VMworld – day 1

So today VMworld started with the mandatory keynote for 1.5 hours. Maurizio Carli, SVP and GM EMEA, started the keynonte for about 15 minutes followed by Pat Gelsinger, CEO, including an announcement on Cloud Infrastructure Management that supports the VMware Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) vision. SDDC from my point of view is an architecture, not a product or product suite.
The the message was all about “IT as a Service” and not the traditional layers we are usually talking about such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (Paas) and Software as a Service (SaaS).
Pat also presented the acquisition of Desktone which basically is a desktop broker. I did not really see that one coming but it is sure interesting. As you might have noticed i have not been that involved in desktop project for over a year so this is not my area of expertise.
Another key area is the focus on the service provider role and by that we are not only talking about the traditional hosting providers, we are talking about all IT departments and how we can deliver IT

One thing i notice when i build my schedule is that two of my favorite sessions over the years “ESXTOP” and “Memory Management” are no longer available. I have really enjoyed those two specific sessions over the years so i’ll miss them.

It was a pretty busy day where i had 30 minutes between the sessions all day, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM and these are the sessions i joined:

  • Maximize Database Performance in Your Software-Defined Datacenter
  • vSphere High Availability – What’s New and Best Practices
  • Bringing Network Virtualization to VMware environments with NSX
  • Software-Defined Datacenter Design Panel for Monster VM’s: Taking the Technology to the Limits for High Utilisation, High Performance Workloads
  • Operating and Architecting a vSphere Metro Storage Cluster Based Infrastructure

All the session included good content and i picked up quite a few things i was not aware of which makes its really valuable. The approach of having two speakers doing one session is really good. Thanks for a really good job….

I also did one NSX lab in the afternoon and i must say that both the vCloud Automation Center 6.0 lab and the NSX lab has made me realize that i will have no problem the next 6 months to fill up my spare time with catch up studies:)

I short the vSphere NSX implementation consists of the following components

  • NSX Manager – The centralized network management component of NSX that manages the network and network services in the vCenter Server environment.
  • NSX Controller Cluster – A distributed and scale out system that supports VXLAN and Distributed Routing Functions.
  • NSX Edge – Much like the vCloud Network & Security Edge device. It provides firewall, routing, and gateway services to the logical networks. Two types of NSX edge deployment are possible, install it as a logical router or a services gateway.
  • Host level Kernel Modules – The modules handle data path functionality and there are 4 kernel modules deployed per ESXi host as part of NSX configuration:
    • Distributed firewall (DFW)
    • Distributed Routing (DR)
    • Switch Security
    • VXLAN
    • Message Bus

After the event i joined the VCDX and vExpert party arranged by Mark Brunstad and it was good talking to other people in the VCDX and vExperts community. Before going back to the hotel i spend about two hours at the party arranged by my blog sponsor Veeam at the Shoko club. The impression still lasts, Veeam can really throw a party:)

I ‘m really looking forward to tomorrows keynote where i guess there will be a lot of focus on the vCloud Automation Center including IT Business Management , NSX,  vCenter Operations Manager suite 5.8 and VMware Horizon as well.

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