Archives for August 2012

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...]

Hyper-V World – What would Tad say now?

We've had some pretty exciting announcements over the past two days at VMworld.  VMware is really flexing their muscle, proving that they are dead serious about going beyond simple server virtualization.  We're plowing full speed ahead, delivering on the vision for cloud and now the Software Defined Datacenter that VMware has been painting over the past several years.car Microsoft was apparently threatened by this vision at VMworld last year, and tried to paint VMware as a virtualization-only offering with their VM-Limited campaign … [Read more...]

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...]

VMworld 2012 Day 0 Wrap-up

Today is 0-day for VMware’s annual VMworld conference, held this year in San Francisco.  While the conference goes into full swing tomorrow, today was filled with plenty of activities.  VMworld is a big deal for our virtualization team – we get some awesome opportunities to learn about new VMware products and initiatives in the general sessions, sharpen our skills through focused break-out sessions and hands-on-labs, and network with our peers in the industry. The Hands-on-Labs opened today with a new twist from previous years.  Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is now an option for lab … [Read more...]

Reading the Tea Leaves before VMworld 2012 – Part 2

In Part 1 of ‘Reading the Tea Leaves Before VMworld,’ I looked at some recent VMware acquisitions to make some predictions on what might be announced this week at VMworld.  In part 2, I’ll work through the VMworld Content Catalog and a few other sources to guess at what product specific features and upgrades we might expect.  So, without further ado, here’s What to Expect when you are vExpecting. vSphere 5.1 It’s no secret that an updated version of the flagship vSphere product will be announced this week.  If history repeats itself, the version announced this week will pick up version … [Read more...]

Reading the Tea Leaves Before VMworld 2012 – Part 1

This year’s VMworld conference in San Francisco is shaping up to be a great one.  VMware is gearing up for quite a conference this week – I’ve heard from several VMware insiders, saying this show will be “jaw-dropping,” “mind-blowing,” and “amazing.”  But, VMware is keeping the product announcements, acquisitions, and cool new technology very close to the vest this year, so the exact details are not yet known.  I thought I might engage in some predictive analytics against recent VMware press releases, VMworld session builder details, and some buzz in the community/press to guess at what might … [Read more...]