in fusion and workstation to version 9

Hardware version has changed a few things for Fusion – new processor support, performance counters, virtualization extension have changed, graphics have been improved.

Graphics and Fusion – 3D desktop experice on Ubuntu is greatly improved

How are IT departments dealing with the Mac? Fusion is well positioned to meet the needs of IT 

VMware Fusion Blog – Bookmark this! 

VMware Workstation Zealot – Bookmark this!

Worksation 8 interacting with ESXi – great to prototype what you want to build

You can run a 64bit guest on top of ESX inside of workstation

Share a VM – great feature for teams working together or single administrators that access the same VMs from multiple computers

Christian's blog - WSX: Virtual Machines in Your Browser

WSX is installed as a mini web server in your network and serves up an interface for accessing your Workstation Shared VMs and your VMs on vSphere/ESXi 5

WSX: Virtual Machines in Your Browser – Similar approach to appblast, but different technology

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A week in virtualization

Yesterday, two cool public technology previews have launched: one for VMware Fusion and one for VMware Workstation.

Both the Workstation and the Fusion teams are providing public access to the Technology Previews to gather real-world feedback from users. The Previews do not contain major new features, but they do include significant changes to core virtualization technology. Head on over to vmware.com/go/beta to check them out.

VMware Forum 2012 is hitting the road starting next month and it’s going to visit a number of cities in the Unites States. VMware Forum 2012 is a free, interactive, full-day event where you will learn about transforming IT, so that you can transform your entire business to respond more effectively to markets, competitors and customers. In sessions, you can listen to VMware, industry analysts and IT professionals discuss virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions and learn.

If you attend in person, you’ll be able to participate in the hands-on labs and network with more than 1,000 local colleagues and our top partners who’ll be sharing best practice advice.

We also have a VMware Forum online scheduled for April 12th where you can view a live video broadcast with VMware leadership team, chat with experts who’ll answer your questions live, and navigate a 3D show floor staffed by our industry-leading partners.

Visit forum.vmware.com to register for the online event, or go to vmware.com and click on the green and blue box with “VMware Forum 2012” in it for a list of all VMware Forum events around the world.

This Friday, March the 16th at 10am Pacific time we will premiere the second episode of the weekly VROOM virtualization performance show on livestream.com/vmwarecommunitytv

At this time we have a series of five shows scheduled to air every Friday for four more weeks. They will be hosted by Todd Muirhead of the Vroom performance blog with a little help from me.

The topic this Friday will be “One Million IOPS” and we’ll cover Hadoop, NFS, and VMotion in the future episodes.

Mark your calendars and tell your friends! There is no need to register, simply go to livestream.com/vmwarecommunitytv at 10am Pacific Standard Time this Friday. See you there!

Finally, I wanted to mention that you only have one day left to apply for the vExpert 2012 title. The applications close at midnight Pacific Time tomorrow. We already have close to five hundred applicants, I am sure there are more great folks out there who should throw their hat in.

Also, if you know someone who would make a great vExpert and may just need a little encouragement, invite your brilliant colleague to apply, at vmware.com/go/vexpert2012

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #178 – Capacity Management w vC Ops

Hosts
John Troyer, @jtroyer
Alex Maier, @vmwarecommunity

Guests
Price Smith, VMware
Ben Scheerer, VMware – @vCenterOps, @benscheerer, Blog

Link to Audio Recording
Capacity Management w vC Ops

Virtualization News (via VMTN blog)
Register now for the upcoming VMware Forum 2012
Wired Article – Can VMware Get a Virtual Machine On the iPhone?
Don't miss this – Premiere episode March 9, 10AM PST - VROOM: the Virtualization Performance Show

Upcoming shows:

VROOM – VMmark: March 9th
VROOM – Million IOPS: March 16th
VROOM – Hadoop: March 23rd
VROOM – NFS: March 30th
VROOM – vMotion: April 6th

Todd Muirhead from the VMware VROOM! Blog will host
vExpert applications still open - March 15 last day to enter
VMware Careers on Instagram
March 8 – International Women's Day - Dawn Smith brings lessons learned in U.S. Navy to VMware 
VMware Careers Livestream VCTV
VMware Careers Twitter Feed
Network World -The future of end user computing: Two visions
ZDNnet – The Great Debate Series – Hyper-V or VMware?

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VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite - Integrate Performance, Capacity and Configuration Management

Capacity Planning, Reporting and Optimization views help administrators optimize VM density; identify areas of reclaimable waste and chronic capacity shortfalls. Configurable alerts notify of changing capacity conditions in production and non-production areas.

Capacity IQ is integrated into vCenter Operations

Super Metrics – Health, Risk, Efficiency

Risk, Efficiency Super metrics drive – Capacity Planning, Management, Optimization

What is your Risk score?

 

VMware vFabric Application Performance Manager

DOWNLOAD - VMware vFabric Application Performance Manager Product Evaluation Center

VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator – Visualize Dependencies

Compare vCenter Operations Editions

New analytics – datastore, IOPS

 

Additional Links
Todd Muirhead – @virtualTodd, blog

VMware vCenter Operations Manager (VMware Forum)

Watch the vFabric Application Performance Manager Demo

VMware vCenter Operations Manager Screenshots

 

A week in virtualization

VMware Forum 2012 is hitting the road starting next month and it’s going to visit a number of cities in the Unites States. VMware Forum 2012 is a free, interactive, full-day event where you will learn about transforming IT, so that you can transform your entire business to respond more effectively to markets, competitors and customers. In sessions, you can listen to VMware, industry analysts and IT professionals discuss virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions and learn…

  • how to spend less time and money on integrating, running and supporting your IT infrastructure and more on new capabilities and services that yield business value and increase your competitive edge.
  • how intelligent virtual infrastructure helps preserve your existing investments while simplifying and automating IT.
  • how to modernize your applications and build the robust, cloud-ready applications of the future.
  • how to deliver end-user freedom, while maintaining IT security and control.

You should attend in person, so that you can participate in the hands-on labs and network with more than 1,000 local colleagues and our top partners who’ll be sharing best practice advice.

Visit forum.vmware.com to register for a VMware Forum 2012 event near you.

Wired has published an article about VMware Horizon Mobile and the bring-your-own-device phenomenon, which now has its own acronym: BYOD. “I have my life on my phone and I’m doing all my fun stuff, but then there’s a bubble — a zone of protection — that my company owns,” Herrod says. “When I’m in that bubble, I can only go to a corporate app store and all data is encrypted and all data transfers happen over a [virtual private network].” And when an employee departs, he adds, the company can remove business data and apps from a phone simply by zapping the virtual machine.

The article talks about our competition and the challenges of putting a power and resource hungry hypervisor onto mobile platform, and how VMware is solving them. Steve Herrod says that our cause will be helped when chip designer ARM adds virtualization-specific instructions to the processors that run most of today’s smartphones. In addition, he is hopeful for getting our virtualization tool into the core code of the Android OS, that way all official Android partners will get the tool automatically.

Read the full article on Wired.com

This Friday, March the 9th at 10am Pacific time we will premiere the first episode of the weekly VROOM virtualization performance show on livestream.com/vmwarecommunitytv

At this time we have a series of five shows scheduled to air every Friday for five consecutive weeks, and hosted by Todd Muirhead of the Vroom performance blog with a little help from me.

We will open with a little introduction and proceed to stream a recorded segment in which Todd will speak about VMmark with a guest. While the feature segment will be playing, Todd will take questions via chat. The VMmark video will then become available to view on-demand on Livestream and YouTube.

Mark your calendars and tell your friends! There is no need to register, simply go to livestream.com/vmwarecommunitytv at 10am Pacific Standard Time this Friday. See you there!

And I wanted to mention that the vExpert applications are in full swing. We already have more than four hundred applicants, but I personally know a few procrastinators, and suspect there are more who need to fill in the application form before the gates close at the end of the day on March 15th.  Also, if you know someone who would make a great vExpert and may just need a little encouragement, invite your brilliant colleague to apply, at vmware.com/go/vexpert2012

VROOM: the Virtualization Performance Show

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This Friday, March the 9th at 10am Pacific time we will premiere the first episode of the weekly VROOM virtualization performance show on livestream.com/vmwarecommunitytv

At this time we have a series of five shows scheduled to air every Friday for five consecutive weeks, and hosted by Todd Muirhead of the Vroom performance blog with a little help from me.

Each show, Todd and I will open with a little introduction and proceed to stream a recorded segment in which Todd will speak about virtualization performance with a guest. While the feature segment will be playing, Todd will take questions via chat. The video will then become available to view on-demand on Livestream and YouTube.

Here is our series schedule:

  • VROOM – VMmark: March 9th
  • VROOM - Million IOPS: March 16th
  • VROOM - Hadoop: March 23rd
  • VROOM - NFS: March 30th
  • VROOM - vMotion: April 6th

Mark your calendars and tell your friends! There is no need to register, simply go to livestream.com/vmwarecommunitytv at 10am Pacific Standard Time this Friday. See you there!

 

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #177 – vBenchmark fling, RSA Conference

Hosts
John Troyer
Alex Maier

Guests
George Gerchow, VMware – @georgegerchow
Craig Stanley, VMware – @benchmarkguru
Jessica Feng, VMware

Link to Audio Recording
vBenchmark fling, RSA Conference

Virtualization News (VMTN Blog)
Telefonica to Launch Dual Persona Service for Mobile Devices, Powered by VMware
Forrester – 60% of companies allow their employees to use personal smartphones and tablets at work
VMware Partners with Peake Healthcare Innovations to Deliver New Collaborative Medical Imaging Cloud
NEW Series- livestream videos - First live Session March 9, 10am PST
Invite your colleagues to apply for vExpert 2012

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RSA Conference 2012

Symantec And VMware Partner To Deliver Extensive Protection For Virtual And Cloud Environments

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager – New launch, going GA March 15

RSA Archer eGRC

vBenchmark VMware Fling-  vBenchmark measures the performance of a VMware virtualized infrastructure across three categories:

1. Efficiency: for example, how much physical RAM are you saving by using virtualization?
2. Operational Agility: for example, how much time do you take on average to provision a VM?
3. Quality of Service: for example, how much downtime do you avoid by using availability features?

VMware Accelerate Blog

VMware Accelerate Blog – Why Benchmark? – Lessons from the Track

VMware Accelerate Blog – Getting Started With Benchmarking

VMware Accelerate Blog – Moving the Needle – You Can Get There From Here

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