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VMworld 2012 Review

06 Sep 2012

Welcome to a special edition of my digest. In this issue I dive into a detailed review of VMworld 2012 and follow up with the usual cadence.

At VMworld 2012, Paul Maritz, Pat Gelsinger and Steve Herrod unveiled the VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 – the first solution to deliver the software-defined datacenter. The VMware vCloud suite integrates virtualization, cloud infrastructure and management portfolio into a single SKU, in order to simplify the adoption of cloud era technologies.

VMWARE VCLOUD SUITE 5.1: DELIVERING THE SOFTWARE-DEFINED DATACENTER

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The VMware vCloud Suite to simplify IT operations and deliver the best SLAs for all of your applications. Now, you can build a complete infrastructure-as-a-service cloud and operationalize your VMware environment, becoming more responsive to business.

vCloud Suite is part of the complete VMware cloud solution, a comprehensive set of technology, services intellectual property, and skills enhancements based on real-world deployment experience. The integrated offering includes everything you need to build (technology and architecture), operate (processes and control) and staff (people and organization) a cloud environment while measuring the improvements (IT business management) of cloud computing.

Paul Maritz shared during VMworld, “VMware and its partners are taking a bold step toward simplifying IT, offering customers everything they need to build, operate and manage their cloud environments. The VMware vCloud Suite delivers the software-defined datacenter – the architecture for implementing cloud computing.”

As Steve Herrod mentioned, available in three flavors of Standard, Advanced and Enterprise editions, the vCloud Suite includes:

Technical Whitepapers on VMware vCloud Suite 5.1

On the second day of VMworld 2012 Steve Herrod, VMware’s Chief Technology Officer, discussed our vision and advancements in End-User Computing. In essence, organizations are moving away from managing physical devices and towards managing and securing a user’s corporate identity, corporate applications and business data. This has been known as the ‘post PC era‘. However, the connotation of ‘post PC’ doesn’t mean ‘no PC’, but instead it means ’not just a PC</em>’.

In fact, people use multiple devices including desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones throughout their day. They seek unified, synchronize access on all their devices. This means that business apps and data are available in the most optimal and seamless way possible, safely and securely delivered to all your devices, no matter where you happen to be working from or from what device.

Herrod discussed the progress that we’ve made on our path to this multi-device workspace by giving a technical preview of the industry’s first integrated platform for the mobile, multi-device workspace – the VMware Horizon Suite. He shared many of its exciting capabilities that provide self-service access to all apps and data across devices including mobile-centric containers for management and security.

Herrod demonstrated how VMware is broadening of our portfolio, delivering both Windows as a Service for the multi-device world and Windows image management solutions for the Mobile workforce with the combination of VMware View and Wanova Mirage to enable customers to transform the legacy Windows desktop for the cloud era. Herrod also provided technical previews of a “User Interface Virtualization” that will transform numerous aspects of Windows desktop and application interfaces into a rich tablet friendly user experience in addition to a managed mobile workspace for both iOS and Android devices.

Let’s dive into the second day announcement and technical previews…

Horizon Suite: The Platform for the Mobile Workforce

The VMware Horizon Suite will bring together technologies from Project Octopus, Project AppBlast, ThinApp, VMware Horizon Application Manager and VMware Horizon Mobile into an integrated management platform for the mobile workforce. The VMware Horizon Suite will provide a flexible platform that uniquely combines the principles of identity, context and policy to separate personal and business workspaces, enable consistent access to applications and data across any personal device.

Through a central web management console, the Horizon Application Manager will allow organizations to customize a service catalog for all company data and applications. The technolgy will understand a user’s attributes and environment (device, location and connectivity level) and enforce policies across applications, data and desktops. This will allow IT to deliver View Desktops, Windows, Android, iOS, Web ThinApp’d, SaaS and even published XenApp applications in a single workspace and give end-users self-service access to applications and data from anywhere.

Horizon Suite alpha will also allow end-users to securely access and share their data and files from any device through Horizon Data, formerly known as Project Octopus.

The VMware Horizon Suite will also feature the HTML remoting technologies that we demoed last year as part of Project AppBlast. In this first release the solution will use the HTML remoting protocol to give user access to their View desktops from any HTML5 compatible browser.

Providing dual persona (work and personal) functionality is the future of mobile computing, where users and IT both get what they need through a managed mobile workspace that securely delivering apps, files and data. Horizon Mobile which is extending its reach beyond Android to iOS devices, providing policy-based management and security for collections of corporate resources on both iOS and Android devices. Horizon Mobile features are designed to enable policy specification, implementation, enforcement & remediation for the mobile workspace.

Policies only apply when a user accesses corporate content. You will also see how we protect data. Data is protected at rest with encryption, data is protected in transit, and data access is controlled so only work apps can access enterprise data. In fact, unmodified, native iOS apps can be added to the workspace and they will automatically inherit the security policies defined – all without compromising usability and maintaining native look and feel.

Technical Preview: Project App Shift

There was also a technical preview of a User Interface Virtualization (a.k.a. Project AppShift) technology. A primary use case for VDI and application remoting is delivering Windows desktops and applications to non-Windows tablet devices in a multi-device workspace. No matter how good the remote graphics protocol is, trying to use a point and click interface on a gesture oriented tablet can be a frustrating user experience. VMware is advancing a unique technology that we refer to as “User Interface Virtualization.” With this technology approach, we’re able to transform numerous aspects of Windows desktop and application interfaces into a rich tablet friendly user experience. Like other virtualization technologies, our approach is completely transparent to existing Windows applications.

VMworld 2012 General Session Keynotes

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VMworld TV Recaps

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Top Sessions

The Top 10 Sessions for VMworld 2012 have been chosen by our conference attendees and this year we’ve made the presentations and videos publicly available to everyone!

NET2207: VMware vSphere Distributed Switch—Technical Deep Dive Speaker: Jason Nash, Varrow

While the VMware vSphere® Distributed Switch has been around since vSphere 4, vSphere 4.1 and 5.0 have added a number of enhancements. This session will provide a technical deep dive into the vSphere Distributed Switch, including design and deployment considerations, configuration, migration steps, tuning and troubleshooting. Special attention will be paid to migrating an existing production environment from the standard vSwitch to the vSphere Distributed Switch with little or no disruption. Extended features such as network I/O control, network resource pools, and load-based teaming will be discussed in depth, with use cases and recommendations given. Finally, methods and tools for troubleshooting network connectivity and performance problems will also be highlighted. A live lab environment will be included, making for a very interactive session.

STO2980: vSphere 5 Storage Best Practices Speakers: Chad Sakac, EMC Corporation, Vaughn Stewart, NetApp

Storage industry experts will discuss a number of best practices for connecting vSphere 5 to SAN & NAS storage platforms with a focus on performance, availability and manageability.

VSP1168: Architecting a Cloud Infrastructure Speakers: David Hill, VMware Inc, Aidan Dalgleish, VMware Inc, Rawlinson Rivera, VMware Inc, Duncan Epping, VMware Inc, Chris Colotti, VMware Inc.

This session will discuss the various design considerations when architecting the foundation for every solid cloud environment: VMware vSphere® 5.0. We will start with sizing and scaling and end with some operational guidance. Different examples will be used to show the impact design considerations can have on the availability of your services.

VSP1800: vSphere Performance Best Practices Speaker: Peter Boone, VMware Inc.

In this GSS Customer Support Day session attendees will be given an overview of the most common performance problems in vSphere environments today.

VSP2825: DRS: Advanced Concepts, Best Practices and Future Directions Speakers: Ajay Gulati, VMware Inc, Aashish Parikh, VMware Inc

VMware DRS is one of the flagship features of VMware vSphere that provides efficient and zero-touch management of resources in virtual environments. It helps users with the automatic initial placement and load-balancing of VMs on ESX hosts based on VM demands and host capacities while respecting user-specified constraints and resource controls. In this session, Aashish Parikh and Ajay Gulati from the DRS engineering team will present an insider’s view of key concepts, specific use cases and advanced options. Learn about important resource pool recipes and become a power-user; keep your VMs happy by discovering the importance of VM resource entitlements; learn to avoid common pitfalls and effectively load-balance your clusters with new, advanced features and more. Finally, this session will give you a sneak peek into DRS labs to check out some bleeding-edge features under consideration that add new functionality and address customer pain-points.

VSP1683: VMware vSphere Cluster Resource Pools Best Practices Speakers: Rawlinson Rivera, VMware Inc, Frank Denneman, VMware Inc

In this session Frank Denneman and Rawlinson Rivera will cover and explain in great detail what to consider when using resource pool inside a VMware vSphere® cluster. Introducing the concept of resource pools can affect virtual machine performance and overall resource management in virtual infrastructures. Join Frank and Rawlinson and discover both common pitfalls and best practices of resource pool design. This session is a must for anyone implementing resource pools who wants to maximize their cluster and vSphere resource designs.

STO1430: Tracking Down Storage Performance Issues: A Customer’s Perspective Speakers: Keith Aasen, NetApp, Scott Elliott, Christie Digital

With a VMware vSphere® implementation in several sites across four countries and three continents, Christie was well underway with its virtualization journey. The company had selected NetApp as its storage solution and had successfully grown the infrastructure to over 500 virtual machines, with many more planned for upcoming projects. However, as the numbers of virtual machines grew in the main office in Canada, strange errors started to appear. At first they were rare and very intermittent, but then began to grown at an alarming rate of frequency and intensity. Disk latencies skyrocketed to thousands of milliseconds, multiple applications unexpectedly failed over to recovery sites or crashed altogether, in-process transactions were lost, and the stability of both the storage and vSphere was called into question. Several projects were temporarily suspended until the storage issues could be resolved, including the VMware vCenter™ Site Recovery Manager™ implementation and storage-array virtual machine backup projects. Tracking down the problem, however, proved to be difficult. Initial troubleshooting efforts were unsuccessful in pinpointing the issue, and even falsely flagged some of the symptoms as being the root problem. Leveraging expertise from NetApp, and using different packages from third-party software venders, we gradually identified and correct issues. Every issue we identified and rectified gave us further insight into addressing the remaining issues. In the end, we discovered that it was no one of the several “suboptimal” configurations that were responsible for the performance issues but rather their collective influence, which placed significant stress on the storage subsystem.

EUC1305: What’s New and What’s Next for VMware View Speakers: Lebin Cheng, VMware Inc, Sunil Satnur, VMware Inc, Narasimha Krishnakumar, VMware Inc

In the past, challenges such as up-front infrastructure acquisition costs, especially cost of shared storage, and management complexity have limited the adoption of an enterprise-wide VDI strategy. Help is on it’s way. In this session, we will first review what’s new in the latest VMware View 5.1 release including the numerous storage performance optimization features and large scale deployment enhancement tools to help enhance the TCO of VDI. We will then drill down to review upcoming storage solutions particularly useful in enhancing the performance of VDI while drastically reduce the infrastructure cost. By learning what’s new and what’s next in View, customers and partners are provided with the information and confidence they need to continue to expand the adoption of VDI.

VSP1232: Avoiding the 19 Biggest HA & DRS Configuration Mistakes Speaker: Greg Shields, Concentrated Technology

Back for a second year, vExpert Greg Shields updates his top-rated, standing-room-only, save-your-kiester HA and DRS session for 2012. This one’s not to miss. Everyone thinks HA and DRS are awesome technologies. But make a mistake in configuring either, and they’ll crash your virtual infrastructure faster than you ever imagined. In his consulting travels, Greg has collected 19 of the biggest HA and DRS mistakes that’ll kill your datacenter. Join him and discover how your VMware vSphere® cluster might be dangerously misconfigured and where exactly to adjust its settings for guaranteed protection. Join Greg and justify your VMworld attendance in just a single session. You’ll get the immediately-useable HA and DRS guidance that’ll have you remoting your systems from here to verify Greg’s mistakes aren’t also yours.

ROLE BASED TECHNICAL TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION

VMware announced 8 new certifications, a new Cloud Certification Solution Track,  and a complete update to VMware’s Certification Program that aligns with the practitioner roles required for an IT organization’s success in the cloud era.  The VMware certifications are shifting to a role-based framework to align with both a)  the roles that companies need to effectively design, operate, and evolve their cloud environment, and b) the key technology solution areas that support the evolution to the cloud.

In addition, the VMware training curriculum is shifting to a role based approach, with courses aligned to roles and technology tracks, and learning paths to help practitioners identify what courses will prepare them both to be successful in their real-world roles and to achieve VMware certification status.

Check out the VMware Learning Paths and your education roadmap.

PRESS AND NEWS RELEASES

28 August 2012 – Dell, VMware ‘Double Down’ on Desktop Virtualization 28 August 2012 – VMware Showcases Advancements in End User Computing at VMworld 2012 28 August 2012 – EMC and VMware Unveil Early Access Program for New EMC Storage Analytics Suite for VNX 27 August 2012 – Cisco and VMware Expand Their Strategic Partnership to Deliver Next Generation Cloud Infrastructures 27 August 2012 – EMC and VMware Partner to Deliver New VMware vSphere Data Protection, Powered by EMC Avamar Technology 27 August 2012 – T-Systems’ customers benefit from VMware vCloud® Datacenter Services 27 August 2012 – VMware Unveils Industry’s Most Comprehensive Cloud Infrastructure and Management Solution 27 August 2012 – VMware Defines New Operating Model for the Cloud Era 27 August 2012 – VMware Introduces Enhanced Offerings for Small and Midsize Businesses 23 August 2012 – VMware Announces VMware Fusion 5 23 August 2012 – VMware Announces VMware Workstation 9

VMWARE SECURITY ADVISORIES

30 August 2012 – VMSA-2012-0013 – VMware vSphere and vCOps updates to third party libraries 12 July 2012 – VMSA-2012-0012 – VMware ESXi Update to Third Party Library

VMWARE PATCH NOTIFICATION

These patches address several critical security issues. Detailed information regarding resolved and known issues and enhancements can be found in these Knowledge Base articles:

16 August 2012 – VMware vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1b Patch: Release Notes | Download

VMWARE PRODUCT RELEASES

VMware vCenter Operations Manager 5.0.3 GA Date: 30 August 2012 Documentation | Download | Release Notes | Release Notes Enterprise

VMware vCenter Operations Manager 5.0.3 is now generally available. This release is an update to vCenter Operations Manager 5.0.2.  It supports the latest announced VMware vSphere 5.1 and adds performance, scalability and user interface improvements to the vSphere-UI and Custom-UI of the product. It is highly recommended that customers update to this release.

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager 5.5.1 DA Date: 30 August 2012 DocumentationDownload | Release Notes

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager (VCM) 5.5.1, a key component of VMware vCenter Operations Suite and new vCloud Suite announced at VMworld last week is now generally available. This release supports the latest announced VMware vSphere 5.1 , vCloud Director 5.1 and vShield 5.1 and adds performance and scalability improvements.

THE VMWARE JOURNEY

Along the path to Cloud Computing, we have had some great successes, learned valuable lessons and have emerged with information to share. Our Cloud strategy fuels our evolution, and we consider the adoption of our own solutions to be both critical and unique. The solutions you will find here deliver rich on-demand services and showcase VMware as a trusted partner in creating agile, secure and cost-effective cloud solutions for our customers.

VMware continues to drive the journey to Cloud Computing by acquiring, developing and utilizing technologies that will inspire our customers on their own journeys. As part of our VMware on VMware (VoV) strategy, VMware develops and utilizes both products and solutions across the three key layers of Infrastructure, Application Platform and End-user technology. This three-layer approach enables us to fully leverage the capabilities of the Cloud while creating a comprehensive, cost-effective and streamlined offering for our customers. This site brings you to case studies and analysis from our own journey - real-world examples on how IT can truly transform the business.

Visit vmware.com/go/vmware-it-journey/ and learn about our own journey.

VMWARE BLOGS

Office of the CTO

The Software-Defined Datacenter meets VMworld by Dr. Steve Herrod Dr. Herrod focuses on the software-defined datacenter (SDDC). A software-defined datacenter is where all infrastructure is virtualized and delivered as a service, and the control of this datacenter is entirely automated by software. He disscuses the VMware vCloud Suite technologies available today and in the future such as Software-Defined Compute, Software-Defined Storage & Availability, Software-Defined Networking & Security, Management and Multi-Cloud.

Software-Defined Networking and Security by Allwyn Sequeira Sequeira discusses the key attributes of software-defined networking (SDN)  and security (SDsec) the announcements from VMware on the networking and security front. 

Managing the Software-Defined Datacenter by Kit Colbert Colbert discuses how the management of the software-defined datacenter is much different than in traditional systems.

Musings on our Post PC, Multi-Device World by Scott Davis Davis discusses the ideal persistent desktop, desktop-as-a-service, the managed mobile workspace and the technical preview of user interface virtualization.

VMware Horizon Mobile on iOS By Srinivas Krishnamurti

Krishnamurti discusses VMware’s vision to provide dual persona (work and personal) functionality in mobile computing and the advancements bening made in VMware Horizon Mobile.

VMWARE PRESS and SELF-PUBLISHED

Storage Design and Implementation in vSphere 5.0 by Mostafa Khalil The more important VMware virtualized infrastructure becomes, the more important virtualization storage becomes. Virtualization storage planning and management is complex, and it’s been almost impossible to find authoritative guidance - until now. In Storage Implementation in vSphere 5.0, one of VMware’s leading experts completely demystifies the “black box” of vSphere storage, and provides illustrated, step-by-step procedures for performing virtually every task associated with it. Mostafa Khalil brings together detailed techniques and guidelines, insights for better architectural design, planning and management best practices, common configuration details, and deep dives into both vSphere and external storage-related technologies. He gives technical professionals the deep understanding they need to make better choices, solve problems, and keep problems from occurring in the first place. This book answers crucial, ground-level questions such as: How do you configure storage array from “Vendor X” to support vSphere “Feature Y”? How do you know you’ve configured it correctly? What happens if you misconfigure it? How can you tell from logs and other tools that you have a problem - and how do you fix it? Most of the author’s troubleshooting techniques are based on his own personal experience as a senior VMware support engineer helping customers troubleshoot their own vSphere production environments - experience that nobody else has.

VMware vSphere 5 Building a Virtual Datacenter by Eric Maille and René-Francois Mennecier Every year, datacenter managers must deliver more services faster, with greater flexibility. They must efficiently handle soaring amounts of data, and unprecedented levels of complexity. And they must do all this with lower budgets and fewer resources. Datacenter virtualization with VMware’s vSphere® 5 is the best way to achieve these goals and to accelerate your transition to cloud services. VMware vSphere® 5: Building a Virtual Datacenter brings together all the practical knowledge you need to evaluate, plan, implement, and manage vSphere 5 in your datacenter environment.

Top datacenter virtualization consultants Eric Maillé and René-François Mennecier begin by introducing vSphere 5 from the viewpoint of the datacenter manager and professional. They present essential definitions, advantages, and functions; review vSphere 5’s architecture; and introduce core components  such as vCenter Server and ESXi 5.0.

Next, Maillé and Mennecier turn to implementation, presenting detailed examples, schemas, and best practices drawn from their extensive experience. They share practical insights into budgeting, scheduling, and planning; choosing the right architecture; and integrating vSphere with existing datacenter elements, including servers, storage, clusters, network infrastructure, and business continuity plans. They conclude  with a start-to-finish case study: a datacenter virtualization project designed to support specific  business objectives.

VMware vSphere 5.1 Clustering Deepdive by Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman

VMware vSphere 5.1 Clustering Deepdive is the follow-up to best-seller vSphere 5.0 Clustering Deepdive and zooms in on three key components of every VMware based infrastructure and. It provides the knowledge and expertise needed to create a cloud infrastructure based on the solid foundation of vSphere HA, vSphere DRS and vSphere Storage DRS. It explains the concepts and mechanisms behind HA, DRS and Storage DRS which will enable you to make well educated decisions. Besides a brand new stretched cluster use case section it includes a fully rewritten Storage DRS section, and new details on both vSphere HA and vSphere DRS.

This book will take you in to the trenches of HA, DRS and Storage DRS and will give you the tools to understand and implement e.g. HA admission control policies, DRS resource pools, Datastore Clusters and resource allocation settings. Each section contains basic design principles that can be used for designing, implementing or improving VMware infrastructures.

VMWARE EDUCATION

5 Free eLearning Courses - The VMware training team has released another set of free, online elearning courses covering cloud, BCDR, and more.

3 Free eLearning Courses help you Virtualize your Apps - Adding to the list titles above, VMware training has released three more self-paced elearning courses to help you virtualize your business critical applications.

VMWARE WEBCASTS

VMWARE KNOWLEDGE BASE

Please consider checking – http://blogs.vmware.com/kbdigest/ regularly for new and updated KB Articles.


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