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VMware Roars Into OpenStack Summit

As we head out to Portland for the latest installment of the OpenStack Summit, we have an exciting agenda of speaking sessions and demos, and will be showcasing our latest virtualization wares on the show floor.  For a schedule of all the VMware sessions, we’ve created a show planner for you here. Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect (and experience) at the show.

Keynote Session – “Virtual Networking, A Vagabond’s Log”

On Wednesday, April 17 at 1:50 p.m., VMware’s Martin Casado takes you along on the network virtualization journey. While it’s still an evolving area, the industry now has a few years of virtual networking under its belt. In this talk, Martin will draw from his experience of hundreds of customers visited, hundreds of thousands of miles flown, and dozens of deployments to describe use cases, what works, what doesn’t, and where things seem to be going.

Panel: Network Virtualization and OpenStack Networking users

Want to hear from real world Quantum users at eBay and HP among others? This session is a panel discussion with OpenStack users that have hands-on experience deploying Quantum in production environments, backed by network virtualization technology.

VMware/Nicira NVP Deep Dive

On Monday, April 15 at 11:00 a.m., VMware will provide a “deep dive” into the Nicira Network Virtualization Platform (NVP). This session will provide a detailed overview of NVP, its components, how NVP operates, and how NVP integrates with OpenStack Quantum.

Case Study on Virtualizing Advanced Network & Security Services

On Wednesday, April 17 at 11:50am in room A106, VMware’s will present a technical session on the state of the art in advanced networking and security services implemented in software. The session will dive into the operational and technical elements of integrating services such as load balancers, firewalls and VPNs in your cloud via OpenStack Quantum’s REST APIs. The session will explore the benefits of using virtual appliances to deliver these services on top of standard x86 servers further decoupling network service feature delivery from hardware installs, procurement, and forklift upgrades.

OpenStack Networking Hands-on Lab

On Wednesday, April 17 at 3:40 p.m., users will get access to a live OpenStack + Quantum setup and be able to walk through key quantum deployment use cases, with members of the Quantum core development team available to provide guidance and answer questions.

We hope to see you there!

Now Available: VMware vSphere with Operations Management

By: Michael Adams, Group Product Line Marketing Manager, Cloud Infrastructure

Today, we are pleased to announce the general availability of VMware vSphere with Operations Management (read the February 12, 2013 press release).

Customers have achieved tremendous cost savings and IT agility by virtualizing their server hardware. To help them better monitor and manage VMware vSphere and business critical applications running in virtualized environments, VMware vSphere with Operations Management combines VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite Standard Edition with every VMware vSphere edition in a convenient, single SKU.

VMware vSphere with Operations Management is a new VMware vSphere product line that helps customers make the most of their investment in VMware vSphere by delivering deep insights into health to pro-actively avoid bottlenecks for improved platform and application availability and performance. Additionally, VMware vSphere with Operations Management enables customers to optimize their virtual environments and make the most efficient use of resources through integrated capacity planning.

Customers that rely on both VMware vSphere and the VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite have detailed substantial improvements in key performance metrics as well as operational and business benefits, including:

  • Reduced Capex costs by up to 30 percent;
  • Optimized capacity, improving utilization by up to 40 percent and consolidation ratios by 37 percent;
  • Improved application availability and performance, cutting downtime by more than a third and reducing the time it takes to find and resolve problems by up to 26 percent; and,
  • Nearly double the operational savings they receive from VMware vSphere alone.

VMware vSphere with Operations Management is available with a simple and scalable per processor licensing model – with no core, vRAM or number of virtual machine limits – so customers can deploy more virtual machines and further optimize their resource utilization without having to worry about added costs.

To learn more about VMware vSphere with Operations Management:

 

Getting rid of noisy neighbors: Enterprise class cloud performance and predictability

If you’ve ever lived in a multitenant building like a condo or apartment complex (or flats, as they’re called where I grew up in England), then you know all about the problem of noisy neighbors. One reason many enterprises are leery of public clouds is the same issue: in some multitenant infrastructures, the bad behavior of other tenants can affect the performance of your systems. In fact, it’s more insidious than that: when you’re buying a virtual server instance in an infrastructure cloud, you may not actually get what you pay for due to other tenants stealing physical server resources.

This typically happens because the hypervisor used to virtualize the service makes each VM think it has exclusive access to the physical server hardware, yet places few limitations on how those resources can be consumed. So a VM generating a lot of network traffic gets as much as it can use – at the expense of other VMs from other tenants of the service. The same goes for other types of I/O, especially storage. If you are unlucky enough to have your VM land on the same physical server as one of these noisy neighbor VMs from another tenant, then you won’t get the virtual machine instance you paid for.

If this weren’t bad enough, another consequence is complete lack of predictability – you have no idea what the performance of a given VM will be, since that depends on the other tenants of the service. Some of my cloudy colleagues spent time with IT teams who were running tests to guess the physical server size of their cloud service provider, so they could buy virtual server instances of the same size – guaranteeing that they wouldn’t have any noisy neighbors. It’s a bit like renting an entire building in the apartment complex to make sure you can get a good night’s sleep.

Ensuring that the resource consumption of one VM doesn’t affect others that happen to be located on the same physical server is a key function of vSphere. Any VMware virtualized service is capable of delivering this capability, and in vCloud Datacenter we took it a step further by defining two virtual data center (VDC) classes that offer guaranteed server resources for your VMs. The Committed VDC allows you to subscribe to a set of compute, memory and storage resources that are guaranteed to be available for your virtual machines, even though the underlying hardware is shared with other tenants.

The service also offers the Dedicated VDC, which provides physically separate hardware – ideal for meeting security or regulatory requirements where physically sharing isn’t an option. This is also sometimes known as virtual private cloud. The difference is the ease of mobility between VDCs within the service – you can quickly move VMs between VDCs as requirements change. One less thing to lose sleep over, and you don’t need to buy out the building to do it.