Since I was not able to attend the VMworld Europe 2009 conference this year, I am obtaining information from a far. Here are the bits and pieces of information I have been able to obtain so far, mostly blog’s from people at the conference.
Jason Boche has a Blog entry on Tuesday keynote.
The general session keynote was kicked off by Maurizio Carli, General Manager EMEA. Maurizio briefly talked about VMware EMEA growth:
- VMworld Europe 2008 4,500 attendees
- VMworld Europe 2009 4,700 attendees
- 100 sponsors this year
Paul Maritz President and CEO began his keynote discussing today’s IT problems and how they are not sustainable into the future. The solution is:
VMware addresses the above with the following initiatives:
- VDC-OS – Foundation for the Cloud
- vCloud – Choice and Cloud Federation
- vClient – Desktop as a Service
He also over views the following
Please check out his full bog post. http://www.boche.net/blog/index.php/2009/02/24/vmworld-europe-2009-tuesday-keynote/
Today was the official start of VMworld 2009 in Cannes, France. Yesterday was partner day but today was the official start of the event. Today’s big announcement is as follows…
vSphere, is the term to define the “next generation” virtualization platform.
VDC-OS will ship in 2009 and will help in the adoption of the cloud infrastructure.
vShield Zones in VMware Clusters which will help control security with a mix of security type virtual machines via a virtual appliance.
CVP is the name for VMware’s bare metal desktop hypervisor when working with VMware View
VMware and Neverfail working in collaboration have developed vCenter Server Heartbeat which will give VirtualCenter the ability to fail over to a standby cluster and remove the need to run VirtualCenter in a Microsoft Clustering configuration.
VMware working in collaboration with Fujitsu Siemens have developed Flexframe for SAP to allow the virtualization of SAP
http://www.earthtimes.org posted about Vizioncore, in this article.
CANNES, France – (Business Wire)VMworld Europe 2009 – Vizioncore Inc., the market leader in server virtualization management, today provided visitors to VMworld Europe 2009 with a preview of its latest virtual machine (VM) automation console, vControl, and demonstrations of Vizioncore’s complete product set including a preview of the next generation of Vizioncore vRanger Pro, code-named project Woodstock. Also on show is the recently announced vFoglight Pro and further details around the brand new Virtualization EcoShell Initiative (VESI), a community driven development program sponsored by Vizioncore. Visit Vizioncore at Booth 106, between February 24-26 to see its full range of products on display.
They outline each product in the article.
http://vmblog.com/ has a blog post titled :
Brocade today announced that it will be participating at VMworld Europe 2009 with a host of virtualization-related topics and technology innovations, including a Brocade customer speaking session on virtualization best practices, a preview demonstration of unified management capabilities for next-generation data centers and a reference architecture paper demonstrating the ease and scalability of mixed virtual workloads running on Brocade storage area networks (SANs).
Further showcasing virtualization innovations, Brocade will host a live in-booth preview of the Brocade Management Plugin for managing VMware virtualized environments. This demonstration will showcase the potential of a new level of unified management that offers expanded visibility and automated management of a virtualized infrastructure beyond the confines of server networks and into shared storage.
Finally, Brocade will unveil a reference architecture paper that will help system administrators better design and implement VMware ESX 3.5 virtual servers on high-performance Brocade Fibre Channel SANs. This reference architecture can be used as a “toolkit” by providing additional tuning and setup guides for administrators installing VMware for the first time or optimizing an existing VMware environment.
They follow up with more on the subject.
Here is their take on what has been announced.
- VMware has confirmed that the VDC-OS initiative will ship in 2009 and foster the adoption of internal, private cloud infrastructure. VMware envisions this shift in infrastructure to include the desktop with technologies that provide the vClient initiative. I am hoping to hear a clearer message about the VDC-OS / vSphere / ESX naming of initiatives / technology layers / products, but news provided today does not seem to offer any additional clarity.
- VMware has a bare metal desktop hypervisor and it’s name is CVP. Working with VMware View, CVP will allow users to work offline and be managed centrally by VDI administrators.
- VMware and Neverfail have developed a high availability solution for VirtualCenter (VC) in the form of an active / passive host based cluster named VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat. This solution appears to be primarily designed for VC to fail over to a standby server on the LAN, but apparently a WAN configuration is also available. Previously, virtual administrators would have to rely on MSCS Clustering solutions to provide high availability for physical instances of VC.
- The introduction of VMware vShield Zones in ESX Clusters will allow for a more efficient mix of virtual machines without compromising security. VI design in the past has presented challenges when considering how to isolate VMs in the DMZ from VMs in production for example, and this has lead to the creation of additional ESX hosts and Clusters to insure isolation and prevent system compromise. Now with the vShield Zones virtual appliance, different security policies can be created and enforced even as guests migrate between ESX hosts thus allowing the consolidation of ESX hosts and VMs.
- Fujitsu Siemens Computers and VMware have announced Flexframe for SAP which allows companies to virtualize SAP. Flexframe is a solution that provides guaranteed resources for the best end user experience under dynamically changing conditions.
Vmworld has released the following
all from VMworld.com
That is all for now, I will keep you updated as I find more information.