VMworld 2016: Day 1 Keynote

Pat Gelsinger comes on stage (VMware CEO).

In 2006 there were 29 million workloads running on traditional IT. 2% cloud (SalesForce). 160 million workloads in 2016 and 15% are public, 12% are private cloud. 255 million workloads by 2021. By 2030 52% of workloads will be public cloud. New build datacenters are on the decline starting in 2015. In 2016 was the crossover point where companies are using more service providers/clouds than internal datacenters. Internet of Things is taking off and really exploding. As cloud takes root, it expands the investment in IT. As the cloud becomes cheaper, the more companies will use it.

Cloud users:

#10 construction

#9 professional services

#8 securities and investments

#1 Technology vendor

Traditional IT is doomed to fail.

80% of all x86 workloads are virtualized today. VMware does not do non-x86 Unix and mainframe workloads.

Introducing the cross-cloud architecture. Any cloud, any device, with a common environment. Cross-cloud “services” and cross-cloud “foundation”.

SVP IBM: Robert L. Now have 500 clients on their public cloud offering. 8-10 weeks to stand up software datacenter with old technology, can now be done in hours using the IBM cloud. Companies such as Marriott and Finnair are using the IBM cloud.

Cross-cloud services: Allows you to manage and secure apps across your private and public clouds. Included vSphere and non-vSphere clouds. Set of SaaS services that lets you manage cross-cloud.

Freedom of control in private cloud, AWS, Azure, Google. Even in the age of mega clouds, you still need an IT department.

Shows a early demo of the cross-cloud services SaaS. Shows private cloud, Azure, AWS and Google clouds. They enable full network encryption on the public cloud between app tiers with just a few clicks. Microsegmentation is also just a few clicks away.

Michael Dell takes the stage. He talks with Pat about the cross-cloud platform, VXRail, Tremendous growth in converged and hyper-converged solutions.


VMworld 2015: Day 2 keynote

Sanjay Poonen (VMware, EUC)

  • We live in a fantastic world transformed by smart phones
  • VMware is laser focused on EUC. Any application any device.
  • Consumer grade interfaces with enterprise security
  • According to IDC VMware leapfrogged Citrix for EUC
  • AirWatch is a market share leader
  • Jim Alkove from Microsoft comes on stage.
  • Jim talks about the security of Windows 10. Sanjay talks about device management built into Windows 10.
  • Windows 10 is designed to be easily managed..including by AirWatch.
  • VMware Workspace management. Shows Windows 10 joining a Work network and being managed by AirWatch.
  • AirWatch and AppVolumes have been integrated with each other. AppVolumes supports physical devices.
  • Single Sign on with AirWatch with lots of mobile apps (50-100 top apps like DocuSign)
  • Shows a demo of NSX and AirWatch integration. Easily allow/deny apps to access server resources. Micro-segmentation.

Sr. VP & GM Networking Martin Casado

  • The application has evolved into a network
  • Infrastructure has evolved into a software platform
  • NSX 6.2 supports Hytrust integration. NSX 6.2 was announced this week and is a huge release.
  • Three big drivers: Security, Automation, application continuity
  • VMware talks about network encryption.
  • Net security challenge: running trusted services on untrusted physical infrastructure
  • Distributed network encryption with NSX
  • Data-at-rest encryption (VMDKs)

Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO

  • In Q3 2019, half of the world’s population will be on the internet
  • 87% connected in North America
  • In 2015 people average 3 connected devices, but will average almost 6 in 2020
  • iOS app revenue exceeds the entire film industry
  • Unified hybrid cloud is the future
  • Protecting people, apps and data
  • Virtualization enabled 2x the security at half the cost
  • Rule #1 for the cloud: automate everything
  • Half of the tech 100 list will disappear

VMworld 2015: Monday Keynote

VMware President Carl Eschenbach

  • Record attendance at VMworld. More than 23,000
  • 20 people have been to all 20 VMworlds (21 including Carl)
  • Theme: Ready for Any
  • Challenges: Innovation, productivity, security, cost, agility
  • Run – Run a true hybrid cloud platform
  • Built – Build and embrace containers
  • Deliver – Any app on any device with industry leading EUC
  • Secure – Ready to accelerate from datacenter to device
  • One Cloud – Seamless integration between private and public cloud(s)
  • Unified hybrid cloud – Value to IT and customer. Automate delivery of apps.
  • Any time anywhere any device for your apps
  • VMware brings on DirecTV CIO on stage to talk about their hybrid cloud
  • DirecTV uses NSX for network virtualization


  • Disaster Recovery
  • SRM will be a cloud offering
  • Deploying mobile apps can be complicated
  • Mobile back end as a service
  • Rapid evolution in how you deploy applications (hybrid apps)

Raghu Raghuram

  • The rise of the hybrid application (cloud + on-prem)
  • Unified hybrid cloud is the way of the future
  • Areas of investment: Simplify the hybrid cloud with the SDDC; Reach millions of users

Yanbing Li

  • Announcing: EVO SDDC
  • Built on a scale out architecture
  • Zero to SDDC in 2 hours
  • vRealize Suite, NSX 6.2, VSAN 6.1
  • Scale out: 1K VMs, 2K VDI, 2M IOPS per rack
  • New concept: workload domain
  • VMware announces hybrid network services
  • Demos vMotion from on-prem to vCloud air with zero downtime

Virtustream CEO comes on stage

  • Enterprise cloud service
  • Micro VM is 200 MHz, 768MB RAM, 40 IOPS, 2 Mb/s bandwidth
  • Performance, automation, security

Ray O’Ferrel and Kit Colbert

  • Why containers?
  • Challenges with containers: IT has partial visibility into containers and limited security
  • vSphere integrated containers announcement
  • Shows a demo
  • Uses resource pools under the covers
  • Shows all containers in the vSphere web client
  • One container per VM. Photon OS: 25MB footprint, instant clone, jeVM
  • VMware photon platform: API first, DevOps type of design. Built and optimized for cloud native apps.


VMworld 2014: Day 2 Keynote

Today is day two of VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, and to kick off the day is another keynote. Today should be a bit more technical in nature, if they follow the patterns from past years.

First up today is Ben Fathi, office of the CTO of VMware

  • Starts off by recapping all of the announcements made in yesterday’s keynote
  • Today’s reality is that IT is stuck in silos.
  • The power of “&” – Traditional apps and cloud aware apps (run on-prem or in the cloud)
  • The software defined datacenter is a blueprint, and the vCloud suite is a manifestation of SDDC
  • Private cloud, plus hybrid cloud, plus public cloud – The power of “&”

Sanjay Poonen, from the EUC division comes on stage

  • World of end-users and IT is changing
  • Users, Apps, Data
  • End-user computing vision in a mobile-cloud era
  • Secure virtual desktops at the speed of life
  • Three towers: Desktop, mobile, content
  • Leading the desktop industry: Horizon has unified desktops and app delivery; Desktop-as-a-service with Desktone; CloudVolumes for real-time app delivery; Rich user experience with 3D graphics delivered in the mobile cloud area (NVidia partner)
  • Shows a video with lots of 3D graphics and animations
  • Talks about a new Chromebook with an NVidia GPU
  • Leading the industry with enterprise mobility management via the AirWatch acquisition

Kevin Ichhpuran from SAP comes on stage

  • SAP and VMware partner for a mobile environment
  • Pre-integrated solutions lowers TCO and faster integration time

Sanjay comes back on stage

  • Industry leading innovation in content-collaboration
  • Anywhere, anytime access
  • Hybrid development

Kit Colbert, EUC CTO comes on stage

  • Mobile cloud architecture
  • Device are essentially stateless
  • Starts to talk about healthcare industry. Talks about a scenario of the day in the life of a doctor.
  • Shows off Horizon View with healthcare apps from his Mac. The Dr. then transitions to an iPAD and opens up his apps in the same state, with no separate login.
  • In the patient room he badges in and via Horizon he opens high resolution data from a thin client
  • Kit then shows off Airwatch, and how it can enforce device compliance and sharing patient data
  • Talks about “content locker” and shows how doctors from different hospitals can secure share data an collaborate
  • Talks about the simplify of AirWatch to provision apps to mobile devices
  • Kit shows off a demo of CloudVolumes and instantly delivers apps to desktops, like PowerPoint
  • Virtual desktop setup process is time consuming. Project Fargo enables 30x faster desktop provisioning
  • Shows project Fargo to clone a desktop in a second, and uses CloudVolumes to provision apps instantly
  • Just-in-time desktops
  • Unified experience, any device anywhere
  • Customers driving industry change

Raghu Raghuram, EVP software defined datacenter

  • You are team SDDC
  • Software-defined datacenter momentum
  • NSX is now GA – 150+ customers
  • Management: vRealize Suite #1 in cloud management
  • Delivering the power of “&” to the datacenter
  • One destination, three approaches: Build your own, Converged Infrastructure, Hyper-converged infrastructure
  • Hyperconverged systems dramatically simplifies the datacenter deployment model
  • EVO enables deployments in 15 minutes
  • Faster-time-to-value. Up to 15,000 exchange mailboxes in one 2U appliance
  • EVO uses VSAN so no external storage is needed
  • Grows up to four EVO rail units, for 16 node cluster
  • Web-based UI
  • You can still use vCenter, but EVO has its own simplified UI
  • Pre-configured with log insight
  • EVO rack is the second offering: vCloud Suite, Virtual SAN, and NSX with switches
  • EVO rack deployment is less than 2 hours for a complete rack
  • VMware integrated OpenStack is now in beta
  • “The best way to run OpenStack is on top of VMware”
  • vCenter integrated OpenStack
  • OpenStack on VMware will be fully supported by VMware
  • Traditional applications for the majority of the datacenter
  • vSphere innovations in vSphere 6.0 beta: Fault Tolerance is expanded to 4 vCPUs; cross-vCenter vMotion;
  • The power of Docker is the ability to move apps from the desktop, to servers to the cloud
  • VMware stated Docker will not replace virtualization. Docker runs best on VMware
  • “Containers without compromise” when using VMware
  • SDDC is one platform for any application – Use VMware or OpenStack APIs or CloudFoundry or OpenContainer API
  • vRealize Suite – Cloud automation, cloud operations, cloud business
  • Cloud Automation as a service beta on vCloud air
  • Significantly increased the performance of the Sphere web client in v6.0
  • NSX enables micro-segmentation in the datacenter
  • Controlled communications paths with 3rd party context – L4 to L7 for AV and IDS/IPS







VMworld 2013: General Session Day 2

Today is the second full day of VMworld 2013, and the second keynote of the week. To start off the 0900 keynote Carl Eschenbach took the stage. A few minutes into the presentation they bring out Kit Colbert, a VMware engineer.


  • Business relies on IT
  • Focus on innovation
  • Increasing velocity in IT
  • Deliver IT-as-a-Service – Bringing to life at VMworld 2013

Three Imperatives

  • Must virtualize all of IT
  • IT management gives way to automation
  • Compatible hybrid cloud will be ubiquitous

Architectural Foundation – Software defined Datacenter (SDDC)

vCloud Automation Center

  • IT-as-a-Service
  • Service Catalog for multiple types of services
  • Hybrid cloud support
  • Breaks down costs for an app into OS licensing cost, labor, etc.
  • Shows the ability to configure autoscale for an application
  • Rolls up application health into the portal
  • Application owner can self-service and provision applications either on-prem or in the cloud

vCloud Application Director

  • Creates an execution plan that understand dependencies of VMs
  • Integrates with existing automation tools like Puppet
  • Provisions a multi-tier application
  • This is no a vApp – it’s a full application deployment solution
  • Takes care of infrastructure configuration
  • Decouples the application from the infrastructure configuration

Networking with NSX

  • L2 switching, L3 routing, firewall, load balancing is built-in
  • When provisioning an app, it deploys L2-L7 services along with it
  • Moving the switching intelligence to the hypervisor
  • Routes on exiting physical network without changes
  • Moves routing into the hypervisor – no more hair pinning for VMs talking to each other on different subnets
  • Router is no longer a choke point on the network
  • Up to 70% of traffic in a datacenter is between VMs
  • Moves firewall intelligence into the hypervisor – Can enforce security at the VM layer
  • Ability provision networking config in minutes
  • Showed off vMotioning a VM to a NSX switch with zero downtime

NSX Delivers

  • Speed and efficiency
  • Same operating model as compute virtualization
  • Extends value of existing network infrastructure


  • Allows you to attach a storage performance policy to a VM and it follows the VM across datastores
  • Enables you to dynamically extend VSAN datastore space without downtime
  • Ability to define a policy that requires 2 copies of VM data, for example
  • Auto re-builds any failed disks, seamlessly, and without the VM aware a failure occurred

IT Management

  • Introducing policy based automation
  • Shows off vCloud Director with auto-scaling out configured and automated
  • Proactive response
  • Intelligent analytics
  • Visibility into application heath for the app owner
  • vCOPS can pull in data from partners (HP, NetApp, EMC, etc.) and make intelligent recommendations for performance remediation

Big Data Analytics

  • VMware is shipping Log Insight for IT analytics
  • Log Insight can sift through millions and millions of data points

Hybrid Cloud

  • vSphere Web Client 5.5 has a button for the VMware Public Cloud
  • Seamless view into vCloud Hybrid Service (e.g. looking at VM templates)

TechEd 2013: Day 1 Keynote Session

Today is officially the first day of Microsoft TechEd 2013, and to kick off the day is the keynote session. Brand Anderson, from Microsoft started us off. Themes:

  • Users and devices want great apps
  • Major updates to nearly all Microsoft datacenter products

What’s new in Windows

  • Ian McDonald, from Windows Core Group
  • Windows Azure is running nearly all Windows Server 2012
  • Windows 8.1 will be released this year – free upgrade for Windows 8. Preview bits available June 26th.
  • Start screen control on Win8.1: Export start screen config to XML file via PowerShell, then use GPO to deploy XML file to computers.
  • Windows 8.1 industry edition (from the embedded line) will provide the ability to restrict start screen and MS app store access to only certain apps.
  • Windows 8.1 will have built-in “mirror cast”. Uses ScreenBeam for conference room/presentations for PowerPoint.
  • Passive NFC tag on wifi printer, and Windows tablet will read the NFC tag and automatically pair.
  • Windows 8.1 will simplify WiFi connectivity and tethering.
  • Windows apps will now support micro VPN. An app can create its own VPN and can use virtual smart card.
  • Windows 8 is the first MS OS to fully deliver on the trustworthy computing effort started 10 years ago.
  • Security is a huge focus on Windows 8.1
  • 2560 x 1440 Toshiba ultrabook with Windows 8 demod

Empower People-Centric IT

  • 1.2 billion smart devices sold around the world in the last 12 months
  • BYOD is a “right” to many employees
  • Empower your end users, unify your environment, help protect your data
  • Cloud optimized Windows Azure Active Directory
  • 265 billions authentications against Azure AD so far. 9K requests a second.
  • 420,000 unique domains in Azure AD
  • With Windows InTune if devices are on the internet, you can fully manage them via the cloud
  • 35,000 unqiue tenants using Azure InTune

Announcements – Windows Server 2012 R2

  • Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and Windows InTune updates
  • Microsoft is now releasing “cloud first” products and a rapid candence in new products
  • Windows Server 2012 R2: Workplace join their devices to active directory. Device is also authenticated, so IT is aware of the devices and can deny access (to services such as SharePoint).
  • Leverages Windows Azure authentication for “workplace join”
  • Dual factor authentication – Supports phone factor (calls the user to sign in via their phone)
  • Able to turn on IT management of a BYOD devices. Device is registered with Azure AD and InTune services.
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 “Work folders” to enable users to access their files across all devices.
  • “Leave your work place” and turn off management to remove your BYOD from the corp network. De-installs corp apps and removes data. Selective wipe.

Modern Applications

  • Time to Market, Revolutionary technology, organizational readiness
  • Azure and Visual store core concepts: Rapid lifecycle, multi-device, any data, any size, secure and available
  • Azure is now expanding with a datacenter in mainland China
  • EasyJet is now changing to allocated seating, vice open seating. Major IT changes and leveraged Azure instead of their reservation system. Browser blends Azure services and their own site.
  • Web page makes AJAX request to Azure and one panel on their page shows aircraft seating, rules, etc. Azure sends events to their on-site web page regarding seat selection.
  • EasyJet fills 10 planes a minute in their January server and they easily scale up the Azure services to handle the load.
  • Scott Guthrie – Azure VP. Announcing Azure dev/test features.
  • No charge for stopped VMs! Per-minute billing instead of per-hour billing. Pro-rated billing.
  • MSDN subscribers get discounted Azure rates for dev/test. Up to 97% discount on standard rates.
  • MSDN subscription with upto $150 of monthly credits. Pro $50, Premium $100, ultimate $150
  • Azure management portal updated to show hours/credits for MSDN and how much is left, with burndown chart.
  • Goto www.windowsazure.com and activate your MSDN offer
  • Visual Studio is now using a continous update model. Visual Studio 2013 and team foundation server 2013 will come out this year. Preview version on June 26th at Build conference.
  • Announced “cloud load testing” lets you load test your app from the cloud
  • “Heads up display” in Visual Studio 2013
  • InRelease acquired by Microsoft to help you scale release processes
  • In 5 years we will have 10x the data we have now
  • 85% of generated data is created by new devices (sensors, RFID, etc.)

SQL Server 2014 Announced

  • Big Data – GPS telemetry from consumers
  • Real-time data analysis; in memory processing
  • Find, combine, manage, analyze, refine, take action and operationalize at scale
  • From Data to insight. Must be easy, powerful, complete
  • Excel “data explorer” feature. Powerful data analysis with Azure hooks
  • Hybrid backup to Azure
  • Transaction processing in-memory
  • Building transaction data processing right into the database engine and in-meory, not a separate product
  • Near realtime data processing capability using in-memory
  • Excel project Geoflow – In preview. Maps excel data right onto a map in real time

Transform the Datacenter

  • Cloud options on demand, reduced cost and complexity, rapid response to the business
  • Datacenter without boundaries, cloud innovation everywhere, dynamic application delivery
  • Windows Azure runs entirely on Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 announced
  • R2 releases focus on Azure lesson learned and bake it into the product
  • Designed for the cloud, but delivering to the customer
  • Consistency across clouds (on-premises, Windows Azure, service provider)
  • Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server 2012 R2
  • High density web servers (5K web sites on a single server)
  • Self-service Azure portal brought to your datacenter
  • Azure density and scale delivered internally with System Center and WS2012 R2
  • VM provisioning workflows (standardize and automate provisioning)
  • Able to scope provisionion options per-user
  • Hyper-V Live migrate across different versions of Windows server
  • “Cloud innovation everywhere” demo by Jeff Woosley
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 – Dramatic performance and scale improvements. Automated block-level data tiering.
  • 16x performance improvement in IOPS and data tiering
  • Windows Server 2012 R2: Deduped running Hyper-V VMs and provide BETTER performance
  • VMs booting on de-duped storage boot more than 2x faster than non-deduped
  • Live Migration with no-shared storage performance improvements in WS2012 R2 – Live Migration compression for much faster migrations
  • RDMA support for live migration and SMB direct – super fast Live Migrations
  • Hyper-V recovery manager – Multi-site recovery and runs on Azure
  • Supports planned and unplanned DR site orchestration (runbook in the cloud)