VMworld 2014 – Day 1

Tuesday in Barcelona is when things really get going. First up on everyone’s schedule is the VMworld keynote. This is one of times when attendees get to hear from Pat Gelsinger (VMware’s CEO) and a number of other presenters and get an overview of the direction in which VMware are going. It’s also when the major product announcements are officially made. Historically, VMworld Europe is usually the time when management product updates are announced (with some of the more infrastructure based updates happening at the US conference). It’s been slightly different this year I suppose since there was no major update to the core vSphere platform, but there was EVO:RAIL. During the keynote, announcements were made about: vRealize Automation 6.2 (formerly vCloud Automation Center) vRealize Operations 6.0 (formerly vCenter Operations Management Suite) vRealize CodeStream (coming soon – looks good!) Another […]

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VMworld 2014 – Partner Day

VMworld Partner Day – I guess you could call it VMworld Day 0, or the “quiet before the storm”. That’s not to say that it’s an easy day mind you. Partner day for me is all about networking. Not the NSX / Cisco variety, but talking with and meeting people. From former colleagues and VMware community members and VMware staff, all the way through to existing and potential partners for my employer, Xtravirt. It’s safe to say that I had some very good conversations. Monday evening was split between two networking events. The first was hosted by TD Azlan at the W hotel and attended by a number of VMware, Atlantis and Nutanix partners. It was a good opportunity to have some quieter conversations away from the hubbub of of the Fira centre. The second event was the PernixData party. Last […]

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vRealize Automation v6.2 Announced

So, vCAC 6.1 was finally announced at VMworld US in August and went GA in early September. Included in that release were some much needed bug fixes and enhancements in a number of key areas: New consumer API Improved partner support with vCO Enhanced integrations with vCloud Suite (specifically ITBM) NSX integration Enhanced Puppet integration Localised Consumer Interface in 12 languages (but crucially not British English!) Bulk import tool User interface configuration Enhanced HA deployment Today at VMworld Europe, VMware have announced that vRealize Automation 6.2 is coming (hopefully in Q4 this year). Besides the obvious name change of the product, this version, coming hot on the heels of 6.1, is intended as a maintenance release to fix a number of bugs. But vRealize 6.2 is also intended to introduce some new functionality to complement recently announced changes to vRealize Operations: Integration […]

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vRealize Operations 6.0 Announced

Today at VMworld Europe, VMware have officially unveiled vRealize Operations 6.0. This rebranding of the vCenter Operations Management Suite not only re-positions the product but it also introduces some much needed enhancements and features. Key amongst those are: New Deployment Model vCOps instances were not very scalable in the past. Once you reached a certain level, you’d be forced to deploy another one i.e. another “Analytics VM” and another “UI VM”. Scaling was achieved purely through the manipulation of hardware resources for the VMs. With vRealize Ops 6.0, the analytics and UI components are combined in a single appliance (or apparently a Linux / Windows installer) that can easily be scaled by introduced another instance to the cluster. The product now includes built-in clustering capabilities, enabling very easy scaling between a small deployment and a much larger one as well as […]

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vRockstar 2014 – In Pictures

The third annual vRockstar party kicked off proceedings for many in Barcelona last night. Once again the Hard Rock Cafe played host to a cluster of geeks prior to VMworld’s Partner Day. Thanks to the sponsors below, a great time was had by all. I got to meet quite a few new people from the VMware community who’ve I’ve followed on Twitter or the VMware forums as well as catching up with quite a few people who I already know quite well. Here’s a few photos from the evening.

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