From the editors Virtual Desk
This week I spent 2 days at vForum in Sydney. Attended by around 6000 VMware enthusiasts this was the biggest VMware event I have ever attended. The energy and excitement at the keynotes and general sessions was amazing to witness. The labs were where I spent a lot of my time assisting and ensuring that everyone was allocated a lab and able to work through it in their allocated time. The lab environment was amazing and the scoreboard showing the number of lab’s completed just ticked up and up all of the time without a hitch. I hope that we will get some stats out of this on the number of labs completed as I am sure it will be in the thousands.
I had a fantastic time at vForum, the keynotes were awesome, the sessions informative and the conversations for me made it the best event of the year. The team really went all out this year to produce a really cool event for our customers and I am very proud to attend this each year as an employee of VMware, this is now my third vForum and I hope to attend many more.
Take care until next time everyone and enjoy the newsletter.
Neil Isserow (Newsletter Editor and VMware TAM Blog Custodian)
Queensland Technical Account Manager
VMware Blogs 19/10/11 12:00 AM
The past few months have been very exciting at VMware. In July, we launchedvSphere 5 and the industry's first cloud infrastructure suite. At VMworld in August, we unveiled our vision and products to liberate and support end-users in the Post-PC era. And today during the opening keynote of VMworld Europe (where we have more than 7000 registered attendees!) we are adding to the fun. We are announcing three new product suites that deliver a new approach to IT management – an approach that is specifically targeted at the “cloud era.”
As Paul Maritz pointed out in his August VMworld keynote, we’re now in a world where more than 50% of the total server workloads worldwide are virtualized. Amazing! Virtualization is really an on-ramp to cloud computing, enabling more and more enterprises to enter the cloud era. This has profound implications, impacting every facet of the IT landscape. For example, by separating applications from the hardware they run on, virtualization enables consolidation and mobility. However, many existing management tools and processes weren’t designed with this in mind. The cloud also requires changes to how IT is delivered, evolving to a model of instant, self-service access to elastic capacity. And finally, the cloud introduces a new dimension of choice (the enterprise datacenter is no longer the single source) that is changing the role of the CIO from IT provider to service broker. I like to call this the “builder to broker” transition.
All of these changes are very powerful, and they have profound impact in terms of what it means to manage IT. It’s time for an IT management rethink, and we believe that a new approach represents the next important step in the journey to the cloud. Done properly, this new approach should help enterprises move even more of their applications into the cloud and amplify the value they get from them being there. We feel this is so critical that we now have the majority of our engineers focused on developing management-related innovations across all of our product lines.
So, what is unique about VMware’s approach to management? First, we believe the platform needs to shoulder much more of the management burden, embedding and automating as many capabilities as it can. This has been a guiding principle for many of the innovations in VMware vSphere – vMotion, DRS, HA and FT – and we will continue our quest to move this forward. We’re also constantly looking at manual interactions with vSphere and trying to get rid of as many as possible. We want to automate everything in sight as this is the only way customers will be able to achieve the efficiency and economics of cloud computing.
Next, we believe the days of managing silos – of machines, of application stacks and of discrete disciplines – are over. It is time to converge these disciplines, streamline and remove steps to create more agile, shared processes. This phenomenon is well recognized in the application delivery space as “DevOps”. We think there’s also key convergence in a new discipline of “CloudOps”.
Finally, cloud management must support high-velocity, dynamic environments. The pace and scale of today’s IT demands require teams have visibility and control, but more importantly, they need the ability to focus on what really matters. There’s simply too much data out there. We are focused on how to best filter this information, bringing the key facts to the appropriate team’s attention. This applies at all levels, from the server and storage administrators to the CIO and CFO.
The new product suites we are introducing today apply these foundational principles to simplify how customers manage infrastructure, applications and the business of IT in the cloud world:
We first introduced the vCenter Operations Management Suite in March 2011, and we have had overwhelmingly positive response from our customers. Paul often talks about how VMware is out to “make infrastructure disappear,” and vCenter Operations helps deliver this. Its advanced analytics “learn” normal behavior in order to drive high levels of automation. The enhancements we are announcing today continue to converge performance, capacity and configuration management, and will support cloud-scale operations, or “CloudOps”.
The next area undergoing change in the cloud world is application management. The changes to infrastructure brought about by virtualization about are forcing fundamental changes in how enterprises build, deploy and manage the next generation of applications. These previously siloed functions are increasingly converging, and new processes like “DevOps” are emerging. The new vFabric Application Management Suite will help unite development and operations, simplifying and automating the way customers deploy, monitor and optimize their applications across clouds.
As I mentioned earlier, cloud is causing the role of the CIO to evolve from builder to broker. The third suite of products we’re announcing today is aimed at supporting this evolution. With so many choices – public clouds, private clouds, SaaS, traditional datacenters – now, more than ever, CIOs need the right information to make informed decisions about how to deliver services to the business. The VMware IT Business Management Suite will converge the disciplines of IT finance management, service level management and vendor governance to give the CIO comprehensive visibility over cost and risk.
These new management suites have been under development for multiple years now, and our entire company is thrilled to launch them today. If we can crack the code on how to operate and manage IT in the cloud era, we will open the door to a new world of amazing achievements. And while it’s not quite the “World Peace” I alluded to in the keynote, IT as a Service will be pretty good, too. :-)
If you want to learn more about the suites we are introducing today, you can dive deeper at: http://www.vmware.com/go/management-experience
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VMware Blogs 14/10/11 11:39 PM
For weeks now I've been trying to find the time to implement EMC's VASA Provider, which was released last month. What with researching new storage features for the next release of vSphere, and preparing for next week's VMworld 2011 in Copenhagen, I've just not had a moment. If you are not familiar with VASA, the vSphere Storage APIs for Storage Awareness, you can read about it in this earlierpost. However, one of the lads I worked with in GSS Cork stepped into the breach and got it set up - take a bow Fintan Comyns :-) Fintan is an ex-EMC'er like myself, so we go back quite a way.
The VASA vendor provider from EMC is actually part of the SMI-S Provider v4.3.1 which also includes the correct version of Solutions Enabler v7.3.1.
After discussing the implementation steps with Fintan, this is basically what is needed:
VMware Blogs 16/10/11 12:02 AM
I guess most people who have an interest in storage will be well versed on what VAAI is and how it can communicate to storage systems at a meta level to improve VM performance and scalability. In a nutshell, vSphere Storage APIs for Array Integration (yes, the acronym did change in 5.0) allows certain I/O operations to be offloaded from the ESX to the physical array. There are primitives available for block copy & block zeroing (used by VM Snapshots, Cloning operations, Storage vMotion and by virtual disks built with the eager zeroed thick option). There is another primitive called Atomic Test & Set (ATS) which is a superior alternative to SCSI Reservations when it comes to metadata locking on VMFS. In 5.0 we have also introduced new NAS & Thin Provisioning primitives too. More about vSphere 5.0 VAAI enhancements can be found here.
VMware Blogs 17/10/11 6:05 PM
Just a quick update for those of you who've had questions about supported platforms and databases.
We've updated the VMware Product Interoperability Matrices to be more authoritative. Some platform support has changed (e.g. we only support Update 3 for ESX/ESXi 4.0, and no prior update versions), and supported databases should be a lot broader than was initially indicated in the pdf included with the release.
VMware Blogs 18/10/11 4:01 AM
VMware recently announced that the VMware vCloud Powered Service Providerecosystem has continued to grow, with more than 50 VMware Service Provider Partners delivering VMware vCloud Powered services all over the globe. During VMworld, VMware also announced new capabilities to help accelerate customers’ journey to the enterprise hybrid cloud, with the collaboration of vCloud Powered service provider partners.
VMware Blogs 18/10/11 6:59 AM
VMware Fusion 4 Named “Editors Choice” by PC Magazine.
The reviews are starting to slowly trickle in and we are extremely excited to share that we have been named Editors Choice by PC magazine. Giving us a rating of 4.5 out of 5, VMware Fusion 4 was put though a whole host of tests. Here are some excerpts from the review.
Here is yet another vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) plug-in. This time to enable a set of discovery and monitoring features.
Citing the CIM plug-in summary page:
ESX includes a CIM Object Manager (CIMOM) that implements a set of server discovery and monitoring features. With the VMware CIM SMASH/Server Management API, clients that use industry-standard protocols can do the following:
VMware Blogs 19/10/11 2:30 AM
For those of us interested in running latency-sensitive applications on vSphere, Bhavesh Davda, from the CTO's office, has created a comprehensive guide for tuning vSphere for such applications.
Some of the tuning options are very familiar to those working with low-latency applications, e.g., interrupt coalescing settings, and some of them are relatively obscure vSphere specific options. Using a combination of these options, we saw noticeable improvement in performance of some latency-bound benchmarks. As a bonus, the guide provides in-depth reasoning for some options.
VMware Blogs 19/10/11 3:12 AM
We have a couple of new icons on the VMware Toolbar rolling out today we can tell you about.
There is now a translate button that you can use to translate any page you are browsing to whatever language you prefer. The widget can also translate text that you type in (if you need to make a quick reply for instance).
The second icon is a link to the VMware Support Mobile App, very handy for accessing KB content while your in a noisy environment and don't have your laptop with you!
If you haven't tried the toolbar, you can download it here:http://wbxapp.com/vmwarekb
VMware Blogs 19/10/11 12:22 PM
In recent years the amount of data stored worldwide has exploded. This has led to the birth of the term 'Big Data'. While the scale of data brings with it complexity associated with storing and handling it, these large datasets are known to have business information buried in them that is critical to continued growth and success. The last few years have seen the birth of several new tools to manage and analyze such large datasets in a timely way (where traditional tools have had limitations). A natural question to ask is how these tools perform on vSphere. As the start of an ongoing effort to qauntify the performance of big data tools on vSphere, we've chosen to test one of the more popular tools - Hadoop.
VMware Blogs 19/10/11 4:00 PM
By Warren Ponder, Director, Desktop Product Management, VMware
I am pleased to announce VMware and NVIDIA have entered into a strategic partnership to further advance the usage and benefits of remote graphics when combining VMware’s virtualization and End-User Computing platforms with NVIDIA’s Quadro Virtualization Platform.
You have now no more excuses for not using vCenter Orchestrator: you can now have it up and running in a few minutes.
With the vCenter Orchestrator Virtual Appliance the configuration is now reduced to the bare minimum (on the Windows version there is quite a lot of configuration to do and important pre-requisites including a directory service and database).
EMC released a Compute as a Service white paper documenting design considerations leveraging vCenter Orchestrator and its vCloud Director, AMQP and REST plug-in
With these components EMC created a workflow running the following operations:
VMware Blogs 20/10/11 7:38 AM
The raw speed of VMware vMotion live migrations for moving single and multiple virtual machines has been a huge timesaver for our customers. Speedy concurrent vMotions let system administrators quickly evacuate the VMs off hosts before a planned server maintenance session so they can get home on time, rather than spending extra hours at work to swap a server power supply or do a firmware upgrade. vMotion also has a minimal impact on VM performance, so mission-critical VMs can be moved during production hours without generating user complaints.
VMware Blogs 20/10/11 9:13 AM
Yesterday, during VMworld Copenhagen, VMware introduced three new management suites: VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite, VMware vFabric Application Management Suite and VMware IT Business Management Suite.
These 3 suites simplify IT management for the cloud era and ultimately simplify your life – you can optimize and streamline your data center while still making it to dinner reservations and all of your other personal appointments. Best of all, together with our alliance partners VMware offers customers a comprehensive management solution that addresses the virtual and physical components of the data center.
VMware Blogs 21/10/11 10:00 PM
By Tony Huynh, End-User Computing, VMware
This week at VMworld Copenhagen, Cisco showcased several new Virtual Experience Clients (VXC) that will be supported with VMware View. This is the first of several strategic offerings that VMware and Cisco are bringing to market. VMware and Cisco collaborated to take the virtual desktop experience to the next level, with a solution that is highly scalable and offers high fidelity voice and video communications.
SPRINGSOURCE AND CLOUD FOUNDRY BLOG
SpringSource Team Blog 19/10/11 6:02 AM Andrew Eisenberg SpringSource Tools
Today, we released version 2.8.0 of the SpringSource Tool Suite. Along with an update to Eclipse Indigo SR1 (which brings you full IDE support for Java7), we also updated the Maven integration from the old and unmaintained m2eclipse versions 0.12.x to the latest version m2e 1.0 – which is now shipping as part of the Read more...
Cloud Foundry 18/10/11 3:00 AM
SuccessFactors has selected Cloud Foundry as the platform to empower its customers to build and extend custom applications around SuccessFactors. A leading SaaS company that provides business execution capabilities for over 3,500 organizations with around 15 million employees, SuccessFactors chose Cloud Foundry for the flexibility and choice it provides their customers in development frameworks, applications services and clouds for deployment.
The need to customize, extend and integrate enterprise applications is a common one. Doing this for SaaS applications brings particular challenges, as those applications run remotely and historically have been limited in terms of programmability. By bringing together Cloud Foundry’s robust runtime capabilities with SuccessFactor’ business processes and data, developers get the best of both worlds.
SuccessFactors has deployed a simple sample application (http://sfsf.cloudfoundry.com) that gives a sense of what is possible. The application integrates SuccessFactors’ employee location data with Google Maps to calculate the impact of a facilities move. If you are a SuccessFactors customer or partner, you can use the SFAPI to do your own integration. Over time, you can expect the two companies to deepen the integration and in particular make it even easier for enterprises to extend SuccessFactors from both public and private clouds. To find out more about this partnership, please visit http://www.successfactors.com/info/en/vmware-cloud-foundry.
VMWARE TV BLOG
VMware KBTV 15/10/11 5:31 AM Graham Daly Datacenter How-to
We have two new videos for your viewing pleasure today. Both videos discuss and demonstrate the processes involved with configuring Multi-NIC-vMotion in vSphere 5.0
The first video details the process relating to a Standard vSwitch and the second video shows the process concerning a Distributed vSwitch.
Both of these videos were created with the assistance and guidance of our friend Duncan Epping over at Yellow Bricks. Thanks Duncan!
We hope you enjoy these videos!
EXTERNAL VMWARE RELATED BLOGS (vExperts/Guest Bloggers)
ESX Virtualization 15/10/11 10:47 PM Vladan SEGET Videos how to configure multiple NICs for vMotion Multiple-NIC-vMotion in vSphere 5
Two videos showing the configuration of multiple NICs for vMotion.
In those 2 new videos from VMware KBTB you’ll be able to see the new vSphere 5 feature, which enables to use 2 NICs for vMotion. The first video showing the configuration of standard vSwitch and the second shows the same for vDS (vSphere Distributed Switch).
myvirtualcloud.net 19/10/11 7:43 AM Andre Leibovici tips vdi virtualization PCoIP VDI View5
While trying to find and identify technical benefits implemented in PCoIP protocol in VMware View 5 I have been taking note of interesting things about the behavior of the protocol that might be interesting for my readers. The average administrator probably won’t have a need to get deep into the technology, however if you are like me you will probably enjoy reading the results of the tests.
ESX includes a CIM Object Manager (CIMOM) that implements a set of server discovery and monitoring features. With the VMware CIM SMASH/Server Management API, clients that use industry-standard protocols can do the following:
• Enumerate system resources
• Monitor system health data
The plugin is general enough to support other CIM compliant services and is not limited only to ESX. The goal of this plugin was to expose ESX CIMOM in the vCenter Orchestrator.
Be one of the first one to try, rate and comment - http://labs.vmware.com/flings/cim-plugin
VMware has announced VXLAN, the Virtual Distributed Layer-2 Network IETF draft standard, of which Arista is a co-author. VXLAN is a special encapsulation mechanism that runs between virtual switches and enables virtual machines to be deployed and moved on or between any server within the network. The main benefits to the IT department in planning to support VXLAN is the ability to deploy a virtual machine on any server within the network, regardless of its IP subnet. This enables the IT department to create a scalable network architecture that supports capacity on demand and workload mobility regardless of geography and IP addressing. VXLAN requires no changes to the underlying IP addressing architecture and should require no major changes to installed infrastructure in the data center.
VCritical 20/10/11 8:08 AM Eric Gray Virtualizationism Hyper-V live migration performance vSphere
In a new head-to-head comparison published by independent technology assessment firm Principled Technologies, VMware vSphere once again trounceschallenger Hyper-V by delivering superior speed, performance, and reliability for zero-downtime virtual machine migrations. Live VM migration is crucial for proactive maintenance on hypervisor hosts and for distributing workloads as demand shifts — optimizing for either performance or power savings. Once an exclusive feature of the industry-leading vSphere platform, live migration has become yet another casualty of the checkbox war — where a simple “yes” or “no” cannot sufficiently convey vital technological differences.
VMware Security Blog 17/10/11 2:58 PM George Gerchow
Hej, virtualization Nerds,
Like Danish Dynamite, we are going to blow it up this week at VMworld Copenhagen!
IT Control Objectives for Basel III provides a framework for managing operational and information risk and extends the VMware content family that is used to achieve a Trusted vCloud solution.
These deep technical rules will help reduce time to audit by providing immediate analysis of Compliance Assessment, Automated Remediation & Evidence based verification.
Platforms covered include:
Yellow Bricks 17/10/11 6:49 PM Duncan Epping Server survey
This survey asks questions about your environments, what tier-1 workloads you are virtualizing and how you’re looking at emerging applications.
Your feedback is a crucial part of our decision making process and this is a very direct way to reach vSphere Product Management and influence the direction of vSphere and future products. The link is
The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.
Yellow Bricks 22/10/11 6:34 PM Duncan Epping Server Storage Various vmworld wrap-up
I was asked to speak at VMworld Europe in Copenhagen and before I flew out I planned on writing daily wrap-ups again. It usually helps me to wind down, but this time I never really got around to it. I figured I would at least write this article at the end of the week to summarize some of my personal highlights.
First of all, let me say that I love the city of Copenhagen. I like the fact that it is clean, they have great public transportation and in most restaurants the food is great and the service okay (for European standards). The Bella Conference Center is an excellent location in my opinion. The rooms are nicely setup, to be honest the lights and audio were much better than in Las Vegas. Surprising in my opinion as you would expect that in Las Vegas they are better equipped for conferences like these.
VMWARE KB ARTICLES
VMware Blogs 18/10/11 10:55 PM
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VMware Data Recovery
VMware Service Manager
VMware vCenter Chargeback
VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
VMware vCenter Converter
VMware vCenter Operations Enterprise
VMware vCenter Operations Standard
VMware vCenter Server
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
VMware vCenter Update Manager
VMware vFabric tc Server
VMware View Manager