Today was the second day of VMworld, which started with the general session. First speaker was Sanjay Poonen. Sanjay talked about the digital transformation that is already happening in healthcare and education and how the vision of VMware fits in this. After that Sanjay spoke about Workspace One. VMware Workspace ONE is a simple and secure enterprise platform that delivers and manages any app on any device by integrating identity, application and enterprise mobility management. It is available as a cloud service or for on-premises deployment.
Ray ‘o Farrel was the second speaker on stage. His main topic was SDDC and the components it consists of within VMware, vSphere, VSAN, NSX and vRealize . He focused first on vSphere 6.5 and all the new features it offers. More info can be found here, https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2016/10/whats-new-in-vsphere-6-5-vcenter-server.html.
Yan Bing Lee came on stage to talk about VSAN 6.5 and the new features it offers but also what was in the beta for successor of the just released version. More information on what is new in VSAN 6.5 can be found here, http://www.vmware.com/products/whats-new-virtual-san.html and on the site of Duncan Epping.
After Yan Bing, Rajiv Ramaswami came on stage to talk about NSX and the challenges that NSX helps to address. These challenges are around security, automation and application continuity.
Last speaker of the general session was Kit Colbert. Kit talked about Photon Platform. Photon Platform delivers core IaaS capabilities including VMs, Networks, and Persistent Disks on-demand to developers. Resources are provisioned quickly and reliably, supporting the needs of devops tools that programmatically allocate resources at scale.
Photon Platform enables you to deliver Kubernetes as a Service to multiple tenants from a single shared pool of hardware. Each tenant gets access to API, CLI and GUI tools which allow them to provision dedicated Kubernetes clusters on the fly. Users get a dedicated kubernetes cluster with strong isolation from other tenants. Photon Platform automates the provisioning and high availability of these clusters, automatically replacing failed nodes with no human intervention.The Kubernetes service will become available in Q4 of 2016. VMware will offer end to end support for Kubernetes running on Photon Platform.
I will post more on Cloud Native Applications and specific Photon Platform in other post.
After the general session I attended two other session.
First session was VMware Cloud on AWS – a Closer Look . In this session the technical background behind VMware Cloud on AWS. Important takeaways of this sessions are:
- vCenter is used to manage the environment
- NSX is not needed on the local side but is preferred
- VMware updates, manages and supports the VMware Cloud on AWS
- You will get one bill for VMware Cloud and one for the AWS Services
The second session I attended vSphere 6.x Host Resource Deep Dive. This presentation was given by Frank Denneman and Niels Hagoort. First Frank spoke about the cpu and memory architecture and the impact it has the choice you make for your vm’s. Statement of Frank, Its not all about best performance but most of the time about consistent performance. That’s not so easy so get. After memory and cpu, Frank talked about storage, How far away is your data. The session was completed by Niels who addressed the network side.