As the dust has now had a little time to settle on VMworld Europe 2018, we’ve had time to reflect on Asystec’s most recent trip to the virtualisation mecca that is.. VMworld!
This year was big…. Very big! Both for VMworld who had a record 13,000 attend, to Asystec also with a record number of customers choosing to travel with us. If you were one of them we’re going to take this opportunity to thank you for coming along and hope you got a lot out of the conference and any meetings we scheduled for you. Big also, were the number of session and of course the announcements!
So to help alleviate any FOMO you might have experienced had you not been able to attend, we’ve rounded up some key takeaways brought to you directly from the Asystec Team that made the trip this year.
In the Day 1 Keynote, CEO Pat Gelsinger and CTO Ray O’Farrell laid out how VMware will shape the future of technology by highlighting the growing footprint in the four biggest tech superpowers of today: cloud, mobile, AI/machine learning and edge/IoT.
Day 2’s showcase keynotes focused on four business critical topics: Modernizing the datacentre, integrating public clouds, empowering digital workspace and transforming networking and security.
We’ll touch on these in our round up below..
You can also find the keynotes, general and breakout session videos and recordings here
Asystec Solutions Architect Victor Forde, attended this year; “It’s my fourth year to attend the event and every year it gets better and better – utilising briefings, meetings and interchanges you get to mingle with the best minds in IT,” Victor explains, “Each year I come back energised and excited about the continuing transformation of IT and what it means for the future of Asystec. I take home with me additional skills, expertise and shared learnings that our customers will love and benefit from. The VMware community is extremely strong as a supporting network. Exchanging thoughts with VMware technology experts face to face on the exhibition floor is one of the main reasons for attending. The sharing of knowledge and support with challenges with these experts is worth the entrance fee alone.”
Some key takeaways from this year’s event include:
VxRail and VMware VVD are better together (Available now)
- VVD 4.2 (includes multiple availability zones support i.e. vSAN stretched cluster support) brings complete NSX and vRealize capabilities on top of VxRail
- End to end validation of HW and SW with interop and scalability testing
VxRail Operational Guidance
- It was announced VxRail will evolve to automated switch deployment and Integrate with VMware Cloud Foundation integrations unleashing full SDDC stack to VxRail.
- New VxRail entry configurations expected start of next year
vSAN What’s New and what’s coming?!
- vSAN announced features coming soon are vSAN File Services, Cloud Native Storage and vSAN Data Protection: Providing NFS services on vSAN a feature
- vSAN Project Dimension brings cloud simplicity (as a service) to the DC and Edge
- vSAN and vSphere is becoming increasingly popular for Cloud Native (Kubernetes) applications. PKS on vSphere deploys K8’S but the resilience and performance is provided with the distributed shared storage of vSAN and the resilient vSphere Clustering and resource management well known features.
Asystec’s own EUC Solutions Architect, John Whitty had the following perspective and key takeaways from what was this first time at VMworld.
“VMworld really presents you with such a fantastic opportunity to meet face to face with industry experts and get to know people you wouldn’t normally converse with. It was an all-round great experience and a very productive 4 days at Gran Fira Barcelona”
The main area of focus was around Workspace ONE modern management and Horizon Cloud
Workspace ONE Intelligence Automation Connection
- This new feature allows automated actions to be taken on data/notifications within the Workspace ONE Intelligence engine and out to third party solutions which can receive instructions. Example: generate service desk tickets based on alerts.
Dell Provisioning for Workspace ONE
- Dell now provide a facility to ship devices with a pre-loaded, full application set (including a configured Workspace ONE agent) and make them available to the user on first boot. Workspace ONE can then manage access to the applications on these devices. This removes the need for IT Helpdesks to get involved in the device provisioning workflow or for the end-user to download a full application set on first boot.
Instant Clones and AppVolumes for Horizon 7 on AWS
- Instant Clones and AppVolumes for Horizon 7 on AWS are now supported.
- Consolidated Monitoring across on-premises Horizon and Horizon cloud offerings. The Horizon Cloud Service will allow administrators view the health of an on-premises Horizon deployment and a Horizon Cloud deployment from the same console.
IOT and Edge Computing
Asystec Principal Architect Brian Lewis, traveled from Minnesota, USA and drew the following points of interest from the conference.
- Advances in hardware such as NVME SSD and GPU’s have opened the door for IOT and edge computing to reach its full potential
- VMware’s foray into SBFT (scalable Byzantine Fault Tolerance) in regard to Blockchain shows their commitment to advancing Secure transactional adoptance. SBFT is optimized for decentralization and can easily handle more than 100 active replicas. SBFT provides a smart contract execution environment based on Ethereum’s EVM byte-code
- Micro VM monitor and billing, is being rapidly brought under scrutiny by companies that wish to gain a better handle on cloud sprawl and expenditures.
“I missed out on attending VMworld Las Vegas this year as we were simply too busy launching Asystec’s new office in Minnesota, so when the chance arose to attend Barcelona I jumped at it. Usually all the big announcements come out of Las Vegas which is in August and this is closely followed by the European conference which misses out on new announcements, but as there was a bigger gap between the 2 conferences this year, Barcelona did not disappoint in this area.”
Focusing on New Announcements, Asystec Solutions Architect Ciaran Cooney noted the following, as his key insights from the event. He also suggested some additional links with more detailed information.
VMware Cloud on AWS
- New regions forthcoming in AWS – EU (Ireland), AWS West (N. California) and AWS East (Ohio) in Q4 2018
- Advancements to disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) for VMware Cloud on AWS
- Dell EMC VxRail with VMware Site Recovery for comprehensive push button failover to VMware Cloud on AWS announced
- Elastic DRS enables automating SDDC cluster scaling after failover happens based on user requirements, and Elastic vSAN with Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) is also now available
- VMware Cloud Motion with vSphere Replication, a capability in VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension, is now available – live migration of thousands of virtual machines with zero downtime
- Integration between VMware NSX & AWS Direct Connect
- NSX micro-segmentation capabilities now available
VMware Cloud Foundation 3.5
- Integration with Dell EMC Ready Nodes on Dell EMC PowerEdge MX, Dell EMCs new composable infrastructure platform
- Integration with HPE Synergy Composer
- NSX-T 2.3 support added
- PKS integration also added, bring Kubernetes to the Platform
- VCF 3.0 added multi-site, stretched clusters, workload mobility and NSX Hybrid Connect (HCX)
- Support for vSphere 6.7 U1, vRealize Automation 7.5 and vROps 7.0
- VCF on VxRail in preview
- Consume VCF as a service via VMware on AWS, IBM Cloud for VMware solutions, OVH, Rackspace etc.
- Click here to read a more detailed VMware blog on this topic.
VMware vRealize Network Insight 4.0
- Troubleshoot application connectivity in hybrid and multi-cloud environments e.g Troubleshoot the path between a virtual machine (VM) on-premises to an EC2 instance in Amazon Web Services (AWS)
- Visibility across underlay and overlay networks including sflow support, new visibility for VMware NSX-T topology and events as well as support for Cisco ACI underlay and Cisco ASA firewall
- Can be deployed on-prem or consumed as a service
- Click here to read a more detailed VMware blog on this topic.
VMware Cloud Foundation 3.5 and VMware vRealize Network Insight 4.0 are both expected to be available by end of VMware’s fiscal year 2019 (Feb. 1, 2019).
Other Notable Announcements
VMware Blockchain (Project Conchord) in Beta
- VMware Blockchain is a service that will provide permissioned blockchain integrated with the VMware stack for the enterprise. Click here to read a more detailed VMware blog on this topic.
Project Dimension In Beta
- Project Dimension will extend the VMware Cloud to deliver a software-defined data-center (SDDC) in a hyperconverged appliance as-a-service, leveraging a hybrid architecture of cloud components and the full VMware SDDC stack running locally. Click here to read a more detailed VMware blog on this topic.
- Yet Another VMware Kubernetes Platform. Click here to read a more detailed VMware blog on this topic.
- Multi-cloud operations Platform. Click here to read a more detailed VMware blog on this topic.
Not to hang around, VMware have already announced the 2019 VMworld dates. It’s back in Barcelona from November 4th to 9th2019. We hope to see you there!