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VMworld – day 3

My plan was to spend a lot of time in the solutions exchange during the last day of VMworld 2013 in Barcelona. Mainly because i have not had the time yet and that it is usually less crowdy the last day (day after the VMworld party) compared to the other days.
Started my day at the VMware both with a discussion and a demo of IT Business Management which gives the organization more cost insight. I have been struggling with cost models from time to time, for either chargeback or show back, since my first VMware production implementation for a hosting company back in 2005. The look and feel plus the integration to vCloud Automation Center looks really nice. But as any other product/solution in the cost modeling area there is no magic, the hard work for all organizations will still be the process in which the cost definition for all different metrics are done. Doesn’t hurt to have a nice product for processing the metrics you put in.
After the ITBM discussion i joined a few sessions.

  • Extreme Performance Series: Monster Virtual Machines
  • Operational Best Practices for NSX in VMware Environments
  • Software-Defined Storage: The VCDX Way

Same good quality delivered during these sessions as the other days. I have talked with quite a few people during the event and everyone seems to agree that the quality of the sessions has increased even though i usually, during previous events,

Back at the solutions exchange i stopped by the Nutanix both and Mattias Sundling, the first Nutanix employee in Sweden, showed me the hardware and did a demo of the administration UI. Had quite a lot of time for all kinds of questions e.g. data protection, integration to management and monitoring systems.
I have never actually seen the product in real life before so this was time well spent. I also got the chance to speak to Steven Poitras who gave me a more in depth explanation about how the meta data and the actual data is distributed between the nodes in the cluster to ensure data protection. I hope/think i got a pretty good understanding about how it works now.
For those of you how know me i’m a simple man and like simple (at least easy to manage) solutions and i find this solution really attractive. I would really like to get the opportunity to play around with the product in the near future.

I also had the opportunity to get a VMware “Meet the experts” session with Rawlinson Rivera and Kyle Murley and they did a really good job explaining how VMware Virsto works including when, why and how to use it. Was pretty late in the afternoon but i think i got a pretty good picture about the concept and the components included in the solution. Will definitely look more into this product when i get the time.

The ESXi pktcap-uw command seems to be a really nice tool for NSX network analyzing.

If you are in the process, which i hope, to further develop your own or your customers future solutions i can recommend you to take a look and join one of the available VMware beta programs. Sign up here.

Based on bad time management i did not even come close to the time i would like to have had available in the solutions exchange. Have to blame VMware for all good sessions and labs available:)
Thanks VMware for an amazing VMworld event 2013. See you next yearโ€ฆ.

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