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

Win free access to VMworld 2012 sessions!

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I give away completely free one voucher for access to all online VMworld 2012 content. The value of this voucher is $699 USD.

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.

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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.

Cisco will release free edition of the Nexus 1000V virtual switch

Update October 22: Cisco made the Cisco 1000V v2.1 available for download.

Cisco announced it will release a free edition of the Nexus 1000V, the virtual switch available on VMware vSphere and soon for Hyper-V.

The Cisco 1000V virtual switch can be managed like any other physical Cisco switch or router. It has the same IOS interface and services. If the default VMware standard or distributed virtual switches are used, network admins have to get used to another userinterface (of the vSphere client) and a different feature set that they are used to.  Often management of virtual switches is performed by the management team responsible for the VMware vSphere servers.

Cisco 1000v is targeted at large organizations operating a dedicated management team for networking and one for server virtualization.   Those organizations want  a clear separation of network management and compute management.

Mind to be able to use the Cisco Nexus 1000V you need the vSphere Enterprise Plus edition.

Starting with the 2.1 release, which is now in beta,  two editions of the Nexus 1000V are available , an Essential Edition and an Advanced Edition.

The Nexus 1000v offers additional services like a virtual firewall, virtual VPN and virtual router which are not available on the VMware switches.

The table below shows the feature set of both editions as well as the list price of the Advanced Edition. The Advanced Edition, priced at $695 per CPU, the same price as the current 1.5 release, includes:

  •     The Cisco Virtual Security Gateway (VSG) for Nexus 1000V, a virtual firewall with visibility to virtual machine attributes for building sophisticated compliance policies, and logical trust zones between applications (VSG was previously sold as a separate product).
  •     Support for advanced capabilities, such as DHCP snooping, IP Source Guard, Dynamic ARP inspection and Cisco TrustSec Security Group Access (SGA).

If you want to evaluate the Cisco 1000V that is possible by downloading the trial version of the current release 1.5.2. By default, the trial version will function for 240 days without any license packs installed for up to 512 CPU sockets on up to 64 servers. You will then be able to upgrade to the Release 2.1 Essential Edition before the 240 day period expires.

It is not possible anymore to take part in the beta of the 2.1 release which offers the free Essential Edition.
A video in which Cisco gives a demo of the Nexus 1000V can be seen at VMworldTV or at the blog of Eric Sloof.

More information here.

Cisco 1000v v2.1 has been released at October 22. Download here.

Starting with Release 4.2(1)SV2(1.1), a tier-based Licensing approach is adopted for the Cisco Nexus 1000V. The Cisco Nexus 1000V is shipped in two editions: Essential and Advanced. A new CLI command is provided to display the current switch edition and the other licensing information. In the two tier licensing model supported with Release 4.2(1)SV2(1.1), the software image is the same for both the editions. You can switch between the two editions at any time. The switch edition configuration is global. The entire switch (supervisor and all modules) is either in the Essential edition or the Advanced edition.

Essential Edition

When the Release 4.2(1)SV2(1.1) software is installed, the Essential edition is the default edition. When the switch is configured in the Essential edition, all the features (other than the advanced features) are available for free for unlimited time. No licenses are required to operate the Essential edition. The switch edition configuration is global and not per module. In Essential edition, all the modules are automatically licensed. Use the svs switch edition command to move the switch from the Essential edition to the Advanced edition and vice versa.

VMworld 2012 USA sessions available to all VMworld attendees

Just after VMworld Europe 2012 finished VMware made recorded sessions of the VMworld 2012 USA event available to all VMworld 2012 attendees. Earlier access to recorded VMworld USA sessions was limited to VMworld USA attendees only.

Recorded sessions of VMworld Europe 2012 are expected to be available online in the week of October 29, 2012.

Sessions can be seen and downloaded at vmworld.com

APP-BCA1751 Virtualizing Oracle: Caging the Licensing Dragon

At VMworld Europe 2012 I went to session APP-BCA1751  because I am interested in stories about Oracle licensing on VMware. The bottom line : Oracle wants  to maximize revenue and let their customers pay as much as possible by confusing them and put them on pressure by threating with a court case.

I have written many blogposting about this subject in the recent past. My goal is to give Oracle customers as much as information so they can license Oracle in the most cost effective way. And I also give ammunition so they can fight Oracle during an audit or when  a claim is presented.

An overview of postings can be found in a posting titled: It was on tape, removed but recovered: Oracle supports VMware DRS Host Affinity

A good overview of the current issues on Oracle licensing can be found in this article titled Complex and non-transparent Oracle licensing costing firms millions

Larry Ellison (CEO Oracle) has a nice boat.

The VMworld session was presented by Daniel Hesselink of License Consulting, Judica Krikke of Stibbe (a law firm) and Donnie Hamlet of iQuate. The VMworld presentation is available online for both  VMworld US and Europe attendees via vmworld.com. The presentation can also be requested at License Consulting.

If you need help, contact Daniel Hesselink of License Consulting. For the USA, contact Dave Welch of House of Brick.

After the session I went to a groupdiscussion about the same subject.

I was told that before about one year ago most Oracle customers wanted to settle a claim. They did not want to spent energy and money in lawyers and a potential court case. Since about a year there is a trend that customers are sick and tired of the money grabbing policy of Oracle and are turning away from Oracle. They migrate to other database solutions. Sybase and Microsoft SQL have clear contracts and have well documented how their software should be licensed.  They also offer volume licensing.

Daniel explained about the various documents Oracle has available. The conclusion is those documents have no more value than toiletpaper.

Oracle has a document which is titled Oracle Partitioning Policy. The footnote reads:

 This document is for educational purposes only and provides guidelines regarding Oracle’s policies in effect as of September 05, 2012. It may not be incorporated into any contract and does not constitute a contract or a commitment to any specific terms. Policies and this document are subject to change without notice. This document may not be reproduced in any manner without the express written permission of Oracle Corporation.

Judica Krikke (lawyer) explains that the policies do not apply to the contract. And they do not overrule the contract. Oracle LMS position is based on the policies. So the position of LMS (their statements/opinion) does not hold.

Only what is written in the contract has legal value.

So lets look in the contact. Many customers do not have a contract with Oracle. There are various contract documents and not a complete set. Oracle license and Services Agreement (OLSA) is the standard contract. None of the 100s of OLSA’s Stibbe lawyers have seen contain any word about virtualization and/or Software partitioning.

None of the OLSA’s contain any reference to the Oracle Software Investment Guide.

None of the OLSA’s contain any reference to Oracle Hard/soft partitioning whitepaper.

The contract does say:

  • Turnover related
  • User based
  • Hardware based

The term processor is described in the contract as:

Processor: shall be defined as all processors where the Oracle programs are installed and/or running. Programs licensed on a processor basis may be accessed by your internal users (including agents and contractors) and by your third party users. The number of required licenses shall be determined by multiplying the total number of cores of the processor by a core processor licensing factor specified on the Oracle Processor Core Factor Table which can be accessed at http://oracle.com/contracts. All cores on all multicore chips for each licensed program are to be aggregated before multiplying by the appropriate core processor licensing factor and all fractions of a number are to be rounded up to the next whole number. When licensing Oracle programs with Standard Edition One or Standard Edition in the product name, a processor is counted equivalent to an occupied socket; however, in the case of multi-chip modules, each chip in the multi-chip module is counted as one occupied socket.

Judica has spent a whole day with several technical people to understand what this text means but could not get a clear understanding. The contract text is incomprehensible.
An incomprehensible text requires interpretation. Not just Oracle’s interpretation.

Conclusion:
1. Policies do not apply
2. Contract language is unclear.
3. Interpretation required.
4. Oracle’s interpretation is not decisive

In vSphere 5.1 VMware introduced shared nothing migration. Virtual machines running on SAN1 can be live migrated to SAN2. So even when a customer created a separate VMware HA cluster just for Oracle VMs, those VMs could potentially be running on VMware hosts not part of this dedicated cluster. If Oracle continues its view it would mean that ALL VMware hosts of a customer in one or more datacenters (metrocluster) must be licensed for Oracle.

Oracle gets more and more in a yawning gap  as long as they are not clear in their licensing. Inside Oracle are voices who believe the situation needs to change. Sales people are likely not fully aware they are fooling their customers. They are wrongly educated by Oracle. On the other hand their salary is based on the revenue they make. An Oracle salesman has a relative low base salary on which bonusses are added when targets are made. Oracle LMS auditors get a bonus when they find not correct licensing of customers. Read more here

Will Oracle change?

“No, they won’t, because if they backtracked, thousands of customers from the past who have paid licensing penalties will start demanding cash back,” said Hesselink, adding that the only way forward is for the database provider to introduce volume licensing policies.

Daniel compares the view of Oracle with the following: suppose your car is able to drive 200 km/hour. The speeding limit is 120 km/hour. A police officer gives you a fine because you could potentialy have driven faster than allowed.

This is proven guilty until proven otherwise. No judge will ever give you a penalty. The same applies for Oracle. Oracle will need to prove in court that the customer used their software on more sockets/users than have been licensed.

Oracle is allowed to visit a customer and perform an audit. They will need to inform the customer days in advance about their intention to visit the customer for an audit. Oracle will let the customer believe the audit is a kind of service to the customer. But their intention is not to help but get your money. A large part of the revenue of Oracle is based on claims which are always initially much to high.

If the audit takes place, make sure you only give  relevant information for the audit. A screendump of vCenter Server is not relevant. The more information is given to Oracle, the more info they have to create a higher claim. Make sure someone of your own organization is sitting next to the Oracle LMS auditor to see what he or she is doing. This should be a technical person. Do not let Oracle gather not relevant information.

A legal document which describes what kind of documents Oracle LMS is allowed to see and ask for is non existing. Make sure you agree with Oracle before the beginning of the audit about what Oracle can see and cannot see.

If you as a Oracle customer knows the details and your legal position you can put Oracle in the corner instead of the reverse.

Oracle does not want their customers to know if a claim thrown of the table of heavily reduced. Customers will need to sign a NDA which states nobody is allow to talk and write about the settlement. This is why information on claims are hard to find.

At setup of Oracle software some options (which costs a lot of money) are installed by default. Make sure the person who installs the software knows exactly which options are needed and which are not. Sometimes options are installed after the installation of the software. The database can automatically install options the customer is not aware of.

It is a good practise to monitor the number or Oracle database instances, the number of options, which options are installed etc. iQuate has software to monitor all this.

When a customer wants to adjust a contract , for example reduce the number of servers, Oracle will quote them a lot higher price. When for example the discount for 100 licenses was 60%, the discount for 99 licenses is reduced to 10 %.

Another trick of Oracle is that initially, when the customer is building a new application based on Oracle software, all licensing seems to be correct. Later, when the application is running production (and the customer has no way back) Oracle will start to complain the customer is not compliant and need to buy more licenses.
Always make sure Oracle is involved in the initial architecture and confirms on paper with signatures the architecture is compliant.

Oracle will not go to court. They know they will lose the case. If that happens, lots of customers will start to complain they want their money back. Oracle’s goal is not to go to court. Their goal is to make you spend more money with Oracle. As soon Oracle understands the customers is well prepared, knows his stuff they will try to settle. Results is that the initial claim is much reduced. Claims can be reduced to 90 %.

One of Oracle’s customers was using Standard Edition. They needed to install an official Oracle patch. After that patch was installed, all of a sudden the install was not a Standard Edition but Enterprise Edition. The auditors came for a check, found out the customer was using Enterprise edition but was licensed for Standard Edition. Result was a big claim. License Consulting was able to reproduce the unwanted upgrade and the claim went off the table.

The biggest known claim by Oracle was 4 billion US Dollar. It was for an organization using named user licensing. Oracle view was that each citizen of a county (I assume the US) could access the Oracle application using internet so this is how they calculated their claim. In the end the claim went down to 27 million US Dollar.

vCenter Server 5.1 will soon support management of Microsoft Hyper-V servers

Today at VMworld Europe 2o12 VMware announced vCenter Server version 5.1 will soon be able to manage Microsoft Hyper-V servers. The free addon to vCenter Server is named vCenter Multi Hypervisor Manager 1.0

Until today management of Hyper-V servers by VMware software was possible using vCenter XVP Manager and Converter. This software  which VMware is unsupported and comes from the VMware labs.

vCenter Multi Hypervisor Manager however is fully supported by VMware. The software will be available in Q3 2012 together with vCenter Server Standard Edition (at no additional costs). It will be a separate installable package and delivered as a C# VI Client plugin.
At the release supported hypervisors are  Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 hosts and Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. Support for other hypervisors will be added in the future.

The plugin willl be made available for download from the vCenter Server download page.

Features of the 1.0 version are:

  • add\remove\connect\disconnect Hyper-V servers
  • view Hyper-V host configuration(processor, memory)
  • Power operations for host and VM
  • List VMs (per vCenter, per host)
  • Connect/disconnect DVD and Floppy drives
  • Edit VM settings (RAM, CPU, harddisk, network cards)
  • Provision new VMs on Hyper-V hosts
  • vCenter Integrated Authorization

A demo of the software can be seen here.

 

VMworld 2012 Europe information

The information below was provided by VMware.

Mind the info on the Barcelona Metro Pass.

VMworld 2012 Program Guide

The Program Guide having information of agenda, breakout sessions, maps, hands on labs, solution exchange and lots more can be downloaded here.

Mind there will be no printed Program Guide available at registration as it used to be a couple of years ago.

 

Venue Address
Fira Barcelona Gran Via – North Entrance Hall 8
Carrer Foc
08038 Barcelona Spain

Please note that that the address for Fira Barcelona Gran Via as advertised on the venue website is for the South Entrance and the above address is the correct address for VMworld 2012 Europe.

Registration Location and Hours – Hall 8, Lower Level
Sunday, 7 October | 16:00 – 20:00
Monday, 8 October | 07:00 – 20:30
Tuesday, 9 October | 07:30 – 19:30

Official VMworld Mobile App
Check and modify your personal schedule, browse session information, search exhibitors and speakers, complete session surveys, and respond to polls. Visit www.vmworld.com/mobile on your phone to access the mobile application. To add the VMworld Mobile App Icon to your home screen:

  • Open www.vmworld.com/mobile
  • Choose the Device Browser
  • Click on the ‘curved arrow’ icon
  • Select ‘Add to Home Screen’

Build your Schedule to Access Sessions
If you have not yet scheduled your sessions, you can either do so online now or through the VMworld mobile application. Session registration is required and assures you a space in the sessions you want to attend.

Transportation
Airport Shuttles – Terminals 1 and 2, Barcelona Airport
Fira Barcelona Gran Via, North Entrance, Hall 8
Sunday, 7 October | 16:00 – 20:00
Monday, October 8 | 10:00 – 20:00

Shuttles to/from the hotels are NOT provided.

Metro Passes – Sponsored by Quantum
During the conference, you are encouraged to use the metro to get to and from Fira Barcelona Gran Via.
Visit the Info Counter in Hall 8, Lower Lobby or the Quantum booth in Solutions Exchange, Stand S402 to pick one up.

Metro Shuttles
Fira Europa metro station
Fira Barcelona Gran Via, North Entrance
Sunday, 7 October | 14:00 – 20:00
Monday, 8 October | 07:00 – 21:00
Tuesday, 9 October | 07:00 – 20:30

Shuttles are provided on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, running approximately every 5 minutes.

Coat and Bag Check – Hall 8, Lower Level
Monday, 8 October | 07:00 – 20:30
Tuesday, 9 October | 07:30 – 20:00

Best of VMworld 2012 Awards – Hall 8, Lower Level, C2
Tuesday, 9 October | 11:00 – 12:00

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear SearchVirtualDataCentre.co.UK will announce the most innovative and distinguished uses of virtualisation among your IT peers!

Partner Lounge – Hall 6, Lower Level
Join us in the Partner Lounge to learn more about exciting new partner initiatives at our booths, take advantage of meeting new peers or reconnecting with colleagues in the lounge seating area, or just come and hang out. We have our own refreshments, Wi-Fi and fun competitions exclusively for our partners and distributors.

Certification Lounge – Hall 6, Lower Level
Come and see us in the lounge where you can take advantage of our 50% discount on pre-registered exams, book a seat on a QuickStart, see a demonstration of our new learning technologies and take part in our competition.

VMware Exam Center - Hall 8, Upper Level, CC5, AM13
Come away from Barcelona with more than a bag of giveaways. Take and exam during the conference and receive 50% discount. Click here to register.

Safety in Barcelona
Please be vigilant, especially in busy areas, and ensure you protect your personal belongings. Keep your luggage with you, at all times, even when checking into your hotel. Remove your VMworld badge when you are out and about in Barcelona, so you don’t draw unwanted attention to yourself as a non-local or tourist.

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VMworld 2012 sessions available for viewing

Recorded sessions of VMworld 2012 are now available for viewing. Access is restricted to VMworld 2012 attendees of those who purchased a subscription.

If you like to download the sessions for offline viewing see my post for instructions.

VMware vCloud Director 5.1 available for download

VMware made vCloud Director 5.1 available for download at September 10, 2012.

More info and download link here.

VMware vSphere 5.1 and vCloud Suite 5.1 available for download

VMware released vSphere 5.1 at September 10. It can be downloaded here.

Also released at September 10 is VMware VMware vCloud Suite 5.1. Download here.

To learn about new features VMware made available a one hour, free online course titled VMware vSphere: What’s New [V 5.1] – Customer Facing. This training course explores new features in VMware vCenter Server 5.1 and VMware ESXi 5.1.
Registration here

vsphere-land.com has a good selection of links to blogs on vSphere 5.1

Some details on VMware vCloud Distributed Storage or vSAN

The world is creating more and more data and needs it faster. Think about new software like Hadoop which is able to analyse data. Big data is a name for this.
Besides the need for lots of storage to store data, there is also a need to access data as fast as possible. Think VDI which needs a good performance to satisfy the enduser. We are seeing more and more the usage of Flash/SSD drives for VDI purposes in SAN solutions.

Another way to both satisfy the needs for performance and storage capacity is to use local storage and cache in the ESXi host. Local storage is is most cases faster than storage presented over networks. Using local storage is also much cheaper than shared storage. No switches, no cabling, no expensive SAN, licenses, etc

VMware vCloud Distributed Storage is a new virtual SAN technology presented first at VMworld 2012. It is not available yet but is a  technology preview. It might never be released but I highly doubt that. This feature would be a candidate for vSphere 6.0

The Distributed Storage layer is built into the ESXi kernel. There is no virtual appliance doing the technology.It aggregates storage local to the server and exposes it as datastores to virtual machines. A mix of storage needs to be used: SSD/Flash for read/write and traditional harddisks for persistent storage.

Data can be replicated to another server to make the data available in case the server has failed. The technology will need  10Gbps for cluster communication/replication and  Distributed Switch for Network I/O Control.
A distributed storage cluster needs at least 3 vSphere 5.1 nodes.

The feature will be named vSAN in the user interface  and can be managed from the vSphere Web Client. I am not sure if it can be managed from the vSphere Infrastructure Client.

Some use cases for this technology are Big Data, VDI and Test/Dev infrastructure. It will not be a replacement of SAN/NAS obviously, but will fill a niche in the storage market.

VMware gave some more information on vSAN at VMworld in a breakout session named INF-STO2192 – Distributed Storage: Tech Preview Of a Virtual SAN Technology

Duncan Epping, employee of VMware and blogger at Yellow-Bricks wrote a great blogposting about what was presented in this session.

Massimo Re Ferre’ VMware vCloud Architect has a long posting titled VMware Distributed Storage – This is Where the (Cloud) World Collapses This post isn’t going to talk specifically about the VMware Distributed Storage technology. It is rather going to talk about the philosophy behind it and the trends in the industry.

Session EUC1305 had some information on Distributed Storage as well. See the slidedeck here.  The session has been recorded as well, see it at Youtube.

Ray Lucchesi, President and Founder of Silverton Consulting has some info on VMware vision on storage in his blog titled
vSphere 5.1 storage enhancements and future vision

More info on myvirtualcloud

VMware Distributed Storage or VSAN

APP-BCA1751 – Virtualizing Oracle: Caging the Licensing Dragon

If your organization is using Oracle software which is running virtual or is considering you should not miss breakout session APP-BCA1751 at VMworld Europe Barcelona.

The session is scheduled at Tuesday, Oct 9, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Abstract:

Every Oracle shop considering virtualization has heard stories about adverse compliance audits and unexpected licensing costs.  While deploying high-cost software products without a license compliance management strategy could be expected to lead to compliance failures, customers that understand their license agreements and manage their virtual infrastructures effectively can realize significant savings in licensing and support costs.

This session will examine Oracle licensing challenges and opportunities in the real world.  Attendees will gain an understanding of how to estimate and realizing the savings that can be achieved by virtualizing Oracle products.  Daniel Hesselink is a licensing and compliance consultant based in The Netherlands.  Donnie Hamlett represents iQuate, an ISV whose flagship product provides software inventory reports that are accepted by Oracle as accurately representing deployed Oracle products for the purposes of an Oracle license audit

Donnie Hamlett of iQuate will speak to ensuring control of a virtualized infrastructure to maintain policy decisions made by operations staff, and the potential value of real-time infrastructure analysis. Donnie will demonstrate a NEW simple tool that can show how quickly potential savings can be achieved by optimizing and managing Oracle licensing.

Speakers:
Jason Keogh – CTO, iQuate
Daniel Hesselink – CEO, License Consulting
Michael Webster ‏@vcdxnz001

More information on Oracle for VMware licensing in this excellent post by Michael Webster.

Viktor van den Berg went to the session at VMworld USA and wrote a blogposting about it.

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