Monday, 31 August 2015

VMworld 2015 Keynote thoughts

So here we go, The Keynote from the first day of VMworld 2015, San Fran. This is more a stream of thought than anything totally structured/sensible and is partly my notes to see what I need to go look at later on!

Apps and Cloud huh? Opening with a video before Carl Eschenbach takes the stage. There are a record 23,000 folks attending in person this year, somewhat different from the 1,200 in the first year, plus loads of folks like me watching from further afield.

Nice to see that the VMware Foundation and #vGiveBack are mentioned by Carl before anything else.

VMware Validated Designs announced

Sometime yesterday, VMware announced the existence of VMware Validated Designs, which are a series of architecture designs validated by VMware experts. These appear to be a number of fluid designs (sorry to use a brave liquid word there but you'll see what I mean) which will be updated regularly, meaning that the design principles espoused within will not be stuck at a single release version and more importantly will not be stuck at a single product. The inter-operability and compatibility (or not) between a variety of the VMware products which make up their SDDC offerings will be laid out upfront.

Right now, there is an early access community opened up for folks to go and take a look at the first two designs here. As an example, the first of these, the SDDC Foundation Reference Architecture, incorporates VSOM 6.1, vCenter 6.0 U1, VSAN 6.1 and NSX 6.2.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Initial CloudLab environment creation with Ravello

Once you have created an account with Ravello and Uploaded some images, then it is time to start building a lab environment on someone else's cloud. If you've not signed up for a Ravello account, then you can do that here and if you've not read my first article in this series, then you should go here. I'll wait.

So, to get started you'll need to create an empty, cloud optimised, ESXi application and then install ESXi within it.

Ravello announce the General Availability of InceptionSX

Ravello Systems was founded in early 2011 by the same people who created the KVM hypervisor. Rami Tamir is the CEO and he took an invited audience of vExperts through a preview of Ravello InceptionSX on a pre-launch briefing early in August 2015.

The Ravello Systems mission statement is to provide Cloud Economics (Pay as you go, on demand, endless capacity at commodity prices) for All Workloads across All Environments while Maintaining SLAs, Tools, Security etc. That's a journey they've started and it will be quite interesting to see how far this thing can go.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

VMworld Europe Session picks

So, the VMworld Europe schedule builder opened up today and some of the sessions are already full up. Scary. Almost every guided lab session was full up by lunchtime on day 1, I wonder if the same folks got in to all of them, quite likely!

This is the list I am thinking of at the moment. I am sure this will get turned on it's head when more info comes out about TAM Customer Central, additional sessions get announced after the releases announced at VMworld US and I'll need time to take a look at the solutions exchange and talk toa ll the clever folks around the place. In fact, I reckon I will probably get to 2 or 3 of these sessions a day, tops. The good thing is that they are all available later online, so no biggie.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Time for a Cloud Lab

Those lovely people over at Ravello Systems have given all of the current vExperts access to their nested virtualisation offering, so each month I have some free hours to run the equivalent of a homelab, but it's located somewhere out on AWS or Google, fronted by the clever Ravello interface. This should allow me to test out a whole bunch of things that are difficult to set up on a home lab, so I can keep the on premises stuff for running my production and put my dev / test in the cloud. I kinda think that's the idea isn't it?

So I signed up to create an account, waited for my vExpert status to get verfied and then installed the image uploader that Ravello provide you with. If you simply cannot wait any longer to work out how this all works, then you can find out more about the upload process in the blog post that Ravello have already kindly made for you.