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vExpert NSX 2016 Award Announcement

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Thank you to everyone who applied for vExpert NSX. I’m pleased to announce the list of 2016 vExperts who received the NSX award. Each of these vExperts have demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share their expertise with others. Contributing is not always blogging or Twitter as there are many public speakers, book authors, script writers, VMUG leaders, VMTN community moderators and internal champions among this group.

The program is build upon the vExpert program. To apply you must be a current vExpert as well as evangelizing VMware NSX. We will open applications once per year for each of the sub-programs. Applications for 2017 will open around February of 2017.

Thank You,

Corey Romero, and the VMware Social Media & Community Team

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Abdullah Abdullah do0dzZZ
Ebrahim Aldesouky Elmehsnawy EbrahimAldesouk
Mike Armstrong virtsouthwest
Aram Avetisyan how2vm
mauro balbiani
Robert Bauer rotbau
Ivo Beerens ibeerens
Ather Beg AtherBeg
Daemon Behr daemonbehr
Roie Ben Haim roie9876
Giuliano Bertello GiulianoBerteo
Dennis Bray DennisBray
Andrew Brydon sidbrydon
Matthew Bunce virtualisedgeek
Patricio Cerda patote83
Brad Christian vhipster
Chris Clancy vmw_clancy
Joe Clarke elgwhoppo
Luis Concistre luisconcistre
Jonathan Copeland VirtSecurity
Tim Davis ALDTD
Marc De Grasse marcpcd
William de Marigny
Romain Decker woueb
Simone Di Mambro sidimam
Richard Dowling virtRich
Matthias Eisner matthiaseisner
Chanaka Ekanayake s_Chan_EK
raymundo escobar elnemesisdivina
Niran Even-Chen niranec
Kirill Filin kirhy
Ron Flax ronflax
Tomas Fojta fojta
Javier Galvez JavierTroubleV
Andrew Gilman andrewgilman
Nathan Goh agentnath
Jose Maria Gonzalez jose_m_gonzalez
Myles Gray mylesagray
Florian Grehl virten
Joseph Griffiths Gortees
Kevin Groat kgroat
Sebastian Grugel sebastiangrugel
Takahiro Hagiwara shadowhat
Niels Hagoort NHagoort
Brandon Hahn brandonhahn
Edward Haletky Texiwill
Manfred Hofer Fred_vBrain
Wade Holmes wholmes
Tom Howarth tom_howarth
Marc Huppert MarcHuppert
Manish Jha alex_hunt86
Ryan Johnson tenthirtyam
sandeep kaushik sandeepDtech
Ben King benking84
Brian Kirsch bckirsch
Anjani Kumar anjaniyadav85
Christopher Kusek cxi
Matthew Larson
Matthew Leib MBLeib
Fabian Lenz lenzker
Alex Lopez iVirtuAlex
Scott Lowe scott_lowe
Gabriel Maciel gmaciel_ca
Kohei Matsumoto
Andrea Mauro Andrea_Mauro
Petr McAllister McallisterPetr
Dan McGee VMVernak
Sam McGeown sammcgeown
Paul McSharry pmcsharry
Paul Meehan paulpmeehan
Brian Mislavsky bmislavsky
Masanori Nara masanara
Jason Nash TheJasonNash
Christopher Neale MrCNeale
Karel Novak novakkkarel
Russell OConnor raoconnor
Christian Parker crispyire
Manish Patel mandivs
Joep Piscaer jpiscaer
Trevor Pott cakeis_not_alie
Brian Ragazzi brianragazzi
Kyle Ruddy kmruddy
Ariel Sanchez Mora arielsanchezmor
Nicolai Sandager NSA42
Marius Sandbu msandbu
Yves Sandfort yvessandfort
Prasenjit Sarkar stretchcloud
Pablo Scheri pabloscheri
Elver Sena Sosa ElverS_Opinion
Maqsood Siddiqui Maqsood_S
Manny Sidhu MannySidhu2
Joshua Sims josh_vcrumbs
Heino Skov heinoskov
Eric Sloof esloof
Martijn Smit smitmartijn
Jens Soeldner JensSoeldner
Ted Spinks
Anthony Spiteri anthonyspiteri
John Statt StattJohn
Gregory Stemberger gjstem
Christian Strijbos vChriSt
Kazumi Takata Kazumi_Takata
Ranjit Singh thakurratan rjapproves
Sateesh Thupakula VMwareguruz
Tolga Tohumcu TolgaTohumcu
Kunal Udapi kunaludapi
Marco van Baggum vMBaggum
Rene Van Den Bedem vcdx133
Peter van Roosmalen perke
Robert Verdam rverdam
Ales Vojtek vojtekales
Chris Wahl ChrisWahl
Ian Walker
Go Watanabe gowatana
Steve Wood stewud86
Chi Kin Wu umacboyvictor
Clint Wyckoff ClintWyckoff
Ross Wynne RossWynne
Yoshimasa Yamamoto vYamamoty
Cahit YOLACAN cyolacan
Jarosław Zieliński vJZielinski
Bo Bo Zin bebezet

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!

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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!

vSphere 6.0 vExpert Blog Articles Covering What’s New, Installation, VVOLS, vMotion, VSAN, Web Client and much much more

Today we announced vSphere 6.0 and the vExpert community has some excellent insight into what this release is about. The articles below are written by VMware vExperts who are the best IT professionals in virtualization.

There are several in depth single as well as multipart articles to help understand this release. Throughout the day we will update this blog with new highlighted blog articles from additional vExperts.  Most of the articles are in English but there are several in international languages as well. Be sure to keep an eye on #VMW28days on Twitter. Be sure to also try vSphere 6 and VSAN today online over at labs online.

Here are some of the highlight topics covered in the articles:

  • What’s new in vSphere 6
  • VMware AppVolumes
  • Install Walkthrough (vSphere & vCenter)
  • Server Design & installation
  • Features & Enhancements of vSphere 6 Web Client
  • Multi-Processor Fault Tolerance
  • How to Install and Configure vSphere 6 Hypervisor
  • vSphere 6 Certificate Authority & Design Decisions
  • VVOL’s
  • What’s new in VSAN
  • vMotion Enhancements & Long Distance vMotion
  • Managing your vSphere 6 Environment

vExpert Blog Articles

Adam Eckerle – Is a TAM for VMware, vExpert, 3xVCAP holder (DCA/DCD/DTD), and passionate about Data Center virtualization technology.

  1. New Features in vSphere 6 – VMware vSphere 6 is another step forward to enabling the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC). There are some very exciting new features that have just been announced so here is a (non-exhaustive) list broken down by area.

Alex Muetstege

  1. Whats’s new in vSphere 6 covering scalability, availability. vCenter Server, vMotion enhancements, Storage, vSphere 6 Pricing

Andrea Casini – I’ve been working in the IT industry for over 14 years designing, implementing and managing IT infrastructures. All the technology I’m passionate about is somehow related to VMware and the revolution they started with virtualization.

  1. vSphere 6 Certificate Lifecycle Management – Since the introduction of SSO, managing certificates have became more and more difficult and problematic. With the introduction of VMCA and VECS VMware is giving us the tools to make this process more streamlined and less cumbersome, making it easy for companies of all sizes to move away from unmanaged self-signed certificates and deploy internal or 3rd party certificates including all vSphere components in the corporate security policy.

Andrea Mauro – Works in IT since 1996 and held several technical certifications (VCP, VCAP, VCDX, MCITP, MCSA, MCSE, CCA). And he’s also a VMware vExpert (2010/2011/2012/2013/2014).

  1. VMware vCenter Server 6 design – This post describe the step by step installation procedure for VMware vSphere 6.0
  2. VMware vSphere 6 Client
  3. VMware vCenter Server 6 adds more cloud features – In this new version vCenter Server has been extended with some new interesting features (partially from vCloud Director capabilities) to make it more cloud oriented.

Andreas Lesslhumer – 16 years in IT, specializing in virtualization and server infrastructure. Virtualization Evangelist and Blogger at Running-System.com

  1. Features and Enhancements of the new vSphere 6 Web Client – Features and Enhancements of the new vSphere 6 Web Client”  waiting for the launch.
  2. vSphere 6 Fault Tolerance highlights and improvements –  vSphere 6 brings some great enhancements to Fault Tolerance. Read more in the article about topics like multi processor VM support and other improvements you can expect.

Andreas Peetz – Virtualization Engineer and Evangelist, Blogger and Tool author, Maintainer of the V-Front Online Depot for ESXi, vExpert since 2012

  1. What’s in ESXi 6.0 for free license and white box users? – Read what the new vSphere version brings for users of the free ESXi license and white box hardware, and how it behaves with community supported drivers and tools.

Ather Beg – Ather Beg is a technology blogger, vExpert and Chief Virtualogist at Virtualogists.com.

  1.  vSphere 6: Platform Services Controller (PSC): Design Decisions – This article discusses the new vSphere 6 architecture component Platform Services Controller (PSC), possible configurations, design decisions and their impact for a vSphere install or upgrade.
  2. vSphere 6: VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA): Design Decisions – This article discusses the new vSphere 6 component “VMware Certificate Authority”, deployment configurations, design decisions and their impact for a vSphere install or upgrade.
  3. vSphere 6: Upgrade Considerations – This article discusses the various vSphere 6 upgrade scenarios and paths, points to consider before embarking on an upgrade program and the design decisions involved.

Benjamin Troch  – is a seasoned IT veteran with 15 years+ experience providing (virtual) infrastructure consulting services for some of the largest financial institutions in the world. vExpert 2013/2014, VMware User Group (VMUG) leader for Singapore and SME on VMware technologies Benjamin holds VCAP DCD and DCA certifications alongside MCITP and Citrix CCA certs

  1. vSphere 5 is dead, long live vSphere 6 – Virtualb.eu’s overview of the new platform

Benjamin Ulsamer – Planning, designing and realising VMware & NetApp projects since 10 years as Senior Consultant, Architect, Systems Engineer and Trainer

  1. The easy way to vSphere 6 – Part 01a – Install vCenter 6 on Windows
  2. The easy way to vSphere 6 – Part 01b – Deploy the vCenter Appliance 6
  3. The easy way to vSphere 6 – Part 02 – Install vSphere Client 6 to connect ESXi Hosts
  4. The easy way to vSphere 6 – Part 03 – Install Update Manager 6
  5. The easy way to vSphere 6 – Part 04 – Install Update Manager Client 6
  6. The easy way to vSphere 6 – Part 05 – Update ESXi 5.x Hosts to version 6 via Update Manager 6

Bob Plankers –  IT Generalist specializing in systems management, virtualization, and cloud design & operations.

  1. 9 Things You’ll Love About vSphere 6.0 – vSphere 6.0 has major advancements in many areas, with the addition of major functionality and thousands of minor improvements. Here are 9 big & small things that vSphere users will really enjoy.

Brian Trainor – Is a consulting engineer with UNICOM Systems and has experience in data center management, infrastructure and operations management, and virtual infrastructure design.

  1. The New vSphere 6.0 Web Client – A quick overview of the new and enhanced vSphere Web Client 6.0. This might be one of the most welcome upgrades offered in vSphere 6.0 as significant improvements have been made in performance and user experience.

Chris Nickl – Chris is a Datacenter Architect/Engineer for World Wide Technology’s Professional Services.

  1. What’s cool in vSphere 6? – VMware has finally released version 6.0 of their vSphere Environment.  What are largest new features and enhancements.
  2. VVOLs What are they? – VMware has been talking about VVOLS for over two years.  What are they and how do they help us?
  3. vSphere 6 : vSphere Client is ALIVE!! – The long standing VI-Client that was rumored to be killed off, is in fact still around and works with vSphere 6.
  4. vSphere 6 now supports NFS v4.1 with Authentication – vSphere 6 finally supports NFS version 4.1 and even allows Kerberos authentication.  This will allow NFS Multi-pathing and better authentication.
  5. vSphere 6: Multi-Processor Fault Tolerance – With the announcement of vSphere 6.0, one very cool feature that is new is Multi-Processor Fault Tolerance.  You can now turn FT on for VMs with up to 4 vCPUs.
  6. Installing the new vCenter 6.0 Appliance – VMware has released the new 6.0 vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA).  This will detail how to exactly install it so that you can get your environment running.

Dave Morera – Is an experienced virtualization and storage Architect, with breadth of knowledge in other areas as well.

  1. vSphere 6 Web Client: Let’s go there… – This article highlights the new features of the new vSphere 6 Web Client. The most noticeable features are highlighted based on customer feedback via social media and VMUG meetings.
  2. vSphere 6 Availability Enhancements – This article highlights the new availability enhancements provided in vSphere6. Such enhancements play an important role in maintaining HA and a DR strategy.
  3. VVols: Go for Launch – This article provides a high level view of VVols as well as its requirements. VVols allow for a better management and integration of storage and vSphere 6.

Derek Seaman – Is VMware VCDX #125, and a Senior Solutions and Performance engineer at Nutanix. He specializes in Microsoft enterprise software, and detailed how-to articles for a variety of enterprise products.

  1. vSphere 6.0 Install Pt. 1: Introduction – Back by popular demand and following in the vSphere 5.5 footsteps, this is the first article in a long series of how-to install and upgrade to vSphere 6.0.
  2. vSphere 6.0 Install Pt 2: PSC
  3. PEX 2015: VVOL Overview
  4. What’s new in vSphere 6.0

Edward Haletky

  1. vSphere Upgrade Saga: Planning for vSphere 6.0

Emad Younis

  1. vCenter Appliance (vCSA) 6.0 – New & Improved – vSphere 5.0 introduced us to the vCenter appliance (vCSA). The vCSA continues to evolve with each release and this one is no exception.

Filip Verloy – Is an NSX SE at VMware based in Belgium and has been blogging about virtualization and networking since 2012.

  1. The vSphere 6 blog post focusses on what’s new related to vMotion, including cross vCenter- and long distance vMotion and the new use cases it enables.

Florian Grehl – Is a Hosting Engineer working for a managed services provider in Germany.

  1. vSphere 6 vMotion Enhancements – This article introduces cross vSwitch and cross vCenter vMotion. It also analyses what’s geographically possible with the increased supported RTT of 100ms.
  2. vSphere 6 Web Client Enhancements – This article highlights the changes in the vSphere Web Client and presents a performance analysis compared to the previous version.

Greg Schulz – Five-time VMware vExpert, independent advisory consultant and author of several books, his blog is storageioblog.com and twitter @StorageIO.

  1. VMware Announces vSphere v6 Virtualization Technologies – VMware has announced version 6 (V6) of its virtualization hypervisor called vSphere aka ESXi, this post looks at the announcement and what it means for implementing a software defined data center including coverage of Virtual Volumes (vVOLs).

Iwan Rahabok – A VMware CTO Ambassador and author, started the user community in ASEAN 6+ years ago. The community Facebook group is one of the largest globally.

  1. vSphere 6 First Impressions – A tour of the changes in the UI. Web Client is now cool again!
  2. vSphere 6: Features that are now global – A great enhancements for customers with multiple vCenter Servers. And who doesn’t!
  3. The rise of SDDC Architect – A strategic take on the launch, encouraging VMware professionals to rise up and become the SDDC Architect.

Jason Conine – Virtualization Evangelist, Systems Engineer, MBA, vExpert, VCP5-DCV

  1. VMware vSphere 6.0: What’s New?

Jim Jones – Systems and network administrator working in state government. Jim has over 15 years in the IT industry.

  1. Managing your vSphere 6 Environment – vSphere 6 provides a great deal of enhancements to its manageability and scale. This article will provide the high points.

John Nicholson – (vExpert 2013-2014) is the manager of Client Services for Synchronet.  His focus is on Storage and Virtual Desktop Architecture.

  1. VMware VSAN : What’s new – This article looks at the end management updates to VSAN as well as the implications of the powerful back end updates to the file system.

Josep Ros

  1. Novedades de VMware vSphere 6.0

Kevin Kelling – Is a 4-time VMware vExpert holding an MBA as well as nearly 20 years of Information Technology experience.

  1. Top 6 Features of vSphere 6 – vSphere 6 may just be the most significant release in VMware’s history.  Let’s take a quick walk through the 6 biggest features that enable a whole new world of capabilities and opportunity.

Keith Norbie – Sr. Business Development Manager at SolidFire, and works closely with solutions architects, marketing, sales and channel teams to drive forward some of SolidFire’s most strategic technology partnerships, including VMware and Citrix Systems. Keith has a strong history of experiences working in different channel and business development roles within the enterprise IT and storage market. He is also an active VMware vExpert and member of VMware’s Partner Technical Advisory Board (PTAB).

  1. vSphere 6 Storage – The Future of Storage at Scale

Leon Scheltema – I am a IT professional for over 14 years specialising in Virtualization and Storage, last couple of years focussing on designing virtual infrastructures, Blogger

  1. VMware Reveals vSphere 6 – The article highlights the most important enhancements and new features of the latest vSphere release. In addition a high-level overview of the differences between the vCenter components in the previous version and in the latest version, and how this affects deployment of vCenter nodes.

Michael Webster – Is among a small number of VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX-066), currently the only VCDX in New Zealand, and a vExpert, with deep experience delivering project management, ITIL based VMware operational readiness and technical architecture consulting services to enterprise and service provider clients around the world.

  1. VMware vSphere Release Revolution for Mobile Cloud Era –  For the first time you will be able to live migrate from private cloud to public cloud, a true hybrid cloud and software defined datacenter. Expect to improve qualify of service for all applications, scale to unprecedented levels, and support even higher levels of service. All while reducing management overheads and complexity across the entire ecosystem. This release has been baking for a while and for good reason. There is a big commitment to product qualify, which was evidenced by the first ever public beta for VMware vSphere.  This is a major release, and is well deserving of the 6.0 version number.

Mohammed Raffic – A VMware vExpert, VMware Employee and an author of the Book “VMware ESXi CookBook”. Independent author and Founder of the blog “www.VMwarearena.com” focusing on VMware Virtualization and Cloud computing. He has more than 7 years of high level knowledge in Remote infrastructure services, consulting, designing, implementing and troubleshooting VMware Virtualization technology.

  1. vSphere 6.0 – New Configuration Maximums – This article focuses about the New Configuration maximums available with vSphere 6.0. It provides the Comparison table between the configuration maximums of vSphere 5.5 and vSphere 6.0.
  2. vSphere 6.0 vMotion Enhancements – vMotion Across vSwitches and vCenter Servers – This article focus about the vMotion enhancements available with vSphere 6.0. It provides detailed information about vMotion across vSwicthes, vMotion across vCenters and Long Distance vMotion.
  3. vSphere 6.0 – What’s New in VMware Fault Tolerance (FT) – This article focus about the VMware vSphere 6.0 Fault Tolerance and its new features. It also provides comparison table between vSphere 5.5 and vSphere 6.0 Fault Tolerance
  4. vSphere 6.0 New Features – Content Library – This article focus about one of the New Feature called “Content Library” available with vSphere 6.0. It also provides details about configuring content library and deploying Virtual Machines from Content Library.
  5. vSphere 6.0 – What’s New in vCenter Server 6.0 – This article focus about the new components and pre-requisites for the installation of vCenter Server 6.0. It also provides the details about 2 different components of vCenter Server along with the details about vCenter Server 6.0 deployment models.
  6. vSphere 6.0 – What’s New in vCenter Server Appliance(vCSA) 6.0 – This article focus about the new Installation type, Deployment Model, Appliance Sizing about the vCenter Server Appliance 6.0. It also provides comparison table between Windows Version of vCenter Server and vCenter Server appliance.
  7. vSphere 6.0 New Features – What is VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols)

Niels Hagoort – I am a virtualization enthusiast with a love for software defined solutions. Working at YaWorks as a Sr. Virtualization Consultant.

  1. vSphere 6: Multi-Processor Fault Tolerance (SMP-FT)
  2. vSphere 6: mClock scheduler & reservations

Paul Braren – “TinkerTry IT @ home” Founder and IT Professional Paul Braren actually enjoys the bleeding edge of technology, residing happily at the forefront throughout his multi-decade IT career. Paul has done many years of customer trainings and virtualization implementations. He’s always been tinkering, but most recently, he’s been honing his photography, videography, and writing skills, with over 500 in-depth articles and over 300 how-to videos at TinkerTry.com.

  1. Getting my mitts on the vSphere 6 bits including ESXi and vCSA, already enhancing my home lab – It’s been a long wait for vSphere 6.0, and in the home lab, that likely means ESXi 6.0 coupled with VCSA 6.0. The question for IT Pros/home lab enthusiasts: will my efficient/affordable/unsupported equipment still work with this major new release? Wait no more, catch a good glimpse of all that vSphere 6.0 goodness coming soon to your our home lab.
  2. Sneak Preview – Build your own vSphere 6 home datacenter in about an hour – Today, the day vSphere 6 is announced, I’m already ready to show you exactly how I just re-built my home lab today, in about an hour…stick with hard-coded IPs, SSO auto-configuration in the vCSA appliance now works very nicely. The video is now available, exclusively at TinkerTry!

René Bos – Technical Consultant at Conclusion FIT, SnowVM blog

  1. The new features of vSphere 6

Robert Verdam – My main focus is infrastructure (Storage, Networking and Computing), but I’m also very interested in designing and implementing VDI and Server Based Computing-environments.

  1. vSphere 6: vMotion enhancements – A brief history about vMotion and an overview of new exiting vMotion features. Shows what are use-cases and requirements for these new vMotion features.

Roger Lund – Solutions Architect at Deltaware Data Solutions; Blogger,  VMUG leader, Tech Field Day Delegate, and VMware vExpert.

  1. vCenter Server 6.0 New Features
  2. vSphere 6.0 Platform New Features
  3. vSphere 6.0 Fault Tolerance – New Features
  4. vSphere 6 Configuration of Fault Tolerance

Rutger Kosters – Virtualization Consultant working at YaWorks. Tech Junkie!

  1. mClock Scheduler & Reservations – A closer look at the mClock scheduler and how it is used in vSphere 6 for reservations in association with Storage IO Controls.

Sittichai Palanisong – Currently a Systems Engineer manager for VMware. Has 22 years of experiences in IT industry. Started with systems programming using C. Spent 18 years of career in the world of  UNIX and alike environments.   VCP5 and VCAP-DCD5 certified.

  1. What’s New in vSphere 6 (Thai)

Vikas Shitole

  1. vSphere 6.0 : How SIOC works with Storage IO reservation – Yet another vSphere 6.0 feature which will excite you to move your Tier-1 IO intensive apps to vSphere.

Vipin V.K. – Working for a VMware partner company, in India. vExpert 2014/15

  1. vSphere 6 enhancements – Let’s take a look – Discussing some of the new key features with the new vSphere release, vSphere 6.

Vladan Seget – IT Consultant, professional Blogger and owner of vladan.fr ESX Virtualization website.

  1. vSphere 6 Long Distance vMotion – vSphere 6 breaks the traditional boundaries which is a datacenter – Po. Long distance vMotion is a game changer in DR strategies and architecturing DR solutions.
  2. vSphere 6 Features – vCenter Server Details – Windows based vCenter or VCSA? The barrier is gone as VCSA 6 scales the same way as Windows vCenter Server 6 – up to 1000 hosts and 10k VMs including support for linked mode…

Beaconing Demystified: Using Beaconing to Detect Link Failures

VMware: VMware Networking Blog: Beaconing Demystified: Using Beaconing to Detect Link Failures.

Beaconing is one of those features that often confuses even the most experienced networking admin.

Shudong Zhou, one of our senior engineers, recently posted
an entry on the internal blog explaining how it works and how you might use it.
He gave me permission to cut and paste his entry. Here it is …

Beaconing is a
software solution for detecting link failures downstream from the physical
switch.ESX provides a simple and elegant teaming solution. All uplinks
connected to a vswitch are assumed to connect to the same physical network
(same broadcast domain) so they are all equivalent. Users can configure a list
of active and standby uplinks for traffic to go out of the ESX host. If a link
fails, the adapter driver detects it and marks the uplink as failed and stops
using this uplink. Existing traffic will fail over to a standby uplink or
redistributed to the remaining team members.


10GigE Networking Performance with ESX 3.5

Link: VMware: VMware Networking Blog: 10GigE Networking Performance with ESX 3.5.

  1. Improving managability by reducing the cable and NIC sprawl. 2x 10GigE links versus 6, 8, 10 or more 1 GigE can simplify your infrastructure
  2. Convergence of Fibre Channel and Network traffic using FCoE (Fibre
    Channel over Ethernet). The ability to do away with Fibre Channel HBAs
    and converge the FC SAN traffic with the ethernet network traffic is
    the TCO tipping point for some customers. …

But, …how does 10GigE perform on ESX 3.5? Our performance team published a paper this week on that very theme.