VMworld 2015 Recap

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Another summer is past and another VMworld US is behind us.  Thankfully this year we didn’t experience any shaking or broken bricks like during VMworld 2014! Here is a copy of my annual VMworld summary that I share directly with my clients.

Playback of the VMworld 2015 General Sessions from Monday and Tuesday are already available on the VMworld site (Thursday general session is for attendees only).  Recordings of the 2015 Sessions will be hitting the VMworld site within the next week and be available to all registered attendees.  The archive of break out sessions from the past 5 VMworlds is also available to the general public.

What has to be the hottest set of topics from VMworld 2015 is everything and anything DevOps and Cloud-Native Application related.  The CNA Team has a great summary of all their announcements.

General Trivia

  • Registered Attendees: 23,700
  • Attendees to DevOps Sessions: 12,470
    • How are you planning on treating developers as first class citizens in your data center?
  • Breakout Sessions: 450+
  • Ecosystem Companies Represented: 240
  • Hands-on Labs Completed: 9,000+
  • VMworld Social Media Impressions: 276+ Million

VMworld Product Announcements





Recent VMware Releases

And now are we Ready For Vegas?


The (Possible) Dark Employment Future of IOT

After working with a client on a big data project (creating a big data service within their enterprise private cloud), I got intrigued by big data and swam up stream from it to re-engage with the Internet of Things (IOT) in a more active fashion.  One tangent of this is the Industrial Internet, smart machines that can send data and receive messages to increase their efficiency or to perform the work at hand.  For those not familiar this video from GE Software for their Predix Platform is a great overview of what is meant by the Industrial Internet.

So this morning, I was intrigued when I saw an article in my morning newsfeed that told a story about the future of work. Gideon Lichfield perfectly blends futurist and science fiction writer to paint us a picture of a potential future where all this IOT and Industrial Internet innovation is taking us. When all the sensors have been deployed, robots automating all mundane tasks, and algorithms written all that is left for some of the human tech workers is to react to when the system says there is a problem…also known as do what the automation/robots can’t do (at least not yet).

And yet the core human trait of questioning and wanting more still exists.  And how will we reconcile that core need with this potential future that we create?

I found this an interesting (if dark) view of our not too distant future.  I just hope that the worker in the story doesn’t end up being one of my kids. And the irony wasn’t lost on me that I used Pocket’s new Listen (text to speech) feature to read this article (to me) while I got ready this morning…


VMworld 2015 Recommended Sessions

As we enter into VMworld planning season (and you thought it was summer…), I’ve had a chance to review the Content Catalog and put together a list of recommended sessions:

Note: get registering fast…I’m already hearing of many sessions that are full, especially NSX ones!  If a session is full make sure you get on the waitlist (See page 11 of the Schedule Builder Guide) in case someone drops their registration or a new time is added for that same session.

NSX – Micro-segmentation, Planning, and Deploying…Oh My!

  • NET5469 – VMWare on VMWare – How VMware IT Uses NSX for Micro-Segmentation, and Large Scale Private Cloud
  • NET5529 – The Practical Path to NSX
  • NET6465-BC – Advanced Networking Virtualization – VMW NSX Micro-Segmentation Design Best Practice
  • SEC4958-SPO – VMWare NSX and Palo Alto Networks VM-Series: Driving Business and Operational value Through Micro-Segmentation
  • SEC5414 – Integrating 3rd Party Security Products on NSX Platform
  • SEC5754 – Who Can You Trust? Strategies and Designs for Implementing a Zero Trust Model Leveraging NSX
  • NET6613-QT – SDN with NSX – One Year On
  • NET6604-GD – NSX Day 2 Operations

vRealize Automation – If you’re going to do it once…automate it!

  • NET5362 – Enabling Automated Network & Security Services with NSX and vRealize Automation
  • NET5772 – A Case Study in the University of New Mexico’s Transition for Legacy Networking to SDN/NSX to Enhance IaaS and SDDCs

OpenStack – Yes, VMware Does OpenStack…fast and production ready!

  • SPL-SDC-1620OpenStack with VMware vSphere and NSX.
    • BTW: the record I’ve seen for fastest VIO deployment was 1.5 days from start (just vSphere 6 installed) to finish (VIO running in a HA, redundant production ready configuration, NSX integrated with VIO, LogInsight processing logs for the entire environment, and VROPs monitoring the entire environment).
    • BTW2: It would have ben done in half a day if it wasn’t for the storage network configuration error that VROPS and LogInsight identified…
  • SDDC5566 – Successful DevOps for the Hybrid Cloud with vRealize Automation & VMware Integrated OpenStack
  • SDDC5839 – vRealize Automation or OpenStack? Uncovering the Right IaaS for Your Business
    • This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes.  A client was struggling with getting another vendor’s OpenStack environment running and operationally stable.  When asked if “the business had cloud native apps that leveraged the OpenStack APIs” the answer was “no”. When asked if “the business had plans to build cloud native apps that leveraged the OpenStack APIs” the answer was “not really”.  When asked “Why the hell are you wasting your time with OpenStack then?” there was no answer.   Tool boxes hold more than just hammers…

Air & vRealize: Rebranding Explained

One of the VMworld 2014 related announcements that is still working it’s way thru everyone’s lexicon and thinking are the rebranding related announcements. Everyone that I know (self included) is tripping over using the correct term and name when talking VMware.  After numerous requests from clients and having scrubbed by acronyms list here is my quick and dirty rebranding explained.

Net-Net Two Changes

  1. vCloud Hybrid Services is now known as vCloud Air (pretty straight forward)
    • Many VMware products are now becoming avaialable via SaaS, if you see Air in the name, it denotes the SaaS varient
  2. vRealize is the new family name to designate VMware management technologies
    • many product names that used to start with vCenter now start with vRealize

Which Cascade across Suites and Offerings

vCloud Air – VMware’s public cloud platform built on vSphere, compatible with your on-premises data center. Available as a Virtual Private Cloud (shared hardware) or Dedicate Cloud (dedicated hardware) instance across seven (as of this posting) world wide data centers.

  • vCloud Government Services – hybrid cloud service for US Federal Government agencies adherent to FedRAMP security standards
  • vCloud Air Disaster Recover – Recovery as a Service for your on-premise workloads
  • vCloud Air Data Protection – Backup and recovery feature for Dedicated Cloud or Virtual Private Cloud instances.

vRealize Family – Since this is a standardizing of product names under one family, see the product rebranding map:



VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite

  • VMware vCenter Operations Manager
  • VMware vCenter Operations Foundation
  • VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
  • VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator
  • VMware vCenter Hyperic

VMware vCenter  Operations Manager for Horizon

VMware vRealize™ Operations™ Standard/Advanced/Enterprise

  • VMware vRealize™ Operations Manager™
  • No Change for v5.8.x
  • VMware vRealize™ Configuration Manager™
  • VMware vRealize™ Infrastructure Navigator™
  • VMware vRealize™ Hyperic®

VMware vRealize™ Operations for Horizon®

VMware vCenter Operations Management Pack for XYZ VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for XYZ (in Q1, 2015)
VMware vCloud Automation Center Standard/Advanced/Enterprise

  • VMware vCloud Application Services

VMware vCloud Automation Center Desktop

VMware vCloud Automation Center Development Kit

VMware vRealize™ Automation™ Standard/Advanced/Enterprise

  • VMware™ vRealize Application Services™

VMware vRealize™ Automation Desktop™

VMware vRealize™ Automation Development Kit™

VMware IT Business Management Suite Standard/Advanced/Enterprise VMware vRealize™ Business™ Standard/Advanced/Enterprise
VMware IT Benchmarking

VMware IT Benchmarking Starter Kit

VMware vRealize™ IT Benchmarking™ (in Q1, 2015)

VMware vRealize™ IT Benchmark Starter Kit™ (in Q1, 2015)

VMware vCenter Log Insight

VMware vCenter Log Insight Content Pack for XYZ

VMware vRealize™ Log Insight™

VMware vRealize™ Log Insight™ Content Pack for XYZ (in Q1, 2015)

VMware vCenter Orchestrator VMware vRealize™ Orchestrator™
VMware vFabric Data Director No change

And while the official stance from VMware Product Management is that there are no acronyms for the vRealize suite….they automatically started appearing, you can reference my VMware Acronym List for the latest acronyms.

Real World Snapshot of OS Distributions

There is a profusion of sources of data about the deployment of Operating Systems available today, just see the references for the usage share of operating systems for a sample. I’ve always wondered about the accuracy and real world applicability of that data.  Thus, I created a small data point in time snapshot of OS distributions thanks to a few anonymous contacts in my network.  The following graph shows both Production IT managed and Development Team (DevOps) managed environments that span both physical and virtual environments:

2014Q3 OS Distribution Snapshot


This is a data point as the total aggregate OS instances involved is below 250,000.  While the numbers in the graph represent both physical and virtual environments,  the Production side was over 85% virtualized and the Development side was over 75% virtualized.

How does this compare to your own internal OS Distributions?

Some of the interesting points that jumped out at me:

  • Maybe I’m dating myself here, but I remember when those Windows and Linux proportions used to be flipped…
  • Solaris and HPUX are still breathing…thought I think it’s safe to say they are on hospice care
  • There was a larger percentage of development running ESX Nested than running HPUX (even when nested ESX is not officially supported by VMware)
  • Windows deployments are lower in Development; the sources of these data points were not using Azure as far as I know, I wonder how Azure might impact a graph like this moving forward
  • Unsure how to read the significant delta between Solaris deployments on the Production side versus the Development side

Post a comment if you want to compare your environment to the above.  Since this is a data point snapshot I haven’t calculated any statistical margin of error…for entertaining discussion only. :-)

VMworld 2014 Recap

I’m a bit delayed in posting my VMworld recap of VMware announcements…a week in the tech industry seems like a lifetime but real life items like kid’s birthdays, overseeing a landscaping project, and maintaining a thumb rehab schedule (I was the one walking around VMworld in the orange cast, and I’m finally back to two handed productivity on the keyboard!) sometimes get priority.

001_7924_VMWorld_DW211(Image via vmworld)

In retrospect, the imagery around VMworld 2014 struck a little to close to home considering the 6.0 earthquake that struck the Bay Area on the Sunday before…  Anyhoo, here is my list of the most important stuff from VMworld last week:

And while technically this happened pre-VMworld, it’s important to note that vCloud Hybrid Services was rebranded to vCloud Air.