Now that VMworld is over, it is time to digest everything we learned: to pick at the messaging for the kernel of truths and directions. Many found the VMworld keynotes to be somewhat bland and the show floor to be much of the same. However, there was gold within both. We can discuss the show floor later, as I’d like to look deeper at the messaging first. The gold was hard to put together amid all the different messages. Themes included cross-cloud, Photon, NSX, and VSAN. These may seem disjointed until you look deeper. The messaging could be better, and I expect it to improve by VMworld Barcelona. Yet, there was clearly a path forward for each of VMware’s customers.
SDDC & Hybrid Cloud
Cloud computing has evolved from focusing only on how to construct, secure, manage, monitor, and utilize IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS clouds. As the paradigm matures, it is moving from a pure resource management paradigm to a data and resource management paradigm. (Read More)
SDDC is the next evolution in on-site data center technology. It has taken the knowledge gained from the server virtualization revolution and blended it with software-defined storage and networking to create a data center defined and managed by software running on invisible hardware.
Hybrid Cloud covers the technologies and operational processes, both technical and business, for deploying, consuming, and utilizing this paradigm.
Major areas of focus include barriers to adoption; progress on the part of vendors in removing those barriers; where the lines of responsibility are drawn between the cloud vendor and the customer for IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, and hybrid clouds; and management tools that are essential to deploying and managing the cloud, ensuring its security and the performance of applications.
Pooling and sharing of resources is a feature of many data center technologies on which we rely. But this approach has a challenge in that the pool has a finite size. If there is not enough resource to satisfy all the resource demands, then something will suffer. We frequently see this in new virtualization deployments. A cluster is built, and VMs are deployed. Over time, more and more VMs are deployed until the cluster becomes overloaded. The same overloading can happen on the network and storage resources, leading to performance issues. To avoid performance problems, we need to manage resources to make sure we satisfy demands. Ultimately we need to make sure we deliver resources where they provide a benefit to the business.
With the curse of the even year, VMworld is hitting me again. I have to unfortunately sit this one out, so it is with a little bit of sadness that I do this rundown of the day one keynote by Pat Gelsinger, VMware’s CEO.
This year’s VMworld keynote started with the usual razzmatazz, but soon settled down. Pat laid out the future direction of VMware’s cloud strategy with announcements about several new products:
VMworld 2016 has officially begun, kicking off with Pat Gelsinger’s keynote presentation at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Some events have been taking place over the weekend, but I consider the keynote to be the true starting point of the event. This year, the Solution Exchange welcome reception was held the night before the keynote address, which is a little earlier than VMworld usually schedules it. Several interesting points and takeaways from Pat Gelsinger’s keynote address are worth mentioning.
I’ve written before about the difficulty as a user of getting hold of VMware’s NSX and about other problems with the release, but a small recap is in order. Founded in 2007, Nicira was bought by VMware in 2012 for its SDN platform. This consists of deep integration that combines the open VXLAN standard with vSphere’s vShield-like products and some other bit of magic to yield a fully functioning microsegmentation system. Although Nicira is available for OpenStack, too, VMware’s focus has always been on the vSphere implementation and using NSX, combined with some of the vShield products to replace VMware’s own vCNS (vCloud Networking and Security). This $1 billion acquisition has been with VMware for as long as Nicira existed as a company. By now, we would expect it to simply be another part of the VMware product line.