As I begin writing this, it is currently Monday morning and just moments away from the first general session of VMworld 2015, here at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. While I am waiting for the official announcements to begin, I can say that this year’s show seems to show signs of having a focus on storage. If the pre-story before the announcement is any indication, then 2015 may be the year in which VMware steers the focus toward its vision of hybrid cloud solutions. Continue reading VMworld 2015: Monday General Session
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VMworld US 2015 began yesterday at the Moscone Center in temperate San Francisco, home to the conference for the last four years. VMworld is billed as the largest virtualization and cloud conference in the industry, and attendance at the conference continues to support this. Sunday is always an interesting day for VMworld. VMworld has corollary events, like TAM Day, Partner Exchange Boot Camp, and such, running on the Saturday and Sunday immediately before the conference. The main event, though, begins at 4 pm on Sunday with a reception in the Solutions Exchange, the vendor showcase, and arguably the main floor of the conference space.
The latest and greatest thing in the data center is apparently containers. For those of us with long enough teeth to remember the heady days of the early millennium, they look and smell a lot like Solaris Zones.
Containers in their current incarnations are garnering a great deal of attention, especially in the DevOps world, where continuous deployment is the latest word in deployment strategies.
It is said that nothing is new in the world, and with containers, this statement could not be truer. I think, therefore, that an overview of the evolution of the container may be useful.
One of the key features of a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution is appliance-based scale-out architecture. A workload is housed on a collection of these appliances, which are the standard building blocks. The number of blocks is selected to deliver sufficient resources for the workload. But just how standard are these building blocks? Over time, I’ve seen HCI vendors offering quite a bit of variation across their models. Does this reduce or negate the value of the scale-out nature of hyperconverged?
I recently discussed how hyperconverged solutions are all about simplifying data centre management. Thinking about the difficulty of adding simple unified management to existing products illuminated the Nutanix Acropolis move. To get a really hyperconverged solution, you need to remove all of the legacy components and have a total platform that is designed for simplified management.
Last week, Gartner released its 2015 Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems. I am interested in this because it includes hyperconverged infrastructure products, alongside a whole lot of other systems. One of the interesting things to see was that of the nineteen companies listed, four were new hyperconverged infrastructure companies. Of course, some of the existing vendors released products in the last year, many using VMware’s EVO:RAIL. Maybe Gartner should evaluate converged and hyperconverged separately from integrated systems that are bound to one application type.