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A week in virtualization

Yesterday, we’ve announced the vFabric Suite 5.1, which features automated deployment, new components, and open source support. I’ve always had a soft spot for open source software in my heart, and am glad to see the vFabric team showing it some love.

Back to the new features and components though, because there are a ton of them:

  • Application Director automates the deployment of applications through easy-to-use blueprints with standardized templates, component libraries and workflows
  • Application Performance Manager (APM) provides comprehensive monitoring of end-user transactions, Java code, middleware servers, and vSphere hosts. APM includes two components: vFabric AppInsight, which does transaction- and code-level monitoring and vFabric Hyperic, which monitors middleware servers and vSphere hosts, providing 50,000 metrics for over 75 popular web technologies.
  • vPostgres is relational SQL database that comes in as a virtual appliance and has virtualization optimizations such as elastic database memory and smart configuration to reduce tuning time after resizing virtual machines.
  • vFabric Administration Server (VAS) has a REST Management API for a uniform way to administer groups of vFabric Servers.

And in addition to all the new stuff above, every already existing product in vFabric Suite has been updated. Here are some of the highlights:

While not exactly a new release, our product page vmware.com/products has received a radical makeover, and I have to say, I dig it. Now you can browse all the myriad products that we now offer, either by type, or A to Z. This new page also incorporates a product selector tool, an interactive product diagram to help make sense of it all, and a nice animated Virtualization Overview video that is both informative and fun to watch. All the product news are also listed on that page now, that’s where you will find links to the new vFabric products today.

The registration is now open for VMword San Francisco—go register yourself and tell your friends. There are early bird discounts, VMUG Advantage discounts, other discounts that I can’t all remember, and of course the steepest discount of all is the speaker discount—if you present at the show, you will get your ticket free! There are still two more days left to submit your talk proposal, and the call for papers closes on the 18th of this month. This year, the VMworld team says there will be no extensions for the CFP, so if you miss the deadline, you’ll have to come back next year.

And finally, there will be three full-day VMUG conferences happening before the month is out: one in San Diego, another in Central Ohio, and also one in Denver. Go to myvmug.com to find a VMUG conference near you and to register.

vExpert Spotlight: Niels Engelen

NielsName: Niels Engelen
Blog URL: http://foonet.be
Twitter handle: nielsengelen
Current employer: PriorWeb BVBA – A Belgian (web)hosting company

How did you get into IT?

Started at the age of 14 playing with computers and made a job from my hobby specialized in system engineering, virtualisation and networking.

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2011 vExpert?

Started with ESX 3.5 a few year ago, changed jobs where I had to design and implement the whole vSphere infrastructure (version 4.0) and currently still holding that position. Started a blog where I post my experiences and furthermore I tend to be active on the VMware communities and Twitter.

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?

Feel free to call me if you need help 😉

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #187 – Open Topic: New CTO site, Software-Defined Data Center, vCAT

John Troyer, @jtroyer

Open Topic/Community Discussion

Link to Audio Recording
Open Topic: New CTO site, Software-Defined Data Center, vCAT

Virtualization News (VMTN Blog)
VMworld 2012 Call for PapersDeadline May 18 
New VMware CTO Website
vSphere Blog is VMware's #1 BlogCheck it out
vBrownBags – Details: VCAP/VCDX Certification Study Group
Check out your local VMUG User Conference
VMware vSphere Support of Hyperscale and Embedded Servers – Open Compute Project
John Troyer was a guest on – Speaking in Tech: VMware polishes post-PC virty tools [Podcast]

Considering Speakers Workshop – For first time Speakers at VMworld

Consider presenting at your local VMUG for a warm-up to VMworld

John Troyer dressing up as Chewbacca – World Tour – lets get it started! – Just Kidding

Software Defined Data Center – Interop and the Software-Defined Datacenter

VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit

[Direct Download] VMware Cloud Architecture Toolkit v2.0.1

Beginning of the end for bufferbloat

Additonal Links
VMware Certifies vSphere 5 To Run on Open Compute Project Architecture

Technical Marketing Update 2012 – Week 19

Technical Marketing Update 2012 – Week 19 – #tmupdate 

It was a busy week in Technical Marketing Land, many blog articles were published. I expect that upcoming week we will have less though as many of us will be either following a training or going to a VMware R&D conference. Pick up your tablet and relax a bit on this nice sunday with some great articles!

Blog posts: 


vExpert Spotlight: Edwin Weijdema

EdwinTagScherpSmallName: Edwin Weijdema

Blog URL: http://www.vmguru.nl

Twitter handle: @Viperian

Current employer: Imtech ICT in the Netherlands


 How did you get into IT?

I started playing games on an Atari game console when I was about 6 years old (1980) and grew up with games like Space Invaders, Pac Man, Donkey Kong and many more. Two years after the Atari, the Commodore 64 made its entry, faster and with way better colour graphics. I started developing interest in what was behind the scenes how are those games made, how do things work? So I started programming machine code on a Commodore 64 which was hard but still managed to get some sprites bumping around the screen. Also a  Sinclair ZX Spectrum with an Z80 CPU was tried, I still remember the awesome rubber keyboard.

I am still very happy that my Dad had a clear vision that those PC’s introduced in 1983 at his work could change the world. So we had a WANG 8086  and a bit later an IBM PC with an 80286. Those machines where interesting but were only made for business purposes. Through a PC at home project I got introduced to the MSX.

In 1986 we got a Philips MSX2 hobby machine with an MSX-DOS operating system which made programming a lot more fun. I started writing articles for the Belgian and Dutch MSX Club which also published MSX Club Magazine, which later merged with MSX Computer Magazine to form MSX Computer & Club Magazine (MCCM). During my MSX2 time I programmed several games, first alone but very soon joined by friends. Under the name Experience Soft I participated in a programming competition with The Maze of the Black Spider (1989) which made 4th place. After that experience the taste for more developed rapidly, under the name Experience Soft more titles saw the light namely: Delta Force (1990), Amazing Cash (1990) and Infinity (1991).

After leaving secondary education to start at the University of professional education with my study Organization and Informatics friendships changed and new friends were made. So Experience Soft became Vivid with a new partner in crime and two more game titles saw the light, namely Gold Rush (1993) and Solid Snail (1994). During my ICT study I worked part time for a local ICT company and worked my way up from a shop assistant to an computer assembler into an all-round hard- and software consultant. After successfully finishing my ICT Study I started full time working for a number of ICT companies in succession. I climbed the ladder from Helpdesk Employee, Support Engineer, Systems Engineer, Technical Consultant, Network Consultant, Business Consultant to my current job role Enterprise Architect.

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2012 vExpert?

Early 2005 I got the opportunity at a customer site to help with a project to replace the whole back-end infrastructure, they wanted to use my knowledge of the current situation and my urge to understand and dive into new technologies. They were looking at virtualization as technique and VMware in particular. I delved deeper into it and saw some stunning techniques and a big opportunity and so my affinity with and love for VMware was born. I did the VCP training and exam for VCP on ESX Server 2 and Virtual Center 1.  

A lot of managers have said to me, and one in particular, that virtualization is a hype that won’t last, you don’t need to spent so much time on it, just forget it, it won’t make it into mainstream. Oh boy was he wrong.

In 2008 Erik Scholten my friend and colleague started a blog named VMGuru.nl, because we were sending a lot of documents back and forth several colleagues around VMware virtualization projects. So now we had a private URL for a web based knowledge base, after receiving some requests from customers, if they also could use it, the blog became public after just a few months. Now the blog handles over 1.6 million hits per month.

In 2009 I visited my first VMworld Europe in Cannes, I still remember the words Erik and Anne Jan said: Edwin if you pass under the banner for the Solutions Exchange we won’t see you back at the surface for the next 3 days. And I must say they couldn’t have been more spot on, I visited about 200 of the 212 booths and talked with hundreds of people. What interested me was that there was a very pleasant and open atmosphere and that the people all were so friendly and accessible. That reminded me of the MSX community I had been in for a long time now and so I started blogging more on VMGuru.nl and became a member of a great VMware community. Because of my continuing efforts on www.vmguru.nl, combined with my love to spread the virtualization word through presentations, speaking and writing, VMware awarded me the vExpert award in 2010, 2011 and now recurring in 2012.

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?

I found out early in my life that if you love what you do, you do it with passion and want to excel in it. This is a good foundation to build your working career and even your life on. Stay close to yourself, try to find out what makes you tick and what excites you. I, for instance, still like to know how things work, not only in technique but also in organisations, humans and so on.

Also find a good balance between private and work, and you will see that those two worlds will merge where hobby becomes work and vice versa. There is only one certainty in the ICT that I found out and that is change, so stay up to date! I would recommend going to seminars and exhibitions like for instance VMworld or local events where you can meet peers and lots of interesting new visions on new and old problems.  So you can build and maintain a good social network. It is not key trying to know everything but it is key to know people who know things or know other people who could help out.

And last but not least, never grow up!

vExpert Spotlight: Craig Waters


Name: Craig Waters

Blog URL: blog.rack.org.au

Twitter handle: @cswaters1

Current employer: RACK Consulting

How did you get into IT?

I use to produce dance music and play live gigs in Brighton, UK. I got into the technology more than the music and followed on from there, I use to collect analogue synthesisers and did a lot with MIDI sequencing with an Atari ST, I guess I've always been into computers as I previously owned a ZX Spectrum and my first was a VIC 20 (2K ram!). Started helping friends with their set-ups and then realised I could do it for a living and here are I am…

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2011 vExpert?

I've been the leader of the Melbourne VMware User Group since August 2010, I just missed out on the 2011 vExpert, but made up for that by winning the inaugural 2011 VMUG Leader Awards – President's Award. We also were one of the first VMUGs to hold an All Day user conference outside of North America.

If you are part of the VMware Community and are planning to visit Australia, please get in contact with us as I know a VMUG which would love to host you! Twitter: @mvmug Email: mvmug1@gmail.com

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?

To get results you need to go above and beyond the day to day stuff, just doing your job well is great but to get noticed then you need to show passion for what you do and get involved with your profession's community (get involved with a local VMUG or other industry user group), this is a great opportunity to network with your colleagues and peers and get your name around. Attending is good, but also consider contributing by sharing your IT experiences, talk about your work or home lab set-up.

The other piece of advice I'd give is to consider working as a customer and a system integrator. The problem with IT is that it's an on-going cycle of learning and the classic

Jimmy Connors' quote "Use it or lose it." really applies so getting some experience working with a system integrator will not only allow you to build your technical skills it will also give you perspective when working with your Customers.

Technical Marketing Update 2012 – Week 18

By Duncan Epping, Principal Architect.

Technical Marketing Update 2012 – Week 18

It is a short update this week. I am just back from my holiday and I know others are working hard on various papers and slidedecks. Some of those papers should be online soon. I will let you know when they are. 

Blog posts: 


VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #186 – End User Computing

Alex Maier, @vmwarecommunity

Ben Goodman, VMware @benontech
Lebin Cheng, VMware 

Link to Audio Recording
End User Computing 

Virtualization News (VMTN Blog)
Big, Big News – End-User Computing product launch: Zimbra 7.2, Socialcast, View 5.1, vCOps for View going GA, and Horizon Application Manager 1.5.
Don't forget the End User Computing virtual conference, May 3, 2012
Check out the VMware Forum 2012 Schedule – Don't miss this
VMUG Conferences in May: Carolinas, Central Ohio, San Diego, Western Pennsylvania, and Denver.
We welcome the new vExperts and are excited about having them on board!

VMware Horizon Application Manager 1.5 – Now offered as a VMware vSphere-based virtual appliance for on-premise, private cloud configurations.

  • Thinapp now included in Horizon Application Manager
  • Increase number of APIs in Horizon Application Manager
  • Horizon Application Catalog – Horizon Workspace delivers a single IT view of all entitled Windows, SaaS and Web applications across the public and private cloud.

Project Octopus Beta Now Available – first viable Enterprise cloud file sharing application.

  • The beta is open to all and will last through VMworld. Due to limited support resources, priority will be placed on customers with active engagements.
  • Project Octopus will be integreated with Horizon
  • Project Octopus will be shipping as a virtual appliance

VMware EUC Portfolio: What's New in View 5.1

VMware EUC Portfolio: Optimizing Storage with View Storage Accelerator

VMware EUC Portfolio: What's New in Zimbra 7.2

VMware EUC Portfolio: Demystifying VMware View Large Scale Designs

VMware EUC Portfolio: Announcing General Availability of vCenter Operations Manager for View

Zimbra Release Notes [PDF]

Download Zimbra Now

VMware Advances VMware View and End-User Computing Solutions for the Post-PC Era

VMware View Bootcamp – Great Resource

VMware View & Desktop Virtualization – YouTube

Additional Links


vExpert Spotlight 2012

This is the first in the series of the 2012 vExpert Spotlight posts, which will feature our current 2012 vExperts throughout the year. The idea of these postings belongs to Gregg Robertson, one of our vExperts, who came up with the idea last year. The spotlights were a great success with 54 profiles being published last year which received a large amount of attention for the individuals, their blogs and the VMware vExpert Community as a whole. Seeing as there are 333 returning vExpert’s within which there are almost all the people who submitted and whose vExpert Spotlight entries were published last year, it was felt that it was only right to make the first vExpert Spotlight posting one with all the returning vExperts’ spotlights listed from last year. Congrats to all.

Returning vExperts’ 2011 Spotlight’s


Kong Yang

Justin Lauer

Lars Troen

Niclas Borgström

Simon Gallagher

Scott Vessey

André Pett

Brian Knudtson

Barry Coombs

Henk Arts

Jonathan Franconi

Giuseppe Guglielmetti

Darren Woollard

Brian Atkinson

Kendrick Coleman

Luca Dell'Oca

Piergiorgio Spagnolatti

Jase McCarty

Alastair Cooke

Jeremiah Dooley

Marcel Van Den Berg

Joep Piscaer

Jonathan Medd

Maish Saidel-Keesing

Andrew Hancock

Stephen Beaver

Hal Rottenberg

David Davis

Michael Letschin

Michael Poore

Erik Scholten

David Owen

Tim Washburn

Edward L Haletky

Julian Wood

Damian Karlson

Gabrie (Gabe) van Zanten

Andrew Mauro

Matt Liebowitz

Chris Dearden

Jim Millard

Shane Williford

Christian Mohn

Greg Schulz

Ricky El Qasem

James Bowling

Bilal Hashmi

Jane Rimmer

Bill Hill

Kanuj Behl

Calvin Zito


Keep an eye out for all of this year’s 2012 vExpert Spotlight postings which will include all the new vExperts as well as returning vExperts who didn't have their vExpert Spotlight postings posted last year.

A week in virtualization

The big news of the day is of course the big End-User Computing product launch: Zimbra 7.2, Socialcast, View 5.1, vCOps for View going GA, and Horizon Application Manager 1.5. In addition to that, the coveted Project Octopus beta is now also available. You can read all the details on the respective product pages and also check out blog posts at blogs.vmware.com/euc – they posted about a dozen articles there this morning.

We will talk about this in more detail with our guests in a few minutes, but I also wanted to take the opportunity to push the End User Computing virtual conference, which is going to take place tomorrow, on May the 3rd. It is free to attend as long as you register ahead of time. This virtual conference will feature:

  • A keynote from the VMware leadership team
  • Talks on latest innovations in the VMware End-User Computing portfolio
  • Live chat with VMware End-User Computing product experts
  • And of course, networking opportunities with peers 

Registration link is posted on the End-User Computing blog, and there are more details about the conference there as well. Once again, the URL is blogs.vmware.com/euc

The conference season is picking up, and we’ll be at a number of industry events in the upcoming days. You can catch us at the Interop in Vegas next week, as well as at Citrix Synergy in San Francisco. Then of course there is the VMware Forum currently on tour, hitting Zeist, Netherlands, London, Istanbul, Copenhagen, Vienna, Warsaw, Budapest, Paris, Zurich, and Manchester just in the next two weeks!

Finally, there will be a bunch of full-day VMUG conferences happening in May: Carolinas, Central Ohio, San Diego, Western Pennsylvania, and Denver. Go to myvmug.com to find a VMUG conference near you and to register.

In another bit of news, the newly-selected vExperts have been getting on board with the program for the past couple of weeks. We had quite an increase of interest in the program, with almost 600 applicants and 440 of them were selected to be vExperts in 2012. That’s about 100 more people than last year, as the program has grown both in numbers and in geographic reach. We welcome the new vExperts and are excited about having them on board!