VMworld 2015: Day 2 – General Session

After the nice PernixData party yesterday evening, I had an early morning start this morning to be on time for the general session @ VMworld EMEA this morning and tell you something about what new announcements VMware is bringing us. After switching from my  WiFi connection to my 3G connection I was ready to go. Kind of strange there is no WiFi coverage for us bloggers in the hall. Room for improvement for next year. This post is a short summary of the content of this session (far from complete, but hoping to give you a good impression of the contents of the general session).

Impressive Numbers

The session was kicked of by Jean-Pierre Brulard, Senior Vice President & General Manager EMEA, giving us some impressive numbers:

  • 10K Attendees
  • 96 Countries
  • 2.3k VMUG Customers
  • 2.5K Partners
  • 150 Influencers

Really impressive and really nice to be a (small) part of this numbers and hope to be for a long time to come and give back to the community with our blog-posts.

Destination #vGiveBack Photo Mosaic for Charity

Next to the figures he also pointed out the good causes we can support with the #vGiveBack initiative by the VMware Foundation (@vmwFoundation), for which we can take a picture with one of the following causes and by putting this picture on Twitter or Instagram with the right tags supporting the causes mentioned:

  • Children
  • Education
  • Health
  • Environment

Me and my CloudFix-members will for sure be doing this also. Hope all our followers who are also here in Barcelona will do the same. You can contribute at the Destination #vGiveBack Photo Mosaic for Charity between Hall 6 and hall 7.

Are you ready for any?

As you might know this years theme for VMworld is: Are you ready for any?

Carl Eschenbach, President and Chief Operating Officer of VMware tells us we should ask ourselves the following questions.

We should ask ourselves the following questions:

Are we ready for any:

  • Business Opportunity?
  • Customer demand?
  • Application Disruption?
  • Technology Disruption?

How do we bridge the gap and face the challenges of :

  • Cloud Silo’s based on the private, managed and public clouds we are currently using
  • Application silo’s we’re currently building and using containing traditional applications (like our records systems) and Cloud Native Applications.
  • Device proliferation and provide content and application across devices with a consistent and seamless user experience

In summary: One Cloud / Any Application / Any Device.

Unified Hybrid Cloud

One of the big pillars VMware is building the solution to the above challenges on is what they call a Unified Hybrid Cloud.


Quote of how VMware defines a Unified Hybrid Cloud:
“A consistently managed environment across private, managed and public clouds, for all applications, with a choice of management frameworks. This means IT can easily manage and move workloads between data center and cloud from a unified platform for maximum business agility”

Important part of this Unified Hybrid Cloud will be the VMware vCloud Air Hybrid Networking Services which will provide us with the following functionalities between our private, managed and public clouds:

  • Intelligent Routing
  • Strong Encryption
  • WAN Acceleration
  • VXLAN Extensions
  • Direct Connect

This gives us the possibility to go one step further with vMotion and even allows us to vMotion VM’s between clouds. Currently in tech preview, VMware gives us: Cross-Cloud vMotion!!! One of my most anticipated features, which I will also like to give a test drive in the short future!

More information:

Hybrid Applications

The second part of the solution to one cloud / any application / any device is of course the part of the applications which VMware likes to call Hybrid Applications. These are currently made up of legacy applications and Cloud Native Applications. With Cloud Native Applications having the following characteristics:

  • Provision instances of itself
  • Scale up and down
  • Detect and work around failures

In short Cloud Native Applications will give you an elastic and highly available (always) application.

VMware takes two approaches to Hybrid Applications:

  • Extend vSphere
    VMware extends vSphere with visibility into containers which are running in VM’s which are predefined by IT admins to be used for containers and provides full visibility of things like performance for these containers in the same way they are currently providing this for VM’s.
  • New Platform (Photon)
    Next to extending vSphere, VMware will be building a new platform, which will tightly be integrating with for example Cloud Foundry, Docker, Mesos and Kubernetes .based on two components which make up the new platform called the Photon Platform.
    The first component is a Photon Machine (which is a compute host), which is a ‘microvisor’ which is based on ESXi running Photon OS instances (a lightweight small footprint linux distribution) and the second part of the platform is called the Photon Controller, which provides the distributed, multi-tenant control-plane leveraging Project Lightwave as a single API endpoint.
The Photon Platform will be distributed in the following ways:
  • Photon Controller is open source and will be coming soon (timeframe: next few weeks)
  • VMware Photon Platform will be subscription based.
  • Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Photon Platform integrated bundles.

Private betas are available now


Already announced at VMworld US but mentioned again is the EVO:SDDC offering which will provide simplicity, Agility and availability at data center scale.

EVO:SDDC is based on a scale-out architecture which allows us to scale from 8 servers to multiple racks and build a SDDC from zero to full deployment in 2 hours

Components of the EVO:SDDC offering:



Some example of figures for the capacity of a EVO:SDDC Rack:

  • 1K IaaS VM or 2K VDI VM’s
  • 2M+ IOPS per rack

More information:

NFV announcements

The following NFV (Network Function Virtualization) announcements were done. These announcements are primarily aimed at Telecom Providers:

  • General availability for VMware vCloud NFV (for Communication Service Providers)
  • VMware Ready for NFV
    Provides certification for partners within the NFV domain.
  • VMware Carrier-Grade Support

More information:

VMware Validated Design

VMware will be providing validated designs from VMware from/with partners. These system level designs will continuously be validated, which will accelerate the time to value and gives us the opportunity to gain confidence in setting up SDDC by using proven solutions validated by VMware and partners.

If you would like to get early access to the VMware validated designs you can find more information on vmware.com/go/v2d

vRealize Automation v7

Another important announcement was the availability of vRealize Automation v7 which adds the following :

  • Unified Service Blueprint and Design Canvas functionality adding infrastructure components, networking components and security policies and also allows for extending applications across clouds with VMware vCloud Air-, AWS- and OpenStack components
  • Simplified Configuration Process

More information:

Final Words

Hopefully this post gives you a good overview of today’s announcements and you will be hering from us soon! Hope you enjoy reading this post as much as I’m enjoying sucking up the information as good as I can and giving a summary about it.


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My main focus is infrastructure (Storage, Networking and Computing), but I'm also very interested in designing and implementing VDI and Server Based Computing-environments.
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