13.Oct.2015 VMworld 2015 – Day 2 Recap

CRLbyRXUAAAbOUFDay two started with an early rise to attend the keynote during the general sessions. First up was Jean Pierre Brulard, who gave an overview of VMworld by the numbers. more then 10.000 attendees, 2.3k customers from 96 different countries. That is a huge crowd. As I where a VMUG leader back in the day,we also gathered huge crowds, but not merly as much as a big conference VMworld generates. Very impressive.

IMG_20151013_091243CRLgJYsU8AAUrdkSecond keynote was from Carl Eschenbach, Vice President of Operations at VMware, who spoke briefly about the Dell – EMC merger. As expected VMware will remain independent, with only a controlling share for Dell at the moment. Michael Dell joined us via video and wished us a great VMworld. He also spoke about how VMware is a welcome addition the the family. We’ll see about that, but accept it for now, my money is still on Dell selling VMware shares to fund there EMC buy.

 

There where a couple great announcements today, one being VMware vCloud NFV (Network Function Virtualization) addressing issues Telco’s and Service Providers encounter. At which point Carl invited NovaMedia’s Jan Oostrom and Telefonica’s Juan Manuel Moreno on stage. They spoke about the issues they where facing and how they used SDDC components to solve them. Part of the vCloud NFV is the Carrier Grade Tech support. NovaMedia is ready for the Hybrid Cloud, as soon as the government rules allow it.IMG_20151013_092606

Carl spoke about the big challenges IT professionals have these days, being Device Proliferation and Cloud Silos. There is a great difference in devices, applications and content now a days which have adopted IT components somehow. Wheter these applications are Tradiotional or Cloud Native Applications, they need to be monitored and tuned.

The third speaker in the keynote session was Ray O’Farrel, CTO, who briefly tipped what Cloud Native Apps is about. Provisioning Instances of itself, scal up and down, Detect and work around failures. These can be for example Containers or Microservers using Opensource Components.

Ray invided Kit Colbert on stage who spoke about The how and why of containers. The main reason being to drive business agility using dev-> test -> prod. One of the issues encountered with this is the difference in units of management. Limited Security, partial visibility or no compatibility turned VMware to create it’s “own” platform using vSphere Integrated Containers. Photon platform consists of a Photon Machine, hosted on ESX and a Photon Controller (which will be GA in a few weeks). Photon will be GA per subscription and can be used with Pivotal Cloud Foundry. To tackle the efficiency, VMware IC can use Instant Clones. Photon OS together with vSphere IC it uses a “pico” version of it called JeVM (Just Enough VM) that only consumes 24 MB on disk (yes, it’s that small) and can execute one container. It’s a container environment as seen from a developer point of view, but the beauty is that it’s seen as a VM in vCenter. Ivmw-photon-platformThink about using HA, vMotion, DRS against these containers and in this way immediately offering that kind of High Availability that was missing natively in containers or usually solved at the application layer. For enterprise also, this means to leverage a proven and well known platform like vSphere to run containers rather than moving to some custom Linux platform that may be good, but not well known by admins.  IMG_20151013_094755I can see the benefits of using such a platform leveraging a proven platform like ESXi/vSphere, the Photon Controller as the orchestator, and the JeVM as the final container (sorry for the pun) for containers. Photon is build and optimized for Cloud native Apps, which means its container is isolated in it’s own security set for multi tenants and is API driven.

The fourth keynote was from Bill Fathers, President of Cloud Services at VMware. As mentioned Unified Hybrid Cloud is all about the Disaster Recovery, Application Scaling and Mobile Applications. One of the slides had a global indicator on it, on which my employer KPN was on. IMG_20151013_100735I didn’t even know KPN participated in the unified hybrid cloud concept of VMware, which shows evangelism has still a long way to go, even within my own company. Bill spoke about the traditional issues in scaling, being the market strategy of mobile application and the provisioning of network. At this moment it’s posible to stretch your network using vAir solutions and vMotion across it, making it a Cross Cloud vMotion.

IMG_20151013_104147During this keynote Bill invited Yanbing Li on stage who announced among others vRealize 7. Rumored to be announced later this year they decided to push the release up a bit. One of the key benefits of vRA7 is the use of converged blueprints: exportable blueprints, making it usable cross tenant. And a complete integration with NSX. But more info on this announcement can be found here in a blog by Viktor vd Berg.

Also GA is the use of the Hybrid Networking Services, so you can deploy your VM’s to Clouds like vCloud Air, AWS and Openstack.

During the rest of the day, I’ve attended some sessions, especially the one from Duncan and Frank was entertaining and I really took my time to talk with some vendors on the Solution Exchange. Tonight there is a gathering hosted by Veeam, which I’ll attend, so I hope to see you there!

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