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VMworld 2010 - Day 2

Posted by vmroyale Aug 31, 2010

VMworld 2010 Day 2 started off with the first general session.  I saw people in line at 7:30 this morning - for a 9:00 start!  There were lots of announcements made today around new VMware products, acquistisons, strategy and vision. Even after having a preview of some of this information last week, it is still a lot of information to take in and comprehend. 

 

Some interesting items this morning:

  • VMware has identified three phases of virtualization progression:

  • - Phase 1 is cost savings.

  • - Phase 2 is QoS/Business Prop - Most VMware customers (190,000) are in phase 2 right now.

  • - Phase 3 is IT as a Service, which will be driven by hybrid cloud computing. 

  • In 2009, for the first time, virtual machines were deployed more than physical machines.

  • Virtual Machine growth is 28% a year.

  • VMware wants to decrease OPEX (estimated $6-8 spent on OPEX for every $1 on CAPEX).

  • The secure hybrid cloud uses private cloud and service provider cloud in combination.

  • A virtual datacenter is a collection of apps that share a set of common policies.

  • SaaS is growing everywhere; the pc form factor is threatened; new devices fuel new applications.

  • View desktops are now priced at less than $500, which is cheaper than real PCs

  • Split the datacetner into virtual datacenters to achieve different SLAs. 

  • Abstracting business production from user consumption is a goal.

  • IT as a Service - the IT service catalog maybe becomes something like an app store.

 

My first session on the day was EA7860 "Java Apps on vSphere: Technical Best Practices and Why Now Is Better Than Ever" and it was a good session.  There was good information on how Java works that laid the groundwork nicely for the best practices.  Best practices always make more sense to me, when you can fully understand the "why" and not just the "how."  And the list of things to do grows a bit more, as I now have a few JVM items to investigate when I return home.  An interesting comment by the speaker was made about VMware using Java as the development platform.  That statement certainly makes sense with all these new web interfaces I am seeing this week..

 

After lunch and hanging out in the blogger's lounge for a while, it was time for TA8233 - " Prioritizing Storage Resource Allocation in ESX Based Virtual Environments Using Storage I/O Control"  this session was good, but I was personally a bit disappointed.  I had printed out copies of both the "[Storage I/O Control Technical Overview and Considerations for Deployment|http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/VMW-vSphere41-SIOC.pdf]" Technical White Paper  and the "[Managing Performance Variance of Applications Using Storage I/O Control|http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/vsp_41_perf_SIOC.pdf]" Performance Study documents to read over on the plane ride to SFO.  This session was mostly a repeat of these documents, but a couple of really good best practices were covered that made the session worth it.

 

My final session on the day was EA8004 - "SAP solutions on vSphere." This was another excellent session with a lot of good information to use later.  One of the more interesting statements I heard was that VMware actually staffs support employees at SAP to handle incidents with SAP customers using VMware.  SAP also has leveraged the SDKs to pull performance information from VMware hosts into its performance monitoring tools.  To me, these actions show a dedication from both VMware and SAP and is further validation that SAP on VMware can be a viable option.

 

Stopped by the Solutions Exchange to talk to CA about vSphere integration with their ARCserve product.  CA isn't shy about giving away things, and their giveaways are always very impressive.  With that being said, they are giving away a car this week!  Had an invite to go to their party, and am regretting not making it. I'm sure it was over the top!

 

Day two is done! Looking forward to day three!

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VMworld 2010 - Day 1

Posted by vmroyale Aug 30, 2010

VMworld started yesterday for me.  Registration was open, so I took the opportunity to get registered and pick up the welcome kit.  The line for the welcome kit was long, and the event staff had actually stopped the line at one point.  Fortunately, it was a quick wait and candy was delivered in line!  From there I spent a little time learning the Moscone Center and figuring out where everything was.  I ran into some fellow vExperts, after leaving the Moscone, and took a chance to unwind and talk with them.

 

The start of Day 1 began with a stop by the Social Media and Blogger Lounge, where I saw John Troyer and also got to meet Alex Maier.  From there it was off to the first session of the day - EA7850 "Design, Deploy, and Optimize Microsoft SQL 2008."  The session covered licensing, vSphere capabilities, VM sizing and P2V conversions, best practices for performance, high availability strategies for SQL using different options (MSCS, HA, SQL mirroring) and backups (including a plug for SRM).  This was a good session that covered a lot of ground and it was packed for the duration.  I also left with a few ideas and things to test when I get back.

 

The next session I attended was MA8030 - "Saving Time with vCenter Orchestrator" and it was a good session, but I'm afraid I just don't understand how Orchestrator is supposed to be used.  It appears to be for 3rd parties or systems integrators.  Another item added to the "to do" list from VMworld.  I did notice that the interface for Orchestrator was being used on Safari, and this has we wondering about the web-based GUI as a standard for VMware products. 

 

After lunch, it was a long snaking line for EA7849 "Design, Deploy, and Optimize Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 on vSphere."  This was another packed session with people standing along the walls. There was actually a lot of duplicate content from the Microsoft SQL 2008 session earlier, but in all fairness best practices are often

duplicated. 

 

Monday's final session was TA8245 "ESXi Internals: Better Understanding for Better Management and Troubleshooting."  This was labeled as an advanced technical session, and it delivered in that regard. The key point from this session was that if you still use disks to install the ESXi host on and couple this with syslog use, you are in

pretty good shape.  Diskless ESXi hosts definitely have their advantages, but it appears that their use with ESXi will require some additional setup/configuration in comparison to disked hosts.  One final item on the "to do" list is to look into the debug VIB available for ESXi.

 

The day wrapped up with a stroll around the Solutions Exchange.  It was very crowded and almost impossible to really talk to the vendors.  It was good to see who the vendors are, but those visits will have to be later in the week.  Picked up some more cool buttons for the badge, and typed this up.

 

Day one is done!  Looking forward to day two!

 

Thanks for reading,

Brian