Healthcare IT sessions at VMworld

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Healthcare IT sessions at VMworld

Healthcare industry participants: see the list below of all the healthcare-related sessions at VMworld. It’s a big conference with a plethora of rich technical content – and some of these sessions are not as easy to find as they should be. Search on the following titles or session ID numbers on the VMworld Schedule Builder for more information and to add these sessions to your schedule.

Tuesday
10:00 a.m.: DV2672 Cerner Millennium deployed in a VMware View environment
10:00 a.m. TA2646 Creative Solutions: How Florida Hospital virtualized AIX and Mastered SAN Replication for DR
6:00 p.m.: EA1820 Virtualizing Critical Healthcare Applications

Wednesday
10:00 a.m. DV1667 Norton Healthcare Desktop
11:30 a.m. DV1788 The 4 C’s of Desktop Virtualization for Healthcare: Costs, Clients, Continuity, and Compliance
3:00 p.m. VM5420 Using Lab Manager in a Regulated Healthcare Environment

Thursday
9:30 a.m.VM2648 Managing Compliance in Virtual Environments
11:30 a.m. DV2782 Application and Desktop Virtualization
1:30 p.m. EA3940 Cerner Millennium Scalability when deployed on VMware vSphere and Intel Nehalem

To keep up with VMware-related news for healthcare IT, follow VMwareHIT on Twitter, hosted by Frank Nydam and other members of the VMware healthcare team.

Here’s to a productive, fun VMworld conference for all –
VMware’s Healthcare Team

      
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Clustering vCenter Server 4.0 Using Microsoft Cluster Services

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Clustering vCenter Server 4.0 Using Microsoft Cluster Services

Here’s a great resource to keep in mind as you’re planning your vSphere 4.0 deployment: “Reference Implementation: Clustering vCenter Server 4.0 Using Microsoft Cluster Services”. The tech note provides detailed steps for setting up a fresh installation of vCenter Server 4.0 in a MSCS environment, as well as upgrading an existing vCenter cluster setup on MSCS to vCenter Server 4.0. While this particular document shows the setup of a reference implementation using VMs for the cluster nodes, other variations would certainly also be valid.

 For those of you who are already familiar with the procedure used to set up vCenter Server 2.5 with MSCS, I wanted to highlight how the procedure has changed with vCenter Server 4.0. With the release of vCenter Server 4.0, one of the main differences is that vCenter Server roles are now stored in Microsoft Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM) instances. During the MSCS setup process, you can simply use ADAM replication to replicate the roles from node 1 to node 2.

 Of course, using MSCS is just one of many ways to protect your vCenter management platform. If you’re looking for something that’s easier to install and configure, vCenter Server Heartbeat has no hardware configuration dependencies and automatically detects standard VMware vCenter Server components upon installation for instant monitoring and protection. If you’re going to VMworld, be sure to add the 2-hour instructor-led “Lab 6 VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat” and “VM2674 VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat Best Practices” to your schedule. The breakout session will highlight a number of customer examples focused on VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat deployments, and give you insight into how you can protect other important solutions like Site Recovery Manager or View.

– From Catherine Fan in VMware Product Management.

      
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Comparing Fault Tolerance Performance & Overhead Utilizing VMmark v1.1.1

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Comparing Fault Tolerance Performance & Overhead Utilizing VMmark v1.1.1

VMware Fault
Tolerance (FT), based on vLockstep technology and available with VMware
vSphere, easily and efficiently provides zero downtime and zero data loss for
your critical workloads. FT provides continuous availability in the event of
server failures by creating a live shadow instance of the primary virtual
machine on a secondary system.  The
shadow VM (or secondary VM), running on the secondary system, executes sequences
of x86 instructions identical to the primary VM, with which it proceeds in
vLockstep.  By doing so, if catastrophic
failure of the primary system occurs it causes an instantaneous failover to the
secondary VM that would be virtually indistinguishable to the end user. While
FT technology is certainly compelling, some potential users express concern
about possible performance overhead. In this article, we explore the
performance implications of running FT in realistic scenarios by measuring an
FT-enabled environment based on the heterogeneous workloads found in VMmark, the tile-based
mixed-workload consolidation benchmark from VMware®.

Figure 1 : High Level Architecture of
VMwar
e Fault Tolerance

Pic1

Environment Configuration :

System under Test

2 x Dell PowerEdge R905

CPUs

4 Quad-Core AMD Opteron 8382
(2.6GHz)

4 Quad-Core AMD Opteron 8384
(2.7GHz)

Memory

128GB DDR2 Reg ECC

Storage Array

EMC CX380

Hypervisor

VMware ESX 4.0

Application

VMmark v1.1.1

Virtual Hardware (per tile)

8 vCPUs, 5GB memory, 62GB disk

  •  VMware Fault Tolerance currently
    only supports 1 vCPU VMs and requires specific processors for enablement; for
    the purposes of our experimentation our VMmark Database and MailServer VMs were
    set to run with 1vCPU only.  For more
    information on FT and its requirements see
    here.
  • VMmark
    is a benchmark intended to measure the performance of virtualization environments
    in an effort to allow customers to compare platforms.  It is also useful in studying the effect of
    architectural features. VMmark consists of six workloads (Web, File, Database,
    Java, Mail and Standby servers). Multiple sets of workloads (tiles) can be added
    to scale the benchmark load to match the underlying hardware resources. For
    more information on VMmark see
    here.


Test Methodology :

An
initial performance baseline was established by running VMmark from 1 to 13
tiles on the primary system with Fault Tolerance disabled for all workloads. FT
was then enabled for the MailServer and Database workloads after customer
feedback suggested they were the applications most likely to be protected by FT.
The performance tests were then executed a second time and compared to the
baseline performance data.

 

Results
:

The
results in Table 1 are enlightening as to the performance and efficiency of
VMware’s Fault Tolerance.  For this case,
“FT-enabled Secondary %CPU”, indicates the total CPU utilized by the secondary
system under test.  It should also be
noted that, for our workload, the default ESX 4.0, High Availability, and Fault
Tolerance settings were used and these results should be considered ‘out of the
box’ performance for this configuration. 
Finally, the secondary system’s %CPU is much lower by comparison to the
primary system because it is only running the MailServer and Database
workloads, as opposed to the six workloads that are being run on the primary
system.

Table 1:

Pic2b  

You can see that as we scaled
both configurations toward saturation the overhead of enabling VMware Fault
Tolerance remains surprisingly consistent, with an average delta in %CPU used
of 7.89% over all of the runs.  ESX was
also able to achieve very comparable scaling for both FT-enabled and FT-disabled
configurations.  It isn’t until the FT-enabled
configuration nears complete saturation, a scenario most end users will never
see, that we start to see any real discernable delta in scores.

It should be noted that these
performance and overhead statements may or may not be true for dissimilar
workloads and systems under test.  From
the results of our testing you can see that the advantage of having Mail
servers and Database servers truly protected, without fear of end-user
interruption, is completely justified.

It’s a tough world out there; you
never know when the next earthquake, power outage, or someone tripping over a
power cord will strike next.  It’s nice
to know that your critical workloads are not only safe, but running at high
efficiency.  The ability of VMware Fault
Tolerance technology to provide quick and efficient protection for your
critical workloads makes it a standout in the datacenter.

All information in this post
regarding fut
ure directions and intent are
subject to change or withdrawal without notice and should not be relied on in
making a purchasing decision of VMware’s products. The information in this post
is not a legal obligation for VMware to deliver any material, code,
or
functionality. The release and timing of VMware’s products remains at VMware’s
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VMworld Sessions & Labs

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VMworld Sessions & Labs

As we approach VMworld 2009 next week, please take a look at all sessions from past VMworld conferences which have now all been opened for free viewing by all VMworld.com members. This includes the most recent content from VMworld Europe 2009 and VMworld 2008, which until now, were reserved for attendees only.

All the following are now free for viewing:

VMworld Europe 2009
VMworld 2008
VMworld Europe 2008
VMworld 2007
VMworld 2006
VMworld 2005
VMworld 2004

VMworld 2009 Sessions & Labs will be added to the site after the conference, but this will be accessible only by registered attendees of VMworld 2009. Non-attendees can view all VMworld 2009 content over the next 12 months by purchasing a VMworld.com Subscription.

cheers,
~Tony

      
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Get the Fight Plan for VMware vSphere 4 Enterprise Plus

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A new VMware vSphere 4 Enterprise Plus "Fight Plan" guide is now available on Partner Central for our reseller partners. This handy guide quickly lists key selling points, market positioning, opportunity qualifying, and customer objection handling.

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PCoIP and VMware View at VMworld 2009

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Lean how PC over IP (PCoIP) and VMware View will enable you to deliver a rich desktop experience addressing the needs of the task worker to the designer. Join Randy Grove (CTO) and Andrew Naiberg (Channel Product Manager) from Teradici for two VMworld Theater Presentations on the Solutions Exchange floor, Monday, August 31 starting at 7:20 PM.

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New – VMware View: Design Best Practices Course

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This one-day hands-on training course explores the foundations of designing VMware View Architectures. Learn the recommended design process, layered architecture design model and the reference framework for a View design.

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Have You Planned Your Partner Track Schedule at VMworld 2009?

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Partner Track sessions at VMworld 2009 have specialized content to give partners an insider’s look at the latest developments and trends in virtualization, strategies for partner growth and success, and benefits of the new virtualization solution competencies developed to distinguish your virtualization expertise. 

Partner Track kicks off on Monday, August 31 from 1-5 PM with an exclusive General Session featuring Paul Maritz, President and CEO, and Carl Eschenbach, EVP of Worldwide Field Operations.  Twenty Partner Track breakout sessions are offered on Tuesday, September 1 and Wednesday, September 2. 

Space is limited and seats are filling fast!  Reserve your spot now for Partner Track General and Breakout sessions with Schedule Builder.

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New Services Kits for VMware vCenter Lab Manager, AppSpeed, Chargeback

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The new vCenter Lab Manager 4 Services Kit supports the delivery of paid Lab Manager Jumpstarts and can be used as a reference for customer discussions, POCs and custom Lab Manager engagements. Kits include several customer-facing presentations and consultant FAQs.

The vCenter Chargeback Services Kit is also available to support customer opportunities, Jumpstarts, POCs and services engagements involving vCenter Chargeback.

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Top 5 Planet V12n blog posts week 33

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Aug 172009
 

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Top 5 Planet V12n blog posts week 33

What a week… For me personally of course the announcement of our upcoming book „vSphere Quickstart guide“ was a highlight. But that wasn’t the only thing that happened this week, VMware acquiring Springsource was probably one of the most discussed topics and of course I added one of the best articles on this acquisition to the top 5. Have fun!

  • Steve Kaplan – VMware’s got plenty of mojo
    Although Kennedy contends that VMware lacks „real innovation“, vSphere incorporates remarkable advances in compute, storage, network, security and management. But vSphere is much more than the sum of its 150+ new features – it fulfills the performance, reliability, management and security requirements to establish virtualization as the standard and the foundation of a 100% virtualized data center.
  • Jason Boche –
    vSphere 4 Reference Card now available
    Forbes Guthrie has done it again! His wildly successful VI3 reference card is now available in vSphere format. Head over to his site, vReference, and download your copy today. Be sure to thank him for his hard work! I for one appreciate all that he does. Thanks Forbes and I look forward to meeting you in a few weeks.
  • Bouke Groeneschij – Getting vmware-hostd memory usage
    Now we want to be in control and determine ourselves to restart the
    hostd process, but we do not run it against all server blindly. We
    needed a list first which tell us what servers are running high with
    hostd memory usage. Since vmware-hostd is a service console process,
    powershell wasn’t really an option. So I used plink and dos batch
    scripting instead, giving me a perfect .csv list with the current
    memory usage on each server.
  • Chris Wolf- SpringSource: VMware’s well-timed Acquisition
    I see the move as astute because SpringSource gives VMware the right platform at the right time. Chris Haddad – with our Application and Platform Strategies Service – detailed how a combined VMware and SpringSource platform will impact application development. Virtualization (i.e., server, client, application, storage, I/O, and network) and cloud are fundamentally changing the way that both server and desktop applications are delivered. Last year I wrote about how this transformational period creates opportunity for Microsoft’s competitors such as Apple. Cloud-based application delivery (both internal and external) is equally disruptive to traditional server application delivery models. What this means is that the time to redefine application delivery and to unseat the incumbents is right now.
  • Duncan Epping – HA and Slot sizes
    Of course we need to know what the slot size for memory and CPU is first. Then we divide the total available CPU resources of a host by the CPU slot size and the total available Memory Resources of a host by the memory slot size. This leaves us with a slot size for both memory and CPU. The most restrictive number is the amount of slots for this host. If you have 25 CPU slots but only 5 memory slots the amount of available slots for this host will be 5.

      
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 Posted by at 07:53
Aug 172009
 

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Locations of Labs

Self-paced labs are being offered on a drop-in basis at Moscone Center.

Monday, August 31: 7:30 am to 8:00 pm

Tuesday, Sept. 1: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 2: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Thursday, Sept. 3: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Instructor-led Labs are offered all conference days, and can be scheduled with Schedule Builder. All instructor-led labs take place at the Marriott Hotel.


Be sure to allow sufficient time to travel between your sessions, since any open seats will be filled 5 minutes prior to session start time, by those in the „standby“ line.

Travel time walking from Moscone to the Marriott is 5-10 minutes, depending on your walking speed.

      
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 Posted by at 07:53

What you should know about Site Recovery Manager

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What you should know about Site Recovery Manager

Yesterday two really valuable articles were released. Both articles relate to Site Recovery Manager(SRM) which happens to be one of my focus areas.

The first article is an official VMware Whitepaper „VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager Performance and Best Practices„. This white-paper describes how to optimize your SRM environment to decrease your RTO. In the end that is what SRM is all about, decreasing your downtime if and when disaster strikes. I will quote one recommendation just to give you an idea of that this white-paper is all about. I highly recommend reading the full document for all the details.

If VMware DRS is not enabled on a cluster, then it is a good practice to manually distribute placeholder virtual machines evenly across hosts. This will help in distributing the load across hosts when recovered virtual machines are powered on and will in turn improve performance and recovery time. To do this, drag and drop the placeholder virtual machines across desired hosts.

Coincidentally at the same day I published a SRM FAQ. This FAQ was part of a reference guide written by VMware’s BCDR Specialist System Engineer Michael White. Michael was so kind to share it with me and the rest of the world via Yellow-Bricks.com. This FAQ will be updated on a regular base and if you have any questions or comments don’t hesitate to leave a comment on my blog.

While we are on the subject of SRM I would like to draw your attention to these excellent VMworld sessions you should definitely attend if BC-DR is one of your focus areas:

  • BC2260

    Automated Disaster Recovery for Branch Offices using SRM and vSphere 4

  • BC3301

    DR Architecture Design Workshop with SRM

  • BC3421

    SRM Architecture & Features: The Road Ahead

  • DV2181

    Leveraging SRM with VMware View – Lessons Learned

  • SPL16

    VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Basic Install & Config

      
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VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager Performance and Best Practices White Paper

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VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager Performance and Best Practices White Paper

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is a component of the VMware Infrastructure that accelerates recovery for the virtual environment through automation, ensures reliable recovery by enabling non-disruptive testing, and simplifies recovery by eliminating complex manual recovery steps and centralizing management of recovery plans.

A whitepaper on VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager Performance and Best Practices is now available here

In this performance paper we discuss VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 1.0 performance, various dimensions on which the recovery time depends, high-latency networks, and tips on architecting recovery plans to minimize recovery time.

      
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 Posted by at 07:52

Don’t Forget: 50% Off When Upgrading to VMware vSphere 4 Enterprise Plus

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Promotions for VMware vSphere 4 are still ongoing, including an upgrade deal for existing VI3 Enterprise customers looking to transform internal IT into a secure and low-risk cloud infrastructure. For SMB customers, save 25% off vSphere Essentials Plus.

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Introducing New vSphere Acceleration Kit Promotions

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Drive business and get new customers hooked on the vSphere product line at up to 30% off list price with our exciting acceleration kits. With new pricing and features, these kits are an excellent value and the easiest way to get your accounts started with virtualization.

Find the newest vSphere acceleration kits on Partner Central.


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