Jul 032015
 

Watch and promote this short overview video that's been localized in multiple languages (DE, FR, IT, SP, & RU). EVO RAIL is the first 100% VMware powered hyper converged Infrastructure Appliance, delivering speed, reliability, efficiency, and simplicity.

Jul 032015
 
We are pleased to announce the availability of Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 6.0. This is a book designed to help system administrators obtain the best performance from vSphere 6.0 deployments. The book addresses many of the new features in vSphere 6.0 from a performance perspective. These include: A new version of vSphere Network […]]> We are pleased to announce the availability of Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 6.0. This is a book designed to help system administrators obtain the best performance from vSphere 6.0 deployments.

The book addresses many of the new features in vSphere 6.0 from a performance perspective. These include:

  • A new version of vSphere Network I/O Control
  • A new host-wide performance tuning feature
  • A new version of VMware Fault Tolerance (now supporting multi-vCPU virtual machines)
  • The new vSphere Content Library feature

We've also updated and expanded on many of the topics in the book. These include:

  • VMware vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) features
  • Network hardware considerations
  • Changes in ESXi host power management
  • Changes in ESXi transparent memory sharing
  • Using Receive Side Scaling (RSS) in virtual machines
  • Virtual NUMA (vNUMA) configuration
  • Network performance in guest operating systems
  • vSphere Web Client performance
  • VMware vMotion and Storage vMotion performance
  • VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and Distributed Power Management (DPM) performance

The book can be found here http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/VMware-PerfBest-Practices-vSphere6-0.pdf.

 

 

 

Jul 032015
 
We are pleased to announce the availability of Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 6.0. This is a book designed to help system administrators obtain the best performance from vSphere 6.0 deployments. The book addresses many of the new features in vSphere 6.0 from a performance perspective. These include: A new version of vSphere Network […]]> We are pleased to announce the availability of Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 6.0. This is a book designed to help system administrators obtain the best performance from vSphere 6.0 deployments.

The book addresses many of the new features in vSphere 6.0 from a performance perspective. These include:

  • A new version of vSphere Network I/O Control
  • A new host-wide performance tuning feature
  • A new version of VMware Fault Tolerance (now supporting multi-vCPU virtual machines)
  • The new vSphere Content Library feature

We've also updated and expanded on many of the topics in the book. These include:

  • VMware vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) features
  • Network hardware considerations
  • Changes in ESXi host power management
  • Changes in ESXi transparent memory sharing
  • Using Receive Side Scaling (RSS) in virtual machines
  • Virtual NUMA (vNUMA) configuration
  • Network performance in guest operating systems
  • vSphere Web Client performance
  • VMware vMotion and Storage vMotion performance
  • VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and Distributed Power Management (DPM) performance

The book can be found here http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/VMware-PerfBest-Practices-vSphere6-0.pdf.

 

 

 

Jul 032015
 
VMware is proud to be a 2015 Summer Immersion Program Partner to Girls Who Code – an organization that works to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program at VMware is a four-week intensive computer science course that embeds a classroom […]]> http://blogs.vmware.com/tribalknowledge/2015/07/submit-your-questions-girls-who-code.html/feed 0 The "One Cloud, Any App, Any Device" Vision: An Interview with VMware’s Robin Matlock http://blogs.vmware.com/tribalknowledge/2015/06/the-one-cloud-vision.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-one-cloud-vision http://blogs.vmware.com/tribalknowledge/2015/06/the-one-cloud-vision.html#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:28:30 +0000
Jul 032015
 
VMware is proud to be a 2015 Summer Immersion Program Partner to Girls Who Code – an organization that works to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program at VMware is a four-week intensive computer science course that embeds a classroom […]]> http://blogs.vmware.com/tribalknowledge/2015/07/submit-your-questions-girls-who-code.html/feed 0 The "One Cloud, Any App, Any Device" Vision: An Interview with VMware’s Robin Matlock http://blogs.vmware.com/tribalknowledge/2015/06/the-one-cloud-vision.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-one-cloud-vision http://blogs.vmware.com/tribalknowledge/2015/06/the-one-cloud-vision.html#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:28:30 +0000
Jul 032015
 
By Yaniv Weinberg, R&D Manager, VMware Mirage Product Engineering Explore with us how a large U.S. public-sector organization, with more than 10,000 endpoints spread across 400 low-bandwidth connectivity sites, used Mirage to meet the following challenges: Migrate the more than 10,000 Windows XP endpoints to Windows 7 by April 2014, when Microsoft standard support expired. […]]> By Yaniv Weinberg, R&D Manager, VMware Mirage Product Engineering

Explore with us how a large U.S. public-sector organization, with more than 10,000 endpoints spread across 400 low-bandwidth connectivity sites, used Mirage to meet the following challenges:

  • Migrate the more than 10,000 Windows XP endpoints to Windows 7 by April 2014, when Microsoft standard support expired. The cost of extended support for Windows XP was estimated to be around $200 per endpoint, or $2,000,000 per year.
  • Quickly provision 2000 endpoints in a hardware-refresh life cycle.
  • Reduce IT travel costs to support the 400 sites locally, and be able to provide similar services remotely.

The recenttechnicalwhite paper VMware Mirage Implementation Case Study for a Large, Public-Sector Organization is intended to help customers, IT architects, consultants, and administrators involved in the early phases of planning, designing, and deploying Mirage-based solutions. It provides an example of a successful architecture and deployment method.

High-Level Mirage Architecture

AMirage cluster with seven Mirage servers and a single Mirage Management server was installed in the organization’s data center, with F5 as the load-balancing solution to distribute the large number of endpoint connections to the Mirage servers. Branch reflectors were deployedin remote offices to reducedramatically the WAN network bandwidth consumption—this reduction was accomplished by downloading base layers and app layers only once to the branch reflector on each site. Four Microsoft Windows file servers, with a total of 8 TB, provided the storage solution for backup of 400 endpoints for disaster recoveryandforMirage base layers and app layers. A single base layer was applied to twelve different types of HP desktops and laptops by using the Mirage driverlibrary.Specific applications fordepartmentalusage were deployed by using application layers.

A PXE solution was installed to provide bare-metal provisioning capabilities to install the 2000 endpoints needing a hardware refresh in only three weeks. Mirage 5.3 and later versions include this bare-metal provisioning solution as part of the product.

Want to learn more? Review the full white paper:

VMware Mirage Implementation Case Study for a Large, Public-Sector Organization

Jul 032015
 
By Yaniv Weinberg, R&D Manager, VMware Mirage Product Engineering Explore with us how a large U.S. public-sector organization, with more than 10,000 endpoints spread across 400 low-bandwidth connectivity sites, used Mirage to meet the following challenges: Migrate the more than 10,000 Windows XP endpoints to Windows 7 by April 2014, when Microsoft standard support expired. […]]> By Yaniv Weinberg, R&D Manager, VMware Mirage Product Engineering

Explore with us how a large U.S. public-sector organization, with more than 10,000 endpoints spread across 400 low-bandwidth connectivity sites, used Mirage to meet the following challenges:

  • Migrate the more than 10,000 Windows XP endpoints to Windows 7 by April 2014, when Microsoft standard support expired. The cost of extended support for Windows XP was estimated to be around $200 per endpoint, or $2,000,000 per year.
  • Quickly provision 2000 endpoints in a hardware-refresh life cycle.
  • Reduce IT travel costs to support the 400 sites locally, and be able to provide similar services remotely.

The recenttechnicalwhite paper VMware Mirage Implementation Case Study for a Large, Public-Sector Organization is intended to help customers, IT architects, consultants, and administrators involved in the early phases of planning, designing, and deploying Mirage-based solutions. It provides an example of a successful architecture and deployment method.

High-Level Mirage Architecture

AMirage cluster with seven Mirage servers and a single Mirage Management server was installed in the organization’s data center, with F5 as the load-balancing solution to distribute the large number of endpoint connections to the Mirage servers. Branch reflectors were deployedin remote offices to reducedramatically the WAN network bandwidth consumption—this reduction was accomplished by downloading base layers and app layers only once to the branch reflector on each site. Four Microsoft Windows file servers, with a total of 8 TB, provided the storage solution for backup of 400 endpoints for disaster recoveryandforMirage base layers and app layers. A single base layer was applied to twelve different types of HP desktops and laptops by using the Mirage driverlibrary.Specific applications fordepartmentalusage were deployed by using application layers.

A PXE solution was installed to provide bare-metal provisioning capabilities to install the 2000 endpoints needing a hardware refresh in only three weeks. Mirage 5.3 and later versions include this bare-metal provisioning solution as part of the product.

Want to learn more? Review the full white paper:

VMware Mirage Implementation Case Study for a Large, Public-Sector Organization

Jul 022015
 

Continuing on with our current series of KBTV Webinars, here we have the eleventh webinar titledHow to connect your Datacentre to vCloud Air over IPsec VPN.

Note: This video is roughly 46 minutes in duration so it would be advisable to block out some time in order watch it fully.

Jul 022015
 

Join our webcast Tuesday, July 7th at 9AM PST to see what's new in PowerCLI 6.0 R1 and why this matters to you! Registration is free, just click on the following link to register:https://vmware.webex.com/vmware/onstage/g.php?d=925268304&t=a

I look forward to seeing you there!

Jul 022015
 

Join our webcast Tuesday, July 7th at 9AM PST to see what's new in PowerCLI 6.0 R1 and why this matters to you! Registration is free, just click on the following link to register:https://vmware.webex.com/vmware/onstage/g.php?d=925268304&t=a

I look forward to seeing you there!

Jul 022015
 
I found a great blog from our friends at Blue Medora on custom reports in vRealize Operations. Definitely worth a read: By Mike Langdon:Last month,VMware’s Cloud Management blog postshowed you how to integrate discrete management packs with custom dashboards. Another key tool in the vRealize Operations utility belt is the reports system. While the core […]]> http://blogs.vmware.com/management/2015/07/true-visibility-custom-reports-vrealize-operations-great-blog.html/feed 0 VMware Log Insight 2.5 design and deployment project: A Guest Blog http://blogs.vmware.com/management/2015/07/vmware-log-insight-2-5-design-deployment-project-guest-blog.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vmware-log-insight-2-5-design-deployment-project-guest-blog http://blogs.vmware.com/management/2015/07/vmware-log-insight-2-5-design-deployment-project-guest-blog.html#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:00:01 +0000
Jul 022015
 
I found a great blog from our friends at Blue Medora on custom reports in vRealize Operations. Definitely worth a read: By Mike Langdon:Last month,VMware’s Cloud Management blog postshowed you how to integrate discrete management packs with custom dashboards. Another key tool in the vRealize Operations utility belt is the reports system. While the core […]]> http://blogs.vmware.com/management/2015/07/true-visibility-custom-reports-vrealize-operations-great-blog.html/feed 0 VMware Log Insight 2.5 design and deployment project: A Guest Blog http://blogs.vmware.com/management/2015/07/vmware-log-insight-2-5-design-deployment-project-guest-blog.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vmware-log-insight-2-5-design-deployment-project-guest-blog http://blogs.vmware.com/management/2015/07/vmware-log-insight-2-5-design-deployment-project-guest-blog.html#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:00:01 +0000
Jul 022015
 
AirWatch Connect Atlanta is back for the fourth year this Sept. 21-24. In addition to thought-provoking keynotes and engaging discussions with the industry’s top minds, AirWatch Connect will feature a variety of specialized workshops that will help attendees learn the details on the topics that interest them most. AirWatch experts will lead workshops that feature […]]> http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/07/design-your-airwatch-connect-experience-with-workshops/feed/ 0 Limitless Learning & School 2.0: Are we there yet? A recap of ISTE 2015 http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/07/limitless-learning-school-2-0-yet-recap-iste-2015/ http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/07/limitless-learning-school-2-0-yet-recap-iste-2015/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:08 +0000
Jul 022015
 
AirWatch Connect Atlanta is back for the fourth year this Sept. 21-24. In addition to thought-provoking keynotes and engaging discussions with the industry’s top minds, AirWatch Connect will feature a variety of specialized workshops that will help attendees learn the details on the topics that interest them most. AirWatch experts will lead workshops that feature […]]> http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/07/design-your-airwatch-connect-experience-with-workshops/feed/ 0 Limitless Learning & School 2.0: Are we there yet? A recap of ISTE 2015 http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/07/limitless-learning-school-2-0-yet-recap-iste-2015/ http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/07/limitless-learning-school-2-0-yet-recap-iste-2015/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:08 +0000
Jul 022015
 
Innovation: Overcome Barriers with Value Datacenter architectures are evolving everywhere: new designs leveraging new technologies that cut across the technology silos of our organization structures. The increasing use of software to deliver capabilities allows more rapid adoption through more controlled experiments that lead to more rapid success, proof, and deployment, but we are stalled in […]]> Innovation: Overcome Barriers with Value

Datacenter architectures are evolving everywhere: new designs leveraging new technologies that cut across the technology silos of our organization structures. The increasing use of software to deliver capabilities allows more rapid adoption through more controlled experiments that lead to more rapid success, proof, and deployment, but we are stalled in our efforts to innovate by routine, business as usual, comfort, and fear of changes that affect how things are done and who does them. Value delivered by new solutions merits our full attention, and it is only through value and the measurement thereof that we can choose which technologies to employ.

Innovation is an iterative, constant process executed by people who thrive on improvement, and it raises so many important questions. Who does the experiments and understands the impact of success on various people in technology-specific roles? Where do the tools required to prove the solutions come from? Who must own the evaluation of Software Defined Networking technologies? The Network team? The Virtualization team? Who must evaluate Software Defined Storage? The Storage team? The Virtualization team? If we adopt it, who owns it? Where does additional headcount come from? What if we don’t need as many people?

Impact questions are stifling because they affect people--people we care about, and lots of innovation is actively stalled when individuals and leaders see that they may need new skills, new organization, or worse: not be needed at all. This behavior is understandable, and requires delicate attention, but we must all fight the urge to protect what we did yesterday and continue in the same manner without review. It may be that yesterday’s methods are still the best to solve the problems at hand, but only an evaluation of value can tell us. The inputs to our decisions are constantly changing, and unless we revisit the reasons we chose the current model, we cannot know if it is still the best.

Customer Story: Innovation is Hard

I met with a large healthcare customer recently, an innovator in very many ways: they have invested in automation for reliable provisioning; they have invested in software defined networking to provide agility and scale staff; they are exploring software defined storage to reduce their largest capital expenditure; they are producing software and solutions for sale using a variety of self-service solutions; they are exploring their End User Computing options; and they want to explore microsegmentation because of its impact on their security profile.This is great: they are realizing value from many new solutions and planning to understand the value of more.

The challenges come in operationalizing solutions that cut across the organization to increase adoption of what individual teams have done. Automation was implemented by the Infrastructure team. The software defined networking is being driven by the Networking team and is not integrated into the Infrastructure team’s automation solution. The software development group leverages cloud resources that are provisioned by individuals and exist outside the scope and visibility of the core Infrastructure team.They have not changed their EUC strategy because theie comparisons have used older architectures and associated costs.Conversations about using the Automation solution to provision the resources needed by the development organization stalled over concerns about ownership and headcount. Automation is not available as a self-service resource to enable rapid innovation for people with very short term needs (one-third of all) due to fears of abuse. The integration of Automation and SDN hasn’t happened for many of the same reasons, and there is further question about whether their preferred technology is truly viable given how difficult it has been to implement so far.

This is an innovative customer exploring new technologies with an appetite to adopt them that still struggles with transformation, and they are not alone. We often talk about people, process, and technology as the three elements of transformation. In so many cases and in so many ways, technology is the easy part.

Value is the Metric and the Answer

The way forward must be an objective assessment of value. If the development organization can be made measurably more productive and outweigh the cost of additional investment in Automation, that is the correct decision. If SDN can increase staff scale sufficient to justify the investment in the technology and integration with the Automation platform, then it should be done. If a new EUC architecture can increase Clinical productivity and/or lower the total cost per user over an analysis period, it must be piloted, validated, and selected. Business as Usual has a set of costs. Plans for the near term have known costs. Anything else we evaluate as an alternative must be weighed against those known and expected costs.

For the large customer I mentioned, we are going to partner with them on the analysis of SDN alternatives, see if we have a more valuable alternative. We are going to do a more detailed assessment of their Clinical Environment and EUC infrastructure to determine if our model will deliver better results at lower cost. We are going to evaluate whether we can have a marked impact on development innovation with self-service requests and appropriate resources to support it. We are going to help them show a substantial cost savings and performance improvements using software defined storage. In sum, we’re going to help them model and prove better methods that will lead to a higher functioning infrastructure and increased productivity for those who rely upon it.

These partnerships provide terrific value. For our customers, they provide better decision support resources based on facts and analyses using their data, their cost models, their assumptions. Innovation and the value derived thereby is how IT has leapt to the forefront of competitive differentiation in so many industries and will do for more.

Note: Further discussion in Innovation and Org Structure can be found here.