Category Archives: VMware

vHighlights #005

Some highlights from VMware ecosystem and Virtualisation in general from the past 7 days. Announcements, discoveries, and useful bits-and-bobs found on  the internet. Week ending 9th April 2017.

  • VMworld 2017 registration is now open. Following the date change on the European event into September, tickets for both the US and EU events were launched at the same time this year. Early-Bird pricing lasts into June. C8kM2rJWAAALv6c
  • OVH Announces Intent to Acquire VMware vCloud Air Business. It’s not a huge surprise that the running-a-datacentre part of the vCloud Air business is leaving the roost at VMware. VMware’s direction over the past couple of years has led to the Cloud Foundation platform and the potential ability to move a vSphere workload from on-premises to cloud to cloud with VMware-owned hosting no longer holding the limelight as the preferred solution. The cross-cloud architecture and the vCloud Air Network (vCAN) should mean that the vCloud Air model continues, but just as another independent vSphere cloud in the sky.
  • vSAN 6.6 will be launched in the next few days. Some good features are being added in this release- including encryption for data at rest, this should work not only with VM loads, but also the iSCSI connectivity that was introduced in 6.5 last year.
  • At the London VMUG meeting this week, VCDX Sam McGeown gave a talk about automating his home lab with the Amazon Alexa. Whilst I’m not convinced that we’ll all be dropping our keyboards and mice to manage infrastructures by voice- it does give a good example of interfacing, APIs and vRealize Orchestrator. And it’s very cool.

New Layout for VMworld Europe 2017

VMworld Europe returns to the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona again this year, but even though it’s in the same place the organisers have taken advantage of the massive venue to move a few things around. I’d heard comments at last years event, echoed on the VMW Community Podcast recently, that a few areas didn’t get the expected footfall and it looks like the changes have been made to help that. Note- I’m basing this blog post on the plans on the VMworld website, which are obviously subject to change.

 

VMworld Europe 2017 floorplan

VMworld Europe 2017 floorplan (subject to change)

The 2017 layout- pictured above, full version available on VMworld.com – shows the entrance and registration moved from the front of hall 8.0 to hall 6.0 which was used as the General Session/ Party venue last year (see the 2016 plan online here). The General Session has made way by moving next door into Hall 4.0. The VMvillage moves from the upstairs hall 8.1 to take up the rest of hall 6.0 on the plan- I hope this brings this area to the attention of more attendees, hall 8.1 was often bypassed as people rushed from the Breakout sessions across the bridge to the Solutions Exchange hall (still in 7.0).

Personally I like the look of this layout. The entrance moves (slightly) closer to the metro station and the VMvillage (which last year featured the Hang Space vBrownbag, VMware Education, Hands On Labs, and Community areas) should see increased activity as it’s on the way in and also adjacent to the Solutions Exchange. Pushing the General Session room a bit out of the way makes sense as this area is normally only used for those few sessions when everyone is together, and it may also help reduce the scramble to the escalators as people rush to the first Breakouts- in addition to the escalators between the VMvillage and Solutions Exchange there’s a similar set outside hall 4.0.

Registration for both this and the US event is now open.

vHighlights #004

Some highlights from VMware ecosystem and Virtualisation in general from the past 7 days. Announcements, discoveries, and useful bits-and-bobs found on  the internet. Week ending 2nd April 2017