Storage performance improvements in vSphere 4.0

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Storage performance improvements in vSphere 4.0

We made a huge number of performance improvements in vSphere
4.0. The ESX storage stack was no exception. We ran a wide variety of micro and
real world benchmarks to thoroughly evaluate and optimize vSphere’s storage
subsystem. It is now even more efficient for the enterprise and ready to
support the cloud.

A wide variety of I/O intensive applications will run
efficiently on vSphere with all the improvements.  You can find details on the architectural
changes and storage performance improvements made in this white paper.

Some of the noteworthy improvements are:

·        
VMware
Paravirtualized SCSI (PVSCSI driver):
vSphere ships with this new high performance
virtual storage adapter. Bus logic and LSI logic were the only choices so far. PVSCSI
is best suited to run highly I/O intensive applications in the guest more
efficiently (reduced CPU cycles) and with increased throughput. This is
possible with a series of optimizations explained in the paper.

·        
iSCSI
support improvements:
We made significant improvements in the iSCSI stack
for both software and hardware iSCSI. The improvements are not just in terms of
performance but features as well. Noteworthy among these is CPU efficiency
improvements that range from 7-52% depending on the type and size of I/O.

·        
Software
iSCSI and NFS support with Jumbo Frames:
vSphere adds jumbo frames and 10Gbit
NIC networking support for both NFS and iSCSI. This helps drive bandwidth that
is many times faster than previous ESX releases.

·        
File
system improvements for enhanced Virtual Desktop experience and scalable cloud
solutions:
We made several optimizations in VMware File System (VMFS) with
a special focus on enterprise desktop and cloud solutions. File system along
with other improvements in different parts of ESX improves performance of
several provisioning operations dramatically. An example is “boot storm”
performance (where several hundreds of virtual machines are booted
simultaneously in a virtual desktop environment). With these improvements time
taken to boot a large number of virtual machines simultaneously is many times
faster compared to ESX3.5.

ESX supports
several different storage protocols like Fibre Channel, iSCSI and NFS. We published a white
paper that compares I/O performance using each of these protocols.  Results
show that line rate can be achieved with each of the storage protocols for single or
multiple virtual machines
. The paper also highlights CPU efficiency
improvements in vSphere compared to the previous release. This means that more virtual machines can now run on
the same hardware.  Graph below shows one
example (sequential read, 64KB block size) of the relative CPU cost for each of the storage protocols.
Results on ESX 4.0 are shown next to ESX 3.5 to highlight efficiency
improvements on all protocols.


Hardware configuration and detailed results can be found in
this protocol comparison white
paper
.

Storage-protocol-efficiency-comparison-ver3



 (Lower is better)

 

Figure: Relative CPU cost of 64 KB
sequential reads in a single virtual machine

 

      
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Top 5 Planet V12n blog posts week 42

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Top 5 Planet V12n blog posts week 42

This week was the last week of the VCDX defenses in EMEA. I loved doing it and wished we had these defense panels every week. We certified three people this week and unfortunately some did not pass the exam. I believe we are up to VCDX 028 right now. For those working towards the VCDX Certification, the next opportunity for the Design Defense is Partner Exchange in Las Vegas. But that is not the topic of this article. This article is all about last weeks Planet V12n blog articles. We had numerous excellent articles again and like always it was tough to pick a top 5. This weeks top 5 contains two „new comers“ to the blogosphere, welcome Luc Dekens and Andrew Hald. Enough of the small talk here we go:

  • Luc Dekens – Scheduled Tasks – MethodAction
    In the PowerCLI Community there was a recent question on how these Scheduled Tasks can be created from PowerShell (see relocate vm’s from csv file and create schedule task in VC).

    Being able to create a Scheduled Task for a svMotion for several guests from a PowerShell script, instead of clicking away in the vSphere Client, would be another step on the path of vSphere automation.

    The current PowerCLI 4 (build 162509) unfortunately has no cmdlets for Scheduled Tasks. But the SDK contains the CreateScheduledTask method that can be used for this purpose.

    The key parameter to this method is the ScheduledTaskSpec object. In the action property of this object you specify which type of action you want the scheduled task to take. If we want to schedule a Task, we will have to select the MethodAction extension object.

  • Andrew Hald – The Commodity Hypervisor
    This morning Dan Kusnetsky posted a blog entry discussing how VMware is „Facing Challengers on all Sides.“ I have followed Dan’s blog for some time now and don’t always agree with his conclusions. In this post, he outlines each of the players in the virtualization industry and their angle at dethroning VMware as the „King of Virtual Machine Technology.“

    http://blogs.zdnet.com/virtualization/?p=1383

    Dan states that the hypervisor is becoming a commodity. While this may be true in price (Microsoft, Citrix and VMware all offer their hypervisors for free), this is not true for customers and real world virtualization deployments. The hypervisor is not even close to being a commodity yet. The other players would like you to believe that they are on par with VMware, but they are not in the same league.

    A commodity is defined as „some good for which there is demand, but which is supplied without qualitative differentiation across a market.“ Thus all hypervisors would have to provide the same features for the same total cost to be defined as commodities. When comparing the players in the virtualization market, we immediately see that this is not the case.

  • Eric Sloof – Massive I/O power increase using EMC PowerPath/VE
    You’re about to enter a world where creating a Virtual Machine hot-clone is done faster than powering it off. My former Capgemini colleagues, Ernst Cozijnsen and John van der Sluis recently implemented EMC PowerPath/VE, here’s their story.

    It took the guys in storage land a long time to deliver…. But finally it’s there…. A really great kick-ass plug-in to boost your vSphere 4 storage performance through the roof. In prior versions of ESX the Native Multi Pathing “NMP” plug-in was
    available for balancing the storage load over different Fiber Channel
    HBA’s and storage paths to your storage array(s). Beside that it’s not
    really “Multi Pathing” it had another major disadvantage of being able
    to stress your storage array in such a way it could crash.

  • Eric Siebert – What is virtualization?
    If you work with virtualization for a living, inevitably you’ll be
    asked what virtualization is. Trying to explain it to someone who
    doesn’t work with computers can often be challenging, and after you
    explain it they still may not know what it’s about. So how do you explain it to someone for the first time? I find that
    using analogies that anyone can relate to is a good way to explain
    things to people. Before I attempt a virtualization analogy I’ll try
    explaining it in basic computer terms.
    Virtualization software, also called a hypervisor, emulates computer
    hardware allowing multiple operating systems to run on a single
    physical computer host. Each guest operating system appears to have the
    host’s processor, memory, and other resources all to itself. The
    hypervisor, however, is actually controlling the host processor and
    resources and allocates what is needed to each operating system, making
    sure that the guest operating systems (called virtual machines) cannot
    disrupt each other.
  • Cody Bunch – A Quick PowerCLI Lesson – Digging for Info (Who Powered Off that VM)
    This gives us an idea about the information we’re looking for, as
    well as provides us a place to start looking. Let’s dip into the
    PowerCLI:

    [vSphere PowerCLI] C:\> $vm = Get-VM | where { $_.Name -eq „Wiki“ }

    What this does is set the variable $vm to the object that represents
    our VM. What is an object? For our use an object is anything in your
    Virtual Infrastructure, and the properties and methods that belong to
    it. Take a turtle for example (yes… turtle, hang with me). That turtle
    will have some properties: breed, gender, length, weight, etc.

      
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Top 5 Planet V12n blog posts week 41

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Top 5 Planet V12n blog posts week 41

It was VCDX Defense week this week in Frimley and there were several panels scheduled. I met some cool people and learned a lot during this week. Next week there are VCDX Defense panels in Munich! If you are working towards VCDX, don’t forget that panels normally are only scheduled around VMware Events. This means that there are only a couple times per year you can get certified. Blog wise there were a lot of great posts again this week. It was hard to pick only 5, but I did manage to do so:

  • Frank Denneman – Lefthand SAN – Lessons learned
    Blocks will be stored on storage nodes according to replication level.
    If a LUN is created with the default replication level of 2-way, two authoritative blocks are written at the same time to two different nodes.
    If a 3-way replication level is configured, blocks are stored on 3
    nodes. 4-way = 4 nodes. (Replication cannot exceed the number of nodes
    in the cluster)
    SAN IQ will always start to write the next block to the second node containing the previous block.
  • Duncan Epping –  Slot sizes & Alan Renouf – HA Slot size information
    Five hosts, each host has 16GB of memory except for one host(esx5)
    which has recently been added and has 32GB of memory. One of the VMs in
    this cluster has 4CPUs and  4GB of memory, because there are no
    reservations set the memory overhead of 325MB is being used to
    calculate the memory slot sizes. (It’s more restrictive than the CPU
    slot size.) This results in 50 slots for esx01, esx02, esx03 and esx04. However,
    esx05 will have 100 slots available. Although this sounds great
    admission control rules the host out with the most slots as it takes
    the worst case scenario into account. In other words; end result: 200 slot cluster
  • Eric Siebert – New Twitter lists for the top bloggers and VMware/Virtualization people
    Twitter is a great tool for communicating with other virtualization
    professionals, but trying to find interesting people to follow
    especially if you are new to Twitter can be time-consuming and
    difficult. For that reason I put together some Twitter group lists to
    make following people that are related to VMware virtualization easier.
    The first list is just from my Top 20 blogger list on my vLaunchpad that was decided by a poll I did months ago, consequently that one was really easy to put together.

    The second list is the top 100 people to follow that are related to
    VMware & virtualization, this one wasn’t easy at all to put
    together. The list started at about 300+ people that was part based on
    my followers and followings of other popular virtualization bloggers.
    Once I discovered that TweepML had a limit of 100 people I had to
    really trim that list down a lot, that wasn’t an easy task, especially
    the last 20 or so. There were some people I really wanted to keep on
    there but was forced to remove, the 100 person limit made for some
    difficult decisions.
  • Hany Michael – vSphere 4.0 vNetwork Distributed Switch (vDS) – Video Demonstration + Architecture Diagram
    The diagram reflects the exact configuration on the video. I’ve
    done this intentionally to make it easier and faster for any one new to
    the vDS to understand the concept and the various configuration aspects. As I mentioned above, due to the very short period of time that I
    had, I will most probably modify small parts in the diagram to achieve
    better results. You can come back and check the version number of the
    diagram to download the latest updates.
  • Scott Drummonds – Top Five VROOM! Entries for 2009
    I love VMware’s performance blog, VROOM!  It is our most popular
    performance communication vehicle and its content is backed by a
    stellar engineering team with unmatched integrity.  Each article
    details the nuances of VMware performance and educates on application
    and platform best practices.  I love all the articles but am always
    surprised as to which our readers find most popular.  Here is a
    countdown of the five entries most read in 2009.

      
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VMware vCenter CapacityIQ Released

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VMware vCenter CapacityIQ is a value-add component of the VMware vCenter
family of management solutions, providing capacity management
capabilities for virtualized datacenter or desktop environments.
CapacityIQ integrates seamlessly with VMware vCenter Server, ensuring
that your virtualized infrastructure capacity is always predictable and
efficiently used.

VMware vCenter CapacityIQ balances business demand with IT supply,
without compromising performance, availability and security. With
CapacityIQ, your IT infrastructure is guaranteed to have sufficient
capacity to meet any business service level agreements.

IT organizations can leverage VMware vCenter CapacityIQ in a number of scenarios, including:

  • Cost avoidance and justification. Do more with the same or less! Optimize utilization of existing hardware resources or justify any new business purchases.
  • Availability and risk mitigation. Plan for potential business and service disruptions proactively by modeling the impact of an outage, failure or disaster.
  • Project planning and decision-making.
    Model the effect of one-time strategic business changes. Quantify the
    results of workload consolidations, company acquisitions, additional
    new headcounts or deployment of multi-tiered applications.

Learn more about VMware vCenter CapacityIQ or visit Partner Central to download partner assets, including a demo and customer presentations.


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New Renewals Central Portal Launched

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The all-new Renewals Central has been designed to help maximize profitability, productivity, service agreement renewal rates and revenue. Quickly get quotes for your customers, access service renewals, view performance reports, and much more.

View the all-new Renewals Portal on Partner Central


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Get Your SMB Customers to Tell Us Their Story

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We want to know how you make your customers’ time and money count more with VMware vSphere. Here are two new programs for your small and midsized customers with fewer than 1000 employees and/or less than 100 servers before virtualization!

Tell Us Your Story
Encourage your customers to share how you and VMware have helped their business succeed and you could win up to three passes to Partner Exchange 2010 and get a one-page joint-customer success story published on vmware.com. Just be sure to have your customers include your company name in the Partner section of the contest entry form.  In addition, your customers could win an iPod Touch for participating!

Send your customers to www.vmware.com/go/tellusyourstory today.

Time to Save with VMware Video Contest
Get your customers to create a video that demonstrates why VMware is the right choice for small and midsize businesses and they could win big! Prizes include $5,000 cash, Apple MacBook Pro laptops with VMware Fusion®, 5th-generation iPod nanos, and t-shirts. Be sure to have them mention your company that helped them achieve it all!

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Join us: ThinApp Lounge: 1st Tuesdays 9am CA time

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Join us: ThinApp Lounge: 1st Tuesdays 9am CA time

If you are interested in learning more about VMware ThinApp —  whether you just got started with application virtualization or you’ve got a particular app you are packaging — join us at the VMware ThinApp Lounge. This online event, held the first Tuesday of each month at 9am Pacific time, is a great opportunity to talk to members of the product team and learn more about ThinApp. (Tell your boss it’s free consulting if he thinks you should be alphabetizing your TPS reports instead.)

I wanted to get more of an idea of what the ThinApp Lounge was all about, so I sat down with VMware’s own Dean Flaming, host of the Lounge, to find out what goes on there. The next Lounge is tomorrow, Tuesday, October 6, at 9am PDT (-7 UCT). Join Dean each month in the Lounge — and say hi for me!

Q. Who should attend the ThinApp Lounge webinar?
A. Anyone interested in getting an introduction to ThinApp, what it is, how it works, and a demonstration of it.  Questions are welcome!

Q. How long have we been doing the ThinApp Lounge?  Why did we start?
A. VMware has had the ThinApp Lounge since the acquisition of Thinstall and the release of ThinApp.  Originally it was designed as a presentation of a technically specific ThinApp topic with Q&A but was revamped about 4 months ago to become more of an introductory piece to assist both customers and partners, as well as others, in spreading the word on ThinApp.  We started the ThinApp Lounge to give people a means to come find out about ThinApp at a time and place of their choosing without having to interact with additional personnel if they didn’t desire to as we found many IT people like to have the option of scheduling when they wish to learn something as well as learn about something without being hampered by sales types. 🙂

Q. How hard is it to get started with ThinApp?
A. It’s extremely easy to get started with ThinApp.  In fact, a two-part video exists on YouTube and elsewhere showing ThinApp from Start to Finish in 20 minutes from ground up!  http://t3chnot3s.blogspot.com/2009/04/vmware-thinapp-from-start-to-finish-in.html

Q. Do I need to have a ThinApp Problem to join the ThinApp Lounge or will there be other content presented?
A. No problems necessary!  Only a desire to learn a little about ThinApp as a product is needed.  Currently the ThinApp Lounge is defined to deliver ThinApp Introductory webinars but in the near future as demand grows, we look to have some intermediate level webinars as well (such as “How to use AppLink”, “How to use AppSync”, etc.).

Q. Any good stories or “Ah-ha!” moments from the Lounge?
A. One of my favorite things is seeing the light turn on in peoples eyes when they start to realize just how malleable ThinApp really is and the options it presents to customers.  Two areas I commonly see this around are Security and App Packaging.

With Security, the insecurities of a legacy application that is still required often turn out to be the bane of the customer’s issues as that application’s needs end up driving what the customer can and cannot do – especially when compliance requirements come into play.  When that legacy application is wrapped within ThinApp, it’s insecurities start to become insignificant – and depending upon the app and environment,  almost to the point of not needing updates to fix the insecurities of the app.  This is because the insecurities of the app are contained within the “Virtual Bubble” and are not allowed outside that “virtual bubble” onto the native system.

With App Packaging, it’s always fun to show how one can create a ThinApp package which has no executables in it whatsoever – but rather, executes a natively installed application through the “virtual bubble”.  This “virtual bubble” could have additional settings, configurations, plugins, add-ons, or other items which allow the natively installed application to operate entirely differently than it is configured to on the native system.

Q. In a past life, you were a Citrix expert – how should people experienced in Citrix & Terminal Services deployments be thinking about ThinApp?
A. I spent more than 10 years as a Citrix/Microsoft consultant and solutions provider, developing solutions to customers issues and needs.  In that time, I found many customers implementing Citrix solutions often had one or more applications which wouldn’t play nicely with other applications needed by all employees.  This resulted in the creation of a separate Citrix or Terminal Server SILO where that specific app was housed.  Setting up this SILO always took additional time, effort, and money to do as it was just a pain to get that pushed to everyone who needed it.  ThinApp solves this issue with extreme ease by virtualizing the conflicting components or applications so that one can reduce their Citrix footprint.  I’m usually countered on this point by Citrix’s Application Isolation Environment, but I can safely say (and most likely anyone who has worked with an AIE will attest to this) that AIEs are hard to configure properly, still require the application to be installed, and do not virtualize the application but rather just isolate it’s calls via a hidden redirect.  With ThinApp I can also build completely vanilla Terminal Servers and drop in the applications on a per user basis as they login – very similar to a VDI scenario.

Since SBC (Citrix and Terminal Server), VDI, and Application Virtualization solutions can not only work together but can all solve some of the same or similar issues – even though they are all completely different technologies – it is very relevant to ask oneself what the issues really are and what the solutions are accomplishing with regards to business needs.

With ThinApp, we aim to solve software issues with a software solution – and we believe ThinApp is the best, most powerful, and most simplistic application virtualization product on the market. 

      
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Top 5 Planet V12n blog posts week 40

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Top 5 Planet V12n blog posts week 40

Week 40 already, before you know it it is christmas again. This week we had some excellent posts again, but probably the most exciting thing that happened this week was the VMTN Community Podcast with Vaughn Stewart, Chad Sakac, Andy Banta, Eric Schott and Adam Carter. The vGods of iSCSI. If you didn’t join last wednesday you can find it via Vaughn’s article here. Here’s this weeks top 5:

  • John Arrasjid – VCDX Tips from VCDX 001 John Arrasjid
    Practice what you preach and learn from others. Architects listen first. Don’t assume the answer before the discussion starts! Scenarios for VCDX defenses test journey to solution, not necessarily the final answer. Whiteboard, talk and ask questions. Troubleshooting scenarios – think of the architecture and implementation approach to resolution. Logs, design, SC commands.
  • Eric Gray – PowerShell Prevents Datastore Emergencies
    When a datastore is about to run out of space, the fastest resolution may be to simply migrate virtual disks to another datastore. VMware Storage VMotion provides that capability with zero downtime for VMs and no disruption to end users. Fortunately, PowerCLI can perform this feat with ease, thanks to the Move-VM cmdlet.
  • Chad Sakac – HOWTO: Use Site Recovery Manager and Linked Clones together
    VMware and EMC collaborated on a project recently with a customer, and that project included documenting the detail on why this occurs, and also the workaround.

    If you’re interested – read on!

    The key is that the ADAM and View SQL databases actually store the vCenter instance name (in the form of a Moref ID – also known as the MOID), which after SRM failover has changed, which breaks the replica/linked clone relationship. Further, the parent location is explicitly in the vmdk descriptor.

    You can (without doing anything fancy), you can deploy new desktop pools, but can’t access existing linked clones, or recompose or refresh.

  • Massimo Re Ferre‘ – Ad Hoc Designed Infrastructures: do they still make sense?
    Simply put, IT is comprised of two major building blocks: Functional Requirements and Non-Functional Requirements. This is how Wikipedia defines them:

    Functional Requirements: „A functional requirement defines a function of a software system or its component. A function is described as a set of inputs, the behavior, and outputs (see also software)“

    Non Functional Requirement: „A non-functional requirement is a requirement that specifies criteria that can be used to judge the operation of a system, rather than specific behaviors. This should be contrasted with functional requirements that define specific behavior or functions“.

    So the question I have been thinking about for the last few years is simple: in a virtualization context, do I really need – during a customer engagement – to go through a deep level analysis of the applications currently being deployed or soon to be deployed? In addition, defining the new virtualized infrastructure to support the applications mentioned, do I need to analyze all those applications one-by-one (from a Non Functional Requirement perspective) or can I treat them as a whole? You can depict the answer from the following two slides which are included in a set of charts I created back in 2007.

  • Duncan Epping – What’s that ALUA exactly?
    This “problem” has been solved with vSphere. VMware vSphere is aware of
    what the most optimal path is to the LUN. In other words VMware knows
    which processor owns which LUNs and sends traffic preferably directly
    to the owner. If the optimized path to a LUN is dead an unoptimized
    path will be selected and within the array the I/O will be directed via
    an interconnect to the owner again. The pathing policy MRU also takes
    optimized / unoptimized paths into account. Whenever there’s no
    optimized path available MRU will use an unoptimized path; when an
    optimized path returns MRU will switch back to the optimized path. Cool
    huh!?!

      
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Join us: Intel-VMware supercharged live chat next Tuesday

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Join us: Intel-VMware supercharged live chat next Tuesday

The Intel® Xeon® Processor Live Expert Chat. Live 10.06.09

There’s an interesting event that has been traveling under the radar until now, but it’s a unique opportunity to interact with virtualization experts from both Intel and VMware, so pay attention to this blip on your screen.

What: the Intel Xeon Processor Live Chat
When: Tuesday, October 6, 10am-12noon PDT (-7 UTC)
Where: Intel’s Open Port community site

Who will be there? This is where it really gets interesting. I’m still assembling the official biographies of the various attendees, but here’s what I know about the attendees on the VMware side:

  • Scott Drummonds. Scott Drummonds is responsible for VMware’s
    technical marketing performance team which is tasked with
    application-based performance analysis and evangelization of VMware’s
    performance leadership.  Scott joined VMware from Intel Corporation,
    where he led Intel’s business applications desktop benchmarking group. 
    Scott received his bachelors of science from Auburn University in
    computer engineering and his masters of science from the University of
    Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in electrical engineering, focusing on
    digital test and diagnosis. Scott can be found on Twitter as @drummonds and on his new blog Pivot Point.

  • Michael Adams. Michael Adams is Senior Product Marketing Manager at
    VMware in the Server Business Unit. His role at VMware includes
    handling all aspects of product marketing for the company’s flagship
    offering known as VMware vSphere™. Prior to VMware, Mike worked at
    Symantec/Veritas for seven years as product marketing manager for the
    Veritas NetBackup product family and at Giga Information Group (now
    Forrester Research) as an open storage market analyst. Mike holds a
    bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan. Mike is the editor of the vSphere Blog.

  • Ronald Kwan. Ronald Kwan is a Technical Alliance Manager at VMware supporting their strategic Storage and Server partners. Ronald has over 18 years of experience in the IT industry.  Prior to joining VMware, he was a Sr. Systems Engineer at StorageTek and Sun Microsystems architecting and designing infrastructure solutions.

  • Jeff Weiss. Jeff came to VMware in 2007, an 11 year veteran in Software and Hardware technical sales by working for companies like Symantec and Sun Microsytems. His specialties have included datacenter continuity and disaster recovery solutions, software infrastructure identity management as well as email security and archiving tools. Over the years, he has architected and sold complex business solutions into a wide array of both public and private accounts, from commercial to government, healthcare to education. Prior to working in sales, he was a networking and datacenter manager at Hughes Aircraft for 14 years.

  • Rupert Schultes. Rupert Schultes has been managing the Intel Alliance at VMware for the last 4 years. Prior to VMware he held several technical marketing, product management and alliance positions at Intel, ATI and Elsa AG in EMEA and Phoenix Technologies in the US.

Last year, Intel got hundreds of questions over this two hour chat, and they weren’t even talking about virtualization! This is the first time they’ve invited a partner to come in and join them on these chats, so we hope we can help Intel provide an interesting and valuable resource for you. Come by this event and talk about anything related to Intel and VMware – performance, business value, technical questions — whatever’s on your mind. There is no need to register in advance.

      
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VMware Provides Thousands of SMB Customers with Increased Agility, Stronger Data Protection and Big Cost Savings

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VMware Provides Thousands of SMB Customers with Increased Agility, Stronger Data Protection and Big Cost Savings

VMware Virtualization Gives SMBs Affordable Disaster Recovery;
Ability to Cut IT Costs Up to 50 Percent. PALO ALTO, Calif. – September 30, 2009 – VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop through the datacenter and to the cloud, today announced that its efforts to deliver increased value to small and medium businesses (SMB) have resulted in thousands of customers worldwide using VMware vSphere™ solutions, including significant deployments in key SMB markets, such as education, financial services, healthcare, IT consulting and manufacturing.
“We’re running numerous mission-critical applications on VMware vSphere™ and we expect to save between…

      
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CA and VMware Announce Results of Server Virtualization Maturity Study

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CA and VMware Announce Results of Server Virtualization Maturity Study

IT Process Institute Identifies Specific Procedures and Controls that Optimize Benefits and Reduce Risks at Different Levels of Maturity. ISLANDIA, N.Y. and PALO ALTO, Calif., September 29, 2009 – CA and VMware today announced the results of a study the companies sponsored investigating the impact of virtualization on data center operations. The study, conducted by the IT Process Institute (ITPI) in December 2008, identifies specific procedures and controls that should be considered to reduce risk as organizations virtualize business-critical systems and when production virtualization objectives beyond server consolidation evolve to high availability, disaster recovery, and dynamic resource…

      
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VMware at Oracle OpenWorld 2009: Oct 12-14

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Okt 082009
 

Source: VMware Partner Central >>

Oracle customers rely on VMware to optimize
industry-standard datacenter infrastructure, ensure business
continuity, strengthen security, and accelerate Oracle product delivery
with rapid provisioning and infrastructure management.

VMware
will be at Oracle OpenWorld 2009 to showcase virtual services from the
resources of the physical infrastructure, enabling administrators to
allocate these virtual resources quickly to users and business units
that need them most.

Our booth will feature:

  • Theater
    talks every half hour on Customer Experiences, Partner Solutions,
    Oracle Support, Performance, Technical Deep Dives, and Virtualization
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  • 5 Demo Stations
  • Customer Station with great prizes!

Be sure to check out our Oracle OpenWorld event page at http://www.vmware.com/go/oow/oow09

We'll see you there!

Booth #1111
October 12 – October 14
Moscone Center, South Hall
757 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA

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Top 10 Reasons to Attend VMware Partner Exchange 2010

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VMware Partner Exchange 2010 will be held at the world-famous Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 8 to 10.

Read "Ben's Top 10 for 2010" as Ben Matheson, Senior Director of Global Partner Marketing at VMware, gives his top reasons why you should attend the biggest partner event of the year.

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VMware Site Recovery Manager 4 Released Today

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VMware has just released VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 4, part of the VMware vCenter Product Family, Site
Recovery Manager 4 provides automated disaster recovery for virtual
environments. Now, with added support for Network File System (NFS)
based storage replication, compatibility with VMware vSphere™ 4, and
simplified “many-to-one” failover using shared recovery sites, VMware
vCenter Site Recovery Manager makes it even easier for customers to
confidently protect all of their virtual environments.

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 4 now provides:

  • VMware vSphere 4 Support.
    Customers can now take advantage of the capabilities of VMware vSphere
    4, including Fault Tolerance, for better performance and protection of
    applications.
  • Expanded Storage Support. Lets users leverage iSCSI, Fiber Channel, and NFS storage and replication solutions
  • Many-to-One Failover. Protects multiple production sites with automated failover into a single, shared recovery site

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