VMworld 2014 San Francisco – Live Blogging

Here we are, VMworld 2014. No Limits is the theme, and already new products (VMware EVO), new names (vRealize, vCloud Air) and ton’s of other awesome things have been announced. And we’re not even into the first General Session yet! As I sit in anticipation for Gelsinger to get on stage, this page will serve as the home to all things VMworld 2014.

This aggregated page will serve as a central repository for some live updates (mainly around keynotes, and sessions) as well as a live feed from my Twitter profile as well as my Instagram profile (for pictures). For my up to the minute VMworld 2014 Schedule please visit this post.

This is going to be an amazing week! I can’t wait for the fun to start and ingest all of the great information that will be delivered. I also hope to see all of you throughout the week and especially at my Ask the Experts session and my EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud session.

So that’s it for now… let’s switch on the live blogging, Have a Great Week!

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Created on August 25, 2014 by Rick Scherer

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Do You vRealize What’s in a vName?

VMworld is upon us, a joyous time of year of new product announcements, new features, networking with friends, indulging in delicious cuisine and of course… product re-branding.

The biggest area of re-branding, VMware’s Cloud Management Product portfolio, previously known as the VMware vCloud Operations Management Suite. The new name for this product family, vRealize.

The rationale behind this change is to align better with the capabilities of their CMP. Realize means to bring into existence; accomplish; be fully aware. To “realize assets” is to monetize – tells a business story. It will convey awareness and accomplishment.

So, how does this look on paper?

From To
vCenter Operations Management Suite

  • vCenter Operations Manager
  • vCenter Configuration Manager
  • vCenter Infrastructure Navigator
  • vCenter Hyperic

vCenter Operations Manager for Horizon

vRealize Operations

  • vRealize Operations Manager
  • vRealize Configuration Manager
  • vRealize Infrastructure Navigator
  • vRealize Hyperic

vRealize Operations for Horizon

vCenter Operations Management Pack for XYZ vRealize Operations Management Pack for XYZ
vCloud Automation Center

  • vCloud Application Services

vCloud Automation Center Desktop
vCloud Automation Center Development Kit

vRealize Automation

  • vRealize Application Services

vRealize Automation Desktop
vRealize Automation Development Kit

IT Business Management Suite vRealize Business
IT Benchmarking
IT Benchmarking Starter Kit
vRealize IT Benchmarking
vRealize IT Benchmarking Starter Kit
vCenter Log Insight
vCenter Log Insight Content Pack for XYZ
vRealize Log Insight
vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for XYZ
vCenter Orchestrator vRealize Orchestrator

 

The other big name change announcement which I covered last Thursday was that VMware vCloud Hybrid Service will now be known as VMware vCloud Air. The term Air is a brand suffix which could attach to a family (vCloud) or existing product to denote “as-a-Service” delivery.

Another term which would be a brand suffix is OnDemand, this attaches to cloud services that are metered and delivered as a ‘pay-as-you-go’ consumption model. Examples of products that could include this would be VMware vCloud Air OnDemand and VMware vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand.

Other vCloud Air service names would include vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud, vCloud Air Dedicated Cloud and vCloud Air Disaster Recover. Finally, VMware’s strategic network of service provider partners will also adopt the new brand of VMware vCloud Air Network.

A couple other cool names coming out of VMworld are the official product names for Project Marvin, which has been the hype of the summer. We now official see these as VMware EVO: Rail and VMware EVO: Rack.

OpenStack fans, take a look at VMware Integrated OpenStack, which I believe (as of this writing) would be how VMware integrates into OpenStack via Neutron (NSX) and Nova (ESXi) – as well as through vRealize Automation.

VMware View went through a naming change a while back when the entire portfolio suite became VMware Horizon. But look for brand suffixes to come to Horizon like VMware Horizon Air Desktop and VMware Horizon Air Apps which would both be Horizon offerings made available through vCloud Air. We may even see others like vRealize Operations Air and vRealize Automation Air coming as well.

All in all, I like the change to vCloud Air (from vCHS) as in my opinion offers much more opportunity than just being a Hybrid Service.  vRealize will take some time getting accustomed with, but the reasoning behind it makes sense.


Created on August 25, 2014 by Rick Scherer

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So Long vCloud Hybrid Service, Hello vCloud Air!

In a stunning turn of events VMware has ditched the vCloud Hybrid Service name for a shorter, simpler, to the point name of vCloud Air.

vCloud Air will be everything that vCloud Hybrid Service was, it’ll just be less words to type. However, the term “Air” will also become a brand suffix for many other VMware product offerings.

The term Air is a brand suffix which could attach to a family (vCloud) or existing product to denote “as-a-Service” delivery.

Another term which would be a brand suffix is OnDemand, this attaches to cloud services that are metered and delivered as a ‘pay-as-you-go’ consumption model. Examples of products that could include this would be VMware vCloud Air OnDemand and VMware vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand.

Other vCloud Air service names would include vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud, vCloud Air Dedicated Cloud and vCloud Air Disaster Recover.

We may even see other offerings denote Air, how does vCloud Automation Center Air or vCenter Operations Manager Air sound?

Finally, VMware’s strategic network of service provider partners, previously known as VMware Service Provider Partner (VSPP) will adopt the new brand of VMware vCloud Air Network.

So, it looks like the VMworld announcements are starting to roll in… what else do you think we’ll see over the coming week?


Created on August 21, 2014 by Rick Scherer

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VMworld 2014 Itinerary

“Turn Down for What?!”

That’s pretty much how the week goes at VMworld, and here we are, encroaching on what will be my 11th VMworld conference. It’s a week full of education, networking, giveaways, fun and opportunity!  VMworld really packs it all in, and I’m proud to be part of it again this year.

Below is my itinerary for the week, the sessions I’m planning on hitting, the parties and TweetUp I plan to visit. I also throw in some other must-see sessions and some cool vendors to check out.

I look forward to seeing all of my vHomies out in San Francisco, for those attending in EMEA I’m sorry to say that I will not be joining this year, we’re expecting our twin boys in early November so flights for me are grounded around that time. Perhaps next year!  If you’re going to be in SFO next week, find me, say HI, give me a hug… you might even get a cool VMwareTips gift ;)

BTW, the parties/events listed below are just a small fraction of what’s going on.  These events are where you’ll most likely see me, but be sure to check out the full list here http://bit.ly/vmworld2014parties

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Created on August 18, 2014 by Rick Scherer

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VMworld 2014 Public Voting Now Open

Boy, time really seems to be going by faster the older I get. I can’t believe it’s already been a year and we now preparing for VMworld 2014. This year I’ve submitted three separate Ask the Experts session and it’s up to you to get them included in the session agenda of VMworld 2014.  As you know, these are some of the highest rated, most attended and funnest sessions of VMworld. 7 years strong, let’s have some fun and get your questions answered by a panel of amazing experts.

For those of you that haven’t attended one of my Ask the Experts sessions here’s what you can expect… A packed audience, a panel of some of the best industry experts out there and a forum for you to ask the questions you need answers to. These industry titans have lived, breathed and defeated some of the most complex designs and problems. vSphere? vCloud Automation Center? vCenter Operations? Horizon View? Bring it on!

Remember, these sessions will not be picked up unless you VOTE! So Please, go check out the agenda, filter it by Rick Scherer and vote for these three great sessions! (Click here to vote)

Remember, the Ask the Expert sessions are driven by the audience… no script, no presentation, just a panel of experts hungry to answer your questions live! Please be sure to vote for these great sessions to ensure they’re scheduled at VMworld 2014!

Thanks for taking the time to vote, but please don’t stop once you’ve voted for my sessions. There are a number of other excellent sessions from people like Duncan Epping, Chad Sakac, Scott Lowe, Chris Colotti, and Matt Cowger. As well as a  joint session between Chad Sakac (EMC) and Vaughn Stewart (Pure) which shouldn’t be missed!

Thanks again and I hope to see you at VMworld US and Europe!


Created on May 7, 2014 by Rick Scherer

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VMworld 2013 San Francisco – Live Blogging

All Systems Go. VMworld 2013 has kicked off and things are in full swing. We’re about 10 minutes away from the Monday morning General Session beginning and there is definitely an excitement in the air. We have bloggers, analysts, customers, partners, attendees that have been to all 10 VMworlds (including myself) all standing around, mingling and anxious to hear Pat Gelsinger give his state of the union address.

This aggregated page will serve as a central repository for some live updates (mainly around keynotes, and sessions) as well as a live feed from my Twitter profile as well as my Instagram profile (for pictures). For my up to the minute VMworld 2013 Schedule please visit this post.

This is going to be an amazing week! I can’t wait for the fun to start and ingest all of the great information that will be delivered. I also hope to see all of you throughout the week and especially at my Ask the Experts sessions (VSVC4569 and VSVC4570)

So that’s it for now… let’s switch on the live blogging and hope this all works out! Have a Great Week!

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Created on August 26, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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VMworld 2013 Itinerary

An event 10 years in the making! 2013 marks the 10th VMworld Conference here in the US and it has officially begun.  I arrived into San Francisco yesterday and have already reconnected with some vFriends, had a great dinner with an awesome customer and even was involved in a high-speed chase (ask me to tell you the story over a couple beers)!

Like I’ve said in prior years, VMworld is by far the best IT conference on the planet. There isn’t one event that captures everything from core infrastructure components and software all the way up the stack through application development and end-user computing devices. One full week filled with education, networking, entertainment and awesome technology!

The networking opportunities have to be the best piece of VMworld, never will you be able to meet with other people as passionate about a single thing as you are. Now that VMware has a clear cut focus on the Software-Defined Data Center I think we’ll learn a lot more about some exciting new products and technologies focused around Storage, Networking and Security. Over the past year VMware has been trimming a lot of fat, and migrating some key products to a joint initiative between EMC/VMware called Pivotal. I think what this means for the industry is that VMware will be laser focused on SDDC and End-User Computing.

So here is my schedule, full of great sessions, fun networking opportunities, awesome parties and completely slammed from morning to evening….boy I love VMworld! At the bottom of the page I’m going to include some “Interested” sessions and Vendors, these are sessions that I wasn’t able to schedule due to conflict but that I’d still very much like to watch perhaps on-demand after the conference.

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Created on August 25, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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VMworld 2013 – Ask the Experts Panel Sessions

Wow…another year, and another VMworld coming up.  I can’t believe how fast time goes by, and how fast things evolve in the tech industry. I know it’s cliche to say that this will be the most exciting VMworld, because I say that every year, but honestly every year brings something new and this year is going to be no different.

Lots of changes happening to VMware, specifically around the reorganization of people and products. It finally looks like VMware has a clear cut focus, Datacenter Virtualization (Cloud/SDDC) and End-User Computing. Pivotal was formed to take 100% of the Next-Gen Application space and other products (ie: Zimbra) were sold off. VMware can now focus 100% on what they’re good at. I think we have to thank Pat Gelsinger for the disruptive yet extremely good changes VMware has gone through the past year.

So, enough blabbing, why are we really here? Well, I’ll post a full informative VMworld post in the next few days or so which will detail out my schedule and what sessions I think  people should be checking out.  This post is to remind people of two great sessions that I’ll be running at VMworld.

Ask the Experts is a highly successful session that I’ve ran for the past 6 years and this year it’s only going to get better! I’ve broken it out into two separate sessions, one hosted by expert vBloggers and another hosted by VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX). Don’t let the titles fool you, these sessions aren’t about asking how to get into blogging, or how to obtain your VCDX (although, those are both valid questions). These sessions are for you, the audience, to ask any question your heart desires around any VMware focused topic. Why isn’t this working? How should I architect my vCloud landscape? What type of storage layout should I use for VDI?

With that said, the success of these sessions are strictly dependent on YOUR participation. So, please register for VSVC4569 – Ask the Expert vBloggers and VSVC4570 – Ask the Expert VCDX’s, attend the session and get vocal! Ask some questions!  If you’re a little shy, or perhaps not attending VMworld San Francisco you can also submit your question prior and if there is time we’ll get to it on stage live at VMworld! So please, if you do have a question feel free to submit a questionnaire with one of the links presented below. If you’re attending VMworld SF I hope to see you there, if you’re not extend a hello to me on Twitter! (@rick_vmwaretips)

To submit a question for VSVC4569 – Ask the Expert vBloggers, visit http://bit.ly/14EcEKS

To submit a question for VSVC4570 – Ask the Expert VCDX’s, visit http://bit.ly/15o9O5S


Created on August 10, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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VMworld 2013 Public Voting Now Open

It’s that joyous time of year again! VMworld is fast approaching and Public Voting is NOW OPEN.  This year I’ve submitted three different Ask the Expert sessions with focus on different topics, so there should be an Ask the Expert session for you! I’ve also submitted a great session on integrating two great technologies, vSphere Metro Cluster and VMware Horizon View, you should definitely vote for it if you’re planning on building a geo-clustered View environment. These sessions won’t be picked up unless you vote for them, I’d love to see you all in these sessions so please, vote early and vote often :)

  • 4569 – Ask the Expert vBloggers – Duncan EppingWilliam LamScott Lowe, Rick SchererVaughn Stewart 
    One of the highest rated sessions at VMworld is back for it’s sixth year! We got the top Virtualization Bloggers in the industry and put them on stage answering your questions in a wide array of topics.
  • 4570 – Ask the Expert VCDX’s — Chris Colotti, Matt Cowger, Jason Nash, Rick Scherer, Chris Wahl
    Come get interactive with a panel of five VMware Certified Design Experts, they’ll answer your questions live.
    Experts in Cloud, Application Modernization and End User Computing are here to help.
    Working on becoming a VCDX? Ask you questions about our panel members journey to becoming a VMware Certified Design Expert.
  • 4571 – Ask the Experts – Storage Leaders — Jason Boche, Chad Sakac, Rick Scherer, Eric Siebert, Vaughn Stewart
    Come get interactive with four huge names in the storage industry. Ask your questions to leaders from EMC, NetApp, Dell and HP. How do you build a scalable storage infrastructure to match your vSphere compute deployment? What’s the best storage protocol for your Private Cloud deployment? Should I be using Round Robin or Fixed pathing? What is a SATP or PSP? Come find out!
  • 4572 – Building a vSphere Metro Cluster for VMware Horizon View — Rick Scherer
    Learn how you can leverage the vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC) reference architecture to stretch a cluster used for End User Computing. Say Hello to Always-On Follow-Me Computing.

Remember, the Ask the Expert sessions are driven by the audience… no script, no presentation, just a panel of experts hungry to answer your questions live! Please be sure to vote for these great sessions to ensure they’re scheduled at VMworld 2013!

Thanks for taking the time to vote, but please don’t stop once you’ve voted for my sessions. There are a number of other excellent sessions from people like Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman, Chad Sakac, Scott Lowe, Chris Colotti, Kendrick Coleman, Jeremiah Dooley, a number of them from the EMC vSpecialists as well as a  joint session between Chad Sakac (EMC) and Vaughn Stewart (NetApp) which shouldn’t be missed!

Thanks again and I hope to see you at VMworld US and Europe!


Created on April 23, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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Win Access to VMworld 2012 Sessions

Attention all VMware Junkies!  For those of you that were unable to attend VMworld 2012, here is your chance to get access to all of the content available from VMworld 2012!  Valued at $699 I’m giving away one voucher that will provide FREE access to all of the sessions and their content, including associated MP3′s and PDF’s! Experience all presentations online just like actually being at VMworld!

Sessions and labs are available on-demand at your own convenience in the following formats:

  1. Videos (general sessions and super sessions)
  2. Flash presentations w/ audio over slides (all breakout sessions)
  3. PDF downloads (all sessions and labs)
  4. MP3 podcats (all sessions)
  5. Demo videos and scripts (select sessions and labs)

No gimmicks to win, just submit an easy to enter entry form! That’s it!  Winners will be announced on November 2nd!
Just a final note, attendees to VMworld 2012 already get full online access but if you didn’t attend here’s a chance to get a full access pass!

Congratulations to Nikola Bravo of New York! They’ve just won a free pass to the VMworld Online content.


Created on October 27, 2012 by Rick Scherer

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