So, one particularly interesting session I attended was TA2275, which basically involved the speaker, a crystal ball and the future of Virtual Networking in ESX. The content was set into two parts – what we can expect in the immediate future and then some speculation about where things are probably going for the future.
One of the biggest sticking points with ESX, in my opinion, has been the VMotion compatibility and processor classes. This point has produced some rather interesting support documents both from VMware and hardware vendors. VMware has been working to alleviate this problem and demo’d the solution during VMorld again. The solution is called “Enhanced VMotion.”
The basic concept is that it takes a group of heterogenous processors, determines the lowest common denominator between the group and then sets that as the baseline for the cluster. After that point, ESX will basically mask all newer processors down to the most compatible feature set.
I’m back now from VMworld in Las Vegas and just wanted to let you know that the lack of posts was a reflection of the poor Internet quality in the conference location. I don’t think the Ventitian had any idea of what to expect with a geek conference. The Internet only improved on Thursday after days of lag and very slow (think dial-up) connections from the rooms and conference areas in the Sands Conference Center.
So, I’ll be working on turning my notes into posts about the different things I’ve learned during the conference and hope to have these up very soon.
Its still early here in my hotel room at the Palazzo hotel in Las Vegas. I’m up early because I haven’t adjusted to Pacific time. I’m just going through my agenda for the day. Mostly today is a partner and technology showcase day, so not many sessions to attend, but a good time to go through the conference showroom and see what vendors are coming up with. There is one partner session about HP hardware and Site Recovery Manager, so I plan to definitely be there.
I sat with a nice gentleman for Greensboro, NC, on the plane here. He and his co-worker were on their way to the conference also and turns out his co-worker was born in my hometown. We’re probably even related to some of the same people. Just goes to show that maybe my mom was right and whole world DOES revolve around Cheraw… lol
My flight leaves tomorrow to VMworld in Las Vegas. I’m making my last minute plans about what to do and see in addition to attending the conference. For the few of you currently keeping tabs on my blog, I’ll be updating with information I get from the conference and posting some ideas on Twitter (username is pbsellers). Anyways, its my first VMworld, so I’m excited.