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VMWorld 2010 VIRTUMANIA Infosmack Productions #smackup

image For those attending VMWorld 2010 in San Francisco, CA, On Wednesday September 1 at 1:00 PM PST take a break from the sessions and stop by to meet VIRTUMANIA and Infosmack personalities Marc Farley, Rick Vanover, and me in person on the VMWorld 2010 Solutions Exchange floor. The Veeam and 3PAR booths are adjacent to each other, so this tweet up will be in the general area at both booths from 1 PM to 2 PM PST.

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Be sure to follow (and use) the hashtag #smackup during the event on that Wednesday. The page will be collecting tweets and photos using this tag!

Looking forward to seeing everyone then!

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Win VMWorld 2010 Trip From GestaltIT. Pay It Forward.

I’m late posting about this so I’ll be short. Tuesday 08/10/2010 is the deadline to enter and win a free conference pass, airfare, and hotel accommodations for VMWorld 2010 in San Francisco, CA. Go to and register NOW!

Here’s some various contest info as pasted directly from the post Announcing the Gestalt IT “Get Away to VMworld” Contest!:

“Here’s the deal: Thanks to our generous sponsors (Xsigo and Symantec), we’ll pay airfare, hotel, and registration for one lucky and deserving person out there to attend VMworld San Francisco 2010! That’s right – you get to go to VMworld for free!”

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!”


Ok, so how can you enter this contest? Here are the simple steps:

  1. Consider how attending VMworld would help you and the broader community
  2. Fill out the contest entry form
  3. Plan on stopping by the Symantec and Xsigo booths at the show and thanking them for their support
  4. Consider publicizing the contest by sharing this article with friends and associates
  5. Consider subscribing to Gestalt IT with RSS, by email, on Twitter, or in iTunes
  6. Consider supporting and donating your swag to school kids in need”

You have through Tuesday, August 10 to enter. The winner will be announced on the VMware Community Roundtable Podcast, Wednesday August 11 at noon Pacific time!

Check out the whole GestaltIT post for more details and some fine print. Good Luck and I hope to see you there!

VIRTUMANIA Episode 16: The One About vExperts and VMWorld

Our weekly podcast is usually a loose and casual conversation, but VIRTUMANIA Episode 16 was definitely "off the hip". Regular co-host Marc Farley is back, Rick Vanover joins us as always, and very special guests John Troyer and Eric Siebert round out a great discussion. The following is the podcast summary:

VIRTUMANIA Podcast Episode 16The One About vExperts And VMWorld. Rich Brambley (@rbrambley) of VMETC and Marc Farley (@3parfarley) of are joined by regular Rick Vanover (@rickvanover) of Very special guests this week are VMware’s John Troyer (@jtroyer VMTN Roundtable Podcast) and Eric Seibert (@ericsiebert) of The conversation covers everything from VMware’s 2010 vExpert program, hyping VMworld 2010, to social media tools and preferences. Although no “stretched analogy” was used in the actual episode this week, the spontaneous recording is almost like a cafe conversation from an episode of Friends. Thanks to Greg Knieriemen (@knieriemen) of Chi Corporation for this Infosmack Production.

Listen to the podcast with the embedded player or subscribe to get a weekly copy so you can listen when convenient.

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Check out the VM /ETC VIRTUMANIA Page to listen to past episodes as well as episodes of Infosmack.

The following links offer more information on some of the topics mentioned in VIRTUMANIA Episode 16:

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Exploring VMware vSphere And View Next Version Features

Download The VMworld 2009 Presentation on IO DRS

A common question from those that did not get to attend VMware Partner Exchange 2010 has been “So, tell me about what you saw that you can’t tell everyone about!” Unfortunately, like Maverick in the movie Top Gun said, “It’s classified. I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.”

On the other hand, more and more information is starting to surface on the web. I can neither confirm or deny that all features and version numbers will be available or released as reported, but the TechTarget folks have put together a couple of good summary articles for those who interested in a little more information on a possible future roadmap of VMware vSphere and VMware View. Check the following articles for a round up of general speculation and reaction during and after the PEX 2010 conference. Most of the sources used are credible. ;) (That last comment will make more sense to you after you follow the links)

VMware to add memory compression, I-O resource management to next vSphere

“The next release of VMware’s vSphere will add memory compression, I/O resource management and better VMotion performance, according to attendees of last week’s VMware Partner Exchange in Las Vegas. If the company architects these features as promised, they could improve performance and resource utilization of VMware environments.”

VMware vies for virtual desktop dominance with View 4.5

“The upcoming version of VMware’s VDI software will better integrate its desktop and server virtualization software and expand the role of its ThinApp application virtualization software, all in an effort to extend its server virtualization dominance to the desktop.”

The above quotes are just the opening paragraphs of each TechTarget article. Read the rest for the details.

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VMware’s Private Cloud Is The Forest. The Trees Are Project Redwood

Shortly after VMworld  I posted about my experience using vCloud Express. One of the things that I expected to see but found missing from the solution was the ability to perform virtual machine (VM) uploads and downloads between my own vSphere infrastructure and the hosted VMware environment. To be able to move my workloads (running on VMware VMs) from my private data center to the cloud or visa versa was an expectation I had based on the federated and private cloud discussions I’ve listened to over the past year. I expected to be able to at least manually export or import an OVF, but unfortunately did not find that capability while testing.

Before continuing allow me the liberty to reference a common expression - Can’t see the forest for the trees:

“An expression used of someone who is too involved in the details of a problem to look at the situation as a whole”

VMware has created the opposite scenario described in this expression with their concept of the Cloud. That is, VMware has allowed us to visualize what the forest will be before we have the trees. Of course, they had to. Was anyone besides Amazon talking Cloud before that, and if they were, was anyone even considering allowing companies to create their own internal clouds? I’d have to say VMware put the concept in my head. All I can say for sure is that I know I wasn’t listening to Cloud discussions before VMworld 2008.

Getting back to my vCloud Express testing and expectations, I was finally looking at the trees instead of the forest. I have since found some interesting information about how these trees are growing (if you will). To complete my reference, some of the details about VM transfer between private and public clouds are revealed by a VMware project has been privately referred to as Project Redwood. Continue reading

MDS and Xsigo Power VMware GETO Mobile Demo and VMworld Booth Rack

The VMworld 2009 Hands on Labs (HOL) VI was not the only VMware Global Engineering Technical Operations Team (GETO) managed infrastructure at the Moscone Center in 2009. The VMware Cloud Pavilion Booth and it’s demos, some customer demos, and even the VMTN Lounge and vExpert booth (I used personally) was run from a self contained, mobile rack. That rack was/is powered by MDS Quadv Servers and Xsigo I/O Virtualization Solutions.

MDS and Xsigo were sponsors of the GestaltIT Tech Field Day, and their presentations were first on our Day 1 agenda. Although I knew VMware (big thanks are due to John Troyer for setting everything up!) would be hosting these sessions at their head quarters in Palo Alto, I did not make the connection between the companies until I arrived on site Thursday. The aforementioned VMworld 2009 mobile rack is currently running in the VMware Briefing Center and is patiently waiting to be shipped again by the GETO team to the next conference or event.

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VMworld 2009 Booth Talk – Trend Micro Solutions Secure Virtual Servers

During VMworld 2009 I talked to Trend Micro about their virtualization protection solutions. Some of which are based in part on VMware’s VMSafe APIs. Trend told me about their protection against virus and malware attacks, network intrusion, firewall integrity, and application threats in VMware virtual machines (VMs). After researching some more about what I heard in the Trend booth at the conference, I discovered Trend also offers a free product, VM Protection, for a maximum of 100 guests.

Antivirus and Malware

At the Trend Micro booth I was introduced to Core Protection for VMware Virtual Machines, and I learned that although virtual machines still require Trend Real Time Agents (RTA) installed in each VM, the protection workload is now isolated to a dedicated “scanning virtual machine”.

The virtualization RTA on each guest is a specialized version responsible only for scheduling and status monitoring, and is not the same agent installed if using Trend’s physical server protection. The volumes and files of each guest are actually scanned directly on the VMFS datastore by the scanning VM, and not performed by the RTA running on each virtual server.

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