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VMworld 2011 – General Session #2 with Steve Herrod

Live Blog and notes taken during the session

Steve Herrod, VMware CTO, presenting for the General Session 2.

One of the great changes is the shift from servers and technology to End Devices and Services.   Universal access to the environment is critical part of this.  As such these have high expectations compared to past environments in computing.   DUH! (Devices, Universal Access, High Expectations).

Directions that need to address the DUH is IT needs to simplify, manage and connect the end folks to the services they care about.   Desktop services will be need to be contained and compartmentalized.   This includes the full Desktop (View) or just the applications (Thinapp).   Now if we can separate the Desktop, the Applications and the Data apart from each other, powerful policies can do quite a bit.   Once this is done User/Application/Data policies can take place.

View is the direct solution to handle the Desktop Service.  Well known and announced View 5.0.

To handle applications ThinApp is the direction being followed.   There is a new service called ThinApp Factory as part of the application store.   This tool will help auto create ThinApp packages.   Fully automated creations of these packages following some recipes.

Project Octopus deals with the data service layer.  This is built around providing a dropbox equivalent services in an enterprise.  http://www.vmwareoctopus.com

Horizon has a Mobile piece that allows IT to securely gain access to the application space.   Along with that is the Mobile Virtual Machine space.   As part of pushing the access/application, can have a controlled/contained environment on the phone.

One of the great things coming is a feature called AppBlast.   It can present the application, not a full desktop to devices like an iThing.  This works on HTML5, not a custom unique protocol to deliver it.  So to edit an Excel presentation on an iPad, just connect to the internal IT and work with Excel.

vSphere 5 is the basis for all of this.   The HyperVisor is still not a commodity as many of these powerful features come from the fact that the base is solid and functional.

vSphere 5 can now handle 32 vCPUs, 1,000GB RAM, 1 Million per Host.  Melvin the Monster VM has come.

Some of the other great features are around performance guarantees. Storage IO assurance is good.   By creating Storage Pools, can organize by application, purpose, performance and other validations.  Once a pool is created, automation on placement can take place.   Along with that can perform DRS with Storage now using Storage VMotion.   This can be done automatically.   Setup the policies and forget about it as the infrastructure deals with it.

vSphere 5 allows the IT admin to now set Storage I/O Control to assure performance.  Dealing with the noisy neighbor is a significant issue to control as the central system in the hypervisor.  Along with that network I/O control has arrived also.

As the future comes to pass, one of the largest challenges is the IP problem.   Right now networking in the TCP/IP stack is built with Location = Identifier.   If a machine wants to move around, the location and Identifier are tied together.  For example moving a VM from an internal Cloud to an External Cloud the VM needs to be given a new IP.  This can be a very disruptive activity.

VMware has a solution now called VXLAN which is Virtual eXtensible LAN.   This technology has been worked on with Intel, Emulex, Cisco, Arista, Broadcom.   The spec has been sent to IETF.   This is a big step on the virtualization solution.   Once this tie has been broken cloud mobility becomes feasible and deliverable.

Management is the end game after a solid reportable infrastructure is available.   From there the approach is

  1. Monitor
  2. Correlate
  3. Remediate
At the end the focus is that End User Computing is making a major shift soon.   This shift is coming with massive improvements in the client experience into something that the clients actually want.  All this is possible by simplifying the layers under neath so time can be spent on this new functionality.   To do that management of these spaces needs to be come more automated.

VMworld 2011 – Keynote with Paul Maritz

Live blog taken during the keynote.

The keynote started off with a beautiful Tron-3D stylized video talking about computing, virtualization, automation and ultimately the cloud.  Your cloud.  My cloud.

Hands on Labs started off as a private cloud onsite in 2008.   It went to a hybrid cloud solution using some offsite datacenters in 2009.  This year the labs are 100% public cloud in 3 datacenters in both US & Europe.   The goal is to handle 25,000 labs with over 250,000 VMs created and destroyed in less than 5 days. A truly scalable solution.

Another big point is the VMUG is over 60,000 strong across the entire world.  Thanks to all leaders for the great work they do.

Paul Maritz’s started off with some amazing information.   2009 was the first milestone where there is more virtual machines than physical machines.   This year the milestone broken is that more than 50% of workloads are now running on virtuals.

Some amazing achivements with some number playing:

  • 1 VM every 6 seconds
  • 20 million VMs
  • A VMotion every 5.5 seconds
  • 800,000 vSphere Admins
  • 68,000 VMware Certified Professionals

So what really is the cloud today?  Is this something new or something recycled?

A quick history lesson.

Applications started as glorified bookkeeping for finance.

Client Server
Relational Databases Started.   Whole new set of applications
New programing languages.   Primarily PC users.  Java, HTML, IP
ERP, CRM, Non-Real-Time analytics possible.

When the applications change, then the IT industry really changes.

In less than 3 years, the primary device connecting to the networks will be non-Windows OS instances. iPad, Droid, Etc.
New Data Fabrics, new frameworks, HTML5,
Real-time, high scale analytics and commerce – The Facebook generation

A fundamental shift is IT needs to shift from supporting the client server era & the mainframe era to renewing the applications into cloud frameworks and capabilities.   Spending in Client Server must become easier and cheaper.   In the meantime IT will bridge from existing modes of end-user access.

Server Virtualization is successful since we can add these functionality improvements without changing the apps.

vSphere 5.0 needs to just work.   To accomplish this VMware QA is extensively done:

  • >1 million engineering hours
  • >2 million QA hours
  • 200 new features
  • 2,000 partner certifications

By delivering this heavily QAed solution, less effort must be taken to keep the infrastructure up and running which in turn means less cost to the businesses.   They can spend the money on new features, new frameworks and redeveloped applications instead of back end support costs.

In the vCloud, Service Providers are creating powerful vertical clouds for their industries.   New York Stock Exchange is a good example.  High end solutions that are gaining large interest by many clients.  On the smaller end, Small Business Solutions are coming as “datacenter in a box” with the Storage Virtual Appliance now.  Another vertical cloud is the SMB space and one solution there is the VMware GO.   SaaS solution to provide functionality for the small SMBs.

New programs are written by young programmers, not older ones (>35).  They are developing new frameworks and tools to make things easier.   As such tools like Spring in vFabric 5 with things like tc server, GemFire & SQLFire, VMware aims to offer a full solution of ways to modernize applications along with creating a data fabrics.  The newly announced tool is VMware Data Director to automatically provision and manage databases.  The other third is the PaaS suite to deliver the new application.   Cloud Foundry covers this space.   It supports all sorts of frameworks and tools.

Moving up the stack for support of end user computing/Existing PC usage.   View 5.0 officially announced.  Horizon is the other piece in this layer.  Windows offered some great functionality to the end clients.  Delivery of the applications is a huge piece of that functionality.   Horizon offers a new way to deliver applications.  How do you deliver this to a iPhone, Droid, iPad etc?

Paul believes that we are entering a post document world.

VMworld 2009 – Keynote P5

To expand and handle the next layers of Virtualization is:

vSphere Control:

Appspeed: is the “finger of blame” now.   Instead of Network always getting the finger, now AppSpeed can point the finger at someone else.  

vApps are the containers of the future for applications be it standalone or multi-tier.   The idea is with a vApp is that it has a variety of attributes/metadata such as Availability, RTOs for dR, Max Latency etc.   This info travels with the vApp.  

VMsafe APIs:   This gives control of security and compliance.   The nice thing is this is more appropriate data tied to a vApp via the attributes/metadata and the various vendors such as Trend/McAfee/Symantec/RSA etc.   Example would be Needs these firewall rules and capabilities.  

vCenter ConfigControl:   The demo showed that ConfigControl really has

vSphere Choice:

LabManager is the token self service portal today.

VMworld today:

37,248 machines –

if physical –> 25 MegaWatts – 3 football fields of space

with VMware Virtualization – Down to 776 physical servers running 540 Kilowatts


Priority is around the internal cloud.   Next is working on bringing internal datacenter trust and capabilities to the external clouds.   The 3rd innovation is how and what can you do once you have these two pieces and how they interact and connectivity. 

Today Site Recovery Manager is the first step into the Connectivity space.   When and how and what needs to take place to failover from one datacenter to another one. 

Long Distance VMotion:   The challenges – Move VMs Memory, Disk consistency/syncing and VM network id/connections.  

  • Follow the Sun/Moon approaches (moving computing to stay during the night and cheaper issues) 
  • Disaster Datacenter Avoidance – Hurricane coming.   Move the Datacenter somewhere out of the path.

Cisco does this by spanning Layer 2 across both campuses up to 300KM apart. 
F5 uses its iSession technology to move things around through a globally based load balancer system.

Interoperability:  vCloud API

vSphere Plugins with your hosting provider to maintain the Single Pane of Glass. 

Open Standards.   The end goal is it will work regardless of where you go or what hypervizor is used.   The end goal is to have a good eco system and selection for end clients.  

vApps   Automation for the app stacks.   Spring Source helps go down this path.  Much discussion around splitting up Infrastructure, Applications, Platform and separating these to create well defined interaction points.  

Spring Source Demo shows some of the process capabilities to control deployment and put some controls around it.   Things like CloudFoundry.  For those of us the contest is on.. http://www.code2cloud.com for backstage pass to see Foreigner.  (Oh wait.. maybe I shouldn’t post that)  

Till the next time.   I’m off to IO DRS Tech Preview.

VMworld 2009 – Keynote P4

vSphere is the basis of all the improvements and technology over the years.  Based on Software Mainframe (for those of you over 40), the Cloud (for the under 40 crowd) and decides the best idea is to call it The Giant Computer.   The reason this all works is because of VMotion.   It is the basis of all that has happened.

The reason for the success of VMotion is Maturity, Breadth, Automated Use.

Maturity of VMotion – Estimates (fun or not) put around 360 million VMotions around the world since VMotion started.  About 2 VMotions a second around the world.   VMotion is 6 years old.   (Wow I feel old)

Breadth of VMotion – Storage  & Network VMotioning.   Across protocols and soon across Datacenters.   High performance computing systems are starting to look at using VMware.  

Automation of VMotion – DRS is the initial version that made this work.   DRS has been shown to average 96% of a perfect performance environment compared to a manually setup cluster in a perfect world.     Future will include IO DRS shares and configuration based on IOPS.    DPM allows for power optimization across the datacenter.   Or as has been said a Server Defrag capability.  

vSphere is still driving ahead.. more next post.

VMworld 2009 – Keynote P3

View also includes the Mobile Technology dicussion.   Mobile Technology is longer term working for functionality.    Visa Product Development is up on the stage.   He sees this space as a huge innovation going forward.    Current development is significantly complicated.   Easing functionality for development is extremely interesting for Visa. 

The Visa demo uses Windows Mobile on a developer version of a phone (kinda big) running an Atom CPU.   The presentation shows some alerting from Visa transactions and finding local ATMs.   The impressive zing is that the Visa demo application is actually an Android app running on the Atom CPU.   Wow.  


VMworld 2009 – Keynote P2

A major goal of the View initative is to have the same image while providing the best experience possible with WAN, LAN and Direct machine speeds.    For WAN/LAN the solution will be PCoIP.   The performance numbers are very impressive and no numbers.    This protocol has shown some excellent capabilities over WAN connections.

The other piece for local machine usage is Employee Owned machines.   Hosted Virtualization is being highly developed.    Deals with Intel have gone the next step with Bare Metal Virtualization for Corporate owned machines.   

Demo of the Bare Metal Virtualization (type 1 hypervisor).   Direct3D works fairly well during the demo.   A presentation of OpenGL using the Google Earth demo over PCoIP and over the LAN was very nice.  The WAN demo back to Portland simply rocked.  

Wyse has an iPhone application to make the iPhone act as a thin client connecting over PCoIP to the same virtual machine ruled.   Quick and effectively to scroll around the screen and do what you would normally.   Which is appropriate having seen well over 2 out of 10 people having iPhones, more than Blackberrys here.

More to come.. next post…

VMworld 2009 – Day 2 Keynote – P1

The morning video is pretty neat and a clean match to yesterday’s video.  Anyone get this video for replay?   Lots of playing with letters flying around and a good theme fitting with the “hello freedom” this year.  

This is mainly Steve Herrod’s presentation.   3 major initatives – View, vCloud, vSphere.   All driven around business need.  

View has over 1,000,000 desktops and 7,000 customers today.   The high focus is around better efficiency day to day.   This is built over the vSphere system.   Over 3 million engineer hours put into vSphere.   vSphere has some nice base to work on such as Commonality for management, Security, Availability, Efficiency.  

Focusing on View some big points are Provisioning, Image Updating & Policy Enforcement.   The key to desktops is breaking them apart into the same separation that has been done on server side.   Separate out the Application Stacks from the OS and pulling out Data Store parts.  

Big news is the announcement on rtoVirtualProfiles agreement.  

More next post…

VMworld 2009 – Opening Keynote – Tod Throws the Gaunlet

Today there are 30 Fortune 1000 companies who are not using VMware.   The gaunlet has been thrown.   Free VMworld passes if you can get them to start using VMware.   This was thrown by Tod Nielsen, Chief Operating Officer of VMware. 

update (1 Sept 09 10:31PM):   The list of 30 is as follows – Thanks to Anthony in the comments:

Allied Waste Industries
Annaly Capital Management
Beacon Roofing Supply
Burlington Coat Factory
Calumet Specialty Products
Carpenter Production Services
Dole Food
ExpressJet Holdings
Flowers Foods
Group 1 Automotive
Host Hotels & Resorts
Hudson City Bancorp
Ingles Markets
Interactive Brokers Group
Internatonal Assets Holding
Interstate Bakeries
Kansus City Southern
KB Home
Mueller Industries
Mueller Water Products
Mutual of America Life
Nalco Holding
National Life Group
New Jersey Resources
Patterson-UTI Energy
Ryland Group
Scotts Miracle-gro
Sonoco Products
Thor Industries

VMworld 2009 – Keynote Thoughts

Ok.. Its proven.   No-one in the industry can keep up with Scott with blogging.   You want a live blog go here.  

The Cloud.  Business Complexity.   Give businesses Flexibility.  

The great question is how do you do this?   Much of the point is “Simplify so things can happen since it is so complex today.”   People understand the current environments where application stacks exist on physical hardware instances and it works.   Complex, though it works.  

The Cloud that VMware is proposing is a layer between this hard tie of Physical Hardware to the Application Stack.   Much of this is not anything new to folks.   It is a straight up thought of API development.   Take something that lot of different systems/interfaces do and abstract it into an object with well defined interfaces.  

By adding in this additional layer IT and business can simplify those interactions.  This is an amazing and great piece of simplification that is being offered.   Not something to make light of if one has worked in a seriously large IT shop.   VMware is the only company I’ve seen to date that has taken a serious analysis of these interfaces between the different technologies and domains involved in supplying services from IT to the business side.   This covers all the various pieces of the VMware structure like vSecurity, vStorage, vNetwork, vCompute, vAvailability, vScalability and the other vStuff.  

The individualized components that now have well defined (or at least a first run at it) of these interfaces.  So the complexity can still exist inside of the box that is defined though others can deal with that component in a nice clean way.  

Then too you can start producing some nice flexibility to do auto provisioning and self management.   Since you have this API you can control anything that talks to those interaction points.   This is why VMware is on the cutting edge and Microsoft & Citrix are still behind.