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VMworld US 2015 Spotlight Session: Project Capstone, a Collaboration between VMW, HP & IBM

No Application Left behind

This year at VMworld 2015 US in San Francisco, over 40 sessions focused on Business Critical Applications and databases will be delivered by a broad cast of VMware experts. These experts include VMware product specialists, partners, customers, and end users (developers and data scientists).

One specific session that we would like to shine the spotlight on is VAPP6952-S, “VMware Project Capstone”, in which VMware, HP and IBM will announce a collaborative effort to virtualize the highest demanding applications. As a result of this partnership between VMware, HP, and IBM, we can now more than ever, confidently claim that all applications and databases are candidates for virtualized infrastructure.  This joint effort, which utilizes an HP Superdome X and an IBM FlashSystem with massive 120 vCPU VMs on vSphere 6 running Oracle 12c constitutes the most significant advancement in the area of virtualization of Business Critical Applications in many years.

The session takes place Monday, August 31st at 5PM. Join us for this session to learn about this game changing initiative.

https://vmworld2015.lanyonevents.com/connect/search.ww#loadSearch-searchPhrase=6952&searchType=session&tc=0&sortBy=&p=

VMware Project Capstone, a Collaboration of VMware, HP and IBM, driving Oracle to Soar Beyond the Clouds using vSphere 6, an HP Superdome X and an IBM FlashSystem ®

 Abstract: When three of the most historically significant and iconic technology companies join forces, even the sky is not the limit.  VMware, HP and IBM have collaborated on a project whose scope both eradicates the long accepted boundaries of virtualization for extreme high performance and establishes a new approach to cooperative solution building.

The Superdome X is HP’s first Xeon based Superdome and when combined with an IBM FlashSystem ®  and virtualized with vSphere 6, the raw capabilities of this stack challenge the imagination and dispel previously held notions of performance limitations in virtualized environments.  The Superdome X and the FlashSystem  comprise a unique stack for all Business Critical Applications and databases. The most demanding environments can now be virtualized. It is no longer obligatory for VMware to claim that 99.9% of all applications and databases are candidates for virtualized infrastructure, as that number is now 100%.  This spotlight session features senior executive management from VMware, HP and IBM and an introduction of the tests results of this unprecedented collaborative effort.

Key Takeaways:

  1. The methodologies that are being used to drive the Superdome X and the IBM FlashSystem ® to the far edges of known performance.
  2. The reasons behind the joint effort of these three renowned companies as well as the aspirations for this collaboration.
  3. An understanding of how this new landmark architecture can affect the industry and benefit customers who have extreme but broad performance requirements.

VMWorld Topic: Virtual Volumes (VVOLS) a game changer for running Tier 1 Business Critical Databases

One of the major components released with vSphere 6 this year was the support for Virtual Volumes (VVOLS). VVOLS has been gaining momentum with storage vendors, who are enabling its capabilities in their arrays.

When virtualizing business databases there are many critical concerns that need to be addressed that include:

  1. Database Performance to meet strict SLAs
  2. Daily Operations e.g. Backup & Recovery to complete in set window
  3. Cut down time to Clone / Refresh of Databases from Production
  4. Meet different IO characteristics and capabilities based on criticality
  5. Never ending debate with DBAs
  6. File Systems v/s Raw Devices (VMFS v/s RDM)

VVOLS can offer solutions to mitigate these concerns that impact the decision to virtualize business critical databases. VVOLS can help with the following:

1. Reduce backup windows for databases
2. Provide ability to have Database consistent backups
3. Reduced cloning times for multi-terabyte databases
4. Provide capabilities for Storage Policy based management

Details on the solutions available with VVOLS and its impact on “Virtualized Tier1 Business Critical Databases” will be discussed in detail at vmworld 2015 in session STO4452:

STO4452 –  STO4452 – Virtual Volumes (VVOLS) a game changer for running Tier 1 Business Critical Databases
Session Date/Time: 08/31/2015 03:30 PM – 04:30 PM

vSphere Content Library: distribute your content effortlessly

More and more data is generated every day, and the same is true for “virtual” content, such as VM templates, vApps, ISO images, and scripts. The industry is paying more attention to how to streamline maintenance procedures, distribute the content, and deal with emergencies.

Now, imagine that you work at the head office in San Francisco. Your company recently opened three new branches in Denver, Atlanta, and Minneapolis and asked you to provide them with all required software. And of course, you have a VM that has all they need. So, what do you do next?

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Content Library is a new feature in vSphere 6.0 that will help you to solve this and many other problems. Let me demonstrate how.

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vSphere 6 Web Client UI Deepdive – vMotion

New series of vSphere Web Client UI Deepdives

With vSphere 6 adoption going up, the new features are helping our customers manage their environments better than ever before.  vSphere Web Client is the most common way that these new features and enhancements are used, but sometimes the UI changes get lost in the discussion.  The following is a deepdive into the changes and new pages in the vMotion workflow, and if you find this insightful, please let us know in the comments and we can do more posts!  The credit for the below work goes to Dimitar Dimitrov, a member of the engineering team in Sofia, Bulgaria that felt passionate about showing our customers improvements to the UI.

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Introducing the vSphere Host Client fling

Have you ever wanted to connect directly to your ESXi host via a web browser and take a quick look at the available resources on the host? How about checking on the status of the vCenter VM? Conduct host administrative tasks through the browser? Today I’m happy to introduce the vSphere Host Client fling, an HTML5-based UI client served directly from the ESXi host.

The Client is distributed as a VIB that once installed, allows you to point your web browser at the host IP, and begin directly managing the host. Underneath the covers, the Client interfaces with the host through the VIM API similar to other host access methods such as the Web Client or PowerCLI.

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The current Client feature set include:

  • Display host, VM, storage, and networking information
  • Execute tasks such as create/update/delete of host resources
  • Support of VM console access
  • Configure the host NTP
  • See summaries, events, tasks and notifications
  • Configure advanced host services and settings

The Client will work on ESXi 6.0 and 5.5U3 when the update release becomes available later this year. You can find browser requirements, download and installation instructions from our Fling website:

https://labs.vmware.com/flings/esxi-embedded-host-client

We’d love to get your feedback or if you have questions:

https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vsphere/hostclient

Many many folks contributed to this fling: George Estebe, Etienne LeSueur and Kevin MacDonell our development team for bringing the Client to life, Jehad Affoneh for the proof of concept that inspired what you see today, William Lam and Kevin Christopher for their ongoing (and vocal!) guidance each step of the way, and our ESXi leadership team for allocating the time and resources to make this all happen.

Going forward, we plan to add more features to the fling including additional VM and host resource management actions, datastore operations, performance charts and metrics. Based on your feedback/community support and resource prioritization, we hope to incorporate the Client into a future ESXi release as a formalized offering.

Big Data Virtualization: Talks and Related Events at VMworld 2015

Here is a list of the Big Data technical talks and events at VMworld 2015 for your conference planning. The big data team at VMware will be delighted to see you at some or all of these events during the conference coming soon. Please register for these through the schedule builder on the VMworld website.

Sunday, 30th August

4:00pm VAPP6442-QT Quick Talk on VMware and Big Data

Monday, 31st August

12:30pm VAPP4567 – Big Data Partnering – Cloudera and VMware Work Together

3pm EXPERTS  – Meet the Big Data Experts

Tuesday, 1st September

11:00am Book Signing at DigitalGuru Bookshop in Moscone Lobby

12:00pm Theater Talk and Book Signing at the VMware Booth in Exhibition Hall

1:00pm VAPP6428GD – Group Discussion on Big Data

2:00pm INF4566 – A Customer Deployment with Hadoop on vSphere

4:00pm VAPP4588 – Virtualizing Big Data – a Customer Panel

Wednesday, 2nd September

08:30am CNA4725 – Scalable Cloud-Native Apps

3:30pm INF4551 – Customer Case Study: Skyscape’s Hadoop-in-the-Cloud Deployment

Big Data Hands-on-Lab HOL-SDC-1609 – available on each day of the show

Big Data Extensions/Hadoop Demos – at the vSphere/VSOM pod on the VMware booth

The vSphere 6.0 Learning Path at VMworld

VMworld US is only 3 weeks away, and by now you are probably going through the Content Catalog and using Schedule Builder to create your own personal agenda. Since vSphere is still a very popular topic among our customers, particularly with the release of vSphere 6.0 earlier this year, I decided to provide a list of sessions on vSphere 6.0 that are being present at this year’s show. This list is organized by type of sessions, so you can decide which ones best suit your needs.

Sessions on vSphere 6.0 Deployment

Deep Dives into specific features of vSphere 6.0

Hands-on Labs on vSphere 6.0

Of course, there are a lot of other great sessions that go into more general (version-independent) vSphere topics, but these are the sessions to attend if you want to learn specifically about the latest version. Don’t forget also to visit the VMware booth in the Solutions Exchange, where you can see demos of vSphere 6.0 features (plus a lot of other surprise goodies too).  I hope you have a great VMworld!

Recommended vSphere-focused Security Sessions at VMworld 2015

Hi everyone,

Here’s a quick blog post for you as you’re going through the VMworld Schedule Builder for VMworld 2015. Below is a list of security sessions that are primarily focused on vSphere Security. The NSX guys have a whole other laundry list of awesome sessions but for now, we’re going to focus on vSphere. Let’s get started!

I’m going to group these by their presenters.

Mike Foley

INF4758 – vSphere 6 Security Update Tuesday at 12:30pm
Get updated on what’s new in vSphere from a security perspective. You’ll get an overview of things like the new Lockdown Mode, an introduction to the big changes in vSphere security certificate management and the big changes that were made to the vSphere Hardening Guide.

INF5177 – vSphere Security: Fact .vs. Fiction (A 2014 repeat, back by popular demand!) Wednesday at 4pm
Is your security guy on your case about vSphere Security and thinks “VM Escape” is the primary threat? Learn the facts vs the fiction about security threats and come away feeling empowered to have “that” discussion with your security guy. Better yet, bring him along!

INF5539 – Infrastructure Security Panel Discussion Wednesday at 10am
Industry IT and Security experts get together and talk about the challenges, concerns and goings-on in virtualization and cloud security. The panel consists of folks from Financial and Heathcare, Federal government, Enterprise security and auditing and yours truly. Come prepared to ask questions!

INF6396-GD Platform Security with Mike Foley Wednesday at 11am
This is a group discussion where YOU are the content! No death by PowerPoint, just me facilitating a rountable discussion of you and your peers. We’ll talk about vSphere security and share tips and tricks.

EXPERTSMFO – Meet the Experts with Mike Foley Tuesday at 3pm
Here’s your chance for some one on one time! In my opinion this is one of the most under-utilized opportunities at VMworld. Take advantage of it! Book some time and let’s talk! If you’re looking for a discussion on network security and NSX however, please book time with those folks. Book this and other Meet The Experts sessions when you get to VMworld. It’s usually at the top of the first escalator in Moscone West.

Yuecel Karabulut

INF5339 – Protect your VM data with VM Encryption for vSphere and vCloud Air
I can’t say anymore than “Get up early and get to this session”. Seriously, I can’t say anymore!

Ryan Johnson and Adam Eckerle

INF4529 – VMware Certificate Management for Mere Mortals
Take two talented IT guys with TONS of real-world customer experience and toss them together with the new vSphere 6 certificate story and you get a great discussion on certs for the everyday IT guy.

Johnny Ferguson

INF4946 – vSphere 6 Security Deep Dive: Certificates and Identity
You asked for it and you’re getting it. This is the session for deep diving into vSphere certificate management and identities. Johnny is the Product Manager for Identity Management, SSO and certificate managament.

Bob Wehrfritz

SDDC6404-QT – The future of Trust and Security
VMware customers range from small to HUGE. All of them (I would hope!) have concerns about security. Some of these concerns can be addressed in some of the sessions listed here. When you need to go even further and dive into the nitty-gritty and bits and bytes, VMware’s Security Group is now there with a new program just for you. Check out what Bob has to share and visit the VMTA folks in the VMware booth!

Hands On Labs!

Check out both HOL-SDC-1610 and HOL-SDC-1620 to check out some security features as part of the vSphere HOL and get hands on with different security features of vSphere. For more information, visit the VMworld 2015 Hands On Labs site.

There you have it.. It’s GREAT to see how much security on the vSphere platform itself has grown and continues to grow. As you’re building out your personal catalog of sessions and want to learn the soup to nuts on certificates, start with my session INF4758, then check out Ryan and Adam’s session INF4529 and wrap it up with Johnny’s mind-blowing session INF4946.

Enjoy and see YOU at VMworld 2015!

What’s New in VMware vSphere 6 Performance

Not too be outdone by all the new and amazing vSphere 6 features, there are a number of scale and performance enhancements within the vSphere 6 platform that should be highlighted.
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VMworld 2015: Extreme Performance Series

Who loves virtual Performance? Who wants to learn more about it?

Everybody of course!

I’m very excited about this year’s Extreme Performance Series mini-track being hosted at VMworld San Francisco and Barcelona. These sessions are created and presented by VMware’s best and most distinguished performance engineers, architects and gurus. I’ve tried to provide my personal thoughts on each session but these few words will never do them justice. Hope too see you all there!

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