VMWorld 2015 – Blog Posts Reference

Just a wrap-up post given I wrote 10 blog posts at VMworld 2015 – keynotes, breakout sessions (1 NDA), and various other items. From a traffic perspective, the keynote blogs and the career panels post got the most traffic.

I want to make sure to specifically thank EMC Elect and Mark Browne for the help in providing a VMworld pass.

For what it’s worth, there was also Zerto NDA session which didn’t make it into a blog post. If you’re a Zerto partner under NDA, let me know.

General Sessions & Keynotes

Breakout Sessions

Here’s to VMworld 2015!

VMworld Session Notes – vSphere Distributed Switch 6.0 – Technical Deep Dive NET4976

Presenters are Jason Nash (@thejasonnash) & Chris Wahl (@chriswahl)

  • Why are you all here? Stuck on Spirit airlines?
  • Some intro’s – skipping past the VMware slides.
  • Jason likes to shoot skeet, Chris likes big hats
  • Free 30 day passes from Pluralsight
  • 2014 Deep Dive – 6 use cases – can’t cover it all in 45 minutes
  • New 2015 Hotness – 1) Granular network guarantees, 2) Using Multiple TCP/IP Stacks, 3) 100% VDS Fueled Data Center
    • Granular Network Guarantees – NIOC 3.0, Setting Guarantees on virtual machines and DPG’s
    • Using Multiple TCP/IP Stacks – Setup a supported routed vMotion environment, Migrate workloads from one vCenter to another
    • 100% VDS Fueled Data Center – How to protect vCenter Server and other dependencies, toss out the standard vSwitch entirely
  • Lots of the audience using vDS today already
  • New in vSphere 6.0
    • NIOC 3.0
    • Multicast (IGMP) Snooping
    • Multiple TCP/IP Stack for vMotion
  • What about the Cisco Nexus 1000V?
    • VMware no longer sells the Nexus 1000V
    • Nexus 1000V is still supported in vSphere 6.0 – needs 5.2(1)SV3(1.4) or later
    • AVS Mode = not supported – will likely get there soon…
    • Official Nexus 1000V official End of Availability – http://www.vmware.com/products/cisco-nexus-1000V
    • IBM 5000V – no one using it
  • Showing all the upgrade paths to get to VDS – need to think about the enhanced LACP mode
  • NIOC 3.0 – “Learn how to do blah blah blah” – Tips and caveats…
    • More guardrails – less fluidity in the data center.
    • The best designs are simple – don’t do it unless you need it.
    • Are you solving a problem? Don’t turn nerd knobs unless solving a specific problem
  • Traffic Placement Engine – read the slide. 😉
  • Bandwidth Admission Control
  • Related Functionality –
  • Live Demo Time!
    • Some things went away with NIOC version 3.
    • Can’t mark traffic classes the same way.
    • Also changes in how network resource pools work – more similar to shares hierarchy.
    • If have these things you can’t upgrade but fixing some of these things can be disruptive (will blip the ports on the vDS).
    • Can’t see NIOC version – oh yes you can.
    • Only Scott Lowe has 40 Gig switches at home.
    • This is like Jason Nash doing a live Pluralsight course with comic relief from Chris Wahl – they should do this format for their Pluralsight course.
    • Can do reservations on a per VM basis
    • Often design NIOC groups on application or tier (gold, silver, etc.)
    • If doing it per VM, tag the virtual machine (with an actual vCenter tag) so easier to find it later
    • Don’t get to fancy with the uplinks and splitting them up.
  • Multiple TCP/IP Stacks
    • previously couldn’t have different default gateways – only first came in in 5.5
    • now it’s in the UI with 6.0 – vMotion is biggest use case along with Storage vMotions
    • this is what allows cross-switch vMotion and cross-vCenter vMotion
    • Congestion Control Algorithms – New Reno & CUBIC
      • CUBIC only built for high speed long distance (coast to coast) – don’t change it unless VMware tells you to.
    • Custom Stacks & vxlan – don’t use it unless need it
  • Cross vSwitch vMotion
    • vDS to vSS is not supported – vDS includes metadata that vSS doesn’t support
    • Doesn’t change IP address
    • Can do any combo except vDS to vSS
    • Don’t forget about Layer 2 – this won’t change your IP #….seriously don’t forget that.
  • Cross vCenter vMotion
    • could do this before but was really cumbersome.
    • Supports shared or shared nothing migrations (if don’t want to buy VPLEX).
    • Even migrates things such as HR, DRS, Alarms, Events
    • Must be in the same SSO domain
    • This is NOT how you go from 5.5 to 6.0
  • Other Requirements
    • Must be Enterprise Plus
    • Must be in Enhanced Link Mode
    • Time sync is super critical
  • Long Distance vMotion
    • Can now vMotion across links up to *150ms* of latency – no more 10ms limit!
    • Keep in mind this can affect VM performance – do this in non-peak hours.
    • Stretching Layer 2 has always been difficult and usually not a great idea.
    • If a really busy VM, will we ever be able to stun the VM successfully long enough?
  • Protecting vCenter with a vDS
    • Can use vDS for everything – but do have to protect vCenter more now.
  • What’s ephemeral? Only half the audience knows…
  • Showing how can shut down vCenter with the thick client on an ESXi host and change its port group.
  • Now into the Q&A…
    • People hoarding the stage for the Pluralsight cards but no questions.
    • Kind of surprised no questions.

That’s a wrap!

VMworld 2015 Day 4 Keynote Live Blog

Last keynote live blog…focused on neuroscience.

  • You’re not gonna hear about cloud in this presentation – people start clapping.
  • Going to hear from people doing cool things…
  • Dr. Fei-Fei Li – Director at Stanford
    • http://vision.stanford.edu/feifeili/
    • Showing video a 3 year old child describing what she sees in photos
    • Has a lot to learn but is already an expert at making sense of what she sees
    • Lots of advances but computers still struggle with what this 3 year old can do.
    • “Even the smartest machines are still blind.”
    • Working on this for the last 15 years – research field = Computer Vision & Machine Learning
    • First have to teach the computer to recognize objects – the building block of our visual world
    • How hard can this be? Showing a cat picture…and cats in different positions…some sitting like humans. Even a household cat can have almost infinite variations to the object models.
    • No one shows children how to see – they do it through their own learning.
    • So what if think of human eyes as biological cameras? Takes a picture about every 200 milliseconds….millions of pictures in the first couple years.
    • This made them realize that they needed a massively larger image set than they’d ever used….so downloaded tons of images from the internet. Used Amazon Mechanical Turk to tag images.
      • 48,940 workers in 167 countries helped to label 1 billion images
    • Coworkers told her not to do this – “go do something more useful”
    • Imagenet – 15,000,000 images in 22,000 categories
    • Convolutional Neural Network – in their lab it has 24M nodes, 140M partners, and 15B connections
    • Showing an interesting map around how car prices correlate with income…but also with crime and even voting patterns
    • Showed a crocodile-duck – and how computer hands that.
    • Improving computer recognition….and maybe have it up to roughly age 3.
    • Closed with a picture of a really happy young boy with a cake – talks about how it’s her son and all the context in the picture that she hopes someday a computer can recognize.
  • Greg Gage, Founder, Backyard Brains
    • Brains have 80 billion cells called neuron
    • Pulled out a cockroach, dunked him in cold water to anesthaetize him, cuts his leg off live.
    • Not going to map a human brain live….but map a cockroach brain.
    • Cuts off the leg, puts pins in it, connects it to a “Spiker Box” – lets us listen to what the neuron impulses sound like as he pokes the leg (because the leg is still sending info to the brain)
    • Now a human onstage…has been at VMworld 12 years. Putting electrodes on his arm.
    • Electromyogram – one neuron connected to one muscle fiber.
    • Do you workout? “Sure”
    • Holding a tenser type thing that can measure how hard can hold something – can see it drop from 75 pounds of force and also mirrored in the electrode output.
    • Now hooking up to 2 people – asking the “puppet” – have you ever lost your free will? “Well, I got married 24 years ago.”
    • Showed 2 people, electrodes on one arm of each person connected through a machine, one person squeezes their hand, the other person’s hand closes and they can’t control it.
    • Really fun presentation…hard to blog it.
  • David Eagleman, Director at Baylor
    • Our reality sits in between the super micro cell stuff and the vast cosmos
    • Color spectrum is a very small part of the electromagnetic radiation spectrum.
    • Snakes can see infrared, honeybees can see ultraviolet. We build machines to see X-Rays, cel phones, etc.
    • Your senses limit your reality.
    • Umwelt (said “umvelt”) – German world for the reality you can see. Each animal is locked into it’s own perceived reality.
    • Truman show – “we accept the reality that’s presented to us”.
    • Reality expanding example – what’s it like to be born blind? If you haven’t had it, you never miss it. Or if a blood hound dog thinking about how humans must feel loss about not smelling all the things a dog can.
    • Focus is how technology can expand our Umwelt and how that can change the experience of being human.
      • “As technology expands our Umwelt, it will change the experience of being human.”
    • Lots of people walking with retinal implants and cochlear impacts (sight and hearing). Scientists thought this wouldn’t work b/c incoming signals would be different than from real eyes or ears.
    • The brain is locked away from the real world – only works on electrical impulses – is an incredible general computation machine.
    • Talking about studies for sight substitution – input on the forehead and tongue from a camera helps blind people practically see (can even throw a ball into a basket)
    • David and his research partner working on helping deaf people hear – has created a vest that translates sound into a complex set of pokes on the back.
    • Showing a video of a totally deaf man – after a couple weeks could take spoken words and understand them well enough to write them on a whiteboard when spoken.
    • This started with sensory substitution but also looking at sensory addition.
    • Showing how did a scrape of all #VMworld hashtag tweets, figure out if positive or negative, then reflects that on the vest, and can tell how conference is going.
    • What about an airplane cockpit? Way too many things being channeled through your eyes that aren’t good at recognizing that kind of data. Your skin can process in parallel…so why not push that kind of information through your skin?
    • Picture of someone piloting a quadcopter with a sensor grid on his back to get input on 9 different things – pitch, yaw, etc.
    • The human umwelt has been unlocked
    • The question is…how do you want to experience your universe?

That’s a wrap….fascinating stuff.

EMC Elect Meetup with John Roese (EMC CTO) at VMworld

John Roese, EMC CTO – 15+ EMC Elect in the room with him as well.
Mark Brown doing the introduction…
  • John starting with chatting about the last session with customers…
  • Talking about 2nd platform and 3rd platform – we’ve now all realized that you’re not going to build the same kind of infrastructure stack for 3rd platform as 2nd platform
    • But if you could sufficiently virtualize you might have a common pool you can pull from.
  • Trending toward that we can reuse components of the stacks – common substrate
  • Less stranded hardware
  • 3rd layer – data persistence layer – still debating how it will work out
    • Some won’t cross domains for economic reasons
    • traditional storage technologies may be over-designed for containers
    • software storage may work for traditional workloads
    • Isilon is a good example of this
  • Definitely not just platform 2 and platform 3 storage architectures
  • Data Protection – what about it?
    • It’s needed in Platform 3 – but most Platform 3 architectures don’t even think about data protection.
    • Are there potentially bad things that happen when Platform 3 cattle or chickens die?
    • What about snapshots in the Platform 3 world? Not really defined yet….but could apply.
    • Possibly entirely new data protection models
    • How do you protect a SaaS app? Or a public cloud app?
    • What happens is Salesforce loses all your data?
    • Data Domain could snap in here in very interesting ways – integration with various cloud apps
  • What about resiliency and reliability of containers?
    • Different approach for enterprise workloads
  • Data persistence will mostly go horizontal
  • Roese asking – do we see blurring of Platform 2 and Platform 3?
    • Security has to live on both sides.
      • Security = stop the known bad, allow the known good, detect the unknown…simple, eh? :-)
      • Security companies so busy doing virtual security that they haven’t gotten to micro-containerized security.
    • Resource Management Scheme – someone has to run this. Even if build into the application someone has to be notified.
      • Operational Recoery is really being ignored in many conversations.
      • Coolest thing here in the EMC portfolio is Virtustream and it’s MicroVM concept. It’s not a small VM but a unit of consumption.
      • Virtualization gets you to a certain point, aggressive resource management takes you farther.
    • Fairly long discussion of Virtustream and how it’s very important to this conversation.
    • Architectural inconsistency between Platform 2 & 3 – P2 has a mgmt tool at the top, P3 has no tools at the top….it’s API’s and the developer doing DevOps things
  • Opportunity for health managment synergy between P2 & P3 – especially if running bimodal IT
    • Matters when sharing some resources underneath
  • Question about Platform 3 going down to the hardware level for health management – P3 doesn’t really.
    • Working with various customers on this.
  • Data Compliance Issues –
  • Data Placement – any intelligence in the drive for data placement?
    • No…but going to happen in the controller level.
    • May happen in the DPAD group – trying to extend the metadata model to understand data protection.
    • This becomes even more important at exabyte scale – at exabyte scale you can only protect data on write…no way to copy/replicate the data.
    • Leads into how do you do advanced data protection at exabyte scale.
    • Metadata snapshot with WORM like capabilities potentially
  • Discussing genetic data – most personally identifiable data out there.
    • Have to be able to clearly identify ownership of that data for it to be on a common substrate/put it into a common repository.
    • Want to share it but not easy
    • Specific example of the larger question.
  • My thoughts/questions I didn’t ask…
    • When a chicken dies, I eat a chicken sandwich (might have had to be there to understand that one).
    • DD Boost – integration with applications – what about SAP, etc already?
    • VSAN – hardware integration – lost writes – split brain issues with high availability – need a quorum of 3 then….drives up costs
    • Common data planes – VPLEX for primary data, Data Domain for backup/archive data.
      • Cloudbridge & Cloudboost in there too.

That’s a wrap – was a mind bending session covering lots of topics.

VMworld 2015 Day 2 Keynote Live Blog

 

Live blogging if wifi/tethering cooperate…

  • Started off with another cute Cloud Academy video
  • Sanjay Poonen, VP of mobility (or something like that)
    • Every VMware executive is on Twitter
    • Your phone is now the remote control for your life.
    • VMware back with Maritz was the first to introduce the concept of workspace…well….maybe.
    • Believe that VMware has leapfrogged to be a leader in innovation in the Mobility/EUC space.
    • Rated by IDC as the leapfrog leader in this space.
    • Like your XenApp? Keep it…we’ll work with it. But if you want to drop it, we have a “Safe Passage” program to buy your maintenance back.
    • Identity Manager discussion – mobile device becomes your second factor authentication.
    • Now a video about how mobility is no longer a choice but a requirement – various happy customer quotes.
  • Jim Alkove, Microsoft Corporate VP of Windows Enterprise & Security
    • It’s like the Berlin wall coming down to have Jim on stage – Jim is the tall Reagan, Sanjay is the Indian Gorbachev.
    • “VMware loves Windows 10” on the slide
    • Microsoft has opened up Windows 10 for an enterprise solution like Airwatch to manage.
    • Talking about the strength of designing hardware and software to work together – XBOX is an example but also following that idea with Windows 10
    • Jim seems like a very nice guy but struggling a bit with the teleprompter
  • Now back to just Sanjay on stage…
    • New spirit of Enterprise IT – have to work together
    • Must marry Consumer Simplicity & Enterprise Security
    • #VMworld 2015 Keynote are designed after @TEDTalks – interesting. Going for ~20 minute interesting segments. #EMCElect #vExpert
  • Noah Wassimer now on stage with Sanjay – @noahsw
    • EUC CTO and VP Product Management at VMware
    • Officially announcing about how Airwatch can mange Windows 10
    • Last year at VMworld showed AppVolumes in a virtual context deploying 100’s of volumes
    • Sanjay – are you telling me we can do this now in a physical context? Yes!
    • So how deliver on the vision of any application for any device?
    • Showing deploying applications via Airwatch to physical Windows, virtual, Samsung tablet, iPad, Surface tablet
    • Working directly with top 100 app vendors to ensure seamless integration
    • So what about security?
    • Have found  way to connect Airwatch and Horizon into NSX seamlessly
    • Doing it via a security scorecard approach which taps into multiple sources simultaneously
    • Live updates off scorecard to change network security settings on the fly
    • Security all the way from the datacenter to the desktop to the device
    • 3 Key themes…
      • Any Application, Any Device
      • Delightful User Experience on Trusted Infrastructure
      • Digital Workspace & Business Transformation
  • Martin Casado – over all things NSX
    • The network is the application
    • Video case study with IHG
    • So what is network virtualization? Similar to compute virtualization…lays over existing network
    • Helps with provisioning – virtualizes all services of the network but now fully distributed
    • Network virtualization can scales infinitely due to its distributed nature.
    • Announcement of NSX 6.2 yesterday – most feature rich release ever.
      • Tons of features – 20+ shown on the slide.
    • Over 700 customers – 100’s in production
    • Showing customers across many industries – healthcare, communication, education, financial, etc.
    • Some partners are adding things in the virtual infrastructure that can’t be done physically – Palo Alto is a good example.
  • Jacob now on stage with Martin Casado for a demo….
    • “This looks like a creepy sea creature – it’s actually a graphical representation of our dev cloud.”
    • Showing various application tiers and how they’re grouped
    • What do you do when get a phone call that an application isn’t working?
    • Switching over to a custom vRealize Operations dashboard – shows computing, network, storage plus the application tiers
    • “This is a networking talk…so of course the problem will be in the network today”
    • Showing a link level topology on the left – on the right see a problem with a top of rack switches. Drill down from the VM into packet loss into the top of rack switch.
    • Now the security guy calls….you’re not compliant unless put in a next generation firewall – that’s really easy….just apply a firewall policy inside the same tool.
  • Tom Corn now on stage with Martin – Senior VP of Security with VMware
    • How to take a point product and turn it into a distributed service or an infinite service
    • This changes how you write policy – can and should ultimately turn that into a checkbox in the application
    • Security challenge of the coming decade is creating trusted services on top of untrusted infrastructure.
    • Why hasn’t this been done already? It’s seriously hard…real operational challenges. Breaks lots of existing controls – key management problem, distribution problem, etc.
    • Distributed network encryption – in-flight encryption
    • Data at rest encryption – used to be preventing against a hard drive stolen out of a datacenter (compliance checkbox). Now it’s files going across the network…have to look at those scenarios and where they live when at rest.
  • Pat Gelsinger, CEO now on stage
    • My job is to pull these threads of conversation together and give a point of view on the path we’re pursuing.
    • Think about how far we’ve come sine those first days of connectivity.
    • Online today 3.1 billion out of 7.3 Billion – Half the population connected by Q3 2019
    • Mobile share of web traffic is now 33%
    • Connected devices per person – 1995 = 0.1, 2015 = 2.9, 2020 = 5.9
    • We now have so many ways to be interrupted.
    • iOS app industry revenues have passed US film industry revenues.
    • Birdman revenues dominated by Angry Birds revenue.
    • Internet economy = $8 trillion, 21% of Global Growth
    • 5 Imperatives for digital business – things business must at least think about and potentially must do.
      1. Asymmetry in business – ability to dominate a lesser force.
        • Let’s look at symmetry first – take England vs. France in the 1700’s
        • Also saw asymmetry – America vs. England – hit and run, small groups, etc.
        • What about today? Today’s incumbents (and VMware is an incumbent) vs. upstarts. Startups aren’t anything new…
        • Today’s technology gives startups unlimited reach, unlimited access, unlimited scale…..and VC’s give unlimited $$
        • “This is the best time in history to be a challenger of the status quo.”
        • Future of the car – from individual ownership to shared, autonomous vechilces
          • Increase in utilization – 4% to 75% (we hardly use our cars by % today)
          • Shift in cost – CapEx to OpEx
          • Drop in # of cars – 70% decrease
          • Drop in accidents – 5.5M to 1.3M
        • Ripple effect – real estate values (suburbs vs. exurbs), lots of others.
        • Summarize of Imperative #1 – Elephants must learn to dance.
          • Innovate like a startup, deliver like an enterprise.
      2. Professional Era of Cloud
        • The Cloud we have constructed to date – large built similar to current IT
        • Experimental phase of cloud – public cloud vs. private cloud – disjointed, disconnected picture
        • Build an environment of “and” – unified hybrid cloud
        • “It’s no longer the big beating the small, it’s the fast beating the slow.” Eric Pearson, CIO, IHG
        • Building the span (bridge metaphor) to bridge public and private clouds
        • Over the next couple years your business will be taking advantage of multiple cloud tech – lots of SaaS, maybe a couple PaaS, 1-2 IaaS.
        • Post Snowden – accelerated demand for home-grown clouds. Countries demand data to be inside their sovereign borders.
        • First time heard about vMotion was from Mendel in Beijing – that’s had a decade long industry impact.
      3. Security – Protecting people, apps, and data
        • We don’t do security to protect a particular server, router, etc. It’s about protecting people, apps, and their data.
        • Remember the OPM breach? Pat had to replace a couple credit cards…also had a false 1040 filed on his behalf.
        • We spend the bulk of our dollars on products we know don’t really solve our problem.
        • Security spending exploding…not necessarily with corresponding benefits.
        • Virtualization layer provides the “Rosetta stone” sitting in between everything.
          1. Alignment – provides alignment of services to the place where they need to be deliver.
          2. Ubiquity – how to provide trusted services on untrusted devices. Enables architecture for security to be developed.
          3. I missed this one.
        • Side-note on security – must “build it in” vs. “bolt it on”….we’ve always heard that, right? It was because we didn’t really have a place to easily build it in. Believe that virtualization allows us to be twice as secure at half the cost.
        • Marathon Oil is an example.
        • Security Renaissance is here – seize the day.
      4. Proactive Technology
        • Remember the early days of artificial intelligence?
        • AI has had a 30 year gestation. Various terms here are…
          • Symbolics, LISP knowledge, Teknowledge, others.
        • Telling a story about when he worked on the 486 chip – positioned for AI but it was really just making it faster. 486 was a good chip but failure for AI
        • Big predictions take 30 years
        • We’re moving over decades from Reactive to Proactive
        • Medical illustration – injectables inside of people?
        • Today – creepy vs. convenient
        • Tomorrow – invasive vs. invaluable
        • Under the hood – analytics to big data to apps to analytics to big data to etc. etc. etc.
        • Algorithms + data structures = programs.
        • Summary = Automate Everything – Predict (almost) anything.
      5. Tech Extinction
        • 40% of the S&P 500 will disappear in the next 10 years (Wall Street journal)
        • Gel singer thinks that half of the top tech companies will be gone in 10 years
        • McKinsey study showing that average length of a company on the S&P 500 has gone from 90 years to 20 years (or something close to that)
        • We’ve moved to a place where not taking risks is the biggest risk.
        • As a tech expert, this is your time to lead – be an entrepreneur inside your respective businesses.
        • Our commitment is that we’ll be your best partner to navigate this world together.

That’s a wrap!

VMworld 2015 Session Notes – Rethinking Enterprise Storage: The Rise of Hyperconverged Infrastructure

This basically turned into a VSAN & EVO SDDC presentation — improvements in VSAN 6.1 are quite impressive.

  •  Presenters
    • Charles Fan, VMware, Inc
    • Mike Feld, CTO, Baystate Health, VertitechIT
  • Changing world of storage – in Google, Facebook, etc. datacenter see same hardware used for storage, network, and compute
  • Flash is pushing storage hardware to be redone – can’t handle flash.
  • <Lost track for a bit to schedule a VCE briefing>
  • Now walking through VSAN Ready Nodes
  • If that’s not easy enough, you can do EVO:Rail
  • Lots of benefits – up to 50% TCO savings, up to 7M IOPs, scale up or out
  • 2000+ Customers – lots of logos on the slide.
  • Breakdown with graphs about how VSAN saves up to 50% CapEx
  • Top Use Cases for VSAN – VDI, Business Critical Applications, IT Operations, Remote IT (ROBO)
  • Customer Case Study running VSAN….
    • Bay state Health – Springfield, MA, 2nd largest hospital system in MA, 1 MM patients annually, 12,000 employees, EMR = Cerner, Datacenters = 3
    • Lancaster General Health – Lancaster, PA, Member of UPenn Health System, 630 Beds, EMR = EPIC (HIMMS Stage 7 Acute Card Ward), Datacenters = 2
  • What’s new in VSAN 6.1
    • Enterprise Availability & Data Protection
      • Stretched Cluster with RPO = 0, metro-distance
      • 5 minute RPO vSphere Replication
      • Support for SMP-FT
      • Support for Oracle RAC and Microsoft MSCS
    • Advanced Management & Troubleshooting
      • Health-check plugin for HW monitoring, compliance
      • vRealize Operation integration for capacity planning and root-cause analysis
      • Support cloud-native apps
    • New hardware options
      • 2-node clusters for ROBO
      • New SSD HW Options
        • Intel NVMe
        • Diablo Ultra DIMM
  • Beta Preview: Maximize Space Efficiency and Data Integrity
    • Big Feature 1 = Erasure Coding
    • Big Feature 2 = Deduplication
    • Looking at anywhere from 1.5X – 16X capacity increases
    • http://vmware.com/go/vsanbeta
  • Wikibon long-term project of storage market
    • Showing the wikibon graphic projecting the storage market over the next 10 years
    • Showing most storage moving to be server-based or served from the cloud
  • 64 node, 6,400 VM’s, 4.2M IOPs, 500 TB – running live on the show floor (HCI Zone)
  • Encryption – currently a partnership with HyTrust or can do Self-Encrypting Drives (may be somewhat higher cost)
    • Roadmap = encryption coming in the product later.
  • Question – what’s the difference between EVO:Rack and EVO:SDDC? EVO:SDDC replaces the codename of EVO:Rack with a bit more than was announced as part of EVO:Rack last year.

VMworld 2015 Day 1 Keynote Live Blog

Going to live blog..will post updates as we go along if Wifi and/or tethering cooperate….
What’s below is a somewhat blow by blow writeup with commentary – if you want a summary, read Scott Lowe’s blog post here (although his summary stops before we got to Photon and containers).
  • Starting with a video about VMware cloud academy – cute.
  • Carl Eschenbach on stage with cloud apps
    • Over 23,000 people at VMworld, 50k+ attending online, 88+ countries, 6k+ VMUG customers, 7k+ partners
    • 1st even in San Diego – 1200 people
    • 21 people who have been to all 12 VMworlds – Carl is one of them
    • Community of citizen philanthropists – VMware Foundation
    • Join Destination Giveback – #vGiveback
    • Carl’s sportcoat is giving Martin Casado a run for his money – got Martin responding to that on Twitter.
    • Focusing on being ready for any challenge around speed, innovation, productivitity, etc.
    • Helping our customers be ready for 4 things….
      • 1) Run – be ready to run any application
      • 2) Build – traditional applications, containers, etc.
      • 3) Deliver – deliver any application on any device
      • 4) Secure – accelerate networking and security from the datacenter to the device.
    • Goal is to provide Freedom, Flexibility, and Choice
      • We want it to be all VMware but realize that’s not always practical.
      • Embraced Opernstack last year.
      • 2 pronged approach to supporting containers – both on your current infrastructure and also via a totally new stack
    • Want to let you choose the technology, architecture, platform, application, device – we will engage with you.
    • One cloud – not that it’s a single homogenous cloud but rather seamless integration between private cloud and public cloud (might be multiple)
      • This is the Unified Hybrid cloud.
      • Hybrid all the things
    • For users, the distinction between on-premise IT and off-premise IT has already been eliminated. IT has to catch up.
      • Believe that VMware can provide the most powerful Unified Hybrid cloud platform.
    • Everything starts and stops with the application – so we have to keep support traditional applications.
    • Discussing the multiple on-premise infrastructure options – V+C+E, VCE, NetApp, etc. etc.
    • Examples of how VMware is partnering with customers to take advantage of “one cloud, any app, any device” architecture.
      • Automobile manufacturer – monitor and tune customers cars in real time.
      • Telco – voice over LTE much faster
      • Education – securely allowing teachers, students, and parents to access curriculum outside the local districts.
      • Pharmaceutical – 120 years old, big legacy datacenter, needed to move faster so built Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC), first application on was SAP.
    • DirecTV Customer Case Study – starting out with a video – DirecTV
      • Mature market – customer satisfaction is very high.
      • Partnered with VMware since 2008
      • Trying to put more capabilities closer to the customers – unified cloud makes that possible.
      • Need a sudden burst of capacity 3-5 times per year – how do you managet to deliver that?
      • Exclusive contract with NFL – very hard to keep scaling as demand keeps growing.
      • Biggest challenge is trying to support cloud, mobility, and big data.
      • Trying to move away from hardware driven networks.
  • Next section is talking about “Run” – how to run any application
  • Then drill down into “Build” and embrace traditional and cloud native applications.
  • Tomorrow will be Sanjay, Pat, etc.
  • Now into the “Run” section…
    • Video to start it off with executives from IHG, Rent-A-Center, others.
    • Bill Fathers, Exec VP & GM of Cloud Services
    • Is just just trying to connect VMware’s stuff into SaaS? Much longer-term….
    • Trying to solve some of the toughest challenges today….
    • Discussing micro-rental of everything – cars, helpers, pets, etc.
    • Eeeee-volution. Love the accent…
    • Long discussion of mobile platforms.
  • Raghu Raghuram – Exec VP & GM of SDDC – @raghuraghuram
    • Virtualizing networking, storage, and compute to deliver the best experience.
    • Seeing the rise of the hybrid application – part of each app running in private and public clouds.
    • That makes it not sufficient to build just a public cloud or just a private cloud
    • This is basicaly the same messaging as the Partner Exchange keynote – some is word for word the same.
  • Yanbing Li – VP Storage and Availability – SDDC & Cloud SErvices
    • @ybhighheels – looks like she just joined Twitter.
    • New EVO SDDC Manager – has Management (vRealize Suite), Networking (NSX 6.2), Storage (Virtual SAN 6.1(, Compute (vSphere 6)
    • Is this EVO:Rack?
    • Can run at very large scale.
    • Can patch the whole SDDC stack as well as the firmware in the switching?
    • How to extend templates to the cloud? network settings? security settings? etc.
    • Now into a demo showing templates in the vSphere web client – extending it to work between private and public cloud
    • Showing how the templates sync to the public cloud.
    • Network in-between public & private includes 1) Intelligent Routing, 2) Strong Encryption, 3) WAN Acceleration, 4) VXLAN Extension, 5) Direct Connect
    • Now shoing a demo of moving a VM via vMotion between datacenters.
    • VMware is not a “Hotel California” cloud provider where you can never check out.
    • Just showed Cross-vCloud vMotion – first time to see it live.
    • Secret sauce is the hybrid networking capability.
    • Project Skyscraper Tech Preview
  • Bill Fathers back on stage with Yanbing – he’s the slightly more decisive boss.
    • Discussing developed in the cloud native apps –
    • Created a new application in the cloud and linked it back onsite.
  • Bill Fathers – “Wow!!!”…
    • Summary – hopefully shown a new way to think about your cloud strategy –
  • Rodney Rogers, CEO of Virtustream on stage.
    • Announced as the way can get SAP to run easily…
    • Showing XStream – core with the peices around it are 1) Software, 2) Managed Service, 3) Infrastructure as a Service, 4) Advisory Services
    • uVM – Traditional ITO, Standard Public Cloud Model (Wasted Overhead), Our Approach
    • 1 uVM = 200 Mhz CPU, 768 MB RAM, 40 IOPs, 2 Mb/s Bandwidth
    • Create a pool of the uVM’s and then balance things around
    • Perfomance, Automation, Security
      • Automation – Xtstream App Director – Complex Operations, Catalog Offering, App or OS orchestration, Workflow orchestration
      • Security – Chip to compliance security, RBAC, 2 factor auth, tenant isolation, Intel TXT, Encryption, Continuous compliance monitoring,
    • Only 1 of 3 companies in the world to have SAP Premium HEC status
  • Ray O’Farrell – CTO & CDO (Chief Development Officer)
    • “dancing swarm of applications”
    • Focusing on how to bridge cloud-native applicaitions.
    • I’m afraid I’m wearing down on the live blog…
  • Kit Colbert – VP & CTO of Cloud-Native Applications
    • Showing Docker to deploy an application
    • VI Admin only sees the VM’s and not containers
    • Challenges with Containers – different units of management
    • Challenge of partial visibility
    • vSphere Integrated Containers – using jeVM in order to have the container be a peer to a VM inside vCenter
    • One container per VM – VM = container = VM
    • Photon – Linux distro to provide jeVM
    • Summary of vSphere Integrated Containers – ability to run traditional apps inside VM’s and cloud-native apps inside containers side by side on a single platform.
    • Showing Photon demo – to provision containers
    • Showing Kubernetes deployment very easily out of VMware Photon management UI
    • Distribution Options for Photon…
      • 1) Photon Controller – Open Source – Coming Soon
      • 2) VMware Photon Platform – subscription – Private Betas Available in Q3 & Q4 2015
      • 3) Pivotal Cloud Foundry & Photon Platform – Integrated Bundle – Private Betas Available in Q3 & Q4 2015
    • http://vmware.com/go/cnaguide
  • Keynote now wrapping up….that’s a wrap for me.

VMunderground Opening Acts – Careers Panel – VMworld 2015

 

  • Panelists are…
  • John takes the opportunity early to plug TechReckoning  –http://techreckoning.com
  • If looking for someone to join an organization, what is the top thing you’d be looking for?
    • Dom Delfino – work ethics, personal value, self-starter, hiring people and not machines
    • Kat – ability to think and to adapt to change
    • Keith – wish that hiring managers who came to him asked for that and not just a list of skills.
    • Lauren – ask people doing the interviewing to each focus on a specific category along with general questions
  • So who here is looking for a new job? No one wants to answer….but when Troyer says “raise your eyebrows if you might talk to someone” lots of people raise their eyebrows.
  • How do I know what I’m worth?
    • Kat – if in the same role for more than 5-10 years, you’re probably not being paid what you’re worth.
    • Dom – no one is hiring you, Damiaan. If you look at the salary bands on Glassdoor, they are really wide. See too many people chasing a job for the money – get into a job where paid a lot but are unhappy. I see this with SE’s – “going to leave b/c will get $150k more”…you’re crazy for not thinking about that. Maybe the company is having to throw gobs of money at people b/c it’s such an awful place to work.
    • Lauren – need to know what you’re worth is a mix of stock options, base, sign on, etc. Sometimes can give you non-traditional things to make up for it.
      • If take a title hit and pay hit, need to make sure you’re getting experience that makes up for it.
    • Dom – someone is always willing to pay you more money for the same job. If think you should be getting more and can justify it, go ask before you jump.
    • Lauren – if want to know if you’re really valued, go have that conversation about a raise….and see if they let you walk away.
  • How would you negotiate an internal hire and an external hire? (asking as an employee)
    • Dom – he who mentions money first typically loses. If get through all the interviews, the manager wants you.
    • Kat – much more attractive if have a current job.
    • Lauren – pick what you’re willing to negotiate on and what not willing to negotiate on.
    • Emad – think about base – need to be able to live off that. Factor in cost of living change and relocation cost.
  • What advice would you give to avoid leaving money on the table?
    • Keith – recruiter can ask the money question so you don’t have to ask first.
    • Internal recruiters want to get you in below the amount, external recruiters get a % of the first year salary so are fine with the number being higher as long as it’s reasonable.
    • Dom – if someone is looking to nickel and dime you, don’t go work for them.
    • John Troyer – isn’t it a nerd rule that nerds don’t negotiate? So always ask for a bit of change to see what happens.
    • Kat – express you’re excited about the offer and then negotiate.
    • Dom – if negotiate too much, employer may get tired of it.
  • Emerging Skills – how do you get to where you want to be?
    • John – need to do really well in the job you have now. Also a T-shaped expert – kind of a generalist but also a specialty. Needs to be more like Pi shaped – create more and more specialty legs. Need to be continually building new skills.
    • Lauren – often not hired just for what you can do but also for your network.
    • Dom – “ability to learn new things” is a skill…except for mainframe dads.
  • Key career inflection point?
    • Emad – getting pushed into blogging –
    • John – trying many things over time
    • Dom – building your network – have to do it over the course of your career…network is so important it’s not even funny. Your network is important…but really important for the best positions.
    • Kat – can you do something different in your existing company or do you have to change companies?
  • Do resumes still matter? And what about first impressions?
    • Dom – I’ll read your resume in 5 minutes. Can you spell? Don’t embellish your resume especially on technical things. How many jobs over how long? If someone is a jerk in an interview, they’ll probably be a bigger jerk when you work for them.
      • Story about how Dom was interviewing someone – they were a jerk. He asked them in the second interview about their career (3 years at Avaya, 3 years at Extreme, etc.) – why should I come work for you when you worked at multiple companies that didn’t do well?
    • Lauren – need to be willing to learn to code in some kind of language or scripting. I won’t hire an architect who can’t code at some level.
    • Dom – value prop of someone who can architect a network isn’t as much as someone who can automate that same stuff…which requires coding.
    • John – weird nerd problem….the higher you get, the less hands-on you are. It’s as good to be as hands-on as you can be as high as you can be….
  • Followup – not as much about learning to code and as learning automation tools and automation mindset.
    • Lauren – so much out there you can use to learn to code….not that have to have the best coders but at least can do.
  • Question from audience – you get a new offer, how do you deal with the counter offer?
    • Dom – probably some catalyst to look at new offer. Counters almost never work out…don’t do it.
    • Keith – have seen executives give a counteroffer just to keep someone around, look for a replacement, and then fire that person.
    • Damian – don’t be a jerk on Twitter.

VMworld 2015 Partner Session Keynote

  • Ross Brown on stage (head of partner stuff worldwide)….I’m going to post general items here but not NDA stuff.
    • Only in this role 4 weeks – started as a coder, decided didn’t want to do it, then at TechData. Vendor side with IBM, Citrix, and Microsoft.
    • Been in startups, mid-cap companies in rapid growth, larger companies, etc. Wide range of experience.
    • Best vendors are those who work to reinforce the partner relationship with the customer.
    • Doesn’t like the saying that “partners are an extension of the vendor sales force” – not true. VMware is privileged to be a part of your business but realizes you’re independent companies.
    • Bootcamps yesterday – ran out of space actually.
    • Content previews today of what will see at the general session so you’re ready for customer questions.
    • Want to help you build out out a business where don’t just make money but can do so repeatably & consistently
    • Going for…
      • Predictable Profitability
      • Creating Value in your business
      • Rewarding Healthy Growth
    • Definitely a very financial/business feel so far…which is good given we need to do enough to pay our people & stay in business.
    • Evolution of the Cloud – see 4 phases – it’s interesting how long term this is looking. This is going out to 2030 for the 4th phase.
    • We’re just about done Phase 1 and just into Phase 2 as stated.
    • Seeing major shifts with application scaling approaches
    • Doubling down on hybrid cloud – enable stretching private cloud into public cloud easily.
      • Lots of flexibility, add capacity dynamically + compliance standards + policies that follow the application as it moves.
    • 1/3 of clients will say “this is awesome and we’ve seen how hard it is”, 2/3 will say “so why this is this hard? it’s easy, right?”
    • Also have to persuade developers to develop on the hybrid cloud platform – this makes a ton of sense given how intoxicated developers are with AWS overall.
      • Must address this by offering application services that are attractive to developers.
      • Trying to create an ecosystem by encouraging 3rd party applications.
      • Calling this “Hybrid Applications”.
  • Raghu Raghuram onstage….
    • At VMware 12 years….narrating a bit of the history of applications…..started with one app per server – simple virtualization play.
    • Need a common networking backplane and common management backplane to build a hybrid cloud.
    • Digging into the networking challenges – same application with components in your datacenter and also in your service provider datacenter. Have to maintain this network as the applications move around….and for hundreds of applications.
    • Only way to solve it is network virtualization at scale at both ends….but even that isn’t enough. Working on a hybrid network approach to help with this…
    • Management – consistent tools between public/private/hybrid clouds that can track, deploy, manage across all cloud options. We’re doing great stuff here! 😉
    • Comprehensive, unique, differentiated approach.
    • Cloud is only 1/2 of what customers are thinking about, other 1/2 is Mobility.
  • Sanjay Poonen, EUC president
    • “You complete us” to partners.
    • Saying nice partner things – you extend our reach, give us feedback, extend our solutions in ways we can’t do.
    • Phones are becoming the “remote control” to our life – yep.
    • Customers telling Sanjay “If don’t have a mobile strategy, you can ‘end’ User Computing…get it?”
    • Went out and bought Airwatch to respond to that
    • Identity Management to help with that as well….the next IaaS
    • Identity Management now sitting inside vCenter – tied together like the head to the body.
  • Martin Casado on stage….wins the “best sport coat contest”
    • Video case study for the Tribune –
    • New version of NSX tomorrow – no, I won’t post details.
    • Main business drivers behind network virtualization
      • Automation
      • Security (automation could be part of this)
      • App Continuity – ability to do HA & DR between datacenters
  • Pat Gelsinger on stage
    • Good strategy overview and story – not posting much of it here.
    • Who do you hitch your wagon to?
    • IT industry is not allowing any of us to stand still.
  • Carl Eschenbach – President and COO
    • Doing a one on one with Ross – both sitting down
    • Ross – I came here because of completeness of vision.
    • VMware overhauled it’s approach to ELA’s to be more partner-friendly a couple years ago….evidence of listening to partners. Still need to improve more….
    • Discussing specific programs targeted at helping remove competition between VMware and its partners over services. This is a big deal and could make a huge difference for partners and VMware working together on ELA’s and Professional Services.
    • Reviewing various themes but need to wrap up my notes for next sessions.

That’s a wrap…