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!