VMworld 2013 – Day 2 Recap

By Jason Shiplett Tuesday's general session was focused on giving a little more of a deep-dive on a few big items – VMware NSX, VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC, pronounced vee-cake), VMware VSAN, and VMware vCloud Hybrid Service. Since we covered the high points on these yesterday, I'll spare you the repetition. Here is what I thought were the highlights of the keynote: Self-service deployment of Horizon View virtual desktops via the vCAC interface - The demo was a little light on details, but depending on how deep the integration goes, this is a very exciting proposition. The … [Read more...]

64TB VMDKs? Yes we can.

Here’s a tasty tidbit for you – in the just announced vSphere 5.5, we can now create 64TB VMDK files.  While much of vSphere 5.5 offers a 2x increase in configuration maximums over vSphere 5.1, the increase in VMDK size is a whopping 32x.  (It may actually be a bit less – I’m not sure if the -512B caveat comes into play on the virtual disk size for vSphere 5.5.  I didn’t think to test this out in the lab during my beta testing… the max size is actually 62.9TB as space is reserved in the containing VMFS for snapshots, metadata, etc.). Now just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.  I … [Read more...]

Going Nostradamus Style on VMworld 2013

It's hard to believe that VMworld 2013 is upon us.  Before last year's show I wrote a couple posts on my predictions for VMworld 2012 (here and here).  A good number of my predictions were correct on new products, services, and overall direction for VMware.  Emboldened by my future telling success, I thought I would try to do the same this year.  So without further ado, here's what I see coming at VMworld 2013, based on the VMworld 2013 Content Catalog, earlier announcements, rumors, social media hints, and pure conjecture. A Narrowed Focus First prediction: we'll see a narrowing of focus … [Read more...]

PSA: Less Than 1 Month Until Free VMware vCloud Suite Offer Expires

A friendly public service announcement: VMware announced at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco that any customer with vSphere Enterprise Plus licensing under a current Support & Subscription (SnS) agreement as of August 27th would receive a free upgrade to the new vCloud Suite Standard Edition.  The free upgrade offer is only available through December 15, 2012.  The vCloud Suite Standard Edition includes vSphere Enterprise Plus, VMware vCloud Director, vCloud Connector and vCloud Networking & Security Standard (formerly known as vShield Edge and vShield App).  There's some other great … [Read more...]

VMworld Europe News and Announcements

I wanted to let you all know about some announcements that have come out at VMworld Europe over the past couple days.  These announcements help round out some of the new products and features announced at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco.  These new and updated features are a big deal for customers who want to take a wholistic approach to deploying and managing a hybrid cloud across different service providers.  If you're thinking about upgrading your vSphere license to a vCloud Suite license (you have until December 15th to claim the free upgrade to the vCloud Suite Standard Edition, along with … [Read more...]

Webcast: VMworld 2012 Recap: What’s New from VMware

Update: If you missed the webcast, you can watch the recorded session playback here: https://clearpathevents.webex.com/clearpathevents/lsr.php?AT=pb&SP=EC&rID=5836487&rKey=29a86bf8d53cdfc8 The presentation is available on Sliderocket if you want to skip through the presentation quickly without listening to my goofy voice: Webcast: VMworld 2012 Recap: What's New from VMware Tuesday, October 2, 10-11 am Eastern In keeping current with the latest news from VMware, Clearpath's team followed all of the breaking developments at VMworld 2012 to observe and report on all the … [Read more...]

New VMUG Advantage Benefit: Free VMworld Online Content Access!

The VMUG Advantage subscription is an awesome benefit for members of the VMware User Group, and just got more awesomer with the addition of a new benefit - full access to all of the VMworld content, including breakout session recordings and slide decks, labs, and general sessions.  Normally a VMworld.com subscription for online access to content is $699.  The VMUG Advantage subscription is only $200 (or less if you got the 15% discount codes from yesterday's Potomac Regional VMUG in Washington DC), and VMworld content is free with the VMUG Advantage subscription. The VMworld session benefit … [Read more...]

VMworld 2012 – Day 2 Summary

Another great day at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco.  This morning’s keynote featured VMware’s CTO Steve Herrod explaining VMware’s vision for end user computing (EUC).  We’re in the middle of a fundamental shift in EUC, where the days of IT telling users what to do are over.  IT needs to respond with new, transformative technologies to broker, secure, and deliver the apps and data that users are demanding to any device, anytime, anywhere.  To accomplish this, VMware has highlighted a few of their technologies in their growing EUC portfolio. The first is VMware View, VMware’s desktop … [Read more...]