VMworld 2014 Highlights – a complete recap
VMworld 2014 Highlights – Day 1
- Live report from the VMworld 2014 General session.
Today VMworld 2014 kicks off with the VMworld 2014 General session. The theme for this year is “No Limits”. Follow the VMworld 2014 General session live, here, on VMGuru.
- Announcement of VMware EVO: RAIL Hyper-Converged Infrastructure.
VMware goes Hyper-Converged with VMware EVO RAIL which combines compute, network & storage resources in a complete solution offered by VMware qualified partners. Former project: Marvin is actually a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance offers a simple, easy to deploy, all-in-one solution offered by Dell, Fujitsu, EMC, iNspur, SuperMicro and Net One.
- Launch of VMware NSX 6.1.
VMware showed the next version of its network virtualization platform VMware NSX 6.1. At VMworld 2014, VMware, Inc. showcased the continued maturity of the industry’s most complete network virtualization platform for the software-defined data center with the launch of VMware NSX 6.1 and the general availability of more than a dozen partner solutions.
- Announcement of VMware integrated OpenStack.
VMware announced VMware Integrated OpenStack, a solution that will enable IT organizations to quickly and cost-effectively provide developers with open, cloud-style APIs to access VMware infrastructure.
VMworld TV – Day 1 Highlights
VMworld 2014 Highlights – Day 2
- Live report from the VMworld 2014 Day 2 General session.
The general session on the second day often shows a lot of demos. Last year we saw a demo of Mirage, where a laptop was dropped on the floor and had its data redistributed to a virtual desktop in seconds. Wonder what they will be demoing this year? Follow it live on VMGuru.
- Patrolling the borders with HyTrust Boundary Controls.
With more and more workloads (applications and data) virtualized and cloudinized the need for patrolling the border with HyTrust Boundary Controls is desperately needed. Virtualization and the cloud make data security more complicated.
- Introducing vCloud Automation Center 6.1.
VMware is Introducing vCloud Automation Center 6.1 today at VMworld US 2014. With vCloud Automation Center 6.1 VMware continues to invest in delivering an extensible, multi-vendor cloud automation framework that allows IT to deliver personalized business relevant infrastructure, applications and other IT services with the least amount of effort and lowest amount of risks.
- NVIDIA GRID vGPU on VMware Horizon.
VMware, NVIDIA and Google are now working together to deliver graphics rich applications to enterprise cloud desktops. The result of the collaboration to date is two key technology previews that are announced at VMworld 2014. NVIDIA GRID vGPU on VMware Horizon.
- vSphere 6 Enhancements.
In this morning’s General session, VMware disclosed some very cool new/improved features for vSphere 6. vSphere 6, which is in public beta now, includes the following Improvements: Fault Tolerance will support 4 vCPUs, cross vCenter vMotion and enhanced long distance vMotion.
- VMware releases Workspace Suite.
Todays General Session at VMworld 2014 was mainly about EUC and one of the new items was VMware Workspace Suite. VMware Workspace Suite combines application, device and data management with centralized identity management and policy enforcement to empower anytime, anywhere workers, transform workflows and simplify IT management.
VMworld TV – Day 2 Highlights
VMworld 2014 Highlights – Day 3
Check out the VMworld 2014 Day 3 Highlights from the VMworld party and VMworld TV.
VMworld TV – Day 3 Highlights
VMworld 2014 Highlights – Day 4
- Live report from the VMworld 2014 Day 4 General session.
The general session on the second day often shows a lot of speakers and demos. We did some MMPTW (Massive Multi-Player Thumb Wrestling), saw some nifty robots and got a demo in advanced data modeling and analysis. Follow it live on VMGuru.
- VMware Virtual SAN Best Practices.
This morning at VMworld 2014 there was a great session regarding the most common mistakes/pitfalls in VMware Virtual SAN design. One of the speakers was Cormac Hogan, VMware Storage Architect. He had some great tips.
- New VMware Fling – ESXi Mac Learning dvFilter .
MAC learning functionality solves performance problems for use cases like nested ESX. This ESX extension adds functionality to ESX to support MAC-learning on vswitch ports. For most ESX use cases, MAC learning is not required as ESX knows exactly which MAC address will be used by a VM. However, for applications like running nested ESX, i.e. ESX as a guest-VM on ESX, the situation is different.
- New VMware Fling – Services Virtual File System.
VMware release a new fling, a Service Virtual File System. Building on top of the FUSE API (Linux specific) and the llfuse library, Services Virtual File System (SVFS) aims to provide an easy way for creating a custom file system that integrates seamlessly with the native Linux one.
- Veeam v8.
Yesterday at VMworld 2014 I attended a breakout session which gave a preview of Veeam v8. Veeam compared it to the V8 Lamborghini, it’s a beast. Just as Veeam Backup & Replication product name implies, the cornerstone of data protection strategy includes both image-based backup and replication in the same product. Backups are mandatory, but only replication is able to provide you with low recovery time objectives (RTOs), which are much needed for the modern data center.
VMworld TV – Day 4 Highlights
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