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VMworld 2017 US & Europe Blogger Passes

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Each year VMware provides blogger passes to both the VMworld US and the VMworld Europe conferences. The program is simple: if you are a technical blogger or have a publication around Virtualization then you should apply for a complementary blogger pass to one of the conferences. We provide the pass, you provide the transportation and hotel accommodations. The blogger passes are full conference passes so you will still be able to register for sessions just the same as a regular conference pass difference is these are free of charge.

Since passes are limited, we will only provide one pass per person per year. Meaning you can go to either VMworld US in Las Vegas or VMworld Europe in Barcelona. Keep in mind that in the past we have always had more passes to Las Vegas then Barcelona and both are limited. U.S. Limit is 50 blogger passes while the Europe conference is limited to 35 blogger passes.

Key Dates:

  • April 12th – Blogger Pass Applications Open
  • May 12th – Blogger Pass Applications Close
  • June 2nd – Blogger Pass Allocation & Announcement
  • June 12th – Early Bird Registration Closes

Not everyone will be chosen for a blogger pass since the passes are limited and I’m sure we will see a tremendous response this year. If plans change please email cromero at vmware.com with the cancelation so we can allocate the blogger pass to the next qualified blogger.

Apply for a VMworld Blogger Pass (VMware Employee Are Excluded)

See you at VMworld!

VMworld 2016 U.S. – vExpert Sessions

vExpert: Dennis Bray
Twitter: @dennisbray
Blog: vminstructor.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Mike Brown
Twitter: @vMikeBrown
Blog: vcdx71.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Denny Cherry
Twitter: @mrdenny
Blog: dcac.co
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Nick Colyer
Twitter: @vnickc
Blog: 2ninjas1blog.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Tom Cronin
Twitter: @Virtual_Tom

Sessions(s):


vExpert: John Davis
Twitter: @johnnyadavis
Blog: vloreblog.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Romain Decker
Twitter: @woueb
Blog: cloudmaniac.net
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Luc Dekens
Twitter: @LucD22
Blog: lucd.info
Session(s):

vExpert: Joe DePasquale
Twitter: @DepasqualeJoe
Blog: blogs.vmware.com/tam/tag/joe-depasquale
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Adam Eckerle
Twitter: @eck79
Blog: blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/author/aeckerle
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Steve Flanders
Twitter: @smflanders
Blog: sflanders.net
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Rob Girard
Twitter: @robgirard
Blog: linkedin.com/in/robgirard/
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Chris Gurley
Twitter: @cmgurley
Blog: thegurleyman.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Forbes Guthrie
Twitter: forbesguthrie
Blog: vreference.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Niels Hagoort
Twitter: @NHagoort
Blog: cloudfix.nl
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Chris Halstead
Twitter: @chrisdhalstead
Blog: chrisdhalstead.net
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Jon Harris
Twitter: @JonOnDaCloud
Blog: virtumaster.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Ryan Johnson
Twitter: @tenthirtyam
Blog: tenthirtyam.org
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Mohammed Raffic Kajamoideen
Twitter: @vmwarearena
Blog: vmwarearena.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Ryan Kelly
Twitter: @vmtocloud
Blog: VmtoCloud.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: GS Khalsa
Twitter: @gurusimran
Blog: vbrowncoat.com
Session(s):

vExpert: Thomas LaRock
Twitter: @SQLRockstar
Blog: thomaslarock.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Matt Liebowitz
Twitter: @mattliebowitz
Blog: thelowercasew.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Simon Long
Twitter: @simonlong_
Blog: simonlong.co.uk
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Kannan Mani
Twitter: @kantwit
Blog: vmoracle.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Vinith Menon
Twitter: @vinithmenon28
Blog: virtualize-automate.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Adam Osterholt
Twitter: @osterholta
Blog: datacenter.ninja
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Raffaello Poltronieri
Twitter: @raffapol
Blog: vaddicted.wordpress.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Lakshmana Prakash
Twitter: @VMAppDelivery
Blog: blogs.vmware.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Soeren Reinertsen
Twitter: @SorenReinertsen

Session(s):


vExpert: Alan Renouf
Twitter: @alanrenouf
Blog: virtu-al.net
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Kyle Ruddy
Twitter: @kmruddy
Blog: thatcouldbeaproblem.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Sachin Sharma
Twitter: @sachin_d_sharma
Blog: www.blogs.vmware.com/euc
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Vaughn Stewart
Twitter: @vStewed
Blog: vaughnstewart.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Matt Vandenbeld
Twitter: @vcloudmatt
Blog: cloudmatt.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Kong Yang
Twitter: @KongYang
Blog: http://bit.ly/KongYangGeekSpeakBlog
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Emad Younis
Twitter: @Emad_Younis
Blog: emadyounis.com
Sessions(s):

VMware at #Interop 2016

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Connecting the IT Community – VMware at Interop 2016

View the listing of VMware sessions during the week

If you’re at Interop, don’t miss these key spotlight sessions:

Interop Theater Session
Automating Security Workflows: The SDDC Approach  Bruce Davie, CTO Networking
Wednesday, May 4 – 11:30 – 11:45 AM
Location: Interop Theater in Exhibit Hall
Abstract: Security in the data center today involves mapping policies to the network topology.  This results in imperfect security (the network is under constant change), which is slow to deploy, and even slower to adapt when change is required.  But what if it were possible to move away from the traditional source/destination way of describing policy?  What if you knew deep information about every element in the data center and could take advantage of this “total inventory” to create better security policies that adapt automatically to changing conditions?  With VMware NSX and its SDDC approach to network security, you can. This session will help you start this approach and start your journey to the SDDC.

Storage Vendor Tech Session
The Easiest Path to Hyperconvergence – Virtual SAN and VMware Hyper-Converged Software – Rawlinson Rivera, Principle Architect, Storage & Availability
Wednesday, May 4 – 3:00 – 3:45 PM
Location: Mandalay Bay L
Abstract:  The ubiquitous use of server virtualization and the emergence of the cloud has increased end-user expectations for performance and responsiveness, while adding pressure on IT to lower costs and increase efficiency. Join us in this session to learn how you can easily and cost-effectively extend your virtualized datacenter into a hyper-converged architecture using VMware’s market-leading hypervisor, vSphere, and the hyper-converged storage solution, Virtual SAN.  We’ll specifically examine how Virtual SAN is helping solve traditional IT and storage challenges through a flash-optimized, high performance architecture, unified management and the simplicity of consuming, operating and scaling infrastructure.

VMware Booth #405 in the Expo Hall
Explore the VMware product demos, Theater presentations and meet the VMware team!

(click on the Theater schedule below to zoom in)

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Social Media Stream for VMware at #Interop 2016
Click the thumbnail (below) to open the social media stream in a new browser. Engage directly with Twitter and Facebook posts in the stream.

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VMware at #EMCworld 2016

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“Software-Define Your Future” with VMware at EMC World 2016
If you will be attending EMC World 2016 in Las Vegas (May 2-5), join us for a value-packed agenda of VMware keynotes, sessions, demos and labs for SDDC, Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, Hybrid Cloud and Cloud-Native Apps.

Visit our VMware booth (Solutions Expo) for theater presentations every 20 minutes and meet our technical staff in person at any of the booth pods for product demos and Q&A.  The VMware booth team will be offering fantastic raffle prizes for attending booth demos and instant prizes for participants in other activities.

VMware Keynotes (General Session Theater):
Tuesday, May 3rd, 10am – Ray O’Farrell – VMware Management & Orchestration
Wednesday, May 4th, 10am – Kit Colbert – VMware Cloud Native Apps

VMware Breakout Sessions & Booth Theater Presentations:
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Social Media Stream for VMware at #EMCworld 2016
Click the thumbnail (below) to open the social media stream in a new browser. Engage directly with Twitter and Facebook posts in the stream with a Reply, Retweet, Favorite or Like.

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Follow VMware and EMC World Twitter updates:
Twitter list for EMC World 2016
VMware Twitter directory

Watch LIVE and recorded video coverage online:
theCUBE video (interviews, highlights)
EMC TV (keynotes, interviews, highlights)

EMC World 2016 Mobile App:
Available for iOS, Android or Web App

Questions about VMware products or solutions?
Ask our team onsite at the VMware Booth or in sessions
Explore our VMTN Community Forums for Q&A
Explore the Everything VMware at EMC Community

Hope to see you in Las Vegas for EMC World 2016!

vExpert Blog Articles Covering Virtual SAN, Horizon 7 and Workspace One

With the announcement of VSAN 6.2, Workspace One and Horizon 7, our vExpert community released some in-depth insight into these announcements. The articles mentioned in this post are written by VMware vExperts who are the best IT professionals in the virtualization space. Throughout the day we will update this blog with new highlighted blog articles from additional vExperts.

vExpert Blog Articles

Christopher Kusek – CTO at @Xiologix – EVP of Engineering, Technology Evangelist, vExpert, EMC Elect, Cisco Champion, Brocade Distinguished Architect (BDA), CISSP, MCT, Cloud, Ninja, Vegan, Single, Father, Cat, Humorist, Author. Follow Christopher Kusek on Twitter twitter-bird-16x16


Eric Siebert – an IT industry veteran, speaker, author and blogger who runs and maintains vSphere-land.com. Siebert is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events including VMworld and has been recognized as a vExpert by VMware each year since the programs inception in 2009. Follow Eric Siebert on Twitter twitter-bird-16x16


Gregg Robertson – VCDX #205 is a Senior Consultant, EMEA vBrownbag host & Saffa geek working for Xtravirt Limited in the UK. Gregg has been awarded the vExpert designation from 2011 to 2015. Follow Gregg Robertson on Twitter twitter-bird-16x16


Anthony Spiteri – Architectural lead of award winning Australian vCloud Provider ZettaGrid, VMware vExpert, vChampion. Hosting and Cloud Professional since 2002 doing great things with great technology. Follow Anthony Spiteri on Twitter twitter-bird-16x16


Vladan Seget – Vladan is as an Independent consultant, professional blogger, vExpert 2009/2015, VCAP-DCA/DCD, VCP. Follow Vladan Seget on Twitter twitter-bird-16x16


Andrea Mauro – works in IT since 1996 and held several technical certifications (VCP-*, VCAP-*, VCIX-NV, VCDX-DCV, MCITP, MCSA, MCSE, CCA). And he’s also a VMware vExpert (2010-2016). VMware Italian User Group founder and board member, VMTN Community Moderator, #vBrownbag and passionate blogger, runs his personal blog on vinfrastructure.it (both in Italian and English). Follow Andrea Mauro on Twitter twitter-bird-16x16


Cédric Quillévéré – is a senior IT Architect for more than 10 years now working in a great regional hospital in France. He’s also an IT blogger since 2013, author of vBlog.io, A French speaking blog about virtualization technology, storage and more generally talking about production experience and strategic orientations. Follow Cédric Quillévéré on Twitter twitter-bird-16x16

  • Les trois mousquetaires : Horizon 7, Workspace One et Horizon Air -Les annonces de VMWare ce mardi 9 Février 2016 feront sans doute date. En effet, ce ne sont pas juste des généralités et de la continuité dans l’effort auquel nous avons eu droit aujourd’hui, mais ni plus ni moins que 2 nouveaux produits et une mise à jour majeure. Avec Workspace One, Horizon 7 et Horizon Air, la société frappe fort et affiche très clairement ses ambition dans le poste de travail virtuel partout, tout le temps, avec son accroche marketing « The Digital Workspace Strategy ». En effet, on comprend désormais parfaitement le rachat de Air Watch à la lumière de cette orientation.
  • VMWare VSAN 6.2 ! – Après une journée particulièrement chargée et très riche en annonces autour du « Digital Desktop », hier, VMWare remet le couvert ce Mercredi pour présenter la nouvelle version de VSAN qui passe de 6.1 à 6.2. Derrière cet progression d’indice relativement modeste ce cache en réalité des avancées MAJEURES tant en terme de fonctionnalités pures qu’en terme de technologie. Faisons le tour des nouveautés.
  • VSAN vient-il d’écraser ses concurrents ? – L’annonce récente de VSAN 6.2 provoque actuellement un petit ras-de-marée au sein de la communauté Twitter VMWare. Nul doute que les nouvelles possibilités offertes par cette version rende ce composant de la suite « Enteprise Virtualization » de plus en plus attirante et de plus en plus crédible, en comparaison de … de beaucoup de monde en fait. Cela m’amène à quelques réflexions au sujet des 3/4 ans à venir, qui me paraissent difficiles voir sombre pour certains, de mon point de vue.

vExpert Sessions at VMworld 2015

vExpert With VMworld San Francisco just around the corner and schedule builder on July 21st we’ve put together a list of the session being presented by VMware vExperts at both San Francisco. If you are interested in hearing from some of the best in IT be sure to register for VMworld and on July 21st start signing up for sessions. See you at VMworld! VMworld US vExpert Breakout Sessions:

Session Title Speakers Session ID
VMware & IBM: Optimized to Manage Oceans of Data in a Digitally-Driven World Paul Braren STO6671-SPO
Best Practices for Running Virtualized Workloads on All-Flash Array Itzik Reich VAPP6646-SPO
Harnessing the Power of vStorage APIs for Data Protection: Lessons Learned and Best Practices Developed from Benchmarking Backup Solutions George Winter, Abdul Rasheed STO5475
Veritas Technologies: How to use vSphere 6 and Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) the right way George Winter, Abdul Rasheed STO6263-SPO
Advanced Network Architecture in SDDC to deploy highly automated IT Service Delivery based on NSX Dennis Bray NET6256-SPO
Incorporating VMware NSX in your DevOps Toolchain – Network Programmability with Python and Ansible Yves Fauser NET4972
How Did VMware’s Internal IT Upgrade 200,000 vm’s, 2,000 vSphere Servers and 100’s of vCenter Servers to vSphere 6.0? Tom Ralph Zaigui Wang INF5680
Harnessing the Power of Storage Virtualization and Site Recovery Manager to Provide HA and DR Capabilities to Business Critical Databases Sudhir Balasubramanian Marlin McNeil VAPP4634
VMware Workspace Environment Management (WEM) Technical Deep Dive Stephane Asselin Chris Halstead EUC4517
App Volumes Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting Stephane Asselin EUC5921
Architecting Horizon for VSAN, the VCDX way! Simon Long Travis Wood EUC4509
Building a Hyper-Converged Infrastructure with EVO:RACK and NSX Integrations Roberto Mari NET5640
Horizon for Linux Technical Deep Dive Ray Heffer EUC4825
Beyond the Marketing: Horizon 6 Technical Deep Dive Ray Heffer Jim Yanik EUC5052
Enabling Automated Network & Security Services with NSX and vRA Ray Budavari Francesco Vigo MGT5360
Enabling Automated Network & Security Services with NSX and vRealize Automation Ray Budavari Andrew Voltmer NET5362
Virtual Volumes Technical Deep Dive Rawlinson Rivera Ken Werneburg STO4649
Application Lifecycle Management with VMware Horizon Peter Bjork Matt Coppinger EUC4561
How Can Business Critical Applications Like SAP HANA, Oracle & Microsoft SQL Benefit from All Flash Storage? Mohan Potheri Ravi Venkat VAPP4799
VMworld 2015 – vSphere Security – Fact .vs. Fiction Mike Foley Yuecel Karabulut INF5177
Database Virtualization: Doing IT Right with vSphere 6.0 Michael Corey Jeff Szastak VAPP5129
vCloud Air API 101 Massimo Re Ferre HBC4521
Automating Everything VMware with PowerCLI – Deep Dive Luc Dekens Alan Renouf INF5211
SRM Technical Walk-through Jeff Hunter GS Khalsa STO6085
Starbucks Case Study: Self Service Provisioning of VMs with NSX Micro-Segmentation Jason Horn Justin Jones MGT5973
Ask the Cloud Experts Panel Discussion Jad El-Zein Tim Gleed Steve Kaplan MGT4837
5 Functions of Software Defined Availability Frank Denneman Duncan Epping INF4535
Top 10 Thing You MUST Know Before Implementing Virtual Volumes (VVols) Eric Siebert STO5888
vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Technical Deep Dive David Hill HBC5008
Conducting a Successful Virtual SAN 6.0 Proof of Concept Cormac Hogan STO4572
A ROBO Technical Deep Dive, Understanding Remote and Branch Office (ROBO) Best Practices Brian Graf Rick Terlep INF4790
Managing vSphere 6.0 Deployments and Upgrades – Part Brian Graf Salil Suri INF5123
‘Zero Touch’ ESXi Deployment, Configuration & Upgrades with AutoDeploy and Host Profiles Brian Graf Salil Suri INF5800
Defining Your Future With NSX Certification Ben Lin Chris McCain NET4468
Deploy Hundreds of VMs Instantly via Forking Alan Renouf Li Zheng INF5803
When it Rains it Pours: Protecting Your VMware Based Cloud. Aidan Dalgleish Matt Vandenbeld STO4510
vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) Best Practices & Tips/Tricks William Lam INF4528
How to Integrate VMware Hybrid Clouds with Your Enterprise Wade Holmes Ken Lamoreaux HBC5579
A Technical Deep Dive into VMware Integrated OpenStack Trevor Roberts Jr INF5094
Turning Distaster Recovery into a Reality with NSX Thomas Kraus John Whitman NET4907
Mastering Performance Monitoring and Capacity Planning Sunny Dua Iwan Rahabok MGT4973
Boosting Tier 1 Business Critical Oracle Applications Storage Performance Using vSphere 6.0 Virtual Volumes(vVOLs) Sudhir Balasubramanian Mohan Potheri STO4452
Becoming a vRealize Automagician: Why Automation isn’t Automatic Steve Kaplan Trent TeSelle MGT5318
Data In-Sight! Experiences Running VMware’s Private Cloud with Log Insight Steve Flanders Caleb Stephenson MGT4579
Horizon at Point of Sales – We Did It so Can You! Stephane Asselin Steven Tupponce EUC4919
Using VMware NSX in Your Open Source Environment Scott Lowe NET5422
VMware NSX Integrations with a Converged Infrastructure Solution Sai Chaitanya Nikhil Kelshikar NET5553
Integrating Physical Workloads and Infrastructure with a NSX Virtual Network Roberto Mari NET4995
WestJet – Fast and Simple Security Using NSX and VCO Richard Sillito SEC4488
VDI Sizing Deep Dive – The Horizon Sizing Tool Ray Heffer EUC4827
Connecting Remote Sites with VMware NSX Ray Budavari Francesco Vigo NET5352
NSX and vCloud Director – The Missing Guide Ray Budavari NET6007
Using VSAN to Maximize Database Performance Rawlinson Rivera STO4544
Improved Availability, Disaster Recovery and TCO by Migrating from Unix to Virtualized Linux Mohan Potheri INF4808
vSphere 6 Security Update Mike Foley INF4758
Enterprise Hybrid Cloud – Federal Case Study Mike Colson Travis Howerton OPT5069
VMware Validated Reference Designs – A Reference Architecture for the SDDC Mike Brown Karthik Narayan SDDC5440
Managing Users: A Deep Dive Into VMware User Environment Manager Michael Bradley Dale Carter EUC4630
Resource Management Using Storage IO Control and Storage DRS Matthew Meyer Mustafa Uysal INF5251
Architecting Disaster Recovery of Tier 1 Applications (SAP, Oracle, SQL & Exchange) using SRM and vSphere 6 Kannan Mani STO4525
A Practical Introduction to DevOps for VMware Administrators Josh Atwell Chris Sexsmith Egle Sigler Yvo van Doom INF5116
vSphere Distributed Switch 6.0 – Technical Deep Dive Jason Nash Chris Wahl NET4976
Putting VVOLs to Work – Storage Best Practices for vSphere 6 and Beyond Howard Marks STO5822
Your DevOps Transformation. Culture, Technology or both? Ed Hoppitt OPT4868
Ask the Expert vBloggers Duncan Epping Scott Lowe Chad Sakac Chris Wahl SDDC4593
Will it Blend and Scale? Monster Database Virtualization Techniques David Klee Thomas Larock VAPP4696
Designing for Mass Failover with Site Recovery Manager: Lessons Learned from a Customer Deployment Christopher Chua STO4856
Day to Day Automation of VMware Products to Increase Productivity and Efficiency Brian Graf INF4793
Design Advice for Small and Midsize Business Brian Atkinson Jason Gaudreau Jason Langer Harley Stagner INF4448
VMware Certificate Management for Mere Mortals Adam Eckerle Ryan Johnson INF4529

EMC Solutions for VMware webcasts scheduled for January

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you had a good time ringing in 2011.

Our friends at EMC have scheduled a number of new webcasts for January, covering solutions for using EMC technology with VMware. All January webcasts will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursdays.

The Value of VMware Integration
Thursday, January 6, 2011 – 8 am PT / 11 am ET / 16:00 GMT
Learn about the benefits of tight VMware integration, and find out how EMC's 60+ points of integration with VMware enhance the performance, scalability, security, and ease-of-management of virtual environments.

Deploying Virtual Desktop Infrastructure to Accelerate EHR Adoption
Thursday, January 13, 2011 – 8 am PT / 11 am ET / 16:00 GMT
Hear Columbia Memorial Hospital discuss how the EMC Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Solution for Healthcare helps solve the challenge of ever-increasing costs–while increasing clinical productivity, improving workflow, and securing patient information.

Automate Unified Recovery of VMware Hosts
Thursday, January 20, 2011 – 8 am PT / 11 am ET / 16:00 GMT
Learn about strategies for protecting data within a unified storage infrastructure. Discover how to define protection policies, identify protection gaps, and prove compliance, as well as instantly recover from data corruption with DVR-like rollback.

Simple, Efficient, Powerful – Optimizing Your Virtualized Applications
Thursday, January 27, 2011 – 8 am PT / 11 am ET / 16:00 GMT
Find out how our unified storage solutions can help you utilize resources to efficiently and dynamically embrace virtualization, and boost your infrastructure performance–with a 20% guarantee.

VMworld Expert Session online: Chargeback

Did you know that vmworld.com was more than just a place to register for VMworld Europe? The team has some interesting developments in the pipeline, including building an increased presence on the site from across the broader virtualization ecosystem. The first of these developments is a new series of Expert Sessions. You can think of these sessions as a bit of slow-motion Q&A — an expert on a topic comes in, gives a recorded presentation, and then sticks around for two weeks and answers your questions.

The first one is on Chargeback, and the session leader is Alex Bakman of VKernel.

Link: VMworld: Chargeback Expert Session.

Chargeback_2Learn how to achieve Cost Visibility and implement Chargeback in a
virtualized datacenter. Understand why Cost Visibility and Chargeback
are needed, what organizations need to Chargeback for and discuss when
to begin the process. The advantages and disadvantages of various
Chargeback models will be explored followed by a presentation of how to
calculate Chargeback rates for CPU, memory, storage and network. The
discussion will conclude by reviewing a suggested roadmap for
Chargeback adoption and implementation to help you move forward with
your current project.

You’ll need to register for a free VMworld account, separate from your VMware Communities/VMTN account. You’ll also get access to a white paper and a chargeback calculator spreadsheet. This seems like an interesting way of getting access to industry experts who otherwise don’t often hang around in a community setting.

The Next Big Thing

From Karl Rumelhart, Senior Product Manager and TSX EMEA presenter:

We had a fun session this afternoon at EMEA TSX called “The Next Big Thing for VMware.” I had the pleasure of hosting the event but credit for the concept and the organization go to Richard Garsthagen. Five conference attendees were invited to present a product idea that they felt could be the “next big thing.” The audience then voted on which idea they felt was the most compelling with the winner getting a 24in iMAC – along with a copy of VMware Fusion, of course. Briefly, the ideas were the following.

  • “ESX SMB Edition” proposed an offering for SMB that includes all VI3 features (and others) but removes the need for traditional shared storage by using the ESX Server hosts themselves as storage targets with striping across hosts for availability.
  • “Virtual Applications” suggested introducing an ‘Application Object (AO)’ primitive in VirtualCenter that would be the point of management and availability for the potentially numerous virtual machines running on multiple ESX Servers that make up the application.
  • “Virtual Document Management” proposed a tool to automatically generate documentation in various formats that captures the full configuration of a VI environment – “enough to rebuild the environment.” By introducing version control the tool could be used for change and configuration management.
  • “Access Control on Virtual Equipment” pointed out that VMware needs to provide the same degree of control over Networks and Datastores that it does for Virtual Machines and Hosts.
  • “Virtual Appliances as Templates in VirtualCenter” suggested that VI Client have consistent treatment (e.g. deployment wizards) for local templates and remote virtual appliances and that the virtual appliances available for download appear in the client similar to the way songs do in Apples iTunes.

The voting was secret ballot and I can report that it was very close. But a plurality of the crowd chose the “Virtual Document Management” tool. This is definitely a cool idea as it neatly links change and configuration management with a problem faced by every solutions consultant: the need to document what you build. The other ideas are also very important. In my opinion, if we had all the solution ideas available today, the ESX SMB Edition (which implies VI3 without traditional shared storage) would be responsible for the biggest change in our business.

While the votes were being counted we did another fun exercise with the audience. I proposed a series of questions and the audience members held up red or green papers to express their opinion. There were some interesting results. For example, by an estimated 70/30 split the audience felt that long term DR was a bigger market for VMware than VDI. And approximately 80% of the participants felt that within 18 months virtual appliances would be a good way to purchase, and not just evaluate, software. But an almost equal fraction felt that that is not the case today.

As with any product feedback, it is important to review who is giving it. And one of the best thing about the event for me is that fact that we were engaged with folks who are very hands on with the technology, a large percentage of them folks who consult on VMware technology for a living. In my opinion, VMware product management should miss no opportunity to engage with our technical channel. And in this case it was particularly special since the attendees were all from EMEA, folks obviously pretty far away from our base in Palo Alto.  The presenters were from Belgium, South Africa, the Netherlands, Italy and Germany. That is awesome.

Reports from TSX Europe



photo: Viktor van der Berg

[Updated!] Initial reports are in from VMware TSX, being held in Nice, France this week.

Alessandro Perilli of virtualization.info:

Mike Laverick of rtfm-ed.co.uk:

Eric Sloof of ntpro.nl:

Viktor van den Berg of viktorius.nl (with pictures!)