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13 October, 2014

#VMworld Barcelona Day 2 (part 1): breakout session

Hi all,
This morning Carl Escenbach on stage, and about 9000 attendants at VMworld 2014.
He speaks, as done by Pat Gelsinger, about the "Liquid World".

The Brave new IT must be Fluid, Instant, Secure and have Choice (aka FISC, acronym invented by me on the fly) to move towards the Hybrid Cloud.

Integrated with vRealize Air and a bunch of partners working woth VMware

Texcnology enables change but People drive change

The customer invited on stage for their case study explanation is from SAP.

Then we have Vodafone that use SDDC for selfservice, flexibility, simplicity internally and that have deployed a private cloud for their enterprise customers.

As told yesterday by Pat Gelsinger, the future is Hybrid Cloud.

Raghu Raghuram, VMware, on stage speaking about SDDC
Images are better that thousands words

Ben Fathi on stage speaking about EVO:RAIL: SDDC deployed in 15 minutes (see yesterday post for more information on EVO:RAIL)

EVO:RACK is in tech preview

VMware is the best way to run OpenStack


Here the tradeoff is traditional applications vs Cloud Based Applications


The entire ecosystem of developers are working together to automate the development of the code with vRealize Code Stream.

vRealize Suite

Policy-based cloud management

Microsegmentation with NSX

So, NSX deploying Networking and Security

Plus we can secure the internal perimeter of the datacenter using microsegmentation with NSX and third party AntiVirus appliances.

vRealize Command Center
With Command center you can go in depth to check for Healt, risk and efficiency of your SDDC.

... And in depth...

... And in depth (logical and physical)


#VMworld Barcelona Day 1 (part 2): #SDDC2095 introducing VMware EVO:RAIL

Hello all,
This session is about the new EVO:RAIL products.
Instructor is Bryan Evans.
He starts by speaking about the EVO product in general that have to come.

Some challenges in making SDDC happen

There are three approaces:

Hyper converged infrastructure is the "easy way".

Single SKU
Simple deploiment and LCM
Single vendor, hence single support call
Large ecosystem of partners

It is contained into a 2U/4N 
And contains
Preinstallled vSphere, vCenter, vSAN, Log Insight, EVO:RAIL engine

Automated scale up out up to 4 HCIAs
Time to value to first VM in minutes
Non disruptive patching and upgrade


#VMworld Barcelona Day 1 (part 1): #Breakout #session

Breakout session Starts with Mr. Carli speaking about
New strategies that are are all about innovations

Then he introduces on stage Pat Gelsinger , VMware CEO, who speaks about a transformation in the World we live in: it is a Liquid World in all its components education, works, retails, governments, transportation, economics, health.
 Examples are 
Cancer Research UK
Lufthansa systems
Ministry of Education in Malaysia

The braves will thrive, so be Brave (in the positive sense)


vSphere 6.0 beta with 4 vCPU FT feature 
VRealize Suite
vRealize Air 
vRealize operation 6.0
vRealize Code Stream that helps automating the LCM of software development
VMware EVO Is an hyperconverged solution and the first member of EVO is EVO:RAIL

Mr. Pat Gelsinger announces also Vmware integrated with OpenStack API (now in Beta): this allows great flexibility maintaining VMware features 

Then it's the time for NSX that is a Virtual Network in Software:
So we will have VMs (virtual machines) and VNs (virtual networks): these VNs can be routers, load balancers, firewalls, VPNs. The strongest user case of using NSX today is building an hard security perimeter expecially on the inside the datacenter with micro segmentation.

Then is time for EUC.

Horizon brings VMware to be leader in unified VDI and app publishing. Then we have DaaS and real time app delivery with rich user experience.

Horizon FLEX for enterprise mobility.

And Content Sharing: Air Watch


#VMworld Barcelona Day 0 (part 4): #HOL-SDC-1420 - #OpenStack with #VMware

Hi all,
my relationship with the HOLs continue.
I'm doing right now HOL-SDC-1420 - OpenStack with VMware, but the massive concurrency of Labs going in parallel give me the opportunity to write this post, in the meanwhile the two instances of VM launched with OpenStack are respawning.

OpenStack is an open source software that delivers a framework of services for API based infrastructure consumption. OpenStack framework requires hardware or software based infrastructure components and management tools to build a functional OpenStack cloud. The "plug-in" architecture of OpenStack services enables various vendors (such as VMware) to integrate their infrastructure solutions (such as vSphere and NSX) to deliver an OpenStack cloud.

The VMware NSX Appliance is an important networking feature to understand in this topology. The appliance is a separate installation and not visible in the vSphere Web Client.
The NSX appliance provides Networking Services such as L2 networks, L3 routing, Floating IPs, Security Groups and more. OpenStack delivers these services through the Neutron service and API’s.

VOVA is an OVF-based virtual appliance that provides "OpenStack in a box”. VOVA runs all OpenStack services such as Nova, Glance, Cinder, Neutron, Keystone and Horizon in an Ubuntu Linux appliance. VOVA is not a commercial product, it is a learning tool released by VMware engineers to allow VMware customers to try out OpenStack integration with vSphere

If you would like to download and run VOVA in your own environment, please copy down the following link: http://bit.ly/16Ue7qn

In a real deployment scenario, the Cloud Administrator would be responsible for installing and maintaining OpenStack. 

In OpenStack, users are grouped in containers called projects. These projects are effectively tenants in the OpenStack cloud environment. Each project has an assigned quota of compute, network and storage resources that are shared by all users in that project. Projects are isolated from each other, that is, users in one project can't see the users and resources of other projects.

This lab is quite long and impossible to complete in the given time, nevertheless, the co-operation between Openstack and VMware real good stated that things like DRS, HA, FT, etc. will continue to work, making this solution very attractive for enterprise administrators wanting to benefit from open orchestration (OpenStack) without sacrificing VMware's unmatched enterprise-level functions.


#VMworld Barcelona Day 0 (part 3): #HOL-SDC-1426 - #vCloudAir Introduction

Hello all,
as said in the previous post I'm taking my first day time to do HOL: for the others who want to do it I advice to have your own device and avoid the long queue at the HOL stand. So BYOD is always the vest solution.
I've just completed HOL-SDC-1426 - vCloudAir Introduction.
it's a four module HOL and it's quite long but really interesting.

vCloud Air is a secure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud owned and operated by VMware, and it's the new name for the product named vCHS (vCheese).  It is built on the trusted foundation of vSphere and and is ideally suited for running existing Enterprise workloads as well as new applications.  With vCloud Air, IT administrators and architects now have a common platform for seamlessly extending existing data centers to the cloud, leveraging the same tools and processes they use today to manage their on premises environments.

Each cloud instance type includes utilizes the Virtual Datacenter (vDC) construct.  In a Dedicated Cloud a customer could have multiple virtual datacenters (vDC) with each vDC owning a subset of the global resources. In the case of a Virtual Private Cloud a customer only has access to 1 vDC. It is via this vDC construct that VMs are deployed and managed.


#VMworld Barcelona Day 0 (part 2): #Partners day #HOL-SDC-1428-vmware #EVO:RAIL

Hi all,
unluckily it seems that the Blogger pass do not give the ability to attend today Partners sessions... meanwhile I'm a partner, too.
anyway I have all the Hands On Lab with BYOD free for me: I take the chance to attend HOL-SDC-1428-vmware:-EVO:RAIL-introduction. It's very interesting and medium length course. 
EVO:RAIL is the VMWare solution for hyper converged infrastructure and let you build your SDDC in a straight, simple and quick way (less than one hour to have your VMs up and running.
Interestes, visit


#VMworld Barcelona Day 0 (part 1): #Partners day

Hello all,
I'm just arrived at the "Social Media and Communities", ready to blog about the event.
As always a lot of people at VMWorld.
Today I've scheduled four sessions to follow:

  1. Hybrid Executive session: vision and strategy
  2. Independant software Vendors (ISV): interoperabilitily and how VMware supports your journey to the cloud
  3. End user computing Executive session: Vision and Strategy
  4. Hybrid Cloud momentum: outlining the case for Hybrid and why partners need to be ready 

I will not blog about this as this is partner day so I have to respect NDA: anyway I will try to tell you the life at VMworld. From tomorrow I will cover the session I've scheduled


12 October, 2014

#VMWorld #Barcelona 2014 Day -1 (part 3) registration at the event

I've just registered at the event.
luckily there are no underground transports works ongoing so I can reach as last year Europa Fira stop: just take your nearest underground/ground line and go to Plaza Espana; there you have to follow the signal for the pink train line. The first train that go to Europa Fira is yours (almost all the trains departing from here on the pink line stop there).
Outside the Europa Fira stop there is the Metro-VMWorld-Metro shuttle stop. no need to obliterate, just catch the first that stop there.

#VMWorld #Barcelona 2014 Day -1 (part 2) I'm at the hotel

Hi all,
Landed in Barcelona and now at the hotel.

The forecasted weather was completely WRONG. Some cloud in the sky but warm and humid!

Firstly based on your type of power plug for your electric devices, it's better to bring an universal international adapter: if you don't have one of it, normally asking the hotel reception have some spare adapters to lend you.

Just some time to unpak the luggage an then I wiil go to Gran Fira to register myself for the event.
If you are already there tweet to @mfrizzi if you want to have dinner togeter or just have a vBeer.
For who is in Barcelona for the first time I attach the underground map for your convenience.
During my way to the hotel I've seen some streets works ongoing... I'm a little worried about the underground stop near me, as I choose the same hotel of last year because it was comfortable and easier from here to get to Gran Fira... will take you updated as I'm moving now to go and register for VMWorld.

When you arrive at the BCN airport anyway I usually take a taxi because of luggage weight and distance from the centre; I do the same at the return for the same reasons.

See you there

#VMWorld Barcelona 2014: Day -1 (part 1)

Hi all
i'm in Milano Malpensa MPX airport,  waiting for my flight to depart.
I'm very excited for this annual event organized by VMware expecially I want to learn more about EVO:RAIL, vCloud air and all the new products and features for EUC.
Here in Milan the weather is very bad and hope that it will change in Barcelona, but the forecast it's not promising good weather for the next week...

As I've said in the previous post, pack a little umbrella or a waterproof jacket.
See you there!

Are you ready for #VMworld 2014 in #Barcelona?

Hi all,
Have you checked all that must be useful during your trip to Barcelona and attend the event?
Passport ready? Round trip airplane tickets and hotel booking stored in your handbag?
Comfortable shoes for walking the Gran Fira all the day passing from one session to another?
Have you scheduled your agenda?
Is your Half full baggage ready to be filled at your return with interesting technical material and gadgets?
If so, you are ready.

I have a look at the weather forecast and, although the temperature will be quite good, some rain is forecasted so pack waterproof jacket, or little umbrella if you like it.
The company I will fly with send me an SMS telling that for Ebola heightened awarness the check in the airports, both departure and arrivals, should take longer time than normal so, take it into count!


02 August, 2014

#VMWorld #2014 #Barcelona: what I would expect!

Hi all,
I am one of the lucky that went to VMWorld Europe, since the time when it was called TSX (2006) in EuroDisney, covering the events with blog posts, videos and pictures  about breakout sessions, agenda's sessions, Solution Exchange and Hands on Labs (see previous posts back in this blog).

I really enjoy the time spent @VMWorld as, beyond the event, there is a lot of customers and prospects engagement: you are there for work, not just to have a week off the office or to enjoy the city!
Barcelona is a very beautiful place to visit but you can do it after the event. There is a lot of spare time in the night (if you are not blogging...), and the vendors at the Solution Exchange are very keen to invite to exclusive night parties

So, go to the general VMworld site and have a look at what you can be interested! You have not to register to have a full look at the VMworld Content Catalog

Anyway, the list below is what I would expect from VMworld EU this year:
some deep dive on:

  • NSX (Network Virtualization
  • vCHS (Vmware Cloud Hybrid Service)
  • VMware Mirage / Horizon (EUC in general)

More seats at:

  • Hands on Labs
  • Panel Sessions

Now some advice for who have decided to register to VMWorld Barcelona: I take these from Cristopher Kusek (@cxi) blog, and he post speaking about SFO event, but most of the advices are the one that I would have given, based on my previous experiences; in red comments of mine to distinguish from SFO event.
Must Have Items to Pack and Consider:
  • Comfortable Shoes:   I cannot stress this enough (I feel like I’ve said it before, and I have, and I’ll say it again, Oh and again.) BRING COMFORTABLE SHOES!.  Whether you’re sticking ENTIRELY to the show floor or you walk outside anywhere (a lot of the events are OFF-Site at times) you’ll find yourself walking.   Not only walking streets, but hills and environments the likes of which Cable Cars were designed for! So bring your comfortable shoes; You can thank me later! The advice is valid for Barcelona, too (except for environments designed for Cable Cars): consider that, if you are really interested in VMworld event, and you are going to network with client/prospects, follow the Breakouts, Solution Exchange and Agenda's sessions and Panel sessions, you are going to walk, at least 7 Kilometers a day, such I do last year).
  • Bring Business Cards: I know who you are, I met you, you’re the guy who has a QR code! You’re all SCAN MY QR CODE TO GUARANTEE WE’LL NEVER TALK EVVVEEEEEEEERRRRRR!!!! It’s true, it’s serious. People don’t exchange QR codes and remember each other.  You don’t enter that random contest to win an iPad or a Nexus 7 by giving them your QR code in a bowl.   You exchange Business Cards. Deal with it. Oh and PACK SOME BUSINESS CARDS! All true, no additions.
  • Laptop:   If you don’t need your laptop because you’re not going to be working while at the show, leave it at home.   If you bring your laptop because you need to work (like me) and you want to accomplish anything of relevance, LEAVE IT IN YOUR ROOM.  The last thing you need to do is worry about where your laptop is, especially because once you bring it, you will NEVER take it out of it’s case when you hit the show floor, less than 3% of people do. (Exceptions: Blogger, Analyst and other folks who specifically are demoing and using the laptop at set intervals) Save yourself grief though and leave it in the Hotel room, or leave it at home. No additions on this, too.
I will consider reading also a post about all (technical) events netiquette by @drjmetz and put a strike on Christopher's statement: "Don't be an idiot!"

Keep follow me on the blog for new posts about VMworld 2014 and if you're going to attend VMworld Barcelona 2014, remember that Early Birds discount are expiring in two days (Aug the 3rd 2014), well... 1 day and a half!!!


01 August, 2014

Thanks Vladan Seget for his blog post!

Hello all,
I've found a very useful post on Vladan Seget blog, pointing to a 2 hours long free course on VMware Mirage

Of course this is a VMWare Mirage Fundamentals (5.x) and do not cover all the technology (anyway... most of it).

It goes without saying that Mirage will be one of the most interesting subject of the upcoming VMWorld 2014:
looking at the sessions, there will be 8 sessions on Mirage in San Francisco and 4 in Barcelona.

If you want to improve your knowledge in this field, learning from "Use case", understand how to "modernize the desktop infrastructure" and capture the "Best Practices in deploying Mirage and what's new" great idea is to attend VMworld.

Have a look at the session you'll find in San Francisco and Barcelona connecting to General VMWorld site and creating your free account. Also visit the "convince you Boss" section after creating your fee account.

If you are already convinced, and you're going to VMware Barcelona 2014, hurry up! Early Birds discount will be available until August the 3rd!


#VMWorld #2014 approaching: are you going to #San #Francisco or #Barcelona?

Hello all,
VMWorld 2014 is approaching! Are you going to San Francisco or Barcelona.
Have a look at the site, create a free account and deep dive into the Agenda of the event. You will for sure find out a lot that interest you!
So why not partecipate registering for the best virtualisation conference on the year? Use this link for registration (Barcelona early bird discount finishes August the 3rd!)

As always there will be great time for:
  • learning a lot of all new things (do you like NSX? what about vCHS?)
  • networking with VMWare employees and SME
  • attend Hands On Lab (HOL)
  • have a lot of fun
follow me in the nest post for more information

26 April, 2014

Great Webminar series from #Nutanix: #Software #Defined #Storage

Hello all,
a great series of Webminars to attend on demand have been published on Nutanix website

With this three one hour video you can "learn how software-defined storage can enable new efficiencies for your datacenter"

enjoy the courses at this link