VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 2 available before end of September

During VMworld ,VMware announced it will make available vSphere 5.5 Update 2 before the end of September.

Update 2 will not bring new features but will bring new support.

Some of the changes Update 2 will have:

  • support for the new vCloud Suite 5.8
  • additional updates and patches (over 100 fixes)
  • the vSphere client (written in C#, the one you need to install on Windows) will support virtual machines on hardware level 10. Untill now once a VM has hardware level 10 editing configuration of the virtual machine can only be done using
  • support for new chipsets
  • Haswell EP legacy support (soon to be released Intel Xeon E5 v3 processors)
  • support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7  and Ubuntu 10
  • support for business critical applications (not sure what that will be)
  • support for  6TB hosts (not on the market yet)
  • support for additional versions of SQL Server (like 2012 SP1 , 2014)  and Oracle 12c as database for vCenter Server
  • storage vMotion with Change Block Tracking
  • vsphere55-u2

Source: this recording of a breakout session called ‘what is new in vSphere’

IT-Galaxy! Hét PQR-kenniscongres van het jaar

Tomorrow’s Workspace & Datacenter: Start IT now!

PQR nodigt u van harte uit voor de zesde editie van IT-Galaxy! Hét PQR-kenniscongres van het jaar, waarbij inhoud de boventoon voert in zowel strategische als technische en praktijkgerichte sessies.

Start IT now!

Laat u inspireren, doe kennis op en start tijdens IT-Galaxy de nieuwe toekomst voor uw IT. De IT van vandaag is de basis voor die van morgen. Start IT now!

10 redenen om IT-Galaxy 2014 te bezoeken:

  1. Een dag vol waardevolle informatie, unieke oplossingen en inspiratie!
  2. Op avontuur met TechnoViking Alexander Klöpping; hij deelt met u zijn blik op de toekomst.
  3. Beleef krachtige ‘TED-style’ sessies met prikkelende demo’s in het Demo Cafe.
  4. Ontmoet bijzondere klanten.
  5. Praat met gecertificeerde IT-experts en krijg eindelijk antwoord op lastige vragen.
  6. Topleveranciers uit de IT-wereld laten de nieuwste technologieën zien.
  7. Kijk mee naar cyber security door de ogen van Simon Crosby, één van ‘s werelds Top-25 CTO’s.
  8. Laat u inspireren door nieuwe IT-spelers op het Innovators Plaza.
  9. Maak een 3D-scan van uzelf en maak kans op een 3D-geprint minibeeld van uzelf.
  10. Krijg inzicht in alle aspecten rondom de Werkplek én het Datacenter van Morgen.

Stel uw persoonlijke programma samen

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  • PQR’s IT-Galaxy 2014
  • Datum: 1 oktober 2014
  • Tijd: 9.00 uur – 17.00 uur
  • Locatie: Spant!, Dr. A. Kuyperlaan 3 te Bussum

Het programma van IT-Galaxy 2014 is bekend! Stel uw persoonlijke programma hier samen

Alles over de Werkplek én het Datacenter van Morgen

De rode draad van het programma wordt bepaald door de huidige marktontwikkelingen. Wij bieden u een diversiteit aan sessies. U kunt uw persoonlijke programma samenstellen, zodat de dag volledig aansluit bij uw eigen wensen en IT-vraagstukken.

Het programma is opgebouwd uit vier tracks:

  1. De eerste track bestaat uit sessies die alles te maken hebben met de Werkplek van Morgen (#WvM);
  2. Track twee gaat over de aspecten en de ontwikkelingen rondom het Datacenter van Morgen ((#DvM);
  3. In track drie presenteren de goudsponsoren Citrix, Hitachi Data Systems, NetApp en VMware hun visie over Tomorrow’s Workspace en/of Tomorrow’s Datacenter;
  4. Tot slot bieden we u het Demo Cafe en het Innovators Cafe. Dit zijn korte sessies van 15 minuten waarin u meegenomen wordt in de nieuwste IT-technologieën en oplossingen.

Informatiemarkt incl. Innovators Plaza

In de pauzes bieden wij u een informatiemarkt, waar dit jaar nog meer te zien en te beleven valt. Naast de stands van onze sponsoren, is er een ‘Innovators Plaza’, waar nieuwe spelers uit de IT-markt u graag te woord staan. Ook is op de informatiemarkt een 3D-scanner en -printer aanwezig waarmee een 3D-scan van u als persoon gemaakt kan worden. Een unieke ervaring!

Afsluiting door Alexander Klöpping

Alexander Klöpping, bekend als internet- en gadgetjournalist bij ‘De Wereld Draait Door’, is uitgenodigd om IT-Galaxy 2014 in stijl af te sluiten. Een uitgelezen kans voor u om op de hoogte gebracht te worden van de laatste trends in de digitale wereld en de nieuwe media. Mis dit niet!

Inschrijven

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AANMELDEN!


Programma

8:30 Ontvangst en registratie
9:30 Opening
Ronald Schaap, Directeur PQR
9:40 Keynote PQR | This is IT: CTO’s perspective on Tomorrow’s Workspace & Datacenter
Ruben Spruijt & Jerry Rozeman, CTO’s PQR
10:20 Ochtendpauze
10:50

11.10
#WvM 1 – Technical
Mobile Devices, Applicaties en Data
#DvM 1 – Strategic
To cloud or not to cloud, that’s is the question
#Sponsor 1
Beyond VDI: desktopresources aanbieden aan elk apparaat – als een service!
Demo Cafe
1. Automate IT with Microsoft System Center
Peter Jong, PQR


2. Samenwerken en vergaderen in 2014 met Microsoft Lync
Peter van der Meijden, PQR

Peter Sterk & Jits Langedijk, PQR Jerry Rozeman, PQR Brian Gammage, VMware
11:30 Wisseltijd
11:35

11.55
#WvM 2 – Strategic
From the fire hose series: CTO’s perspective on Workspace 2020
#DvM 2 – Technical
Cloud Management binnen het datacenter van nu
#Sponsor 2
The future of Big Data – A Hitachi United View
Demo Cafe
3. 3D Graphics for Virtual Desktops
Jits Langedijk, PQR


4. SQL Server 2012 Always On
Jeroen Breden, PQR

Ruben Spruijt, PQR Viktor van den Berg &Frans Oudendorp, PQR Alex van Die, Hitachi Data Systems
12:15 Lunchpauze, incl. VIP-tour
13:30 Keynote Hoofdsponsor HP | The new style of IT
Clemens Esser, Manager Presales & Cloud HP
14:00

14.20
#WvM 3 – Praktijkcase
Move corporate data across a BYOD environment
#DvM 3 – Praktijkcase
HITT; iedereen kan toveren… Hoe een kleine IT-organisatie grootse IT-voorzieningen kan bieden
#Sponsor 3
Mobile Workspaces; realiseer nieuwe manieren om beter te werken
Innovators Cafe
1. Het Datacenter van Morgen is All-Flash!
Winfried Posthumus, PureStorage


2. Innovator

Frank Keessen, Mazars Han Rademaker, PQR & Arno Waardenburg, Holland Institute of Traffic Technology Peter van Lingen, Citrix
14:40 Wisseltijd
14:45

15.05
#WvM 4 – Technical
Micro-virtualization: CPU-enforced security & privacy for an era of cloud and mobility
#DvM 4 – Technical
De waarheid achter VMware VSAN, Nutanix en Software Defined Storage
#Sponsor 4
Flash Changes Everything! The Game Remains the Same…
Demo Cafe
5. Automate IT with VMware vCloud
Viktor van den Berg, PQR


6. Enterprise Mobility Management met Microsoft
Frans Oudendorp, PQR

Simon Crosby, Bromium Herco van Brug, PQR Wessel Gans, NetApp
15:25 Middagpauze
15:45 Wrap-up IT-Galaxy 2014
Bas ter Heurne, Sales Manager PQR
16:00 Afsluiting
Alexander Klöpping
16:30 Borrel, incl. prijsuitreiking 3D-minibeeld
17:00 Einde

Now available for all: Recordings of 10 top breakout sessions @ VMworld US 2014

This post is part of a serie blogposts on VMworld. For an overview of VMworld announcements see this post. 

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Just like the last couple of years VMware now makes recordings of a selected number of VMworld breakout sessions available for free viewing!

This is a great way for everyone to learn about VMware solutions!

VMware makes recordings of the top 10 breakout sessions available for everyone to view. So not just VMworld participants, In fact, more than 10 sessions are available.

At the moment there are 28 sessions online.

The videos can be seen here.  To view the recordings on a pc you need Microsoft Silverlight. I am not sure how to capture these recordings for offline viewing. There are several tools on the internet for capturing. Not sure what the best one is.

Scrolling through the video does work on an iPad but works a bit different on a pc. I have not been able to skip forward or backward. However you can click on slides view to advance (leftupper corner)

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The sessions available right now are listed below. More will be added later. Mind these sessions might changed as they move up and down in the Top 10.

  1. STO1853-S – Software-Defined Storage: The Transformation of Enterprise Storage Has Begun
  2. NET1846.1 – Introduction to NSX
  3. OPT2465.1 – VMware IT’s Transformation: An Update on How VMware IT is Moving to IT-as-a-Service as Told by the People on the Frontlines
  4. EUC1476.1 – What’s New with View and PCoIP in Horizon 6
  5. vCloud Automation Center and NSX Integration Technical Deep Dive
  6. BCO2194 – Data Protection for vSphere 101: Keys to Successful Backup and Replication in a Virtual World
  7. VAPP1340.1 – Virtualize Active Directory, the Right Way!
  8. SDDC3245-S – Software-Defined Data Center through Hyper-Converged Infrastructure
  9. INF1503 – Virtualization 101
  10. HBC1533.1 – How to Build a Hybrid Cloud – Steps to Extend Your Datacenter
  11. SEC1959-S – The “Goldilocks Zone” for Security
  12. VAPP1318.1 – Virtualizing Databases Doing IT Right – The Sequel
  13. SDDC1600 – Art of IT Infrastructure Design: The Way of the VCDX – Panel
  14. INF1522 – vSphere With Operations Management: Monitoring the Health, Performance and Efficiency of vSphere with vCenter Operations Manager
  15. SDDC3327 – The Software-defined Datacenter, VMs, and Containers: A “Better Together” Story
  16. NET1674 – Advanced Topics & Future Directions in Network Virtualization with NSX
  17. STO1965.1 – Virtual Volumes Technical Deep Dive

What is new in vSphere 6.0

This post is part of a serie blogposts on VMworld. For an overview of VMworld announcements see this post. 

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At the August 26 keynote of VMworld VMware announced 3 new features of vSphere 6.0. The next version of vSphere is currently in a public beta. Everyone interested can download the bits and try. However the program is under NDA so information on features cannot be publicly shared.

So VMware gave a sneak preview on vSphere 6.0  yesterday. Immediately a couple of blogs published more information on those revealed features.VMware also revealed some information on vSphere 6.0 including vCenter in various breakout sessions. Derek Seaman write some great blogs covering breakout sessions. For example here his blog on a session about vCenter. Session to look for is INF2311

Eric Sloof made an interview with Mike Foley of VMware. Mike explains some new features in his video.

Lets have a look on what is new on vSphere 6.0

ESXi 6.0

  • Fault Tolerance support for 4 vCPU’s. According to a breakout session at VMworld 2014 US Fault Tolerance has been rewritten from the groud up. Info here
  • long distance vMotion. More info here and here Long distance vMotion now support 100ms roundtrip. Used to be 10ms.
  • vMotion across vCenters , vMotion using routed vMotion networks and vMotion across virtual switches
  • Using VMware NSX, network properties will now be vMotioned as well when using long distance vMotion.
  • better vSphere Web Client performance and added features. Still Flex based. Response time is enhanced greatly! The user interface of the web client now is much more similar to the C# client. So less searching for a feature you know to find in c# client.
  • Virtual Volumes. Info here
  • Virtual Datacenters. More info here
  • The vSphere Client (the C# one installed on Windows) will remain available in vSphere 6.0. According to VMware vSphere 6.0 will be the last release having C# client support. Haven’t we heard that before ;-)?

vCenter Server 6.0

Julian Wood also blogged about vCenter Server 6.0. Read his blog here.

  • vCenter 6.0 will support Fault Tolerance. 4 vCPUs, separate storage for primary/secondary VMs and 64GB of RAM
  • Content Library. A way to centrally store VM templates, vApps, ISO images and scripts. The function is similar to the Content Library of vCAC. Content Library’s are replicated over vCenter Server instances. The advantage is a central managed repository preventing for instance severalcopies of  templates of the same guest OS.
  • Certificate management will be greatly improved by a new tool
  • Platform Services Controller (PSC) which  will providings licensing, certificate management and SSO for solutions like vCenter, vCOPs, vCloud Director, vCloud Automation Center
  • PSC will support HA, Fault Tolerance and load balancer for high availability.
  • vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.0 will support 1000 hosts and 10,000 powered on VMs
  • VCSA still limited to Oracle as the only external database. No ODBC driver in Linux for Microsoft SQL Server.
  • Improved installer. It will ask configuration details, check and then do the install in one go. No seperate installations required.

The features below where not ann0unced during the keyote but where ann0unced by partners. While there is no confirmation these features will be part of vSphere 6.0 it is very likely they will.

  • NVIDIA GRID vGPU. More info and background here. Announced by VMware for 2015. 
  • vSphere APIs for IO Filtering (VAIO)
  • VMFork. A method to  instantly clone running virtual machines.

The VAIO feature was not revealed during the keynote but was mentioned in a session at TechField Day.  vSphere I/O Filters is a VMware supported method for third party vendors to allow interception of storage traffic flow between VM and the ESXi kernel. This allows for features like replication and host based read and write caching. The later allows VMware partners to develop solutions like PernixData does. PernixData developed a kernel module themself for host based read and write caching.

 

VMware has a course available for developers who like to learn develop vSphere I/O filters. The first two courses are scheduled for mid October and are held in Palo Alto. The program is explained in this short video.

EMC just announced a new product named ‘EMC RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines‘ which uses the VAIO.

 

VMware announcing Project Fargo: a technique for rapid cloning of running VMs, 30 x faster VDI provisioning

This post is part of a serie blogposts on VMworld. For an overview of VMworld announcements see this post. 

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At the keynotes of VMworld 2014,  VMware announced a very interesting new project called Project Fargo. The other name of this seems to be Project VMFork.

Also mentioned is Project Meteor.

Fargo/VMFork is a platform currently in technology preview  which enables a rapid cloning of running VMs for application remoting purposes. Imagine a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure environment. A running VM has the base operating system. We call this the Template VM. When a new user logs in, a clean new virtual machine is cloned based on this Template VM. This clone starts in 1 second or so!

Photo below taken by my PQR co-worker Rob Beekmans during a VMworld session.

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Kit Colbert of VMware described Fargo below (source here):

Just-in-time desktop delivery

While we’ve solved the real-time application delivery problem, we still need to address the issue of desktop delivery.  The reality is that today the delivery of virtual desktops is time consuming.  From cloning to powering on and OS boot to customization, the end-to-end process can take many minutes before the virtual desktop is ready to accept user logins.  This problem compounds itself when trying to deliver hundreds or thousands of desktops at one time.  We need a better solution.

Just like CloudVolumes leveraged hypervisor technology to optimize the delivery of applications, we can leverage hypervisor innovation to optimize the delivery of virtual desktops.  In particular, the vSphere team has been working on something we’re calling Project Fargo.  Project Fargo enables the instantaneous cloning of a running virtual machine (essentially a virtual machine “fork”).  The cloned VM is identical in every way to the original and initially shares all memory and disk with it as well.  Project Fargo is very cool for two reasons: first, it gets you a new running VM in under a second.  Second, it’s a very lightweight VM because it shares all memory and disk with the original.  (To be clear, both the memory and disk are “copy on write” so if new VMs modify bits of their memory or disk, a separate copy is made for that VM.  We thus preserve security and isolation between VMs.)

The idea is then that we can leverage Project Fargo to quickly spin up new virtual desktops for us.  Rather than the multi-minute process we had before, with Project Fargo and some optimizations in how we do customization, we can have a new virtual desktop up and running and ready for user login in just a few seconds.  Very exciting!

Also because of Fargo , storage and memory resource consumption of VMs is reduced. When a running VM is cloned, the operating system files are shared. When a shared file is written, a copy of that shared file is copied to the child VM.

Use cases:

enterprise applications

  • speed of containers-based provisiong
  • VM-level goodness (isolation, management)

virtual desktops

  • instant clone of running non-persistent desktop
  • instant availability of application for application publishing

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The Project Fargo feature will become likely become available in vSphere 6.0 (scheduled for 2015). It will be also possible to use Fargo features using a vCenter API.

Early benchmarks show that 120 sessions can be handled on a 2 socket/8 core host with 30% less CPU consumption than same number of RDSH session.

This poster shown at VMworld explains a bit more. Thanks Ruben Spruijt of PQR for sharing the picture.

Here is another photo of the same poster published by vmnerds.fr.

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When the VM has been provisioned applications are assigned to this VDI workstation using the recently acquired layering solution CloudVolumes. VMware claims a 30 x faster VDI provisioning.

The combination of Project Fargo + CloudVolumes is internally called Project Meteor. The photo below on the left was taken from a Tweet by co-worker Ruben Spruijt @rspruijt . 

Project Meteor is focused on  delivering these desktops to any device with an HTML5-based browser. The photo on the right was taken by co-worker Rob Beekmans. 

View Composer is being replaced by Project Fargo to increase provisioning 30x

My co-worker Rob Beekmans of PQR also wrote a blog on Fargo and Meteor.

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Some more info on Fargo here.