Archives for August 27, 2012

vSphere 5.1 Announcement, Features, and Specifications

Today at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco, VMware announced the new version of their flagship product vSphere 5.1.  Version 5.1 builds on the success of vSphere 5, enabling more flexibility, scalability, and automation for running your private cloud of storage, network and compute resources.  There's lots of coverage of vSphere 5.1 by the tech media, bloggers, and VMware, so I won't cover all of the nitty gritty details, but I do want to highlight several that are of interest.  I'm saving some of the features for more in-depth posts, so stay tuned for more! vSphere vMotion no longer requires … [Read more...]

New VMware Certifications Announced at VMworld 2012

With the release of VMware's new Cloud Suite, and increased focus on true cloud building, VMware's Education division has announced changes to their VMware Certification program, including new certification tracks and exams.  We learned in today's VMworld General Session that the total number of VMware Certified Professionals (VCP) is now over 125,000.  The announced changes will help to differentiate skill levels and specialties for VMware professionals.  The new certification structure should help to test individuals in line with their job role (Architect, Engineer Administrator, Developer, … [Read more...]

You Get A Cloud, and You Get a Cloud, and You Get a Cloud

It's like Oprah has visited VMworld today, proclaiming "You Get a Cloud, and You Get a Cloud, and You Get a Cloud!" Look at your vSphere 5 box.  If it says 'Enterprise Plus Edition' you get a key -- to the cloud.  That's right - if you own VMware vSphere 5 Enterprise Plus edition, you now have VMware vCloud Director.  For free.  As I predicted in Reading the Tea Leaves Before VMworld 2012 Part 2, VMware has introduced a new pricing/packaging scheme called the vCloud Suite, which combines vSphere 5.1, vCloud 5.1, and vCloud Networking and Security into a new package called the vCloud … [Read more...]

No More vRAM Entitlement Licensing!

Just announced at VMworld 2012 – VMware has stopped the unpopular ‘vRAM Entitlement’ licensing that restricted customers to provisioning virtual machines with a virtual memory beyond a licensed limit.  The vRAM Entitlements were introduced with vSphere 5 and drew wide criticism despite the fact that few customers were actually impacted by the soft memory caps once N+1 hosts and other design architecture best practices were considered.  Rather, I’d like to think that the vRAM Entitlement licensing may have actually been helpful in getting customers to right-size their VM’s and rationalize … [Read more...]

Booth Babe B.S.

When will vendors get it - hired booth babes are just not cool at tech conferences.  Don't get me wrong - I have no problem with attractive females in tech, but damn it, have some brains and be able to talk about the technology you are representing.  I think next year I may submit fake talent to the Craigslist ads and modeling agencies seeking 'models' for VMworld booths - flood em with false positives and maybe we can kill off the practice.....  If we vNerds start showing respect to our female counterparts we might actually attract more women to our trade and end the sausage fest that is … [Read more...]