This week I had the pleasure to join Pete and John again on the Virtually Speaking podcast, together with Ken Werneburg. We spoke about the upcoming VMworld event in Las Vegas. Throughout the show there are tips around sessions and vendors to look out for on the show floor. I think it was an interesting conversation…
What most of you don’t know is that I was on a holiday for 3.5 weeks in China (beautiful country!)and just got back, hence the delay, I did not bring a laptop and tried to avoid doing any work (enforced by my kids). I had a huge backlog of articles to read so I figured I would start with creating this list based on those articles. I may (and probably will) have missed some gems, do share them with me in the comments.
- New Leading IOmark-VM-HC results for Intel server with NVMe with VSAN
Talking about a compelling story, all-flash with NVMe definitely delivers the goods! What interested me the most: NVMe storage delivered 3 times better performance and nearly 3 times better price-performance than the previous leading results
- VSAN upgrading from 6.1 to 6.2 Hybrid to All-Flash – PART 2 by Anthony Spiteri
When there is a Part 2 there also is a Part 1 so read that first. Great two part series that explains how to go from 6.1 hybrid to 6.2 all-flash VSAN. I think this is one of those advantages of a solution which is not tied to hardware. If there is a change of requirement and you want to upgrade to all-flash you can simply do that. No need to replace the full cluster or replace hosts, simply swap out HDDs with SSDs and follow the steps described by Anthony.
- Bandwidth reduction for erasure coded storage by Robin Harris
Interesting post about erasure coding and bandwidth reduction. It is a follow up to an earlier post, also read the comments and the mentioned paper!
- Announcing Open Hardware Management Services by T. Sridhar
SDDC doesn’t stop at the virtualization layer. It will need a way to manage the hardware as well, and the SDDC team within VMware just announced their open initiative around it. Working closely with partners like Intel to ensure deep integration. Great to see that this is being open-sourced and hoping we will see many partners contribute!
- VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 2.0 Poster by Ryan Johnson
Not an article or a video, but a poster, and a great one if you ask me. A lot of detail in there around SDDC validated designs, and it just looks nice and crisp. Can I get a printed copy please? Thanks!
- Big news for VSAN and VVol customers by Infinio
Small article, but interesting as the first VSAN and VVol certified VAIO filter (caching solution by Infinio) was announced. Can’t wait for replication filters to show up as well on this list.
- VSAN 6.2 All Flash Review by Storage Review
Personally I am a bit surprised about the outcome, especially as I’ve seen numbers that differ a lot from what is shown by Storage Review (where all-flash performance much better than hybrid), not sure why this is to be honest, still a very thorough and in-depth review which is worth reading.
- Sweating Springpath fails to defuse SimpliVity’s patent bomb by The Register
Not sure what to think here to be honest… It is a strange situation with Cisco sitting in the middle.
And as a bonus, nothing to do with virtualization, but I read this one during my holiday and found it interesting as I could relate to it very much. I stopped drinking a long time ago for a couple of years and can definitely agree with these “findings”.
The last edition was 2 weeks ago, in that article I pointed to the rumour of Pernix being acquired by Nutanix and since then it has gone silent. Well almost silent, Frank Denneman has announced he is no longer with Pernix (which was picked up by The Register) so I think it is safe to say there is a truth to the rumour. Sad moment as I really liked the company and really liked the technology, hope the product will live on. I guess time will tell and I am sure that by the time the next edition of recommended reads is published we will have seen an announcement.
- Springpath to focus on Cisco OEM Development
It is an interesting development if true. Springpath is one of the “newer” hyper-converged players and initially sold through various OEMs. Now they seem to solely focus on Cisco, which I guess makes sense as it will make it easier to work on deeper integration with Cisco tooling. Wouldn’t surprise me if Cisco picks these guys up at some point in time.
- Build a Xeon D-1500 (Open) Home Lab with me? by Joep Piscaer
I’ve had this Intel proc family and SuperMicro board on my list for the longest time for a homelab, never got around to ordering anything but I have to agree it is a great piece of kit with a lot of power combined with relative low power consumption and a great WAF (wife acceptance factor), read Joep’s post and his wiki entry on OpenHomeLab.org for more details
- On the topic of homelabs: Supermicro SuperServer SYS-E300-8D and SYS-E200-8D close-up pictures by Paul Braren (another one by Paul here on the same subject)
This is a nice piece of kit. It also holds the D-1500 CPU, is nice and small and has 10GbE on-board. Could be great for a VSAN lab, small but still packing a lot of power.
- Thoughts on Pokemon G0
Nothing to do directly with Infrastructure, but I had to list this as I think it is a brilliant concept. Especially the use of the camera is smart, and I bet it got many kids walking around the neighbourhood instead of sitting on the couch playing on their PS4. Another interesting aspect is that it seems to be bringing people together and have people talking whom normally probably wouldn’t be talking to each other. Plus of course create traffic chaos and dangerous situations as no one is paying attention anymore where they are walking / driving.
- Disrupt Your Data Center with Transformative CI & HCI Technologies by Jason Nash
Well not really a blog, but an awesome panel session with Jason Nash, Chad Sakac, Dheeraj Pandey, and Matt Smorto on the hyper-converged market today. Some great insights and good discussion. Always impressed with Chad, I just love the way he handles the discussion/situation during these types of conversations.
- Media Headlines by Chad Sakac. Setting the record straight when it comes to the Dell/EMC strategy and hyper-converged offerings. This was a response to an article in The Register, not to the video by the way.
- Samsung 850 EVO SSD 4Tb Review
Not the most exciting article, but more important here is 4TB SSD which is relatively affordable. Prices are still dropping, can I have that 16TB SSD now? Please?!
- How the queen of Silicon Valley is helping Google go after Amazon’s most profitable business
Some interesting bits and pieces in here, especially how the organization is being transformed by Diane within Google.
- NUMA Deep Dive Part 1: From UMA to NUMA by Frank Denneman
Last one on the list, so it has to be something good. You like deepdives? Well this is going to be your cup of tea then. Frank is diving in to it deep immediately and even followed up with Part 2 in the same week. And this week part 3 and 4 also dropped. Those diagrams by the way are insane… Considering Frank is looking for a new challenge, I wouldn’t be surprised if Intel made him an offer.
Yes, new quarterly results are out, and this is crazy, Yanbing (SVP/GM for Storage & Availability BU) dropped the news on twitter last night:
Amazing customer momentum in Q2. Hyper-converged license bookings (VSAN+VxRAIL SW) grew >200% YoY. Customer count grew to 5,000! Congrats!
— Yanbing Li (@ybhighheels) July 18, 2016
Yes that is correct, VSAN customer count grew with 1500 in just 1 quarter and the license bookings also grew > 200% Y0Y. Crazy numbers if you ask me, and some serious traction. Considering how well VxRail is doing I can only see this ramping up faster even. Just some quotes from last nights earnings call, you can find a transcript here and audio here if you are interested.
Our hyper-converged license bookings, including VSAN and VxRail software, grew over 200% year-over-year. The new VxRail appliance we jointly developed with EMC was launched earlier this year and has enjoyed an impressive start, benefiting also from Dell’s decision to resell VxRail.
The rock stars of Q2 were NSX and VSAN and they were just fabulous
Yes, clearly the VxRail and the momentum that it is seeing was a piece of that. But a lot of the customer count was non-VxRail. So this product has now hit a point of inflection, as you suggest, that really was thrilling. And if I would call out one product in Q2 that just blew their numbers away, VSAN is it, and it was the rockstar of Q2 above all others. And what we’re seeing is that the product maturity, the channel momentum, I commented on the transactional channel before, and that really is well fit to VSAN. But also some of the enterprise use cases have clearly seen momentum, as well. And then we add to that the incremental benefits of VxRail that we jointly developed with EMC and Dell now reselling that VxRail product. It was also geographically balanced, as well. We saw VSAN growing across all of the geos, large customers, major wins, in healthcare, also mid market wins across different geos. So really, really excited about the VxRail, as well as the overall hyper-converged category for us and VSAN, the rockstar of Q2.
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Every year I post a list of my top VMworld sessions. It is always challenging to go through the list, I figured I would do it straight before the Schedule Builder goes online as that gives people at least the opportunity to register them. I am going to be strict again this year, 15 sessions and in random order. These are the sessions I would sign up for myself, unfortunately as a VMware employee you can’t pre-register for sessions, but I will to try to sneak in. Note that I selected these sessions because I expect them to have deep tech info and have great speakers. There will be many awesome sessions missing I am sure, but than again that is the result of trying to stick to 15. Here we go:
- Evolving the vSphere API for the Modern Era [INF8255] by William Lam & Alan Renouf
Alan and William are both great speakers and all sessions they present are a must see, what caught my attention in particular for this session was the following sentence in the description:”We will also provide a “Technical Preview” based showing of where we are headed and some of new tools and features that will be available to you to automate and develop against the next generation of the vSphere Platform.”
- An Industry Roadmap: From storage to data management [STO7903] by Christos Karamanolis
Christos is our CTO for Storage & Availability and his sessions are always great, excellent speaker with great insights of where the industry is heading towards. Seen many of his sessions and always worth attending.
- The Edge is Still Bleeding: A face-melting technical smorgasbord of all things Converged, Hyper-Converged, Cloud Native & Software Defined [SDDC9462-SPO] by Chad Sakac
The title by itself is enough to attend this. It is going to be 60 minutes of face melting awesomesauce Sakacness. Do I need to say more?
- Advanced Network Services with NSX [NET7907] by Romain Decker
I am not an expert on NSX, getting a better understanding of what it is / does is never a bad thing and it looks like this is the place.
- Beyond the Marketing: Horizon Instant Clones Deep Dive [EUC8203] by Peter Björk & Jim Yanik
I just love VMFork aka Instant Clones. If you want to know everything there is to know about Instant Clones for View, then this is the one to attend.
- Cloud Native Buzzwords (Demystified) for Dummies [CTO7964] by Massimo Re Ferre
This can’t be anything else than just great. Massimo going over Cloud Native and explaining all the buzzwords. Especially good for those who work with developers and hear terms flying around but have no clue what they are talking about, or those just interested in what is new in this space.
- vSphere 6.x Host Resource Deep Dive [INF8430] by Frank Denneman and Niels Hagoort
A deepdive in to host resource management going over things like NUMA etc. Apparently these two guys are authoring a book on this topic as well, considering the blog posts Frank recently knocked out I bet this one is going to be a hit.
- vCloud Air Recovery as a Service (RaaS) Deep Dive [HBC8292] by David Hill
All about data protection and data recovery in and to the cloud, more specifically vCloud Air. If you don’t want to invest in a second location, this is certainly a session worth attending to figure out what the options are for you.
- Tech Preview: Enhanced VM Availability Leveraging vCenter and Partner Hardware Integration [INF8020] by Brian Graf & Maarten Wiggers
I’ve seen some of this already, very cool what is being worked on and always useful to get a preview.
- Revamped vSphere Storage DRS and SIOC for automating the Data Centers [STO7914] by Ben Meadowcroft & Naveen Nagaraj
SDRS and SIOC have been revamped… want to find out more about how fight noisy neighbours through storage policy based management, then this is the session to attend. Ben is the PM for SDRS and SIOC and Naveen is the engineering Director, so you will be getting the details straight from the source.
- The Future of VMware Fusion and Workstation [EUC8521] by Bo Fu & Michael Roy
It says “future”, so hopefully they will be talking about cool upcoming features for these two great products.
- SRM with vRA 7: Automating Disaster Recovery Operations [STO8344] by GS Khalsa & Stefan Tsonev
I haven’t personally done much with SRM in the past year or two and that is why I have this listed. It is such a valuable product when you are in need of DR capabilities and orchestration. The combination of SRM and vRA is intriguing.
- vCloud Air: Advanced Networking Concepts [HBC9092] by Serge Maskalik & Andy Steven
Micro-segmentation, dynamic routing, and advanced architectures as part of vCloud Air offerings. Sounds very interesting, and both happen to be good speakers as well, so I am sure this is worth attending.
- Extreme Performance Series [INF8959] & [INF8465] & [INF8108] & [INF8089]
Yeah I know, I cheated… This is not 1 session, but this is actually 4 different session by different presenters. However they are all part of the same series, and these are all must attend sessions. Whether it is vCenter Server performance with Ravi and Priya or vSphere Compute and Memory by Seong Beom Kim. I promise you, these will go deep.
- Architecting VSAN for Horizon the VCDX Way [EUC8648] by Ray Heffer & Simon Long
Ray and Simon are both VCDX’s, nothing beats hearing the ins and out of Horizon design from two top experts.
I did not include any sessions of my own, if you are interested in my sessions, look at the below:
- Enforcing a vSphere Cluster Design with PowerCLI Automation [INF8036] Chris Wahl & Duncan Epping
- Software-Defined Storage at VMware Primer [STO7650] Lee Dilworth & Duncan Epping
- A day in the life of a VSAN I/O [STO7875] John Nicholson & Duncan Epping