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.