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I did an interview for the vExpert corner section (bellow) that Michael Letschin organised.
Check out the other recorded videos here.
Day 2 of VMworld 2011 started with Dr Steve Herrod taking the stage for his keynote. In my opinion todays keynote was allot better than yesterdays in content.
So what did we learn? Yesterday I was left a little disappointed that we didn’t really learn anything new. Today put that right with some great announcements and demos.
VMware are trying to change the way they look at virtualised infrastructure and adopt a service and people centric approach. This came across when Steve mentioned focusing on the ‘services and not the servers’.
“Its all about the applications and the data”, I couldn’t agree more on this one. But what have VMware done over and above there existing portfolio?
With View 5’s View Persona Management VMware are truly subscribing to addressing the user rather than the desktop.
The 3D graphics enablement take the virtual desktop even closer to the traditional PC.
Advancements made to the PCoIP protocol make the old complaints about the protocol much harder to justify.
For me the biggest and most long awaited from View (at least for me) is the UC integration. This apparently is much improved and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on it to see how this really works.
Project ThinApp Factory:
Some changes to the way the app streaming (ThinApp) in the form of ‘Project ThinApp Factory’ in which a catalogue of apps is created.
Horizon application manager is a portal to access the apps. Thin app factory and horizon will be aligned (windows apps and mobile apps will be added to the horizon capabilities in the future) this will enable the ability to assign apps to users regardless of device.
Horizon mobile – separate device to your mobile – LG and now Samsung on horizon mobile but more to come. Gives IT more control over the handset device.
How do we get the data out of the desktops:
Project Octopus (click the link to register for the beta) – Offers a dropbox type service but internal to the company. Good security controls with AD integration. It can be provided through private and public cloud. This seems to fill an obvious business need that no large company has yet addressed.
Real world communications:
Socialcast (a recent VMware acquisition) could be a Cisco Quad competitor but I must confess it looked very good and would have may uses in any workplace.
Consuming Apps (Appblast):
Appblast can open windows applications without a VDI session. Appblast can open applications of any sort to any device that supports HTML5. This could be a potential game changer, the ability to open Microsoft Office apps (among many others) on devices like an iPad without having to launch a VDI session is going to be very powerful.
iPad vSphere Client Update:
A new vsphere ipad client was announced. This now supports doing vMotions and looked to be becoming a very powerful tool.
Talking a little bit more about vSphere:
“innovation is great but has to be accessible” – vSphere GO (is a web based admin tool, gives them a dummies admin portal) and VSA – VMware Storage Appliance (no HA, vmotion and DRS, very good for low end market using local drives).
Steve said he wants to make every application to work on vSphere instead of hearing the old ‘not all apps can be virtualised’.
VXLAN and others:
Networking – Virtual Extendable LAN (VXLAN) can layer 2 into layer 3 (Mac on IP). This can help significantly with cloud bursting in hybrid clouds.
Availability – SRM 5 Now has vSphere replication giveing the ability to replicate between different arrays agnostically arrays. SRM 5 can now do automated fail back. Interestingly vCloud partners are allowing disaster recover to the cloud. (could be a great use case for cloud in the first place for customers)
Security – nosy neighbour scenario – vSheild Endpoint, protecting what’s in the VM – vSheild app, firewalling and port rules – Vsheild edge, load balancing and vpn.
Its fair to say compared to my pervious experience with VMworld’s in Europe that Las Vegas 2011 is on a massive scale.
Being a blogger means I get an amazing seat for the keynote and facilities for the keynote speech from Paul Maritz. Its been a big year for VMware and I’m hoping that the excitement is not over just yet with maybe a new announcement or two.
Hopefully you you will get a summary of the main points from the keynote.
Its fair to say VMware have upped the game on their keynote promo vids this year. A very futuristic almost matrixy feel to it.
(pic of Paul on the big screen)
Some other interesting points:
Unfolding the Cloud era:
These are the highlights I picked up on. There were more bit mentioned in the presentations but these are the bits I found interesting. I recommend checking out he recording when it is published.
Check out the live vExpert podcasts going on throughout the week. They are recorded so if you can’t check them out live then they are available anytime for you.
I’m doing on today’s podcast from 10:30 Vegas time but the rest of the schedule is bellow.
After some uncertainty I have finally been able to pin down my trip to the US VMworld show.
This is my first ever US VMworld and I can’t wait. I have previously been to the last 2 VMworld Europe events and got a lot out of them. With the US show being first in line, so close to the Europe show and on a much bigger scale I am expecting to gain much more from the event.
This year also sees my first vExpert year, and along with the sessions, labs and solutions exchange I also have a ton of vExpert stuff to fit in. It’s fair to say my diary is completely packed.
I’m looking forward to the sessions I have signed up for as the subjects and speakers are should be amazing.
I’ll try to get along to as many tweetups etc as possible to try to meet as many people as I can that I know or follow virtually.
If you are going I hope to see you there. 🙂
So another VMworld Europe is over and the majority of attendees will be left with a sense of satisfaction and a slightly painful hangover. Also some with iPads, net-books and countless T-shirts, USB keys, pens and even sponsored energy drinks.
This years show was widely criticized when it was announced for being so close to the main event in San Fran and it was anticipated that the number of attendees and vendors would have been effected. This was true to a certain extent but other factors compensated.
The technology presented by VMware at this show was not the staggering list of features and new products we had in Cannes however it was more than enough to get our teeth into. The focus was mainly around vCD and its peripherals (vSheild, Chargeback, Networking etc etc). We also saw plenty on View 4.5 and its evolution. I also particularly liked the look of project ‘Horizon’ which will be VMware SaaS solution arriving some time next year.
The vendors had plenty of tech to keep us all interested between Breakout Sessions and it was interesting to see how the landscape is changing from a vendor perspective. Some very interesting solutions to the old VDI I/O bottle neck issue seemed to grab my attention and the guys at Atlantis Computing were on the full marketing warpath. I also liked what HP/3par are trying to do and the direction that venture takes will be hugely interesting and could make a huge mark in the VDI space. Perhaps is the tide is theoretical tide is swinging back towards SAN than local disk?? I think I’m edging into dangerous territory and getting away from the point….
I’m a big fan of UCS and that and he vBlock were really interesting to get a good look at in the flesh. While im not as much of an ITIL guru as Steve Chambers (anyone following Steve will know this) I am still very much of that way of thinking so Service Manager really captured my attention and vCloud request manager also looked to fit the cloud model very well.
Paul Maritz announced that this has topped 6000, a record for the Europe event.
Compared to the Cannes show last year (seems allot longer) I did not notice a great deal of vendors (that I cared about anyway) being missing from the event.
Copenhagen is an inspiring an beautiful city with excellent transport and plenty of accommodation. Its night life left there to be plenty to do outside the event.
Overall the Bella Centre was more that adequate for the event. As it was scaled down somewhat this year there was more than enough room to host such an event.
This year seemed to have more vendor parties than ever. I was pressed frequently by attractive young girls trying to get me to go their party. It was plainly obvious that those girls wouldn’t actual be there though. I hit the VMUG party on the Monday evening and the Veeam party Wednesday and despite the tiredness had a great time at both.
This year year in San Fran we saw the Labs being delivered by a cloud service provider for the very first time. This theme was continued in Copenhagen and I was very pleased to see that the Lab team reached there goals on VMs created and destroyed and people attending.
I found the labs them selves to work very well and they were responsive and I had not issue. One person next to me had all sorts of issues however and had to keep getting an engineer over to help, I initially though bad things about the lab he was doing but when he asked what ‘putty’ was and what ‘ssh’ was to the response to his first question I realised it was more likely user error.
I really liked the format of a few of the breakouts where it was basically an intimate 15 or 20:1 ratio to the tech lead. This was far for more informative and I felt I got an honest and frank answer to most of the questions I asked. I also like the ‘Who want to be a millionaire style surveys at the beginning.
I was blown away by this as I did not expect there to be level of attention around this. I always knew that this area was popular and the amount of people trying to get into the social scene (me included) has exploded in the last 18 months (I think I may have said that in my interview a few times haha). You only have to look at the VMUGs and there popularity along with the vbeers events to see how much people enjoy spending time in the company of like minded people.
I was very pleased to have been involved with this and meet some really cool (geek cool that is) people that I will defiantly keep in contact with.
While there was plenty to consider with the announcements (specifically Horizon, View 4.5 and vCD) there was no getting away from the fact these technologies had been announced and being used for a fair number of weeks. This gave enough time for everyone to find the failures and missing features that most VMworld’s would not experience. I know I may be a minority on this looking at the % of attendees but the advanced guys were all feeling a little deflated. As a result the Breakout Session often felt like pure marketing and not technical. Perhaps I’m being a little over critical here but I can not honestly say I went away thinking I have learned anything new that I didn’t already know from reading the announcements or playing with the products prier to the show.
As a result of the lack of technology announcements the Breakout Session often felt like pure marketing and not technical. Perhaps I’m being a over critical here but I can not honestly say I went away thinking I have learned anything new that I didn’t already know from reading the announcements, documentation or playing with the products prier to the show.
While on the whole i liked the labs and there structure I thought that the queues were allot worse than Cannes. This is in part to the ‘cloud’ way it was done, Cannes had separate banks of desks for each lab. This meant that if you arrived at a lab that had a huge queue you could do your second or 3rd choice. I found the queuing in Copenhagen frustrating and as a result I didn’t get as many labs done as Id have liked. Many be if id been more dedicated then id have arrived at 8 every day.
While I dont think the venue was bad I though the food was a far cry to that in Cannes. Im not a fussy eater however the lack of variety and the peculiar food combinations meant that I was left with bagels most days. When I did try the hot food (lamb curry I think) it was warm at best.
The main party lacked something this year while basically a similar setup to the Cannes (games machines etc) it lacked a certain intimacy you got at last years venue and felt a little like we were all cattle in a barn being made to force drink and much larger as possible. Not to say i didn’t at least try and drink as much as i could ;-). Id say the place was only half full by 10:30 as most vendors had dragged people off to bars. Also the pre main event entertainment was a little boring and the 60’s theme was very odd. On the bright side I was with great company and any party is only as good as what you make it.
Much smaller exchange from Cannes. While I don’t think there was a radically reduced vendor attendance the size of the booths were much reduced. As was the free gifts. The iPad giveaways from the bigger vendors draw crowds but the usual gift were reduced to pens and hats.
Simons pink, flowery shirt.
and my interview.
All in all I enjoyed this years VMworld immensely and most of the bad points I highlighted are not issues I would think would put me off. If I had to say which was the best out of Cannes and Copenhagen I would probably have to give it to Copenhagen. The whole social networking scene has made it impossible (if you wanted to that is) not so have access to even the most famous faces in the industry.
I’m fairly confident that Copenhagen has been booked in for next year so I’m not going to suggest changing that however I feel the following would make the experience better:
I had to chuckle to myself when i saw this as I hate hearing my own voice but am very pleased they used me in this video.
I must confess Kendrik has a much better speaking voice then I do. Despite me being in this video its a great advert for the blogging and general social community.
I hope everyone keeps up the good work and keeps sharing the wealth of information with the world.
I’m about 4:55 mins in.
I had a really good Breakout Session today with the title of “Self Service and Workflow automation in the private cloud”. While workflow tools are in an abundance at the moment I was quite impressed with how VMware are positioning them selves with this tool and also the apparent ease you can use these tools out the box.
The presentation focused on 2 products from VMware:
The Fundamental concepts of both products are:
This product is not specific to the cloud and covers allot more of the ITIL based concepts like configuration management, asset management etc. Additionally it allows users to self service ‘on boarding’ processes and allows for strict workflow and baseline templates through a service catalogue.
The workflow manager GUI allows admins to create bespoke workflows for the business needs.
The key to being able to fit this product into an existing business are the ‘connectors’. These connectors allow interfaces to not only other VMware products like capacityIQ but practically any database of service app can be contacted (with some modification potentially)
Request Manager is a cut down version of Service Manager however it has been optimised to fit the Cloud strategy. When I say cloud I mean vCD.
The key features:
The model for both products are very similar but the more specific Request manager ties directly into the vCD API.
I am familiar with Dynamic Ops VRM which is based on windows workflow and this is a very similar product to Service Manager and it will be interesting if a 3rd party like Dynamic Ops can make any headway against VMware on these products. As impressed as I was with the products today I still feel a small 3rd party has the flexibility to diversify and adapt to changes in business procedures and requirements that perhaps a larger one can not. I plan to do a comparison between the Dynamic Ops VRM and Service Manager to see which I prefer in the real world.
Over all this was the bet breakout session I have been to and I can see real world applications for this. Overall I have been a little disappointed with the Breakout Sessions up to now but this one was excellent.
“The Evolutionary Path to a Revolutionary Approach to IT”
Today is the first day of the conference proper today and to kick it all off is the keynote speeches from Paul Maritz, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Steve Herrod, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of R&D.
They are presenting the “VMware vision for IT as a Service, and plan to demonstrate new virtualization and cloud computing technologies enabling modern infrastructures, application platforms and end-user computing.”
Opening Video –
The opening video mainly focused about what is cloud? There were several references to the Matrix in the video (the Oracle and the bullet dodging screen springs to mind).
One thing that I was very interested in this year was the attendance due this conference being so close to the main vmware event in San Fran.
Bellow are the attendance figures:
2008 – 4500
2009 – 4700
2010 – 6000
I’m sure its been well publicised that the labs this year are operated as part of a cloud. This was championed in the key note as being significant proof that cloud works and works well. (Ill be sitting the labs tomorrow so ill let you know if they got there).
Interesting things to note:
VMware have a new high-level 3 part methodology
I have had a look at vCD before however it was a good opportunity to see a configured environment and see how it should be used properly. I know they used the LabMager technology for vCD but webinterface is very similar. I know that the VMware guys hate me saying that vCD is labmanger with lots of bells and whistles but at the end of the day that’s all it is.
Check out the key note speeches yourself at http://www.vmworld.com/community/conferences/europe2010/generalsessions
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