VMworld Copenhagen 2011: Steve Herrods keynote


It’s tuesday afternoon, and the sessions start to die out. Everyone is getting ready for Steve Herrods keynote. What’s new? What’s new since VMworld 2011 Vegas?



For a report on Steve’s keynote from Vegas this year, check out Steve Herrods VMworld Keynote Summary blogpost I did. So what IS new? Read about it right here!


Introduction

VMWorld Copenhagen 2011 has drawn 7.200 customers, which is a record for VMworld Europe.Actually it is the largest IT event in Europe altogether!


Welcome to Dr. Stephen Herrod

As Steve takes the stage, he introduces with the fact that even though we’re trying so hard to virtualize the desktop, it is now time to start thinking about the problem at an application level. We need to forklift them off of the virtual desktop, and find a more effective and interactive way to present them to the end user.


Something extra on Horizon Mobile

This session zooms in a it more on Horizon Mobile. Steve explains that for example data “out in the wild” (like a stolen or lost smartphone) can be wiped remotely.


New version of the iPad client for vSphere management

Introduced today there is a new iPad client for system administrators. The best part? Initiaing VMotions from your iPad! I hear rumors you can even import AngryBird sounds into the app if your iPad is “modified” ;). How cool is that for us geeks πŸ˜›


Some more stuff on VMware Go

Demoed today! Very simple. You login, you scan your network. You find physical servers, and you tell VMware go to boot it up in vSphere. Before you know it, you have vSphere running in your environment! Cool!


The VMware VSA demoed

Also demoed today is the VMware VSA. These virtual appliances are shown running on three nodes, using their combined local storages to present them as a singular shared volume. This is great for very small shops that lack the finances to afford a NAS or SAN. And if you ever grow out of this VSA in size, speed or uptime requirements? Why not look at the EMC VNXe, it is very similar to the VSA and can grow further than the VSA can (and has a very comparable price!)


Intelligent VM migration between clouds

This is a huge focus for VMware: How to automagically migrate VM workloads while it takes its unique SLA with it. Some new technology is required in order to accomplish this.

The first one is the introduction of Storage Pooling. Using these pools you can automate the initial placement of your VMs without having to worry about the individual datastores or exports. On top of that, vSphere 5 can also migrate the workload from one datastore/export to the other. We already saw this introduced as “storage DRS”.


SRM 5

Steve continues with disaster recovery. VMware has been doing an amazing job with products like Site Recovery Manager (SRM). Introduced with SRM5, you are now able to replicae your data using vSphere-level software. There are some limits (like asynchronous replication only), but the flexible part is that you are actually no longer pinned to having comparable arrays at both ends: Because this Host Based Replication runs completely in the vSphere layer, you are no longer required to have comparable arrays at both SRM sites!

Also very interesting, SRM5 includes failback. EMC has had failback for some tim now using the VSI plugin. So I guess EMC can throw out this functionality now πŸ™‚


new stuff in vShield

The first one is vShield Endpoint. This product is abel to protect any VM from as Steve calls it the “nosy neighbor”, which is basically another VM trying to access the protected one.

The second one is vShield App. This product secures groups of VMs that make up a certain application (vApp).

Finally, vShield Edge. Yet another layer of security around your protected vApps. Including state of the art security technology from RSA this is the most outer layer of defense against breaches.


vCenter Operations Manager 5.0

VMware has been holding this off in Vegas, to be introduced here in Copenhagen! The new vCOPS gets its data from several sources.

The inclusion of Capacity IQ enables vCOPS to effectively “look into the future” at what time a certain metric will hit its maximum. This enables administrators to effectively know when a potential saturation will occur of any of the metrics at what point in the future. Planning made easy.

A completely converged view of all that the administrators should worry about, without all the tiny details that really do not matter as long they’re “ok”.


Back into the arena: Lifecycle Management

Lifecycle Management appears to reenter the arena: VMware is trying to bring Dev and Ops together, linking developers to the people that need to take their creations into production. You can actually build your configuration by drag and drop to link certain VMs together. The next step is to deploy the configured application into a cloud of your choice. And step three? πŸ˜› πŸ˜› There is no third step! Although… Monitoring comes next!


vFabrics Application Management

This is way up higher into the stack from vSphere. The vFAM can actually look into your vApps and see the different datastream. Not CPU levels, memory usage or disk performance. This tool is able to look at things in an application level. The example given, was that the application tier is actually failing 100% of its calls to the database tier. This is taking monitoring to a whole new level!


IT Business Management Suite

New things just keep coming… This tool is meant to deliver information at a very high-level management level (think CTO level). How are you doing on your SLAs? Very interesting to see that VMware has now come to a level where you can either drill down into the down-n-dirty bit level, or just have a CTO-level overview on how your well your SLAs are covered!


Conclusion

As quoted: “It should work and it should work well“. Very true. Things just have to work. As we need to do more things with less, we need to be able to automate, extrapolate and extract. And VMware is right in track on getting us there!

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