VMworld Europe 2013 to be held in Barcelona again

The date and location for VMworld Europe 2013 has been announced. Like in 2012 Barcelona will host the annual VMworld in 2013 from October 15-17.

Lets hope this time the breakout sessions, general sessions, hands-on labs and Solutions exchange are in the same building close to eachother.

Earlier was already announced that San Francisco will be the city for VMworld 2013, August 26-29.


VMworld Europe 2013

VMworld Europe 2013

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As part of the vExpert program I  got a  free voucher (thanks VMware!). However I attended VMworld 2o12 myself and got the online access to sessions as part of the VMworld package.

Top 10 sessions of VM2012 USA can be viewed for free here. .

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VMworld survey: Self-service cloud not available to 85% of users

Cloud computing has become a buzzword. Any IT-vendor is doing its best to deliver some sort of cloud service.

See this Dilbert strip of October 21 which illustrates wel the ‘we need to do cloud’ thing.Link to strip.

However in many cases this cloud offering has nothing to do with cloud. For infrastructure service models more than once traditional dedicated hosting is sold as ‘cloud’ because it has a pay as you go model. Shared service centers, where IT-infrastructure is used by several consumers, is sold as ”cloud’ which in fact is a virtual datacenter we have known for many years. You won’t see vCloud Director or other solutions here. Just hypervisors.

So what is cloud?

According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) the definition of Cloud Computing has 5  essential characteristics. One of them is :

On-demand self-service. A consumer can unilaterally provision computing capabilities, such as server time and network storage, as needed automatically without requiring human interaction with each service provider.

The NIST definition of cloud computing is:
“Cloud Computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. “

Abiquo, vendor of  cloud software platform performed a survey at VMworld Europe 2012 in Barcelona about cloud computing.

The survey found out that almost half (46%) of cloud services are manually provisioned by an IT administrator for the end user without automation. The study reveals a worrying landscape of technology rather than service focused cloud implementations.

The survey  found that despite 75% of delegates reporting that their company offered private, public or hybrid cloud services to customers, just 15% of these provide a ‘self-service’ interface that enables the end user to select and provision cloud IT services for themselves – the ultimate purpose of cloud computing. 39% of delegates also revealed that there is no cloud management interface for customers to access services.

In addition, bringing cloud services online is a lengthy process for most customers. The most common SLA for provisioning a customer request is ‘within three days’, for 37% of customers. Just 15% of IT professionals interviewed commit to providing virtual cloud services to customers within three hours, although a further 25% are able to spin-up services within 24 hours. This represents significant delays in the provision of new services into cloud environments, and a lost opportunity in term s of productivity and efficiency gains.

Continue reading the press release here.

#vBrownBag Tech Talk Sessions at VMworld Europe 2012

VMworld is well known for its breakout sessions, hands on labs and Solution Exchange. I believe for the first this time this year there were also so called vBrownBag Tech Talk sessions. These are kind of informal, short technical sessions of which some for some reason did not get accepted as a breakout session by VMware.

A group of very knowledgeable guys started the vBrownBag team a while ago in the US. In the meanwhile in Asia/Pacific there is a similar group. Plans are to start a vBrownBag initiative in Europe and Latin America.

Brownbag by the way comes from America where people who share the same interest take their lunch in a brownbag and come together to a session where someone presents about a subject they are interested in. It could also be a lunch meeting.

Long story short: Julian Wood  of Wooditwork.com wrote a blogposting including links to all recorded vBrownbag sessions at VMworld 2012 Barcelona. As the sessions are not that long, and are presented by very knowledgeable speakers, worth looking at it!!

The table below shows the planned sessions.

Main announcements presented at VMworld Europe 2012

This post is an attempt to list the announcements made at VMworld Europe 2012 not already made during the earlier VMworld USA.

The USA edition traditionally has the major new annoucements but VMware makes sure it keeps some of its news for Europe. Always we will see the launch of a new version of vSphere at the USA edition. News on the management platform, mostly new releases are announced at the European event.

We all know vRAM has been killed. And we know vSphere 5 Essentials Plus and higher have added Data Protection and vSphere Replication for free.

The most important announcement in Barcelona was the addition of the vCloud Automation Center 5.1 to the vCloud Suite.
Another development  was the release of more information and demonstration videos of VMware Virtual Volumes or vVols. This is still a technology preview and the technology might never appear in vSphere. However it seems very likely this is going to be part of the vSphere 6 feature set. It is a very usefull new technology which integrates vSphere with the storage array.

New product: VMware vCloud Automation Center 5.1
This software is a new part of the vCloud Suite, first introduced at VMworld USA 2o12. vCloud Automation Center is based on the DynamicOPS software (previously known as DynamicOps Cloud Automation Center) which was acquired by VMware.

Basically vCloud Automation Center is for hybrid clouds what vCloud Director is for VMware vSphere based clouds. It is an abstraction layer above public and private clouds.

vCloud Automation Center can manage VMware vSphere & vCloud environments, Microsoft Hyper-V and Azure, Citrix XenServer and public clouds like Amazon EC2. Besides virtual it can also manage physical servers. The plan is for vCloud Automation Center to support physical component provisioning via out of the box integrations into BMC Bladelogic for Server Automation, Cisco UCS Manager and HP BladeSystem. I have also see the IBM, Dell and VCE logo for supported hardware.

The product is not yet available, but will be coming in Q4.

New product: VMware IT Business Management Suite 7.5 – The VMware IT Business Management Suite gives customers transparency into the cost, quality and value of cloud services, providing a business context for IT activities and enabling fact-based decisions aligned with business goals and ultimately transform to become a broker of IT services.  Availability is expected in Q4 2012

VMware introduced a new version of the vCloud Connector 2.0.

VMware added new features in current versions like enhanced support for Microsoft applications like Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL Server in vFabric Application Director.

vCenter Multi Hypervizor manager. This free add-on to vCenter Server available in Q4 2012 enables to manage Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V hosts from vCenter Server. This add-on is fully supported by VMware. In the future support for more hypervizors will be added. More info here.

vCenter Operations Management Suite Foundation Edition is now included for free in all vSphere editions. This provides vSphere Health and Performance monitoring, alerting, and trending beyond what vCenter can provide.  The Foundation edition cannot monitor VM’s, and cannot do Capacity Optimization, Chargeback, Configuration Management, etc. Availability is expected in Q4 2012.

Project AppShift
Project AppShift is focussed on delivering a user friendly userinterface for Windows application on tablets and smartphone. Instead of the traditional desktop interface when are familiar at, Windows apps are presented just like regular apps on an Ipad. We can easily switch between apps with a few finger movements. Copy and paste from Windows apps to native iPad apps is very easy. During a demo in the keynote VMware demonstrated the use of Siri (voice control in Apple IOS) to control remote Windows apps. You can start Windows application, search for documents and initiate a copy/paste action.

French cloud provider ovh.com joins the VMware vCloud Service Providers program. Their vCloud Datacenter is designed and built using VMware solutions and architecture.

Cisco announces the release of a free edition of the Nexus 1000V virtual switch

Veeam announces the release of Backup & Replication v6.5 with support for both VMware and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V in Q4 2012.