Aug 292011
 

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.

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Hopefully you you will get a summary of the main points from the keynote.

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Its fair to say VMware have upped the game on their keynote promo vids this year. A very futuristic almost matrixy feel to it.

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(pic of Paul on the big screen)

Labs overview:

  • pure public cloud lab model expecting over 200k VMs created.
  • World VMUG users now 60,000 strong

Some other interesting points:

  • VMworld 2012 is in San Fran Aug 27-30, for me this is great as I have heard nothing but good things about San Fran. Vegas is great though Winking smile
  • More than half of all servers being deployed today are VMs. This is a big milestone in the Virtualisation world.
  • A new VM born every 6 seconds.
  • 20 millions VMs currently running around the world.
  • At any point in time there are more VMs being vmotioned than planes in flight around the world.
  • There are over 68000 VCPs. Last I heard this was 30k so this is a big jump. It makes me a feel a little less special.

Unfolding the Cloud era:

  • “the next major round of integration between enterprise IT and consumer driven change”, “we will re-define IT over the coming decade”. Both very bold statements but I cant help but agree this is where IT is going. Working for a solutions provider I can see this at the cole face and while it is a little while away I think it is where things are going.
  • Billions of new users and devices coming into play, in 3 years less than 20% will be PCs and mainly dominated by other devices. 5 years ago this would have been a radical thought but with the consumer market changing the way they consume applications it makes a PC look archaic.
  • New programming frameworks and datafabrics are key to the future of cloud.
  • Invest in new and renewed applications. Stu Radnidge hit on this in a recent London VMUG and for me this is the biggest hurdle to cloud computing. Getting developers to change their mentality is difficult but shoots seem to be breaking though.
  • Existing client applications are going to be around for a long time, virtualisation enable this as it can be applied in a non disruptive way until the applications can be re-written to cloud optimised applications.
  • Automation to allow the operational efficiency will be the next step on from the Automation of hardware. Not automating operational functions means that cloud become a non starter.
  • In 2009 Paul announced 4.0, In 2010 he announced 4.1, 2011 he announced 5.0 – vSphere 5 needed an overlapping development effort. (1 million engineering hours, 2 million QA hours, 200 new features, 2000 partner certification)
  • the VMware Cloud suite of applications are vCloud driector 1.5, vSheild 5.0, VC opetations 1.0, SRM 5.0 – the aim is for the verson numbers will match by 5.1.
  • Global Connect – Consortium of cloud companies (I mentioned this on the Live Convergence Tech Talk Podcast).
  • New product lines – VMware essentials (Datacenter in a Box using the storage appliance) and VMware Go.
    • VMware go is SaaS services fegor SMB – 100ks of people taking it up. it helps the SMBs to get fully set up after a free vSphere hypervisors.
  • Knowing what the new generation of programmers are doing enables VMware to provide what they need. vFabric – in memory database (gemfabric), datadirector – vFabric postgress. (database optimisation that will help the database vendors).
  • cloud foundry – how applications will be written in the future.
    • microclud – cloud foundry on a memory stick.

View 5.0:

  • Bandwidth Improvements
  • Client Ubiquity – view clients on almost any device
  • Integration with VoIP/UC

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.

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