Category Archives: data center
Connecting the IT Community – VMware at Interop 2016
If you’re at Interop, don’t miss these key spotlight sessions:
Interop Theater Session
Automating Security Workflows: The SDDC Approach – Bruce Davie, CTO Networking
Wednesday, May 4 – 11:30 – 11:45 AM
Location: Interop Theater in Exhibit Hall
Abstract: Security in the data center today involves mapping policies to the network topology. This results in imperfect security (the network is under constant change), which is slow to deploy, and even slower to adapt when change is required. But what if it were possible to move away from the traditional source/destination way of describing policy? What if you knew deep information about every element in the data center and could take advantage of this “total inventory” to create better security policies that adapt automatically to changing conditions? With VMware NSX and its SDDC approach to network security, you can. This session will help you start this approach and start your journey to the SDDC.
Storage Vendor Tech Session
The Easiest Path to Hyperconvergence – Virtual SAN and VMware Hyper-Converged Software – Rawlinson Rivera, Principle Architect, Storage & Availability
Wednesday, May 4 – 3:00 – 3:45 PM
Location: Mandalay Bay L
Abstract: The ubiquitous use of server virtualization and the emergence of the cloud has increased end-user expectations for performance and responsiveness, while adding pressure on IT to lower costs and increase efficiency. Join us in this session to learn how you can easily and cost-effectively extend your virtualized datacenter into a hyper-converged architecture using VMware’s market-leading hypervisor, vSphere, and the hyper-converged storage solution, Virtual SAN. We’ll specifically examine how Virtual SAN is helping solve traditional IT and storage challenges through a flash-optimized, high performance architecture, unified management and the simplicity of consuming, operating and scaling infrastructure.
VMware Booth #405 in the Expo Hall
Explore the VMware product demos, Theater presentations and meet the VMware team!
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“Software-Define Your Future” with VMware at EMC World 2016
If you will be attending EMC World 2016 in Las Vegas (May 2-5), join us for a value-packed agenda of VMware keynotes, sessions, demos and labs for SDDC, Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, Hybrid Cloud and Cloud-Native Apps.
Visit our VMware booth (Solutions Expo) for theater presentations every 20 minutes and meet our technical staff in person at any of the booth pods for product demos and Q&A. The VMware booth team will be offering fantastic raffle prizes for attending booth demos and instant prizes for participants in other activities.
VMware Keynotes (General Session Theater):
Tuesday, May 3rd, 10am – Ray O’Farrell – VMware Management & Orchestration
Wednesday, May 4th, 10am – Kit Colbert – VMware Cloud Native Apps
VMware Breakout Sessions & Booth Theater Presentations:
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Hope to see you in Las Vegas for EMC World 2016!
With the announcement of VSAN 6.2, Workspace One and Horizon 7, our vExpert community released some in-depth insight into these announcements. The articles mentioned in this post are written by VMware vExperts who are the best IT professionals in the virtualization space. Throughout the day we will update this blog with new highlighted blog articles from additional vExperts.
vExpert Blog Articles
Christopher Kusek – CTO at @Xiologix – EVP of Engineering, Technology Evangelist, vExpert, EMC Elect, Cisco Champion, Brocade Distinguished Architect (BDA), CISSP, MCT, Cloud, Ninja, Vegan, Single, Father, Cat, Humorist, Author. Follow Christopher Kusek on Twitter
Eric Siebert – an IT industry veteran, speaker, author and blogger who runs and maintains vSphere-land.com. Siebert is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events including VMworld and has been recognized as a vExpert by VMware each year since the programs inception in 2009. Follow Eric Siebert on Twitter
- What’s New in VMware VSAN 6.2 – A complete overview and analysis of what’s new in VMware VSAN 6.2 along with a brief history of how VSAN has progressed in the last 2 years.
Gregg Robertson – VCDX #205 is a Senior Consultant, EMEA vBrownbag host & Saffa geek working for Xtravirt Limited in the UK. Gregg has been awarded the vExpert designation from 2011 to 2015. Follow Gregg Robertson on Twitter
- VMware Virtual SAN 6.2 Announced – VMware’s Hyper Converged solution Virtual SAN has been updated to version 6.2 and have added loads of great new features and abilities. The new features can be broken down into three different groups
Anthony Spiteri – Architectural lead of award winning Australian vCloud Provider ZettaGrid, VMware vExpert, vChampion. Hosting and Cloud Professional since 2002 doing great things with great technology. Follow Anthony Spiteri on Twitter
- VSAN 6.2 – Things Just Got Interesting! – Many people talk about how Microsoft get things right with a v3 technology…well it seems like VMware has well and truly come to the part with the release of VSAN 6.2.
Vladan Seget – Vladan is as an Independent consultant, professional blogger, vExpert 2009/2015, VCAP-DCA/DCD, VCP. Follow Vladan Seget on Twitter
- ESX Virtualization – has started as a simple bookmarking site, but quickly found a large following of readers and subscribers.
- VMware Workspace One Announced – This post will focus on VMware Workspace One, which is tightly integrated with AirWatch for the mobile device management, but brings many innovative technologies which completely eliminate passwords and offers fine grain policies which can for example enforce GPS location. We’ll also have a look at App Volumes 3.0 which has been newly announced by VMware few days back…
- VMware Horizon 7 Details – Instant Clones, Blast Extreme ++ – VMware Horizon 7 announced today is a real (re)evolution of the product. Just-in-time desktops are in! Feature known as Project Fargo (it’s a very lightweight VM because it shares all memory and disk with the original.) or also called vmFork technology which allows to provision desktop from parent desktop in just few seconds….
Andrea Mauro – works in IT since 1996 and held several technical certifications (VCP-*, VCAP-*, VCIX-NV, VCDX-DCV, MCITP, MCSA, MCSE, CCA). And he’s also a VMware vExpert (2010-2016). VMware Italian User Group founder and board member, VMTN Community Moderator, #vBrownbag and passionate blogger, runs his personal blog on vinfrastructure.it (both in Italian and English). Follow Andrea Mauro on Twitter
- How VMware is address the digital workspace challenge – VMware has address the EUC market in those year (see for example this 2012 report) with different products (like Horizon View, Mirage, AirWatch, …) and still consider it as a major pilar of its strategy. Now they are announcing Workspace ONE and VMware Horizon 7.
Cédric Quillévéré – is a senior IT Architect for more than 10 years now working in a great regional hospital in France. He’s also an IT blogger since 2013, author of vBlog.io, A French speaking blog about virtualization technology, storage and more generally talking about production experience and strategic orientations. Follow Cédric Quillévéré on Twitter
- Les trois mousquetaires : Horizon 7, Workspace One et Horizon Air -Les annonces de VMWare ce mardi 9 Février 2016 feront sans doute date. En effet, ce ne sont pas juste des généralités et de la continuité dans l’effort auquel nous avons eu droit aujourd’hui, mais ni plus ni moins que 2 nouveaux produits et une mise à jour majeure. Avec Workspace One, Horizon 7 et Horizon Air, la société frappe fort et affiche très clairement ses ambition dans le poste de travail virtuel partout, tout le temps, avec son accroche marketing « The Digital Workspace Strategy ». En effet, on comprend désormais parfaitement le rachat de Air Watch à la lumière de cette orientation.
- VMWare VSAN 6.2 ! – Après une journée particulièrement chargée et très riche en annonces autour du « Digital Desktop », hier, VMWare remet le couvert ce Mercredi pour présenter la nouvelle version de VSAN qui passe de 6.1 à 6.2. Derrière cet progression d’indice relativement modeste ce cache en réalité des avancées MAJEURES tant en terme de fonctionnalités pures qu’en terme de technologie. Faisons le tour des nouveautés.
- VSAN vient-il d’écraser ses concurrents ? – L’annonce récente de VSAN 6.2 provoque actuellement un petit ras-de-marée au sein de la communauté Twitter VMWare. Nul doute que les nouvelles possibilités offertes par cette version rende ce composant de la suite « Enteprise Virtualization » de plus en plus attirante et de plus en plus crédible, en comparaison de … de beaucoup de monde en fait. Cela m’amène à quelques réflexions au sujet des 3/4 ans à venir, qui me paraissent difficiles voir sombre pour certains, de mon point de vue.
I am one of the VMware
vSphere product marketing managers at VMware and wanted to give you a summary
of all the upcoming content related to the vSphere launch. We have developed
resources for all audiences and technical levels to help you understand what is
VMware vSphere, how does it work, and how to upgrade to it from VI3 or deploy
it for the first time.
Here is a quick summary of
vSphere resources. More details are provided below the table.
Existing customers interested in:
New customers interested in:
VMware vSphere Evaluation Center
VMware vSphere product page (divided by company size)
Visit the VMware
vSphere web page to learn more about the features and benefits of
VMware vSphere based on your company size. You will find datasheets, demos, and solution
briefs on the vSphere product pages.
WEBCASTS / PODCASTS:
We have developed 3
webcasts are pre-recorded
and cover what’s new in vSphere while providing technical deep dives into
- Live Technical
Webcasts feature live technical
deep dives into various vSphere components.
- Live Overview Webcasts expand on the business value of vSphere for
enterprises and SMBs.
We also have a series of podcasts for
those of you who would like to learn about vSphere on the go! The podcasts will
cover vSphere editions and provide technical deep dives into the new features.
UPGRADE AND EVALUATION CENTERS:
We have launched VMware vSphere Upgrade
Center, a site that contains all the information you need to upgrade
from VI3 to vSphere 4. The site will point you to upgrade preparation
checklists, access to vSphere upgrade communities, vSphere entitlement paths
for VI customers with active subscription contracts, and details on the new and
improved licensing mechanism. We will add more resources to this page including
upgrade best practices when vSphere becomes Generally Available. I highly recommend that you bookmark this
page if you are an existing VI customer.
[coming soon] We are
creating a vSphere Evaluation Center
packed with demos and technical documentation to provide a guided evaluation
experience for both new and existing customers. The site will go live when
vSphere becomes generally available.
Note: This resource is NOT designed for existing VI
One last resource I want
to point out to New Customers is the
VMware vSphere QuickStart
Series. This is a new FREE course that will be taught live over the web
in four 2-hour modules. It is designed to teach VMware vSphere and VMware ESXi
evaluators how to do a basic installation, configuration and management of either
ESXi or vSphere. The course primarily consists of live product demonstrations to
ensure new users gain practical experience that can be leveraged to do a basic
vSphere POC or small deployment. If you
are already familiar with VMware Infrastructure (VI3), you should not attend
this class unless you want an 8 hour review of what you already know.
is a short outline of the series:
Scheduled delivery Date
Part 1: Install and
Part 2: VM Management
Part 3: Cluster Set
Part 4: Monitoring,
Nice video of a day in the life of some VI servers using DRS with DPM (distributed power management) enabled. As the workforce comes into the office, utilization increases, ESX servers come out of standby mode, VMs get VMotioned, and everybody’s happy. The process reverses itself after 5pm. (Who leaves work at 5pm?) And the servers happily sleep overnight or until you need them again. And the sys admins? Feet up, watching YouTube, never touching a power switch or a mouse. It’s all automatic.
From instigator Scott Drummonds: VMware Communities: Virtual Performance: DPM Power/Performance Video.
We started the test with 13 tiles worth of VMs (108 VMs in all) on the
DRS cluster. With all of these VMs idle, DPM consolidated them to a
single host and turned off three servers. As the load was applied to
the VMs at 9:00 AM and driven through an eight-hour workday, DRS and
DPM powered on servers and balanced load, as needed. When the day ended
at 5:00 PM, the load was again consolidated and servers were powered
down. The video we shot includes power meters of the systems under test
and screenshots of activity induced by DRS and DPM.
Now you may say, “Yes, Microsoft is late, but I’m ok waiting.” But
waiting costs your company real dollars. Look at this simple example:
By using VMware VMotion for planned server maintenance in a 150-VM environment you can save almost $60,000 a year
in operational costs. If we scaled to a 1000-VM environment, it results
in almost $400,000 of cost savings a year. If you use VMotion for more
than planned server maintenance, and use it for dynamic load balancing,
distributed power management, etc, you’ll save even more!
Live Migration is a Core Virtualization Requirement
To pre-announce live migration – twice – shows that even Microsoft has realized the foundational role that live migration plays in a virtual datacenter. It’s not a “nice-to-have” but a “must-have” capability.
One week ago VMware started a new, very welcome initiative: the
publishing of long books, called VMbooks, about specific topics.
The first one, 232 pages, is titled: A Practical Guide to Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery with VMware Infrastructure 3.
VMware VMbook focuses on business continuity and disaster recovery
(BCDR) and is intended to guide the reader through the step-by-step
process to set-up a multisite VMware Infrastructure that is capable of
supporting BCDR services for designated virtual machines at time of
test or during an actual event that necessitated the declaration of a
disaster, resulting in the activation of services in a designated BCDR
A VMworld Expert Session lets you interact with an industry speaker. The expert records a presentation and then sticks around for two weeks on a discussion forum to answer questions and keep the discussion going. The lastest expert session is from Kevin Epstein of Scalent Systems, who help keep your data center running smoothly with business continuity and automation solutions. Link: VMworld.com: Scalent Expert Session.
- Are you responsible for ensuring the uptime and availability of hundreds of server systems?
- Are you wrestling with the tradeoffs between budget and reliability, availability, performance, and utilization?
- Have you ever wondered how long it would really take to bring back your business if your data center were hit by a disaster?
Join this presentation and discussion on the big three challenges
facing server failover—software configuration, network connectivity,
and storage access. Contrast several different approaches—from
traditional backup—to the use of virtual machines—to the next
generation of workflow engines (such as VMware Site Recovery Manager)
and complementary real-time data center automation (such as Scalent
V/OE). This presentation features case studies from several Scalent
clients, as well as a discussion of real cost savings based on actual
reduction of disaster recovery hardware, even as reliability was
IBM’s Massimo Re Ferre’ with another long thought-piece on the philosophical differences between traditional custering (application- and OS-dependent, complicated) with approaches like VI3’s High Availability (HA) (treats workload as a virtual appliance, simpler). Massimo works directly with customers, so although he recognizes that paradigms are changing, he looks at the strength and weaknesses of both approaches, and alludes some of the organizational and operational changes you’ll have to make to get there.
If you stop for a minute and think about what it is happening in this
x86 virtualization industry, you’ll notice that many infrastructure
services that were typically loaded within the standard Windows OS are
now being provided at the virtual infrastructure layer. An easy example
would be network interface fault tolerance: nowadays in virtual
environments you typically configure a virtual switch at the
hypervisor level, comprised of a bond of two or more Ethernet adapters
and you associate virtual machines to the switch with a single virtual
network connection. What you have done in this case is that you have
basically delegated the virtual infrastructure of dealing with Ethernet
connectivity problems. This is a very basic example and there are many
others like this such as storage configuration/ redundancy/ connectivity. …
We are clearly at an inflection point now where many customers that
used to do standard cluster deployments on physical servers (which was
the only option to provide high availability) are now arguing how to do
that. They now have the choice to either continue to do so in virtual
servers as opposed to physical servers (thus applying the same rules,
practices and with little disruption as far their IT organization
policies are concerned) or turning to a brand new strategy to provide
the same (or similar) high availability scenarios (at the cost of
heavily changing the established rules and standards). The reason I am
saying we are at an inflection point is because I really believe that
the second scenario is the future of x86 application deployments, but
obviously as we stand today there are things that you cannot
technically do or achieve with it. Plus, there is a cultural problem
from moving from an established scenario to the other.