Tag: VMworld

This session was decent and few people can complain about its lack of technical detail. Rather, the struggle here was against losing the forest for the trees. Perhaps a winning strategy could have been starting with the demo at the end and using it as the use case from which to explain each component and contrast old methods vs. new features.

The latest versions of SRM 6.1, vSphere 6, and NSX 6.2 (as well as SRM Air) bring incredible new capabilities to disaster recovery and orchestrated failover plans. It’s definitely at a point worth engaging a trusted VMware partner who can understand your specific environment and then architect one or more solution sets using the many VMware options, as well as 3rd-party products.

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I came into this session looking for exactly what the title was claiming–a practical path to NSX–which would help me to identify a practical reason for it. Using that as the bar for judgment, I would say that the speakers succeeded, with some qualifications.

The most valuable “proof” of success was the initial demo that isolated Windows Server 2003 guests by grouping them and applying a security policy, rather than the non-NSX alternative of re-IP’ing in a separate VLAN and firewalling that way. It was clean and if it was my use case, I’d vote for NSX as the way.

The next demo bridged server/rack pods and attempted to prove similar simplicity, but fell short. Sure, the engineer clicked and typed very quickly such that he accomplished his objective in <4 minutes, but that speed implied a lot of knowledge and training on implementing NSX. That’s not the same as being easy. That’s partly okay, because everything isn’t easy. They would have been better to state that.

My personal takeaway was the value of NSX as applied to forming a seamless L2 or L3 network out of multiple data centers. That’s a use case I can take to the bank. Considering the unstated cost of NSX, I think a bank may indeed be an integral step :). Anyways, this was a session worth attending, or if you’re reading this later, a session worth watching online. Enjoy.

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The VMworld opening keynote or general session has always been the hallmark and rally cry of the conference that I consider the benchmark for all other tech conferences. In fact, if you look back to my take on HP’s Discover 2015 event (and the organization as a whole), you’ll find these words used to qualify what fell short there in Vegas. It’s with that historical context that I apply these words back to VMware and VMworld 2015.

The thesis for this week simply fell flat. It lacked cohesion, passion, and tangible takeaways. I felt bad for Virtustream, which was tagged onto the end of the 1 hour 45 minute session, because a large portion of the room had already left, and the topic flip-flopped back to infrastructure again, after a long stint on DevOps.

Where was the passion of Paul Maritz or Pat Gelsinger? I know, there’s still tomorrow’s session, but this was the kick off, the inspiration, the charge. Ready For Any? Not this morning.

What follows are some polished notes made during the session. LTE was saturated to death and WiFi was non-existent, so posting and editing live wasn’t possible. That, too, was sad and felt like a missed opportunity for one of the many VMware partners who could have put their stamp on a rock-solid wireless infrastructure that for once didn’t disappoint the 23,000 attendees. It’s hard; I understand. But is it truly impossible?

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Conferences are opportunities to step away from the trenches and daily grind of the office and into a temporal new world of ideas, strangers and often stranger concepts, and considerations…

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VMworld Summary:

  • Need to prioritize delivery of applications to the users
  • Break down the rigidity of infrastructure to become adaptable
  • Success comes through being thoughtful, decisive, and bold

Today’s Silos:

  • Traditional vs cloud
  • IT vs Dev
  • On-premise vs Off-premise
  • Safe/secure/compliant vs instant/elastic/self-service
  • Own assets vs leverage others’ assets (example: Uber)


  • SDDC
    • Virtualize everything you can
    • Compute: vSphere
    • Network: NSX
    • Storage: VSAN & vVol
    • Mgmt: vRealize
  • Hybrid-cloud
  • EUC

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