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Sep 1 2009   3:46AM GMT

VMworld 2009: Day 1: Tuesday: The Keynote

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

Well, I’m trying to live blog and tweet this morning at the VMworld. I’m gonna save this page, and keep up dating it as worthwhile news dribbles through. Something tells me – that this might end up like an episode of Big Brother! If you onlin refresh this page every couple of minutes to find out what’s been announced…

This years VMworld kicks of with a “Hello Freedom” and a blast of George Michael’s “Freedom” ushered Paul M CEO of VMware to the stage. Anyway, pushing away thoughts of mens lavatories and LAPD uniforms we settled down to a keynote – which much a re-run of what we heard at VMworld Europe.

Paul described the world within we live as being creating “Pillars of Complexity” which really needs to be replaced by the cloud and the “giant computer” that’s essentially repeat of the software mainframe concept that Paul touted in Canne & Vegas last year

Interestingly before Paul entered the stage we discovered that out 1,000 top companies, only 30 don’t use VMware. There’s a competition, that anyone who can get those last 30 customers using VMware, will win a free trip to VMworld next year.

After a brief intro, Paul introduced a guy from IBM – which has a plug-in to show how many Watts were being used by an ESX host. The agument being that – the cost per watt is the true benchmark. The IBM guy was able to show how much power a VM is consumming.  Rather wierdly the guy from IBM said “that we’ve put a lot of energy into reducing power”. But hey, I will let that pass…

Some of the guys noticed that there was a new build being shown. The download site of vSphere is current unavailable, so we are all experting an ESX4.1 build shortly…

After doing this power management demo – Paul brought some VMware staffers into to talk about the new products/updates that plug-in to vCenter. The first being Lab Manager… It was hard to see what was really “new” here, as the demo showed the “linked cloned” feature.

Next Paul M flagged up the new vSphere Foundation Esssentials SKU which starts at $186 per socket package. He dubbed it as the “IT in a box” SKU. He announced the availability of VMware GO (a beta) which allows you to manage the free ESXi system. It’s web based and helps automate the ESXi configuration and installation.

http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vsphere/esxi/go

Next Paul M talked about technology they are developing to allow you to move a VM from an internal cloud to an external cloud whilst the management interface remains the same. But once again Paul repeated the “Hotel California” analogy – that you don’t want the cloud to be something you can check a VM into but can’t check it in again. IF you in your mid-20 you probably don’t even know what the “Hotel California” is. Well, its a song by a 70′s band called the Eagles

Anyway, Paul announced an “VMware Virtualized” initiative which is an effort to get cloud providers use VMware Technologies, rather than Xen (which actually is more common)… In addition to this initiative – they want to launch “vCloud Express” – it sounds a little bit like a relaunch on the vCloud concept.

We then a vCloud Express demo. This was a demo with Terramark (which was acquired by VMware this year). Basically, the guy registered and supplied his credit card details. Essentially, its an attempt to take on Amazon EC2. They really flagged up the GOS support is the same as vSphere4 – that’s been an issue with Amazon offering which apparently is limited. They reckon it was cost you about $1 a day.

Paul then moved on to discuss virtual desktops and the View product. Paul were joined on the stage – by a HP guy who introduced his company hardware which will take on Cisco UCS. I wasn’t really sure what this had to with VDI, or whether it was an excuse to give another partner/sponsor to showcase their kit. But then the HP guy showed a HP plug-in vCenter – which would show you HP CIM information. Personally, this kind of integration does vary. Sometime a vendors plug-in adds really add functionality that makes you life easier (like NetApps RCU), but I’m afraid all the HP plug-in is load a web-page of the HP SIM into vCenter – and offer a couple links to the full SIM. It really had NOTHING to do with VDI…

The next guy was from Telus (tell us about Tellus). Where he showed us the beta for View (a beta I didn’t know existed, and can’t get an invite too… apparently there’s not enough resources to make the beta programme any more open. I’m hoping the RC might release more resources to allow me access to the beta programme)… He opened his PowerPoint presentation in a View session – the reason being so he could show the new PCoIP (PC over IP) protocol that VMware has been co-developing with Terridici. It’s pretty good – the only down side I see is – that if your on a WAN you will need to use a SSL VPN with it – because currently its not compatiable with View SSL Security Broker… In a case you don’t PCoIP is a protocol that allows of a PC graphic intensive experience with a remote display – the kind of thing that RDP has failed to do…

Next Paul began to explain the SpringSource acquistion. Basically, they want to put it on their cloud – to allow a developer space. They demo shows how a spring source developer – could right click and choose where to deploy there app – to internal/external cloud.

And that was it. So nothing too radical or shocking – and more or less a restatement of the agenda in Canne… Anyway, here’s a picture of me acting the fool in the bloggers pen:

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