For VMworld 2011 this year you, the public can have your say on what sessions you would like to see at the show. Session voting has opened today and will run up until the 18th of May. This is the first time I have submitted a topic for VMworld, I’m actually really excited that the submission has made it to the public vote. I’m extremely lucky to be joined by an ex-colleague of mine who’s passion for virtualisation often even exceeds my own. I have no doubts that this session will prove useful to a lot of people out there on their personal journey to the cloud.
To vote simply locate the session, click on the “Thumbs Up” symbol next to the Session and you will receive confirmation that your vote has been registered. Thanks for taking the time to read this and of course for voting.
2805 Virtualizing Mission-Critical Tier 1 Microsoft SQL Applications.
VMware vSphere has proven to be the most robust platform for the virtualization of business applications, yet some organizations remain reluctant to virtualize their mission-critical Tier 1 Microsoft SQL applications. Come to this session and learn best practices for virtualizing MS SQL with vSphere developed through real-world customer implementations. This session will cover analyzing current workloads, benchmarking virtual infrastructure, choosing appropriate hardware, and making the right software configuration choices to ensure the success of your key business applications on vSphere.
I currently find myself sitting rather bored on the flight across to San Francisco for VMworld. Just to clarify, it’s certainly not the thought of VMworld that’s boring me, far from it in fact!Instead it’s the rather poor choice of in flight movies that’s got me thinking about what this VMworld is going to bring us and what am I going to take away from it at the end of the week.
It’s now been 3 years since my last VMworld visit and in that time things have moved on significantly in the industry. Back in 2007 VMware really had no competitors, Hyper-V hadn’t even been released yet. The phrase Cloud computing wasn’t being mentioned at every opportunity and the likes of VMware Fault Tolerance and Storage vMotion were still confined to the stage as keynote demo technologies. It’s mind boggling to think how much has changed in those 3 short years, what a very different landscape it now is!
So I’m wondering what can we expect from VMworld 2010? Well there has been plenty of speculation that VMware will announce View 4.5, I’m now taking that one as a given as it has been so widely commented on already. I’m also expecting lots on private and public cloud infrastructures and the transformation steps required to take it from concept to the real deal. All the big IT companies in the world are working towards this model, the concept is out there and now very much on the loose. I’m hearing more chatter about it from people who don’t even work in IT! On the Cloud front I am expecting to hear lots about how to overcome the fears, the risks involved, the security concerns and all those other things that have the sceptics worried and concerned. Oh and you just know that VMware will have a few little extra special announcements hidden up their sleeve, it wouldn’t be a VMworld without them.
From my own perspective I have a few angles to cover this year. My employer is the one funding my attendance and therefore I have a number of specific topics I need to cover off as part of my day job. Deploying Exchange 2010 in a vSphere environment for instance is one key area and another is looking at the transition from ESX to ESXi in advance of the service console retirement. On top of this I will be looking at the longer term strategic view, where is the industry going and are we pulling in the same direction or do we need to change tact?
As an aside, I have also been asked to present to the Scotland VMware User Group upon my return to the UK. The theme for the VMUG being “VMworld looking back, looking forward” which is meant to cover VMworld US and my experience of it, while also encouraging people to attend the VMworld Europe event in Copenhagen. Hopefully there will be plenty of good content for me to report back on but enough announcements held over to make VMworld Europe in Copenhagen appealing.
It’s shaping up to be a great week, I’m looking forward to getting stuck in tomorrow first thing. I Just hope the jet lag doesn’t hit me to hard as I have a feeling the various vendor parties and ad-hoc beers just might!
Events, VMware, vmworld
VMworld 2010 in San Francisco is fast approaching and promises to be a fantastic event. I have two questions for you.
- If you are not attending already would you like to?
- Would you like someone else to pay for you to go?
I think the obvious answer to both those questions is a resounding YES! So how do you take advantage of this very, very special offer? Well over at Gestalt IT my friend Stephen Foskett has arranged a spectacular competition supported exclusively by the four vendors shown below.
How To Enter
Get yourself over to the VMworld contest extension page on the Gestalt IT web site and get over there quickly. You will need to fill out the entry form by close of play Thursday the 12th of August, most importantly you need to tell us how you are going to “Pay it forward". What does this mean, well the following extract explains what we expect from competition entrants.
There’s always a catch, right? Inspired by winner Greg Stuart‘s desire to contribute to the community, we’re not just going to pick a winner at random. We’re going to pick the person who presents the best case for themselves.
Entrants must explain how they plan to “pay it forward” if they get to go to VMworld. Will you start a blog? Write some tutorials? Contribute to a forum or online community? Present to your local VMUG? Get creative and spread the wealth of knowledge you get from the event!
Our panel of judges is made up of none other than the most-excellent roster of past Tech Field Day delegates! They’ve proven themselves to be independent-minded and knowledgeable, and we’re sure that they will pick the best entries!
It’s pretty simple and at present there are not quite as many entries as you’d think. Get involved people, it’s not going to take you long and could end on a nice trip to San Francisco for one of the highlights of the IT calendar. I look forward to reading the entries and helping decide the winner!
Events, General, VMware
You know how at every big expo / conference there is always a prize draw that involves you wearing a vendors T-Shirt, well here’s a great example of free marketing gone bad. Falconstor were giving away a Segway in their prize draw, the only pre-requisite was you registered and turned up wearing there T-Shirt when the draw was made.
What happened? Well they gave it away to someone not wearing the T-Shirt, check out the post below for a video of the carnage that then ensued.
The second annual VMworld Europe conference will be held 24-26 February 2009 at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres in Cannes, France. This years VMworld Europe was a huge sucess and Vmware are predicting that this years will be even better.
You can now pre-register at the following location.
Each year www.SearchServerVirtualiszation.com run the best of VMWorld awards. The competition is judged by a panel consisting of 13 independent experts and this years results can be found below along with links to the various vendors so you can take a look for yourself.
BEST of VMWORLD 2008 AWARD WINNERS
1. Data Protection Software
2. Security and Virtualization
3. Application and Infrastructure Management
4. Hardware for Virtualization
5. Storage Software for Virtualization
6. Desktop Virtualization
7. New Technology
8. Best of Show