VMworld Next Week!

With VMworld just around the corner, I am really getting excited (as I normally do for this event) and have been trying to line up all the sessions, labs and events that are planned for next week. In the past, I have always stuck to my schedule and attended most of the breakout sessions on my itinerary and found great value in terms of product implementation. After the sessions, I try to catch the presenter to pick his or her brain a little further on some tangible uses for the technology that they talked about, just to get a good understanding of the general use cases for it. Last year, I spent more time in the hands on labs (with vCD especially) and found them to be very well executed and easy to follow.

This year, I plan to spend a lot of time in the labs as well as the whiteboard kiosks that are generally spread around the conference. These “gatherings” are a great way to brianstorm and interject scenarios on how these products ars leveraged.

Being a new VMUG leader, I also plan to spend some time at the VMUG booth on the solutions exchange floor to meet existing and well as potential new members. The solutions exchange is a great place to spend some quality time with vendors from all over that have either a different approach for your implementation or to potentially lead you down the right path for your organization. I generally spend about 2-4 hours there each day and try to hit every booth to see what is out there and who made the effort to be there for the conference.

This will be my 5th year at VMworld and I think that it will be the best yet. I am very excited to connect with my social media circles (no Google pun intended) and to hang out in the bloggers lounge.

Stop by the VMUG booth if you have time to say hi!


Tech Field Day #8 Delegate

I am honored to be selected as a delegate for Gestalt IT’s Tech Field Day #8 that will be held in Silicon Valley in mid-September. The focus of this event will revolve around general datacenter infrastructure, but it looks like we will have some really good discussions around storage and cloud services. Personally, I am looking forward to hearing more about these technologies and meet¬†Stephen Foskett (@SFoskett)

Some of the delegates that will be attending (you can refer to the Gestalt IT site as well) are:

Bill Hill (@Virtual_Bill) РWhom I happen to have have met at lunch during VMworld 2010, Jonathan Franconi (@s1xth), Chris Wahl (@ChrisWahl) & Chris Evans (@ChrisMEvans)- whom I converse with off and on via Twitter, Paul Miller (@paulmiller), John Hickson (@StudioSystems), Kyle Brandt (@KyleMBrandt) and Amy Arnold (@AmyEngineer).


VMware Changes vRAM Entitlement Maximums for vSphere 5

In an impressive move today, VMware announced that it will increase the vRAM entitlement for its product line based on feedback from its customer base on their blog site today entitled “Rethink IT” found here. This comes after the July 12th announcement of vSphere 5’s vRAM licensing model and the concerns from existing customers.

Here is what they are doing for the vRAM entitlement per CPU:

vSphere Edition Original Entitlement Cap New Entitlement Cap
vSphere Desktop Unlimited Unlimited
vSphere Hypervisor Free 8GB 32GB
vSphere Essentials 24GB 32GB
vSphere Essentials Plus 24GB 32GB
vSphere Standard 24GB 32GB
vSphere Enterprise 32GB 64GB
vSphere Enterprise Plus 48GB 96GB

As usual, you wil need to obtain a vSphere 5 Enterprise Plus license to get network and storage I/O control as well as distributed virtual switches and the ability to use host profiles. The new vSphere 5 product will also introduce Storage DRS, Auto Deploy and Policy Driven Storage at this level as well.

Per the blog article mentioned here, it appears that VMware wants to stress that the vRAM cap of 96GB per VM will require more than one vSphere Enterprise Plus license in order to virtualize those business critical applications.

As a bonus, the vRAM entitlement will be calculated over a 12 month span for memory (not a cap) use and therefore will continue to be an excellent place for development, test, quality assurance and staging areas for all business lines that will consume this resource for short periods of time.

In my opinion, this is one of the few (large) technology companies that actually listens to their customers and is willing to right-size their product to meet the customers needs. Keep in mind that they didn’t have to do this, but this is one example that puts this company above the rest in terms of customer service.