VMworld Europe 2009 Tuesday keynote

February 24th, 2009 by jason 4 comments »

DSC00569 The general session keynote was kicked off by Maurizio Carli, General Manager EMEA. Maurizio briefly talked about VMware EMEA growth:

  • VMworld Europe 2008 4,500 attendees
  • VMworld Europe 2009 4,700 attendees
  • 100 sponsors this year

DSC00570 Paul Maritz President and CEO began his keynote discussing today’s IT problems and how they are not sustainable into the future. The solution is:

  • Efficiency
  • Control
  • Choice

VMware addresses the above with the following initiatives:

  1. VDC-OS – Foundation for the Cloud
  2. vCloud – Choice and Cloud Federation
  3. vClient – Desktop as a Service


DSC00575 The Cloud as Architecture from the bottom up. Virtualization is the key to making all of this happen in an evolutionary way:

  • Datacenter/Cloud

VMware vSphere

    • Existing Apps/New Apps – Existing and multiple future app models
    • Management – SLA management model
    • Policies – Security, Compliance…
    • Software – Scale and availability through software
    • Hardware – Industry standard building blocks

Paul went on to discuss the vSphere Architecture and its components. Other than the vSphere name being introduced, the slide looked identical to that of what was presented at VMworld 2008 and what exists on the VDC-OS web page.

VMware vCenter Suite SLA Driven Management Model:

  • Availability
  • Security
  • Performance

2009 is the year virtualization users have been waiting for. Quoting Paul, there will be no reason why we can not virtualize 100% of the workloads in our environment. That is a confident statement and it makes me enthusiastic about things to come.


I have been witness to a lot of discussion, including a degree of uncertainty (including my own), concerning cloud computing. VMware is addressing the concerns by working with service providers to ensure compatibility between internal and external clouds (ie. Sungard). In addition, they are working with standards bodies to avoid a “Hotel California” situation where you can check in but never check out.

Paul brought up a few guest speakers to talk about the cloud and they performed live demos as well.



Unfortunately at this point, wireless went down and I was scrambling to reproduce content above that was lost and I hadn’t saved yet.  That said, I didn’t get as much of the vClient content as I would have liked.  Brian Madden was licking his chops for desktop content so hopefully he can round out the discussion.

VMware View Enables Desktop as a Service. Layers from the bottom up:

  • VMware View
  • vCenter
  • VDC-OS/vSphere
  • Hardware

VMware View: Complete Roll-Out in 2009:

  • Management
    • Centralized template-based management
    • App virtualization
    • Thin provisioning
  • WAN
    • Hi latency
    • Low bandwidth
    • Productive Desktop
  • LAN
    • HD video
    • Flash
    • 3D graphics
  • Local
    • Use local resources
    • Optimal media experience
    • Rich portable desktop

The next speaker to take the stage talked about SAP.  Rather than listen to him, I spent some time editing this post for final submission.

I’m now heading on to the sessions.

For those interested, don’t miss the VMTN:  Ask the Experts session today and tomorrow at 13:00 in the Community Lounge.  My wife Amy baked chocolate chip cookies for those who attend.  Hurry before they run out!

VMworld Europe 2009 Monday evening

February 23rd, 2009 by jason 2 comments »

Tonight I had a nice dinner with Tripwire‘s Karen Hepner and Steve Beaver and a group of other well known virtualization friends and experts at a restaurant called Marina Cafe. A great time was had by all and the conversations were lively thanks to Tom Howarth and Mike Laverick being in attendance. I wish I snapped a better photo; this one is a bit blurry (absent from the photo is Alan Renouf who showed up a little later):


After dinner, the group separated.

  • Karen went back to her room and may have later went out to a VMUG party according to Twitter.
  • The Dutch and UK guys (and Brenda) went to a pub and supposedly Tom Howarth was arrested and hauled off to French jail for perpetuating the joke about Alan Renouf being French. Duncan Epping was later heard saying Alan looks more English than the Beatles. Clearly, the insults are plenty and don’t end until dawn. Tom’s cell mate, if you are reading this, I’m taking all callers live right now – what is the scoop and what is Tom’s current condition?
  • Steve and I walked a few blocks to find a tobacco shop so I could purchase a cigar. While there, I lent a Frenchman some coin and hopefully picked up some positive French karma along the way. On the walk back to our hotels, we talked about some good stuff.

It’s 1:20am. Tomorrow is when things get pretty exciting from a VMworld/VMware virtualization standpoint. In closing, here are pictures of one of the two casinos I know of on Charles de Gaulle Boulevard. This casino is next to the Palais Des Festivals on the marina which is where VMworld 2009 Europe is being held:



By the way, the yachts in the marina are ABSOLUTELY SICK. My poor photography skills at night do not do these beautiful boats justice (click on the thumbnails for the larger image):

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VMworld Europe 2009 Monday afternoon

February 23rd, 2009 by jason No comments »

It’s day number two in Cannes, France. Today is Partner Day which is for VMware Partners and Press. It’s an opportunity for both to get an advanced screening and interpretation of what’s to come during the next three days. I am attending the conference as a blogger with the trip partially made possible by Hyper9. I believe I have a press pass, however, the badge identifies me as a “Blogger” instead of “Press”. Apparently there is difference between the two from a conference access perspective but with some help I was able to manage security and attend a few of the day’s sessions.

Being a blogger or press does have its advantages. For instance, right now I’m sitting in a privately reserved room with wired internet access, peace, and quiet. I’m taking care of as much business as I can here because internet access is pretty brutal back at the hotel room.


Although there was plenty of content today, no official announcements until tomorrow. Sorry for that. If you need some cool VMware news to tide you over in the mean time, head over to Duncan Epping’s site and take a look at his announcement about vCenter for the Linux platform.

It’s nearly 7pm and I’m heading out now to dinner with Tripwire and some friends from the VMTN and Twitter community.

VMPeople.net extends contract with boche.net

February 23rd, 2009 by jason No comments »

I am happy to report that VMPeople.net, The Global Virtualization and Cloud Computing Job Board, has extended its partnership with boche.net.

VMPeople.net is a leading source of virtualization networking for job seekers, contractors, consultants, hiring managers, and recruiters.  I would like to to thank VMPeople.net for their continued support!

VMworld Europe 2009 Sunday afternoon pictures

February 22nd, 2009 by jason 1 comment »

This blog post is mostly about my first pictures taken in France. It’s a beautiful and fascinating destination. It is a new experience for me being in an environment where English is not the native language. Although most people I need help from speak fair to good English, I had a conversation with a few where we could not communicate because I don’t know a lick of French and the person did not know English other than “Sorry” which basically means I need to try someone else. Most of the vehicles here are compact which is a necessity because the roads are pretty narrow. I’ve seen only one SUV. Quite a change from the US. Scooters are also a popular mode of transportation and I even saw a licensed 4 wheeler (quad) driving down the middle of the road with a passenger.

Now for some pictures from today.

Boarding the bus from Nice airport to Cannes:

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Pictures of the countryside leaving Nice:

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Registration (do you recognize @svenh from the back in the 2nd picture?):

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My hotel room, looking out the open window, and the VMworld registration backpack contents:

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Last but not least, a Blenheim colored Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (I have two):


Tonight I head to the Mediterranean where virtualization management vendor, Veeam, is having party on a boat. It should be a good time and I heard rumors of snuggies or snuggles or whatever those bathrobe blankets are called.

VMworld Europe 2009 travel day and sessions interest

February 22nd, 2009 by jason 1 comment »

It has been an interesting travel day thus far. We were delayed getting out of Minneapolis by 1h25m and there was a delay getting out of Chicago by an additional hour. All delays due to weather (snow). Fortunately I didn’t miss my connecting flight and I’ve still got time to catch the flight from Dublin to Nice. The overseas flight so far is surprisingly comfortable. Much more than I expected. Getting an aisle seat helps. The supper was good: roast beef, mashed potatoes, mixed veggies, salad, dinner roll, apple crisp. Breakfast in a few more hours. I can’t remember the last time I had a meal on a flight. It officially felt weird.

Looking at the VMworld Europe 2009 sessions during the long leg of my trip from Chicago to Dublin, I once again find myself in the same impossible situation that I encounter with all previous VMworld conferences: Too many great sessions, not enough time in the day.

Listed below are the sessions I’m interested in. There are a ton of overlaps which I’ll need to sort out soon with a prioritization process that I haven’t defined yet with one exception: LABs. I heavily favor hands on LAB sessions. The nice thing about LAB sessions is that they are all day sessions (Tuesday thru Thursday) making them the most flexible along with being the most desired.

In addition to the regular sessions offered Tuesday thru Thursday, I’m also interested in some of the Partner Day sessions that are being held on Monday before the official VMworld event kicks off for everyone else who is not a partner. There is one problem: I’m not a partner. If anyone out there knows how I might sneak into Partner sessions, let me know. If it helps any, I’ve got a VMworld Press Pass.

Sessions I’m interested in:
AP02 – Best Practices for Deploying SharePoint/MOSS 2007 on VMware Infrastructure
AP05 – SQL Server Performance on VMware: Best Practices, Recommendations, Tuning, and Troubleshooting
AP08 – Virtualizing Citrix XenApp Application Server
AP09 – Virtualizing Exchange 2007 and BlackBerry Enterprise on VMware Infrastructure
AP12 – Managing Application Performance with vCenter AppSpeed
AP14 – Java/Web-tier applications on VMware ESX: Best Practices
DC06 – Virtualization Management: Managing the Next-Generation Datacenter
DC07 – Tech Preview: vCenter Server
DC08 – vCenter Server for Linux
DC10 – Choosing a Solution for vCenter Server Availability
DC14 – Overview of 2009 VMware datacenter products
DC15 – Hypervisor Competitive Differences: Beyond the Data Sheet
DC18 – Introduction to VMware vCenter ConfigControl
DC24 – VMware Infrastructure – How it all fits together
DC25 – VMware vCenter Data Recovery: Technical Overview
DC26 – vStorage – Storage integration for the VDC-OS
DC28 – VMware HA Cluster in Enterprise – Deep Dive and Best Practices
LAB01 – Next Generation Datacenter Exploration
LAB02 – Securing the Virtual DataCenter with VMware vShield Zones
LAB06 – VMware vCenter Data Recovery Tech Preview
LAB07 – VMware vCenter AppSpeed
LAB11 – VMware VI Toolkit for Windows (powershell)
LAB12 – vNetwork Distributed Switch Tech Preview: Cisco Nexus 1000v
LAB13 – VMSafe Altor Networks VF Virtual Firewall
TA01 – Managing VMware With PowerShell
TA02 – Unattended Deployment of VMware Infrastructure 3
TA03 – An Introduction to VMware vCenter Chargeback
TA04 – VMware ESXi 3.0 Troubleshooting
TA05 – Best Practices for running VI3 on NFS storage
TA12 – Introducing VMware Converter 4.0: What’s new and Different
TA14 – VMware ESXi and PXE
TA15 – Protecting your vCenter Server using vCenter Heartbeat
TA19 – VMware ESX and Future Architectural Directions
TA20 – Cisco Nexus 1000V Technical Preview
TA21 – VMware Infrastructure Networking New Features
TA22 – Technology Preview: vCenter CapacityIQ
TA24 – Fault Tolerance Performance Preview
TP07 – The End of the Beginning: The Next Phase of Virtual Infrastructure
TP11 – Intel Platform Advancements Accelerating the Next Generation of Virtualization
TP33 – AMD Quad-Core: Driving New Levels of Efficiency for Virtualization in the datacenter
TP34 – Designing the Next Generation Data Center
TP39 – Virtualizing Exchange 2007 on ESX 3.5
???? – VMTN: Ask the Experts

Twitter outage

February 19th, 2009 by jason 1 comment »

I don’t see this often (in fact I’ve never seen this) so I thought it was blog worthy given the increased use of social media as a professional’s tool.

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