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VMworld 2012 – Day 1 Recap

By: David Davis

VMworld 2012 got an early start this year by starting on Sunday evening with the opening of the Solutions Exchange and Hands-On Labs, following by the renowned (but independent) VMunderground party. With over 20,000 people attending and the largest Solutions Exchange I have ever seen, it was a great start for VMworld 2012!

VMworld 2012 Day 1 Keynote

First thing yesterday morning was the much-anticipated keynote address where Paul Maritz handed the CEO position to former EMC and Intel executive Pat Gelsinger. When Paul left the stage, he received a standing ovation from the crowd for taking VMware from a virtualization company to one of the leaders in cloud computing with a market capitalization of $40B. Since Paul took the CEO position at VMware, the enterprise data center has gone from 25% virtualized to 60%, according to Gartner.

With Pat on stage, he disclosed VMware’s plan to kill the unpopular and often confusing vRAM licensing model in favor of a simpler per-CPU/per-core model. He also said that his company will expand its support for OpenStack and a “multi-cloud world.”

From there, Steve Herrod, VMware’s CTO, moved more into the latest technology announcement from VMware – their vision of the software-defined datacenter (SDDC). To fulfill that vision, Steve announced the vCloud Suite 5.1 which includes vSphere 5.1, vCloud Director 5.1, vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS) 5.1, and SRM 5.1.

Here’s what it looks like:

Herrod talked about the VMware’s recent $1.26 billion acquisition of networking virtualization start-up Nicira as part of their vision to fulfill the SDDC.

For my full post about the VMworld 2012 product launches, see my post at: VMware Launches vCloud Suite 5.1 by David Davis. Also see the post from the vCloud Blog: VMworld 2012 Day 1 Announcements.

For a great video showing the Day 1 highlights watch:

vCloud Sessions

I ran across VCDX Chris Colotti in the solutions exchange and he said that he was speaking at roughly 12 sessions just this week. Besides being an incredible feat of endurance, this shows that there are a ton of excellent vCloud sessions here at VMworld. One great session that Chris gave on Monday was GD28 – vCloud Director Architecture and Deployment, which is repeated Wednesday, Aug 29, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Today, the vCloud team will be live-tweeting the following vCloud sessions from VMworld 2012: 

10:30-11:30am: OPS-CSM3045 – How to Run Amazon Web Services Workloads on Your vCloud w/ Adrian Cole and Mathew Lodge
12-1pm: OPS-CSM1930 –  VMware Private Cloud: OneCloud: Architecture and Best Practices w/ Venu Aravamudan and Ford Donald
1:30-2:30: OPS-CSM1917 – Becoming Operationally Ready for Cloud w/ Rohan Kalra and Kevin Lees
3-4pm: OPS-CSM1379 – Extending vCloud Director w/ Christopher Knowles and Thomas Kraus
4:30-5:30pm: OPS-CSM1167 – Architecting for VMware vCloud Allocation Models w/ Chris Colotti and Rawlinson Rivera

Read more here

Solutions Exchange and “Data” From Star Trek

With the largest VMworld Solutions Exchange ever, just seeing every booth is a time-consuming task, but well worth it! I picked up a stuffed robot for my son from SHI and walked by the Whiptail booth, when I saw Brent Spiner (aka “Data” from Star Trek) taking photos with attendees. There was a long line so I just figured I would take a photo of him with someone else. When I did that, Brent Spiner said “you there with the robot, come over here”. I came up and he asked me about the robot. He offered to take a picture of me with the robot and here it is… It was a huge honor, as I watched Star Trek Next Generation for years!

You never know who you’ll run into at VMworld or what you will learn!

David Davis is a VMware Evangelist and vSphere Video Training Author for Train Signal. He has achieved CCIE, VCP,CISSP, and vExpert level status over his 15+ years in the IT industry. David has authored hundreds of articles on the Internet and nine different video training courses for including the popular vSphere 5 and vCloud Director video training courses. Learn more about David at his blog or on Twitter and check out a sample of his VMware vSphere video training course from


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