During the VMworld 2015 conference in San Francisco, there was another event, Tech Field Day Extra, which was going on at the same time. As one of the panelists for Tech Field Day Extra, I had the opportunity to be part of the briefing from a company called Primary Data, which was showcasing DataSphere. DataSphere is a dynamic, objectives-driven data mobility virtualization platform across different storage types and tiers.
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Now that VMworld 2012 is well under way I wanted to share some of my first thoughts and observations about the conference. At the start of the conference, during the first General Session, the virtual passing of the torch from the outgoing CEO, Paul Maritz, to the new incoming CEO, Pat Gelsinger, took place with Mr. Gelsinger getting the opportunity to say hello to a crowd of around twenty thousand people that are present at the show. I would like to salute Mr. Maritz for the great job he has done during his tenure as CEO of VMware and I am looking forward seeing the direction Mr. Gelsinger will take now that he has the reigns. On an interesting note, Mr. Gelsinger was one of the keynote speakers at VMworld 2007 when he was at Intel and one year before Mr. Maritz took over as VMware’s CEO.
Toronto based start-up Gridcentric, is developing a technology that it refers to as Virtual Memory Streaming that has the potential to reshape the economics of VDI, and deliver the holy Grail of a VDI desktop for less than the price of a PC. It should come as no surprise to hear that the single biggest performance challenge that all large VDI environments face is the boot storm. The Windows boot and logon processes generate many times more IOPS traffic than steady-state user operations. So much so that in poorly specified systems a boot storm will overload the storage infrastructure, starving Windows of resources and leading to excessively long start-up times.