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Yet another early day for me and the same as yesterday straight into the lab, this time to tackle the advanced troubleshooting.


This lab was one of the ones I was most interested to sit, I was really pleased with the content, there was lots of RESXTOP and vCenter Operation Enterprise which were two areas I really wanted to learn more about.

Whilst I was taking the lab, the labs hit the 25k VMs rolled out milestone.


I then moved onto advanced vCenter Operations session, it was great to really get an understanding of what was going on under the hood and also what we can expect when the vCenter Operation Management Suite 5.0 is launched. The operations side is definitely a key driver for VMware at the moment and a lot of effort, time etc is being put into making sure the product delivers.


I then did a bit of a hall crawl and met up with the guys from Nimble storage, I was really impressed with their offering and how mature it is. Nimble have only just entered the UK and after a conversation of well over an hour I look forward to having them on the podcast

I was then back onto the labs again to sit the SRM 5 lab, I have used the previous versions of SRM quite extensively and I was pleased with the improvements to SRM5, there is now the ability to be able to replicate your VMs through SRM itself, meaning you don’t have to have similar arrays, or even shared storage at all to get the benefit of SRM. For me the new interface for re IPing virtual machines at the DR side was a good improvement also. I am looking forward to getting SRM 5 setup in my lab now I no longer need an array that can recite at each side.


I was then onto Scot Lowe’s session on designing vSphere 5 solutions, I was pleased to finally meet Scott prior to he started presented he is a truest nice guy. Scott’s presentation skills were exceptional and the whole audience were getting involved and throwing in their thoughts and ideas. This was a really thought provoking session.



My final lab of the day was auto deploy, I have had a look at this before briefly in the what’s new in vSphere 5 course but the lab was much more detailed and what I was really expecting to have during the what’s new course.


The rest of my day I spent wandering the Solutions Exchange floor, speaking to Teradici regarding View 5 and the Terra 2 chip and also But Deffender who have just released a vShield compatible product.

VMworld Europe Day 2

October 18, 2011 — Leave a comment

Today was day 2 of VMworld Europe for me, the show was open to the general public today and today was the start of the sessions and solutions exchange.

I hit the labs at 8am and took the Cloud Reporting lab


To be honest I was looking for a lab regarding vCenter ops in a private cloud rather than vCloud Director reporting but however it was good to look at vCenter chargeback and probably my first look at orchestrator as well.

I was then quickly onto the Troubleshooting View session, there was a lot of good content in this session surrounding what to look for when troubleshooting View, particularly when looking in the the agent, client and connection server log files. I look forward to being able to take a closer look at the slides from this session and looking into the relevant logs.



Upon leaving this session there was a helicopter outside the Bella Center toeing a rather large Trend banner! It seemed to have the desired effect with lots of people watching.


I was then onto using vCenter Ops in real world situations, there were two customers presenting with very compelling results for the product, one in an extremely large environment with many PB’s of storage. vCenter Ops is something I have been looking into a lot recently and this session really helped me understand the value it can give to a customer, I’m looking forward to getting hands in with vCenter Ops Suite 5 that was mentioned in the session.





After this session I then took some time out to meet with a few of the people from the community, it was good to catch up with Mike Laverick and Scott Herold amongst others, I then managed to have a flyby visit of the Solutions Exchange area, on the top of my list was Tintri and Nexenta storage vendors. I plan on doing a separate blog post regarding these vendors shortly so I will save that for another day.

I was then off to the main event of the day Steve Herrods Keynote, I sat with the rest of the London VMUG bloggers, in the blogger and press area. There was a number of demonstrations and announcements during the keynote, the demonstrations that stood out for me were the AppBlast, Project Octopus, ThinApp Factory and Project Horizon Mobile.


AppBlast is a technology VMware are working on that allows legacy applications to be delivered to any HTML 5 browser, the example in the demo was Excel being delivered to an iPad.

Project Octopus is VMware’s answer to DropBox in the enterprise, Steve Herrod asked how many people in the audience used DropBox, to which most people put their hands up, he then asked how many people were supposed to use it, very few people put there hands up. Dropbox is disallowed by many IT departments. Project Octopus has similar syncing and sharing capabilities but allows IT to be in control behind the sciences, it also others options on where the data is stored etc.

ThinApp factory is a new automation and self service portal for creating thinapps, you get a web front end to allow the automatic creation of thinapps from windows installers, it is also able to track updates to these applications and repackage the applications, on the user side of the application they are given an Enterprise Software App store allowing them to choose what applications they need and installed the streamed thin app on demand.

Project Horizon Mobile is the mobile virtualisation platform that has been discussed for some time. The demonstration showed how IT could send a business phone down to a users phone, allowing the user to keep business and personal phone configurations and applications separate.



The main announcement for me was vCenter Operation Suite 5.0 there was a short demo, but I look forward to finding out more and getting some hands on time when released, I plan on blogging more about the announcements when I have had more time to review them.



After the keynote it was onto the solution exchange area again, I caught up with Gina Rosenthal and David Glynn on the Dell stand discussing mainly Dell EqualLogic Storage.

Finally for me it was into the vExpert tweet up, it was good to meet some new faces and catchup with some of the more familiar ones.

Tomorrow I am looking forward to getting some more labs under my belt and attending some deep dive sessions.

Below are a couple of videos from the keynote, he first shows the very impressive visual effects used at the start of the keynote the second is a short video of some of the things VMware engineers are working on at the moment

Today was day one at VMworld Europe, this year was my first time at VMworld so I didn’t really know what to expect.

As it was partner day today there was limited access to the show floor with the labs being open to the general public and a dedicated area for partner keynotes and sessions, as I work for a VMware partner I have access to the partner areas as well as the labs, I’m not going to blog much about the partner content but there was a big focus on the management tools as well as the usual cloud information.

Much of my time today was spent in the labs, I figured it was best to get in as many labs today before the general public arrive tomorrow. Altogether I sat four labs, the first lab for me was the EMC lab, the lab focused around their solutions in their product suite we looked the VNX vCenter plugin the Isilon product and also the Avamar backup product


I enjoyed the content of the EMC lab I’m not had much experience with EMC products so it was useful to see what was in their product range and how to work with it.

The second lab was VMware troubleshooting lab I took the first lab of the two part series, the first part goes over the basics of troubleshooting and although there was number of elements within this lab that I was already aware of there was still some items that i was able pick up on, there was also a sneak peak of a tool in production vTop that produces the ESXTOP content in a GUI fashion, I’m hoping to do the second part of the lab tomorrow.


My third lab was the VMware thinapp lab, although this is an area where I am quite comfortable I was aware it contained a sample of what to expect from the VMware ThinApp factory. I was very impressed! This is one of the longer labs that I have sat through so far with some 225 pages of information / instruction to read through.


My final lab of the day was the PowerCLI session, I decided to start from the beginning which was aimed at beginners as I didn’t want to miss anything. The scenario was aimed around building a new vSphere 5 environment by copy all the settings and configuration from a vSphere 4 environment. Whilst their were some very impressive scripts in action to copy the settings and apply to the new environment the lab was written in such a way that you ran the scripts then looked at how it worked, I would have preferred to have been walked through how to create it etc. The more advanced section at the end concentrated on a number of areas, I was very interested to learn about invoking actions inside a VM with invoke-vmscript commands which I hadn’t used before.


I was very impressed with the labs, the labs were one of the main reasons I wanted to attend VMworld and I haven’t been disappointed, there seems a good mix of content, the speed has been good and the small problems I have had with the labs have been sorted very quickly. I am going to continue to plough through the most relevant content first then will step out my comfort zone and really start digging into the vCloud Director labs.


Most of the rest of my day involved various partner sessions, I met up with a lot of the London VMUG crew it’s been great to chat and hope for more of the same of that as the week goes on. I also finally briefly met John Troyer himself, Gabe from GabesVirtualWorld and EMC vSpecialst Bas Raaymen amongst many others.

Food and a band was put on for partners in the evening prior to the various parties going on around the city, most people have gone to the Danish VMUG party tonight sponsored by Veeam, call me old or boring but I have given it a miss to crash out to ensure I’m ready for tomorrow.

I am going to try and get in a lab at 8am prior to my 9am session, VMware View Troubleshooting. The solution exchange also opens tomorrow so I look forward to seeing what all the vendors have to offer.


As mentioned during Steve Herrod’s keynote speech on Tuesday VMware are developing a View client for the iPad. VMworldTV have uploaded a video with Warren Ponder, the Desktop Client Product Mgmt Director at VMware demonstrating some of the features. Not only does the VMware client support PCoIP something that the Wyse client doesn’t currently do but it has it’s own gestures to help you adapt to using Windows on the iPad.

There is currently no release date for the app, but as soon as I here more I will let you know and i’m sure I will blog a demonstration when it is released.

If you weren’t lucky enough to be at VMworld San Francisco like myself and you missed the live stream of the keynote, you can now catch up on all the, vCloud Director, vShield, View 4.5 goodness HERE 

Also don’t forget to tune in for Thursday’s keynote full details can be found on






BUZZ Words: Extended Virtualization, Apps, Hybrid Cloud, Virtual Giant,  IT as Service

A more in-depth blog post on the announcements such as View 4.5, vCloud Director, vShield Suite, Project Horizon and the acquisitions will come soon.

Xsigo VMworld Announcement

September 1, 2010 — 3 Comments


Xsigo for those who aren’t aware of the company are a I/O virtualisation company, that’s right you have already virtualised your servers maybe even your storage we’re now going to start virtualisation your I/O.

I/O is classified as the data coming to and from your server whether this be network traffic, iSCSI traffic or FC storage traffic.

Xsigo works conventionally by having two heads (I/O directors) for redundancy from these directors you are given a number of infiniband connections which connect to 2 infiniband cards in your traditional servers or blades.

Benefit 1, is a reduction in cables from maybe 8-12 network connections and 2 FC connections per ESX host to only 2 inifiniband CX4 connections per host.

Benefit 2, you are able to manage and hot add I/O devices to all your hosts centrally through the Xsigo graphical user interface browser that is available from inside the vSphere client

Benefit 3, Cost savings, you no longer have the requirement to buy the additional FC and Ethernet cards for your servers and the switches to support them, so not only is there a capital expense saving but also power saving.

From Xsigo’s site

  • Eliminate up to 70% of the cards, cables, and switch ports
  • Save 50% on capital expense
  • Reduce power consumption by 30%
  • Leverage smaller, more cost effective servers

    Plus lots more, check out their site for full details

    The Announcements

    So after a very long introduction what are the new announcements from Xsigo at VMworld?

    Xsigo have introduced two new models into their range, what is different in these models compared to their existing ones is that they virtualise your I/O over ethernet! Whilst there are obviously performance benefits with infiniband, the new technology, uncommon interface cards and cabling may have been a stopping point for a lot of people when it came to the adoption of virtualised I/O. By utilising the 1Gb and 10Gb ports already in your servers you are saving money on the cost of adoption and installation time.  Check out Xsigo’s blog for more information >>

    However this wasn’t their only announcment they have also announced Xsigo Management Solution 3 with 40Gb infiniband connectivity that’s 80Gb per host. They also announced an iPad app to manage your entire IO estate!

    If you would like to learn more about Xsigo head over to their website at or if you are lucky enough to be at VMworld 2010 in San Francisco this week head to booth #1031 near VMware.

    A big thanks to Nick Dyer a Systems Engineer for Xsigo in the UK for filling me in on the product and the latest announcements.

    I received the email from VMware this morning to say registration for VMworld and VMworld Europe is open. VMworld will be taking place in it’s usual location of the Moscone Center San Francisco on August 30th to September 2nd and VMworld Europe will be taking place at the all new location of Bella Center Copenhagen on October 12th –14th.

    Full details can be found at I personally have never been but have always enjoyed hearing the stories, blog posts and chat surrounding the events. Hopefully this maybe the first VMworld Europe for me but will have to wait and see.


    There are a number of savings to be had if you register early. This is defiantly a must attend event if you get the chance.