Month: August 2014

VMworld 2014 Wrap up and Thoughts

So VMworld 2014 was my sixth VMworld, if I'm counting correctly and was in many respects the best one to date. It had two firsts for me:  my first VMworld as a VCDX and the first time attending as a VMware partner/vendor employee. VMworld 2013 was big for me, as encouraging comments by...

VMworld 2014: SDDC VCDX Panel

Session: INF1736 Jon Kohler (Nutanix), Josh Odgers (Nutanix), Matt Cowger (EMC), Scott Lowe (VMware), Jason Nash (Varrow) This was a very lively session with a panel of five VCDXs from  a variety of companies. I was taking real time notes, so I didn't capture all of comments and some of...

VMworld 2014: Re-imaging VDI for Next-Gen Desktops

Session EUC2551 VDI 1.0 challenges: Storage cost and performance; 3D Graphics; Application management; Provisioning: All adds up to a frustrating experience Broad Goals for Next Gen VDI Efficient use of infrastructure - just in time desktops w/ zero copy architecture - Building at the point of demand Improved flexibility- user...

VMworld 2014: DISA STIG vSphere 5 Deep Dive

Session INF1273 This was a very technical session on how to implement the DISA STIG's (security lockdowns) for DoD/Government customers. Many of the slides contained script snippets that help automate the process. Thus my session notes are very light. If you are a U.S. Government Federal customer that must comply...

VMworld 2014: Ask the expert vBloggers v2

Panel: William Lam, Duncan Epping, Chad Sakac, Scott Lowe Moderator: Rick Scherer This was a pure question driven session, and I tried to capture the questions and response as best I could. Please forgive any grammatical errors or typos. Q: Is there any capability to address any external storage? A:...

VMworld 2014: vCenter Server Architecture Deep Dive

Session INF2311, Justin King vCenter Server Configuration Options: 5.0 - Configuration Option for v5.5 #1: Use simple installer Multiple vCenters for different geographic locations Single SSO authentication domain Configuration for 5.5 #2: Centralized SSO on dedicated VM A datacenter with 3 or more solutions (e.g. vCAC, etc.) Availability uses vSphere...

VMworld 2014: What’s new in SRM & vSphere Replication

Session BCO2629 Software defined storage and availability Bringing the efficient operational model of virtualization to storage Common policy based model VM centric data services Abstraction and pooling of infrastructure vCenter Site Recovery Manager Industry-leading disaster recovery automation solution for vSphere environments Uses array-based replication Use cases include DR, disaster avoidance,...

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