Day 3 : time to get hands on…

September 2, 2010

Today was different. Instead of spending too much time at sessions, I chose to go to the solutions lab.  Solution lab is a place where you can do hands on learning on various VmWare products and technologies. The entire solutions lab setup is pretty impressive. They have literally thousands of seats. Each seat has two monitors side by side and one WYSE zero client box. You choose a lab and connect to it. Then on one screen you are presented with step by step document for that particular lab and on the other screen, one to many VMs are at your disposal. I ended up working my way through Capacity IQ lab and learned about it’s features and functionality. At the end of the lab, the VMs are disposed off! In the center of the solutions lab there is a big screen showing everyone interesting stats of number of labs being run and total number of VMs in use. Here are some photos of those screens. I plan to go back and do some more solution labs for sure.

Later on I roamed around on the exhibition floor. I really don’t like this part of attending a conference. Every booth that you go to they look at you suspiciously until they are sure that you don’t work for their arch nemesis company. And as it always turns out the booths that interest me most are the ones that don’t really want me there! So it is always a lose-lose situation! So essentially I end up going through the aisles taking mental note of various companies so that I can go back and do some more research on the web!

Towards the end I attended a very good session by Chris Wolf of Gartner. Chris talked about couple of very interesting things. One of them was a concept of “Infrastructure Authority” and Cloud Maturity Model. This is the first cloud maturity model I have seen that makes lot of sense.

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Day 2 : One war ends and another begins…

September 1, 2010

<<opinions expressed in this blog are my own only>>

Day 2 at VmWorld was very exciting. The highlight of the day was the keynote speech by Paul Maritz and Stephen Herrod. The complete recording of the keynote is here.

Paul introduced the concept of IT As A Service and the three layers that he calls the “New Stack”. In the bottom most layer called Cloud Infrastructure & Mgmt is composed of all the building blocks such as vSphere, vCenter, vShield and the latest vCloud Director. vCloud Director is VmWare’s official entry into the cloud management space.

The second layer is what VmWare calls as Cloud Application Platform. This is where their latest acquisitions such as Spring, GemStone and Hyperic play a vital role. This according to VmWare is what new applications of tomorrow need to be built upon!

The top most layer is End User Computing and this is where they have put desktop virtualization VmWare View and even SaaS applications.

It was interesting to see VmWare’s attempt of redefining the space with this “new stack”! VmWare is simultaneousness taking on players from infrastructure (compute, network, storage), middleware (PaaS players, security players) and end user (SaaS, virtual desktop and mobile device management). IMHO, it’s a good strategy however it appears that they are spreading themselves too thin.

After Paul Maritz, Stephen articulated their new strategy very well. I especially liked the way he explained the concept, “Service Catalog in Enterprise” analogous to “App Store for Consumer”. This was very innovative and refreshing.

It almost seems like VmWare wants to distance itself from the commodity markets of virtualization platforms and move up the ladder into our space, management space!

Today VmWare also unveiled their latest acquisitions namely Integrien and TriCipher.

It is a very interesting coincidence that President Obama declared an end of war in Iraq on the same day that VmWare now engages in a fierce, hand to hand combat with new competitors! Life gets interesting…