I just wanted to drop a note to let everyone know that I am alive and still working on this blog. This year I’m lucky enough to attend VMworld in Las Vegas. Its been a busy few weeks planning my event schedule, and meetings with vendors and fellow Virtualization Enthusiast. I will do my best to post each night about my daily events. I know things have been quiet around here. I have also been settling into my new role and starting to get involved in some projects, including a complete migration to ESXi on vSphere 4.1U1.
Now that I’m getting settled in, I plan on putting more time back into this blog to continue to share knowledge and the experiences I deal with during my current and future projects. I’ll also be absorbing as much info as I can at VMworld so I can pass on some of the knowledge and all the experiences I have at this amazing event.
Thanks again for your continued support of this endeavor.
As everyone is well aware, VMworld 2011 is about 2 months out. I know we are all looking forward to seeing everyone, learning new stuff, and of course, the event being in Vegas doesn’t make things any worse. For those of you that don’t know, VMworld is VMware’s annual event to showcase its products and upcoming advances in virtualization. This year, it is at the Venetian, in Las Vegas, NV and runs from August 29th through September 1st. I will be attending VMworld for the first time this year, and I think this will be a really good year to go. For those of you that haven’t asked to go, or are still trying to convince your boss to send you, VMware has stepped in and offered to help. VMware has taken the time to create a template justification letter again this year to help you help your company see the value of this event. Here is what VMware has to say in regards to their letter:
You already know how important VMworld 2011 is for your organization. Covering every aspect of virtualization and cloud computing, this once-a-year-event will provide essential opportunities for hands-on instruction, product evaluation, networking and brainstorming. The business impact of your VMworld participation, including increased simplicity, agility and cost efficiency, makes this one of the best IT investments your company will make all year.
To help your boss understand the importance of sending you to VMworld, as well as the return on investment it will bring, we’ve put together a justification email for you to use. Feel free to add or edit to fit your own situation—for example, by referring to specific issues, concerns or initiatives within your organization for which VMworld will be especially valuable.
VMware has also put up its latest Content Catalog on the VMworld site giving you an idea of what sessions and labs will be available this year. It may be a good idea to look over this list and see if any of the content aligns with any strategic directions or initiatives your company is currently involved in or looking into. It can definitely help with the justification of your trip if you can prove that there will be content that will not only benefit you, but also the technological direction that your company wants to steer in.
Lastly, I have a pretty strong feeling that VMworld 2011 is going to be the first time to really get some hands on with vSphere 5. As I previously posted, I’m fairly confident that VMware will be officially announcing vSphere 5 on July 12 and that means the labs and sessions should be packed full of content from this new technology. The rumors surrounding vSphere 5 and what advances it will bring definitely make it a product to see and evaluate for deployment in your environment. I’d also expect to see a lot of sessions on migration to ESXi from ESX since vSphere 5 will be an ESXi only product.
I hope to see everyone there, and hope that a few of these links may help people convince their company of the value of this event. The Justification Letter can be found HERE and the Content Catalog can be found HERE.
VMware blasted out a webcast invite yesterday for the “unveiling of the next major step forward in cloud infrastructure.” The event is July 12, 2011, less than two months before VMworld. There’s a lot of speculation as to whats going to be announced, though it appears quite obvious what Paul Martiz and Steve Herrod are going to be showing off. Lets look at the obvious:
- The Event Title: Raising the Bar, Part V – AKA Part 5, like vSphere 5
- The reference to “the next step forward in CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE.” vSphere is constantly branded as the infrastructure to the a cloud based environment.
- The event is less than two months from VMworld 2011, where VMware will be able to have multiple sessions on it, as well as labs.
- The session catalog for VMworld includes some sessions that discuss technologies not currently available on vSphere 4.1 U1.
Raising the Bar, Part V
July 12, 2011
9 a.m. Pacific time
Register for this free online event »Please join VMware executives Paul Maritz, CEO and Steve Herrod, CTO for the unveiling of the next major step forward in cloud infrastructure.Paul and Steve’s 45 minute live webcast will be followed by additional online sessions where you can learn more about the industry’s most trusted virtualization and cloud infrastructure products and services.
Join us and experience how the virtualization journey is helping transform IT and ushering in the era of cloud computing.
I wanted to put together a quick post to let everyone know where I’ve been and what has been going on. Its been over a month since I’ve added any new content to the site, and while I have a lot of great things coming, they are being put second to some recent developments. The reason for my lack of additions to the site is that I have been offered and accepted a position with TD Bank, N.A. as a Technical Engineer III for Virtualization Engineering. Over the next month, as my old company completes the merger and conversion of systems to our new company, I will transform and transition into my new role. That said, the conversion activities have gobbled up a large amount of my time between projects, travel and still trying to keep things together. I am very excited about my new role, and please to know that an entire group to head virtualization in the US was created specifically for myself and my colleagues to build and tie together the direction of that technology and move it forward.
Things may be bleak around here until I get through conversion and things settle down. I do have a lot of content in the works, both of technical and conceptual natures that I hope to share shortly. We all know the struggles of balancing work, our personal lives and relationships, as well as our hobbies, such as my blog. I do want everyone to know I do remain committed to keeping this project going and add as much to the virtualization community as I can. I sure know I get a lot from others in the community and its nice to give back.
On a more exciting note, I also received word that I will be attending VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas, NV this year. I am looking forward to the huge amount of information and fun activities that come along with great events like these.
Lastly, I wanted to thank everyone who has taken the time to read and respond to the content I post here. This start out as a place for me to store my thoughts on many topics, as well as resolutions to problems I had found. It has since grown faster than I thought it would, with weekly visits averaging around roughly 150. I am also getting involved in discussions on other blogs and have since met a lot of very knowledgeable people, both through the digital and the real world. I look forward to continuing to grow those relationships, as well as meeting many new people.
As a huge VMware fan, I hate to see this, but I’ve gotta give the big MS credit for this ballsy move. On Tuesday, Microsoft took out a full page add in the USA Today paper. This may not seem like much, but its the same paper dropped at the door of almost every VMworlds hotel goer. The add tossed jabs as VMwares cost, three year commitment and cost of labor to support. The letter can be seen below:
While its no POKER CHIP FIASCO, this and other recent events, such as the Dell & HP bidding war for 3PAR, make it evident that multiple companies are going all in on cloud computing, and will do whatever it takes to win your business. On the upside, it makes you feel good to be on the ground level of this technological tidal wave.
Today is day two of VMworlds and VMware’s Keynote speech was atop the list of things to see. A majority of the info has already been rehashed all over blogs so I wont go into details, but I did want to touch on a major point that was mentioned. Paul Martiz, President and CEO of VMware, announced that for the first time ever, the number of virtual machines has surpassed the number of physical machines.
This is huge news in the field is systems administration and engineering. This means the tipping point has been reached, where virtualization is no longer just a cutting edge technology, but the norm. Admins and engineers will now be required to know the ins and outs of virtualization and shift from the standard practices of physical environments. The VCP will become, and is becoming, a more common certification, and one they may even be required. The impact of this though, is that admins and engineers will require more training and knowledge than ever before, because while physical servers just require systems to be racked and OSes installed, virtual environemnts require knowledge and planning of storage, networking and scalability and capacity planning.
All and all, this is a good thing and I for one and glad to see this technology that we all enjoy thriving so well. I hope to continue to see if and maybe even by 2012, see the numbers be 75%/25% for virtual to physical systems.
It’s that time again where we are all scrambling to justify to our companies to send us to VMworlds 2010. This year, VMware has taken the time to do the dirty work for you, creating a justification letter template for you to quickly fill out and shoot to your manager, which will hopefully gain you approval to attend.
So for those of you not lucky enough to win a Free Pass to VMworld courtesy of Jason Boche and friends, you can snag the letter template from VMware HERE. I have submitted mine, and pending approval from my management, I hope to see you all there.