One post, two parts. Not because theyâ€™re short, but because the days were so intense I only had a chance to jot down notes & start to expand on them now.
TL;DR – For those at the show, youâ€™ll understand. For those that couldnâ€™t make itâ€¦ youâ€™ll want to stay tuned to EMC & VMwareâ€¦ Big things coming.
Day 2 – Who Peed in Your Resource Pool
- It costs VMWare .06 per vm per hour to provision a VM.
- The hypervisor is no longer the secret sauce. That is now in management and orchestration
- Real time statistical analysis of your environment will help you identify the kid that peed in the resource pool.
- There are lots of new animals in the IT zoo (read: end user Devices)
VMWare End User Computing 2015
This one identified the state of things today, and how theyâ€™ll play out into the future. Unfortunately, Iâ€™ve still not made sense of my notes. I figure thatâ€™s because he iPad autocorrected them for me. Blah.
vLab – VSI
Boom! This lab was slick in that it walked you through installing, configuring & working with the EMC VSI plugin for vCenter. The plugin itself operated slowly, but this was more due to the nested VM nature of the lab.
Chad did a â€œSocial Cityâ€ session after which I cornered him to ask about a BrownBag. Iâ€™ll have to work out some schedulingâ€¦ but, expect some â€œface melting awesomesauceâ€ coming to a BrownBag near you.
Day 3 – Hookah Smoking Caterpillars
PowerPath/VE Ask the Experts
This was a panel session, with a large number of folks from the PowerPath team. The questions were all over the place, so Iâ€™ll try to highlight a few that were interesting:
- Q: â€œI have customers who try to migrate either the quorum or MSCS volumes without taking the other node down, this makes pain. Is there a way to have the PowerPath migration tools notify the user of this pitfalls?â€ A: Crowd: â€œWait what?â€ A: Panel: â€œSuggestion Takenâ€
- Q: â€œI have an issue when deploying PowerPath/VE to ESXi hosts that causes a PSOD. There is an open issue, but can you provide some perspective?â€ A: Engineering is working on it. The issue is a hard one to pin down as there donâ€™t seem to be many consistencies with it, but theyâ€™re digging in.
- Q: â€œDoes PowerPath/VE Support RDMs on Virtual Machines?â€ A: Yesâ€¦ Noâ€¦ well, weâ€™ll need to follow-up on that, hereâ€™s a card.
Virtual Storage Overview & Direction
Iâ€™m just going to leave these here and let you make of them what you will. I think youâ€™ll find them curious indeed.
Disclaimer: EMC stated at the beginning of the session that well, these are â€œvisionâ€ slides. The future is uncertain, so take them with a grain of salt.
The conversation went round and round on the various bits of the show that each liked, thoughts on the vision, etc. I believe there will be a recording of the session here.
On the whole, I didnâ€™t get to a number of the sessions I was after, but still feel I got a huge amount of info from the ones I did make, as well as from the conversations with other expert folks at the show. The conversation with the PowerPath/VE engineers on deployment, FlexLM, and VUM told me quite a bit about what I rolled in there for. Additionally I got to corner any number of vSpecalists & other experts both VMware & EMC alike to get some direct questions addressed.
Further the show floor had any number of interesting things outside the typical key players. There was a small time SSD player with whom I had a great conversation (he wasnâ€™t giving away an iPad2, so I got to talk to him for a bit). The storage/virt space is going to be interesting for a while to come & itâ€™s good to see the small guys innovating also.
Pool Pee picture by this guy here.