VMworld 2016 in Barcelona. Once again it was quite a successful event for me. I had the chance and luck to extend my knowledge by chatting, discussing (and drinking) with and from all those great people during the conference.
For years it is the first time I am really confident that VMware is strategically on the right track.
Once again I created a short video out of the impressions I made. Since I have realized that my filming material was quiet similar to my VMworld Barcelona (& Las Vegas) video from last year I tried to be a little bit more creative with the cutting ;-)
In the modern era we observe more and more solutions offering a RESTful Application Programmable interfaces (API) that can be accessed by users or other systems in a standardized and clear defined way.
Within the datacenter all kind of resources are offering functionality via APIs. Viewing, configuring, deleting network functionalities, storage capabilities gives us the opportunity to automated nearly everything within our datacenter. Standardized APIs are the key-element of the Software-defined datacenter.
[Update] During the conference I added further information and links to the specific new features, etc.
I am honest right now. I was a little disappointed when I attended the VMworld in the US from an announcement perspective. The whole situation changes a few months later during #VMworld EU in Barcelona. The ‘VMware announcement season was opened by the interesting (and maybe unexpected) deep partnership with Amazon’s AWS.
During the General Session VMware did not stop with their announcements and Pat Gelsinger talked among other about new products within the VMware portfolio:
vRealize Log insight
Site Recovery Manager
For sure the announcement of vSphere 6.5 is the most interesting one since we were quiet disappointed with the 6.0 release and the announcement feature are removing some of the constraints we had so far in architecting our environments.
As I have written in my last post UEM is a game changer in the way how we can create great VDI solutions.
Having worked a lot with VMware’s User Environment Manager (UEM) within the last month I saw many errors made and occurring during the installation phase.
Even though the the installation is quiet straight forward, some minor mistakes can happen from time to time. I am going to summarize which symptoms might occur, how to check to gather further information and what most possiblely has caused the malfunction.
At the moment the post is focusing on the Active Directory Group Policy based installation & configuration within UEM. The newest version 9.1 allows us to it also in a non-ad way. If demand is there, I can add a section for that topic as well.
I am not going to cover the basic installation steps. Chris Halstead did a great job on that topic (and for all the things he worked on [flings, blogs, etc.]).
Please use that one for the basic installation tasks and come back to this post if you need to troubleshoot further ;-) With the following list you can fix 98% of the problems that might occur during the UEM installation ;-).
Everyone working within the EUC and virtualization field knows this joke. Every year some analysts and vendors are promising us that this year is going to be the year of VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure).
Within the last 5 years of my professional career I gained a lot of practical experience and feedback about VDI projects within Germany. I am trying to summarize what has happened within the VDI field over the last years and which technologies and solutions within the Horizon stack changed the way how we deliver virtual desktop in 2016 compared to 2012 (2013/2014/2015 ). If you want to see how specific Vendors within the VDI world evolved I would recommend you to also read this nice article about the state of EUC market by Rob Beekmans.
In theory a EUC strategy based on VDI offers many advantages.
Operational benefits (control over the desktop, easier rollouts & updates of OS and Applications)
Multiple access options (multiple endpoints from every location)
Security benefits (Data is always within a controlled domain)
To have a great VDI infrastructure as an outcome of project the following conditions should all be met within the implementation. I would simply call them success factors:
The Total costs of ownership (capital and operational expenditures) did not exceed the old solution
The user experience was identical or better than the old solution
The VDI design allows all of the operational benefits
The organization around the desktop has been adopted to manage virtual desktops
How did the technologies and therefore our design constraints have been changed over the years? Let me try to summarize it.
Some personal experiences during the conference (not really technically related – you find the technical related articles here (product updates) and here (IMO on VMware’s strategy):
Once again VMworld was a great event and experience. Las Vegas is a extra-ordinary city. Even though not everyone favours Sin City for this tech event, it is very overwhelming (and to be honest… the lights, the buildings, the crazy people, the shows, the gambling…
IMPORTANT: If you want to come it would be great if you sign yourself up in the doodle mentioned so I can make sure we have enough space/seats for our meet-up.
Sponsored? Nope ;-( (BYOW – Bring your own wallet)
The decision was pretty hard to take since 2 dates had nearly similar amount of votes. The good thing is. Let’s double the amount of #vBeers. In the week of the 26th of September I deliver a Application Management in the Horizon Enterprise to selected VMware Partner in Unterschleißheim. Therefore we will definitely meet up during this week again (#vBeers Double Edition).
WHEN? 29th September 2016 – 06:30PM
WHERE? TBD (Maybe Oktoberfest)
Sponsored? Nope ;-( (BYOW – Bring your own wallet)
After the success of the first #vBeers I have organized in Munich, I want to meet up with friends & community geeks who are interested in virtualization & beer/drinks.
Since I moderate from time to time the (famous) #beer2b in the center of Munich, I realized that a lot of useful input/information/thinking can come up as soon as you talk to other people in the field in a relaxed atmosphere. This will be the second edition of #vBeers in Munich. We had a group of 10-12 people at our first gathering. Let’s see if we can keep up with the number.
Since VMworld US has just passed by and VMworld Europe is about to start in a few weeks, I am pretty sure we will find great topics for further discussions.
It’s been a few days since VMworld is over and it took me a while to internally process the input I gathered through sessions, discussions are thinking/sleeping/gambling about them.
After the first 2 days, many of the articles & comments about the general sessions at VMworld have been really harsch. And to be honest, the technological guy inside of me absolutely agrees. No announcements about the next vSphere release. The new features and updates presented on the big stage were only useful for specific customer or user-groups .
vSphere integrated containers for developers
NSX enhancements for everyone ;-)
Horizon and Airwatch within the EUC field
All of the announcements and presentations were solid and sense-making, but most of the people in the room were missing the great thing, this big-bang feature, the vMotion moment that made most of us curious to learn more about VMware’s technology and products.
During (and around) VMworld 2016 VMware has lifted many of their products to a new level to enable their customer a better and more agile software-defined datacenter than ever (wow, that sounded a lot like a marketing term. Therefore, back to facts).
The following post summarize the products and some of its enhancements that have been announced or even released so far.
During day 1 of VMworld the .next version of vSphere hasn’t been released. Once this is done the article gets extended. I am still hoping for any new here.