Happy New Year everyone! Hope you had a good time ringing in 2011.
Our friends at EMC have scheduled a number of new webcasts for January, covering solutions for using EMC technology with VMware. All January webcasts will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursdays.
The Value of VMware Integration
Thursday, January 6, 2011 – 8 am PT / 11 am ET / 16:00 GMT
Learn about the benefits of tight VMware integration, and find out how EMC's 60+ points of integration with VMware enhance the performance, scalability, security, and ease-of-management of virtual environments.
Deploying Virtual Desktop Infrastructure to Accelerate EHR Adoption
Thursday, January 13, 2011 – 8 am PT / 11 am ET / 16:00 GMT
Hear Columbia Memorial Hospital discuss how the EMC Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Solution for Healthcare helps solve the challenge of ever-increasing costs–while increasing clinical productivity, improving workflow, and securing patient information.
Automate Unified Recovery of VMware Hosts
Thursday, January 20, 2011 – 8 am PT / 11 am ET / 16:00 GMT
Learn about strategies for protecting data within a unified storage infrastructure. Discover how to define protection policies, identify protection gaps, and prove compliance, as well as instantly recover from data corruption with DVR-like rollback.
Simple, Efficient, Powerful – Optimizing Your Virtualized Applications
Thursday, January 27, 2011 – 8 am PT / 11 am ET / 16:00 GMT
Find out how our unified storage solutions can help you utilize resources to efficiently and dynamically embrace virtualization, and boost your infrastructure performance–with a 20% guarantee.
Did you know that vmworld.com was more than just a place to register for VMworld Europe? The team has some interesting developments in the pipeline, including building an increased presence on the site from across the broader virtualization ecosystem. The first of these developments is a new series of Expert Sessions. You can think of these sessions as a bit of slow-motion Q&A — an expert on a topic comes in, gives a recorded presentation, and then sticks around for two weeks and answers your questions.
The first one is on Chargeback, and the session leader is Alex Bakman of VKernel.
Link: VMworld: Chargeback Expert Session.
Learn how to achieve Cost Visibility and implement Chargeback in a
virtualized datacenter. Understand why Cost Visibility and Chargeback
are needed, what organizations need to Chargeback for and discuss when
to begin the process. The advantages and disadvantages of various
Chargeback models will be explored followed by a presentation of how to
calculate Chargeback rates for CPU, memory, storage and network. The
discussion will conclude by reviewing a suggested roadmap for
Chargeback adoption and implementation to help you move forward with
your current project.
You’ll need to register for a free VMworld account, separate from your VMware Communities/VMTN account. You’ll also get access to a white paper and a chargeback calculator spreadsheet. This seems like an interesting way of getting access to industry experts who otherwise don’t often hang around in a community setting.
From Karl Rumelhart, Senior Product Manager and TSX EMEA presenter:
We had a fun session this afternoon at EMEA TSX called “The Next Big Thing for VMware.” I had the pleasure of hosting the event but credit for the concept and the organization go to Richard Garsthagen. Five conference attendees were invited to present a product idea that they felt could be the “next big thing.” The audience then voted on which idea they felt was the most compelling with the winner getting a 24in iMAC – along with a copy of VMware Fusion, of course. Briefly, the ideas were the following.
- “ESX SMB Edition” proposed an offering for SMB that includes all VI3 features (and others) but removes the need for traditional shared storage by using the ESX Server hosts themselves as storage targets with striping across hosts for availability.
- “Virtual Applications” suggested introducing an ‘Application Object (AO)’ primitive in VirtualCenter that would be the point of management and availability for the potentially numerous virtual machines running on multiple ESX Servers that make up the application.
- “Virtual Document Management” proposed a tool to automatically generate documentation in various formats that captures the full configuration of a VI environment – “enough to rebuild the environment.” By introducing version control the tool could be used for change and configuration management.
- “Access Control on Virtual Equipment” pointed out that VMware needs to provide the same degree of control over Networks and Datastores that it does for Virtual Machines and Hosts.
- “Virtual Appliances as Templates in VirtualCenter” suggested that VI Client have consistent treatment (e.g. deployment wizards) for local templates and remote virtual appliances and that the virtual appliances available for download appear in the client similar to the way songs do in Apples iTunes.
The voting was secret ballot and I can report that it was very close. But a plurality of the crowd chose the “Virtual Document Management” tool. This is definitely a cool idea as it neatly links change and configuration management with a problem faced by every solutions consultant: the need to document what you build. The other ideas are also very important. In my opinion, if we had all the solution ideas available today, the ESX SMB Edition (which implies VI3 without traditional shared storage) would be responsible for the biggest change in our business.
While the votes were being counted we did another fun exercise with the audience. I proposed a series of questions and the audience members held up red or green papers to express their opinion. There were some interesting results. For example, by an estimated 70/30 split the audience felt that long term DR was a bigger market for VMware than VDI. And approximately 80% of the participants felt that within 18 months virtual appliances would be a good way to purchase, and not just evaluate, software. But an almost equal fraction felt that that is not the case today.
As with any product feedback, it is important to review who is giving it. And one of the best thing about the event for me is that fact that we were engaged with folks who are very hands on with the technology, a large percentage of them folks who consult on VMware technology for a living. In my opinion, VMware product management should miss no opportunity to engage with our technical channel. And in this case it was particularly special since the attendees were all from EMEA, folks obviously pretty far away from our base in Palo Alto. The presenters were from Belgium, South Africa, the Netherlands, Italy and Germany. That is awesome.
photo: Viktor van der Berg
[Updated!] Initial reports are in from VMware TSX, being held in Nice, France this week.
Alessandro Perilli of virtualization.info:
Mike Laverick of rtfm-ed.co.uk:
Eric Sloof of ntpro.nl:
Viktor van den Berg of viktorius.nl (with pictures!)
VMware TSX (Technical Solutions Exchange) starts tomorrow, April 3, in Nice, France. VMware’s Robert Dell’Immagine will be on the ground surveying the technical community. Eric Sloof kicks us off with this recorded interview with Mike Laverick of RTFM Education:
Today I had an interview with Mike Laverick. He is the owner of RTFM Education. On his website Mike placed numerous guides and white papers regarding the products of VMware. His daily job is delivering VMware training across Europe. Mike’s status level on the VMware forum is Virtuoso. He brings you up-to-date about the VI-3 book and tells something about the release of ESX 3.1 and the new edition of Virtual Center.
If you are at the conference and are blogging, we should see your posts from Palo Alto via Technorati and Google Blogsearch as long as you mention TSX and VMware, but you can help us out by putting a Technorati Tag anywhere in your post, something like:
<a href="http://technorati.com/tag/tsx-emea" rel="tag">TSX</a>., e.g., TSX