Next in our Extreme Performance Series mini-track, I’d like to highlight the following vCenter performance breakout. Remember, you’ll want to attend the whole series to learn about performance across the stack.
This year at VMworld (both San Francisco and Barcelona) performance will be front and center. I’ve been working internally to create a “mini-track” of technically advanced performance breakouts with many of our actual performance engineers as speakers. Customers always want to know about best practices, troubleshooting and just how far vSphere can push the performance envelope and that’s very hard to do in a 60 minute session. So this year I’ve got approval to try something different. Continue reading →
Is there a good reason you don’t use VMware Auto Deploy?
Here at VMware we value our customers feedback and want to help make sure our product lines and features are in line with what is needed from your organization, as part of this we are trying to find out more details about how our customers use Auto Deploy, or if you don’t , how they don’t use Auto Deploy!
As part of this we have created a survey which will help prioritize efforts in the future and give us a clearer picture on how customers are or are not using Auto Deploy.
The survey takes you to different pages based upon your answers so please do not get scared by the number of pages at the top, this will quickly reduce and should take less than 5 minutes to complete.
As a thank you for filling this survey out, at the end you will have the chance to add your email address (optional) and be entered into a draw to receive 1 of 3 copies of VMware fusion, winners will be contacted after the end of the survey.
Thanks for taking the time to help make VMware products better.
A few weeks ago I saw on an internal email thread an ask from a customer via their VMware sale engineer. The customer was using AutoDeploy and Host Profiles. As part of this process, they were creating a local user on their ESXi hosts and when they connected to the host via the vSphere Client application on Windows, they were worried to see that the user was created with Shell Access already granted! As you can imagine, that’s probably not something you want done by default. Even more so when you’re in an environment that has compliance concerns. And especially when you have the Security Guy looking over your shoulder!
Well, like our friends from Down Under would say, “No Worries Mate”. What you are seeing here is a UI bug in the vSphere Windows Client. As you know, the vSphere Windows Client has been superseded by the new vSphere Web Client. But at the moment, it’s the main tool for configuration by those who connect to ESXi servers. With the vSphere Web Client being the current and future client user interface for vCenter Server managed objects and resources, the “old” vSphere Client may, at times, not be as current as we’d like.
VMware vSphere Data Protection has been out for quite a few months now, but there are still many who haven’t heard of it or perhaps they have heard of it and would like to find out more. If you are in either of those two groups or simply need a refresher, here is an opportunity to learn more about vSphere Data Protection and vSphere Data Protection Advanced: A webinar Thursday June 6, 2013 at 10:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). Here is the link to attend and the session abstract:
VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced is a new edition of VMware’s backup and recovery lineup that extends the capabilities of the vSphere Data Protection software included with most vSphere editions. With vSphere Data Protection Advanced, midsize customers can protect their environment with a virtual appliance that scales to 8TB of deduplicated data, using agent-less image-level backups or application-aware agents for MS SQL Server and Exchange. Attend this Webcast and learn how vSphere Data Protection Advanced enables you to:
Dramatically reduce backup storage consumption and recovery times with a unique deduplication engine
Save on storage and backup costs while improving availability and operational efficiency
Simplify management for vSphere backup and recovery with a ”single pane of glass” solution designed specifically for seamless integration with vSphere
I am privileged to be a new addition to the Hands-on Labs team within Technical Marketing at VMware. I have been here just under 3 months, but I have been using our products for almost as long as we have had products, I am active in the community and have spent time in the field as both a customer and a partner. I hope that my background allows me to provide a unique perspective on what we do in my group. There were some things that I always wanted to know, and I’d like to share as much of that with you as I can.
As the new guy on this team, I have spent quite a bit of time understanding how the Hands-on Labs infrastructure is set up, where resources are located, and how we deploy labs to support various conferences, user groups, and the new 24×7 online activities.
Hands-on Labs Online
If you don’t know about the free HOL Online portal, you should stop reading and go sign up for an account right now. Continue reading →
This week I was reminded of that great Wayne Gretzky quote,
“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been”.
How is that relative to the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)? Well, because things are moving so fast! That virtualization infrastructure you have today (thank you for my paycheck!) is introducing new challenges in IT and Security management. What was once a few servers, some network and storage and a firewall is growing into hundreds, if not thousands of VM’s, hybrid clouds, tiered storage and stretched networks. There are new tools to learn and new innovative capabilities to leverage.
But it’s getting very complex!
Yes. It is. Every new technology seems complex at first. Every new technology brings benefits and challenges. (Remember the pre-PC era? I do!) But, here’s the good, no, AWESOME part, it’s becoming increasingly easier to automate, validate and assess. However, if you are still managing and securing this new infrastructure using your old methods, you may find yourself skating to where the puck was and not where it’s going.
When architects think about putting big data and Apache Hadoop on virtualized commodity servers they usually see virtualization as a performance deterrent. Virtualization software is just that—software. Additional software layers are overhead and they must make it run slower.
In a recent performance study by VMware, they demonstrated that performance between bare-metal deployments and virtualized deployments can even exceed bare-metal performance in certain cases when using multiple virtual machines allowing for parallelism.
Here in Technical Marketing at VMware, we are fortunate to be able to regularly speak to members of the virtualization community at various events. One of those events is the newly formed VTUG. VTUG is short for Virtualization Technology Users Group. Run by Chris Harney, this organization has been putting on hugely successful virtualization focused user groups for years.
I mentioned last month that I would be presenting at the Italian VMUG event in Milan. Well, the VMUG guys recorded the session, so if you are interesting in seeing me talking about some of the cool storage projects we are working on internally here at VMware (such as Virtual SAN, Virtual Volumes & Virtual Flash), you can watch the video here:
The first few minutes are a little noisy, but that gets sorted out after a while. The one thing that is missing from the video is the disclaimer slide which I showed off at the beginning of the presentation. Its the usual stuff, in so far as we make no guarantee around the delivery of these projects. Hope you find it interesting, and much kudos to the folks at VMUG Italia for making this possible.
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