Day Two…Put a fork in it!

3 09 2009

Well…Day two was very good at VMworld 2009 in San Francisco. I’ve got a few quick hit type thoughts thus far…

The Good:

  • Informative and Valuable Sessions, Breakouts, and Labs
  • Great interaction with Vendors, Peers, and Customers
  • Awesome Information on:
    • Long Distance vMotion
    • vCloud Express (Won’t help my company anytime soon that I can see…but I can feel the potential)
    • Totally Awesome All-In-One Intel Blade System!
    • Really cool technologies demo’d for security, backups, networking, and much more…
  • Great appreciation gatherings
  • VMware Workstation 7 (Awesome! …will elaborate more later)

The BAD:

  • Absolutely HORRENDOUS wireless access…just about everywhere…
  • Really bland, boring, and not very good food
  • Too much emphasis on parts of virtualization that may or may not impact that majority of corporate America in any reasonable timeframe
  • If I hear “cloud” one more time…I’ll puke.
  • Nerds really don’t shower or bathe often enough…I’ll just leave it at that.

But overall a good day. I’ve got some new vids up over on the VMworld 2009 page and I’ll be uploading more great pics and vids later…


Official Day #1 In The Books

1 09 2009

A good day today overall.

The keynote this morning was…interesting. I couldn’t stay for all of it because for some reason they overlapped it with the start of sessions! You’d think they wouldn’t do that.

Thoughts? Well…I really like the vCloud Express offering. I really think that will open up a huge new market for consultants, SMBs, and other smaller businesses…but it’s just not an “Enterprise” interesting feature. Really impressive power consumption numbers from the IBM demo…WOW! Major, major, major props to HP for the super tight integration of HP Insight Management into vCenter… (WHY OH WHY CAN’T DELL OPEN MANAGE DO THAT!!!) Otherwise…just more cloud propaganda and the like. Look…the cloud is important and I think it’s the only logical way that things can continue to progress…but it’s not sure thing that we’ll all be running VMware clouds only…and it is very true that VMware makes some major “lock-in” type moves which would sort of scare me if I were pulling the purse strings…but get real…name me one vendor that doesn’t try to “lock-in” its own customers and I’ll show you their bankruptcy filing.

Break-Out session thoughts???

Vizioncore Analyzation and Automation: Mostly a long commercial…but they’ve got some good products and I learned that they made their vConverter product free…so that was cool. I’ll certainly try it out when I get a chance soon. Can’t be any slower than vCenter Enterprise Converter 🙂

vCenter Mobile Access: My thoughts? WHY IN THE BLEEEEP AREN’T WE USING THIS ALREADY!!!! Another reason, although I hesitate to say it, to get a Blackberry. Not that the experience is any better…quite the contrary…but the setup is easier because your BES busts in through your firewall for you. Almost zero configuration. But really…for a free management tool…what a godsend! There’s almost nothing you couldn’t do through this tool as far as your virtual infrastructure is concerned.

Automated Disaster Recovery for Branch Offices: Pretty cool. They showed the upcoming vSphere SRM product and how you can protect multiple vCenters at a single SRM site. We should really be doing this already. We already have the basic infrastructure in place…all it would take would be a little capital investment…can’t be any worse than the check we write to our DR Host every year.

Hypervisor Competitive Differences: Very interesting and I thought very evenly presented and balanced. Ultimate outcome? VMware is still the clear leader and most ready for Enterprise level implementations…but the others are MUCH closer than ever before. I really think this is going to come down to a religious war in the end. Much like Apple and MS…there is no one that is clearly, certainly, without doubt better than the other, and each will have its own strengths and leanings. It’ll ultimately just be a matter of preference and feel. My money’s still on the leader for now though.

One other quick thing… it’s sickening and frightening the amount of MS plants at the conference and on the twitter feeds. You’d think that MS would be busy…I don’t know…like…maybe trying to fix the products that it already makes? I wonder how they’d react if VMware spent a chunk of money and showed up at WinHEC to show off their “virtual hardware”?

I’ve got lots of good pics and a complete video (in several parts) from the Hypervisor comparison breakout session. I’ll get them up as soon as I can…but for now…I’ve got to find something to eat…

Nice Dinner and Wayyy Too Late

1 09 2009

Well…were do you eat in Downtown San Fran after 10PM? Not many places apparently. While at an impromptu Tweetup…I ran into one of the folks from Trainsignal. If you’re not familiar with them, they produce a wide variety of high quality training materials and programs for all sorts of current technologies. One of these good folks was Gary Eimerman with whom I also ran the VMworld 2009 “Save The Bay” Fun Run at the Golden Gate Bridge earlier in the afternoon. After the tweetup began to clear out several folks noted that they hadn’t eaten dinner and neither had I so the race was on to find where to go. We all eventually ended up at this place called Oola’s. I had a burger, which was pretty good…slightly pricey…but good, and we all shared some good conversation. Always good to speak and meet with people of like minds and techy backgrounds. But seriously…why aren’t there more restaurants open late in San Fran?

Overall, I think the day was good. I got a lot of good information from the VMworld Scripting Lab 12, and somewhat decent information from the vSphere best practices session…but I was very disappointed in how long it took to get into the Self-Paced labs…Unacceptable! I’ve got some more vids and stuff to post up …but I’m beat and it’ll have to wait til tomorrow. I’ve got to get to bed for the keynote in the morning @ 8AM!!!

Another Day…Another Video

1 09 2009

I posted another vid on the VMworld 2009 page. I think it’s funny how they have this video and are proud about reducing deployment and delivery times down to 6 to 8 hours…but I have superiors that think that deployments should only take minutes now! Anyway…this is just a quick post to let everyone know that there is more to come tonight…I’ve got to get down to the Moscone and get on a bus to the Golden Gate for the VMworld 5k! Wish me luck!